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Diplomats raise Rohingya crisis in virtual UN talks – Mission Network News

Bangladesh (MNN) — UN officials met virtually this week to discuss the Rohingya crisis in Southeast Asia. Bangladesh urged fellow UN members to press Myanmar for a political solution. Turkey and Saudi Arabia praised Bangladesh for hosting the most refugees, pledging political and humanitarian support. Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch urged Bangladesh to move Rohingya from... Read more

Archbishop of Canterbury challenges Government’s ‘addiction to centralisation’ in handling of Covid crisis

The national response to coronavirus should be more localised and less centralised, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said.  In a joint comment with the Bishop of London in The Telegraph, Justin Welby warned that the Government's handling of the pandemic may be hampered if it continues to insist on a centralised response.  He argued that... Read more

Coalition plans new initiative to prevent livelihood crisis – Mission Network News

Pakistan (MNN) — Pakistans economy is starting to revive as people emerge from COVID-19 lockdowns. This summer, Muslims working abroad sent record levels of money home because they could not travel for the Hajj. The outlook for Pakistani Christians, however, remains bleak. Though churches stepped up to meet community needs, individual resources are now exhausted.... Read more

3 Good Ways a Crisis Can Shape Your Faith – TGC Africa

Crises are unsettling. Many Christians, however, agree that the most God honouring way to respond to the fear induced by the COVID-19 crisis is faith. Faith in God is a sure antidote for fear. Fear incapacitates but faith invigorates. John Piper writes that the presence of hope in the invincible sovereignty of God drives out... Read more

Is Your Church Prepared to Help America Face the Looming Eviction Crisis? | RELEVANT

As Harold put away the groceries he received from his churchs food pantry, he found himself treating his cabinets and kitchen appliances with more care, the way people do when they are guests in an acquaintances home. He knew that soon a stranger would occupy his apartment. Unsure of where he and his sons would... Read more

Podcast: The Church’s Leadership Crisis (Paul David Tripp)

This article is part of the The Crossway Podcast series. Guarding against Failure in Leadership In this episode, Paul Tripp discusses what he calls the leadership crisis in the church today. He explains what he has seen and heard from pastors that indicates there indeed is a crisis, why healthy leadership in the church depends... Read more

Church pastors facing destitution as tithes dry up in Covid crisis

(Photo: Open Doors UK & Ireland)Pastors around the world are facing destitution and even starvation because of the devastating impact of Covid on church tithes. The pandemic has forced churches around the world to close their doors, which has in countries that rely on cash giving led to severe financial hardship for the pastors.  Many... Read more

UK Church called to prayer in response to Covid crisis

(Photo: Unsplash/Martin Sanchez)The UK Church is being asked to unite in prayer for the world's poorest nations that are struggling as a result of Covid-19.  Stewardship is asking churches across the UK to join in prayer for the global crisis on Sunday 13 September.  It is partnering with Christian humanitarian agencies Tearfund, World Vision, A21... Read more

Displaced Congolese fleeing violence face mental health crisis

DR Congo (MNN) — Violence is on the rise in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo between tribes, militia, and other groups. Over one million people across the DRC are newly displaced in the last eight months one of the worst rates of displacement in the world. Most recently, attacks by the Cooperative for the... Read more

Lebanon turns 100 in the midst of crisis, catastrophe – Mission Network News

Lebanon (MNN) A century ago today, September 1st, 1920, the state of Greater Lebanon was formed. French President Emmanuel Macron is visiting Lebanon to commemorate the anniversary. But far from celebration, the shadow of catastrophe hangs over the country. Earlier in August, a stockpile of dangerous chemicals in Beiruts port caught fire and exploded. The... Read more

How to Trust God in a National Crisis

1. Pray When I feel threatened, Im often tempted to rely on myself first and turn to God last. In my anxiety, I forget core truths regarding who God is and what Hes promised. I forget that Hes powerful, loving, all-knowing, faithful and true. Scripture says He owns every animal in the forest, cattle on... Read more

Evangelical Leaders Ask Ohio’s Board of Health to Deem Pornography a Public Health Crisis

Evangelical Leaders Ask Ohio's Board of Health to Deem Pornography a Public Health Crisis Evangelical leaders in Ohio presented the states Board of Health with a resolution this week that calls for pornography to be deemed a public health crisis.According to CBN News, 74 evangelical leaders in Ohio agreed to sign their name to the... Read more

‘That’s God Testing Me,’ Trump Says of Virus-Induced Economic Crisis

'That's God Testing Me,' Trump Says of Virus-Induced Economic Crisis President Trump said Monday God has tested him during the economic crisis sparked by the pandemic.Trump made the comments during a stop in Mankato, Minn., where he discussed the campaign and his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden.We built the greatest economy in the history of the... Read more

How to Survive the Coming Crisis (1 Peter 5:1-14) Sermon Notes | Real Faith

30 Jul How to Survive the Coming Crisis (1 Peter 5:1-14) Sermon Notes Posted at 14:12h in Blog, Sermon Notes by Mollie H Jesus trained Peter to be a leader for 3 years Jesus told Peter He was praying because Satan would attack, he would fail, yet be restored. Peter said he was ready to... Read more

