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Intolerance

 
Sudanese Christians denounce demolition of their church buildings
Sudanese Christians denounce demolition of their church buildings

A letter distributed on social media asks for the “attacks against the church” to stop. Twenty-five buildings are set to be demolished, but Christians in the country are “very resilient”, a source says.

 
 
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Brazil

 
Two million people march for Jesus in Sao Paulo
Two million people march for Jesus in Sao Paulo

Under the slogan #IfoundmyKing, Brazilian evangelical churches celebrated the 25th anniversary of the country's biggest religious gathering. Politicians and football players support the march.

 
 
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Interview

 
“The public arena is a mission field”
“The public arena is a mission field”

Gerardo Amarilla, Uruguayan MP and former President of the parliament, was one of the first evangelical Christians in his country in such a high political position. He speaks about the challenges and opportunities for Christians in politics.

 
 
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Egypt

 
“We can’t keep up with the insatiable desire of Copts to have a Bible”
“We can’t keep up with the insatiable desire of Copts to have a Bible”

“The image of Christians as a persecuted minority is not completely right”, says Egypt’s Bible Society Director Ramez Atallah in an interview with Evangelical Focus. He analyses the coexistence with Muslims and the role of the evangelical community. 

 
 
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Work and faith

 
Young Christian entrepreneurs in Togo, ready to be “agents of transformation”
Young Christian entrepreneurs in Togo, ready to be “agents of transformation”

About 300 participants took part in the first FOJEC conference. A biblical view of business as well as study cases were shared with a generation eager to make a lasting impact in society.

 
 
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Mexico

 
More than 1% of evangelicals in Veracruz “have a missing person in their family”
More than 1% of evangelicals in Veracruz “have a  missing person in their family”

In the last three years, there have been 350 new disappearances in the Mexican State. On Mother’s Day, evangelicals prayed for the relatives of the missing persons.

 
 
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Persecuted Christians

 
Sudanese Christians released from prison
Sudanese Christians released from prison

Hassan Taour and Abdulmonem Abdumawla had been accused of espionage. Czech aid worker Petr Jasek received a presidential pardon in Februrary.

 
 
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Religious freedom

 
Outgoing Christian Governor of Jakarta found guilty of blasphemy
Outgoing Christian Governor of Jakarta found guilty of blasphemy

‘Ahok’ is sentenced to two years of prison. The judges say the Christian politician “has caused anxiety, hurt Islam and divided Muslims.” Islamic radicals increase pressure on Christians.

 
 
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Asia

 
Police and local officials complicit in Buddhist attacks on churches in Sri Lanka
Police and local officials complicit in Buddhist attacks on churches in Sri Lanka

Mobs led by Buddhist monks threat church members in several areas of the country. The homes of pastors have been attacked and new legal measures reduce the constitutional right to freedom of worship. 

 
 
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Northern Africa

 
Moroccan Christians send a letter to Prime Minister
Moroccan Christians send a letter to Prime Minister

The letter calls on the authorities to take the necessary steps to ensure Christian basic rights, like freedom of worship, and the oficialisation of churches, among others.

 
 
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Northern Africa

 
Moroccan Christians organise themselves to defend their rights
Moroccan Christians organise themselves to defend their rights

For the first time, Christians have been able to bring their requests to the National Council of Human Rights. “We were well received”, says the spokesperson of the National Coordination of Moroccan Christians.

 
 
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Omdurman

 
Mob kills Christian elder at Evangelical School of Sudan
Mob kills Christian elder at Evangelical School of Sudan

About 20 men arrived at the school with knives and other weapons and began to beat the women. Members of a nearby church tried to defend them. 

 
 
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Russia

 
Explosion in St Petersburg metro kills fourteen
Explosion in St Petersburg metro kills fourteen

Russian authorities speak of 49 injured after blast near central metro station. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev described it as a “terrorist attack.”

