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Religious freedom

 
Evo Morales repeals the Penal Code
Evo Morales repeals the Penal Code

The President of Bolivia says he revokes it “to avoid confusion”. Evangelicals were against a law that “could severely limit the organization of evangelistic activities”.

 
 
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World Watch List 2018

 
Number of Christians murdered increased to more than 3,000 in 2017, says Open Doors
Number of Christians murdered increased to more than 3,000 in 2017, says Open Doors

Intolerance against Christians is highest in Central and Southeast Asia, after North Korea. The situation worsens dramatically in Africa. In Europe, two people were murdered bacause of their faith last year.

 
 
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Latin America
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Evangelism could be banned in Bolivia
Evangelism could be banned in Bolivia

The new Penal Code to be approved under President Evo Morales sanctions religious “recruitment” with 7 to 12 years of imprisonment.

 
 
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Persecuted Christians

 
Four Nigerian Christians killed in a Christmas celebration
Four Nigerian Christians killed in a Christmas celebration

Fulani militants gunmen attacked Christian carollers while they were singing in a church of Southern Kaduna, Nigeria. Ten are still injured.

 
 
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Latin America

 
Evangelicals react to elections in Chile and Honduras
Evangelicals react to elections in Chile and Honduras

Both Sebastian Pinera and Juan Orlando Hernandez received the support of a majority of church members.

 
 
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Freedoms

 
Moroccan Christians will celebrate Christmas in hiding
Moroccan Christians will celebrate Christmas in hiding

Most will not celebrate Christmas publicly this year to avoid “schisms in society” as they wait for the government to answer to  their requests of freedom and equality.

 
 
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Pakistan

 
Suicide attack on Methodist church darkens Christmas celebrations
Suicide attack on Methodist church darkens Christmas celebrations

“There were around 400 worshippers inside the church when the attack began”, the senior leader of the church said. The community was holding a “Sunday school Christmas program” at the time of the attack.

 
 
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Controversy

 
Evangelical Alliances of Italy, Spain and Malta denounce “ecumenical agenda” of the WEA in an open letter
Evangelical Alliances of Italy, Spain and Malta denounce “ecumenical agenda” of the WEA in an open letter

“The historic positions on biblical unity and biblical confrontation of errors that the Alliance has stood for over a hundred years seem now to be eroded and replaced by ecumenical attitudes”. World Evangelical Alliance responds: “The concerns raised are being taken very seriously”.

 
 
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Violence

 
Egypt: 305 killed in attack on mosque
Egypt: 305 killed in attack on mosque

Some 130 have been wounded after a group of men bombed the building and shot against woshippers. It is the worst attack in the history of modern Egypt.

 
 
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Africa

 
Mugabe’s resignation opens a new era in Zimbabwe
Mugabe’s resignation opens a new era in Zimbabwe

The Association of Evangelicals in Africa says “the Church’s response promises great prospects in charting a Zimbabwe that God wants”. Believers in Zimbabwe call “for national dialogue”.

 
 
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Africa

 
Zimbabwe's President to face impeachment after refusing to resign
Zimbabwe's President to face impeachment after refusing to resign

If the impeachment is backed, President Mugabe could be removed by Wednesday. The Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe calls to pray “to discern the next direction for us as a nation”.

 
 
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‘Yes’ gets 61%

 
Australian Christians react to same-sex marriage vote
Australian Christians react to same-sex marriage vote

The Anglican Church and other evangelical movements such as Hillsong ask the parliament to protect freedom of speech in the new legislation.

 
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Middle East

 
Yemen famine could cause millions of victims
Yemen famine could cause millions of victims

After the Saudi-led coalition blockade, Yemen faces “the world's worst humanitarian crisis. Some seven million people are on the brink of famine”, the UN warns.

 
 
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Modern slavery

 
Christians come together to fight human trafficking
Christians come together to fight human trafficking

On October, 15, churches celebrate #FreedomSunday to raise awareness of world’s fastest growing global crime. Other initiatives all around the world include conferences and marches for freedom.

 
 
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Asia

 
Chinese Christians help growth of evangelical churches across Southeast Asia
Chinese Christians help growth of evangelical churches across Southeast Asia

A study shows that over 50% of mega-church-goers in Southeast Asia, have a university degree, are Chinese, and come from families which were not previously Christian.

 
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Survey

 
Fewer view Christmas as a religious holiday, US study says
Fewer view Christmas as a religious holiday, US study says

There is a decline in the number of adults in the US who believe the biblical Christmas story. Many say it does not matter if they are greeted with “merry Christmas” or “happy holidays”.

 
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Juan Francisco Martinez

 
‘#Wetoo’ in the Latino evangelical community
‘#Wetoo’ in the Latino evangelical community

It is time for us to say #wetoo if we are praying for a profound awakening in our churches, if we are willing our churches to have a renewed testimony in our society. We mustn’t fear.

 
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Christmas, Trump and the gift of God’s love
Christmas, Trump and the gift of God’s love

You may not agree with the President of the USA in many things, but in this he is right - the gift of Christmas is offered to each one of us.

 
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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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Bible translation

 
A Bible in Akwen for the Xavante indigenous community in Brazil
A Bible in Akwen for the Xavante indigenous community in Brazil

The translation will help to bring the gospel to more than 20,000 people. The New Testament is ready and the whole Bible will be finished around 2025.

 
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David Miller and Ron Anderson

 
5 truths for church planting today
5 truths for church planting today

How to be effective in disciple-making in the twenty-first century.

