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August 2018
International

International: Burundi – Burundi in need

Charity Tearfund has launched an emergency appeal for Burundi, as over half the population face chronic malnutrition. Burundi has faced decades of violence and political turmoil, alongside a changing climate causing droughts and flooding, which has left families across the country with severe food shortages and lack of medical care. According to Tearfund, recent elections and a referendum in May have given little hope to those facing daily struggles, with the existing administration under President Pierre Nkurunziza now able to extend the length of time they can remain in power. Tearfund, which has worked in Burundi for more than 30 years, has set up around 36 temporary...

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August 2018
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International: USA – Pro-life decisions

Pro-life groups have welcomed the ‘life-saving’ decisions made by the current US government, despite pro-choice protests. During the past 18 months of Republican government in the US, the Mexico City Policy has been reinstated, to prevent US taxpayers from funding abortion clinics overseas. The government has also overturned the rule that forced states to fund abortion providers with taxpayers’ dollars, and has pledged to push through a 20-week abortion ban bill, to prevent abortions being carried out at 24 weeks, when life outside the womb is medically viable. In June, the US Supreme Court ruled against government-compelled speech in ‘National Institute of Family and Life Advocates...

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August 2018
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International: Canada – Canadian law school denied accreditation

A British Columbia university has had its appeal for accreditation of its proposed law school denied by the Supreme Court of Canada. Following several legal battles, the law school was refused accreditation because of a row over the school’s religious requirements. According to advocacy group ADF International, Trinity Western University’s proposed law school asks students and faculty to follow its ‘community covenant’, based on biblical views of appropriate sexual behaviour on campus. Some law societies deemed the covenant discriminatory, based on national equality laws, and this led to a denial of accreditation. The Canadian Supreme Court heard two appeals out of Ontario and British Columbia....

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August 2018
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International: Tibet – Tibetan Evangelical Alliance

The ‘Reaching Himalayas Centre’, a mission dedicated to reaching Tibetans, has formed a Tibetan Evangelical Alliance. A recent newsletter from a pastor in Tibet spoke of the ‘tough time’ faced by Tibetan pastors and single believers trying to go it alone in some of the world’s most isolated communities. The pastor said: ‘Tibetan pastors and single believers have a tough time due to persecution and conversions. Some of our pastors are tortured and [have been] imprisoned for ten years for working in Tibet and the border area’. To help and encourage pastors, leaders and believers in Tibet, the Reaching Himalayas Centre has founded the Tibetan...

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July 2018
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LETTER FROM AMERICA: The US military chaplaincy

As Christians live hemmed in on every side by the world and its cultural agendas, we know we are in a battle. Paul stated that we do not fight against flesh and blood, but ‘against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places’ (Ephesians 6:12). There are, however, those in the military who face both cosmic spiritual powers and ‘flesh and blood’ enemies. By God’s providence, chaplains have served the American military since the onset of the Revolutionary War and are currently serving our armed forces, counselling and pastoring them...

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July 2018
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International: Mali – Harvest failure

Christians and others in Mali are in desperate need of food, due to a lack of rain in the crop-growing areas of landlocked Mali last season and subsequent harvest failure in a country where subsistence farming dominates the economy. According to Barnabas Fund, crop failure in this vast and landlocked country on the edge of the Sahara Desert meant the usual price drop for cereals in November-December did not happen, and by February families were abandoning their fields to try to save their lives. As they migrated to the cities, the price of cereals spiralled dramatically. Churches are being beseeched but they too have no...

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July 2018
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International: Eritrea – Crime against humanity

Jack Phillips, an American Christian baker who politely declined to create a wedding cake for a same-sex marriage, has won his case at the US Supreme Court. In a 7-2 ruling the judges decided Phillips had faced ‘clear and impermissible hostility’ for his religious beliefs from the state of Colorado. However, the court stopped short of making its ruling more widely applicable. Religious liberty organisation Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), which has been supporting Phillips, welcomed the decision, saying the court had protected his ‘ability to live and work consistent with his beliefs’. Rulings in other similar cases involving a photographer and a florist must await...

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July 2018
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International: USA – Victory for US baker

Jack Phillips, an American Christian baker who politely declined to create a wedding cake for a same-sex marriage, has won his case at the US Supreme Court. In a 7-2 ruling the judges decided Phillips had faced ‘clear and impermissible hostility’ for his religious beliefs from the state of Colorado. However, the court stopped short of making its ruling more widely applicable. Religious liberty organisation Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), which has been supporting Phillips, welcomed the decision, saying the court had protected his ‘ability to live and work consistent with his beliefs’. Rulings in other similar cases involving a photographer and a florist must await...

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July 2018
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Persecution: Pakistan – Christian teen murdered

A young Christian woman, 17, who worked as a maid for a Muslim family in Pakistan, was murdered on 6 May 2018, ‘for not cleaning the house properly’. Kainat Masih came from a poor Christian family in Gujranwala, Punjab. Her father, Salamat, went to the house where she worked to meet her on the day in question, only to witness her employer and his wife, along with two other men and a woman, assaulting her. He later described to police how that they were holding down Kainat’s arms and legs and had tied a rope around her neck and were attempting to strangle her. Salamat...

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June 2018
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International – Syrian Bible club

A children’s club for local Arab children, as well as Syrian Muslim refugee children, started at a local church with initially ten Syrian children. Within two months it grew rapidly to 66. OM team member George (name changed here) saw that a number of the refugee children were unable to read or write and began teaching them literacy skills. Afterwards, some of the children encouraged their parents to go to the church, despite some of the adults’ objections. ‘These are great people and they talk about Jesus the Messiah’, they said. A mother and her children were deeply touched by the teaching and outpouring of...

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June 2018
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International – ET International in the Philippines

Pastor Ricarte Ligutan, from Manila in the Philippines has written to thank Evangelical Times for copies of ET International. He wrote, ‘We would like to thank you once again for your ministry through ET magazines, which is very useful to us here. I always share it to my fellow pastors and it inspires them, especially the messages that have been written there and the Reformation teaching. ‘It really helps us in our spiritual growth and moves us to pray for our brethren around the world’. Editor’s note: We thank the many ET readers whose generous support helps toward the much appreciated international ministry of ETI

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June 2018
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International – Carcassonne church inauguration

After four years of searching for a new building, plus one year of administration and renovation work, Carcassonne Reformed Baptist Church, France, had the immense joy of inaugurating our new church premises. This took place in November 2017, accompanied by local residents and elected officials, friends and representatives of other churches in the region, France and the UK. We celebrated the grace of God, his faithfulness and goodness towards his people. The inauguration weekend gave us an opportunity to thank all those who participated directly or indirectly in the realisation of this project, and to trace the history of our church and its proposed activities....

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