Thousands Affected by
Floods Receive ADRA Aid
, more than 25 million people have been forced to evacuate their homes by
massive floods triggered by monsoon rainfall.
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency, or ADRA, has responded to
the disaster by providing food, water purification tablets and other items to
more than 80 thousand people displaced by the flooding.
The Swedish Mission Council is funding the project, valued at more than
130 thousand Dollars. The
floodwaters are not expected to recede for at least two weeks.
Must Now Declare Religion
The Interior Ministry of Israel
is investigating allegations that visitors to the nation are asked before entry
which religion they are affiliated with. The
Jerusalem Post reports that the question appears on a new version of customs
papers that visitors must fill out before entering
. A spokeswoman for the Interior
Ministry said that several calls had been received from people troubled by the
question. The investigation is
targeted at determining who is behind the new questionnaire, which the Interior
Ministry is concerned may be bad for tourism.
Advises all it’s Missionaries to Leave
The South Korean government recently told all missionary and humanitarian
groups from the nation to leave
. Mission Network News reports that
the order comes on the heels of terrorist threats towards evangelist activities
. The Deputy Foreign Minister of
South Korea Lee Soo Hyuck said that terrorists have repeatedly made specific
threats against South Korean missionaries in
continues, however, to support the U.S.-led coalition in
and plans to deploy troops in the nation.
Iraqi Christians Slow to Return to Pews
, ministers have preached to mostly empty pews since the bombing attacks outside
Iraqi Christian churches on August 1. At
one location, the Syrian Catholic Church in
, attendance was less than 10% of the usual one thousand people.
Explosions at five churches across the nation on August 1 claimed the
lives of 11 people. The attacks
highlighted a distinct change of environment for Christianity in
, as under the Saddam Hussein government the nation’s 800 thousand Christians
were free of oppression and openly expressed their faith without fear of
During First Ten Weeks of Faith-Based Online Community
As reported earlier on Network 7 News, the website FaithfulAmerica.org
has become one of the most successful sites in the
since it’s launch over a month ago. The
website, affiliated with U.S. National Council of Churches, made headlines by
gaining over 100 thousand members during it’s effort to air television spots
on Arab TV apologizing for prisoner abuse by American soldiers in
. ‘FaithfulAmerica.org’ is now
taking on the crisis in
. Members of the site have
coordinated to send over 50 thousand messages to
congressmen urging action in
Secretary of the National Coucil of Churches, Bob Edgar Comments:
Our mission is to put together as many progressive thinking, faithful
people in the United States who care about poor people, care about healing
planet earth, and care about issues of justice.
We’re working on genocide in
. We’re not shying way from the
hard work it’s going to take change the way
has been perceived around the world.
also said that ‘FaithfulAmerica.org’ is also working to fight poverty and
inadequate education in the
Christians learning more about the religion
during a reception for representatives of various overseas Christian
communities, Bishop Ding Guangxun shared that a number of people outside of
mainland churches are learning more about Christianity.
the Honorary Chairman of the China Christian Council, stressed the importance of
a closer relationship between Chinese and overseas churches, and also stated his
thanks to the members of the ecumenical gathering, that were able to come to the
exhibition of Bible ministry.
daily, China Christian Council President, Reverend Cao Shengjie, said that the
exhibition’s purpose was to share God’s grace upon the churches in
and the devout faith of Chinese Christians to the bible.
African Church Group Head
Wants Governments Pressed on
In Africa, the general secretary of the All Africa Conference of
Churches, Mvume Dandala, has recently appealed to the leaders of African
churches to urge their respective governments toward action in the Darfur region
. Ecumenical News International
reports that over one million people have been displaced by violence in
, and many of those people now face serious threats from both hunger and
Children’s Missionary Movement, a First for the Church
in Northern Asia-Pacific
In Asia, the
is working to prepare children for mission work through the Children’s
Missionary Movement. The Adventist
News Network reports that the program encourages kids to become missionaries in
their communities through a series of training courses, seminars, short-term
mission trips and an annual camping retreat.
Organizers say the goal of the project is to bring more young people to