WEEK 9: And the People Prayed – Lamentations 5

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In the course of bearing witness to Lady Zion’s plight, the reporter became her advocate and comforter (Lam 1 and 2). As a fellow sufferer and survivor, he testified that doubt and despair could be overcome through hope in the LORD who is faithful to all His promises (Lam 3). And despite their present reality…

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JUST A MINUTE: WHO IS MY NEIGHBOUR?

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Who is my neighbour? – By Gustav Krös, incoming director A few months ago, I completed a research questionnaire focussing on urban mission initiatives. With more and more people moving to cities all over the world, the need to rethink mission strategies within in this context is becoming more urgent. One of the questions that was…

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VIOLENT CLASH BETWEEN POLICE AND REFUGEES IN CAPE TOWN

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31 OCTOBER 2019 (SOURCE: AP)- Police in the South African city of Cape Town used water cannons Wednesday while arresting and dispersing hundreds of refugees and asylum-seekers, including children, who had camped for weeks outside the U.N. refugee agency’s office seeking protection after anti-immigrant attacks. Local human rights and legal groups expressed shock over images…

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DID YOU KNOW?

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THE NOBEL PRIZES… …are some of the most sought-after awards in the world.   Origin Swedish born Alfred Nobel bequeathed his fortune to institute the Nobel Prizes after reading a premature obituary which condemned him for profiting from the sales of arms. He originally found fame when he invented dynamite in 1866 and together with…

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PM HARIRI RESIGNS AS PROTESTS IN LEBANON CONTINUE

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30 OCTOBER 2019 (SOURCE: REUTERS) – Saad al-Hariri resigned as Lebanon’s prime minister on Tuesday, declaring he had hit a “dead end” in trying to resolve a crisis unleashed by huge protests against the ruling elite and plunging the country deeper into turmoil. Hariri addressed the nation after a mob loyal to the Shi’ite Muslim…

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FRELIMO WINS MOZAMBIQUE ELECTIONS

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29 OCTOBER 2019 (SOURCE: EWN) -Incumbent President Filipe Nyusi won a five-year term in Mozambique’s election this month, the electoral commission announced on Sunday, despite claims of widespread cheating. Nyusi of the ruling Frelimo party scored 73% of the vote, ahead of Ossufo Momade of the rebel group turned opposition party Renamo with almost 22%,…

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BAGHDADI KILLED, BUT ISIS STILL A THREAT

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28 OCTOBER 2019 (SOURCE: REUTERS) – Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Iraqi jihadist who rose from obscurity to declare himself “caliph” of all Muslims as the leader of Islamic State, has died in a raid by U.S. special forces in northwest Syria. U.S. President Donald Trump said in a televised address from the White House that…

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WEEK 8: Life Goes On, Justice Will Come – Lamentations 4

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In Lamentations 4, we are returned to Jerusalem’s present reality. After the sermon of Lamentations 3, Lamentations 4 reinforces the truth that God takes the reality of pain and suffering seriously. Hardship and suffering do not come to an end with the emergence of hope; it is not an instant fix. Hope simply enables endurance….

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US NOT DONE IN SYRIA

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25 OCTOBER 2019 (SOURCE: REUTERS) – The United States is committed to reinforcing its military position in Syria with additional assets to prevent oilfields from being taken over by remnants of the Islamic State militant group or others, a U.S. defense official said on Thursday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, did not disclose…

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“DEMONIC” ARTWORK IN SCHOOLS – A CHRISTIAN RESPONSE

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By Mike Burnard On Monday 21 October, a video was posted on social media by a parent (Andrew Anderson from Richards Bay, South Africa) about “satanic” artwork displayed by a grade 12 pupil at Grantleigh College, Richards Bay.  The artwork depicts Jesus as a clown (similar to McDonalds’ mascot, Ronald McDonald) and paper mâché sculptures…

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