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Two in three Spanish evangelicals hardly share their faith
Two in three Spanish evangelicals hardly share their faith

A survey of Spanish Christian organization Decision shows that more than 160 evangelical leaders are concerned about the lack of evangelization vision and training of the churches.

 
 
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Conference

 
European Christian nurses gather to strengthen relationships and face new challenges
European Christian nurses gather to strengthen relationships and face new challenges

Thirty-three nurses participate in the NCFI leaders conference to build up the work amongst them in Europe. “Our identity in Christ is what makes the difference”, a participant says.

 
 
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Christian doctrine

 
Swiss Protestant Church votes to allow same-sex marriages
Swiss Protestant Church votes to allow same-sex marriages

The Swiss Evangelical Alliance and free evangelical churches say it is “a step in the wrong direction”.

 
 
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Pop culture

 
Letitia Wright and the silencing of personal faith
Letitia Wright and the silencing of personal faith

The complaint of the Christian actress on Twitter reflects the tiredness of many with media which intentionally ignore matters of faith.

 
 
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IDOP

 
IDOP 2019: “Persecuted but not abandoned”
IDOP 2019: “Persecuted but not abandoned”

This year International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church is on November 10th. One out of every nine professing Christians face persecution, isolation and violence worldwide.

 
 
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Unborn children

 
Northern Ireland evangelicals “lament and mourn” as new abortion law is passed
Northern Ireland evangelicals “lament and mourn” as new abortion law is passed

Surveys say a majority of society is not in favour of the changes that will be applied after March 2020. Same-sex marriage has also been legalised.

 
 
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Teenagers

 
Madrid: 900 people strengthen their faith at Reboot
Madrid: 900 people strengthen their faith at Reboot

The event, organised by the Spanish office of RZIM, addressed topics such as sexuality, identity, ecology and the Bible. “Reboot has renewed my strength to follow God”, a participant says.

 
 
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United States

 
Young Christian publicly forgives his brother’s murderer
Young Christian publicly forgives his brother’s murderer

“I forgive you. I want the best for you, and the best would be to give your life to Christ”, a 18-year-old said to the woman who killed his brother, after she was sentenced to 10 years.

 
 
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End of life

 
Steep fall in “traditional” Christian funerals
Steep fall in “traditional” Christian funerals

Most British want a non-traditional farewell service and Spaniards are opting for cremation. One in ten Swedes have already supressed any kind of ceremony.

 
 
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Sports

 
Nike changes policy for pregnant athletes
Nike changes policy for pregnant athletes

Christian six-time Olympic gold medallist athlete Allyson Felix, publicly denounced that Nike imposed restrictions on the sponsorship of pregnant athletes.

 
 
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Interview

 
“In Jesus we see a God who identifies with our pain”
“In Jesus we see a God who identifies with our pain”

The sudden loss of a loved one leads to questions that are faced in the short film ‘Spoiler: God Wins’, where Christian Luis Neira tells his own experience.

 
 
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Research

 
Government restrictions on religion increased worldwide over decade
Government restrictions on religion increased worldwide over decade

According to a Pew Research survey, “52 countries impose high levels of restrictions on religion, up from 40 in 2007”. Social hostilities have grown even more.

 
 
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UK
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Gideons UK allows membership to women
Gideons UK allows membership to women

The British organisation is now “open to men and women who love the Word of God”, and it has broken away from Gideons International, which remains a men's only organisation.

 
 
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Books
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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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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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Basketball

 
MVP Antetokounmpo walks by faith
MVP Antetokounmpo walks by faith

The Greek forward thanked God after receiving the NBA Most Valuable Player award. “My motto is ‘Walk by faith, not by sight’”, he says.

 
 
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UK

 
Christian magistrate loses appeal over sharing views on family
Christian magistrate loses appeal over sharing views on family

Richard Page lost his post for publicly stating that it would be best for a child to be adopted by a man and a woman. “This shows that we are now living in a deeply intolerant society”, Page said.

 
 
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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”.

 
 
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Peace
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Swiss collect 130,000 signatures to control weapons export
Swiss collect 130,000 signatures to control weapons export

Evangelicals help lead the “Alliance against exportation of weapons to countries in Civil War”. The popular initiative brings together people from all areas of society.

