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Research

 
Divorce rates are falling across Europe
Divorce rates are falling across Europe

According to a Marriage Foundation report, UK is leading the way, with the biggest fall in the last 25 years. Divorce rates are overall higher in Scandinavia and Northern Europe.

 
 
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Min19

 
Evangelical congress on childhood starts a “movement of renewal and commitment” in Spanish churches
Evangelical congress on childhood starts a “movement of renewal and commitment” in Spanish churches

600 adults and children gathered in Madrid for the Protestant Congress on the Ministry with Infancy and Family. An intergenerational programme addressed the challenges in society, the model of Jesus Christ, and the role of families and local churches.

 
 
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Interview

 
“God uses kids who do not speak to speak His Good News”
“God uses kids who do not speak to speak His Good News”

Jelena Sivulka, counsellor and founder of Hanina nada, talks about finding hope in Christ when dealing with disabilities. “God loves us for who we are. I share that with families of kids with special needs”, she says.

 
 
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Samuel Crespo

 
A society that freezes women
A society that freezes women

Many women regret having postponed childbearing. Our society still hasn’t given a viable solution to the challenge of balancing professional life and motherhood.

 
 
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Children

 
“It is urgent to renew the praxis of children ministries”
“It is urgent to renew the praxis of children ministries”

Spanish evangelicals are preparing the first ever national Infancy Congress. Javier Martín talks about the need to give space and importance to children, as Jesus did.

 
 
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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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Mark Arnold

 
‘Wonder’: A review and study plan
‘Wonder’: A review and study plan

A strong theme through the film is Auggie coming to terms with the reactions of others to his disability, but at the beginning really struggling to do so.

 
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Don’t be scared of my disabled child
Don’t be scared of my disabled child

After a week away enjoying the sun and swimming with our gorgeous girl, it came to my attention that the general public is desperately in need of some guidance around interacting with kids with disabilities and their families.

 
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Mark Arnold

 
Would Jesus be welcomed at your church if he arrived with disabled children?
Would Jesus be welcomed at your church if he arrived with disabled children?

Jesus didn’t establish his church to be a place where only people that fitted in were welcome; he railed and raged against that very thinking 2,000 years ago.

 
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Mark Arnold

 
Why Disney Pixar’s new animated short ‘Float’ is about autism
Why Disney Pixar’s new animated short ‘Float’ is about autism

Animator Bobby Rubio is father to Alex, a young Autistic boy, and ‘Float’ is his way of sharing their story.

 
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‘There’s a dragon in my nativity’
‘There’s a dragon in my nativity’

“At this nativity, arose another player. The baby wrapped in swaddling cloths — He was a dragon slayer”. A Christmas story by Speak Life.

 
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Min19: Childhood, family and the church
Min19: Childhood, family and the church

The first evangelical congress on childhood and family was held in Madrid. Pictures of the event, November 1-2.

 
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Mark Arnold

 
Who are you really?
Who are you really?

You are so much more than you seem, you are so much more than what people see.

 
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Mark Arnold

 
Where are all the Dads of children with Special Needs?
Where are all the Dads of children with Special Needs?

When I’m seeing parents who are looking for tips about how to support their child better in church, at home, and elsewhere, it’s often Mum that I see.

 
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Mark Arnold

 
Are Additional/Special Needs families more likely to break apart?
Are Additional/Special Needs families more likely to break apart?

In the early stages there is the trigger for relationship breakdown as we are struggling with understanding what is going on with our child.

 
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Mark Arnold

 
‘Faith more important than healing?’
‘Faith more important than healing?’

Maybe we should think about our own motivation for praying for healing for others; is there a risk that we are praying for healing for a loved one because that might make our life a little easier?

 
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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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Jonathan Tame: Economy, looking back at the decade Jonathan Tame: Economy, looking back at the decade

The Director of the Jubilee Centre (Cambridge) analyses the impact of the financial crises on families, and the future of the workplace in a connected world, from a Christian perspective.

 
Jim Memory: Europe, looking back at the decade Jim Memory: Europe, looking back at the decade

Jim Memory analyses the main issues that have changed Europe in the 2010-2019 decade. How should Christians live in a continent that has lost its soul?

 
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.

 
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
 
Photos: European Week of Prayer Photos: European Week of Prayer

Christians joined the Evangelical Alliance Week of Prayer in dozens of European cities as local churches came together to worship God. 

 
Photos: Students at ‘Revive Europe’ Photos: Students at ‘Revive Europe’

Photos of the student conference that brought together 3,000 European Christians in Germany. ‘Revive our hearts, revive our universities, revive Europe’.

 
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How should Christ's love inform your parenting of teenagers? How should Christ's love inform your parenting of teenagers?

Dave Patty shares about the notion of parenting children on God’s behalf.

 
What is a prayer meeting? What is a prayer meeting?

“Prayer is like a fire. One spark that someone prays should ignite a passion in someone else”. Mike Betts leads the network of churches Relational Mission.

 
Video: Highlights of ‘Revive Europe’ Video: Highlights of ‘Revive Europe’

A video summary of the student conference that gathered 3,000 in Karlsruhe, Germany. 6 days in 6 minutes.

 
 
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