January 23, 2014

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Millions of African children at risk of labor exploitation

By Charles Braddix JOHANNESBURG – A young child sits on the side of the road in Madagascar crushing rocks with a hammer almost too heavy for him to hold. Another accidently slices his hand open with a machete while opening cocoa pods on a plantation in Ghana. A young teenage girl, trafficked for the sex […]

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January 23, 2014

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Despite many betrayals, Lisha longs for escape

By Martha Richards JOHANNESBURG – She was just a child, and she trusted him. He was her pastor. Yet he raped her, and no one believed her story. Years passed, and Lisha* was once again betrayed, this time by a friend who also raped her – again and again. As a pregnant youth, Lisha was […]

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January 23, 2014

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Human Exploitation: Don’t give up the fight!

By Nicole Lee HAMBURG, Germany — Zeina* has been on the streets of Hamburg for several years. She came from Africa by way of Spain, where her children live and depend on her income for their schooling and livelihood. She longs for her children to have a better life than she has had and works […]

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January 21, 2014

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A refugee’s dream for a better life is shattered

By IMB Staff ISTANBUL—In a smoke filled café in Istanbul, my friend took a long drag on his cigarette and began to exhale regret and sorrow.  He confessed to those of us around the table about a decision that would eventually kill his marriage and estrange him from his children. He left Iran by himself […]

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January 21, 2014

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Domestic worker bound by sponsors in the Middle East shares her story

By Eden Nelson MIDDLE EAST—Priscilla* said, “I don’t have my passport, I don’t have my visa, I don’t have anything.” Her friends told her not to worry — just go, and someone could help her figure that out later. “So I left.” Eleven years ago, after the death of her father, Priscilla’s family was in […]

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November 14, 2013

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You Report: Hope in Sarajevo

By Marc Ira Hooks My work takes me to many cities. Some I like, some I don’t. But almost always I come home to find that I have been affected in some way by the places I have visited. I am not sure exactly what I was expecting when I went to Sarajevo. I knew […]

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November 14, 2013

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New resource opens the door to use the Olympic games to share the Gospel

By Marc Ira Hooks Athletes from around the world will soon converge in Sochi, Russia, for the 22nd Olympic Winter Games in February 2014, and millions across the globe will gather around their television sets to watch. For Christians, this creates a unique opportunity to share the Gospel, not only at the games but within […]

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November 14, 2013

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A tale of two Olympic cities

By Marc Ira Hooks Olympic host cities share a common bond of brotherhood. They are forever linked to the ideals associated with modern Olympic Games — peace, prosperity and harmony among peoples and nations. However, each city portrays the Olympic spirit through its own character. The Grandfather — Innsbruck, Austria Like a stately grandfather, Innsbruck […]

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July 9, 2013

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Return to paganism on rise in England, Norwich leads way

By Charles Braddix NORWICH, England — He is difficult to find and even then is barely visible, but he’s there. Green Man, a symbol of ancient pagan religion, stares down from the nave of Norwich Cathedral. In a way, his presence is symbolic of how it has always been, and still is, in this medieval […]

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June 21, 2013

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Istanbul pastor ministers amid tear gas, water cannons

By Ralph Brock ISTANBUL — While protesters and police furiously clash in Istanbul, there is a pastor who quietly continues his ministry. Nicholas* lives and works in Taksim, the epicenter of the increasingly violent encounters of recent days in Istanbul. In the most recent clashes, Nicholas’ home filled with so much tear gas that his […]

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