Mindy Belz

Mindy wrote WORLD Magazine's first cover story in 1986 and went on to serve as international editor, editor, and now senior editor. She has covered wars in Syria, Afganistan, Africa, and the Balkans, and she recounts some of her experiences in They Say We Are Infidels: On the Run from ISIS with Persecuted Christians in the Middle East. Mindy resides with her husband, Nat, in Asheville, N.C. Follow her on Twitter @mcbelz.

Powerful pen

| Multiple Choice question: When a February meeting in Washington brought together religious leaders supporting legislation designed to help persecuted Christians abroad, who was honored for his especially influential efforts? (a) William Bennett (b) Gary
by Mindy Belz
Posted 3/14/98, 12:00 am

The correct answer is (e), because the honoree was a 76-year-old, Jewish but non-religious, former New York Times editor, Abe Rosenthal. Here is his story.

Like others who escaped the Jewish immigrant neighborhoods of the Bronx to take up residence on the Upper East Side, Abe Rosenthal has a bona fide story from the school of hard knocks.

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Crossing Communism's chasm

International | Renovating the rubble
by Mindy Belz
Posted 3/07/98, 12:00 am

In Odessa, history died along with freedom when the Bolshevik Revolution seized power 80 years ago. After confiscating privately owned buildings, communists destroyed property records and usually whole histories of what went on inside them.

That kind of state-induced amnesia-invoked all across the former Soviet Union-has made returning building sites to private hands an arduous cause. For both archivist and lawyer, there is no paper trail.

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Let My People Go

| It's a crisis that mission agencies hope never to face and a story they'd rather not have to tell.
by Mindy Belz
Posted 2/20/98, 12:00 am

Right now three missionaries are the longest held American hostages in any part of the world. Mark Rich, Dave Mankins, and Rick Tenenoff, serving in Panama with Florida-based New Tribes Mission, passed their fifth year of captivity on January 31. The three men were abducted together in 1993 by members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as FARC. They were taken from Panama into a northeastern region of Colombia controlled by FARC. Word of their whereabouts and condition has ranged from scant to nonexistent since their first year of captivity.

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