‘Bite size’ analysis of news from the past week, with a Christian Perspective
MYANMAR PROTESTERS DEMAND DEMOCRACY AS ASEAN NATIONS PREPARE FOR TALKS
Week ending 8 APRIL 2021 – MYANMAR – On Monday 5 April, Brunei – the chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) – became the latest association member to call for a meeting in Jakarta to assist in finding a “negotiated solution” to the ongoing unrest in Myanmar, asking leaders of the 10-country association to prepare for talks.
From a Christian Perspective – Under the previous decades of military rule, many Christian minority groups, such as the Chin, Kachin, and Karen, suffered heavy persecution. Some Christian religious leaders have expressed fear that a return to military rule could once again lead to higher levels of persecution
CHINA, IRAN SIGN COMPREHENSIVE 25-YEAR COOPERATION AGREEMENT
Week ending 8 APRIL 2021 – CHINA-IRAN – On 27 March, the foreign ministers of China and Iran signed a 25-year cooperation agreement to strengthen their long-standing economic and political alliance. The agreement received a mixed response both globally and domestically, although it was largely described as a win-win for the partners.
From a Christian Perspective – One of the greatest outcomes to this agreement, however, could be spiritual, if we see two long-persecuted Churches – the Chinese and Iranian Churches – taking hands, possibly exponentially multiplying their Kingdom efforts.
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 KINGDOM IMPACT OF CHINA’S INCREASED CONTROL OVER HONG KONG
23 MARCH 2021 – China’s increased boldness in exerting its control and authority over Hong Kong – despite the ‘guarantees’ of the “one country, two systems” policy – begs answers to some critical Kingdom questions. How will this impact the Church in Hong Kong, mainland China and Taiwan?
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