 
 
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Persecution
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Muslim extremists increase pressure on Indonesian Christians
Muslim extremists increase pressure on Indonesian Christians

Three churches have been banned for religious activities and another one was attacked in the last month. Banners against Christian candidate Basuki Tjahaja "Ahok" were rife all over Jakarta.

 
 
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Pressure on Christians

 
Court drops charges of kidnapping, ‘human sacrifice’ against evangelist in Uganda
Court drops charges of kidnapping, ‘human sacrifice’ against evangelist in Uganda

“I still have fears since I am taking care of many converts from Islam. I know nothing will separate me from the love of Christ and in serving Him”, says Hassan Muwanguzi.

 
 
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Latin America

 
Peru: 100,000 affected and new floods expected
Peru: 100,000 affected and new floods expected

A Christian organisation working with children in the region: “Pray that God protects us and gives us wisdom to understand how we can be useful in times like these.”

 
 
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Somalia

 
Islamic extremists kill secret Christian, her son, wound husband
Islamic extremists kill secret Christian, her son, wound husband

The couple’s two daughters, 13 and 7, and their 9-year-old son were able to escape out a backdoor and have found safe shelter in another town.

 
 
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International Women’s Day

 
“God made men and women with equal dignity, freedom and intellectual capacity”
“God made men and women with equal dignity, freedom and intellectual capacity”

“Church members should be active in society to defend and give refuge to the battered women”, says a group of evangelical professionals and church leaders.

 
 
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Compassion in India

 
“Pray that God will continue to equip the Church in India to care for the vulnerable”
“Pray that God will continue to equip the Church in India to care for the vulnerable”

Government restrictions force Compassion to leave the country. Hundreds of “churches that are passionate about caring for children will still be there” for the 145,000 sponsored children, says the NGO Director in Italy, Silvio Galvano.

 
 
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Africa

 
Sudan releases Czech Christian aid worker
Sudan releases Czech Christian aid worker

Petr Jasek has been allowed to return home after receiving “presidential pardon”. Meanwhile, Islamists put pressure on evangelical school near Khartoum. 

 
 
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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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Interview

 
“Violence against women is increasingly being used as a tool of persecution in India”
“Violence against women is increasingly being used as a tool of persecution in India”

An in-depth interview with Vijayesh Lal of the Evangelical Fellowship India. Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh are the states were Christians face the strongest persecution.

 
 
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Sports

 
Wesley So: “I am not foolish enough to think I can do this by myself”
Wesley So: “I am not foolish enough to think I can do this by myself”

World chess #2 shares with Evangelical Focus his Christian convictions and the central role faith plays in his day-to-day life, which he defines as “simple and quiet”.

 
 
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World Evangelical Alliance

 
Christians should have a “biblically informed perspective” on refugees
Christians should have a “biblically informed perspective” on refugees

The World Evangelical Alliance: “We wholeheartedly affirm the clear teaching of the Holy Bible that the people of God are called by God to ‘love’ and ‘welcome’ the foreigner and stranger”.

 
 
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Climate change

 
2016 was the warmest year on record
2016 was the warmest year on record

Scientists say human emissions of CO2, the warming of the Arctic, and El Nino were the main factors of the new high. “God has called us to be responsible stewards of creation”, Christian activists say.

 
 
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Africa

 
Accidental airstrike kills dozens at Nigerian refugee camp
Accidental airstrike kills dozens at Nigerian refugee camp

Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders said 21 aid workers died. Air Force admits the original target was a Boko Haram camp in the region.

 
 
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World Watch List 2017

 
WWL 2017: Persecution on the rise in India and Southeast Asia
WWL 2017: Persecution on the rise in India and Southeast Asia

According to Open Doors, 215 million Christians suffer “high, very high or extreme persecution”. North Korea continues at the top of the World Watch List. Africa is the region in which more Christians are killed because of their faith.

 
 
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Open Doors Spain

 
Markus and the question that changed everything
Markus and the question that changed everything

Young Markus had been an ambitious Muslim. He studied in an Islamic university led by his father and his mission was to reach out to Christian youth and lead them to the “right path”.

