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How do you cope with living through the war in Syria? Denial helps. “Most live in false hope,” says Fares, a Christian nongovernmental organization worker originally from Aleppo, who visits Syria every month to support the church there. “You want to encourage each other, even though you know this hope is not real. There are […] Read More

Baptists in the United Kingdom learned how Baptists in Lebanon have responded to the refugee crisis during the Baptist Union of Great Britain’s annual assembly on May 14. A video featuring the story of Ali, a taxi driver from Aleppo, was shown during the assembly. His family was “happy, quite well off,” he said, “then […] Read More

Tear gas canisters litter the college grounds. It’s a sad but all too familiar sight for students and staff at Bethlehem Bible College (BBC) in Jerusalem. With tear gas coming through the windows and disrupting their studies, you’d think most people would react in anger. But not BBC student Walter Brynjolfson. He decided that he […] Read More

The consideration as to whether to intervene with military force to prevent war crimes often requires a judgment regarding the lesser of two evils. In the face of ethnic cleansing and genocide, how do we assess the justification for external intervention and how it should be carried out? And who decides? When a conflict or […] Read More

Christianity has had a horrendously complicated and shifting attitude to violent conflict. Here are five moments in Christian history that demonstrate our complex relationship with war. 1. The dogged pacifism of the early church. The early church had it tough. Facing persecution and violence from Romans and Jews alike, many early Christians were martyred for […] Read More

Nepal’s two major earthquakes earlier this year shattered the lives of millions of people. Now nationwide fuel shortages, caused by more than two months of blockades along the border with India, mean life for people in Nepal is even more precarious. “It feels like it’s getting serious now,” says Simon Hall, a BMS World Mission […] Read More

Research into gender-based violence during the Central African Republic conflict sponsored by BMS World Mission has led to the release of a powerful report with the potential to help survivors and inspire leaders to take action. The study, carried out in April and May, was the first into sexual violence in CAR since the crisis […] Read More

Sustainable Development Goals (or SDGs for short) may not sound very exciting, but they are set to make a huge impact on how governments, nongovernmental organizations, businesses and BMS World Mission approach the world’s problems. Here are four (mostly) fun facts you need to know to get up to speed with them: 1. They’re a […] Read More

On a recent Sunday night, BMS World Mission worker Ann MacFarlane received a text. “Come to the port in the early hours of Monday morning.” If MacFarlane had been back in Reggio Calabria on Italy’s southern coast, she would have been there at the port with others from her church, ready with clothes, bottled water […] Read More

With more than 6,000 people killed and 1.2 million internally displaced in the last year, how should the global church respond to the Ukrainian conflict? Around 60 delegates and observers grappled with this question at the London Consultation, a special event organized by BMS and Mission Eurasia on April 28 at Lambeth Palace, the official […] Read More