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December 2017
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International – Rebuilding the Philippines

Sailor’s Society has discussed the long-term impact of storms on communities, four years on from Typhoon Haiyan hitting south-east Asia. In November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most destructive tropical cyclones ever recorded, hit Southeast Asia, killing more than 7,000 people and leaving an estimated $2.8 billion worth of damage. Stuart Rivers, chief executive of maritime charity Sailors’ Society, which has helped rebuild communities in the Philippines, said: ‘This year, the world has seen the horrific damage caused by hurricanes Irma and Maria. Unfortunately, from our experience with Haiyan, we know storms like these can have a terrible effect for years to come. ‘Four...

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December 2017
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International – Caring for CAR

Tearfund has highlighted the central importance of the church for people fearing for their lives in the Central African Republic (CAR). The country, which shares borders with Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan, has been torn apart by decades of conflict which has seen thousands killed. With violence flaring once again in June this year, a further 100,000 people have been forced to leave their homes. Daniel Zuma, deacon of an evangelical church in Pissa, Lobaye district, was caught up in violence on a visit to the local mayor’s office, when shooting broke out. He told Tearfund how a Muslim person saved him...

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November 2017
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International – How will they hear?

Serving in Mission (SIM) has spearheaded a campaign to take the gospel to migrants and refugees. Mission partners include Greater European Mission, European Christian Mission International, DMG, Evangelical Alliance Mission and SIM in Europe. The campaign, called #HowWillTheyHear, was launched on 14 October with 14 days of prayer to mark the start of an 18-month campaign. The campaign aims to mobilise prayer and people to share the good news of Jesus Christ with migrants and refugees in the UK, mainland Europe and the Middle East. According to the campaign leaders, the fact Islamic militants have caused the unrest, together with corruption in their own Muslim...

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November 2017
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International – Back-pedalling on the Reformation

A global coalition of Reformed churches has signed up to an ecumenical statement with the Roman Catholic Church to ‘overcome divisions’ from the time of the Reformation. The World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC), representing 80 million Christians, signed a joint declaration on the doctrine of justification, at a church in Wittenberg, the town where Luther nailed his 95 Theses to a church door. A statement from the WCRC, said, ‘The declaration stated mutual condemnations pronounced by the two sides during the Reformation do not apply to their current teaching on justification’. According to the WCRC, although the joint statement does not ‘cover all that...

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November 2017
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International – Myanmar appeal

UK aid agencies have launched a joint fundraising appeal to help the hundreds of thousands of people fleeing their homes in Myanmar. According to the 13 Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) members, the people are in critical need of shelter, medical care, water and food. Over the summer, more than half a million people, mostly Rohingya women and children, have sought refuge in Bangladesh from violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. However, Bangladesh, which is one of the poorest nations on earth, cannot sustain the numbers of people fleeing Myanmar. According to a statement from the DEC, more than half of all new arrivals are children, and...

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November 2017
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International – Penn State cross row

Atheists have won a case to remove a cross from an historic Pennsylvania county seal. According to a story in the Christian Post, a federal judge ruled in September that the seal was ‘unconstitutional for including a cross’. US District Judge Edward Smith released a decision against Lehigh County’s seal, arguing that having a cross included in the emblem ‘fails the endorsement test’. In his decision, Judge Smith wrote: ‘In this case, neither the longevity of the seal nor the secular symbols surrounding the cross detract from the religious message that a cross conveys to the reasonable observer. Honouring the settlers by retaining a cross...

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November 2017
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LETTER FROM AMERICA: Coping with hurricanes

Late on Friday 25 August 2017, Tropical Storm Harvey made landfall as a category 4 hurricane in south Texas, after gathering force in the Gulf of Mexico. With wind gusts of 130 mph, it hit Rockport, Texas, and then moved back into the Gulf, only to make a second landfall in Corpus Christi as a category 3 hurricane. The storm soaked the Houston area with over 50 inches of rain. While many hurricanes break up after making landfall, Hurricane Harvey parked itself over southeast Texas, especially the Houston area, for five gruelling days with little signs of dissipating. The combined effect of record-breaking rainfall and...

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October 2017
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International – Sierra Leone mudslides

Mothers’ Union in Sierra Leone has responded to the needs of those affected by the mudslides that hit the country’s capital, Freetown, in August 2017. According to news reports, scores of people were killed and about 600 people reported missing, with thousands of people left destitute and at risk. Victoria Wilson, Mothers’ Union’s diocesan president of Freetown, said: ‘We are providing food items, clothing, toiletries and water for those hospitalised. We need prayers for the victims, and the various people working day and night to excavate the mud and search for dead bodies’. Nicola Lawrence, head of development and policy for Mothers’ Union, commented, ‘This...

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