As Britain marks David Livingstone's 200th birthday (pictured here) on Tuesday (March 19), Christians are being reintroduced to one of the greatest missionaries and explorers of the 19th century.  Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons/National Portrait Gallery in London

Dr. Livingstone, I presume? Missionary icon turns 200

(RNS) On the 200th anniversary of David Livingstone’s birth, Christians are being reintroduced to one of the greatest missionaries and explorers of the 19th century. A new book, meanwhile, introduces a darker side to Livingstone’s globe-trotting career and the corrosive effect it had on his marriage.

Missionary fellowship put big emphasis on the littlest converts

WARRENTON, Mo. (RNS) “Ask at what age a Christian formed a relationship with Jesus Christ, and 85 percent will say before their 15th birthday,” says Reese Kauffman, president of Child Evangelism Fellowship. The Missouri-based group spends $5 million on its international missions, focusing especially on children. By Tim Townsend.

RNS photo courtesy Becky Morlock

Missionary mom returns home with unexpected ‘gift’

(RNS) Most international adoptions are arranged through licensed agencies. Becky Morlock's situation was different; her son was given to her directly by his biological mother, and the case left her stranded in India as a missionary-turned-mom for almost four years. By Adriana Janovich

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Mormons confront ‘epidemic’ of online misinformation

SALT LAKE CITY (RNS)  “The problem is not so much the discovery of particular details that are deal breakers for the faithful; the problem is a loss of faith and trust in an institution that was less than forthcoming to begin with.”