Tensions Rising in Rohingya Refugee Camps

GENEVA – Nearly a million Rohingya are interred at refugee camps in Bangladesh, having fled their homes to escape persecution in their native Myanmar. Tensions have been rising over the past several months and have reached a point where remaining in Bangladesh may become as dangerous as of being back in Myanmar. The UN Office… Continue reading Tensions Rising in Rohingya Refugee Camps

South Asian Women Become Water Entrepreneurs

STOCKHOLM – Access to clean drinking water is an existential problem that must be overcome in developing countries. It is almost always a companion of poverty and disregard for women. Safe Water Network India (SWNI) has implemented a pilot project that borders on genius. If someone who solves a problem is a hero, those who… Continue reading South Asian Women Become Water Entrepreneurs

Global Water Crisis Spreads to Australia

CANBERRA – The global water crisis continues to spread almost indiscriminately from continent to continent and nation to nation. Australia heads into the Southern Hemisphere summer with populated portions already reeling from a “serious” to “severe” water crisis as a result of 32 months of drought. WaterNSW (New South Wales) has experienced extreme low inflows… Continue reading Global Water Crisis Spreads to Australia

Xi Jinping Quotes Replace 10 Commandments

BEIJING – For more than two years, Missions Box News has brought our readers reports of the Chinese Communist Party’s widespread campaign to clamp down on Christianity in mainland China. The big news out of China in January 2019 was not tariffs and trade wars. The CCP demanded that the first of the 10 commandments… Continue reading Xi Jinping Quotes Replace 10 Commandments

Relief Flown to Island Residents Cut off by Hurricane Dorian

BAHAMAS — Samaritan’s Purse has established a base of operations in Marsh Harbour—working to bring emergency shelter material, clean water, and critical supplies to families who lost everything. Marsh Harbour, a small town of fewer than 10,000 people in the Abaco Islands of the Bahamas, hit international news as Category 5 Hurricane Dorian made landfall there… Continue reading Relief Flown to Island Residents Cut off by Hurricane Dorian

4 Laws Used to Persecute Christians

WASHINGTON, DC – The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) was founded in 1998. The mission of the USCIRF is “To elevate and promote international religious freedom as a norm and practice.” During the past year, the USCIRF has issued four factsheets that summarize four types of laws used internationally to prevent the… Continue reading 4 Laws Used to Persecute Christians

Water Scarcity Heading for Crisis in Uzbekistan

TASHKENT – The spotlight of the global water crisis is currently shining on the countries of Central Asia, particularly Uzbekistan. In “Water: A Time Bomb in Central Asia,” Aqua Doc emphasized that, “Agricultural water use in Central Asian countries is of vital importance, especially for Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. These countries employ inefficient irrigation methods.… Continue reading Water Scarcity Heading for Crisis in Uzbekistan

New Gospel for Asia Special Report Cites Consequences of Illiteracy

WILLS POINT, TX – Gospel for Asia has released a new special report entitled “Literacy: One of the Great Miracle Cures.” Subtitled, “Resolving the Limitations Illiteracy Places on the Human Spirit,” noted author Karen Mains explains that illiteracy is a multi-faceted . . . problem that results in [fewer] job opportunities and low income, often… Continue reading New Gospel for Asia Special Report Cites Consequences of Illiteracy

Welsh Council Defies Secularists’ Attempt to Sideline Prayers

Welsh councillors in the UK have defended their freedom to conduct prayers before meetings in the face of opposition from those labelling it ‘discriminatory’. Councillor Paul Penlington called on Denbighshire Council in North Wales in the UK, to conduct prayers away from the council chamber, and has received the support of the National Secular Society.… Continue reading Welsh Council Defies Secularists’ Attempt to Sideline Prayers

Wendy Palau to Join Long-Time Ministry Partner to Share Message of Hope with Hundreds at IDP Camp in Nigeria

PORTLAND, OR — At the invitation of faith leaders in Nigeria, as well as long-time ministry partner Firm Foundations in Christ Ministries (FFICM), Wendy Palau – wife of international evangelist Andrew Palau and daughter-in-law to Luis Palau – will share hope and encouragement with hundreds of displaced people in an IDP camp just outside Jos,… Continue reading Wendy Palau to Join Long-Time Ministry Partner to Share Message of Hope with Hundreds at IDP Camp in Nigeria

