WorldWatch: Updates on the Global Church

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Christians Criticized for Preaching to Remote Tribes

The debate over how to treat remote Amazon tribes has pitted Christian missionaries against the Brazilian government.

The U.S.-based organization, "Youth with a Mission," became concerned when it discovered an isolated tribe was killing babies born with birth defects.

But YWAM says when it sought medical treatment for the babies, the Brazilian government protested, citing concerns about outside influences.

Now, the government is accusing the missionaries of a number of crimes, including slavery and kidnapping.

ABC News anchor and reporter Dan Harris recently traveled deep into the Amazon to talk with some of the missionaries.

He talked with CBN News about the Christian groups working in the Amazon and their mission to prevent those babies from being killed.

 Read more here.

Haiti, Galveston Still Recovering from Ike

Haiti is in mourning for the victims of four straight tropical storms or hurricanes.

Authorities estimate nearly 500 people were killed and hundreds of thousands left homeless.

The UN says almost 10 percent of the population is in desperate need of relief.

Operation Blessing volunteers are there bringing food and water.

They're distributing enough rice and beans to feed 5,000 people, and working on a water purification plant and medical clinic to help thousands more.

Meanwhile, thousands of Galveston, Texas residents returned home this week, 12 days after Hurricane Ike devastated the city.

Major damage on the island means residents are facing days, and possibly weeks, without power or water.

Homeowners who plan to stay are being told to bring their own supplies and gasoline.

The storm damage on Galveston's west side is so bad that residents there can only visit their homes.

Billy Graham Group Helping Ike Victims

Chaplains from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association are on hand to help Ike's victims.

The teams are giving spiritual aid and comfort through prayer and counseling.

Coordinator Marilyn Dides described the state of the victims.

First of all right now they're just devastated and they're looking for help, but also they're resilient and we have found that those who do love the Lord are strong and they're willing to help other people and the ones that we've met that don't know the Lord, they are looking for help," she explained. "And that's what we want to do. We want to be that for them. We want to be Jesus in the skin to them. We want to love on them any way we can."

The BGEA has twelve chaplains at work in three Texas cities.

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