Dark Christmas legend regaining popularity in Austria

According to legend, St. Nicholas travels throughout Europe each year on Dec. 6, bringing good children candy and other treats. But first the naughty children must be punished. This is the job of Krampus — the hell-bound companion of St. Nicholas. It's the dark side of Christmas tradition.


Nigerian Baptist pastors killed in bombing

The head of the Baptist World Alliance protested continuing violence in Nigeria that recently claimed the lives of two Baptist pastors.


Stress-induced heart attack claims life of Baptist in Gaza conflict

Casualties during eight days of fighting between Israel and the militant group Hamas in the Gaza Strip included at least one Baptist: Salem Boulos Sweilem, who attended the Gaza Baptist Church in Gaza City.


Assistance sought for displaced people in Congo

Baptists in Goma, in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, appealed to the Baptist World Alliance to help people displaced by the conflict in their country.


Obama emphasizes religious liberty in Burma

President Obama stressed religious freedom in a historic speech in Burma, a country long beset by military conflict and regarded as one of the world’s worst oppressors of minority faiths.

Home of former jailed pastor raided in Azerbaijan

Zaur BalaevPolice in Azerbaijan raided the home of a Baptist pastor who served 10 months in prison before winning a pardon following appeals on his behalf from Baptist leaders worldwide.


WorldCrafts sponsors fair-trade tour of India

WorldCrafts, the fair-trade division of Woman’s Missionary Union that develops sustainable businesses among impoverished people around the world, will sponsor a 12-day tour to visit seven WorldCrafts artisan groups in India, March 4–15, 2013.



Obama at the U.N.: A new religion doctrine

President ObamaPresident Obama’s speech at the United Nations Sept. 25 challenged much of the world's assumptions about free speech and religion.


State Department highlights global religious restrictions in report

Religious minorities continue to suffer loss of their rights across the globe, the U.S. State Department reported, citing a rise in blasphemy laws and restrictions on faith practices.

Arab seminary needs new water well

Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Lebanon urgently needs a new water well after its old one broke in March, forcing the school to incur significant expenses buying water for daily use.

Is Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng a pro-life activist?

When blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng made a daring escape from house arrest and found refuge in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, he instantly became a popular hero in the West and a rallying point for human rights activists everywhere. But claims that he is a Christian as well as an anti-abortion activist apparently are not true.

Pray for Olympic athletes by name

As Athletes in Action prepares for multiple outreach opportunities during the 2012 London Olympic Games, the organization not only has requested general prayer for the Road2London Olympic Project, but also has begun enlisting prayer partners to pray for athletes by name.

Baptist leaders in London prepare for Olympics

Doug Shaw, Olympics volunteer coordinator for Southern Baptists' International Mission Board, has been in motion for months  in London preparing Baptists to meet the tens of thousands of sports fans going to the United Kingdom this summer.


Disaster recovery help still needed in Japan

Japan received relief in the wake of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, but many residents affected by the disasters still need to recover. The BGCT disaster recovery team has scheduled a June 19-26 trip to help.


Fire destroys Burmese Bible school

Karen fireFire destroyed a Bible school and other buildings at a Baptist-run refugee camp on the Thailand/Myanmar border April 28.

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