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Health

 
Ebola outbreak in DR Congo declared international health emergency
Ebola outbreak in DR Congo declared international health emergency

The outbreak started one year ago, and 1,700 people have died so far. The World Health Organization calls to respond with “international solidarity”.

 
 
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Africa

 
“Pray for a real change”, say Christians in Sudan
“Pray for a real change”, say Christians in Sudan

Former President Omar al-Bashir has been jailed and the military and opposition parties have reached an agreement for a transition period which should culminate in democratic elections.

 
 
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Abu Dhabi will officially recognise 19 non-Muslim worship places
Abu Dhabi will officially recognise 19 non-Muslim worship places

The biggest region of the United Arab Emirates starts a process of regularisation. Christians in the country see the initiative with good eyes but “precaution” is needed.

 
 
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Persecuted Christians

 
Official report urges UK government to become “global champion of religious freedom”
Official report urges UK government to become “global champion of religious freedom”

The Foreign Affairs Office releases the long-awaited Independent Review on Persecuted Christians. It was commissioned by Jeremy Hunt, who could become the next Prime Minister.

 
 
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Xinjiang

 
China separates children from Muslim families to reeducate them, says BBC investigation
China separates children from Muslim families to reeducate them, says BBC investigation

Uighurs in Western China are targeted in what could be a deliberate policy to “raise a new generation that has been cut off from original roots and religious beliefs”, according to an in-depth journalistic investigation.

 
 
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GWF in Manila: “Kingdom building requires global collaboration”
GWF in Manila: “Kingdom building requires global collaboration”

850 from 108 countries met for the Global Workplace Forum, June 25-29. The gathering was organised by the Lausanne Movement. “Every workplace is a place of ministry”.

 
 
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Organization of American States

 
Latin evangelicals outnumber LGBT activists in key OAS gathering
Latin evangelicals outnumber LGBT activists in key OAS gathering

“The solution for Latin America is strengthening the family”, Pastor Mercedes Aguayo told the assembly in the ‘Dialogues with Civil Society’ session. Some evangelical representatives were denied access on the second day of talks in Colombia.

 
 
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Analysis

 
USA and Iran play on fear 40 years after the revolution
USA and Iran play on fear 40 years after the revolution

The Iranian government “prefers to be destroyed dragging the people with them before giving in”, says a Christian source in the country. “Pray for an integral transformation of the nation”.

 
 
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Democracy

 
Hong Kong Christian students and church leaders “pray and worship together”
Hong Kong Christian students and church leaders “pray and worship together”

Another massive demonstration is expected for Friday. “We seek God's justice and mercy to fill our land”, says Fellowship of Evangelical Students representative.

 
 
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Interview

 
“Christians in Pakistan are living third-class, marginalized lives”
“Christians in Pakistan are living third-class, marginalized lives”

Rev. Iftikhar Indryas, founder of the New Covenant Christian School, explains the issues the educational project is facing. He calls to pray for the “spiritual, physical and intellectual well-being” of Pakistani Christians.

 
 
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History

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

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

 
 
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Health care

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

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

 
 
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Faith and politics

 
Brazilian Minister of Family responds to death threats with Psalm 23
Brazilian Minister of Family responds to death threats with Psalm 23

Damares Alves is a former evangelical pastor and has become a popular figure of Jair Bolsonaro's government.

 
 
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Interview

 
“Coptic Christians have an insatiable desire to have a Bible”
“Coptic Christians have an insatiable desire to have a Bible”

Ramez Atallah, Director of the Bible Society Egypt, addresses some of the misconceptions about the country, and analyses the presence and influence of the Christian minority. 

 
 
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Easter bombings

 
WEA condems attacks against Muslim communities in Sri Lanka
WEA condems attacks against Muslim communities in Sri Lanka

The Sri Lanka Evangelical Alliance calls upon the public to “refrain from engaging in hateful discourse, turn away from violence and work towards de-escalating tensions in our country”. 

 
 
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Election

 
South African Christians mobilise for the election
South African Christians mobilise for the election

Christian leaders have presented a decalogue of proposals to the political parties, and launched 'Kingdom Nation', which aims to help Christians to vote from a biblical perspective.

