‘Bite size’ analysis of news from the past week, with a Christian Perspective
MOZAMBIQUE GAINS GROUND AGAINST INSURGENTS, WITH HELP OF SADC FORCES
Week ending 5 AUGUST 2021 – MOZAMBIQUE – Troops from several southern African nations, fighting alongside Mozambican forces, have taken back control of four towns from Islamic insurgent groups in Northern Mozambique, including the strategic town of Awasse.
From a Christian Perspective – According to INcontext contacts in Mozambique, the situation on the ground is dire. The internally displaced people who are living in temporary camps are facing significant physical, mental, and spiritual challenges.
WEATHER AND DISEASE INTENSIFY BANGLADESH’S HUMANITARIAN CRISES
Week ending 5 AUGUST 2021 – BANGLADESH – Heavy rainfall continues to cause flooding and landslide conditions across Bangladesh, especially pounding Rohingya refugee camps in the south.
From a Christian Perspective – The Rohingya have many needs that the Global Church can compassionately pray into. Ultimately, however, believers should pray that these “stateless” people realise that they can be citizens of Heaven.
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.
THE SPIRITUAL BATTLE FOR SOUTH AFRICA
20 JULY 2021 – What we see happening in South Africa is the physical manifestation of what is happening in the spiritual realm. The reality is that a spiritual battle is raging across South Africa, and it is being manifested through riots, arson, gang violence, taxi violence, farm murders, etc. When confronted with the scenes of this past week, we must guard our hearts and minds against looking at it purely from a physical perspective.
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