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.

Eyes on the prize, rulers ignore war

International | Muslim rioting in Java crushes Christians and burns churches; instability spawns more fear
by Mindy Belz
Posted 11/09/96, 12:00 am

Just as Oslo's Nobel Committee was awarding Indonesians Jose Ramos-Horta and Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo its distinguished Peace Prize, Indonesia's main island saw bloody rioting in the worst of a series of attacks directed at Christians. The violence left five Pentecostals dead and more than 20 churches in ashes.

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Missionary: possible

International | CIA director wants flexibility in using missionaries as spies
by Mindy Belz
Posted 8/31/96, 12:00 am

Church and state clashed in Capitol Hill hearings this summer over an unusual topic: espionage.

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence heard testimony on the use of missionaries and journalists as spies; the National Association of Evangelicals had raised the issue at its annual convention last February. The association's 49 member denominations and mission agencies were surprised to learn then that a loophole provision going back 20 years allowed the director of the CIA to use missionaries and clergy as spies under certain circumstances.

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At your own risk

International | Missionaries feel the tension of living in a terrorist's world--and the frustration of not knowing where to turn for help
by Mindy Belz
Posted 8/31/96, 12:00 am

When missionary Ray Rising was taken captive by Colombian guerrillas, those remaining at Wycliffe's Lomalinda compound "began living like security agents," another missionary reported. A professional security consultant was brought in to train workers in protecting themselves. "Everybody's attention was taken off the work," he said, and ultimately the translation center was closed. Recently the property was sold off.

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