30 Tons of Emergency Relief from Samaritan’s Purse Arrives in the Bahamas

BAHAMAS — Samaritan’s Purse made its first airlift of the Emergency Field Hospital to the Bahamas on September 5, at the request of the World Health Organization and the government of the Bahamas. Multiple flights will follow. A team of 16 staff members, including doctors and nurses, was on the flight to help set up… Continue reading 30 Tons of Emergency Relief from Samaritan’s Purse Arrives in the Bahamas

Child Labor in South Asia: Heartbreaking Insights

WILLS POINT, TX – Did you know that India is home to the largest population of children in the world? That’s right. With 448 million children under the age of 18, India alone has 103 million more children more than China. Nearly 25% more.The 2011 government census also reported 10.2 million children between the ages… Continue reading Child Labor in South Asia: Heartbreaking Insights

Labor & Child Labor Statistics for Afghans: Millions Cannot Make a Dollar a Day

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – On August 27, Afghanistan’s Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs released data indicating that “1.9 million Afghan children are engaged in labor work across the country.” The ministry said the child labor problem is unlikely to improve until the country is free of the poverty and economic issues caused by years of… Continue reading Labor & Child Labor Statistics for Afghans: Millions Cannot Make a Dollar a Day

Samaritan’s Purse Airlift Arrives With Relief in Bahamas

BAHAMAS — Samaritan’s Purse is airlifting the Emergency Field Hospital to the Bahamas today, September 5, 2019, at the request of the World Health Organization and the government of the Bahamas. A team of 16 staff members, including doctors and nurses, will be on the flight to help set up the mobile hospital. The 40-bed… Continue reading Samaritan’s Purse Airlift Arrives With Relief in Bahamas

Gospel for Asia Reflects on Labor Day: Pray Their Labor Is Not in Vain

Millions of men, women, and children around the world are entrapped in bonded labor.

WILLS POINT, TX — Labor Day has been celebrated by Americans on the first Monday in September since 1894. Labor Day has become the unofficial last day of summer. Picnics, hot dogs, parades, and fireworks. Only a few continue to observe the day in recognition of the rights of laborers and to remember those who… Continue reading Gospel for Asia Reflects on Labor Day: Pray Their Labor Is Not in Vain

World Help Activates Crisis Response Program to Provide Aid to Victims of Hurricane Dorian

FOREST, VA — World Help, an international Christian humanitarian aid organization, has activated its crisis response program to provide aid to victims of Hurricane Dorian. Hurricane Dorian slammed into the Bahamas this Labor Day weekend as a devastating Category 5 storm. The destruction was unprecedented, and the flooding some of the worst the island nation… Continue reading World Help Activates Crisis Response Program to Provide Aid to Victims of Hurricane Dorian

Moving the Goal Beyond ODF

toiletNEW DELHI – The widespread practice of open defecation in the developing countries in Asia and Africa has long been a focus of Missions Box News, numerous FBOs, NGOs, and the United Nations. The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) for 2030 include bringing the entire world to that status of being Open Defecation Free (ODF).… Continue reading Moving the Goal Beyond ODF

Ending Homelessness Isn’t Impossible Dream – Here’s How to Do It – Matthew Barnett Opinion | Fox News

Matthew Barnett, co-founder of the Los Angeles Dream Center and senior pastor of Angelus Temple, discusses the ways to end homelessness, that it is not an impossible dream to do so. It’s hard to believe that homelessness still rises to a crisis level in so many places across the U.S. And it pains me to… Continue reading Ending Homelessness Isn’t Impossible Dream – Here’s How to Do It – Matthew Barnett Opinion | Fox News

Teen Challenge Center Helps Girls in Romania

BUCHAREST – Twenty kilometers outside of Bucharest, in the locality of Balotesti, is a place where young ladies find help to rebuild their lives and to live free from drugs. The center for girls “House of Joy” functions under the umbrella of Teen Challenge Romania. The need to provide a home just for girls became… Continue reading Teen Challenge Center Helps Girls in Romania

Day of Global Recognition of Violence Against People Based on Religion or Belief

NEW YORK – August 22, 2019, marked the first International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief sponsored by the United Nations. Missions Box News first became aware of the proposed special day in July 2018 when members of the British parliament were called to consider supporting a proposal… Continue reading Day of Global Recognition of Violence Against People Based on Religion or Belief

The Great Divide Between Access or No Access to Clean Water

NEW YORK – Clean water. America has it in abundance. And we have all the benefits that come along with immediate access to it. But do we understand what those benefits are and what the impact of living with them is? The issue goes far beyond thirst. UNICEF published the first volume of a new… Continue reading The Great Divide Between Access or No Access to Clean Water

