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May 2017

Pray for Christians in Syria

The Syrian government’s use of sarin gas on civilians has seen US President Trump and Russian President Putin at loggerheads after months of seeming mutual respect between them. After Trump ordered an air strike on Syrian government military bases, seemingly carried out without prior consultation and voting agreement at the United Nations, Putin expressed…

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May 2017

Reaching out to Holocaust survivors

Grace and Truth Congregation at Rishon- Le-Tzion, Israel, hosted a concert featuring Finland’s Nina Åström on 7 March 2017, in which she performed gospel songs and shared her Christian faith with attendees. In a Grace and Truth newsletter, the organisation expressed gratitude to Nina, who was called to minister to prisoners in Russia, the…

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March 2017

Encouragement in Israel

On 20 October 2016, the Grace and Truth Christian Congregation, Rehovot, celebrated its 40th anniversary. It was an historic event, not only for this congregation, but also for the body of Christ in Israel.   Not many congregations in Israel were established before 1976, and this was certainly a sure sign of the faithfulness…

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March 2014

Shedding Light on Islamic Politics in the Middle East

In Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Syria Islamists tried to hijack the freedom-thirsty uprisings of their people. Being well organized as movements the Muslim Brotherhood branches in these countries outmanoeuvered others and did well in local elections. Their plan, however, was to fanatically impose their narrow Islamic agenda on the rest of their countrymen.  This…

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Redressing the balance
March 2012

Redressing the balance

Redressing the balanceIsrael is a fascinating, frustrating, friendly and sometimes plain mad place to live! The fascination comes from living within the pages of the Bible. The frustration arises from Middle Eastern attitudes to life. The madness stems from the clash of cultures between Arabs and Jews, and the rightward shift of Israeli politics.…

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Meeting Abdul
February 2012

Meeting Abdul

Meeting AbdulThe meeting takes place in his small grocery shop. [The Christian's speech is italicised.]Hi!Good morning!My name's Richard.I am Abdul. I notice that you have the shahada [Muslim declaration of belief in the unity of Allah] on your wall.Do you read Arabic?No. But I recognise the shahada, because I have seen it in so…

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God at work in Saudi Arabia
January 2012

God at work in Saudi Arabia

God at work in Saudi Arabia'Saudi women to be allowed to vote for the first time'; 'Saudi woman sentenced to ten lashes for driving is later pardoned by the king'.Saudi Arabia can generate headlines like none other. With the Koran as its constitution, and as keeper of the two holiest sites in Islam, Saudi…

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How Saudi Arabia treats Christians
September 2011

How Saudi Arabia treats Christians

How Saudi Arabia treats ChristiansSaudi Arabia is home to the two holiest Muslim sites, Mecca and Medina, and the Saudi government, with its allied religious establishment, considers itself the authoritative voice of Islam. The Saudi king's official title is 'Custodian of the two holy mosques', indicating the importance that the royal family attaches to…

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