It was the campaign of one American woman, Jenny Bowen, in Berkeley, California, that brought loving care into the lives of millions of Chinese orphans, most of them girls. Bowen and her husband began by adopting one girl. Then another. Now Jenny Bowen leads Half the Sky, a foundation to deliver responsive care to all China’s orphans. “They’re being treated like their lives matter,” says Bowen. “They know it, and they know they’re loved, so they thrive.” More
Vietnamese women and children from rural villages are regularly targeted for labor and sex trafficking. They are often lured with opportunities for work in China, and then sold as wives, prostitutes, or forced labor. “We were told that if we didn’t agree to be wives, we would be sold into brothels,” says one victim who managed to escape. More
“I have great respect for the Catholic Church, but I have always been a bit uneasy about the Catholic Church ordaining that a woman can’t be a priest or a deacon. … I just believe that whenever women are treated as inferior in the eyes of God this is a misinterpretation of what Jesus Christ taught.” More
For Holocaust Remembrance Day we talk with Ilie Wacs and Deborah Strobin, a brother and sister who have written a memoir about their family’s life as Jewish refugees in the Far East during World War II and their connection to the larger Jewish story of survival and endurance. More
“What’s wrong with this picture: 50 miles north of here is possibly the worst human rights situation, including Christian persecution in the entire world, and here we are in South Korea living a lifestyle that’s probably on par with the United States and Europe,” says pastor Tim Peters, a missionary in South Korea. More
It is the belief of many Chinese that there is an ongoing spiritual connection between them and their forebears. They venerate them, pray to them, and take gifts to their graves.
The Dalai Lama leads one of the four schools, or denominations within Tibetan Buddhism. The 23-year-old Karmapa Lama leads another. His supporters believe he may one day succeed the older man as Buddhism's leading international voice.