• Sun-07-2024
The Precarious Position of India’s Christians—and Its Democracy (July 11, 2024, Christianity Today)

During the last decade in India, a Hindu nationalist government has taken the helm, and Hindutva ideology, once considered as fringe, has become firmly entrenched and empowered politically and socially.

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How many Christians are there in Jordan? (June 14, 2024, Open Doors UK)

In general, Jordan is more tolerant of Christianity, particularly compared to some other places in the region, and many Christians are able to worship freely. The monarchy of King Abdullah II has recognised multiple churches and allows these communities to worship, as long as they don’t preach publicly or reach out to Muslims. But these churches are monitored by the state, and Christians in these communities report facing some level of discrimination in the workplace.

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One of the Earliest Christian Buildings in Bahrain Discovered (July 13, 2024, Ancient Origins)

Located in Samahij, Bahrain, radiocarbon dating of the building indicates that it was occupied between the mid-4th and the mid-8th centuries AD. The site was abandoned after the population converted to Islam.

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“Minorities in Brunei Darussalam: Intersecting Religion and Ethnicity” by Chang-Yau Hoon and Asiyah Kumpoh (July 5, 2024, ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute)

The Christian community in Brunei comprises the largest religious minority, constituting 6.7% of the population, with 3.7% identifying as Roman Catholics and 4% as Protestants. Unlike Sarawak, where Christianity thrives, Brunei’s historical ties to Islam and the approach taken by the British administration had likely limited missionary influence there. While the majority of Christians in Brunei attend Anglican churches, independent congregations are emerging.

  • Sun-07-2024
Sunday school shut down by mob in Bangladesh (April 11, 2024, Open Doors UK)

A Sunday school for Christian children from Muslim backgrounds has been forced to shut down in Bangladesh, after a group of Muslim women stormed the group and threatened people.

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Chengdu: Relaxed, Comfortable, Leisurely (July 8, 2024, China Partnership)

This July, we are praying for Chengdu. Chengdu is a city of more than 20 million and is widely recognized as one of the most important cities in Western China. Chengdu is seen as a “land of plenty,” and its people are known for enjoying life. It has a strong literary and educational culture and is accepting of new people and new ideas.

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Resilience and Renewal (July 9, 2024, Chinese Church Voices)

The gospel gives life to the church, so it should be the gospel that determines the church’s development and opens up its future. If local churches or denominations try to solve their survival crisis first and then address church development, they are putting the cart before the horse. As long as there is the gospel, there will be disciples, and as long as there are disciples, there will be a church.

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Home Is the Bridge to Our Hearts (July 5, 2024, ChinaSource)

Home and family are very vital topics to a Chinese person, often providing bridges to their heart’s desires and offering a way to present Christ as the way to give a perfect home and family—the home and family found in knowing him.

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Lighting the Future: A Candle in the Dark, Part 2 (July 3, 2024, ChinaSource)

One candle can light a square, but thousands of candles can illuminate a path out of darkness. This path leads people to the Triune God! These children’s stories invite you to see that God has a great plan to use these Chinese children in his worldwide kingdom expansion!

  • Sun-07-2024
God Is on the Move, Part 1 (July 8, 2024, ChinaSource)

The imposition of the zero-COVID policy created chaos for Chinese churches and many cross-cultural workers in China. Congregations were unable to meet in person, leaving believers even more isolated. A large number of cross-cultural workers found themselves unable to return after leaving for short vacations in January 2020. Workers who remained—both Chinese and non-Chinese—faced increased scrutiny, testing, and workloads. God did not abandon his church in this time of turmoil.