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HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- About 100 participants recently had to choose between fleeing with the one child in your arms or running amid gunfire in search of your other children. Fortunately for them, it was a simulation.

ABUJA, Nigeria (BP) -- Escalating violence that has killed thousands of Christians in Central Nigeria must be addressed by the international Christian community and a Nigerian government that has harassed victims, a global religious liberty coalition noted after its 2019 consultation in Abuja

(RNS) — A rash of attacks on churches in Burkina Faso is exposing the growing challenge of containing Islamist violence across Africa’s Sahel region.

At least 56 organizations and 103 individuals faced prosecution in 2018 under "anti-missionary" restrictions first imposed in 2016, according to Forum 18. Prosecutions have continued in 2019, including two Baptists punished for offering religious literature at a bus stop.

WASHINGTON (RNS) — The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, a bipartisan organization created 20 years ago, concludes in its 2019 report that “innumerable believers and nonbelievers across the globe continued in 2018 to experience manifold suffering due to their beliefs.”

PEMBA, Mozambique (BP) -- With Mozambique suffering its second major cyclone in the past six weeks, Baptist Global Response has requested prayer for ongoing disaster relief ministry in the southeast African nation.

PARIS (RNS) — To Americans who drop coins into the collection plate, write a check or perhaps text in their Sunday donation, the idea that the state would charge an annual tax to support their church can seem strange and off-putting indeed. Not so in Western Europe.

(The Conversation) — Sri Lanka’s Christians - about 7 percent of the country's total population - have a long history that reflects the dynamics of colonialism as well as present-day ethnic and religious tensions.

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — At least 207 people were killed and hundreds more wounded in eight bomb blasts that rocked churches and luxury hotels in or near Sri Lanka's capital on Easter Sunday.

According to a United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report, more than three-quarters of pre-primary-age children are not enrolled in pre-primary education programs in lower-income nations.