An interview with Lazarus Yeghnazar on why Western Christians should focus on leaders not numbers in the Islamic republic. The killing of Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani by order of President Donald Trump last week sent shockwaves around the world and prompted retaliation from Iran, an Islamic republic cited by some Christian groups as having one of the highest conversion rates in the world. Lazarus Yeghnazar, whose research suggests as many as 1 million Christians now live in Iran, has been expecting something like this for years. He believes that, if war comes, it will create a humanitarian crisis but…

If disaster relief was once a bedrock American value, it is now politicized, adding to challenges for the Florida Panhandle’s hurricane recovery.

Below I talk with Dr. Jamie Aten about the upcoming Disaster Ministry Conference. Ed: What’s can attendees expect from HDI’s Disaster Ministry Conference? Jamie: The Disaster Ministry Conference will equip church and lay leaders to prepare and care for small localized crises to large national events. When most people hear the word “disaster” they often mentally pictures natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and mass shootings. Our conference will not only address these sorts of topics, but also show how disasters are related to pressing issues like the refugee crisis and human trafficking. In addition to learning from our keynote speakers—who…