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Uttar Pradesh

 
Hindu extremists accelerate clampdown on Christians in India
Hindu extremists accelerate clampdown on Christians in India

After false media reports of large-scale, fraudulent conversions there have been multiple area reports of disrupted worship meetings, pastors and evangelists arrested and Christian leaders fleeing their homes to avoid arrest.

 
 
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Persecution

 
China shuts one of the largest ‘house’ churches in Beijing
China shuts one of the largest ‘house’ churches in Beijing

Zion church was threatened since April for refusing to put surveillance cameras in its premises. Chinese authorities will ban religious activities online.

 
 
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Latin America

 
Evangelicals ask the Argentinian government to protect freedom of Christian school
Evangelicals ask the Argentinian government to protect freedom of Christian school

“The harassment of gender ideology will not stop us”, says the director of the AMEN Baptist school in the city of Neuquén. The Spanish Evangelical Alliance writes a letter to the Argentinian ambassador.

 
 
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United States

 
Many Christians believe their political views match those of others in their church
Many Christians believe their political views match those of others in their church

According to a LifeWay Research survey, 46% of churchgoers prefer to attend a church where people share their political views.

 
 
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Weak constructions

 
Church building collapses in Nigeria
Church building collapses in Nigeria

A boy died and eleven other worshippers were hurt in a Catholic church in Adagbrassa. In 2016, another building collapsed during a celebration, killing 27.

 
 
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Testimony

 
Numia: Finding the gospel and Christian fellowship in the “Women’s house”
Numia: Finding the gospel and Christian fellowship in the “Women’s house”

Numia meets weekly with other Christian women in a country where they must hide their faith. “My family sees in me something different, I am waiting for the right moment to share my faith with them”.

 
 
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Faith and politics

 
Scott Morrison, new Prime Minister of Australia
Scott Morrison, new Prime Minister of Australia

Morrison is the first Australian Prime Minister to openly define himself as evangelical Christian. He is a member of the Pentecostal Horizon Church in South Sydney.

 
 
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Latin America

 
Two evangelical Ministers in Paraguay’s new government
Two evangelical Ministers in Paraguay’s new government

“I will respond before God, my family and the people”, said President Mario Abdo Benítez in his first speech.

 
 
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Pressure on Christians

 
Argentinian evangelicals denounce attacks of pro-abortionists
Argentinian evangelicals denounce attacks of pro-abortionists

A pastor in Neuquén had to be protected by the police after a conference. An NGO denounces the “slander and abuses” of the Green Kerchief activists.

 
 
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Christians

 
Pentecostals persecuted in Eritrea
Pentecostals persecuted in Eritrea

The government is hunting down evangelicals who welcomed an Ethiopian Pentecostal pastor. Christians had hoped the historic peace agreement with the neighbouring country would lead to more freedom.

 
 
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Chile

 
The gospel grows among the Mapuche community despite the burning of churches
The gospel grows among the Mapuche community despite the burning of churches

Another church was destroyed last Friday. “These violent actions seek to prevent our growth”, the Council of Pastors of the region of La Araucanía says.

 
 
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Argentina

 
More than half million people march against abortion in Buenos Aires
More than half million people march against abortion in Buenos Aires

On August 8, the Argentinian Senate will decide about the abortion Bill. “We need to make that voice of the unborn heard”, one of the pastors who organised the march said.

 
 
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Tragedy

 
At least 98 die in an 6,9 earthquake in Indonesia
At least 98 die in an 6,9 earthquake in Indonesia

The epicentre was located in the tourist island of Lombok. Around 2,700 tourists have been evacuated from the Gili Islands.

 
 
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Latin America

 
Keeping Honduran children from gang life through the gospel
Keeping Honduran children from gang life through the gospel

The annual program “Back To Classes With Jesus” provides children, aged six to 12, with a backpack full of supplies and Scripture booklets.

 
 
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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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Analysis

 
Filipino evangelicals demand their president respect their country’s declarations of faith
Filipino evangelicals demand their president respect their country’s declarations of faith

Rodrigo Duterte has recently claimed that “God is stupid” and has promised to step down as president in exchange for a ‘selfie with God’.

