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Despite kidnappings, active U.S. Christians still encourage mission trips to embattled nations.

American Christians who are active in their churches still strongly support missions work in dangerous regions, despite the recent kidnapping and killings of South Korean aid workers by the Taliban in Afghanistan. A new survey conducted by NationalChristianPoll.com for Christianity Today International shows 69 percent of active Christians support missions work in places where the U.S. is engaged in military operations, specifically Iraq and Afghanistan, and 66 percent support missions in countries that are under U.S. sanctions, such as Cuba.

With the increasing number of U.S. churches sending volunteers abroad for short-term missions, the poll asked, "Are missions to dangerous places irresponsible?" Only two percent of the active Christians said yes; 63 percent said, "Only if the missionaries are unprepared."

Of the 884 active Christians surveyed, 94 percent support missionaries financially, and 57 percent said they or a family member have been on a mission trip. Considering the fate of ...

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