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December 2018
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International – Brunson: ‘Millions prayed for Turkey’

Pastor Andrew Brunson believes that God was sovereignly involved in his two-year incarceration in Turkey because ‘millions of people prayed for Turkey during that time, and God is bringing blessing out of it’. In an interview with American TV programme CBS This Morning after his release, Pastor Brunson revealed that the book of 2 Timothy sustained him during his two months in a Turkish prison. ‘Where Paul talks about suffering and finishing the race well, and this became my prayer: I want to be faithful and endure and finish well’. Pastor Brunson was originally arrested along with his wife. On being arrested they were both...

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December 2018
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International – OM update on Sulawesi

Christian missionary organisation Operation Mobilisation (OM) has thanked its supporters for backing its work in Indonesia with prayer following the devastating 7.4 earthquake which struck in the Central Sulawesi region on 28 September. Over 2 million people were affected by the impact of such a large-scale disaster. Homes, hospitals, water and communication lines were destroyed, making thousands homeless, afraid and in need. In the midst of such suffering OM said it continues to call out to Jesus in prayer and ask that comfort and aid would surround the people of Indonesia as they struggle to piece together their lives and communities after such a catastrophic...

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December 2018
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International – Rising intolerance among India’s youth

There is increasing intolerance in India amongst Hindu youths towards other religious minorities, one Indian Christian leader has told a meeting in the House of Lords. Speaking at a reception organised by religious freedom group ADF International, Dr Michael Williams blamed India’s ‘fundamentalist’ government. He said it was comparable to Islamic radicalisation or fascism in Germany in the 1930s. He quoted government statistics showing attacks in the communities have risen 30 per cent in over three years, with almost 1,000 incidents recorded in 2017, leading to 111 people being killed and over 2,500 being injured. Dr Williams, who is Dean of Mount Carmel Schools in...

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November 2018
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International – Tearfund and partners aid Indonesia

On Friday 28 September 2018, a powerful earthquake struck Indonesia, leading to a six-metre-high tsunami hitting the city of Palu. More than 1,400 people are confirmed dead but rescuers fear this number will rise significantly, says Tearfund. Many buildings have been badly damaged or destroyed. Thousands of homes have collapsed along with hospitals, hotels and shops, and the airport is not functioning. As search and rescue efforts continue, Tearfund, in alliance with Tear Netherlands, is working with a network of church-based relief and development organisations to respond to urgent needs. This will include the distribution of food, blankets, temporary shelter such as tents or tarpaulins,...

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November 2018
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LETTER FROM AMERICA: A joyful church union

In recent days, the providence of God has brought about an extraordinary union between two churches in Columbia, South Carolina. The rate of church decline in the United States is staggering. Over the course of the coming year nearly 10,000 churches will close their doors. However, in spite of this, two declining congregations, both desperate for the spread of God’s Word and kingdom, have joined as one: Christ Church of the Carolinas and Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA). Just as in the case of a human marriage, the two congregations are joining under a new name: Christ Covenant Church (PCA). Their story is one of the...

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November 2018
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International – Pro-life doctor wins case in Norwegian Supreme Court

A pro-life doctor, who was dismissed from her job because she refused to implant a contraceptive device which may cause an abortion, has won her case at the Norwegian Supreme Court. The Court found that Dr Katarzyna Jachimowicz acted within her rights when refusing to follow through with a medical procedure to which she had a moral objection. In 2015, Dr Jachimowicz lost her employment with a general practitioner clinic in the municipality of Sauherad. She had refused to insert intrauterine devices (IUDs), which can act as abortifacients. A lower court found that she had a right to refuse to perform the procedure, but healthcare...

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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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