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Ebola outbreak in DR Congo declared international health emergency
Ebola outbreak in DR Congo declared international health emergency

The outbreak started one year ago, and 1,700 people have died so far. The World Health Organization calls to respond with “international solidarity”.

 
 
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Africa

 
“Pray for a real change”, say Christians in Sudan
“Pray for a real change”, say Christians in Sudan

Former President Omar al-Bashir has been jailed and the military and opposition parties have reached an agreement for a transition period which should culminate in democratic elections.

 
 
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Books

 
US-China trade war threatens Bible production
US-China trade war threatens Bible production

Publishers warn that the proposed increase of tariffs to China could result in a Bible shortage in the United States. There are “no substantial domestic manufacturing alternatives” to respond to the demand.

 
 
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CITIES
Switzerland
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Reformation Wall in Geneva vandalised
Reformation Wall in Geneva vandalised

The monument depicting Calvin, Farel, Bèze and Knox appeared covered in paint with the rainbow colours. The city files a complaint.

 
 
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LIFE & TECH
Faith and work

 
“I thought I was really useless”
“I thought I was really useless”

The biblical work ethics clashes with a system that, according to the International Labour Organization, “experiences a lack of material well-being, economic security, equal opportunities or scope for human development”.

 
 
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WORLD

 
Abu Dhabi will officially recognise 19 non-Muslim worship places
Abu Dhabi will officially recognise 19 non-Muslim worship places

The biggest region of the United Arab Emirates starts a process of regularisation. Christians in the country see the initiative with good eyes but “precaution” is needed.

 
 
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EUROPE
Greece

 
“A lot of Greeks still struggle to make ends meet”
“A lot of Greeks still struggle to make ends meet”

George Kaloterakis (Greek Evangelical Alliance) analyses the situation after the legislative election. “Pray that Greek Evangelicals become a healing agent in the divisions that permeate our society”.

 
 
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Interview

 
“We want to prevent that counseling of gay people who struggle with their sexual identity is criminalized”
“We want to prevent that counseling of gay people who struggle with their sexual identity is criminalized”

The German government plans to ban so-called ‘conversion therapies’. Reinhardt Schink, Secretary General of the German Evangelical Alliance, says the law proposal is “neither coherent with its assumptions, nor consistent in its approach”.

 
 
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Persecuted Christians

 
Official report urges UK government to become “global champion of religious freedom”

The Foreign Affairs Office releases the long-awaited Independent Review on Persecuted Christians. It was commissioned by Jeremy Hunt, who could become the next Prime Minister.

 
 
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WORLD
Xinjiang

 
China separates children from Muslim families to reeducate them, says BBC investigation

Uighurs in Western China are targeted in what could be a deliberate policy to “raise a new generation that has been cut off from original roots and religious beliefs”, according to an in-depth journalistic investigation.

 
 
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Human Rights

 
Hong Kong Christian leaders call to “return to the path of peaceful communion”

After protesters stormed Hong Kong’s legislative building, Christian leaders wrote a letter asking to “boycott any act that harms peace, and to express their views in a rational and peaceful manner”.

 
 
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EUROPE
European Union

 
Ursula von der Leyen, new President of the European Commission
Ursula von der Leyen, new President of the European Commission

The Christian Democrat has lead three German government ministries: Family, Health and Defense. Of a Protestant family, she was born in Belgium and has 7 children.

 
 
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Exhibition

 
Madrid hosts an exhibition of 1,600 Bibles
Madrid hosts an exhibition of 1,600 Bibles

“The Bible, a journey through the languages of the world” shows how “Western civilization is built upon Christianity, and its foundations are the Bible”, collector Pere Roquet says.

 
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THE ADDITIONAL NEEDS BLOGFATHER
Mark Arnold

 
A letter to the mother of our Special Needs child
A letter to the mother of our Special Needs child

It’s not your fault that our child is Autistic.  It’s not your fault that he has Learning Difficulties and struggles to communicate effectively. None of these things are your fault, or mine; they are no-one’s fault.

 
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IMAGES

 
IFES World Assembly: ‘Messengers of Hope’
IFES World Assembly: ‘Messengers of Hope’

Students, graduates and staff of the global evangelical student movement reflected together on how the books of Luke and Acts apply to today's universities.

 
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JUBILEE CENTRE
Jonathan Tame

 
Embodied and placed
Embodied and placed

Are we simply critiquing the environmental debates being played out in public, or is there a solid biblical agenda for engagement?

 
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FAITHFUL UNDER PRESSURE
Michael Gowen

 
The Israelites - Desire
The Israelites - Desire

The experience of God granting their desires did not draw the people of God any nearer to him.

