15 Oct 2017

15Oct17 MUSEUM OF THE BIBLE



MUSEUM OF THE BIBLE
Decision Magazine carries a report on the newly constructed Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC. Scheduled to open on 17th November, the 430,000 square foot facility will be a multimedia experience allowing guests to explore and learn about the Bible’s history, stories and impact.


COMMUNITY CHAPLAINS
Anglican Media reports that Sydney Anglicans have plans underway to recruit a force of 1,000 community chaplains by the year 2020. The aim is that community chaplains will act as evangelists in every community to either form churches or feed into existing churches.

FUNDRAISING CONCERTS
Silvie Paladino is one of Australia’s most versatile and talented entertainers. The singer will appear in two special concerts on Saturday 28th October in Bayswater, Victoria. The special non-profit events, organised by Breakthrough Church, are fundraisers for the church’s program that supplies breakfast meals in schools for needy families in Melbourne’s outer east.

8 Oct 2017

8Oct17 REVIVAL ON CAPE YORK PENINSULA



REVIVAL ON CAPE YORK PENINSULA
Eternity Magazine reports that scenes of reconciliation and a dramatic fall in violence have marked a revival in Aurukun, an Indigenous town on Australia’s Cape York Peninsula. One thousand of the town’s 1300-strong population crowded into the Uniting Church during months of intense seeking after God.

PRAYING AT THE POLE
Towards the end of last month, students across the world gathered at their school’s flagpole for the 25th annual “See You at the Pole” prayer event. The prayer rallies were led by students who met at flagpoles for a time of prayer before the school day began. The Christian Post reported that one million students participated in the event this year.


AN INSPIRING DOCUMENTARY
A documentary film on the life of Steve McQueen, who achieved worldwide fame and fortune as the highest-paid actor of his era in Hollywood, yet late in life quietly embarked on a spiritual journey that led him to Christian faith, was released recently. STEVE MCQUEEN: AMERICAN ICON is hosted by Greg Laurie. The movie is narrated by Oscar® nominee and Emmy® winner Gary Sinise, and was directed by Jon Erwin and Ben Smallbone.

1 Oct 2017

01Oct17 FLASH DRIVES FOR NTH KOREA



FLASH DRIVES FLY TO NORTH KOREA
A North Korean defector used 350 helium balloons to send 1,000 flash drives loaded with portions of the Bible across the border into North Korea from the South Korean side, according to a report in The Christian Post. The flash drives were donated by college and high school students in the United States.

ARCHBISHOP TO ADVISE UN
The Church Times reports that the Archbishop of Canterbury is to serve on a newly established United Nations board on mediation, advising the UN Secretary-General on initiatives for peace.
Archbishop Welby is the only religious leader among the 18 current and former global leaders invited to join the new advisory board.

NO ‘CHRISTMAS’ AT BIG W
Several news outlets have reported that retail giant Big W is under fire from Australian customers for removing all mention of Christmas from their popular range of seasonal tree products. Anglican Archbishop of Sydney Glenn Davies said it was sad retailers seemed to be moving to “de-Christianise” the holiday. “I think it is a very sad reflection on our society, that we dishonour the heritage we have in Australia,” he said.

24 Sep 2017

24Sep17 SPECIAL MISSION FLOATED



SPECIAL MISSION FLOATED IN LONDON
Christian Today reports that the Church of England has launched a pioneering new initiative to bring its message to a sometimes forgotten people – those who live not on land, but on the water. The Diocese of London has commissioned the construction of a church‐boat that will sail through East London's canal network.

NEW RADIO STATION
News from Operation Mobilisation states that mission organisations have cooperated to launch a radio station specifically designed for the Yao people of Mozambique and Malawi. Radio Lilanguka is the first and only station to broadcast in the Yao language. The station will have a broadcast range of 100 kilometres.

FILM TO EXPLORE LIFE OF LOUIS ZAMPERINI
According to The Christian Post, Will Graham will play the part of his grandfather, evangelist Billy Graham, in the film Unbroken: Path To Redemption. The movie will focus on the faith of Olympian and POW Louis Zamperini and is based on Laura Hillenbrand’s book. “Zamperini’s life is rich in lessons for all of us,” Hillenbrand said. “Lessons in resilience and ingenuity, grace and humanity, forgiveness and the redemptive power of faith.”