 
 
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Africa

 
More than 1,000 deaths in DR Congo Ebola outbreak
More than 1,000 deaths in DR Congo Ebola outbreak

The World Health Organization speaks of a scenario of “continued intense transmission”. Disinformation and confusion are making medical efforts difficult.

 
 
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Venezuelan conflict

 
“Pray for a peaceful way out in Venezuela”
“Pray for a peaceful way out in Venezuela”

Evangelical Christians in the country speak out about the situation. “It is our duty to make a call to prayer, to calm down and recognize the right of people to protest peacefully”, pastor José Piñero says.

 
 
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Venezuela conflict

 
Guaidó frees opposition leader and calls army to oust Maduro
Guaidó frees opposition leader and calls army to oust Maduro

“The armed forces have taken the correct decision, they can count on the support of the people of Venezuela”, Guaidó says. The regime responds: “We are deactivating a small group of traitors”. The risk of an armed conflict increases.

 
 
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Africa

 
Rwanda: 25 years building forgiveness and reconciliation
Rwanda: 25 years building forgiveness and reconciliation

Rwanda commemorates the 25th anniversary of the end of a genocide that killed more than 800,000. “The church has played a pivotal role in healing and reconciliation”.

 
 
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Terrorism

 
At least 290 killed in 8 bomb blasts in Sri Lanka
At least 290 killed in 8 bomb blasts in Sri Lanka

The bombings are the deadliest attack on Christians in South Asia in recent times. The attacks took place almost simultaneously in three Christian temples and luxury hotels.

 
 
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Israel election

 
Netanyahu on course for a record fifth term as Israel Prime Minister
Netanyahu on course for a record fifth term as Israel Prime Minister

Likud and Blue and White parties tied with 35 seats each, but almost all right-wing parties will recommend Netanyahu to form the next government. He has been indicted on bribery and fraud.

 
 
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Persecuted Christians

 
Police guilty of pastor disappearance, Malaysian Rights Commission says
Police guilty of pastor disappearance, Malaysian Rights Commission says

A two-year investigation showed direct and circumstantial evidence that a pastor and other religious leader were victims of “enforced disappearance by state agents”.

 
 
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United States

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

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

 
 
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Religious freedom

 
Algerian Christians “fast and pray to bless our country”
Algerian Christians “fast and pray to bless our country”

The Algerian Protestant Church “fully shares the aspirations and the legitimate demands of the Algerian people in their peaceful fight for a modern and democratic Republic”.

 
 
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Emergency

 
“The situation in Beira is critical”, say Christians in Mozambique
“The situation in Beira is critical”, say Christians in Mozambique

The cyclone Idai has devastated the Centre of the country, damaging the supplies of water and electricity. More than 200 people have died, but authorities fear a death toll of one thousand.

 
 
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Terrorism

 
At least 49 dead in New Zealand mosque attacks

The evangelical body New Zealand Christian Network (NZCN) urged people “to pray for all the families affected, and to offer them support in every way possible”.

 
 
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Analysis

 
“Threats from China are growing more strident”, Taiwanese Christians say
“Threats from China are growing more strident”, Taiwanese Christians say

Christianity is the third religion in number of population of Taiwan, “but socially many families are still hostile to Christianity”, says an evangelical pastor in the island.

 
 
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General Conference

 
United Methodist Church keeps traditional marriage after narrow vote
United Methodist Church keeps traditional marriage after narrow vote

Conservative delegates from the Global South helped stop the US-majority push to approve gay marriage. Liberal churches expected to leave the denomination.

 
 
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Report

 
Evangelicals in India recorded 325 incidents against Christians last year
Evangelicals in India recorded 325 incidents against Christians last year

The Evangelical Fellowhsip of India publishes a detailed report of attacks against Christians in 2018. They ask the government to “ensure the rule of law and the security of religious minorities”.

 
 
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Action

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

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

 
 
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Interview

 
A film about evangelist Luis Palau to be released in April
A film about evangelist Luis Palau to be released in April

“I had one of the most moving moments of my life during the film”, says Argentinian actor Gaston Pauls, who plays the role of Luis Palau.