How Should Christians Respond to the Crisis in Kashmir? — Joseph D’Souza | Newsmax

Rev. Joseph D’Souza, one of the most widely considered as one of the most influential voices of global Christianity discusses how Christians should respond to the crisis in Kashmir, and perspective for all Indian, Pakistani and all Christians to have in this dire situation. Christians around the world ought to pray for Kashmir as tensions… Continue reading How Should Christians Respond to the Crisis in Kashmir? — Joseph D’Souza | Newsmax

Gospel for Asia-supported ‘Jesus Wells’ Serve Thousands as Chennai’s Water Shortage Worsens

WILLS POINT, TX — As devastating water scarcity continues to ravage parts of South India, faith-based agency Gospel for Asia (GFA, www.gfa.org) and its Founder KP Yohannan report that “Jesus Wells” they help support are pumping lifesaving water for thousands of desperate families in the drought-stricken Chennai region. The wells, located in the communities on… Continue reading Gospel for Asia-supported ‘Jesus Wells’ Serve Thousands as Chennai’s Water Shortage Worsens

World Water Week Strives to Achieve Water Wise World by Inclusive Dialogue

STOCKHOLM – Experts from around the world will meet in Stockholm during World Water Week from August 25 to 30 to consider the growing concerns regarding water-related issues. Access to clean water, particularly drinking water, has been the basis for numerous Missions Box News stories over the past few years as part of our effort… Continue reading World Water Week Strives to Achieve Water Wise World by Inclusive Dialogue

Tennessee Lawmakers Affirm Life at Conception

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimonies this week for an amendment to a bill that would affirm that life begins at conception and prohibit abortion after an unborn child’s heartbeat is detected or with increased levels of the human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) hormone. Liberty Counsel Senior Litigation Counsel Richard Mast presented testimony… Continue reading Tennessee Lawmakers Affirm Life at Conception

New Hope for Bekaa Valley – Heart for Lebanon Opens Ministry Center for Refugees

BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC— On October 1, 2019 Heart for Lebanon will open a new Hope Ministry Center in the heart of the Bekaa Valley, home to approximately 350,000 of the poorest refugees in Lebanon who have fled the violence of war. The situation is considered the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II. Current statistics… Continue reading New Hope for Bekaa Valley – Heart for Lebanon Opens Ministry Center for Refugees

Refugees Discover They Can’t Go Home Again — Emily Towns | The Christian Post Voices

Emily Towns of World Help, an international, Christian humanitarian organization serving the needs of the impoverished around the world, discusses the danger refugees in the Middle East and other parts of the world still face, not being able to go back to their homes. Refugees in the Middle East are being told to go home… Continue reading Refugees Discover They Can’t Go Home Again — Emily Towns | The Christian Post Voices

South Asia’s Complicated Water Crisis Through the Eyes of a Farmer

SOUTH ASIA – Sometimes, things just don’t make sense – until we dig a little deeper. For instance, this reporter has had difficulty reconciling two storylines about farmers that have been coming out of South Asia for the past year or more. Two storylines: Farmers and India’s water crisis The first involves a trend to… Continue reading South Asia’s Complicated Water Crisis Through the Eyes of a Farmer

Christian Employers Alliance Wins Major Victory in Religious Freedom Lawsuit

EVERETT, WA— The Christian Employers Alliance (CEA) has won a major religious freedom victory on behalf of its current and future members. The United States District Court for the District of North Dakota has ruled that the abortifacient mandate under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as well as the subsequent “accommodation,” burdens the religious exercise… Continue reading Christian Employers Alliance Wins Major Victory in Religious Freedom Lawsuit

Gospel for Asia Counts the Cost to Minister to the ‘Least of These’

WILLS POINT, TX – A strange thing happens when we consider the cost of something. If not with our lips, our minds ask the question, “How much does this cost?” When I reflect on that, I realize that this question is inevitably self-centric. The question is inextricably connected to “How much am I willing to… Continue reading Gospel for Asia Counts the Cost to Minister to the ‘Least of These’

Gospel for Asia Among 9 Faith-Based NGOs Fighting the World Water Crisis

WILLS POINT, TX – Gospel for Asia is honored to have been included in Beliefnet’s recently published list of nine Faith-Based Nonprofits Fighting the World Water Crisis. It doesn’t take long when ministering within developing nations to learn how personal the world water crisis is for people who have little or no access to clean… Continue reading Gospel for Asia Among 9 Faith-Based NGOs Fighting the World Water Crisis

