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Bethlehem Bible College hopes to raise funds in December – Mission Network News

Palestine (MNN) Educational institutions are among organizations hit hard by the pandemic. Bethlehem Bible College hopes to raise necessary funds through Giving Tuesday. Universities across the U.S. have faced financial trouble as a result of COVID-19, and many colleges around the world are no different. Marianne Smith of Bethlehem Bible College in Palestine explains that... Read more

Horizons International brings hope and aid in wake of Beirut explosion – Mission Network News

Lebanon (MNN) Lebanon has been hit by not only the pandemic but also political corruption and the explosion in the capital this year. Horizons International sees this as an opportunity to spread Christs hope. 2020 has really affected Lebanon in a unique way, Pierre Houssney, Executive Director at Horizons International, says. Not only did we... Read more

LSESD helps schools damaged by Beirut explosion – Mission Network News

Lebanon (MNN) Over three months after the August 4th Beirut Port explosion, individuals and schools struggle to rebuild. Wissam Nasrallah with the Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development (LSESD) says, People are still reeling from the aftermath of the explosion. People are still rebuilding. There are still many homes that are unrepaired and so... Read more

Thanksgiving: a time to remember forgotten people – Mission Network News

USA (MNN) — If youre reading this in the U.S., you probably have big plans tonight for Thanksgiving dinner. Thanksgiving Day is an annual national holiday in the United States, one particularly rich in legend and symbolism. Thanksgiving Day commemorates a 1621 feast shared by early colonists and the Native Americans who helped them survive.... Read more

COVID-19 drives global food scarcity spike – Mission Network News

International (MNN) — Famine: a noun defined by Merriam-Webster as an extreme scarcity of food or a great shortage. According to the latest UN estimates, more than one in ten people worldwide will face food insecurity or starvation by the end of the year. More people requested emergency food aid in the first nine months... Read more

Cambodia flooding leaves thousands in need – Mission Network News

Cambodia (MNN) In October, multiple tropical storms dumped rainfall on Cambodia. The flooding killed 42, and destroyed over 150,000 homes in 19 provinces. Now, the United Nations is calling for 9 million in aid, hoping to care for those most vulnerable. To make matters worse, the flooding has washed out several key roads and bridges,... Read more

Critical questions unanswered following South Sudans National Dialogue – Mission Network News

South Sudan (MNN) — South Sudan remains in limbo following a two-week summit. More than 500 participants gathered in Juba earlier this month to discuss the future of the worlds youngest nation. See our full South Sudan coverage here. Last week, the National Dialogue conference came to a close. Its part of a 2018 peace... Read more

Immanuel’s Child bringing Christmas hope to children in need – Mission Network News

Russia (MNN) Christmas and Easter are two main holidays for professed Christians, but what about the rest of the year? For many, life continues without God as the focus. Immanuels Child is hoping to change that. What were doing is were equipping the churches to not only provide a gift, a Bible and additional resources... Read more

Sammy Tippit Ministries to release weekly videos culminating in a Christmas livestream event – Mission Network News

International (MNN) —Sammy Tippit Ministries is set to launch material for the lead up to a Christmas livestream event after months of preparation. The Christmas event near the end of December will be the culmination of a month of evangelism training videos. These videos begin at the end of this month. The training is short... Read more

Ethiopian forces threaten city of Mekelle – Mission Network News

Ethiopia (MNN) — The Ethiopian government has given leaders of the mountainous Tigray region an ultimatum: surrender in 72 hours or face an all-out assault on Mekelle, the capital of Tigray. Ethiopian military leaders have warned civilians living in Mekelle to flee, saying there would be no mercy during the attack. They promise tanks will... Read more

FARMS: Day laborers face pandemic uncertainty. – Mission Network News

Intl (MNN) While uncertainty is always a factor in global work, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought additional challenges. Small businesses have been hit especially hard by restrictions. For years FARMS International has helped Christians grow small businesses into sustainable sources of income through microcredit loans. In turn these businesses support their communities and the local... Read more

Africas Poor Starving from Pandemic Closures – Mission Network News

One lady, when we delivered food to her family, they just saw the hands of God she confessed that they were starving, did not have anything at all to eat, and did not know at all what could have happened to them, he wrote to Christian Aid Mission. We have been able to spread your... Read more

Vamco sends Philippines into state of calamity – Mission Network News

Philippines (MNN) — In the aftermath of Typhoon Vamco (Ulysses), the Philippines province of Cagayan has seen its worst flooding in four decades. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has placed the main island, Luzon, under a state of calamity. So far, flooding and mudslides have killed over 70 and displaced some 280,000 people. Eniong Hilario with... Read more

Christian leader awaits charges for sending Bible balloons to North Korea – Mission Network News

South Korea (MNN) — A believer awaits charges for launching Bible balloons from South Korea into North Korea. Last week, South Korean police recommended that prosecutors charge Eric Foley with Voice of the Martyrs Korea on three counts. One of them is related to the violation of an inter-Korean exchange law. [This] is a law... Read more

Why ‘mobilisation’ isn’t the best word to use in the mission context

(Photo: Unsplash/Jacek Dylag)Mission agencies and their representatives like to talk about mobilisation. It is a broad-reaching term which includes recruiting actual missionaries, but also encouraging people to pray for mission, to give financially or to get involved in supporting mission work in a variety of other ways. And I wish they would stop it! The... Read more

Social media: Your battlefield or your mission field?