 
 
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Latin America
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Nicaragua: “There is panic, terror”
Nicaragua: “There is panic, terror”

Evangelicals in Nicaragua keep denouncing the lack of security. The Nicaraguan Evangelical Alliance has asked the international organizations to act “with greater belligerence to stop the repression and death of the people”.

 
 
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Analysis

 
Historic Peace Agreement between Ethiopia and Eritrea
Historic Peace Agreement between Ethiopia and Eritrea

Christians from both countries have been “praying for this for a long time”. Many hope “all officials will now work together to breach the gap between the two nations”.

 
 
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Latin America

 
Chilean evangelical parliamentarians ask to remove sexual indoctrination from schools
Chilean evangelical parliamentarians ask to remove sexual indoctrination from schools

Evangelical MPs will meet with the Education Minister, to ask him to withdraw a document about sexual education that “violates the preferential right of parents in the education of their children”.

 
 
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Analysis

 
An ‘other Syria’?
An ‘other Syria’?

Representatives of the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria explained in Brussels their social model for a post-war Syria. The initiative for the cooperation was taken by the Christians, in collaboration with Muslims and other groups.

 
 
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World Evangelical Alliance

 
Evangelicals tell United Nations Iran should stop prosecuting Christians on false charges
Evangelicals tell United Nations Iran should stop prosecuting Christians on false charges

“We love our country, we pray for our authorities, and we have no intentions against our government”, Iranian Christian Dabrina Bet Tamraz told the UN Human Rights Council.

 
 
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Analysis

 
“We easily forget that 85% of all the refugees are not coming to Europe”
“We easily forget that 85% of all the refugees are not coming to Europe”

Arie de Pater, Brussels representative of the European Evangelical Alliance: “There is a tendency to call the migrant the problem, feeding a rhetoric in which we, Europeans, are the victims. But that is not the case”.

 
 
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Geneva

 
“Despite its flaws, the Human Rights Council is a unique venue where we can seek justice and love mercy”
“Despite its flaws, the Human Rights Council is a unique venue where we can seek justice and love mercy”

Christians are called to “open our mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute”, says Wissam al-Saliby, the WEA Advocacy Officer for Human Rights in Geneva.

 
 
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Elections

 
Turkey gives more powers to Erdogan
Turkey gives more powers to Erdogan

Despite losing votes, the President wins the Presidential election (52%) and gains new powers as head of government. Opposition parties such as the pro-Kurds gain seats in Parliament.

 
 
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16 years in power

 
Erdogan’s power challenged in snap election
Erdogan’s power challenged in snap election

The popularity of the powerful President is falling strongly. “None of the parties have mentioned religious freedom” in the campaign, says Turkish Protestant Pastor Ihsan Özbek.

 
 
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Analysis

 
Christians in Burundi: a “systemic” crisis, not only a presidential one
Christians in Burundi: a “systemic” crisis, not only a presidential one

“Christianity in Burundi is more a part of the problem than the solution”, says a source in the country.

 
 
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Violence

 
Pastor and five family members murdered in Nicaragua
Pastor and five family members murdered in Nicaragua

Paramilitary forces attacked the home of the evangelical leader with Molotov cocktails after he refused to let snipers use the building to repress anti-government protests.

 
 
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Persecution of Christians

 
Chinese pastor asks fellow Christians around the world to stand with him
Chinese pastor asks fellow Christians around the world to stand with him

The Christian leader has asked to publicly share his image to denounce how the government is violating Human Rights. Pressures on relatives of church members and false accusations might be the next steps in a full police crackdown on the church he leads.

 
 
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Mission

 
World Cup: “We’re excited about sharing the gospel on the streets of Moscow”
World Cup: “We’re excited about sharing the gospel on the streets of Moscow”

Christians set up a fan zone in a church in the city centre. A Steiger mission team will start conversations about Jesus through creative activities.

 
 
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Dialogue

 
“Complete denuclearization” talks after Trump-Kim summit
“Complete denuclearization” talks after Trump-Kim summit

The US commits to provide security guarantees to North Korea. The situation of Christians in North Korea “did come up” during the meeting and “things will be happening”, Donald Trump said in a press conference.

