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US QUITS UN HUMAN RIGHTS BODY
20 JUNE 2018 (SOURCE: REUTERS) – The United States withdrew from a “hypocritical and self-serving” United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday over what it called chronic bias against Israel and a lack of reform, a move activists warned would make advancing human rights globally even more difficult.
3 MILLION MORE – DISPLACED PEOPLE WORLDWIDE HITS RECORD 68.5 MILLION
19 JUNE 2018 (SOURCE: AFP) – A record 68.5 million people have been forced flee their homes due to war, violence and persecution, notably in places like Myanmar and Syria, the UN said on Tuesday. By the end of 2017, the number was nearly three million higher than the previous year and showed a 50-percent increase from the 42.7 million uprooted from their homes a decade ago, according to a report by the UN refugee agency. The current figure is equivalent to the entire population of Thailand, and the number of people forcibly displaced equates to one in every 110 persons worldwide, it said. “We are at a watershed, where success in managing forced displacement globally requires a new and far more comprehensive approach so that countries and communities aren’t left dealing with this alone,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi.
CHURCHES BURNED AND CHRISTIANS TARGETED IN INDIA?
THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS CIRCULATING ON SOCIAL MEDIA:
“Brothers and sisters, urgent prayer request. Pray for the Church in India. Buddhist extremists in India burned down 20 churches last night. Tonight want to destroy more than 200 churches in Olisabang province. They want to kill 200 missionaries within the next 24 hours. All Christians are hiding in villages… Pray for them and send this message to all Christians you know.
FIFA WORLD CUP: 5 LESSONS FROM THE GREATEST SPORTING EVENT ON THE PLANET
15 JUNE 2018 – With the daily news saturated with reports of wars, acts of violence and scenes of hatred, the FIFA World Cup™ offers a brief opportunity for people to shift their attention to the soccer fields of Russia for a ‘war’ of a different kind. Like everything in life, there are some valuable lessons, both good and bad, to learn from events like these, especially when it comes to those ‘battling on the pavilions’ – the spectators.
Helping to ensure the future of the Church in Syria
Individuals supporting mission projects through sport
PROJECT EAGLES WINGS
Supporting Chinese missionaries in reaching the world
PROJECT LIVING BREAD
Providing solar-powered audio Bibles to illiterate (oral) communities in the Arab world
Training leaders in South-central Asia
PROJECT CEDAR TREE
Relief work among refugees in Lebanon and Jordan
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