USA (MNN) — Does it seem like your social media newsfeed is full of division and anger right now? Youre not alone. Between an election year in the United States, a global pandemic, social justice tensions, and holiday stress, theres a lot of kindling for keyboard warriors. But what if Christians viewed social media not... Read more

World Missionary Press sends hope to hurricane survivors – Mission Network News

Central America (MNN) — Initial damage reports from Hurricane Iota arent looking good. The storm killed dozens in Nicaragua and severely damaged or destroyed 98-percent of the infrastructure on a small Colombian island. Iota officially dissipated earlier this week, but its wrath remains. Forecasters predict extensive rainfall over parts of Central America already deluged by... Read more

The Mission Field Next Door | by John Grant

He said to them, Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Mark 16:15 What do you picture when someone speaks of missions? I bet its probably a vision of being someplace far away. Recently, while waiting for an appointment, I suddenly became aware of the international, multi-cultured mix of people... Read more

Civil War engulfs Ethiopia’s Tigray region – Mission Network News

Ethiopia (MNN) — On Tuesday afternoon, an explosion rocked the capital of Ethiopias Tigray province, killing two civilians and injuring many more. Its another tragedy in the civil war that has erupted in Ethiopia. Forces loyal to the central government clash against those loyal to the local leaders of the Tigray region in the northern... Read more

Vigilant: A Behind the Scenes Glimpse at Film Production – Mission Network News

International (JESUS FILM PROJECT) By Michael Allen “What are the main struggles people are facing around the world right now?” This is a question that we are constantly asking ourselves in the Film Production department at Jesus Film Project. Film Production’s job is to create new content that can be used around the world to... Read more

Lebanon faces bailout ultimatum, COVID-19 surge – Mission Network News

Lebanon (MNN) — A lousy year turns even worse for Lebanon. According to Reuters, Western powers just handed Beirut an ultimatum: there will be no bailout unless they form a credible government to overhaul a bankrupt state and do it quickly. The news comes as leaders issued a nationwide lockdown to contain another COVID-19 breakout.... Read more

Militant Islamic group terrorizes Mozambique – Mission Network News

Mozambique (MNN) — Islamic terrorism has spiked in the southern African country of Mozambique this year. A radical Islamic group that the locals call al-Shabab (with no connection to the Somali group of the same name) has been taking over more and more territory in Northeast Mozambique since 2017. Earlier this month, militants murdered 50... Read more

First Black Astronaut to Travel on Long-Term Space Mission Brings Bible, Communion Cups to Space

First Black Astronaut to Travel on Long-Term Space Mission Brings Bible, Communion Cups to Space Forty-four-year-old astronaut Victor Glover packed his Bible and communion cups for the long journey to the International Space Station this week, according to The Christian Post.Glover, the first Black astronaut to travel on a long-term mission in space, sat down... Read more

As Iota fades, desperation escalates in Central America – Mission Network News

Central America (MNN) — The wind speeds from Tropical Storm Iota may have died down, but danger remains in Central America. Forecasters expect life-threatening flash floods and mudslides in portions of Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. TransWorld Radios Steve Shantz says authorities are struggling to get people out of harms way. The job is made very... Read more

Religious persecution increases worldwide – Mission Network News

International (MNN) — The Pew Research Center says the religious persecution of Christians is growing around the world, especially at the hands of dictators. Read a full report here. This study shows 40% of the world struggles to worship God freely. Meanwhile, anothernew study shows that religion drives prejudices between people more than race or... Read more

US sanctions Hezbollah-affiliated politician in Lebanon – Mission Network News

Lebanon (MNN) — In an effort to combat corruption in Lebanons government, the Trump administration has placed sanctions on a Christian leader, Gebran Bassil, with ties to Hezbollah. Bassil, the son-in-law of Lebanese President Michel Aoun, has been accused of using his leadership position to better himself financially and cover up terrorist activities by Hezbollah.... Read more

South Sudan economy falters; local believers meet needs – Mission Network News

South Sudan (MNN) — The COVID-19 pandemic and falling oil prices hit the worlds newest nation hard. South Sudan just took its first loan from the International Monetary Fund. See our full coronavirus coverage here. Analysts say South Sudan fared fairly well earlier this year thanks to political stability and an uptick in global oil... Read more

Save the date! Pray for Muslim-background believers this Wednesday – Mission Network News

International (MNN) — God is doing great and marvelous things in the Muslim world. Under challenging circumstances in places like Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan, multitudes leave Islam to follow Jesus. More Muslims have come to faith in Christ in the last ten years than during the previous 14 centuries, Uncharted Ministries asserts. New... Read more

A year marked by COVID-19 and economic instability creates fertile ground for the Gospel – Mission Network News

Lebanon (MNN) — In a year that has been extremely difficult all around the world, countries in the Near East are particularly struggling. Cry Out Now encourages prayer for Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, and Iraq as people in these countries search for hope. Hungry for Hope Jane of Cry Out Now explains that ministries in these... Read more

Turkey still reeling after 7.0 magnitude earthquake – Mission Network News

Turkey (MNN) — After a 7.0 earthquake rocked parts of Turkey and Greece on October 31, strong aftershocks keep coming. Over the last two weeks, earthquakes ranging from 4.0 to 4.5 continue to rattle the Aegean Sea. The Turkish City of Izmir suffered the worst of the damage. The initial quake collapsed 17 buildings, killing... Read more