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PROTESTS SWEEP LEBANON FOR A SECOND DAY
18 OCTOBER 2019 (SOURCE: REUTERS) – Protesters across Lebanon blocked roads with burning tires on Friday and marched in Beirut for a second day in demonstrations targeting the government over an economic crisis. In Lebanon’s biggest protest in years, thousands of people gathered outside the government headquarters in central Beirut on Thursday evening, forcing the cabinet to backtrack on plans to raise a new tax on WhatsApp voice calls. Tear gas was fired as some demonstrators and police clashed in the early hours.
MURDER OF SYRIAN POLITICIAN HIGHLIGHTS RISK FOR MINORITIES
17 OCTOBER 2019 (SOURCE: CRUX) When Hevrin Khalaf, a young Syrian politician and advocate on behalf of women and religious and ethnic minorities in Kurdistan, was murdered by a Turkish-backed fringe group on Saturday amid Turkey’s new offensive in Syria, her death sparked outcry from around the world. Many have voiced outrage, saying her senseless and bloody killing highlights not only the risk of innocent deaths posed by Turkey’s incursion, but also the risks that regional minorities face as one of their vocal advocates has again been silenced. Known for her defense of women’s rights and her advocacy on behalf of Kurdish and Christian minorities in northern Syria, Khalaf, 35, was secretary general of the Syrian Future Party.
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.
LOADSHEDDING: MAKING US BITTER, OR MAKING US BETTER - A BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE
18 OCTOBER 2019 – A main topic of discussion among many South Africans in recent days has been LOADSHEDDING. South Africa has suffered some of the worst power cuts in several years (earlier in the year and recently) and residents have expressed frustration with the electricity utility company, Eskom, as they battle to keep the lights on. Sadly, for many Christians, loadshedding is a practical reality that has little to do with spirituality. But life’s unexpected challenges have a way of affecting our spirituality by making us either a better person or a bitter person.
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Training leaders in South-central Asia
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Relief work among refugees in Lebanon and Jordan
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