 
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 Kermanshah

 
Hundreds killed in Iran-Iraq earthquake
Hundreds killed in Iran-Iraq earthquake

Thousands injured and 70’000 need shelter in the predominantely Kurdish region. Tremors were felt as far away as Israel and Turkey.

 
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Samuel Escobar

 
Catholic exodus to the ranks of Protestant churches in Latin America
Catholic exodus to the ranks of Protestant churches in Latin America

The rapid growth of popular Protestantism has heightened the concerns of the Roman Catholic hierarchies in this region of the world.

 
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Latin America

 
Peru declares 31 October ‘Day Of Evangelical Churches’
Peru declares 31 October ‘Day Of Evangelical Churches’

The Congress voted to pass the motion to commemorate the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.

 
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Messianic music in Israel
Messianic music in Israel

"Panai el-Adonai" (“My face towards the Lord” from Daniel 9:3) brought together the Messianic community to worship and intercede with songs from all over Israel. A video by Kehila News. 

 
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Violence

 
At least 59 killed in worst US mass shooting
At least 59 killed in worst US mass shooting

The gunman fired against a big crowd attending a Country festival in Las Vegas. 527 people have been hurt.

 
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Research

 
One in three Protestants in the US are now non-white
One in three Protestants in the US are now non-white

Large report shows that only 17% of Americans are white evangelical Protestant. Baptists are the largest denomination, and most of religiously unaffiliated citizens identify as secular.

 
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X. Manuel Suárez

 
The palm tree Irma broke
The palm tree Irma broke

A doctor visiting the Dominican Republic shares his thoughts after the storm.

 
 

 
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Michael Schluter: Relationships are the key to build Europe Michael Schluter: Relationships are the key to build Europe

The economist summarises the manifesto “Confederal Europe: Strong Nations, Strong Union” and explains why personal relationships should be at the centre of our economy, education and democracy. 

 
Gary Wilkerson: The Bible, the Holy Spirit and the Reformation Gary Wilkerson: The Bible, the Holy Spirit and the Reformation

Pastor Gary Wilkerson talks about what all evangelical Christians can learn from the Protestant Reformation and underlines the need for more churches with both a sound doctrine and obedience to the Holy Spirit.

 
Lindsay Brown: Islam and the Gospel in Europe Lindsay Brown: Islam and the Gospel in Europe

Is the arrival of thousands of Muslims to Europe a threat to Christianity? What is the growth of evangelical churches in Eastern and Southern Europe? An interview with theologian and Lausanne Movement representative Lindsay Brown.

 
Efraim Tendero: Relationship with Roman Catholicism and other current issues Efraim Tendero: Relationship with Roman Catholicism and other current issues

The World Evangelical Alliance Secretary General participated in the Italian Evangelical Alliance assembly (Rome, 8-9 April). In this interview with Evangelical Focus, Bp Tendero talks about the need to listen to local churches and to face challenges like the refugee crisis and climate change. 

 
Greg Pritchard: European Leadership Forum Greg Pritchard: European Leadership Forum

Pritchard explains the vision of ELF, comments on the 2015 event in Poland and reflects on what it means to have an "evangelical identity".

 
Evi Rodemann: Youth and mission Evi Rodemann: Youth and mission

“We want to see the youth not just being equipped, but also being multipliers”, Evi Rodemann director of Mission-Net. The European Congress took place in Germany from December 28 to January 2.

 
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'Ungi kulimi changana' 'Ungi kulimi changana'

Educator and journalist Jordi Torrents shares images of the Sekeleka social centre in Mozambique. About 50 children live there, many with some kind of disability. All photos were taken with permission.

 
The President in an evangelical church on Christmas Eve The President in an evangelical church on Christmas Eve

For the first time, the President of Portugal attended a worship service in an evangelical church. It was in Sintra, on Christmas Eve.

 
Lausanne younger leaders gathering in Budapest Lausanne younger leaders gathering in Budapest

About 70 people from European countries met at the Younger Leaders Gen gathering in Hungary (19-22 October) to discuss the challenges of the church in the continent and build partnerships. Photos: Evi Rodemann and Jari Sippola.

 
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.

 
Stamps to commemorate the Reformation Stamps to commemorate the Reformation

Poland, Lithuania, Namibia and Brazil are some of the countries that have issued special stamps on the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 theses.

 
VIDEO Video
 
Heart Heart

A short animation film by Swiss cartoonist Alain Auderset tells the message of the Bible in four minutes.

 
He is... He is...

A video about Colossians 1:15-20.

 
Creation Care and the Gospel, in France Creation Care and the Gospel, in France

The conference drew about 90 delegates from across Europe. Scientists, theologians, activists reflected together on the theme “God’s Word and God’s World”.

 
“It is inconsistent to say we love the Creator while we destroy His creation” “It is inconsistent to say we love the Creator while we destroy His creation”

In creation care, “we need more people who lead by example”, says well-known Brazilian politician and activist Marina Silva. 

 
Philip Yancey interview Philip Yancey interview

An 8-minute interview with Philip Yancey on the role of Christians in a secularised society. Recorded in Madrid, September 2016.

 
An interview with Prof. John Lennox An interview with Prof. John Lennox

New atheism, the definition of "faith", Christianity in Europe, the role of the Bible in mission, and the need to listen more. An exclusive interview recorded at "Forum Apologética" (Tarragona, Spain) in May 2016.

 
 
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