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INDIA STARTS COUNTING 600 MILLION VOTES

23 MAY 2019 (SOURCE: REUTERS) –  India began counting hundreds of millions of votes in its general election on Thursday, with a coalition led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party taking an early lead, TV channels and India’s Election Commision said.

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RISK OF NUCLEAR WAR NOW HIGHEST SINCE WW2

22 MAY 2019 (SOURCE: REUTERS) The risk of nuclear weapons being used is at its highest since World War Two, a senior U.N. security expert said on Tuesday, calling it an “urgent” issue that the world should take more seriously. Renata Dwan, director of the U.N. Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), said all states with nuclear weapons have nuclear modernization programs underway and the arms control landscape is changing, partly due to strategic competition between China and the United States. Traditional arms control arrangements are also being eroded by the emergence of new types of war, with increasing prevalence of armed groups and private sector forces and new technologies that blurred the line between offence and defense, she told reporters in Geneva.

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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. 

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10 LESSONS FROM SYRIA FOR A POST-ELECTION SOUTH AFRICA AND A PRE-ELECTION USA

21 MAY 2019 – A team from INcontext International travelled to Syria in May in order to understand the realities of faith when a Church is caught in a prolonged war. The war has not only produced a strong and vibrant Church but has created lessons of faith that few would have the privilege of experiencing. The team found strength in the midst of brokenness and beauty amongst the ashes. The Church in Syria truly reflects the words of Brennan Manning: “In Love’s service, only wounded soldiers can serve.” 

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PROJECT IDAI

Raising support for flood victims in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malaw

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PROJECT HERO

Helping to ensure the future of the Church in Syria

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PROJECT EAGLES WINGS

Supporting Chinese missionaries in reaching the world

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PROJECT LIVING BREAD

Providing solar-powered audio Bibles to illiterate (oral) communities in the Arab world

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PROJECT DOTA

Training leaders in South-central Asia

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PROJECT CEDAR TREE

Relief work among refugees in Lebanon and Jordan

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