 
 
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Islamic terrorism

 
Daesh claims Turkey nightclub attack against ‘protectors of the Cross’
Daesh claims Turkey nightclub attack against ‘protectors of the Cross’

Nationals of Germany, Belgium and France among victims of New Year’s Day attack. In Turkey, 300 people were killed in terrorist attacks in 2016.

 
 
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Honduras

 
Evangelical pastor member of anti-corruption group survives a shooting
Evangelical pastor member of anti-corruption group survives a shooting

The attack “will not make me give up”, pastor Machado says. The Latin American Evangelical Alliance calls to pray for him and for the task of fighting corruption in Honduras.

 
 
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Analysis

 
What is the Islamic caliphate and why should Christians care?
What is the Islamic caliphate and why should Christians care?

A number of Muslim groups are actively seeking a Caliphate, although their conceptions of it differ. These groups include Al-Qa’ida, Daesh (IS), Hizb ut Tahrir, and the Muslim Brotherhood.

 
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 Philippines

 
Christians shot to death in attack on Marawi
Christians shot to death in attack on Marawi

Eight Christians shot for refusing to recite the Muslim creed. Their bodies were reportedly thrown into the ditch, and a signboard was placed beside them reading “Munafik”, which means traitor or liar.

 
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Terrorism

 
Blast in Kabul kills at least ninety
Blast in Kabul kills at least ninety

A truck bomb exploded near the foreign embassies and the Afghan presidential palace. Most of the victims were civilians. The Taliban have denied carrying out the attack.

 
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Latin America

 
Around 50,000 prayed for Argentina’s future in Buenos Aires
Around 50,000 prayed for Argentina’s future in Buenos Aires

The initiative led by evangelicals was held simultaneously in 210 cities of the country. “People from very diverse ideological backgrounds came to pray here. What unites us is our love for Christ.”

 
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Blasphemy laws

 
Christian in Pakistan sentenced to life imprisonment for ‘blasphemy’
Christian in Pakistan sentenced to life imprisonment for ‘blasphemy’

“We believe Bhatti is innocent and will be freed by the high court, but it will take several years for his case to be heard by the high court”, an advocate says.

 
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Pew Research

 
US evangelical millennials disapprove abortion, favour environmental care
US evangelical millennials disapprove abortion, favour environmental care

Believers born after 1981 are less supportive of the Republican Party and partially believe homosexuality should be accepted in society, says a survey.

 
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Latin America

 
Venezuela leaves OAS, as death toll and violence rise
Venezuela leaves OAS, as death toll and violence rise

At least 29 people have died in the protests during this month. The Latin Evangelical Alliance has called the Christians to pray for Venezuela.

 
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Jonathan Andrews

 
Living as a Christian, registered as a Muslim?
Living as a Christian, registered as a Muslim?

Conversion from Islam is impossible in many places and in the few locations where it is possible legally, there are social and cultural impediments to change.

 
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Michael Gowen

 
Persecution in Mexico?
Persecution in Mexico?

We spoke with Protestant Christians who had had their electricity and water cut off, who had been removed from the local population registers, whose children had been prevented from attending school.

 
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Venezuela

 
“The whole country is crying out for justice”
“The whole country is crying out for justice”

A Venezuelan evangelical leader analyses the tense situation in the country and explains how Christians keep praying and preparing for an uncertain future. “The church has paid a high price.”

 
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Latin America

 
Deep political crisis in Paraguay worries evangelical Christians
Deep political crisis in Paraguay worries evangelical Christians

Violent riots broke out after a controversial Constitutional amendment was approved. Three evangelical organisations ask the government to act with responsibility and call Christians to pray for peace and wisdom.

 
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Russia

 
Jehovah’s Witnesses on the verge of being banned in Russia
Jehovah’s Witnesses on the verge of being banned in Russia

“This kind of precedent is highly frightening and raises the question of who’s next”, says Evangelical-Baptist leader Vitaly Vlasenko.

