Dec 12, 2013
CENTERTON, Ark. (BP)—Shanti* was the only believer in her village. The Bedia woman prayed in secret every day for one year.
The persecution from her friends and family was unbearable. Day after day, she cried out to God in a private prayer room built by her nonbelieving husband, Ashish.* He wanted to keep her safe.
Dec 11, 2013
RANONG, Thailand (BP)—It rains eight months out of the year in the Thai province Scott and Alyssa Branding* call home.
For many of the country’s 2.5 million Burmese living in the southern part of Thailand, monsoon rain is their only dependable water source. But drinking the rainwater can make them sick.
Dec 10, 2013
NEW YORK (BP)—Eleven prominent Christian leaders, including Redeemer Presbyterian Church pastor Tim Keller, penned a letter expressing dismay over the New York-based American Bible Society’s decision to fire Douglas Birdsall just weeks before his inauguration as the ministry’s president.
“As Christian leaders who have known Doug over the entire course of his ministry, we are perplexed and grieved by this action,” they wrote.
Dec 7, 2013
PRETORIA, South Africa (BP)—Former South African President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela's 'long walk to freedom' has ended. He died today (Dec. 5) at age 95 at home after months of declining health.
"All of us in the country must accept that Madiba [as Mandela was affectionately called] is now old," South African President Jacob Zuma had said when Mandela seemed near death this summer. "As he ages, his health will trouble him."
Dec 6, 2013
WASHINGTON (BP)—A federal judge Nov. 22 ruled that an Internal Revenue Service exemption that gives clergy tax-free housing allowances is unconstitutional. In her ruling U.S. District Court Judge Crabb claims, “Some might view a rule against preferential treatment as exhibiting hostility toward religion, but equality should never be mistaken for hostility.”
Dec 4, 2013
SAN PABLO TIJALTEPEC, Mexico (BP)—Renan, a 10-year-old boy in southern Mexico, isn’t an orphan. But in many ways, he might as well be.
It’s been more than three years since Renan’s parents, bound for the United States, left him in the care of his uncle in Mexico. It likely will be months or even years before he sees them again.
Dec 3, 2013
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (BP)—It’s like learning to swim by being pushed off the high dive—and Mason Barrett just got shoved. The 33-year-old real estate agent sits wide-eyed in a tiny, crowded living room in Madagascar’s capital city, trying desperately to understand what anyone around him is saying. Hands fly in a flurry of conversation, mostly get-to-know-you type questions: What’s your name? Are you married? Were you born deaf?
Dec 2, 2013
MANILA, Philippines (BP)—The stench of rotting dead bodies was overwhelming.
“I can’t breathe. It’s burning my eyes,” Makenzie Baker told three Filipino co-workers.
Nov 29, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)—WorldCrafts’ focus on providing sustainable incomes for impoverished artisans and helping free women from human exploitation has expanded with seven new artisan groups and more than 60 new products this year.
Nov 28, 2013
NASHVILLE (BP)—Throughout November, customers at LifeWay Christian Stores can help send Bibles to individuals thousands of miles away.