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English Camps Open Door to Gospel in China

English Camps Open Door to Gospel in China

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Young professionals relax in a bar in Beijing, China. (AP Images/Dima Gavrysh)

Teaching English is a
big business in China. According to
figures reported in state media, the English-teaching industry was worth 15
billion yuan.

As China emerges as a business giant in the global economy,
senior business leaders are required to have fluency in English in order to
communicate.

As a result, Erik Burklin with China Partner says: “Many young people, especially teenagers,
really want to learn English. One of the motivations for them, of course, is to
get wealthy, to get a better job. Many
have a dream to someday travel overseas.”

Ethiopian Churches Expanding Despite Persecution

Ethiopian Churches Expanding Despite Persecution

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AP Images/Amanda Rivkin

The famine may be crippling. The
Muslim voice may be strong. Fleeing refugees may crowd the borders. But
the evangelistic churches in Ethiopia are linked in unity and strength
like never before.

Global Advance
witnessed this incredible unity at their Frontline Shepherds Conference
conducted in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, last month.

With the Frontline Shepherds Conference, pastors were even more equipped
with a sense of unity as they were trained in church growth, planting
and missions. Pastors were also challenged in their personal walk with
the Lord, and many committed to plant a new church within the next 12
months.

High Shipping Prices Hinder Spread of Gospel

High Shipping Prices Hinder Spread of Gospel

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AP Images/Gary Kazanjian

Gas prices are finally starting to slowly climb back down in the
U.S., and the costs are expected to continue their decline. Over the
past few months oil prices have gone down, and yet shipping costs—which rose with the rise in oil costs over the last few years—remain
high.

Oil prices are still higher than they were a year ago, which is part of
the reason that shipping costs have remained higher as
well. Even as oil prices go down, some shipping companies are playing
catch-up.

Increased shipping costs have presented a significant dilemma for
ministries attempting to send large amounts of aid or resources to far-away nations. Global Aid Network (GAiN),
for example, has millions of meals prepared to send to East Africa
where severe drought has thrown millions into levels of starvation.
However, GAiN has had difficulty procuring the funds to actually send
the food to Africa.

Bloody Week in Iraq Raises Religicide Concerns

Bloody Week in Iraq Raises Religicide Concerns

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AP Images/Emad Matti

Although no one claimed the bloodiest day this
year for Iraq, the attacks this week bore the hallmark of Al-Qaida.

Suicide bombers, car bombs and roadside explosives hit more
than a dozen Iraqi cities and towns. The
explosions killed roughly 70 people. Homes, business and houses of worship were
targeted.

Todd Nettleton with Voice of the Martyrs says the group behind
the Monday assault was sending a message.

“When you talk about more than
40 attacks coordinated all across the entire country, you’re talking about: ‘We’re still here and we
can make a lot of trouble.’ I think the
other message that they’re sending is: ‘You should be very afraid,'” he said.

As U.S. troops draw down and leave Iraq, the Christians there
have a very real concern. Nettleton explains
that they’re wondering if the government can respond to the threats against
them. Believers are asking, “Who will protect us? Who will
make sure that our churches are not bombed, that our people are not attacked and
killed?”

Violent Protests Ignite Prayer Movement in Chile

Violent Protests Ignite Prayer Movement in Chile

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AP Images/Roberto Candia

Educational strikes in Chile may have lulled in violence, but they are far from over.

One article reports that 20 students from various high schools in Chile
are currently on a hunger strike, prepared to forgo their academic year
and their health for the cause.

Thousands of high school and university students have been demanding
radical changes to the educational system in Chile for the past several
months. Over the last two weeks, peaceful protests turned violent as
students attempted to takeover a TV station to broadcast their concerns,
lit fire to buildings and led police to bring tear gas into crowds to
quell protests. According to the BBC News, damages to public and private
property have now reached $2 million.

Do UK Riots Reflect Europe’s Spiritual Poverty?

Do UK Riots Reflect Europe’s Spiritual Poverty?

UK Riots
Photo by International Mission Board

Rioting across the U.K. last week led to the arrests of over 1,500 people in a matter of days.

The shocking hours of looting and criminal activity erupted out of a peaceful protest on Saturday, Aug. 6. The protest was hijacked by others with a more violent
agenda against the police.

According to the Guardian, peaceful protests
turned into violent criminal attacks involving petrol bombs, bricks and
makeshift weapons.

Violent London riots have been raging since the police shooting of
29-year-old Mark Duggan on Aug. 4. Police were attempting to arrest
him in Tottenham, a city with a familiar history of riots.

London Riots Spark Prayer Unity Movement

London Riots Spark Prayer Unity Movement

Tottenham Riots
AP Images/Rex Features

Roiling balls of angry flames throb from gutted buildings and shops
in north London. Rioting young people with faces masked by dark cloth
wrappings clash with London riot police. Charred frames of metal that
were once cars litter the streets.

Violent London riots have been raging since the police shooting of
29-year-old Mark Duggan on Aug. 4. Police were attempting to arrest
him in Tottenham, a city with a familiar history of riots.

Following Duggan’s death, his friends and family gathered for a peaceful
protest at the Tottenham police station. But things did not stay
peaceful after 300 people joined the protest and violence quickly
erupted.

