25 Jun 2017
PRAYERS SOUGHT FOR QATAR
New Life reports that Christians in Qatar are requesting prayers for the diplomatic crisis their country is in. A growing number of other Arab countries have cut all ties with Qatar. The future for Qatar and its hundreds of thousands of migrant workers – tens of thousands of those being Christian believers – is unclear.
UK MP STEPS DOWN
According to Eternity Magazine, the leader of Britain’s Liberal Democrats, a centrist political party, says he is stepping down because the tension between his strong evangelical Christian faith and politics has become too great. Tim Farron, re-elected at this year’s election as one of only eight Liberal Democrats to be returned, says he is resigning to remain “faithful to Christ”.
MATT MAHER TO VISIT AUSTRALIA
Matt Maher is arguably the biggest Catholic name in global contemporary Christian music and the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference is delighted to announce he will be coming to Sydney for the Australian Catholic Youth Festival from 7-9 December this year. The internationally acclaimed Canadian songwriter and worship leader is heading to Australia with his band to join with 15,000 young people at the Festival.
18 Jun 2017
“JESUS WEEK” IN NEW YORK CITY
An event called “Jesus Week” was held recently in New York City’s Times Square. According to The Christian Post, 14,000 people were in attendance. The event included a time of prayer, Scripture reading, and live music performances. “Jesus Week” also involved Christian leaders going into every borough in New York City to pray, help the poor, and minister in schools and troubled neighbourhoods.
PRAYERS FOR POLITICIANS
As reported by Premier.org the Archbishop of Canterbury has called on Christians to pray for all those elected to Parliament following the UK General Election results. The Most Revd Justin Welby tweeted "Following the election result, I pray for wisdom, vision and hope for our political leaders as they seek to form a Government".
DEPORTATION ORDER TO BE REVIEWED
The Anglican Primate of Australia, Melbourne Archbishop Philip Freier, has thanked the Federal Government for deciding to review a deportation order against 80 Coptic Christians because they face systemic violence and persecution in Egypt.
12 Jun 2017
HUGE PRAYER MEETING IN SOUTH AFRICA
In what is thought to be South Africa's largest-ever multiracial prayer meeting, as many as 1.7 million people met recently in Bloemfontein. New Life reports that South Africans ‘of all genders, races and denominations concerned about the malice, hatred, violence, murder and corruption in the country’ were invited to come together to pray. Organiser Angus Buchan said, ‘We are tired of people taking the law into their own hands. We are going to call upon the Lord to bring justice‚ peace and hope to our beloved South Africa.’
CHRISTIANITY GROWING IN INDONESIA
Christianity is growing in Indonesia, according to a Baptist pastor from Jakarta. ‘The number of Christians is growing,’ he told The Christian Post. ‘A lot of Muslims see the extremism in the name of Islam and realize there has to be a better way.’
RAPID GROWTH OF EVANGELICAL CHURCHES IN BRAZIL
According to Charisma News, evangelical churches are expanding rapidly in Brazil. The churches are gaining members partially by providing social services like education, security and economic development. ‘The government doesn’t help us, so God is the only option for the poor,’ said Pastor Marcio Antonio.