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Children and youth

 
‘Moms in Prayer’: Bringing children and schools before God
‘Moms in Prayer’: Bringing children and schools before God

The loss of values, the increasing digitalisation, and the lack of commitment of parents in the education of children are “an appeal to prayer”, says Cornelia Amstutz, coordinator of the network in Switzerland.

 
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Action

 
Theresa May praises work of Christian fostering and adoption charity
Theresa May praises work of Christian fostering and adoption charity

According to Home for Good, the number of children waiting for adoption in England currently outweighs the number of families waiting by almost 3 to 1.

 
 
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Foster care and adoption

 
15,000 children are waiting to find a foster family in Spain
15,000 children are waiting to find a foster family in Spain

“This is a social problem, and the church as the body of Christ can be an answer”, says María Mercedes Páez, coordinator of pro-life organisation Aesvida.

 
 
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Faith and sports

 
Football with values: sharing the Christian message in Mexico
Football with values: sharing the Christian message in Mexico

The U-20 teams of Tuzos of Pachuca (Mexico) and Ansan Hallelujah FC (South Korea) played a match organised by a mission movement focused on evangelizing children between 4 and 14 years old.

 
 
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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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People with disabilities

 
‘Inclusion makes an impact’
‘Inclusion makes an impact’

The European Disability Network will meet in Riga (Latvia), 27-30 April. “We need people who do not have a disability to work with us”, says coordinator Thérèse Swinters.

 
 
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Christian roots

 
Biblical names still very popular in German-speaking countries
Biblical names still very popular in German-speaking countries

Elias (Elijah) and Maria are number one in Germany. Noah and Lukas (Luke) are the most popular in Switzerland and Austria.

 
 
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US research

 
Atheism on the rise among ‘Generation Z’, study says
Atheism on the rise among ‘Generation Z’, study says

The children born between 1999 and 2015 are the first truly “post-Christian” generation. Some of the biggest barriers to belief are the problem of evil and a perceived hypocrisy among Christians.

 
 
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Freedom of conscience

 
A Canadian couple loses adoption rights because of their faith
A Canadian couple loses adoption rights because of their faith

Alberta Child and Family Services considers “the couple’s religious beliefs regarding sexuality to be a rejection of children with LGBT sexual identities”.

 
 
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Education

 
British Schools ditch ‘BC’ and ‘AD’ to avoid offending non-Christians
British Schools ditch ‘BC’ and ‘AD’ to avoid offending non-Christians

The traditional terms are replaced by BCE – Before Common Era, and CE – Common Era. Using the traditional form does not offend Jews, says one of its leaders in the UK.

 
 
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Abortion

 
British Medical Association supports decriminalisation of abortion
British Medical Association supports decriminalisation of abortion

“The decision defies common sense”, says Peter Saunders, Chief Executive of the Christian Medical Fellowship in the UK, because it “backs abortion on demand.” 1,000 doctors signed letter rejecting the BMA’s stance. 

 
 
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Toys and History

 
Playmobil figures to explain the Reformation
Playmobil figures to explain the Reformation

A Christian in Spain built a diorama to tell both children and adults about Hus, Luther, Calvin and the impact of the first Bible translations five centuries ago.

 
 
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Technology

 
3D prostheses that change lives
3D prostheses that change lives

Franco Mazzocca, a young student of industrial engineering, uses his 3D printer to make hand and arm prostheses, within an international program that is helping thousands of children.

 
 
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Interview

 
“If we do not stop this totalitarianism, pastors could end up in jail”
“If we do not stop this totalitarianism, pastors could end up in jail”

An interview with Ignacio Arsuaga of HazteOir, the group which launched a campaign denouncing the imposition of gender ideology in Spain. “We ask public authorities to respect the right of parents to decide on the affective-sexual education of their children.”

 
 
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Interview

 
“One in ten schools used our program about Jan Hus, the Czech Reformer”
“One in ten schools used our program about Jan Hus, the Czech Reformer”

The Christian Teacher’s Network gathers 400 people in the Czech Republic, the most secular country in Europe. They aim to share vision and resources with teachers in other countries.