Terrorists Exit, Allow Famine Relief in Mogadishu

Terrorists Exit, Allow Famine Relief in Mogadishu

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AP Images/Santiago Leon

The United Nation Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says the number of Somalis
arriving in northeastern Kenya continues to grow, with thousands more
arriving each week.

The stream of refugees is the most obvious sign of drought conditions in
Somalia. Numbers provided by UN show that almost half of Somalia’s
population, 3.7 million people, is affected by the current crisis. The
Horn of Africa famine could claim an entire generation by the time it’s
over. Worse, al Shabaab—a militant rebel group—was standing in
between the starving people and the food brought in by the international
community.

Advocates Help Send Kids to School

Advocates Help Send Kids to School

GAiNYears ago one ministry was working hard to help pick up the pieces
of the Soviet Union by delivering aid to the many who were receiving
only 10 percent of the income they had received in the past. As the ministry
struggled to meet the numerous needs of those around them, their leader
had a thought: Why can’t we mobilize people to come and bring humanitarian aid with them?

Eventually this ministry became the Global Aid Network (GAiN). And out of that one thought came GAiN’s Advocates program.

“[GAiN advocates] come on as official representatives of GAiN wherever
they happen to live,” says Tom Miller, who works in Volunteer Opportunities at GAiN. “That saves the ministry massive
amounts of money and provides the opportunity for many people to be
involved in international ministry right where they are.”

Operation Mobilization Celebrates 50 Years in Muslim Ministry

Operation Mobilization Celebrates 50 Years in Muslim Ministry

MNN Muslim MinistryIslam has been in the spotlight via
the news a great deal this year and in recent years. Especially during
Ramadan, Muslims are on the hearts of believers. Many have joined in
prayer efforts for the Muslim world this month, from Aug. 1 to Aug. 30.

But is it enough? Is the Muslim world a bigger mission field than we thought?

As Operation Mobilization
celebrates 50 years of ministry in the Muslim world, Julyan Lidstone,
the leader of OM’s ministry in Western and Central Asia, believes
reaching this growing population is more vital now than ever.

Voodoo Priest Finds Christ in Haiti

Voodoo Priest Finds Christ in Haiti

voodoo_witch_dollRecently we told you about a grassroots effort to dedicate Haiti to Christ. According to those who participated, God moved.

Pastor Robert Ulysse, a minister in the northwest region of Haiti, says
they prayed each day at a different crossroad in the region.

According to Ulysse, “After we closed the seventh crossroad event on
Saturday, a Voodoo priest named Solivert Josep, came forward with his
wife. They both declared that they wanted to renounce their Voodoo
practices in favor of the ‘Living God.’ We filled three pickup trucks with
Christians and drove to the Joseph’s home to remove and burn their Voodoo articles.”

Bible App Tears Down Obstacles, Makes Scriptures Accessible

Bible App Tears Down Obstacles, Makes Scriptures Accessible

Bible.isThe Bible has been translated into hundreds of languages across the
globe, but obstacles hinder accessibility. Can people afford the
Scriptures? Is the Word allowed in every nation? Can people there even
read it?

Faith Comes By Hearing is obliterating these obstacles, and all with one quick click.

“Now, for the first time in history, you have one application that can
singly distribute the Scriptures in all the languages of the
world—spoken by at least five billion people,” says Troy Carl, Faith Comes By
Hearing’s national director. “We’re very, very excited about
the accessibility of the Word of God to anybody, anywhere, at any time.”

Terrorist Groups Block Africa Famine Relief

Terrorist Groups Block Africa Famine Relief

FamineWhile almost 13 million people are on
the brink of starvation in the Horn of Africa, relief agencies are
frustrated that they may be unable to help those most desperate. It’s
not because they don’t have the food. It’s because terrorist groups
linked to al-Qaeda are preventing the aid from getting there.

Todd Nettleton with Voice of the Martyrs
says Somalia is the biggest challenge. “The al-Shabaab militant
terrorist group has made it a stated goal to completely rid the country
of Christians. They literally are hunting down Christians, and anyone
who is thought to be Christian or rumored to be a Christian is a
potential target.”

Well-known Christian aid groups have been forced out of the country in
areas where al-Shabaab cell groups are in power. Nettleton says:
“There’s so much lawlessness. And in the midst of that, you have so many
people who are starving to death. But the reality for someone who
identifies themselves as a Christian to go in: they really paint a
target on their back just to go into the country.”

ReachGlobal Justice Initiative Tackles Sex Trafficking

ReachGlobal Justice Initiative Tackles Sex Trafficking

ReachGlobal Justice A half a million minor girls are working as prostitutes across
India.

The problem is especially significant in West Bengal. In just one year,
2,500 teenage girls were trafficked from the region. Some girls were kidnapped,
others coerced into a life of sexual slavery.

Women with children sometimes choose to enter the realm of
brothels and slavery as a means of survival. According to the EFCA ReachGlobal website, the average daily wages for rural women laborers in India is 34 to 43
upees (76 to 96 cents) a day, but prostitutes routinely make 100 to 300
rupees ($2.25 to $7.75) per customer and average three or four customers per
day.

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