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Jakarta, Indonesia

 
About 1,000 young leaders from across the world will reflect on mission at YLG 2016
About 1,000 young leaders from across the world will reflect on mission at YLG 2016

“I see a generation that is humble to build on the wisdom of previous generations, but also bold enough to contextualize it and come up with new initiatives for global mission”, says Sarah Breuel, Chair of the Lausanne Movement Younger Leaders Gathering 2016. 

 
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Books

 
Twelve million adult colouring books sold in USA in 2015
Twelve million adult colouring books sold in USA in 2015

Half of the top ten best sellers in the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association are colouring books. "Coloring itself cannot be called art therapy", an expert says.

 
 
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Report

 
Mental health disorders increase among refugees

A MSF study warns about the high number of refugees in Italy who suffer mental health disorders due to the situation in their countries, the trauma of the journey and the inadequate reception conditions.

 
 
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Interview

 
“Image has become our idol”
“Image has become our idol”

Christian psychologist Lidia Martin analyses the “image-centered” culture in which we live, and how we can put personal care in the right place.

 
 
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Mediterranean

 
Twenty-two migrants die and hundreds are rescued in Italy
Twenty-two migrants die and hundreds are rescued in Italy

There were 45 unaccompanied children in one of the rescued boats. “The EU cannot turn its back to the people who risk their lives fleeing from violence, extreme poverty and political persecution.”

 
 
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From Turkey

 
The situation in Turkey - Some thoughts about the implications for ministry
The situation in Turkey - Some thoughts about the implications for ministry

An increasing atmosphere of Islamic triumphalism in the wake of the coup could potentially put pressure on Christians or increase the threat level for them in Turkey, but for now that threat isn't present.

 
 
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Evangelism restricted
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‘The followers of Christ in Russia will continue preaching the gospel’
‘The followers of Christ in Russia will continue preaching the gospel’

The law that makes evangelism illegal has come into force in Russia, on Wednesday 20th July. The situation is still better than in the URSS days, says evangelist Alex Jaruchik.

 
 
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LIFE & TECH
Students

 
Talking about suicide
Talking about suicide

800,000 people a year commit suicide. It is the second leading cause of death among people 15-29 years of age. Students in Brazil received training on how to respond from a Biblical perspective.

 
 
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Freedom of speech

 
‘Russian government should respect freedom of speech and assembly’
‘Russian government should respect freedom of speech and assembly’

“Russian Evangelicals are not problematic and radicalised citizens and they should not be treated that way”, says Thomas Bucher, the General Secretary of the European Evangelical Alliance.

 
 
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FROM PRAGUE
Nelleke Wolters

 
A church surrounded by nightclubs
A church surrounded by nightclubs

Is the red light district the best place to have church activities? “When I try to imagine where Jesus would want a church, I definitely think it would be here”, says the pastor of International Church Prague.

 
 
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Nice terror attack

 
Mother of evangelical faith and child die in Nice attack
Mother of evangelical faith and child die in Nice attack

Her husband and two young children survived. They are members of a church in Nice. Evangelical churches called to pray for all families of the victims this Sunday. 

 
 
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Turkey 

 
Evangelicals in Turkey: ‘We are safe, please pray’
Evangelicals in Turkey: ‘We are safe, please pray’

Four Spanish pastors describe the situation from the ground. There is “confusion” in Istanbul and Ankara. Explosions are heard in several cities, and “mosques are calling people to go to streets to protest”.

 
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Update

 
French Christians react to Nice attack
French Christians react to Nice attack

“Millions of Christians around the world are praying for France”. Evangelical churches will dedicate Sunday worship services to pray for the families. 

 
 
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CITIES
Calais

 
Evangelical church burnt in France
Evangelical church burnt in France

French Minister of the Interior Cazeneuve guarantees the protection of worship places. The CNEF, concerned after second similar incident in just two months.

 
 
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EUROPE
Interview

 
“The fight against commercial sexual exploitation is both physical and spiritual”
“The fight against commercial sexual exploitation is both physical and spiritual”

About 120,000 people are sexually exploited in Italy. The ‘Alleanza Tesori Raggianti’ network partners with local churches to offer “true healing in Christ”, Erika Tello explains.

 
 
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CITIES
Islam in Europe

 
Burqa ban in Switzerland reopens debate about security and religion

A Muslim activist is first citizen fined. The law was approved in the Ticino canton after a referendum vote in 2013. 

 
 
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USA

 
Christianity grows among Native Americans
Christianity grows among Native Americans

About 90% of the Native Americans have minimal or no connection to Christianity. “There are no mega-churches with Indians, but we have people who love the Lord”, Emerson Falls, former chairman of FoNAC, said.

 
 
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Evangelism banned in Russia

 
EEA calls to pray for “wisdom and courage” for Christians in Russia
EEA calls to pray for “wisdom and courage” for Christians in Russia

“The European Evangelical Alliance is extremely concerned about Russia’s new anti-terrorism law, which greatly restricts religious freedom”. Evangelism is no longer allowed outside religious buildings.

