In a gesture of support toward the families of the Korean hostages being held by the Taliban in Afghanistan, the Rev Dr Samuel Kobia, general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and a Methodist minister from Kenya, visited them yesterday while on a trip to Korea.
As two hostages are released today, the general secretary of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), the Rev Dr Ishmael Noko, calls on the international community to South Korea in its efforts to secure the safe release of the remaining hostages still held by the Taliban in Afghanistan.
An leading Indian church worker, who recently returned from a visit to Afghanistan, says that the expatriate Christian community there need to present a "more inclusive Jesus" in the war-ravaged nation.
The World Council of Churches has denounced the killing of a second Korean Christian hostage in Afghanistan, while Korean Presbyterians have called on the US and Afghanistan to negotiate the freeing of the hostages with the Taliban.
The killing of a second Korean Christian hostage in Afghanistan has led the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (PROK) to make an urgent call for prayer among the world's different Christian communities.
The National Council of Churches in Korea has said that all "missionary activity in Afghanistan, where abductions and dangers to life continue, must be stopped," says the Japanese online edition of JoongAng Daily.
The UK-based international development agency Christian Aid has handed over more than ¬£600,000 for emergency projects to help people devastated by drought in Afghanistan, as part of a global relief effort.