World News Briefs

Missions-Catalyst-no-tagline_largeMissions Catalyst News Briefs 10.04.17

  1. MYANMAR: Update on Rohingya Persecution
  2. BAHRAIN: Arab State Declares Religious Tolerance
  3. MIDDLE EAST: How Ministry Has Changed
  4. SOUTH ASIA: God Uses Ordinary Women to Grow Churches
  5. TURKEY: Andrew Brunson, Political Hostage

Greetings,

This past week the Kurds of Iraq and the Catalonians of Spain voted for independence. The Myanmar government clearly wants the Rohingya people gone. Racism persists in America, and Europeans (and others) fear the influx of refugees. Is peaceful pluralism even possible in our fallen world?

Those who worship tolerance believe we can all learn to get along, but the evidence suggests otherwise. Listen to Tim Keller’s take on why the Church is uniquely equipped to live and thrive in a pluralistic society. For a good example, watch a Palestinian and a Jew share the stage at Lausanne (six-minute video).

Wonder how diverse your own neighborhood is? This USA interactive map can help. (Thanks to the Space Informatics Lab of the University of Cincinnati.)

One more thing: If you have not ordered a copy of the 15-Day Hindu World Prayer Guide, consider getting the 32-page downloadable PDF for just US$2.50 and using it to pray for the world’s more than one billion Hindus October 8-22. The Hindu festival of lights, Diwali, takes place during this period.

blessings,
Pat

“Diversity may be the hardest thing for a society to live with, and perhaps the most dangerous thing for a society to be without.”
— William Sloane Coffin Jr.

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