 
 
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Interview

 
“Europe is in crisis because we do not know anymore where morality comes from”
“Europe is in crisis because we do not know anymore where morality comes from”

“Many atheists are beginning to see that their loud, aggressive attitude is not working”, says Mathematics Prof. John Lennox in an interview with Evangelical Focus. “We need to spend time to get to know Scripture at beyond a kind of Sunday school class level”.

 
 
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Uganda

 
Former imam loses family and home after turning to Christ

“I had to flee that night, leaving my entire family behind,” said Kuluseni Iguru Tenywa, the father of four children.

 
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Safari Children’s Choir
Safari Children’s Choir

28 boys and girls from Uganda sing songs of hope in a tour through Spain. Photos of a concert at an evangelical church in Terrassa.

 
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LIFE & TECH
United Kingdom

 
Pokémon Go: Church of England becomes PokeStop
Pokémon Go: Church of England becomes PokeStop

The Church has said the game was "a good way to start a conversation that may lead on to other things".

 
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APPOINTMENT WITH GOD
Alain Auderset

 
As we grow...
As we grow...

At birth, little does it matter to us whether we are disadvantaged or favoured. The only thing that matters is the love of those close to us.

 
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FINISH LINE
Jaime Fernández

 
High price
High price

How much do you value Jesus? How important is he to you? He gave all he had to be one of us. He was willing to die for you and me.

 
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EUROPE
United Kingdom

 
The faith of new Prime Minister Theresa May
The faith of new Prime Minister Theresa May

The daughter of a vicar, she attends a local Anglican church regularly. She supported gay marriage and does not like to speak about her faith in public.

 
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Germany

 
Protestants and Catholics denounce situation of Christian refugees

German Bishops' Conference, and the Protestant Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) issued a joint statement about the harassment and attacks Christian refugees suffer.

 
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BIBLICAL PREACHING
Peter Mead

 
Life now
Life now

Too many gospel presentations offer only a ticket to heaven when you die. And too many Christians are walking around with hope of comfort tied exclusively to that end of life anticipation.

 
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Archaeology

 
First-ever Philistine cemetery unearthed
First-ever Philistine cemetery unearthed

The cemetery has been found outside the walls of the Israelite port city of Ashkelon. The discovery of more than 200 bodies will reveal many details about how the Philistines lived.

 
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Europe

 
10 common myths concerning refugees
10 common myths concerning refugees

Myth: The Bible has little to say about refugees. Reality: The Bible is filled with stories of forcible displacement. God clearly expects his people to love the alien.

 
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FAITHFUL UNDER PRESSURE
Michael Gowen

 
Rebekah - 15 minutes of fame
Rebekah - 15 minutes of fame

She lived 4,000 years ago and, although she can hardly be called a celebrity, even today people all over the world are still reading about her.

 
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Antonio Cruz

 
The red rock mullet
The red rock mullet

It swallows the sand to filter it and then expels it through its gills, thus retaining crustaceans, amphipods, polychaetes, molluscs and tiny fish.

 
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LAUSANNE MOVEMENT
Moyra Dale

 
Engaging with the Women’s Mosque Movement
Engaging with the Women’s Mosque Movement

The basic place of meeting between Christian and Muslim is our shared regard for Jesus the Messiah; and the most fundamental point of difference is not the place of women or of violence, but who we believe the Messiah to be.

 
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FEATURES
Antonio Cruz

 
Little bugs standing up to God?
Little bugs standing up to God?

What mysterious properties do the Oikopleura dioica have to challenge God and cause such religious tremors?

 
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Report

 
Rome Scholars Network: Evangelical-Catholic Relations
Rome Scholars Network: Evangelical-Catholic Relations

The week-long course was made up of twenty-one sessions which were delivered by Leonardo De Chirico, Gregg Allison, Greg Pritchard and Mike Reeves. “This week has been something of a dream come true.”

 
 

 
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Lindsay Brown: Islam and the Gospel in Europe Lindsay Brown: Islam and the Gospel in Europe

Is the arrival of thousands of Muslims to Europe a threat to Christianity? What is the growth of evangelical churches in Eastern and Southern Europe? An interview with theologian and Lausanne Movement representative Lindsay Brown.

 
Giovanni Traettino: “Pope Francis is my brother in Christ” Giovanni Traettino: “Pope Francis is my brother in Christ”

Evangelical Focus asked the well-known Pentecostal pastor about his “open” approach to Roman Catholicism. Traettino defended his position about ecumenism during the Italian Evangelical Alliance 2016 assembly (8-9 April, Rome).

 
Efraim Tendero: Relationship with Roman Catholicism and other current issues Efraim Tendero: Relationship with Roman Catholicism and other current issues

The World Evangelical Alliance Secretary General participated in the Italian Evangelical Alliance assembly (Rome, 8-9 April). In this interview with Evangelical Focus, Bp Tendero talks about the need to listen to local churches and to face challenges like the refugee crisis and climate change. 

