‘Bite size’ analysis of news from the past week, with a Christian Perspective
NATO RE-EVALUATES AFGHANISTAN TROOP WITHDRAWAL
Week ending 25 FEBRUARY 2021 – AFGHANISTAN – NATO has confirmed that it will keep an undetermined number of international troops in Afghanistan past the May withdrawal deadline previously agreed upon in a US-brokered deal. The decision to keep troops deployed was made after an increase in violence and targeted assaults on Afghan security forces, journalists, and civilians.
From a Christian Perspective – NATO’s continued presence could allow the Church more time to grow and solidify its foundation.
NIGER HOPEFUL OF PEACEFUL TRANSITION IN PRESIDENTIAL RUNOFF
Week ending 25 FEBRUARY 2021 – NIGER – Though the second-round vote aimed to facilitate the first peaceful handover of power between democratically elected leaders since Niger’s independence from France in 1960, there have been attempts by Islamist militant groups to destabilise the process, especially in the border regions.
From a Christian Perspective – despite being legally allowed to live and worship freely, the Christian minority of less than one per cent of Niger’s population has faced persecution and violent attacks in some areas of this Muslim-majority nation.
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.
US-MEXICO BORDER: IMMIGRATION CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
6 FEBRUARY 2021 – US President Joe Biden recently signed three executive orders on the issue of immigration at the US-Mexico border. This article takes a closer look at the plight of Central American asylum seekers, and the opportunities it represents for the American Church. There are also lessons to be learnt for the larger Body of Christ in their context when it comes to refugees and migrants in their midst.
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