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Intolerance

 
Evangelical church in France vandalised
Evangelical church  in France vandalised

Unidentified people entered an Assemblies of God church in Angouleme on Friday night. They threw paint on the walls and Bibles, and damaged musical instruments and the sound system.

 
 
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Spain

 
“We care too much about the majority, but respecting minorities is more important”
“We care too much about the majority, but respecting minorities is more important”

The President of the Spanish region of Murcia opened Idea2019, the General Assembly of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance. “If there were many evangelicals, this region would be better”.

 
 
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Italy

 
Plaque of the Martin Luther square in Rome shattered
Plaque of the Martin Luther square in Rome shattered

“We lament this act of vandalism”, says the Italian Evangelical Alliance. The square was named in 2015 and is one of the signs of religious diversity in the Italian capital.

 
 
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Spain

 
Aglow conference: The mission of bringing “His kingdom”
Aglow conference: The mission of bringing “His kingdom”

Around 750 women gathered in Spain under the motto “Our Mission: Bringing His Kingdom” .

 
 
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Switzerland

 
Christians in Davos: prayer gatherings and conversations about Jesus
Christians in Davos: prayer gatherings and conversations about Jesus

Evangelistic initiatives and prayer groups in churches of the Swiss town that hosts the annual World Economic Forum.

 
 
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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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Rome

 
Christians in Rome: “We are all Asia Bibi”
Christians in Rome: “We are all Asia Bibi”

Italian evangelicals were part of an inititiative in support of the Pakistani Christian woman.

 
 
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Book

 
Pablo Martínez and Andrew Sims present their new book in Oxford: ‘Mad or God?’
Pablo Martínez and Andrew Sims present their new book in Oxford: ‘Mad or God?’

The work is based on the trilemma put forth by C. S. Lewis, which affirms that the person of Jesus Christ would necessarily fall into one of three categories: Lord, liar or lunatic.

 
 
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Human Trafficking

 
“Slavery exists in our cities”
“Slavery exists in our cities”

Valencia, one of the 21 Spanish cities that joined the global #WalkForFreedom initiative. “The gospel is freedom”, said coordinator Sara Pérez.

 
 
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Fuerteventura

 
The Spanish Civil Guard honours a church in the Canary Islands
The Spanish Civil Guard honours a church in the Canary Islands

The Commander in Chief of the Fuerteventura Civil Guard recognized the social work of the church Modern Christian Mission in a public event.

 
 
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Spain

 
The house where carers are cared for
The house where carers are cared for

Evangelical communities in Cruces (Vizcaya) have facilitated a ‘welcome flat’ for relatives of patients admitted to the municipal hospital who arrive from other places. The goal is to offer rest and care.

 
 
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Pakistan

 
Christian girl attacked for refusing to marry and convert to Islam
Christian girl attacked for refusing to marry and convert to Islam

A Muslim man pushed the girl from a second floor. Police and doctors refused to help the family. “This is unfortunately very common in Pakistan”, their lawyer said.

 
 
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Mission

 
The Fellowship of European Evangelical Theologians met in Prague
The Fellowship of European Evangelical Theologians met in Prague

Nearly 70 participants involved in theological research and training discussed the topic of “Christian identity and mission in a divided Europe”.

 
 
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Valencia

 
Spanish evangelicals react to arrest of German evangelists after subway panic scenes
Spanish evangelicals react to arrest of German evangelists after subway panic scenes

Chaos broke out in a metro train in Valencia when passengers confused a group of preachers with terrorists. The nine Germans have been released on bail.

 
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Belarus

 
From Minsk to Mogilev: Sharing the gospel in Belarus
From Minsk to Mogilev: Sharing the gospel in Belarus

The participants of the 4th annual bicycle ride "Velopiligrim" went across Belarus sharing their faith and visiting local churches.

 
 
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Greeece wildfires

 
Christians in Rafina work with authorities after the “big disaster”
Christians in Rafina work with authorities after the “big disaster”

“A lot of people are blaming the State, blaming God”, says a Christian in the region. “Please pray for the country”.

 
 
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Italy

 
Rome Scholars Network addressed Roman Catholic history and theology
Rome Scholars Network addressed Roman Catholic history and theology

Twenty-seven evangelical scholars gathered for an intensive in-depth training week, to have “a more accurate and clear understanding of Roman Catholicism”.

 
 
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Public arena

 
Evangelicals strengthen dialogue with the authorities in France
Evangelicals strengthen dialogue with the authorities in  France

The National Council of Evangelicals of France organised a training meeting under the theme “Dialoguing with the authorities, a necessity for building the future”, which included a visit to the National Assembly.

 
 
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Sexual exploitation

 
Christians in Belgium seek real conversations about prostitution as ‘hangar d’amour’ is announced
Christians in Belgium seek real conversations about prostitution as ‘hangar d’amour’ is announced

The Belgian city of Ostend will convert an abandoned hangar into a brothel. “Many prostitutes think they are protected, but they are not”, says a Christian social worker in the region.