 
 
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Analysis

 
After 1984
After 1984

The Chinese government has begun to develop a social scoring system that will determine people’s ability to travel or access property, amongst other things.

 
 
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Interview

 
“It is a very important period for Armenia, pray for the new authorities to rule with justice”
“It is a very important period for Armenia, pray for the new authorities to rule with justice”

“The atmosphere in the country is changed, there is hope and trust over the future”, says Armenian Human Rights activist and evangelical Christian Hasmik Hovsepyan.

 
 
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Latin America

 
Evangelicals in Colombia: from high expectations to doubts
Evangelicals in Colombia: from high expectations to doubts

The evangelical vote appeared to be largely with Viviane Morales, but her resignation from the presidential campaign has generated division. The two favourites, Iván Duque and Gustavo Petro, will fight it out for victory in the second round.

 
 
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Guatemala

 
Thousands affected by Guatemala volcano eruption
Thousands affected by Guatemala volcano eruption

At least 62 people have died and hundreds have been wounded. The Guatemalan Evangelical Alliance calls to “pray” and “bring supplies to collection points”.

 
 
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Interview

 
“In Armenia, there is a whole corrupt system to dismantle”
“In Armenia, there is a whole corrupt system to dismantle”

A church leader speaks about the opportunities and challenges after the fall of the government. “All my friends have actively participated in the protests and all of us have the same hopes for our country”.

 
 
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Interview

 
“As consumers we need to shop like we care”
“As consumers we need to shop like we care”

“It is still easy to succumb to the powerful marketing and cheap prices of fast fashion”, says Corban Bryant, founder of a fair trade garment company in Nepal.

 
 
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Controversy

 
Jerusalem US embassy opens amid violent clashes

At least 55 Palestinian protesters die in clashes with Israeli troops in Gaza. The “alliance between the US and Israel is stronger than ever”, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says at the opening ceremony.

 
 
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Persecuted Christians

 
Seven Coptic Christian women and girls kidnapped in Egypt in one month
Seven Coptic Christian women and girls kidnapped in Egypt in one month

The families of the victims say they were abducted by Muslims who wanted to convert them to Islam and marry them. These abductions have become a recurring phenomenon in Egypt.

 
 
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Textile industry

 
Who made your clothes?
Who made your clothes?

Businesses like Purnaa, Made in Freedom and Roam Living are helping to change the textile industry by offering good jobs in a context dominated by exploitation.

 
 
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Asia

 
Top South and North Korean leaders meet to discuss “peace treaty”
Top South and North Korean leaders meet to discuss “peace treaty”

Kim Jong Un crosses the militarised border and holds talks with President Moon Jae In, that could set the foundation for the denuclearisation of the peninsula.

 
 
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Survey

 
What God do Americans believe in?
What God do Americans believe in?

According to a new Pew Research survey, 80% of Americans believe in God, but only 56% say they believe in the God of the Bible.

 
 
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Interview

 
Sex trafficking: “We should meet victimised women where they are”
Sex trafficking: “We should meet victimised women where they are”

“Being raped for money several times a day is not safe, no matter where it happens”, says expert Kathy Bryan of Elevate Academy. She mentors women who want to leave prostitution.

 
 
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Latin America

 
Nicaraguans hope dialogue will put an end to clashes between police and protesters
Nicaraguans hope dialogue will put an end to clashes between police and protesters

President Ortega revokes controversial pensions reform. At least 28 people died in five days. Evangelicals ask to be included in the dialogue to find solutions to the national crisis.

 
 
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Religious freedom

 
Pastor Andrew Brunson rejects terror charges as trial in Turkey begins
Pastor Andrew Brunson rejects terror charges as trial in Turkey begins

“I have never done anything against Turkey. I want the truth to come out”, Andrew Brunson told the court in Izmir on Monday. His lawyer says “there is evidence that shows Brunson was detained due to his faith”.

