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Project preps international students to transform home countries

The Global Mission Leadership initiative at Baylor University is designed to equip international students who have the desire and leadership potential to affect change at the national level in their home countries.

       

American Baptist leaders return from study tour in Middle East

A delegation of 12 American Baptist leaders recently returned from a 13-day study tour in the Middle East.
       

Report details hopeless conditions in Gaza

Gaza MapResidents of Gaza see no hope for a brighter future -- and that's one of the most distressing aspects of the situation in the Middle East, according to an international Christian aid-and-development group’s advocacy officer for the region.
       

'Vilification of religions' resolution passes U.N. committee

A United Nations committee has adopted a resolution combating the "vilification of religions," but religious freedom advocates who oppose the measure say support for it continues to diminish.
       

Group’s 2011 hunger report praises new federal program

Bread for the WorldIn the latest edition of its annual report on global food insecurity, a Christian anti-hunger group praised efforts by President Obama’s administration to battle world hunger but warned that cutting food aid due to budget concerns would be short-sighted.

       

Baptist church in Burma ordered to halt worship services

A local government in Myanmar ordered a Baptist church to cease worship services after the pastor refused to wear an election campaign T-shirt supporting the country's ruling military junta, Compass Direct News reported Nov. 18.
       

U.S. opposes U.N. ban on defamation of religion

The United States continues to oppose a proposed ban on defamation of religion currently before the United Nations, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Nov. 17.
       

Iraqi Baptist pastor says Baghdad's Christians living in fear

A Baptist pastor in Baghdad told a European Baptist leader that Christians there are living in fear following an Oct. 31 attack on a Catholic church in Iraq's capital that left more than 50 dead.
       

Baptist missionaries fight cholera outbreak in Haiti

Haiti choleraA medical missionary couple in Haiti jointly appointed by American Baptists and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship says it has not yet treated any cholera cases but is focusing on community education and prevention to halt spread of the earthquake-devastated island's first cholera epidemic in a century.
       

Judge upholds fines against Baptists in Uzbekistan

A judge in Uzbekistan refused Oct. 14 to overturn fines against five Baptists convicted of illegal worship, an international news service that specializes in religious freedom coverage reported Oct. 26.
       

Fire destroys Ukraine church, but concert goes on

A Ukrainian church where the Singing Men of North Central Texas group was scheduled to perform a concert burned to the ground, but the Texas Baptist church musicians rented a concert hall for two performances.
       

Global Christians protest China travel ban to Lausanne conference

On the eve of a global Christian conference set to begin Oct. 16, Christian groups in the United States and elsewhere are protesting the Chinese government’s decision to bar as many as 200 would-be participants from attending.
       

Baptist campaigns for Congo crimes justice

A Congolese-British Baptist who escaped death by firing squad in her home country three years ago is once again confronting the authorities to speak out against horrific human-rights abuses.
       

BRIC nations may help clarify direction of global Christian growth

Philip JenkinsFour emerging economic powerhouses popularly known as BRIC—Brazil, Russia, India and China—may provide building blocks for understanding developments in 21st century global Christianity, missions expert Philip Jenkins told a Baylor University symposium.

       

Baptists give money for flood relief in Pakistan

Baptist groups in North America and Europe are donating money to assist flood victims in Pakistan.
       
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