World News Briefs


saudi-Christmas-2Indian Christians celebrate Christmas in Saudi Arabia. Image: Open Doors.

In This Issue:

  1. ARAB WORLD: His First Christmas
  2. THAILAND: Christian Captives Set Free
  3. KENYA: “If the Witchdoctor Is Saved, Jesus Is Real”
  4. SAUDI ARABIA: Christmas in a Closed Country
  5. MIDDLE EAST: Working Out with Refugees


Don’t you love it when one of your favorite tunes gets rewritten with BETTER lyrics? It seems like heaven gets a hold of it and remakes it in the service of a greater truth. For example:

  • Did you know that the original melody of Hark the Herald Angels Sing was considered too somber so a new one was sought? Music written to celebrate the invention of the printing press was dusted off. Voila!
  • Everyone knows the Leonard Cohen song “Hallelujah.” Cloverton wrote Christ-focused lyrics that …well, just listen. Wow.
  • Finally, a gem I just found (thanks to OMF UK). Check out King’s Kaleidoscope’s All Glory be to Christ. Recognize the tune?

Merry Christmas!

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