Weeding the Children Out of the Fields

HYDERABAD – The International Labor Organization and the Indian state of Telangana are about to take bonafide action to weed child laborers out of the region’s cotton fields. The state and the ILO are about to embark on a collaborative mapping of the entire area’s cotton supply chain. Their goal? To rid the state’s cotton… Continue reading Weeding the Children Out of the Fields

7 Myths About Child Sponsorship — Noel Yeatts | NewsMax

Noel Yeatts, President of World Help, an international, Christian humanitarian organization serving the needs of the impoverished around the world, discusses the myths people mistakenly believe about child sponsorship. If you were to spend any amount of time with me, you would quickly see that I’m passionate about a number of social justice issues plaguing… Continue reading 7 Myths About Child Sponsorship — Noel Yeatts | NewsMax

FEBC Announces Plans to Beam ‘Good News’ to Cambodia’s Post-Genocide Generation

Infamous ‘killing fields’ become ‘harvest fields’ as radio ministry ramps up to broadcast gospel to unreached people in Battambang province.LA MIRADA, CA — Radio ministry FEBC (Far East Broadcasting Company, www.febc.org), today announced plans to build a new radio station next year that will broadcast local Christian programs for the first time to thousands in… Continue reading FEBC Announces Plans to Beam ‘Good News’ to Cambodia’s Post-Genocide Generation

Aspiration & Desperation in South Asian Slums

MUMBAI – A strange thing has been happening with the slums in South Asia. NGOs like Gospel for Asia have been working amongst the millions of people living in extreme poverty and struggling for survival in the slums of South Asia’s major cities. Suddenly, these slums have become a remarkable tourist attraction. In fact, tours… Continue reading Aspiration & Desperation in South Asian Slums

West Virginia Church to Give 100 Backpacks Filled with School Supplies to Kids in Need

VIENNA,  West Virginia – a congregation will be donating 100 backpacks, each filled with school supplies, to low-income students in advance of next school year. Faith Baptist Church of Vienna will give away the backpacks and supplies for students on a first-come, first-serve basis on Saturday. Pastor Scott Kapple told The Christian Post in an interview… Continue reading West Virginia Church to Give 100 Backpacks Filled with School Supplies to Kids in Need

Child Labor Today: Not Gone, But Forgotten

WILLS POINT, TX – Gospel for Asia (GFA) issues an extensive Special Report on child labor: Millions of Children Trapped between Extreme Poverty and the Profits of Others In a report written by Lee Tucker, a consultant to Human Rights Watch, about the problem of bonded labor in Asia, a young girl shared, “My sister… Continue reading Child Labor Today: Not Gone, But Forgotten

Caring for Migrants at Mexican Border in Jesus’ Name

RIO GRANDE RIVER – As waves of desperate migrants arrive on the sweltering border between Mexico and Texas, Samaritan’s Purse is working on both sides of the Rio Grande to help them in the Name of Jesus Christ. “Some of these people have been traveling for months and they have been through so much,” said Samaritan’s Purse… Continue reading Caring for Migrants at Mexican Border in Jesus’ Name

Radical New Book Aims to Stir Christian Seniors to ‘Live With Eternal Purpose’

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — A radical new book out today aims to shake up America’s laid-back retirement culture and launch a new wave of missions-driven seniors into God’s service. “After a lifetime of work, the thought of a life of ‘(doing) nothing’ can seem like paradise,” said Bruce Bruinsma, author of The Retirement Reformation, published… Continue reading Radical New Book Aims to Stir Christian Seniors to ‘Live With Eternal Purpose’

The Terrible Toll of Child Labor

WILLS POINT, TX – According to a recent special report, “Child Labor: Not Gone, But Forgotten,” 2.8 million children in forced child labor die annually from work-related injuries. That is the equivalent to the entire population of Chicago and more than twice as many children as the total population of Dallas. The in-depth report, published… Continue reading The Terrible Toll of Child Labor

India Water Crisis Threatens Hundreds of Millions – Gospel for Asia Requests Prayer

Faith-based agency Gospel for Asia (GFA, www.gfa.org) today called for Christians to pray as South India remains in the grip of a critical water shortage that threatens hundreds of millions of lives.