 
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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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Interview

 
Morocco: No more hiding for Christians
Morocco: No more hiding for Christians

“Morocco is changing, Mohamed VI has said that he is the king of all Moroccans: Christians, Jews and Muslims”, says Mustafa. “Seven of us came out of anonymity, trusting that God would protect us.”

 
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Israel and the world
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USA UN ambassador denounces Security Council’s anti-Israel bias
USA UN ambassador denounces Security Council’s anti-Israel bias

During her first press conference, Nikki Haley stated that the UN has “breathtaking double standards” with Israel, but the US  “will not turn a blind eye to this anymore.”

 
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Terry Garde

 
Mining for a living in the majority world
Mining for a living in the majority world

It is estimated that over 100 million people in the majority world base their livelihoods on locally mining gold, precious stones, and other high-value minerals with minimal equipment, capital, and training.

 
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More than 500 signatures
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US Evangelical leaders issue a letter denouncing Trump’s refugee ban
US Evangelical leaders issue a letter denouncing Trump’s refugee ban

“As Christians, we have a historic call expressed over two thousand years, to serve the suffering”. Signatories include Timothy and Cathy Keller, Ed Stetzer, Max Lucado and Bill and Lynne Hybels. 

 
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Politics and faith

 
Trump finds “strength” in the prayers of Christians
Trump finds “strength” in the prayers of Christians

In his first National Prayer Breakfast, the President of the USA says he will eliminate the Johnson Amendment to “let religious representatives speak freely without fear of retribution”.

 
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Canada

 
Mosque shooting in Quebec leaves 6 dead
Mosque shooting in Quebec leaves 6 dead

"It is a terrorist attack on Muslims in a centre of worship and refuge", Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, denounced. Two men have been arrested.

 
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Persecuted Christians

 
Nigerian authorities demolish two church buildings
Nigerian authorities demolish two church buildings

“This demolition was done out of injustice and discrimination”, said Rev. Musa. Six more churches are due to be demolished.

 
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Danielle Strickland

 
Our best hope for a better world
Our best hope for a better world

We are free, in Christ, to be all that God had originally intended us to be. Christians should be shouting the news that equality is part of God’s intended plan.

 
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The Philippines

 
Filipino President declares January as “National Bible Month”
Filipino President declares January as  “National Bible Month”

President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation defines the Bible as “fitting and proper for the molding of the spiritual, moral and social fiber of our citizenry.”

 
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Israel, the UN resolution and the long conflict
Israel, the UN resolution and the long conflict

Shira Sorko-Ram, pastor and journalist in Israel, shares her views and a historical and biblical context on the latest events.

 
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Open Doors Spain

 
Yemen: Faith flourishes in the midst of war
Yemen: Faith flourishes in the midst of war

Jamil, a former Muslim: “Yemenis follow Christ with all their hearts. There is no way back. We all know that. Becoming a Christian will cost you much”.

 
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Students

 
Protesting university fees – taking a Christian stand
Protesting university fees – taking a Christian stand

Over the past year, there have been protests about university fees in South Africa. Christian students are serving as mediators, engaging with both students and university management.

 
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Islam in Indonesia

 
Emotions swirl as blasphemy trial begins in Indonesia against Jakarta governor
Emotions swirl as blasphemy trial begins in Indonesia against Jakarta governor

Outside the heavily guarded court, those opposing Ahok chanted, “Jail Ahok, jail Ahok, jail Ahok now”. Muslim clerics refer to the Christian politician as a “son of Satan”.

 
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Pressure on Christians

 
Pastor in Turkey imprisoned, charged with “terrorism”
Pastor in Turkey imprisoned, charged with “terrorism”

Rev. Andrew Brunson has been serving in Turkey for 23 years. After being detained for 64 days, he now faces “terrorism” charges and alleged links with the Fetullah Gulen movement.