 
 
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Newport

 
Historic Welsh church gutted by fire
Historic Welsh church gutted by fire

The blaze started in an old nightclub nearby. Around 40 people were evacuated.“Building or no building, the church will worship God and serve our community”, the pastor says.

 
 
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Education

 
Preventing sex trafficking in Eastern Romania
Preventing sex trafficking in Eastern Romania

Volunteers working with the Christian association Valoare Plus set up support groups in secondary schools to mentor teenagers in risk of being trafficked for pornography and prostitution.

 
 
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Corruption

 
Three church leaders convicted of 40,000 euro fraud
Three church leaders convicted of 40,000 euro fraud

A court in Barcelona has enforced a prison sentence of 12 to 20 months along with returning the money scammed upon a pastor and his wife, and the commercial director of a Christian tv station.

 
 
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Cinema

 
A cry for truth from Hippo
A cry for truth from Hippo

A film about the life and conversion of Agustine of Hippo was screened at the Athenaeum of Barcelona. A fully North African team and cast worked on the project for six years.

 
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Social action

 
Evangelicals in Spain open a pioneer centre for child victims of sex trafficking
Evangelicals in Spain open a pioneer centre for child victims of sex trafficking

The government supports the initiative of the Christian centre ‘Nueva Vida’ in Santander. “There is a very huge need and we have only been able to see the tip of the iceberg”.

 
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Media

 
Grace and salt, vision and teamwork: 15 years of ‘Protestante Digital’
Grace and salt, vision and teamwork: 15 years of ‘Protestante Digital’

A bookshop in Barcelona hosted the event to celebrate the trajectory of the Spanish online magazine. It was a time of reunions, emotion and fresh commitment to the vision of building bridges between evangelical churches and society.

 
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Jo Appleton

 
Creating community through the ‘World Cafe’
Creating community through the ‘World Cafe’

Twice-monthly social events are held for between 80-150  people, sometimes even more. The asylum seekers and refugees cook meals from their own countries, with occasional British cuisine.

 
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Photos: #WalkForFreedom
Photos: #WalkForFreedom

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

 
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Germany

 
Christians in Chemnitz expressed rejection of far-right movements
Christians in Chemnitz expressed rejection of far-right movements

Prayer meetings were organised in churches and streets. “The church has to be a voice for values and respect”, a Christian politician in the city says.

 
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EuroPride Stockholm 2018

 
“Even drugs and violence become something positive in the world of Pride”
“Even drugs and violence become something positive in the world of Pride”

A think tank analysed the programme of last year’s Swedish LGBT festival and found an alarming collision with public health policies. Per Ewert of the Clapham Institutet says the findings show the ‘colourful darkness’ of the movement.

 
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Freedom of speech

 
English Mayor resigns over accusations of homophobia
English Mayor resigns over accusations of homophobia

Pastor Richard Smith was elected Mayor of Ferryhill in May. “My faith in Christ is what drives me to help people regardless of their faith, colour, culture, sexuality, or political persuasion”, he said.

 
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Sex trafficking

 
City sends fines for using prostitution to offenders’ homes
City sends fines for using prostitution to offenders’ homes

Gavà (in Spain) fights sexual slavery by putting pressure on clients. “Are you enjoying this? She is not”, a campaign against sexual exploitation says.

 
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Religious liberties

 
Evangelicals in Geneva appeal against new laicism law
Evangelicals in Geneva appeal against new laicism law

The Swiss Evangelical Alliance praises many aspects of the law, but fears the religious freedom of civil servants will be restricted.

 
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UK

 
Thousands march for life in London
Thousands march for life in London

Pro-choice group Abortion Rights had organised a counter demonstration. One week before the march, a law which bans prayer or the offer of help outside a London abortion centre came into effect.

 
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Spain

 
More than 700 women gathered at the Aglow congress
More than 700 women gathered at the Aglow congress

The movement unites women from across the country to “do God’s work”, coordinator Ana Giménez explained.

 
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Mission in Europe

 
Building Gospel bridges for transformation in Prague
Building Gospel bridges for transformation in Prague

Fueled by the desire to “see more workers in the harvest field”, MOSTY (the Czech word for bridges) not only aims to see short-term missionaries involved in mission, but also to serve the sending churches abroad.

 
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Work and faith

 
“If you live as a Christian, people near you will notice it”
“If you live as a Christian, people near you will notice it”

Richard Novák is 26 years old and lives in Prague. He told us what it means to be Christian in his everyday job as an accounts manager for a packaging distribution company.

 
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Mentoring course

 
Young Christian professionals gather to reflect about mission at the workplace
Young Christian professionals gather to reflect about mission at the workplace

Eighteen Spanish young professionals are trained to put into practice biblical principles in their personal and professional lives. They will also have a one year mentoring.

