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WASHINGTON (RNS) Significant progress on global malnutrition can be made in 2011, the ecumenical anti-hunger group Bread for the World said Monday (Nov. 22) in its new annual report on hunger. The U.S. government’s “Feed the Future” initiative has the potential to reduce hunger by addressing long-term economic development and focusing on small farmers, said […] Read More

I’ve avoided reading and writing about the New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof lately as I’ve really been trying to get the stress in my life under control. But this merits a response as apparently somebody still doesn’t understand the difference between evidence and anecdotes. Here’s a quick rundown on what happened. Kristof wrote an article […] Read More

NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Even with the deep sea oil hemorrhage halted and much of the fishing in the Gulf of Mexico reopened, major charity groups say the needs of impacted families remain dire. Officials from the local affiliates of Second Harvest Food Bank and Catholic Charities said members of the fishing, oil and service industries […] Read More

NEW ORLEANS (RNS) A Louisiana minister will spend two years in prison for his role in bilking Hurricane Katrina victims of more than $350,000. The Rev. Martin A. Denesse of Homeplace, La., was sentenced Wednesday (Oct. 6) by Judicial District Judge Joy Lobrano to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty in December to theft […] Read More

Washington, DC (BWA) –Baptist World Aid (BWAid), the relief and development arm of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA), is coordinating relief efforts to the Philippines and Indonesia after these countries were badly affected by a typhoon and earthquakes, respectively.   A team from BWAid Rescue24, the rescue and recovery arm of BWAid, is in the […] Read More

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has urged faith groups to link together in a bid to improve international development. Speaking in London on Sept. 14, Blair said the role of world faiths as “galvanizers” for justice and aid should not be underestimated. Having seen faith in action for himself, he understood its value more now […] Read More

Jesus said: you have ears; use them! Mark 4:9 Do we really want to listen to the world? The idea is that when we listen to what the world is saying we will be better able to communicate the Gospel. Now I know he does not represent the world, but I wonder whether we should […] Read More

Washington, D.C. (BWA) — Baptists in Australia have established an emergency relief fund to aid persons affected by the worst natural disaster in the history of the southeastern state of Victoria. Bushfires that started on February 7 have claimed more than 180 lives, with at least 80 persons missing, and have destroyed more than 900 […] Read More

Washington, D.C. (BWA) — Baptist World Aid, the relief and development arm of the Baptist World Alliance, has provided $30,000 for relief in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The grant is offered in the wake of recent fighting between government and rebel forces in the mineral rich country that has displaced an estimated 250,000 […] Read More

Baptist World Aid wants to become the “network hub” for the relief and development efforts for global Baptists, according to a document presented in Prague, Czech Republic, at the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance. As BWA member bodies set up their own aid agencies, large churches want more direct connection with their funding […] Read More