 
 
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Africa

 
Military plane crash in Algeria: 257 dead
Military plane crash in Algeria: 257 dead

More than 100 military personnel were on board the plane. It crashed in the province of Blida, near capital Algiers.

 
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United Nations

 
Governments should not “police the mind of its citizens”, WEA tells the UN Human Rights Council
Governments should not “police the mind of its citizens”, WEA tells the UN Human Rights Council

The World Evangelical Alliance Advocacy Officer Albert Hengelaar defended the rights of the religious minorities to live their faith without restrictions.

 
 
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Tension

 
Western countries expel Russian diplomats to send a “coordinated message”
Western countries expel Russian diplomats to send a “coordinated message”

Several EU countries and the USA show their opposition to Vladimir Putin. “We will not tolerate Russia’s continued attempts to undermine our values”, says UK Prime Minister Theresa May.

 
 
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Nigeria

 
Kidnapped girl’s church calls on Buhari to win her release from Boko Haram
Kidnapped girl’s church calls on Buhari to win her release from Boko Haram

Leah Nathan Sharibu remains hostage for refusing to renounce Christ.

 
 
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Juan Francisco Martinez

 
Young people are walking out – how will churches react?
Young people are walking out – how will churches react?

If pastors and church leaders don’t work to find a solution, they lose the right for their condolences to be taken seriously.

 
 
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Environment

 
“The ocean is the last frontier”
“The ocean is the last frontier”

A report warns that ocean plastic will triple in a decade. “We invest a lot of money for missions to space, but there’s nothing living out there. The sea bed is teeming with life”, experts say.

 
 
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Nigeria

 
Kidnapped Nigerian girls freed by Boko Haram
Kidnapped Nigerian girls freed by Boko Haram

The Nigerian Information Minister says that 101 of the 110 girls abducted have been freed. Reports say that a Christian girl is still in captivity because she refused to convert to Islam.

 
 
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Latin America

 
Christians denounce the upsurge of religious persecution in Cuba
Christians denounce the upsurge of religious persecution in Cuba

“The sustained growth of the churches unnerves the government”, Cuban Pastor Mario Félix Lleonart, says. Several evangelical leaders have been interrogated and arrested in the last months.

 
 
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Reactions

 
Political and religious leaders react to Billy Graham’s death
Political and religious leaders react to  Billy Graham’s death

All the last presidents of United States, and Protestant figures such as Justin Welby or Efraim Tendero pay tribute to the American evangelist and highlight his influence worldwide.

 
 
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Coalition for Happiness

 
A ‘Brave New World’?
A ‘Brave New World’?

Six countries sign an agreement to create the “Coalition for Happiness”. Among its members, there are countries where Christians are increasingly persecuted: the United Arab Emirates, Mexico and Kazakhstan.

 
 
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Latin America

 
Peru, Brazil and Costa Rica exemplify the growing evangelical influence in Latin America
Peru, Brazil and Costa Rica exemplify the growing evangelical influence in Latin America

Official statistics confirm the rapid growth in Peru and Brazil. In Costa Rica, evangelical candidate Fabricio Alvarado leads the polls to win the presidency. The II Ibero-American Congress for Life and Family took place in Mexico.

 
 
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Corruption Perception Index

 
Two-thirds of countries face high levels of corruption
Two-thirds of countries face high levels of corruption

For the first time,Transparency International has also examined the relationship between corruption levels and the degree of freedom enjoyed by media and civil society groups.

 
 
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France, UK, Netherlands, Spain, Italy…

 
Evangelicals in Europe reflect on Billy Graham’s life
Evangelicals in Europe reflect on Billy Graham’s life

Leaders of Christian organisations in Europe remember the evangelist’s confidence in the Gospel, his personal integrity, and how he helped start mission movements.

 
 
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(1918-2018)

 
Billy Graham has died
Billy Graham has died

The evangelist was a key leader of the 20th century. Hundreds of thousands made a decision to follow Jesus after hearing him preaching the Gospel. Graham worked to unite evangelical Christians around mission movements.

 
 
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United States

 
Churches in Florida join to pray after the shooting
Churches in Florida join to pray after the shooting

Several churches in the area call to pray for “school teachers and administrators, parents teens, victims and families”.

