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October 2018
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International – Argentine Catholics in abortion row

Pro-abortion protesters in Argentina have urged fellow citizens to quit the Catholic Church after it helped to defeat an attempt to liberalise abortion law in August. According to the Associated Press, hundreds of people gathered in Buenos Aires to hand out forms that renounced their religious affiliation to the Catholic Church in protest against what they claimed was a religious interference in the political process. This followed a vote in the Senate not to make abortion legal up to the age of 14 weeks. Currently, abortion is only allowed in the event of rape or extreme danger to the mother as a result of keeping...

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October 2018
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International – ‘ChurchToo’ scandals rock US ministries

Pastor Dean Curry, from the Life Center Assembly of God church in Tacoma, Washington, has been fired over alleged misconduct with a former church employee. The Christian Post received a statement from the Assemblies of God’s Northwest District Council, which stated the decision had been based on the ‘testimony of two or more witnesses’ about alleged misconduct with a former church employee. However, Pastor Curry has maintained his innocence with regard to the allegations. According to reports, Pastor Curry had been accused of historical misconduct with female employees and other women. It is understood those claims had been investigated by the board of Life Center...

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October 2018
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International – Keralan Christians rebuild after floods

The devastating floods in Kerala have taken more than 160 lives and made nearly 200,000 people from Christian communities homeless, reports have claimed. While the water has receded, making it easier for food and first aid to get through to affected areas, Barnabas Fund partners on the ground have told of complete damage to people’s homes, farms and livelihoods. Reports claim the central Indian government has been turning away offers of aid from other governments, saying that India will handle this crisis on her own. However, local authorities in Kerala say they are not getting enough funds to respond to these catastrophic floods, the worst...

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International – Chinese Christians face rising persecution

Persecution against Christians in China is rising significantly, following tough new restrictions on religious freedom that came into force across the country six months ago. The new Regulations for Religious Affairs tighten up on the registration and control of religious organisations.  They give more power to local officials to approve the activities of churches and decide their fate. But although persecution was happening before these rules, since their implementation it has become worse. According to Release International, which supports Christians under pressure around the world, partners have reported a five-fold increase in the number of Christians facing harassment from the authorities. As well as closing...

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September 2018
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International – Christ in Cuba

Radio is reaching the spiritually thirsty people in Cuba, according to Christian broadcaster Trans World Radio (TWR). Cuba has been through a time of great upheaval, with comings and goings in the relationship with the US, and the final end to the reign of the Castro family. The political and economic situation brings little hope, but a thousand miles away on the tiny island of Bonaire, a transmitter is broadcasting gospel hope to the whole of Cuba. In January 2018, international Christian broadcaster TWR switched on the most powerful transmitter in the western hemisphere, located on Bonaire, and in May 2018 started broadcasting the Spanish...

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September 2018
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International – African Bible college conference

One of Mukhanyo Theological College’s annual highlights is the Bible College Consultation, which this year took place from 19 to 21 June in Pretoria, South Africa. It was attended by some 100 delegates from more than 30 evangelical and Reformed Bible colleges, as well as other Christian missionary institutions, from 12 countries all over Africa. All together they represented many thousands of theological students. The theme was ‘Theological education for God’s mission in Africa’. Eighteen sessions were held in addition to a number of discussions, and of course plenty of time for fellowship and networking. The purpose was to discuss what the Bible teaches us...

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September 2018
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International – Willow Creek leaders quit

More church leaders have quit the Willow Creek mega-church in Illinoi, USA, following the allegations of sexual misconduct against the church’s former senior pastor, Bill Hybels. The leaders say they have quit because a ‘new start’ is needed and they should have handled the situation better. Bill Hybels stepped down earlier this year after accusations of inappropriate conduct emerged.  He has denied the allegations, but said he had become a distraction. Now, the church elders have said in a statement that investigations had been ‘flawed’ and that their trust in Willow Creek’s founder had ‘clouded our judgement’. ‘We, as a board, know Willow needs and deserves...

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September 2018
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International: Greece – Fire victims receive help

Greek people left homeless and injured after wildfires ravaged suburbs around Athens have received help and counselling from UK-based rapid response Team chaplains, from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. In July, the volunteers were deployed to the resort town of Mati to share hope in crisis alongside the local church community. The wildfires, the worst to hit the region since 2007, have devastated entire villages close to Athens. The death toll is now more than 80, with some families found to have been burned alive, as the 70mph+ winds drove the fire rapidly through communities, blocking any escape route. Greek authorities are reporting that at...

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September 2018
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International: Argentina – Abortion on demand rejected

The Argentinian senate has rejected a move to allow abortion on demand. At present, abortion is only allowed in the South American country if the mother’s life or health is at risk, or in the case of rape. The senate called for various national and international agencies to give evidence. ADF International, a Christian legal advocacy group, was one such group. Paul Coleman, Executive Director of ADF International, welcomed the Senate’s vote. He said, ‘There is no “right to abortion” under international law. We applaud Argentina’s Senate for upholding the fundamental rights to life and conscience. The people of Argentina may now continue to live...

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September 2018
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International: Egypt – Coptic Christians under threat

A Muslim mob attacked Christian homes after an Egyptian Christian was accused of insulting Islam on social media. According to reports from Barnabas Fund, the mob attacked the homes of Christians in the Egyptian village of Menbal in the Minya governorate in July, after a member of the Christian community was accused of insulting Islam on social media. Police subsequently arrested 90 Muslims and charged them with mob violence, inciting sedition and attacking police. Abdu Adel Ayad, a 40-year-old Christian from the village, was detained by police on 6 July. He was accused of ‘disdaining Islam’ by posting a link on Facebook comparing Islam to...

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September 2018
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International: Pakistan – kiln workers freed

More than 280 families have been freed from forced servitude in Pakistan’s brick-kiln industry. According to Barnabas Fund, many Christian families are being put into bondage to owners of brick kilns, forced to work as slaves because of debts, unable to send their children to school. One Christian man, Afzal, ended up as a bonded labourer because he had to borrow money to pay for his asthma medication. However, when Barnabas Fund heard of his predicament, and the situation of thousands of Christian families in servitude, it raised funds among supporters to set them free. Now Afzal’s debt of £1,136 has been paid off and...

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September 2018
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International: Pakistan – Church banned from worship

Police discrimination has forced Pakistani Christians to petition the government to allow them to worship in church. According to reports from the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA), a church in New Sarabah Village, Pakistan, has been forced to approach the Deputy Commissioner of Police for Toba Tek Singh for permission to use their church building. This came after the church was banned from holding any kind of church services two years ago after Christian music and prayers emanating from the building caused alleged ‘severe offence’ to local Muslims. The Full Gospel Assembly church building had been completed in 2012, despite threats from local Muslim leaders,...

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