WILLS POINT, TX — Christian missions agency Gospel for Asia (GFA, www.gfa.org) today called for Christians to pray as South India remains in the grip of a critical water shortage that threatens hundreds of millions of lives.  Critical water shortages have ‘reached point of no return’ as mega-city Chennai fights thirst. As many as 600… Continue reading India Water Crisis Threatens Hundreds of Millions – Gospel for Asia Requests Prayer

Jeffrey Epstein’s Arrest Reminds Us We Need to Keep Fighting Human Trafficking – Noel Yeatts Opinion | The Washington Examiner

This week America was rocked by the news that multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein was arrested for running a sex-trafficking ring of minors. Noel Yeatts, president of World Help, a Christian humanitarian organization, examines the situation: The details, revealed by a federal indictment recently unsealed, are still emerging, but what we know so far paints a grim… Continue reading Jeffrey Epstein’s Arrest Reminds Us We Need to Keep Fighting Human Trafficking – Noel Yeatts Opinion | The Washington Examiner

Molly Greene, Co-Founder of Water Mission, Dies in the Bahamas

Molly Greene, co-founder of Water Mission

CHARLESTON, SC – It was only a short while ago that Beliefnet released an article entitled, 10 Faith-Based Nonprofits Fighting the World Water Crisis. Both Gospel for Asia and Water Mission were honored to be included in that list. (Missions Box published a follow-up that focused on GFA’s tireless efforts to provide for the millions… Continue reading Molly Greene, Co-Founder of Water Mission, Dies in the Bahamas

Ben Kinchlow is Home — 1936 – 2019

VIRGINIA BEACH – Ben Kinchlow’s warm, smiling face graced our living room for nearly two decades as the host of The 700 Club on the Christian Broadcasting Network. Today, Ben Kinchlow is looking at the warm, smiling face of Jesus as He has welcomed Ben with the words, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”… Continue reading Ben Kinchlow is Home — 1936 – 2019

Death Toll Continues to Rise in Nepal, Bangladesh & Northern India Floods

KATMANDU – As people in the city of Chennai in Tamil Nadu are facing a crisis of having no water, the people in Nepal, Bangladesh, and the Indian State of Bihar are begging for relief from raging floodwaters that have displaced ten of thousands. The death toll keeps rising as new reports filter in. The… Continue reading Death Toll Continues to Rise in Nepal, Bangladesh & Northern India Floods

The Spiritual Battle for Literacy

PARIS – Just days ago, UNESCO revealed that the world is “off track” in reaching yet another of the 2030 deadlines for sustainable development. With 2020 less than six months away, we are nearly one-third of the way on the timeline to meet those goals. On July 7, UNESCO admitted that the education goal (SDG… Continue reading The Spiritual Battle for Literacy

Child Labor Exploitation & Enslavement Targeted in New Report by Gospel for Asia

THE EXPLOITED GENERATION: An estimated 218 million children worldwide as young as five years old are engaged in labor activities, including forced labor, prostitution and pornography, according to a new report released today by Christian agency Gospel for Asia (GFA, www.gfa.org/press/report-child-labor), urging people to "pray, engage and act."

WILLS POINT, TX — A mind-boggling 218 million children around the world are involved in child labor, with millions trafficked in forced labor and the sex trade, according to a new report just released by Christian organization Gospel for Asia (GFA, www.gfa.org).  GFA Founder, Dr. KP Yohannan, calls for people to “pray, engage and act… Continue reading Child Labor Exploitation & Enslavement Targeted in New Report by Gospel for Asia

Family in Taiwan Faces Grave Danger in China

MIDLAND, TX — When Liao Qiang and his family of six arrived in Taiwan last week, it’s because it was their only option for keeping their children safe. The family, which is affiliated with Early Rain Covenant Church, has been under constant surveillance from the Chinese authorities ever since a December crackdown on the church… Continue reading Family in Taiwan Faces Grave Danger in China

[Update] Chennai’s Worst Water Crisis Ever

CHENNAI – As far back as World Water Day on March 22, news agencies were aware of a water crisis of potentially epic proportions brewing on the east coast of India in Tamil Nadu. India Spend published a story on April 3 indicating that fully 42 percent of the land in India was under drought… Continue reading [Update] Chennai’s Worst Water Crisis Ever

Can Pakistan End Child Marriage?

KARACHI – The Pakistani Senate has passed a bill to end child marriage, making marriage illegal for girls under the age of 18 to marry. That sounds like good news in a country where it is estimated that 21% of girls under 18 are married, often being forced to do so as early as age… Continue reading Can Pakistan End Child Marriage?