 
 
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Barcelona

 
“How did the elderly people in your church meet Jesus?”
“How did the elderly people in your church meet Jesus?”

A local church dedicates special service to honour the elderly in the community. “In Barcelona, there are 23,000 people over 85 living alone.”

 
 
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Research in Great Britain

 
Gambling problems on the rise among young people
Gambling problems on the rise among young people

At least 5% of men between 18 and 24 years old have some form of gambling addiction. “Technology makes gambling easier”, Christian expert says.

 
 
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Transgender agenda

 
Trump’s revocation of transgender bathroom rules is “good for children”, says evangelical leader
Trump’s revocation of transgender bathroom rules is “good for children”, says evangelical leader

Southern Baptist Russell Moore: “Christians must continue to insist that the worldview of the sexual revolution harms men and women and advocate for the inherent dignity of all.”

 
 
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Samuel Crespo

 
A spinning top, a trumpet and a pair of socks
A spinning top, a trumpet and a pair of socks

Have you been good? is the magic question which echoes in children’s heads, and we encourage them to say “yes” in order to get their deserved reward in the form of presents. But is this Christmas?

 
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Samuel Crespo

 
My team had a match today
My team had a match today

“My children want to play sports, but that means not being able to go to church on many Sundays”. What should we do?

 
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Marriage

 
Romania holds referendum to ban same-sex marriage
Romania holds referendum to ban same-sex marriage

Romania’s senators voted to change the country’s constitution so that it defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The national referendum will be held in October.

 
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Music and faith

 
Creation Fest: ‘A glorious celebration of life’
Creation Fest: ‘A glorious celebration of life’

A free week-long skate, music, bible and family festival held in Wadebridge, took its 2018 theme from John 10:10.

 
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Alice Neffe

 
Is there hope for the unborn child with disability in Europe?
Is there hope for the unborn child with disability in Europe?

Abortion rates for prenatal diagnoses of Down syndrome, the most common chromosomal abnormality, are high: nearly 100 per cent in Iceland, 98 per cent in Denmark, and 90 per cent in the United Kingdom.

 
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How should parents talk to their children about sex?
How should parents talk to their children about sex?

Adults generally are thinking about data and figures, but young people look at everything through a relational lens. Dave Patty, President of Josiah Venture.

 
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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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Education and faith

 
UK government will not monitor Sunday schools, evangelicals welcome “key step to protect religious freedom”
UK government will not monitor Sunday schools, evangelicals welcome “key step to protect religious freedom”

The government announces it abandons plans to register and inspect out-of-school education settings. An official report confirmed the opposition of many educational institutions.

 
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Roxana Stanciu

 
‘Google babies’
‘Google babies’

The European Parliament adopted a resolution condemning “the practice of surrogacy, which undermines the human dignity of the woman since her body and its reproductive functions are used as a commodity”.

 
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When I’m weak, I’m strong
When I’m weak, I’m strong

A video about 2 Corinthians 12:9-10.

 
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Study

 
Smartphones, tablets, and the negative effects on children
Smartphones, tablets, and the negative effects on children

The use of these devices at an early age “causes lack of interaction and impairs the healthy development of their senses”, pediatricians around the world are saying.

 
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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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UK

 
Clothes to promote ‘gender fluidity’ among children
Clothes to promote ‘gender fluidity’ among children

Popular department stores company put an end to ‘boys’ and ‘girls’ sections. Parents challenge the implementation of LGBT policies in primary schools.

 
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Walk
Walk

A two-minute video on the meaning of Jude 24.

 
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Living without your favourite things
Living without your favourite things

A video by Open Doors UK & Ireland explains to children what it means to be a refugee. 

 
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Peter Mead

 
7 things preachers never say: family
7 things preachers never say: family

The preacher’s family life is real, whether you get to see the inner workings or not!

 
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Fran Sánchez

 
Autonomous or individualistic children?
Autonomous or individualistic children?

