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.

The need for speed

International | Homespun computer network keeps missionaries in touch
by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/11/97, 12:00 am

in Green Bay, Wis. - Missionaries rely on the perennial array of homegrown innovations to get their job done where they are called, which usually happen to be places that have not met the late 20th century. At a recent exhibition in Green Bay, Wisc., put on by JAARS, the aviation support arm of Wycliffe Bible Translators, one volunteer rep demonstrated a hand-cranked cassette player. Another showed how a windshield wiper motor converted into a makeshift generator could be capable of neutralizing snake-bite toxins with its low-current, high-voltage charge.

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America yawns as Africa burns

International | Will the gospel of peace penetrate a violent, war-torn continent?
by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/04/97, 12:00 am

In a month of important deaths, former Zairian dictator Mobutu Sese Seko died nearly unnoticed. His was another real-life parable. In 30 years of rule over Zaire, Mobutu skimmed for himself the fat of the country's mining resources and cruised the Congo in a yacht while the masses sank further into poverty and the country's infrastructure rotted. He died friendless in Morocco after a lengthy battle with cancer, his riches drained by his lifestyle and his mining interests in the hands of Laurent Kabila, the rebel leader who now rules what has been named the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Well-connected Riadys

International | Lippo Group owners also have ties in the evangelical world
by Mindy Belz
Posted 9/27/97, 12:00 am

Mochtar and James Riady, the billionaire bankers from Indonesia, have reputations not only for spreading their wealth; they pass the plate as well.

Owners of the Lippo Group, a banking conglomerate embroiled in the White House campaign-finance scandals, both father and son attend an evangelical church in Jakarta. The church and its pastor, Stephen Tong, have ties to Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) of Orlando, Fla., and Jackson, Miss.

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