TWR broadcasts hope amid Mali crisis – Mission Network News

Mali (MNN) — Following a day of virtual meetings, West African leaders want decisive action in Mali. Members of the 15-country regional bloc ECOWAS called for a unity government yesterday and warned against opposition interference. Theyve also asked 31 current Malian officials to step down, Premium Times reports: These resignations will pave the way for... Read more

Church Planter, Get Ready for Crisis Shepherding

Acts 29: Churches Planting Churches In gearing up to plant Cornerstone Church in Detroit, I thought I had most of my bases covered. Vision statement? Check. Website? Check. Growing team? Check. Discipleship plan? Check. But I was quickly blindsided by an urgent need among our people that I hadnt anticipated: robust, gospel-centered counseling. Ministering in... Read more

Leaders meet virtually to resolve Mali crisis, regional instability – Mission Network News

Mali (MNN) — Leaders from five neighboring countries met in Mali with President Keta a few days ago to resolve Malis political crisis. The heads of state failed to find a solution, so discussions continue today via video conferencing. Whats behind Malis unrest? Protests began weeks ago following spring elections. Today, demonstrators call for Ketas... Read more

Find God in Your Crisis | by Max Lucado

Calamities can leave us off balance and confused. Consider the crisis of Josephs generation as recorded in Genesis Chapter 47. Now there was no bread in all the land; for the famine was very severe, so that the land of Canaan languished because of the famine. Joseph faced a calamity on a global scale. Joseph... Read more

10 Hymns with Messages for Christians in Times of Crisis

This classic hymn waxes poetic on Gods great faithfulness to us. No matter when, where, or what is going on in the world, the Lord remains faithful."Great is Thy faithfulness, " O God my Father,There is no shadow of turning with Thee;Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail notAs Thou hast been Thou forever wilt... Read more

Food banks call for more support after reporting busiest month ever during corona crisis

(Photo: The Trussell Trust)A national food bank network is calling on the Government to ensure low income families have enough to live on after record numbers needed emergency food parcels to get through the pandemic. The Trussell Trust, which runs 1,200 food banks with the help of thousands of churches, saw an 89% increase in the... Read more

Desperate Christians trading faith for food in corona crisis – human rights lawyer

A policeman stands guard outside St John's Cathedral Church in Peshawar, Pakistan.ReutersSome Christians in Pakistan have been left so desperate by the coronavirus crisis that they are converting to Islam in exchange for food, a human rights lawyer has said.The lawyer, named only as Aneeqa A, a partner of ADF International, said that Christians were... Read more

Lebanon’s crisis just keeps getting worse – Mission Network News

Lebanon (MNN) Even as Lebanon faces its worst crisis in 30 years, Horizons International models the hope and the love of Jesus Christ. Lebanons financial crisis might become worse than the 15-year civil war, some now say. Nearly half of all people in Lebanon now live below the poverty line. Pierre Houssney of Horizons International... Read more

Praying in a Crisis | Devotional by Charles Stanley

The New King James Version of James 5:16 says the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Effectivethat is exactly what we want our prayers to be, especially in crisis. Lets look more closely at two things God looks for when we communicate with Him: Fervency. Ardent prayers are motivated by a burdened... Read more

What Should We Preach During a Crisis?

Regular exposition through books of the Bible addresses the full range of need and experience facing congregations. By plowing through Spirit-inspired books year by year, pastors address common and uncommon issues found among those sitting before them. And sometimes the extraordinary happens. The Sunday after 9/11, while visiting my son at his college, we attended... Read more

Four Ways to Be Prepared for Any Crisis (Big or Small) – Girlfriends in God – May 25, 2020

May 25, 2020Four Ways to Be Prepared for Any Crisis (Big or Small)Kathi LippToday's TruthPeace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid (John 14:27, NIV).Friend to FriendMy friend, Susy, told me... Read more

Church Elders Can Help with Your Family Crisis

Nothing can bring us more pride or more embarrassment than the behavior of our children. In those struggling moments, when we are desperate, we often search blogs, podcasts, and books that promise help. But have you considered how your church leaders might be instruments of Gods grace? Healthy shepherds in a healthy church are a... Read more

The COVID-19 Catechism: A Guide for Christians in the Crisis – TGC Africa

In her introduction to the New City Catechism, Kathy Keller writes, “Catechisms were written with at least three purposes. The first was to set forth a comprehensive exposition of the gospel… The second purpose was to do this exposition in such a way that the heresies, errors, and false beliefs of the time and culture... Read more

Economic crisis could put more people at risk from human trafficking gangs

PixabayThe Salvation Army has warned that economic hardship caused by the coronavirus crisis could leave even more people at risk from human trafficking gangs. The Church and charity was one of the organisations that participated in the Hidden Harms virtual summit hosted by Downing Street on Thursday with Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Major Kathy Betteridge, The Salvation... Read more

16 Powerful Affirmations to Declare Boldly during Crisis

Anne Peterson Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer Going through a global pandemic has been one of the biggest trials for many people. We can be consumed by what we read and hear all around us. Or we can focus on the truths in Gods Word.Affirmations are declarations we can make to give us encouragement. And what better... Read more