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Ukraine Baptists prepare for possible Russian invasion

LVIV, Ukraine (BP) – Baptists in Western Ukraine have made plans to shelter fellow believers in the case of a Russian invasion at Ukraine’s eastern border, a Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary graduate who now leads a Baptist seminary in Ukraine told Baptist Press.

NEWS DIGEST: Adoption agencies’ religious liberty upheld; China claims U.S. ‘interference’ in Olympics

Michigan settlement affirms religious liberty for adoption agencies; China demands U.S. halt Olympics 'interference.'

Russia-Ukraine tension sparks call to prayer

A buildup of Russian troops on the Russia-Ukraine border has drawn all eyes to the two nations and a call for prayer from a former International Mission Board missionary in the region.

Ransom paid for hostages in Haiti not honored, new recordings allege

MILLERSBURG, Ohio (BP) – Personal accounts of Anabaptist hostages who escaped a radical Haitian gang have been revealed amid varying reports of the gang reneging on a ransom paid anonymously.

Additional evidence of Roman crucifixion identified in England

CAMBRIDGESHIRE, England (BP) – Additional evidence for the ancient practice of Roman crucifixion dating back to the time period of Jesus has been identified in a skeleton found in Cambridgeshire, England.

Remaining 12 Christian missionaries freed in Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE (BP) – Christian Aid Ministries is praising God upon the release today (Dec. 16) of the remaining 12 missionaries a violent gang kidnapped two months ago in Haiti.

House passes Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BP) – The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act Wednesday evening. The ban blocks imports from the Xianjiang province of China where more than 12 million Uyghur are being held.

U.S. religious group says Haitian gang released 3 hostages

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) – A religious group based in Ohio announced Monday that a violent gang in Haiti has released three more hostages, while another 12 remain abducted.

Christmas in Bethlehem: Gilded treasures, but few tourists

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Ahead of Christmas, a towering wooden screen — once blackened with soot from millions of worshippers' candles — is being restored to its gilded glory in the Church of the Nativity, built at the site where many believe Jesus was born.

US missionaries say 2 abductees freed in Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — An Ohio-based church organization says two of 17 abducted members of a missionary group have been freed in Haiti.