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September 2021
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Bewl Water fundraiser

Once again the weather was just right for walking without sweating. This was on Saturday the 19th of June, 2021, when all thirty-six people who had applied took the challenge of doing either half or the full thirteen-mile walk around Bewl Water, a lake in Kent. This has become an annual event to raise…

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September 2021
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Myanmar: Christians face triple threat

Christians in Myanmar need urgent help as they face the triple threat of the Myanmar military, serious hunger, and Covid-19. According to Barnabas Fund partners on the ground, the Tatmadaw (the Myanmar military) is repeatedly launching attacks against the civilians of Christian-majority ethnic groups such as the Chin, Kachin, and Karen. Many church buildings…

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September 2021
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Japan: Covid stops outreach plans, but not prayer, at the Tokyo Olympics

Plans for gospel outreach events at the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics were scuppered by the Covid pandemic, but organisers took the opportunity to focus on prayer. Called ‘Japan1Million’, the international prayer movement is seeking a million hours of prayer for the nation. It has been led by the Japanese International Sports Partnership (JiSP) and…

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September 2021
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Afghanistan: Christians ‘at huge risk’ after Taliban resurgence

Taliban fighters have tightened their grip on Afghanistan and have publicly told Christians to convert, leave, or be killed. The Taliban is also forcing women and girls in captured territories to ‘marry’ their fighters. The Islamist group is also carrying out reprisals on anyone who helped British and American forces over the past two…

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September 2021
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Nigeria: Evangelical church leader pleads for action to stop ‘genocide’

An evangelical church leader in Nigeria has called on state and federal officials to take urgent action to prevent a ‘genocide’ of the Irigwe people. The Irigwe, an ethnic group in Nigeria’s Middle Belt with a sizeable Christian population, have been under increased attack by Fulani militants over July and August. Pastor Stephen Baba…

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September 2021
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China: Four Christians imprisoned and fined for selling audio Bibles

Four Chinese Christians have been sentenced to prison for selling audio Bibles, according to reports. A court in Guangdong Province convicted the four Christians of ‘committing illegal business operations’. The group worked for the ‘Tree of Life Technology’ company, which provides audio Bibles to rural areas. Fu Xuanjuan, the leader of the company, was…

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September 2021
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Uganda: Legal challenge underway against blanket lockdown of places of worship

Uganda has imposed a blanket ban on people attending worship services because of the Covid crisis, but is allowing shopping malls and other commercial buildings to remain open. Religious freedom agency ADF International is helping to challenge the ban in court, calling it ‘disproportionate and unnecessary’. The Ugandan government introduced new regulations banning anyone…

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September 2021
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Reformed Summer School in Minsk

For three days at the end of June we held our annual Summer School of Reformed Theology, a conference first begun in 2013. Usually we invite professors from Europe and the US to teach, while students attend from nations including Russia, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine. This year, sadly, nobody risked travelling to Belarus, even from…

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September 2021
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Tamworth Road Baptist Chapel – 300th anniversary

The history of Tamworth Road Baptist Chapel stretches back to 1721, and in July an anniversary service was held to mark 300 years since Amos Harrison first registered his house in Croydon to be licensed for ‘worship by Baptists’. As time passed the congregation increased, and in 1729 a building was acquired in a…

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September 2021
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Revd Ben Fiddian inducted to Highlands charge

A new ministry is beginning in the Highlands this year after Revd Benjamin Fiddian was inducted to the charge of Bonar Bridge and Lairg Free Church. The induction took place in June with a good-sized gathering in the church and another 100 or so tuning in to a livestream of the service. Revd Duncan…

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September 2021
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‘Band of brothers’ graduates from London Seminary

Thirteen students graduated from London Seminary in June, an event marked by the seminary’s annual Thanksgiving Service. Last year’s graduation was held online only, but this year saw a capacity gathering at Kensit Evangelical Church, Finchley – the venue normally used by LS for the occasion. Besides those attending in person, over eighty devices…

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September 2021
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Tyndale Fellowship draws multinational interest

When Tyndale Fellowship planned its 2020 conference, Europe had been experiencing five years of a migrant crisis – hence the overall title of ‘Doing Theology in a World on the Move: Migration, Borders and Citizenship’. In one of the most abrupt shifts imaginable, the start of 2020 became the opposite of ‘a world on…

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