 
 
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Charities

 
Charities react as Oxfam prostitution scandal reveals abusive practices
Charities react as Oxfam prostitution scandal reveals abusive practices

Christian Aid took action after two sexual misconduct cases were reported in 2017. Organisations under suspicion could lose European Union funds.

 
 
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United States

 
At least 17 killed in mass shooting at Florida high school
At least 17 killed in mass shooting at Florida high school

A 19-year-old fired his former classmates with a semi-automatic rifle. It was the 18th shooting in a US school so far this year.

 
 
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Latin America

 
Evangelical candidate wins first round of Costa Rica election
Evangelical candidate wins first round of Costa Rica election

Journalist and singer Fabricio Alvarado gets 24% of the vote and is now the favourite for the second round. Never an engaged evangelical Christian won a presidential vote in the country.

 
 
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Interview

 
“The movement to stop Evo Morales’ Penal Code was civic, not political”
“The movement to stop Evo Morales’ Penal Code was civic, not political”

Journalist Mireya Elizabeth Garrón speaks of the socio-political crisis in Bolivia and analyses the role of evangelical churches in the marches that helped revoke the new Penal Code.

 
 
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Analysis

 
Costa Rica’s political campaign opens debate about the role of churches
Costa Rica’s political campaign opens debate about the role of churches

Evangelical preacher and musician Fabricio Alvarado leads the polls. His defence of traditional marriage clashes with a recent resolution of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

 
 
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German aid worker killed in Kabul attack was an evangelical Christian
German aid worker killed in Kabul attack was an evangelical Christian

A Taliban terrorist group murdered twenty-four people in the attack against the Intercontinental hotel in Afghanistan.

 
 
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Inequalities

 
More than 80% of the wealth created in 2017 went to the richest 1%
More than 80% of the wealth created in 2017 went to the richest 1%

The World Economic Forum in Davos gathers around 3,000 to tackle the issue of inequality. According to Oxfam, “2017 saw the biggest increase in the number of billionaires in history, one more every two days”.

 
 
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Mexico

 
The ‘Hill of the Bible’ aspires to four Guinness World Records
The ‘Hill of the Bible’ aspires to four Guinness World Records

A sign in a mountain which reads: “Ciudad Juárez, the Bible is the truth, read it”, has become a representative icon for 31 years.

 
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Violence

 
Peru: Football hooligans and members of an evangelical church clash
Peru: Football hooligans and members of an evangelical church clash

The Upper Room Church is in a legal dispute with the football club Alianza Lima over land surrounding the stadium.

 
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Anglicanism

 
Gafcon proposes a peaceful “structural separation” in the Anglican Communion
Gafcon proposes a peaceful “structural separation” in the Anglican Communion

Nicholas Okoh, Chairman of Gafcon, urges to handle disagreement between Anglicans with “theological integrity” that “minimises the hurt and distress that has been all too evident”.

 
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Persecuted Christians

 
Twelve Iranian Christians sentenced to a year in prison for house church worship
Twelve Iranian Christians sentenced to a year in prison for house church worship

They are accused of “propaganda activities against the system and in favor of Zionist Christianity through holding house meetings, evangelism, and invitation to Christianity”.

 
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Michael Mutzner

 
Evangelicals in Cuba: the protected, the repressed and the persecuted
Evangelicals in Cuba: the protected, the repressed and the persecuted

Cuba was reviewed earlier during this year in the framework of the Universal Periodic Review conducted by the UN's Human Rights Council in Geneva.

 
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Persecuted Christians

 
Military-backed forces in Burma beat two youth pastors
Military-backed forces in Burma beat two youth pastors

Christian ethnic minorities have long suffered in Burma, where the government has recognized the special status of Buddhism.

 
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Africa

 
National Union of Zimbabwe-Patriotic Front party wins elections in the midst of national protests
National Union of Zimbabwe-Patriotic Front party wins elections in the midst of national protests

Blessing Makwara, General Secretary of the Evangelical Community of Zimbabwe urged “all members of the Body of Christ across the globe to continue interceding for peaceful transitions”.

