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World Watch List 2019

 
WWL 19: One Christian out of nine suffers persecution worldwide
WWL 19: One Christian out of nine suffers persecution worldwide

According to World Watch List, released today by Open Doors International, 4,305 people died in 2018 because of their Christian faith. Christian persecution has drastically increased.

 
 
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EUROPE
#EEA25Brussels

 
“Christians are now better at thinking biblically about politics than 25 years ago”

An interview with Julia Doxat-Purser, the socio-political representative of the European Evangelical Alliance. “Our main working style in Brussels is behind the scenes and face to face influence, in personal conversations with the people who are shaping the ideas”.

 
 
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CULTURE
450 years of 'Bear Bible'

 
A stamp in Spain recognises Bible translator Casiodoro de Reina
A stamp in Spain recognises Bible translator Casiodoro de Reina

The Philatelic Commission honours the Protestant Reformation. 450 years later, the Reina-Valera Bible is one of the most printed books in the Spanish-speaking world.

 
 
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LIFE & TECH
Sports and faith

 
Jürgen Klopp: “Jesus is the most important person in history”
Jürgen Klopp: “Jesus is the most important person in history”

The German manager of Liverpool FC leads the English Premier League. “To be a believer, but not to want to talk about it - I do not know how it would work!”

 
 
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Statistics

 
Spanish evangelicals opened 16 new worship places every month in 2018
Spanish evangelicals opened 16 new worship places every month in 2018

There are 4,238 evangelical places of worship in the country. Evangelical Christians are the religious minority with the greatest presence in the country.

 
 
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CITIES
Germany

 
‘Train Station Mission’ leader named Berliner of the Year
‘Train Station Mission’ leader named Berliner of the Year

The social worker Dieter Puhl is described as “a lobbyist of the homeless”. The Christian organisation works in over 100 train stations across Germany.

 
 
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Social media

 
An app to connect evangelicals in Portugal
An app to connect evangelicals in Portugal

It was launched during the Week of Prayer. More than 1,000 people have downloaded the app in the first days.

 
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A prayer for Europe
A prayer for Europe

EEA Hope for Europe Prayer Network writes a prayer for 2019.

 
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EUROPE
#EEA25Brussels

 
“We need a civil public square that provides space for a wide variety of voices, including the voice of Christians”
“We need a civil public square that provides space for a wide variety of voices, including the voice of Christians”

“After the European election, we will work hard to identify the MEPs who have a heart for human dignity, human rights, and Freedom of Religion or Belief”, says the European Evangelical Alliance Brussels officer Arie de Pater.

 
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#EEA25Brussels

 
1992-1994: The Brussels Affirmation and the EEA office
1992-1994: The Brussels Affirmation and the EEA office

On Wednesday, the European Evangelical Alliance celebrates 25 years of engagement in EU circles, after the opening of a Brussels socio-political office in 1994.

 
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FINISH LINE
Jaime Fernandez

 
Please help!
Please help!

The gospel is one beggar telling another where to find food.

 
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JUBILEE CENTRE
Jonathan Tame

 
Which story are you living in?
Which story are you living in?

As followers of Jesus, we are called to positive cultural engagement. This must begin with assessing where we ourselves are adopting these narratives uncritically, and going on to evaluate them in a constructive way.

 
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WORLD
North Africa

 
Faith costs Christian in Algeria his family, livelihood

“Today I am far from my family, my wife, and my two daughters, without work or home”, he said. “Such is the lot of a Muslim who converts to Christianity in Algeria today”.

 
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Belgium

 
Flanders bans halal and kosher animal slaughter methods
Flanders bans halal and kosher animal slaughter methods

Under the law, animals have to be stunned before being killed. “It is a sad day for religious freedom in Europe”, the president of the Conference of European Rabbis says.

 
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Anniversary

 
4 years of Evangelical Focus
4 years of Evangelical Focus

Europe is going through major changes. Our aim is to look at the key issues in our continent from a biblical perspective.

 
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WORLD
Africa

 
Drums in the neighbor's house
Drums in the neighbor's house

Most Mozambicans say they are Christian, but in rural areas, it’s not hard to find evidence of shamanism and ethnic rites.

 
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BETWEEN THE LINES
José de Segovia

 
The terror of the Khmer Rouge
The terror of the Khmer Rouge

Christianity departs from any kind of moralism. What is good news for Duch, is bad news for those who consider themselves too be good and righteous.

 
 

 
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Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels

An interview with the socio-political representative of the European Evangelical Alliance about how evangelical Christians work at the heart of the European Union.

 
Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church

An interview with Lars Dahle, of the Steering Committee of the Lausanne Movement Global Consultation on Nominal Christianity held in Rome.

 
Michael Ramsden: Communicating the Gospel in today’s societies Michael Ramsden: Communicating the Gospel in today’s societies

RZIM International Director Michael Ramsden responds to questions about the secularisation of Europe, the role of Christians in public leadership and the new ‘culture of victimism’.

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
Bulgaria: Evangelicals ask government to protect religious minorities Bulgaria: Evangelicals ask government to protect religious minorities

Christians rallied in Sofia on November 18 to defend their rights. It is the second Sunday of peaceful demonstrations against a new religion draft law that could severely restrict religious freedom and rights of minority faith confessions.

 
Photos: #WalkForFreedom Photos: #WalkForFreedom

Abolitionists marched through 400 cities in 51 countries. Pictures from Valencia (Spain), October 20.

 
Photos: Reaching people with disabilities Photos: Reaching people with disabilities

Seminars, an arts exhibition, discussion and testimonies. The European Disability Network met in Tallinn.

 
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China rises 16 places in Open Doors World Watch List China rises 16 places in Open Doors World Watch List

There has been an serious increase in persecution of Christian communities in China in the last months.

 
The source of longing, according to C.S. Lewis The source of longing, according to C.S. Lewis

Jerry Root compares the search for meaning of C.S. Lewis with Saint Augustine's reflections.

 
The reliability of the Bible The reliability of the Bible

Jim Cecy, Senior Pastor, Campus Bible Church, answers the question Why is a defense of the reliability of the Bible important?

 
Bulgarian evangelicals ask politicians to defend “basic freedoms” Bulgarian evangelicals ask politicians to defend “basic freedoms”

Protests and prayers continue in Bulgaria for the sixth week.

 
That night That night

“No one came ot help that night, no nurse to numb the fright...”

 
 
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