Europe is going through major changes. Our aim is to look at the key issues in our continent from a biblical perspective.
Andalusia, the biggest Autonomous Community of Spain, gives nationalist party Vox 400,000 votes and 12 seats in its regional Parliament.
Pastor Samuel Rodríguez (NHCLC USA) analyses the caravan of Central American migrants walking towards the border of the United States.
Several faith organizations are working together to help the Venezuelan refugees. Three million Venezuelans have left their country in the last year. “This is the biggest refugee crisis in South America”, the UN says.
PMI Director Zaza Lima analyses the refugee crisis from a biblical perspective. “We run the risk of having a theology of consumption, which avoids pain”.
Around 4,000 left Honduras to find a better life in Mexico and the US. World Vision calls for “a joint action between churches, civil society, companies and authorities to provide humanitarian aid”.
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.
Anti-immigration Eurosceptics come third with 17.6% of the vote. Long negotiations to form a government ahead.
“As a Christian, the principle of loving my neighbour leads my way of life”, says Norbert Valley. He has received the support of the Evangelical Alliance.
“God is using these streams of immigrants to give us the opportunity to share the gospel with them”, says the new Swedish Evangelical Alliance Secretary General Olof Edsinger. “But our politicians were quite naïve”.
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.
“The Catholic Church made the huge mistake of becoming so identified with Irish culture that it was left behind when culture changed”, says Ireland Evangelical Alliance Director Nick Park.
According to the IOM, 60,309 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea in 2018. “I think that Spain reacted in a very positive way. But it cannot go on this way”, the EU Immigration Commission said.
A local Spanish television channel reports on the Centro Cristiano La Roca church, which has people of more than 15 nationalities among its members.
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”.
Those of us who work with immigrants have spent the last few days with growing fear and concern, though also with small glimmers of hope.
Several Christian organisations and churches criticize the President’s “zero tolerance” crackdown on migrants crossing the border.
Europe holds its breath as emerging parties M5S and Lega announce a government deal. Italian Evangelical Alliance leader Giacomo Ciccone sees a “widespread dissatisfaction” in society.
The biblical view of immigration does not only consider the migrant’s position but that of the host country.
Many evangelical Christians have worked to serve refugees in the middst of strong social polarisation, says pastor Attila Nyari. “Pray for a renewed fire to reach people with the gospel, regardless of political affiliation”.
The Eurosceptic party Fidesz gets two thirds of the parliament’s seats. The Prime Minister will now be able to make deep constitutional changes.
Talks to form a government are expected to be long and difficult. Anti-establishment Five Star Movement and far-right Lega are the big winners of the general election.
“Gospel, identity and coexistence” were the themes of the General Assembly of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance. Two days in Palma de Mallorca to reflect about the role of evangelical churches in society.
Hundreds of thousands of young immigrant students and workers face deportation this year.
Kurz, 31, led the conservative People's Party (ÖVP) to get 31,6% of the vote, and he is expected to form a government with the far-right FPÖ.
The vote will show the real power of pro-European forces and far-right populists. “Pray for our politicians to speak truth, to act honestly”.