 
 

 
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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.

 
Israel, the UN resolution and the long conflict Israel, the UN resolution and the long conflict

Shira Sorko-Ram, pastor and journalist in Israel, shares her views and a historical and biblical context on the latest events.

 
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.

 
Giovanni Traettino: “Pope Francis is my brother in Christ” Giovanni Traettino: “Pope Francis is my brother in Christ”

Evangelical Focus asked the well-known Pentecostal pastor about his “open” approach to Roman Catholicism. Traettino defended his position about ecumenism during the Italian Evangelical Alliance 2016 assembly (8-9 April, Rome).

 
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. 

 
Thomas Bucher: Vision of the EEA Thomas Bucher: Vision of the EEA

Influence in society, evangelical identity and projects in Europe. An interview with Thomas Bucher, secretary general of the European Evangelical Alliance.

 
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.

 
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".

 
Pablo Martinez comments on Evangelical Focus’ launch Pablo Martinez comments on Evangelical Focus’ launch

Author and international speaker Dr Pablo Martínez discusses the main challenges in Europe nowadays and hopes Evangelical Focus will be a useful tool to help build bridges between churches and society.

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
The abilities of Mefi-Boset The abilities of Mefi-Boset

Christian ministry Mefi-Boset has been working with people with intellectual disabilities in their leisure time, and supporting their families in Terrassa and Barcelona (Spain) for 20 years. 

 
Re-evangelise Europe and renew the biblical church Re-evangelise Europe and renew the biblical church

The 2017 European Leadership Forum gathered hundreds in Poland to celebrate the Reformation and connect to better share the gospel in diverse national contexts. See picture gallery.

 
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.

 
‘Reconciliation’ in the Basque Country ‘Reconciliation’ in the Basque Country

Bilbao hosted the Spanish Evangelical Alliance's annual meeting (assembly). Politicians, professors and evangelical representatives shared views on social reconciliation. The theme was also analysed from a theological perspective and in workshops. 

 
WPF17: A look at the world’s current issues WPF17: A look at the world’s current issues

A selection of pictures of World Press Photo 2017.

 
The Progress of Europe, deeply connected to Bible The Progress of Europe, deeply connected to Bible

Indian author Vishal Mangalwadi spoke about how the biblical worldview shaped the West. 300 professionals attended annual GBG meeting on faith and work in Cullera (Spain). Photos: J.P. Serrano, S. Vera.

 
Impressions of Lausanne's #ylg2016 Impressions of Lausanne's #ylg2016

Around 1,000 young Christian leaders from 150 countries are participating in the 2016 Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering, to reflect on global mission.

 
“Spain, we pray for you” “Spain, we pray for you”

Hundreds of evangelical Christians from many denominations marched in Madrid (Spain) to pray for their city, the authorities and asking God to bring hope to its society. Many gathered in other cities on June, 11.

 
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How does the love of God affect my daily life? How does the love of God affect my daily life?

“God’s love is ontological, it cannot be in any way diminished by my poor performance”, says Jerry Root, Professor of Christian Education at Wheaton College (USA).

 
Individualism: from the Protestant Reformation to 21st century capitalism Individualism: from the Protestant Reformation to 21st century capitalism

Indian author Vishal Mangalwadi on how the Protestant Reformation underlined individualism as a means to please God, and how secular Europe corrupted it.

 
Mangalwadi: Education and the Reformation Mangalwadi: Education and the Reformation

Indian author Vishal Mangalwadi talks about how a renwed view of the Bible changed education systems in Europe.

 
What role does the Church have in Europe? What role does the Church have in Europe?

Evi Rodemann (Germany) talks about the unique contributions to society that only the Church can make. 

 
Students in Europe: “We are present” Students in Europe: “We are present”

A summary video of the IFES Europe conference which brought together 1,700 students from many countries in Aschaffenburg (Germany) to reflect on God's mission in society.

 
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.

 
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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