First U.S. Missionaries’ Legacy Continues in Myanmar

Two hundred years ago this month, the first foreign missionaries from the United States arrived in India. The famous “haystack prayer meeting” in 1806 led to the forming of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM) four years later....

Was Christopher Columbus on a Religious Crusade?

(RNS) Two recent books argue that explorers Christopher Columbus and Vasco da Gama were more like Christian crusaders than greedy mercenaries or curious adventurers. Other historians, however, remain skeptical. The books, released in the weeks leading up to Columbus...

Missionaries Grapple with Leaving Japan

(RNS) Wolfgang Langhans, a Tokyo-based field director for missionaries, calls the week since the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan “the busiest and most stressful week of my life.” But when those twin crises created a third—the threat of dangerous radiation leaks from...