The food crisis has pushed the number of hungry people in the world to almost 1bn, in what the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation described on Tuesday as a “serious setback” to global efforts to reduce mass starvation.
Donations to many of the USA's food banks are not keeping pace with growing demand as the sour economy forces more people to seek help, charitable organizations say. "We have seen a 100% increase in demand in the last year … and food donations have dropped precipitously," says Dana Wilkie, CEO of the Community Food Bank in Fresno, Calif.
Christians in the UK have expressed concern for a British missionary couple arrested on sedition charges in The Gambia. David Fulton, 60, from Troon in Ayrshire and his wife Fiona, 46, from Torquay in Devon were arrested on 29 November and Mr Fulton is now being held in a high security prison.
The past week has for Mumbai's Christians been one of lighting candles and expressing solidarity with the victims of the last week's terror attacks. Among the Christian groups reaching out to help the city heal was the prominent St Xavier's college, which held a special memorial prayer service on Thursday.
The Archbishop of York has called on the international community to remove Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe from power as a deadly cholera outbreak continues to add to the woes of a country already devastated by hyperinflation and widespread destitution.
Throughout the week, Christians in Mumbai, India, have been lighting candles and expressing solidarity with the victims of last week's terrorist attacks. Among the Christian groups reaching out to help the city heal were those at the prominent St. Xavier's college, which held a special memorial prayer service on Thursday.
A British couple who have spent the past 12 years working as Christian missionaries in the West African state of the Gambia have been jailed after being charged with sedition. David Fulton, 60, and his wife Fiona, 46, were arrested last Saturday and have since been detained in separate locations.