 
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Persecuted Christians

 
Chinese authorities raid a Christian church for third time in a month
Chinese authorities raid a Christian church for third time in a month

The Chinese police agents have repeatedly interrupted Bible Reformed Church services and arrested its members. The members have refused to become a registered, state-run church.

 
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Tehmina Arora

 
Restoring the fractured identity landscape of South Asia
Restoring the fractured identity landscape of South Asia

Religious identity, nationalism, and violence.

 
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Religious freedom

 
Pressure on Christians heats up in Nepal
Pressure on Christians heats up in Nepal

In a rash of recent actions against Christians in Nepal, an alcoholic who became violent during an intervention had Christian leaders arrested on forcible conversion charges, and a foreign couple was deported.

 
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Thailand

 
Twelve children and their coach, rescued after 17 days trapped in a cave
Twelve children and their coach, rescued after 17 days trapped in a cave

The risky diving rescue operation spread over three days. One of the boys is a Christian. “It’s the love that God gives to our family”, said his parents after the rescue.

 
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Calum Samuelson

 
The World Cup dilemma
The World Cup dilemma

It would be good to penalize the blatant human rights abuses in Qatar rather than applauding them by letting bonded labourers build the new stadiums for World Cup 2022.

 
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Latin America

 
Radicals set evangelical centre on fire in Chile
Radicals set evangelical centre on fire in Chile

Hooded attackers forced the people inside the centre to leave the building. Small Mapuche groups have been attacking churches since 2016.

 
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Dave Bookless

 
Countdown to Day Zero
Countdown to Day Zero

Water is, biblically, a precious blessing from God. It is a gift, not a right. And wasting it, misusing it, failing daily to be grateful for it, are sins against God, neighbour and creation.

 
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Faith and Work

 
Biblical values to transform the business landscape of Togo
Biblical values to transform the business landscape of Togo

The Forum of Young Christian Entrepreneurs gathered 500 people in its second edition. Mgliwè Simdinatome leads a movement to equip young Christians as they start their first business projects.

 
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Latin America

 
Church that lost ten pastor couples in Cuba plane crash: “Pray for our families”
Church that lost ten pastor couples in Cuba plane crash: “Pray for our families”

The Nazarene Church grieves with the relatives of the victims as new leaders are trained to serve the churches that lost their pastors.

 
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Latin America

 
‘Evangélico Digital’, a new media project for Latin America
‘Evangélico Digital’, a new media project for Latin America

The website will be launched before summer, offering opinion and information from a Latin American context. ‘Evangélico Digital’ is linked to ‘Evangelical Focus’ through the ‘Areópago Protestante’ media group.

 
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Mission

 
European Baptist Mission International: 300 projects in 15 countries
European Baptist Mission International: 300 projects in 15 countries

About 160 representatives from four continents met for the EBM International Mission Council. “We are servants of God, his disciples and his ambassadors”.

 
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Archaeology

 
Ancient “secret church” survives Daesh in Syria
Ancient “secret church” survives Daesh in Syria

The ruins are located in Manbij, one of Syria’s most ancient towns. Among the artifacts found, there were several versions of crosses etched into columns and walls, which indicate this was a significant site for Christians.

 
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United States

 
Willow Creek Church opens investigation into Bill Hybels after new allegations against pastor
Willow Creek Church opens investigation into Bill Hybels after new allegations against pastor

“We will examine allegations that have not been previously investigated” the church’s elders say in a lette. “Each woman willing to speak with us will be heard”.

 
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Persecuted Christians

 
Christians in Quetta grieve after attack that killed two Christians
Christians in Quetta grieve after attack that killed two Christians

Many attend the funeral in the Pakistani city. The Christian community there is “afraid and feeling insecure” after three attacks in five months.

 
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José de Segovia

 
Ríos Montt, Morales and faith in Guatemala
Ríos Montt, Morales and faith in Guatemala

Guatemala is the country with the highest percentage of evangelicals in Latin America. However, it has one of the highest rates of inequality, violence and corruption.