 
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FINISH LINE
Jaime Fernandez

 
You will deny me
You will deny me

His arms are open wide, waiting for you. You'll not find a more secure and loving place.

 
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VIDEO

 
Evangelical students from around the world gather in South Africa
Evangelical students from around the world gather in South Africa

A short video summary of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) World Assembly, July 3-10.

 
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JUBILEE CENTRE
Mercedes McGuire

 
Public leaders and the slow formation of character
Public leaders and the slow formation of character

Leaders who have the character and resilience to thrive in the midst of adversity are not born; they are formed by the choices they make.

 
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BETWEEN THE LINES
José de Segovia

 
Tolkien film at last in Europe
Tolkien film at last in Europe

The main thing that J.R.R. Tolkien inherited from his mother was the Roman Catholic faith. With the help of a priest, he was able to gain access to higher education.

 
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FINISH LINE
Jaime Fernandez

 
He will be there for you
He will be there for you

Jesus stepped in and took upon himself the penalty and punishment for our bad deeds.

 
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BIBLICAL PREACHING
Peter Mead

 
Two kinds of prayer

Jesus is not in the habit of fanning the flames of our egos as we pray.

 
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EDITORIAL

 
Should Christians join protests?
Should Christians join protests?

Kingdom values have helped bring radical transformation in society precisely when Christians understood their calling to be salt and light in the public square.

 
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VATICAN FILES
Leonardo de Chirico

 
From the Mary of the Bible to the Mary of manifold devotions
From the Mary of the Bible to the Mary of manifold devotions

Marian devotions were fueled by writings that were never considered to be inspired. Mariological ideas and practices were added from the outside and allowed to penetrate the faith of the people.

 
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FEATURES
Tore Hjalmar Sævik

 
H. N. Hauge: An early Norwegian entrepreneur evangelist revered from Oslo to Minnesota
H. N. Hauge: An early Norwegian entrepreneur evangelist revered from Oslo to Minnesota

So-called haugeans established churches in the New world as more and more Norwegians chose to cross the Atlantic throughout the 19th and 20th century.

 
 

 
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Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation

Are Christians called to make a difference in environmental care? What has creation care to do with "loving our neighbours"? An interview with the Global Advocacy and Influencing Director of Tearfund.

 
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.

 
Testimony: Wildfires near Athens Testimony: Wildfires near Athens

Nico Spies, a Christian worker in Athens, gives details about the wildfires in Greece.

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
IFES World Assembly: ‘Messengers of Hope’ IFES World Assembly: ‘Messengers of Hope’

Students, graduates and staff of the global evangelical student movement reflected together on how the books of Luke and Acts apply to today's universities.

 
Christians at work - the missing link in fulfilling the Great Commission Christians at work - the missing link in fulfilling the Great Commission

Photos of the Lausanne Movement Global Workplace Forum, celebrated in Manila.

 
European Freedom Network Bridge 2019 conference European Freedom Network Bridge 2019 conference

Images of the fifth EFN gathering. Experts, activists, counsellors and church leaders met in Pescara, Italy.

 
Glimpses of the ELF 2019 conference Glimpses of the ELF 2019 conference

Evangelical leaders from across Europe meet in Wisla (Poland) to network for mission in a range of fields. The vision is to renew the biblical church and evangelise Europe.

 
‘Small churches, big potential for transformation’ ‘Small churches, big potential for transformation’

Photos of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance’s annual gathering “Idea 2019”, in Murcia. Politicians and church leaders discussed about the role of minorities in society.

 
VIDEO Video
 
Practical ways to bring Christians from different generations together Practical ways to bring Christians from different generations together

What if young people were on church committees? asks David Hilborn, Principal of St John's College (UK).

 
Evangelical students from around the world gather in South Africa Evangelical students from around the world gather in South Africa

A short video summary of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) World Assembly, July 3-10.

 
GWF in Manila: “Kingdom building requires global collaboration” GWF in Manila: “Kingdom building requires global collaboration”

850 from 108 countries met for the Global Workplace Forum, June 25-29. The gathering was organised by the Lausanne Movement. “Every workplace is a place of ministry”.

 
Luis Palau arrives in Madrid for first overseas outreach since his diagnosis of cancer Luis Palau arrives in Madrid for first overseas outreach since his diagnosis of cancer
At the invitation of hundreds of churches in Spain, the Luis Palau Association are sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ in Madrid, June 15-23, 2019, through numerous outreach events and a 2-day family festival in the heart of the city.
 
What are the most important truths that Christians should seek to convey in a secular context? What are the most important truths that Christians should seek to convey in a secular context?

Espen Ottosen talks about the truths Christians should share with people who have little knowledge and/or many prejudices about Christian belief.  

 
 
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