 
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Germany

 
‘Young Life’ leaders from 27 countries met in Frankfurt
‘Young Life’ leaders from 27 countries met in Frankfurt

The annual theological training conference is intended to build a deeper Biblical understanding, and give a contemporary evangelistic vision to young leaders.

 
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Italy

 
From Wittenberg 1517 to Trent 2017
From Wittenberg 1517 to Trent 2017

Evangelical Reformed Baptist Churches gathered in Trent to express their commitment to Protestant values. Evangelicals celebrate Reformation in Rome’s Martin Luther Square.

 
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Pontevedra

 
Portuguese and Galician Christians gather for annual regional meeting
Portuguese and Galician Christians gather for annual regional meeting

The gatherings, which started in 1967, are promoted by the Scripture Union of Galicia (Spain) and Portugal, the evangelical church of Marín and the Brethren Assemblies.

 
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Madrid

 
Spain: 700 teenagers thought through Christianity’s big questions
Spain: 700 teenagers thought through Christianity’s big questions

"Many found answers, and many have come to know the real Jesus better”, says Gerson Mercadal, coordinator of Reboot Spain, an event organised by Fundación RZ, Ravi Zacharias Ministries in Spain.

 
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Czech Republic

 
Camp for teenagers helps churches develop young leaders
Camp for teenagers helps churches develop young leaders

And adventure camp is the first part of a Czech training programme for Christians aged 13 to 17. “Pastors and Christian leaders shared with them stories of their calling and lives”.

 
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Reactions

 
Spanish evangelicals: “We lift our prayers to God for Barcelona”
Spanish evangelicals: “We lift our prayers to God for Barcelona”

“We identify with the pain of the families”, the Spanish Evangelical Alliance says. Churches, denominations and regional evangelical bodies also express their grief.

 
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Houston

 
Former inmates clean cars to thank the police
Former inmates clean cars to thank the police

"We have always made things dirty because we were outside of Christ, so we do this a sign of being clean and washed and made new”, a former prisoner says.

 
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Conference

 
Keswick Convention calls Christians to be “captivated by God’s Word”
Keswick Convention calls Christians to be “captivated by God’s Word”

Theologian Don Carson spoke on the freedom offered by the gospel. Rising numbers of children and youth among the 4,000 conventioners visiting the English Lake District each week.

 
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I am not on sale
I am not on sale

Young Christians gathered at Madrid’s central square Sol to denounce human trafficking. A flashmob highlighted the work of three evangelical NGOs which support women who escape sexual slavery in Spain.

 
 

 
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AUDIOS Audios
 
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.

 
Arie de Pater: Refugees deserve a fair and efficient process Arie de Pater: Refugees deserve a fair and efficient process

The Brussels representative of the European Evangelical Alliance offers a Christian perspective on the crisis: “We can’t reduce people to just a number that needs to be controlled”.

 
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’.

 
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.

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
‘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.

 
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.

 
Rallies in Bulgaria: “New bill on religion brings us back to Communism!” Rallies in Bulgaria: “New bill on religion brings us back to Communism!”

Bulgarian evangelicals protested peacefully on November 11 against a draft law which could severely restrict religious freedom of faith minorities. Churches rallied in Sofia and other cities after the Sunday worship services.

 
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.

 
Photos: Hope for Europe Photos: Hope for Europe

Unity in Diversity is the theme of the conference. Representatives of Evangelical Alliances and many other church leaders gathered in Tallinn (Estonia).

 
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Romania: God’s Word among Roma people Romania: God’s Word among Roma people

Gypsies are one of the largest ethnic minority groups in Romania. According to 2013 estimates, the Roma groups make up 10% of the country's population, accounting for about 1.5 million people.

 
Latin American leaders unite to fight against imposition of gender ideology Latin American leaders unite to fight against imposition of gender ideology

Christian leaders from all over Latin America are concerned about the progress of gender ideology agendas in the region. Many are joining together in public demonstrations and training events.

 
How do fake news spread? How do fake news spread?

Tony Watkins, Coordinator of the Lausanne Media Engagement Network.

 
Lindsay Brown: The encouraging advance of the gospel in Spain Lindsay Brown: The encouraging advance of the gospel in Spain

Church planting, the amount of books authored by Spanish evangelicals and the growth of the Christian student movement in the last decades, are some of the marks underlined by Lindsay Brown.

 
What do Christian communication and science communication have in common? What do Christian communication and science communication have in common?

“As Christians, we also try to communicate a detailed and often slightly technical message”, says Kay Carter, Director of Communications of Tyndale House (UK).

 
Church planting in Strasbourg Church planting in Strasbourg

A video on how evangelicals are planting churches in Strasbourg (France).

 
Christians, resilience and a post-Christian culture Christians, resilience and a post-Christian culture

Lindsay Brown: “The biblical pattern is not one of speed, but of steady sowing and gradual reaping in due course”.

 
 
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