 
 
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Documentary

 
‘Emanuel’: a story of loss and forgiveness
‘Emanuel’: a story of loss and forgiveness

The documentary tells the murder of nine members of Emanuel church in Charleston in 2015 and how survivors and families forgave the shooter. “Forgiveness comes from the Cross”, says filmmaker Brian Ivie.

 
 
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World Refugee Day

 
Over 13.6 million people were newly displaced in 2018, UNHCR says
Over 13.6 million people were newly displaced in 2018, UNHCR says

The number of people fleeing war, persecution and conflict exceeded 70 million globally last year. Churches worldwide will celebrate World Refugee Sunday on June 23.

 
 
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Bridge 2019

 
“Change the Story” of Human Trafficking
“Change the Story” of Human Trafficking

Experts, activists and representatives of 90 organisations met in Pescara (Italy) for the fifth European Freedom Network Bridge conference. The platform is led by Christians.

 
 
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History

 
Historians are skeptical of “new revelations” about Martin Luther King
Historians are skeptical of “new revelations” about Martin Luther King

King's biographer released a report which lends credibility to accusations from classified FBI documents. “It is deeply irresponsible to believe sources which can be unreliable”, a historian says.

 
 
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Study

 
Core values bring unbelievers and general population closer, study says
Core values bring unbelievers and general population closer, study says

Several universities has launched the study ‘Understanding Unbelief’.“Atheists and agnostics endorse the realities of objective moral values at similar rates to the general populations”.

 
 
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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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Football

 
Lucas Moura: “I want to be remembered as a man of God”
Lucas Moura: “I want to be remembered as a man of God”

“I have no doubt that with the presence of God in my life, He has helped me through a lot”, says the Tottenham Hotspur hero who scored the hat-trick to get the team in the Champions League final.

 
 
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Fridays for future

 
Christian students engage in creation care
Christian students engage in creation care

Christian student groups participate in environmental initiatives. “We cannot remain insensitive to the problems we know we are causing [...] it is necessary to discover the essential verdure of the Christian faith”.

 
 
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Faith and Science

 
Templeton Prize winner Marcelo Gleiser: “Science does not kill God”
Templeton Prize winner Marcelo Gleiser: “Science does not kill God”

The Brazilian physicist defends “a complementary approach to knowledge, especially on questions where science cannot provide a final answer”.

 
 
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United States

 
Largest US Christian retail chain to close all its stores by the end of 2019
Largest US Christian retail chain to close all its stores by the end of 2019

LifeWay Christian Resources will close its 170 stores: “We will focus on digital channels”. It is the third big Christian retail chain that closes in less than 6 years.

 
 
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Charlee New

 
School strikes, environmental theology and Psalm 8
School strikes, environmental theology and Psalm 8

Perhaps we are being offered a wake-up call and a hope. And perhaps we can bring a humble, rich theology of creation (one that spurs us into action) squarely into the debate.

 
 
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Unharmed

 
Whale ‘swallows’ submariner for a few seconds
Whale ‘swallows’ submariner for a few seconds

The rare Jonah-like incident was captured on camera. “I held my breath because I thought the whale was going to dive down and release me much deeper in the ocean”.

 
 
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Leisure

 
Brits do not include going to church in a ‘perfect Sunday’
Brits do not include going to church in a ‘perfect Sunday’

According to a survey conducted in the United Kingdom, the perfect Sunday “consists of waking up at 8:30 am to the smell of breakfast, a cuddle and three hours of television”.

 
 
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Action

 
No exit: child soldiers with no alternatives
No exit: child soldiers with no alternatives

Thousands of children are recruited as a result of financial poverty, kidnappings, extorsion and armed conflicts, says World Vision.

 
 
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Can science explain everything?
Can science explain everything?

A debate about science and faith between Oxford Emeritus Professor of Mathematics John Lennox and Oxford Emeritus Professor in Chemistry Peter Atkins. Moderated by journalist Justin Brierley.

 
 
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Southern Baptist Convention

 
Journalistic investigation reveals more than 700 sexual abuse cases in SBC churches
Journalistic investigation reveals more than 700 sexual abuse cases in SBC churches

The leadership of the biggest evangelical denomination of the United States reacts: “Courage and grace of these survivors is contrasted with the horrific depravity of those who would use the name of Jesus to prey on them”.

