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.

Associated Press/Photo by Sofia Sandurskaya/Moscow News Agency

American sentenced in Moscow

International | Paul Whelan insists the Russians set him up
by Mindy Belz
Posted 6/15/20, 12:18 pm

RUSSIA: A Moscow court found Paul Whelan, a dual U.S.-Canadian citizen and former U.S. Marine, guilty of espionage and sentenced him to 16 years in prison in a case the U.S.

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Getty Images/Photo by Kola Sulaimon/AFP

Progress and regress on the international religious freedom front

International | State Department report to inform President Trump’s executive order
by Mindy Belz
Posted 6/11/20, 04:38 pm

GLOBAL: The State Department released its 2019 Report on International Religious Freedom, which is expected to help form an action plan for President Donald Trump’s June 2 executive order on international religious freedom.

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Earth on our heads

Grief & Suffering | Twin calamities present an opportunity for deep lament and mighty pardon
by Mindy Belz
Posted 6/11/20, 03:30 pm

Nehemiah on the 24th day of the month gathered the people of Israel “with fasting and in sackcloth, and with earth on their heads.” Eight Levites—each of them named twice in the space of two verses (Nehemiah 9:4-5)—stand on a scaffold before them, crying in loud voices, recounting their story, confessing their sins. 

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