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December 2017
News > International

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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December 2017
News > Christmas

Christmas – Social media outreach

More than a million people are being reached every month by Christian churches on social media, figures published by the Church of England (CofE) have suggested. A year after the CofE adopted a new digital approach, with videos, podcasts, blogs and images, including prayers, across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin, these messages are reaching an online audience of 1.2 million a month. During Christmas 2016, some 1.5 million people were reached through the Church’s #JoyToTheWorld campaign featuring short films. A further 2.5 million were reached during Lent, the season before Easter, through the #LiveLent project. However, according to the CofE’s Mission Statistics, the average Sunday...

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December 2017
News > Christmas

Christmas – Supporting our servicemen

Military charity ‘Walking With The Wounded’ has said it will treble the number of ex-servicemen and women it supports in 2018, following a 97 per cent increase last year to more than 1,000. In a statement, the charity said that, as Christmas approaches, more ex-service personnel than ever require support, as Christmas can be a time of financial pressure and loneliness. To help, Walking With the Wounded has targeted the city of Newcastle in particular, to help raise money for its seasonal appeal, Walking Home for Christmas. The charity hopes to raise £250,000 to help change the lives of more than 400 men and women....

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December 2017
News > Christmas

Christmas – Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child has begun, as thousands of churches across the UK order their resources to help deliver shoebox gifts to children across the world. Samaritan’s Purse, which began the operation in 1993, has delivered present-filled shoeboxes to more than 145 million children in more than 160 countries. The boxes are handed in at collection points across the UK and then sent globally to local churches. Nick Cole, director of Operation Christmas Child UK, commented: ‘Most UK churches love to share the new life and hope of Jesus with others, but not every church has the resources to send missionaries overseas. ‘Every shoebox is a...

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December 2017
News > Christmas

Christmas – Two pairs of socks

Christian entrepreneur Ed Vickers has launched Jollie Socks, an initiative to support people who are homeless. The sock brand has been stocked in stores such as John Lewis, with the tag line ‘wear a pair, share a pair’. Essentially, when you buy a pair, the company donates a pair of socks to your favourite homeless charity. Mr Vickers, who founded his firm Jollie Goods in 2012, got the idea when he was a student in Exeter and feeling a burden to help the homeless. Now 26, his London-based firm also runs a referral-based apprenticeship programme, to give those affected by homelessness the chance to transition...

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December 2017
News

LETTER FROM AMERICA: Culture Clash

On 12 August 2017, neo-Nazis, members of the KKK and other white nationalist groups met in Charlottesville, Virginia, to protest the proposed tear-down of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee, and to stage the largest yet rally to ‘Take America back’. As these hate groups clashed with counter-protesters on the streets, demonstration and protest led to widespread violence, the fatality of three and the injury to dozens. As I read about this event, I was as disgusted as others by the bigotry and hatred manifested by the white nationalists, let alone the fact that hundreds of them bore black swastikas on shields and...

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November 2017
News > People > Obituaries

Joe West (1941-2017)

On 26 July, Joe West went to be with the Lord, aged 76. On 10 August, family and friends joined together at Providence Baptist Chapel in Dilton Marsh, Wiltshire, to mourn his passing and give thanks for his life of service. He was saved while a teenager and baptised at Totnes Gospel Hall in 1957. He began preaching on the chapel circuit of south Devon at the age of 16. He married Joan in 1962, a widow with three young children; together they had three more children. Before becoming a pastor, he had a rich variety of jobs including petrol pump attendant, clerk in a...

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November 2017
News > Youth

Youth – September Bible School (SBS), Whitby

This year’s SBS, held at Whitby Evangelical Church, saw its largest number of attendees in over a decade. Thirty-six young people came for a weekend of biblical teaching and fellowship, from as far afield as Newcastle in the north and Milton Keynes in the south. ‘Keep on keeping on’ was the theme of the weekend’s talks, led by Phil Swann of Llanelli and Deiniol Williams of Gwersyllt, near Wrexham. Phil’s two talks on Isaiah 40 contrasted the utter inadequacy of worldly idols with the incomparable beauty and power of our Lord and Saviour. Deiniol, speaking on John 17, demonstrated how the glory of God shone...

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