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There were 1,196 human trafficking offenses in the U.S. reported to law enforcement in 2016, according to the FBI’s annual “Crime in the U.S.” report released on Sept. 25. The majority (1,007) of reported trafficking incidents involved commercial sex acts, with the remaining 189 cases related to involuntary servitude. The trafficking data in the annual […] Read More

Jay Kieve is coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of South Carolina (CBFSC). 1. Where did you grow up? Riverdale, Georgia (a southern Atlanta suburb). 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why? Numbers 21:4-9. The story of lifting the serpent in the wilderness invites the people to look up […] Read More

A majority (79.4 percent) of the 689,800 current Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients were born in Mexico, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) data. DACA recipients from Central America were the next highest percentage: El Salvador (3.7 percent), Guatemala (2.6) and Honduras (2.3). The remaining 12 percent of recipients were from […] Read More

There are currently 40.3 million people enslaved globally and 151.6 million children subjected to child labor. These were key figures from two new reports – one on modern slavery and one on child labor – published Sept. 19 by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Walk Free Foundation (WFF), in partnership with the International […] Read More

Terri Byrd is coordinator of Alabama Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. 1. Where did you grow up? I was born in Nashville, Tennessee, but I lived in nine different places, all in the southeast U.S., by the time I was married at the age of 21. 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the […] Read More

The number of people experiencing hunger rose for the first time in a decade, according to the United Nations annual report, “The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World.” Last year, 815 million people experienced hunger globally – an increase of 38 million from 2015, though still below a high of 900 million […] Read More

Food insecurity in the U.S. declined for the fifth straight year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) annual report released last week. Even so, more than 15 million households were food insecure in 2016. According to USDA definitions, “food-secure households have consistent access throughout the year to adequate food for active healthy living […] Read More

Gary Furr is pastor of Vestavia Hills Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. 1. Where did you grow up? I was born and raised my first seven years in Concord, North Carolina, but because of dad’s career in retail management I lived in eight cities in five states (North Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio, Wisconsin and Texas) by […] Read More

Expanding access to clean water, along with proper sanitation and hygiene systems, is essential to ending global poverty, but often there is a gap between policy and implementation. This was a central emphasis in a new World Bank report based on studies of conditions in 18 nations, including Bangladesh, Guatemala, Nigeria and the West Bank. […] Read More

Baptist groups are preparing to mobilize to help victims of Hurricane Irma, even as efforts to assist folks recovering from Hurricane Harvey continue. As with Hurricane Harvey recovery initiatives, much of the Baptist relief efforts related to Hurricane Irma will begin following the immediate work of first responders. The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship announced on Sept. […] Read More