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Eritrean Christians freed on bail – September 15th 2020

World Watch Monitor, September 10, 2020 The Eritrean government has released on bail more than 20 prisoners who’d been in detention for years because of their faith, possibly because of the Covid 19 pandemic, the BBC reports.  The prisoners are from Christian evangelical and Pentecostal denominations, some held in a prison outside the capital Asmara. […]

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Burma’s military and the Christian minority – September 15th 2020

Christian Solidarity Worldwide, September 15, 2020 For decades, the Burmese government has prioritised military spending over health spending, leaving Burma in a very weak position to deal with the COVID-19 crisis. The Burmese military (the Tatmadaw) has a long history of violent attacks on religious and ethnic minorities.  Victims of Burmese military attacks – many […]

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Jacksons Update – September 15th 2020

Fraser helped facilitate an online meeting last week for over 100  Principals of Bible colleges, theological colleges and seminaries to discuss collaboration, sustainability, and the practicalities of online education, and especially to listen to the African viewpoint. Dawn attended the first general Hope Prison Ministry meeting since lockdown in Cape Town yesterday. The prisons are […]

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Barnabas Update – September 15th 2020

Jihadi attacks in the DRC Barnabas Fund, 15 September 2020 At least 58 people were killed and 17 kidnapped when Muslim militants attacked two villages in the mainly-Christian north-east of the Democratic Republic of Congo in early September.  Twenty-three people were murdered on 8 September and another 35 were killed two days later. Large numbers of the population […]

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Qatari Curriculum Promotes Religious Persecution – September 15th 2020

International Christian Concern, September 14, 2020 A new report produced by the Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education studied 238 Qatari textbooks over the last four academic years. The report looks at two separate parts of the curriculum as it relates to Christians. The overall conclusion was that the curriculum does […]

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Blythswood Update – September 15th 2020

Daniel Centre When residents are first accepted by the Daniel Centre, they are given a 6 or 9 month contract.  These contracts are then renewed as necessary according to the needs and attitudes of the individual residents István, Soreen and Alix are now, willingly or unwillingly, coming to the end of their time there and […]

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Nepali Officials Halt Construction of Church – September 1st 2020

Morning Star News, August 20, 2020 Municipal officials in Nepal ordered a church to stop construction of a worship hall after about 40 local Hindus objected to it. Hindus had threatened relatives who became Christians after pastor Manish Bohra began proclaiming Christ in January. When the church began to outgrow its rented room, he obtained […]

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“Why don’t these black lives matter?” – September 1st 2020

World Watch Monitor, August 21, 2020 Lord Alton’s question recognised the new UN International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief on 22 August. In Nigeria, Boko Haram alone has killed 27,000 people over the past 10 years, based on its extreme radical Islamist beliefs and agenda. Latest research […]

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Jacksons Update – September 1st 2020

Last Friday, Fraser ‘electronically hosted’ an online Zoom meeting of all the NetACT College Principals from across Africa, live-streamed it on YouTube, and facilitated various text-based discussion forums.  There were over 60 in ‘attendance’ and the afternoon went very well. A second Zoom meeting for the Portuguese-speaking colleges, was quite a challenge for the translator […]

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Barnabas Update – September 1st 2020

Jihadi militants take 100s hostage in Nigeria Barnabas Fund, 27 August 2020 22 trucks loaded with heavily armed jihadists thundered into a mainly-Christian town in north-eastern Nigeria, with the militants taking hundreds hostage on August 18th. The Islamic State West Africa Province terrorist group, an off-shoot of Boko Haram, captured local people as they fled […]

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