 
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United States
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‘Fight Online Sex Trafficking’ law enables victims to pursue websites
‘Fight Online Sex Trafficking’ law enables victims to pursue websites

The FBI shuts down major prostitution websites and prosecutes owners. Christian activists celebrate move and hope it will help fight sex trafficking in the US and abroad.

 
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Christians in Algeria

 
Algerian Christians denounce growing pressure on churches
Algerian Christians denounce growing pressure on churches

Christians are humiliated at airports, body-searched as if they were criminals or traffickers, compared to terrorists.

 
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Freedom of worship

 
Arrests of Christians and restrictions against churches in Algeria
Arrests of Christians and restrictions against churches in Algeria

In recent months, authorities in Algeria have stepped up restrictions against Christian churches in the country, orchestrating what appears to be a “coordinated campaign of intensified action against churches”.

 
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Africa

 
Authorities in Sudan demolish church building in Khartoum
Authorities in Sudan demolish church building in Khartoum

Eyewitnesses said police confiscated chairs, tables and Bibles before the demolition. “These crazy actions will not stop us from praying and praising God”.

 
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Freedom

 
Amended religion law to ban home group meetings in Kazakhstan
Amended religion law to ban home group meetings in Kazakhstan

Prime Minister could soon sign a law that bans evangelism and religious materials of unregistered groups. Protestants in several European countries send letters to embassies demanding religious freedom.

 
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Persecuted Christians

 
Pastor found dead in southern India
Pastor found dead in southern India

“They threatened the pastor, ‘How dare you set up a church in our locality? This area is of upper castes. Stop running church here’”, a church leader in the region explains.

 
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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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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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The palm tree Irma broke
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A doctor visiting the Dominican Republic shares his thoughts after the storm.

 
 

 
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Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church 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.

 
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.

 
Kathy Bryan: Online sex trafficking in the USA Kathy Bryan: Online sex trafficking in the USA

“Prostitution is nobody’s dream,  it’s a very traumatic lifestyle”, says Kathy Bryan, director of the Elevate Academy. She mentors former victims.

 
Christians in politics? Christians in politics?

What is the role of Christians serving in politics? An interview with Auke Minnema, the new General Director of the European Christian Political Movement (ECPM).

 
Michael Ramsden: Communicating the Gospel in today’s societies Michael Ramsden: Communicating the Gospel in today’s societies

RZIM International Director Michael Ramsden responds to questions about the secularisation of Europe, the role of Christians in public leadership and the new ‘culture of victimism’.

 
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Sharing Jesus with World Cup fans in Moscow Sharing Jesus with World Cup fans in Moscow

A team of Steiger mission is starting conversations about the gospel in the middst of the football celebration in Russia.

 
Analysing current issues in the light of the Bible Analysing current issues in the light of the Bible

At the 2018 Apologetics Forum in Comarruga (Spain), Michael Ramsden, Pablo Martinez, Ruth Valerio and José de Segovia analysed how society and the Bible approach the issues of personal identity, integrity, sexuality, pop culture, and environmental care.

 
European “Bridges to Inclusion” gathering 2018, in Riga European “Bridges to Inclusion” gathering 2018, in Riga

The network of Christian ministries working for the inclusion of people with disabilities, celebrated its tenth continental meeting in Latvia with the participation of 12 countries.

 

 
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How does romantic love change over time? How does romantic love change over time?

Psychatrist Pablo Martínez uses a metaphor to explain how romantic love evolves.

 
‘Mediterráneo’ ‘Mediterráneo’

“Something will change if you have hunger and thirst for justice”, sings Spanish artist Eva Betoret in a song about the refugee crisis.

 
How the loss of universal values led to a loss of civility How the loss of universal values led to a loss of civility

Author Bruce Little: “We have moved from a sense of responsibility to ‘my personal rights’”.

 
Reaching non-Christian ‘Christians’ Reaching non-Christian ‘Christians’

How can we reach those who call themselves ‘Christians’ but have not experienced a conversion to Christ? Forty missiologists and mission practitioners came together for a Lausanne Movement global consultation in Rome.

 
 
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