In This Issue:
- LAOS: A Church Divided Against Itself
- TURKEY: Government Backs Down on Closing Bursa’s Only Church
- CHINA: Christian Executives Who Pray
- SYRIA: Bible Distribution Continues Despite Conflict
- MONGOLIA: The First Yurt of the Nazarene
Believers in Mongolia, reportedly the world’s most sparsely populated nation, meet to worship in a “ger” (yurt). Image via Church of the Nazarene; related story below.
The stories in this week’s edition are either about the church or about hope which, as the writer of Hebrews says, is the anchor for our souls. In deciding which theme to focus on, I realized they are one. Fellowship with my church family, New Hope Community Church, anchors me to the reality of God’s kingdom, people, wisdom, and love, and the church is the chosen means of bringing the hope of Christ to many.
For stirring images of hope, see these beautiful photos which show it’s possible to find hope in the midst of tragedy. World News This Week in Prayer composed some beautiful prayers around those pictures. Also read about a photographer who found a way to give hope back to those ravaged by war (what a great idea for a short term mission trip!)
Note: Miss a few issues? See last week’s feature story, Coffee for Your Soul: Five Reasons You Can Have Hope for the World.