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Latin America

 
A Christian response to the Venezuelan exodus to the Brazilian border
A Christian response to the Venezuelan exodus to the Brazilian border

Several faith organizations are working together to help the Venezuelan refugees. Three million Venezuelans have left their country in the last year. “This is the biggest refugee crisis in South America”, the UN says.

 
 
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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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IDOP 2018

 
“One out of twelve Christians suffers persecution”
“One out of twelve Christians suffers persecution”

The WEA encourages Christians and local churches to get involved in the International Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church on November, 11.

 
 
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Pro-Russian areas

 
Churches in Eastern Ukraine become illegal after re-registrations denied
Churches in Eastern Ukraine become illegal after re-registrations denied

There have been repeated raids on churches by the Luhansk People's Republic. Authorities announced the ban of the “destructive activity of the extremist Ukrainian Union of Evangelical Churches”.

 
 
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Violence

 
The March for Jesus in Chile, tarnished by attacks of anarchists
The March for Jesus in Chile, tarnished by attacks of anarchists

Groups of hooded protesters threw stones against the crowd. “The people started to run, there were babies, children crying, it was a chaos”, explains one of the mothers attending the march.

 
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Pakistan

 
European Union: “Asia Bibi is in prison only because she is a Christian”
European Union: “Asia Bibi is in prison only because she is a Christian”

During a plenary session, the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani called for her immediate release.

 
 
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Latin America

 
Christian organisation urges governments to protect Honduran migrants
Christian organisation urges governments to protect Honduran migrants

Around 4,000 left Honduras to find a better life in Mexico and the US. World Vision calls for “a joint action between churches, civil society, companies and authorities to provide humanitarian aid”.

 
 
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Latin America

 
Uruguay halts trans law for minors without parental permission
Uruguay halts trans law for minors without parental permission

Uruguayan evangelicals presented 40,000 signatures against a draft law which also proposes positive discrimination for transgender people, such as access to scholarships and state jobs.

 
 
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Quake

 
Indonesian churches and Christians help earthquake victims
Indonesian churches and Christians help earthquake victims

The death toll has risen to more than 2000. 86 church buildings in Palu have been established as aid centres. Pastors ask believers “to pray for strength for their communities to endure in the midst of trauma”.

 
 
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Indonesia

 
Prayer helps Indonesian teenager to survive 49 days adrift
Prayer helps Indonesian teenager to survive 49 days adrift

The 19-year-old lamp keeper of a floating fish trap, survived by catching fish and sipping seawater through his clothes. He had his Bible on board.

 
 
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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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Persecuted Christians

 
Pakistan absolves Asia Bibi of blasphemy charges
Pakistan absolves Asia Bibi of blasphemy charges

The Christian woman on death row had been in jail since 2010, accused of insulting Islam. The Supreme Court will free her because the prosecution “categorically failed to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt”.

 
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Anti-semitism

 
Evangelicals express sorrow over attack on synagogue in Pittsburgh
Evangelicals express sorrow over attack on synagogue in Pittsburgh

The World Evangelical Alliance calls to “speak out in opposition wherever and whenever hatred or violence is encouraged”.

 
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Video

 
Andrew Brunson: “God was involved in this, millions of people prayed for Turkey”
Andrew Brunson: “God was involved in this, millions of people prayed for Turkey”

The US pastor and his wife Norine spoke on TV about the difficulties of the last two years. “As Christians, we have not the option not to forgive”.

 
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Wolfgang Fernandez

 
The populist disaster of Venezuela: Understanding the nation’s pain and awakening hope
The populist disaster of Venezuela: Understanding the nation’s pain and awakening hope

Most Venezuelans are now ‘burned out’ as they basically just try to survive. An unprecedented exodus has ensued, some 1,642,400 left the country between 2015 and 2017.

 
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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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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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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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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.

 
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Rallies in Bulgaria: “New bill on religion brings us back to Communism!” Rallies in Bulgaria: “New bill on religion brings us back to Communism!”

Bulgarian evangelicals protested peacefully on November 11 against a draft law which could severely restrict religious freedom of faith minorities. Churches rallied in Sofia and other cities after the Sunday worship services.

 
Photos: #WalkForFreedom Photos: #WalkForFreedom

Abolitionists marched through 400 cities in 51 countries. Pictures from Valencia (Spain), October 20.

 
Photos: Reaching people with disabilities Photos: Reaching people with disabilities

Seminars, an arts exhibition, discussion and testimonies. The European Disability Network met in Tallinn.

 
Photos: Hope for Europe Photos: Hope for Europe

Unity in Diversity is the theme of the conference. Representatives of Evangelical Alliances and many other church leaders gathered in Tallinn (Estonia).

 
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Biotechnology: “There is a difference between restoration and enhancement” Biotechnology: “There is a difference between restoration and enhancement”

“We have to understand the times in which we live, and have discernment”, says Doctor Peter J. Saunders.

 
The Manzanas case The Manzanas case

A short documentary about how retired pastors and widows of an evangelical denomination in Spain fight a legal battle for their pensions after the favourable ruling of the European Court of Human Rights.

 
‘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.

 
 
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