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December 2018
News > International

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…

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December 2018
News > International

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…

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December 2018
News > Persecution

Persecution – Pakistani Christian pupil expelled

A 13-year-old Pakistani Christian boy was sent out of his classroom for turning off a tap that had been left running. Fourth grader student Sharjeel was expelled from his class on 16 October 2018 because it was believed that by touching the tap he had tainted the water and therefore he should be punished.…

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December 2018
News > Persecution

Persecution – Asia Bibi ‘freed’

Britain and other nations should offer asylum to Asia Bibi and her family, Christian campaigners said after the Catholic mother-of-five was acquitted of blasphemy charges in Pakistan on 31 October. A three-judge bench of Pakistan’s Supreme Court saved the illiterate farm labourer from execution, with its decision to acquit and release her. In a…

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December 2018
News > Persecution

Persecution – Eastern Ukraine bans church meetings

An evangelical church group in eastern Ukraine has been outlawed by authorities, and Christians face a fine or arrest if they meet together, even in their own homes. Now called the Luhansk People’s Republic and controlled by pro-Russian separatists since 2014, the area’s officials imposed a re-registration process for churches in February 2018. But…

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December 2018
News > Persecution

Persecution – Secular aggression shuts churches in Rwanda

Church attendance has declined in Rwanda this year and church leaders live in fear, as the government continues to close churches amid increasing aggressive secularisation by President Paul Kagame. More than 8,000 churches have now been closed in the Christian-majority country, and the number keeps growing, on the pretext of failing to meet requirements…

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December 2018
News > Society

Light has dawned

‘The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death, a light has dawned’. This beautiful verse, from chapter 9 of Isaiah’s Old Testament prophecy, is set within a wonderful passage often read at Christmas. It describes the coming of the Messiah. The…

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November 2018
News > Mission

Mission – Andy Banton to leave Open Air Mission

The Open Air Mission (OAM) has announced that General Manager, Andy Banton, will be leaving in February 2019. In a statement, the organisation said: ‘Following a lengthy period of ill-health, and further to discussions between himself and the OAM committee, Andy and the committee have agreed that it is for the best of both…

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November 2018
News > Church news

Church – Churches merge

Two Wigan churches, Jireh Baptist Church and Pemberton Evangelical Church (EC), joined together to become Pemberton Free Grace Church on 15 September 2018, following two years of discussions and planning. Former members of both churches, who are now members of the new church, were joined in the celebrations by friends and supporters, mostly from…

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November 2018
News > Church news

Churches – Church votes to quit Scottish Episcopal Church

St Thomas, one of the largest churches in Edinburgh, has voted to quit the Scottish Episcopal Church (SEC) over its decision to be the UK’s first Anglican body to endorse same-sex marriage. Rev. David McCarthy, rector at St Thomas, said the decision had been a ‘very painful’ one. ‘We have not done it easily. We…

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November 2018
News > Ethics

Churches – German RC child abuse

More than 3,700 children in Germany were assaulted by Roman Catholic priests between 1946 and 2014, with one in six cases involving rape. Researchers from three German universities found that 1,670 clerics were involved. The head of the Catholic Church in Germany apologised ‘for all the failure and pain’ following publication of the report…

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November 2018
News > Conferences

Conference – Festival of Grace

Over 80 people attended the 19th Gaulby Festival of Grace at St Peter’s Parish Church, Gaulby, in Leicestershire, on 8 September 2018. The event was inaugurated in 2000 to proclaim and celebrate the gospel of grace, build up believers in their holy faith and encourage them in their Christian walk. It has become one of…

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