 
 
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Southern Baptist Convention

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

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

 
 
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Tourism

 
Two and a half million Christians visited Israel in 2018
Two and a half million Christians visited Israel in 2018

The number of tourists to Israel almost doubled in two years, reaching the record of 4 million in 2018. 61% of visitors were Christian.

 
 
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World Watch List 2019

 
WWL 19: One Christian out of nine suffers persecution worldwide
WWL 19: One Christian out of nine suffers persecution worldwide

According to World Watch List, released today by Open Doors International, 4,305 people died in 2018 because of their Christian faith. Christian persecution has drastically increased.

 
 
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North Africa

 
Faith costs Christian in Algeria his family, livelihood
Faith costs Christian in Algeria his family, livelihood

“Today I am far from my family, my wife, and my two daughters, without work or home”, he said. “Such is the lot of a Muslim who converts to Christianity in Algeria today”.

 
 
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Africa

 
Drums in the neighbor's house
Drums in the neighbor's house

Most Mozambicans say they are Christian, but in rural areas, it’s not hard to find evidence of shamanism and ethnic rites.

 
 
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José de Segovia

 
The terror of the Khmer Rouge
The terror of the Khmer Rouge

Christianity departs from any kind of moralism. What is good news for Duch, is bad news for those who consider themselves too be good and righteous.

 
 
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Persecution

 
Spike in arrests of Christians in Iran especially severe this Christmas season, sources say
Spike in arrests of Christians in Iran especially severe this Christmas season, sources say

More than 150 have been detained in the last month. “The current situation has been described by some as unprecedented, there are a huge number of arrests and detentions”.

 
 
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Interview

 
Ján Figel: ‘Indifference, ignorance and fear are the worst enemies of religious freedom’
Ján Figel: ‘Indifference, ignorance and fear are the worst enemies of religious freedom’

“I encourage companies, businesses, to promote religious freedom and diversity at the workplace”, says the EU Special Envoy for the promotion of Freedom of Religion or Belief.

 
 
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Africa

 
The political conflict in Cameroon threatens freedom of Christians
The political conflict in Cameroon threatens freedom of Christians

Up to 50 Christian schools and hospitals have been affected, and the military has kidnapped four churches. “We need peace and the UN intervention”, a Cameroonian Christian says.

 
 
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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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Books

 
US-China trade war threatens Bible production
US-China trade war threatens Bible production

Publishers warn that the proposed increase of tariffs to China could result in a Bible shortage in the United States. There are “no substantial domestic manufacturing alternatives” to respond to the demand.

 
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Evangelical students from around the world gather in South Africa
Evangelical students from around the world gather in South Africa

A short video summary of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) World Assembly, July 3-10.

 
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Human Rights

 
Hong Kong Christian leaders call to “return to the path of peaceful communion”
Hong Kong Christian leaders call to “return to the path of peaceful communion”

After protesters stormed Hong Kong’s legislative building, Christian leaders wrote a letter asking to “boycott any act that harms peace, and to express their views in a rational and peaceful manner”.

 
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Michael Gowen

 
Colombia – Peace process collapsing, Christians suffering
Colombia – Peace process collapsing, Christians suffering

Christians in these rural areas often find themselves in the middle of two armed groups fighting each other for territory and for corridors through which to traffic their illicit goods.

 
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Latin America
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The March for Jesus gathers millions in Brazil
The March for Jesus gathers millions in Brazil

Three million evangelicals took the streets of Sao Paulo to share the gospel and “cry out for Brazil, for the families, for the end of corruption, for the afflicted hearts”.

 
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World Refugee Day

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

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

 
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Latin America

 
Prayers for peace in Nicaragua emerge from prison
Prayers for peace in Nicaragua emerge from prison

Around 600 prisoners joined a vigil of worship and prayer in ‘La Modelo’ prison in Tipitapa. Many have turned to Christianity thanks to the work of an evangelical ministry.

