In This Issue:
- ERITREA: Anniversary Protest Vigil
- CHINA: When You Can’t Blend In
- INDONESIA: Christian Governor Imprisoned for Blasphemy
- VIETNAM: Overcoming Difficulties
- ZIMBABWE: Father of Gospel Music
Helen is an Eritrean gospel singer who spent 32 months imprisoned by the Eritrean authorities in a shipping container. Freezing cold at night and burning hot by day, and even tortured, Helen chose to worship. In her wilderness, God gave her a new song. See story below.
Do you know that there are more than 30 “protracted” refugee situations in the world today? In each situation, more than over 25,000 refugees have been displaced for more than five years with no resolution in sight. Want to educate your fellowship about refugees with World Refugee Sunday approaching? As I sleuth for news I’ve found some really good stuff that will reveal the depths of their plight and give you some fresh ideas on how you can help.
- Once again INcontext provides a very insightful article The Tragedy of the Commons: Seven Subtle Dangers Christians Face when Responding to Tragedies. INcontext also has good infographics.
- The Refugee Highway Partnership is the best place I’ve found to get handouts, bulletin inserts, videos and more for your church.
- Andy Albertini with Global Aid Network decided to eat like a refugee for 40 days (three blog entries; be sure to read part 3).
- Finally, meet an organ trafficker who preys on Syrian refugees (BBC).
Thursday, May 18, a coalition for the persecuted in Eritrea will protest in the UK as they declare 15 years of oppression is enough. See the story below.
Praying for those without hope,