 
 
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Students and mission

 
‘Revive Europe’: 40 countries, 40 weeks of prayer
‘Revive Europe’: 40 countries, 40 weeks of prayer

Ten months of prayer start with Italy, Belgium and Cyprus. “We are longing for God to turn the tide for the gospel in Europe”.

 
 
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Latin America

 
Gospel unites 1,600 former criminals in El Salvador’s ‘miracle prison’
Gospel unites 1,600 former criminals in El Salvador’s ‘miracle prison’

Newspaper ‘El País’ witnesses how members of rival gangs worship together in an overcrowded prison. “We feel free, when Christ opens your heart there is no turning back”.

 
 
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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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‘We should not hide our doubts, but look for answers’
‘We should not hide our doubts, but look for answers’

Hundreds of teenagers joined the conversation about the Christian faith at Reboot Madrid 2019.

 
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Sexual exploitation

 
Spanish short film used to make Romanian teens aware of sex trafficking
Spanish short film used to make Romanian teens aware of sex trafficking

“Pasarea” (‘bird’ in Romanian) is now available online for free. “We are in touch with organizations that use the film in the prevention work with young girls”, director Mikaela Bruce says.

 
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Porn exploits victims of human trafficking
Porn exploits victims of human trafficking

The European Freedom Network launches a new anti-trafficking campaign: “You have no way of knowing if the porn you are looking at is from someone who chose to be there or not”.    

 
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Research

 
The church, key to the integration of migrants, research finds
The church, key to the integration of migrants, research finds

A study shows that evangelical churches give migrants “the opportunity to integrate into the community and establish relationships”. It calls the political authorities to use these opportunities better.

 
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Interview

 
“Young people yearn for a cause to give themselves to, but will not do that lightly”
“Young people yearn for a cause to give themselves to, but will not do that lightly”

Martin Durham is one of the leaders organising Behold Europe, a conference for evangelists aged 18-35. “Our vision is clear – an evangelist in every local church”.

 
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David Hackett and Michael Kaspar

 
Virtual meetings and the Great Commission
Virtual meetings and the Great Commission

The dynamics of global collaboration among Christians are changing. Not only Skype, Whatsapp and Zoom are used frequently, but also smaller, more specific tools are of great use in specific mission contexts.

 
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Sports and faith

 
The faith of the African Cup top scorer
The faith of the African Cup top scorer

The Nigerian football player, Odion Ighalo, shares his faith publicly very often.“Everything I have achieved today is because of the grace of God”, he says.

 
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Work and faith

 
“Graduates need to be rooted in the character of God”
“Graduates need to be rooted in the character of God”

Adrian Petrice, coordinator of IFES Graduate Impact, talks about the challenges for university graduates who start their work life. “Pray that they will give reason for the hope they have in Jesus”.

 
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Health care

 
Mercy Ships celebrates its 100,000th free surgical procedure
Mercy Ships celebrates its 100,000th free surgical procedure

The Christian organisation sends “floating hospitals” to countries with no access to safe surgery. They also train local doctors and help to improve healthcare infrastructures.

 
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Since 1955

 
‘In God We Trust’ will remain on US money
‘In God We Trust’ will remain on US money

The legal attempt to take the Christian phrase off bills and coins has been rejected by the Supreme Court. Atheist activists have lost other similar appeals in the last years.

 
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Hannah Eves

 
Love thy neighbour, love thy planet
Love thy neighbour, love thy planet

The environmental crisis of the current age is symptomatic of a deeper relational crisis.

 
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Statistics

 
UK: Religious marriages decline to a record low
UK: Religious marriages decline to a record low

“Since 1992, civil marriages have increasingly outnumbered religious marriages”, the Office for National Statistics says. Religious ceremonies now account for less than a quarter of all weddings.

 
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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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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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‘People are waiting to see whether our lives authenticate what we have to say verbally’
‘People are waiting to see whether our lives authenticate what we have to say verbally’

Public proclamation and “attractive Christian communities” should go hand in hand. Missiologist Lindsay Brown illustrates it with practical examples.

 
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Prostitution

 
Spaniards ask the government to develop a law against human trafficking
Spaniards ask the government to develop a law against human trafficking

More than 40.000 signatures support an online petition in favour of a law that fights against mafias, penalises the customer of prostitution and protects women. “Spain is the third country of the world in consumption of prostitution”.