 
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Since 1955

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

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

 
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Freedoms

 
UN proclaims August 22 Day for victims of religious violence
UN proclaims August 22 Day for victims of religious violence

The resolution, approved by consensus, hopes to “help combat hate crimes and acts of violence related to religion or belief, and further strengthen inter-religious dialogue”.

 
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Religious freedom

 
Pakistan: 218 Christians still jailed for blasphemy, says Release International
Pakistan: 218 Christians still jailed for blasphemy, says Release International

The release of Asia Bibi is “extraordinarily good news”, but blasphemy laws “should be repealed once and for all” to protect faith minorities.

 
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Human Rights

 
Bolivian Religious Freedom Law gives evangelicals the same rights as Catholics
Bolivian Religious Freedom Law gives evangelicals the same rights as Catholics

“There is neither a primary nor a secondary church like before”, President Evo Morales said. Some evangelical denominations reject the law, arguing that it entails an interference by the state.

 
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Burkina Faso: Gunmen kill six in attack on Catholic church
Burkina Faso: Gunmen kill six in attack on Catholic church

The African country is suffering an increase in extremist attacks. Other six Christians were killed two weeks ago in an evangelical church.

 
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At least six Christians killed in a church attack in Burkina Faso
At least six Christians killed in a church attack in Burkina Faso

A pastor, two of his sons and three other worshippers died. “Europe must stand united against the persecution of Christians in Africa”, said Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament.

 
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AEA Plaza opens to serve African evangelicals
AEA Plaza opens to serve African evangelicals

After many years of labour, the Association of Evangelicals in Africa officially opened its new centre in Nairobi, Kenya. “Africa, your time has come!”, said the World Evangelical Alliance Secretary General Efraim Tendero.

 
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Umbrella Movement

 
Pastor convicted of public nuisance in 2014 Hong Kong protests
Pastor convicted of public nuisance in 2014  Hong Kong protests

Baptist minister Rev Chu Yiu-ming, along with the other two founders of the pro-democracy ‘Occupy Central’ movement could be jailed for up to seven years. 200 supporters gathered to pray and sing songs.

 
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Religious freedom

 
Brunei adopts full Sharia law
Brunei adopts full Sharia law

According to the law, conversion from Islam is illegal and punishable by death. “Christian converts will be forced to hide their faith even more carefully”, Open Doors says.

 
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Judd Birdsall

 
Pitfalls in combating persecution (I)
Pitfalls in combating persecution (I)

It’s better to risk understating the extent and severity of persecution than to risk overstating the problem. What’s at stake is credible religious freedom advocacy.

 
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Religious freedom

 
West African Court faults government of Nigeria for failing to stop killings in Benue State
West African Court faults government of Nigeria for failing to stop killings in Benue State

Christian leaders file suit alleging 1,000 people killed in the past three years. “The affected Christian communities have been completely overwhelmed and are now desolate and devastated”.

 
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Latin America

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

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

 
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Latin America

 
Cuban churches offer help after tornado
Cuban churches offer help after tornado

195 people injured and hundreds of homes have been damaged in a country where many households struggle financially.

 
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Southeast Asia

 
Bomb blasts at Filipino cathedral kill at least 20
Bomb blasts at Filipino cathedral kill at least 20

Two bombs exploded on Sunday as people were gathered for a Catholic mass in Jolo, the capital of Sulu Province. Daesh (IS) claimed responsibility of the attack.

 
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Southeast Asia

 
Tension against Christians grows in the Philippines
Tension against Christians grows in the Philippines

Filipino President Duterte has repeatedly insulted Christians. Churches in the country: “We are being attacked because we are taking the side of loving our neighbour. These attacks must stop”.

 
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Asia

 
Hindu version of ‘Feng Shui’ leads to demolition of church building in Southern India
Hindu version of ‘Feng Shui’ leads to demolition of church building in Southern India

Hard-line Hindus tore down a church building in southern India because it was built on the west side of a village, which they said violated Hindu principles of placement and positioning, sources said.

 
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Persecution

 
Hindu extremists threaten children at Sunday School in Southern India
Hindu extremists threaten children at Sunday School in Southern India

“Until my Lord provides us a building, we will continue serving the Lord. It is fine even if we do not have shelter, we will not stop worshipping Him. We are ready to die for Christ”, a pastor in the Tamil Nadu state says.

