‘Bite size’ analysis of news from the past week, with a Christian Perspective
SUICIDE CASES AMONG SYRIAN CHILDREN RISING SHARPLY
Week ending 6 MAY 2021 – SYRIA – The suicide rate among Syrian youth is rising, according to Save the Children which recorded 246 suicides and 1,748 attempts among young Syrians in the last three months of 2020. Within the first three months of 2021, the rate at which Syrians were attempting suicide went up by 86%.
From a Christian Perspective – the deepening mental health crisis among Syrians provides a vast opportunity for the Church to offer the hope of Jesus in a situation that can seem utterly hopeless.
KYRGYZSTAN AND TAJIKISTAN AGREE TO CEASEFIRE AFTER VIOLENT CLASHES
Week ending 6 MAY 2021 – KYRGYZSTAN-TAJIKISTAN – Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan agreed to a complete ceasefire during a crisis meeting, after more than 40 people were killed in the most recent clashes along contested borders.
From a Christian Perspective – This most recent violent clash will have sparked more fear, and yet most residents do not know to whom they can turn as there is no Christian witness, offering hope in Christ, and freedom from fear.
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?
CONTRIBUTE TO OUR WISHLIST
By reducing our administration expenses we are able to plow more funds into the field. With your donation of any item on this list, you actively become a part of the ministry. Thank you for your help and support.