‘Bite size’ analysis of news from the past week, with a Christian Perspective
U.S. INTENTION TO DECLARE HOUTHIS TERRORISTS THREATENS AID TO YEMEN
Week ending 14 JANUARY 2021 – YEMEN – The US government has announced its intention to designate Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthi group as a terrorist organisation, in a move that has elicited concern among international aid agencies.
From a Christian Perspective – Leaving Islam in Muslim-majority Yemen is a crime, making it difficult for Christians to openly gather and offer support to one another, or their neighbours during the war. However, Christian organisations are providing both physical and spiritual aid to those who are suffering.
SUICIDE BOMBER AND GUNMEN ATTACK VILLAGE IN CAMEROON
Week ending 14 JANUARY 2021 – CAMEROON – On 8 January, an attack attributed to the terrorist organisation, Boko Haram, killed at least 12 people in the northern Cameroonian village of Mozogo.
From a Christian Perspective – Cameroon is regarded as a Christian-majority nation (69%), however, social, and economic disparities among regions of Cameroon, coupled with the insurgency in neighbouring countries, have increased the number of recruits for groups such as Boko Haram.
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.
CHURCH BUILDINGS – DO THEY MATTER?
28 JULY 2020 – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s unprecedented decree (10 July) converting Hagia Sophia once again into a mosque continues to reverberate across the region and beyond. The controversy raises some interesting questions regarding church buildings. Where do church buildings fit in? What is their purpose in the life of a Christian? Are they necessary? And if so, in what way? In the midst of the current COVID-19 pandemic, many church buildings have been closed for months and some wonder what the future holds for traditional church buildings?
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