 
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Brazil’s first ever evangelical minister of government appointed
Brazil’s first ever evangelical minister of government appointed

Educator and lawyer Damares Alves: “We want a Brazil without abortion. How? A Brazil that prioritizes public policies of family planning, where abortion is never seen as a contraceptive method”.

 
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Brussels

 
The EU sees signs of hope in its external action to promote Freedom of Religion or Belief
The EU sees signs of hope in its external action to promote Freedom of Religion or Belief

The Intergroup on Freedom of Religion or Belief shortlisted 30 countries in the world where basic rights are violated. “We must do whatever is in our power to cherish, defend and promote this freedom”.

 
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Odisha State

 
Hindu extremist mob tries to burn Pastor alive in India
Hindu extremist mob tries to burn Pastor alive in India

The Christian leader was attacked while driving with family in a car. The police later found out that a hacker had spread an anti-Hindu message through Whatsapp using his phone number.

 
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Persecution

 
Escalation of anti-Christian attacks in Uttar Pradesh, India
Escalation of anti-Christian attacks in Uttar Pradesh, India

The Religious Liberty Commission of Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI) denounces a “systematic campaign” against Christians. There have been 44 attacks in 2 months in Uttar Pradesh.

 
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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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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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‘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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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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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.

 
Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels

An interview with the socio-political representative of the European Evangelical Alliance about how evangelical Christians work at the heart of the European Union.

 
Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church

An interview with Lars Dahle, of the Steering Committee of the Lausanne Movement Global Consultation on Nominal Christianity held in Rome.

 
Testimony: Wildfires near Athens Testimony: Wildfires near Athens

Nico Spies, a Christian worker in Athens, gives details about the wildfires in Greece.

 
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IFES World Assembly: ‘Messengers of Hope’ IFES World Assembly: ‘Messengers of Hope’

Students, graduates and staff of the global evangelical student movement reflected together on how the books of Luke and Acts apply to today's universities.

 
Christians at work - the missing link in fulfilling the Great Commission Christians at work - the missing link in fulfilling the Great Commission

Photos of the Lausanne Movement Global Workplace Forum, celebrated in Manila.

 
European Freedom Network Bridge 2019 conference European Freedom Network Bridge 2019 conference

Images of the fifth EFN gathering. Experts, activists, counsellors and church leaders met in Pescara, Italy.

 
Glimpses of the ELF 2019 conference Glimpses of the ELF 2019 conference

Evangelical leaders from across Europe meet in Wisla (Poland) to network for mission in a range of fields. The vision is to renew the biblical church and evangelise Europe.

 
‘Small churches, big potential for transformation’ ‘Small churches, big potential for transformation’

Photos of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance’s annual gathering “Idea 2019”, in Murcia. Politicians and church leaders discussed about the role of minorities in society.

 
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Practical ways to bring Christians from different generations together Practical ways to bring Christians from different generations together

What if young people were on church committees? asks David Hilborn, Principal of St John's College (UK).

 
Evangelical students from around the world gather in South Africa Evangelical students from around the world gather in South Africa

A short video summary of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) World Assembly, July 3-10.

 
GWF in Manila: “Kingdom building requires global collaboration” GWF in Manila: “Kingdom building requires global collaboration”

850 from 108 countries met for the Global Workplace Forum, June 25-29. The gathering was organised by the Lausanne Movement. “Every workplace is a place of ministry”.

 
Luis Palau arrives in Madrid for first overseas outreach since his diagnosis of cancer Luis Palau arrives in Madrid for first overseas outreach since his diagnosis of cancer
At the invitation of hundreds of churches in Spain, the Luis Palau Association are sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ in Madrid, June 15-23, 2019, through numerous outreach events and a 2-day family festival in the heart of the city.
 
What are the most important truths that Christians should seek to convey in a secular context? What are the most important truths that Christians should seek to convey in a secular context?

Espen Ottosen talks about the truths Christians should share with people who have little knowledge and/or many prejudices about Christian belief.  

 
 
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