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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…

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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…

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October 2017
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International – Spring Harvest partners Mercy Ships

Christian charity Mercy Ships has been chosen as the official charity partner for Spring Harvest 2018 and 2019. This marks the first time that Spring Harvest has partnered with Mercy Ships, an international charity that operates the world’s largest non-governmental hospital ship. Peter Martin, group chief executive at Essential Christian, which runs Spring Harvest,…

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October 2017
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International – Huge storms

In Asia and the Americas there have been catastrophic storms, sea surges and flooding during August and September. India, Bangladesh and Nepal have seen possibly their worst ever monsoon flooding, with entire towns swept away and more than 1200 people losing their lives. Reaching as far as Mumbai, the rains forced millions of people…

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October 2017
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International – Nepal to clamp down on Christians

Nepal has passed an ‘anti-conversion’ bill in its parliament which could make Christian witnessing illegal in the country. The bill criminalises ‘the hurting of religious sentiment’. According to Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), a religious freedom charity, the move is ‘deeply concerning’. Anyone from Nepal caught committing an offence faces up to five years in…

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September 2017
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International: India – Reaching the untouchables

Nearly 30 years ago, Operation Mobilisation (OM), which had been in India since 1964, started to reach out to the lowest caste of Indian society, the Dalit-Bahujan people, or ‘untouchables’. Joseph D’Souza, moderator bishop of the Good Shepherd Church of India, said: ‘The cry of the Dalits and other poor, marginalised people of India…

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September 2017
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International – Yazidi victims

Hundreds of Yazidi women and girls, rescued or freed when IS was pushed out of Mosul in Iraq, are struggling to recover after three years of sexual abuse. A hard-hitting report from the New York Times says that systematic sexual abuse has left many girls unable to move, with many falling into a deep,…

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September 2017
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International: Supporting Syrian widows

Syrian Christian widows are in desperate need of help, especially those remaining in the war-torn country. Many Syrian men, including Christians, were kidnapped by the so-called Islamic State in 2013; their wives were sent footage of their beheadings when they refused to convert. Other Christian men were killed over the last six years of…

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July 2017
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International – Australian Christians targeted

Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) has spoken out after being targeted by LGBT extremists during one of its events. The group was holding an event at a Melbourne hotel, during which some of the speakers would be discussing transsexualism and Australia’s ‘Safe Schools’ programme. Lyle Shelton, managing director of ACL, described the forceful obstruction of…

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July 2017
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International – Global warming

America has joined Nicaragua and Syria as the only three countries outside the Paris Accord agreement on protecting the climate. In June, the 45th president decided to walk away from the US’s involvement in committing to clean energy and developing renewable sources of energy. At the Paris climate conference (COP21) in December 2015, 195…

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July 2017
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International – Pakistani callousness

A Pakistani Christian sanitary worker has died after a doctor refused to treat him because the patient was covered in sewage. Thirty-year-old Irfan Masih died on 2 June, when a doctor at Umerkot Hospital, Lahore, refused to touch his sludge covered body, because the doctor was fasting for the month of Ramadan. According to…

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July 2017
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International – Amnesty condemns Indonesia

Amnesty International has slammed the decision by Indonesian authorities to imprison the governor of Jakarta. Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, better known as ‘Ahok’, was accused of blasphemy. The prosecutor demanded the judges sentence Ahok for one year’s imprisonment for ‘insulting or making hostility’ towards a certain group in public, under Article 156 of the…

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