The development of a healthy autonomy entails a process. As parents, we can be right or wrong when it comes to educating.

 
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Marriage

 
Romania, close to ban on same-sex marriage
Romania, close to ban on same-sex marriage

The Romanian Parliament has approved an initiative, supported by three million people, to constitutionally define family as based on marriage between a man and a woman.

 
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Suffering

 
“Pain is a ticket to see who Christ is in us”
“Pain is a ticket to see who Christ is in us”

“In the midst of pain, God promised that it can be really well with your soul”, psychologist Jelena Sivulka says in an interview about the value of suffering in Christian life.

 
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Noa Alarcón

 
‘Enslaved’ motherhood
‘Enslaved’ motherhood

Motherhood can sometimes be an idol to be worshiped - and as for all worship, it has its detractors and its fanatics.

 
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What does the story of Job teach us about suffering?
What does the story of Job teach us about suffering?

By Jelena Sivulka, psychologist and Director of Hana's Hope.

 
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Juan Francisco Martínez
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What are we going to do if dad is deported?
What are we going to do if dad is deported?

One of the most painful situations for those serving among people without legal papers in the United States is to help parents to make plans for the care of their children in case they are arrested and deported.

 
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Christopher Townsend

 
Gender: where next?
Gender: where next?

Personal journeys, radical agendas and perplexing dilemmas.

 
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Jeff Fountain

 
The Cohabitation-Go-Round
The Cohabitation-Go-Round

Valentine was right. Marriage is worth paying a price for.

 
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You-To live-How?
You-To live-How?

The Roldan Camacho are a Spanish couple with deafness. They tell us how the whole family experiences everyday life through sign language. A video report by Gabriela Pérez.

 
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David Robertson

 
What kind of world is a world without Down’s?
What kind of world is a world without Down’s?

Any society that wants to survive must care for the weak and vulnerable in their midst.

 
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Education

 
“Our culture of selfism is producing more narcissism and fragility”
“Our culture of selfism is producing more narcissism and fragility”

“We need a realistic, grounded sense of self that is not pre-occupied with maintaining its own importance, but serving a purpose bigger than ‘me’”, says Psychiatrist Glynn Harrison, author of ‘The Big Ego Trip’.

 
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Glynn Harrison

 
A Better Story: Re-imagining the Biblical Vision for Sex and Marriage
A Better Story: Re-imagining the Biblical Vision for Sex and Marriage

Across Western Europe and the US, those who hold to traditional Christian sexual ethics not only find themselves on the wrong side of popular opinion, but allegedly on the “wrong side of history” too.

 
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Jeff Fountain

 
Long and happy
Long and happy

In response to television programmes romanticising adultery, one parliamentarian in Netherlands raised sponsorship for roadside adverts stating: ‘Adultery–the family game where everyone loses’.

 
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Megan Best

 
The truth about dying
The truth about dying

I have always found striking, the discrepancy between the public support for euthanasia (among those who are healthy) and my patients’ desire for continued life.

 
 

 
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AUDIOS Audios
 
Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church 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.

 
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.

 
Kathy Bryan: Online sex trafficking in the USA Kathy Bryan: Online sex trafficking in the USA

“Prostitution is nobody’s dream,  it’s a very traumatic lifestyle”, says Kathy Bryan, director of the Elevate Academy. She mentors former victims.

 
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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.

 
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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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.

 
What are the benefits of the whole family being on mission? What are the benefits of the whole family being on mission?

“We’re not taking energy from my ministry when we care for our family in missional kind of ways”, says President of Josiah Venture Dave Patty.

 
“We need prayers for Bulgaria” “We need prayers for Bulgaria”

An interview with Pastor Vlady Raichinov, Vice President of the Bulgarian Evangelical Alliance.

 
‘Mediterráneo’ ‘Mediterráneo’

“Something will change if you have hunger and thirst for justice”, sings Spanish artist Eva Betoret in a song about the refugee crisis.

 
 
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