 
Evi Rodemann: Youth and mission Evi Rodemann: Youth and mission

“We want to see the youth not just being equipped, but also being multipliers”, Evi Rodemann director of Mission-Net. The European Congress took place in Germany from December 28 to January 2.

 
Lindsay Brown: Identity of the Lausanne Movement Lindsay Brown: Identity of the Lausanne Movement

“Identity is shaped by history, values and vision”, the International Director says in this talk given in Spain - November, 2015.

 
David Bookless: Environmental Care David Bookless: Environmental Care

Can Christians ignore the care for creation? Does the Bible have a clear perspective on how we should live? Member of "A Rocha" David Bookless answers several questions and challenges Christians to make a real impact in several areas.

 
Thomas Bucher: Vision of the EEA Thomas Bucher: Vision of the EEA

Influence in society, evangelical identity and projects in Europe. An interview with Thomas Bucher, secretary general of the European Evangelical Alliance.

 
Greg Pritchard: European Leadership Forum Greg Pritchard: European Leadership Forum

Pritchard explains the vision of ELF, comments on the 2015 event in Poland and reflects on what it means to have an "evangelical identity".

 
Pablo Martinez comments on Evangelical Focus’ launch Pablo Martinez comments on Evangelical Focus’ launch

Author and international speaker Dr Pablo Martínez discusses the main challenges in Europe nowadays and hopes Evangelical Focus will be a useful tool to help build bridges between churches and society.

 
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Safari Children’s Choir Safari Children’s Choir

28 boys and girls from Uganda sing songs of hope in a tour through Spain. Photos of a concert at an evangelical church in Terrassa.

 
“Spain, we pray for you” “Spain, we pray for you”

Hundreds of evangelical Christians from many denominations marched in Madrid (Spain) to pray for their city, the authorities and asking God to bring hope to its society. Many gathered in other cities on June, 11.

 
First impressions of ELF 2016 First impressions of ELF 2016

The gospel and Europe. More than 700 participants from across Europe share their experiences and get quality training during the 2016 European Leadership Forum.

 
Lennox: “Atheism, a faith which offers no hope” Lennox: “Atheism, a faith which offers no hope”

The Oxford Mathematics Professor spoke to 230 participants at the 2016 Apologetics Forum (Spain). John Lennox encouraged Christians to ask good questions and listen more. “We should get rid of the idea that apologetics is only for ‘smart’ Christians.”

 
Italian Evangelical Alliance Assembly 2016 Italian Evangelical Alliance Assembly 2016

The Italian Evangelical Alliance celebrated its annual assembly in Rome (8-9 April). The theme was “Evangelical Faith and Roman Catholicism: where are we? Where are we going?”. 

 
#ShareJesus #ShareJesus

Seven Bible verses to explain why Jesus is the central figure of Easter. Images designed by Marina Acuña and Gabriela Pérez.

 
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How has homosexuality become a serious apologetic issue? How has homosexuality become a serious apologetic issue?

Stefan Gustavsson (Sweden) on how society misinterprets what Chrisitanity says about homosexuality. 

 
An interview with Prof. John Lennox An interview with Prof. John Lennox

New atheism, the definition of "faith", Christianity in Europe, the role of the Bible in mission, and the need to listen more. An exclusive interview recorded at "Forum Apologética" (Tarragona, Spain) in May 2016.

 
Refugees in Europe: Germany Refugees in Europe: Germany

What are the challenges and opportunities that come with the arrival of thousands of refugees to Germany? How can we make sure Muslim asylum seekers understand religious freedom? Marcel Fink (S.A.M.) gives some answers. Watch video (5 min).

 
The case of the Bodnariu:  family life and state The case of the Bodnariu: family life and state

How should Christians and non-believers think about family life and the state? With Peter Saunders (CEO, CMF), Tarjei Gilje (journalist, Dagen), Paul Susman (Legal officer, European Comission), Einar C. Salvesen (Psychologist, Columbia Consulting Ltd.) and Adam Szabados (pastor, Evangelical Church Veszprém). Recorded in Wisla, Poland, during ELF 2016. 

 
Usama Hanna: connecting with Arab refugees Usama Hanna: connecting with Arab refugees

What should be the approach to refugees coming from an Arabic background? What is important to them? How can we talk to them about God? Usama Hanna (MEOS, Switzerland) gives some answers. 

 
Refugees in Europe: Children Refugees in Europe: Children

What are some of the struggles child refugees face? Can church members serve them? What should we have in mind? Whitney Gerdes (IAFR) gives answers. Watch Video (7 min).

 
Refugees in Europe: Identity and integration Refugees in Europe: Identity and integration

How should we integrate asylum seekers coming to Europe? Vimal Vimalasekaran (European Christian Mission) shares his story as a former refugee and gives answers.

 
 
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