 
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The rich grow richer
The rich grow richer

Wealth is increasingly and unfairly concentrated among a privileged few. Jesus said: “Watch out! Life does not consist in an abundance of possessions”.

 
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Anniversary

 
4 years of Evangelical Focus
4 years of Evangelical Focus

Europe is going through major changes. Our aim is to look at the key issues in our continent from a biblical perspective.

 
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‘Transformed’

 
“The Bible has much to say on identity, sex and the importance of the body”
“The Bible has much to say on identity, sex and the importance of the body”

The Evangelical Alliance UK calls churches to be “a place of welcome and compassion for those who are transgender” while countering “the culture narrative of individualism and deconstruction”.

 
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Thankfulness

 
Giving
Giving

Let’s use the opportunity of #GivingTuesday to remember that it is more blessed to give than to receive – be it today or at any other time of the year.

 
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Flat Earth

 
Do Flat Earth theories have anything to do with evangelicals?
Do Flat Earth theories have anything to do with evangelicals?

The media frequently relate the theory of a flat Earth to “fundamentalist Christianity”. Scientists Antoine Bret and Antonio Cruz explain the lack of credibility of a theory that has no scientific or theological support.

 
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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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Mission

 
The Lausanne Movement launches ‘Global Classroom’
The Lausanne Movement launches ‘Global Classroom’

A series of short video documentaries provide cutting-edge information about missiological issues defined in the Cape Town Commitment. The evangelical movement aims to spark thoughtful discussion and action.

 
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David P. Aragó

 
4 reasons why porn must not change, but rather disappear
4 reasons why porn must not change, but rather disappear

As with any addiction, the brain always wants more, harder, more intense. Saying that one can actually change the likings of the enormous mass of consumers towards a kind of porn that is non-violent and non-sexist, is a lie.

 
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Environment

 
Protecting the oceans: EU bans 10 single-use plastic items
Protecting the oceans: EU bans 10 single-use plastic items

The European Parliament voted to ban replaceable products such as plates, straws and cotton buds, by 2021.

 
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Nobel Prize

 
Mukwege, the Nobel Prize winner who serves God helping rape victims
Mukwege, the Nobel Prize winner who serves God helping rape victims

“If we are Christ’s, we have no choice but to be alongside the weak”, Mukwege, who was also a member of IFES, said in a recent conference.

 
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Television

 
United Kingdom TV channels fail to represent religious people, study says
United Kingdom TV channels fail to represent religious people, study says

“For many people, religion is a defining part of their life and should therefore be given greater focus”, Ofcom’s report on Equal Opportunities in Television says.

 
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Music and sports

 
The UEFA Champions League anthem is based on a piece of Handel
The UEFA Champions League anthem is based on a piece of Handel

Tony Britten, the composer, wrote the football anthem based on Handel’s ‘Zadok the Priest’, whose lyrics are taken from the passage of 1 Kings 1:38-40.

 
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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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Pedro Tarquis

 
To Caesar what is Caesar’s?
To Caesar what is Caesar’s?

When citizens who have an evangelical faith engage in social life, they have the same rights as others who are agnostic, atheists or of any other belief.

 
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Book

 
Mad or God?
Mad or God?

Pyschiatrists Pablo Martínez and Andrew Sims analyze the mind of Jesus in a new book. “His character traits shined powerfully as he approached death”, says Martínez in an interview.

 
 

 
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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.

 
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.

 
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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.

 
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.

 
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How can we encourage believers to serve Jesus with us? How can we encourage believers to serve Jesus with us?

“It is not just pastors who do ministry. When the saints are doing the ministry too, the Body of Christ is build up and grows towards maturity in the faith”, says Greg Ogden, Chairman Global Discipleship Initiative.

 
Algerian Christians worship God as police arrives to close church Algerian Christians worship God as police arrives to close church

Video of the moment police officers enter a Protestant evangelical church near Tizi-Ouzou to close it. Church members do not stop singing, and peacefully resist later.

 
Porn exploits victims of human trafficking Porn exploits victims of human trafficking

The European Freedom Network launches a new anti-trafficking campaign: “You have no way of knowing if the porn you are looking at is from someone who chose to be there or not”.

 

 

 
A tent of hope for Venezuelan refugees A tent of hope for Venezuelan refugees

Thousands still cross the border to Colombia every week, and many continue on foot into the interior. Christian young people have set up an aid station along the road.

 
 
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