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Kids in Read-A-Thon can support children in India! – Mission Network News

USA (MNN) — Heres a chance to get your kids reading with Great Commission impact! Sonlight Christian Homeschool Curriculum is hosting a Read-A-Thon so children and teens can raise funds for ministries like Mission India. When kids sign up to support Mission India through the Sonlight Read-A-Thon, every dollar fundraised will be matched by Sonlight... Read more

Kenya braces for returning locust swarms – Mission Network News

Kenya (MNN) — Kenya’s locust problem hasn’t gone away. In fact, Kenyans could see a third generation of the insects destroy vegetation across the country. This is the worst locust outbreak for the region in 70 years. As MNN alreadyreported, locusts already caused a lot of destruction in Kenya and other surrounding countries this year.... Read more

Churches in China need Bibles following historic floods – Mission Network News

China (MNN) — Parts of China saw once-in-a-century flooding in recent weeks. Above-average rainfall and subsequent flooding affected 70 million people throughout the country; damages cost at least $29 billion. The deluge caused more financial difficulties this year compared to previous seasons, Chinese officials report. Kurt Rovenstine of Bibles for China says rural church partners... Read more

Bird farming is the new fundraiser for Indonesian church planters – Mission Network News

Indonesia (MNN) There are so many creative ways to fundraise. Why not use one to raise money for church planting? Indonesian pastors are doing just that, with songbird farming. Right now, one couple is start nesting. And every month, we hope that this bird that is nesting will give us small bird and we usually... Read more

ABTSs partnership with Arabic Nazarene Bible College will open doors to future program growth – Mission Network News

Lebanon (MNN) —Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) announced a new partnership with the Arabic Nazarene Bible College that will introduce new perspectives and continue a pattern of cross-denominational collaboration. Arabic Nazarene Bible College operates a semi-formal training program in Lebanon and Jordan training church members. Already, ABTS has a faculty member who belongs to Arabic... 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

Nigeria becoming the most dangerous country for Christians – Mission Network News

Nigeria (MNN) — Over the past decade, between50,000-70,000 Christianshave been killed by terrorist groups in Nigeria. Thats not just a number for Mission Cry. Jason Woolford recently talked about a large shipment of Bibles that a local Christian leader asked to be sent to Nigeria. He was asking for more of the Word of God... Read more

Iranian pastor talks about his time in prison – Mission Network News

Iran (MNN) Pastor Farshid Fathi heard his phone ring and realized his own number was calling. Police had broken into his home, and Fathi faced a choice: run or go to prison. Joe Willey, Marketing and Communications Manager of SAT-7 USA, says, They wanted him to come in and give himself up. Now, here’s the... Read more

Beirut churches sew hope as resilient Lebanese recover – Mission Network News

Lebanon (MNN) — Six weeks after a massive explosion obliterated downtown Beirut, parts of Lebanons capital city are starting to recover. Its proof once again that the Lebanese people are resilient, Heart for Lebanons Tom Atema says. Atema returned from Beirut shortly before speaking with MNN. There [are] some parts where you would not know... Read more

New book by Sammy Tippit explains how social media can spread the Gospel – Mission Network News

USA (MNN) — In Multiplying Disciples: Social Media and the New Roman Road, author Sammy Tippit of Sammy Tippit Ministries shares how he has used social media to share Jesus with people all over the world. Reaching the Lost The book will be released this fall, but the idea has been in the works for... Read more

FMI offers local pastors a different view of Rohingya refugees – Mission Network News

Bangladesh (MNN) — In a newly-released video, two ex-soldiers from Myanmar confess to the mass killing and rape of Rohingya Muslims. Its the first time anyone from Myanmar’s military acknowledged a campaign of violence targeting this people group, CNN reports. Since 2012, armed attacks have forced between 800,000 and one million Rohingya refugees into neighboring... Read more

Trauma lingers after Beirut explosion – Mission Network News

Lebanon (MNN) — Beiruts port caught fire again Thursday, sending a thick column of black smoke into the sky. Workers scattered and people opened their windows, fearful that another explosion would shatter the glass. Thankfully, no injuries were reported and the fire was soon put out. But the scare unsettled Beiruts people, taking them right... Read more

Many Haitian schools empty as teachers protest lack of pay – Mission Network News

Haiti (MNN) Teachers in Haiti have refused to return to classrooms, even taking to the streets to protest a lack of pay and safe working conditions. This was already a problem in the country, explains Eva DeHart of For Haiti with Love, but the pandemic made it worse. She says, Haiti runs in cycles. Their... Read more

Troop withdrawal leaves Iraqi Christians with one less safeguard – Mission Network News

Iraq (MNN) — Some 2,200 U.S. troops are leaving Iraq later this month, officials announced Wednesday, leaving 3,000 soldiers behind to support local authorities. Its the first troop withdrawal from Iraq since 2016. The departure comes nearly two decades after the first U.S. forces invaded Baghdad in 2003. Samuel* with Redemptive Stories says believers had... Read more

Sudan sees worst Nile flooding in over a century – Mission Network News

Sudan (MNN) — Following the recent peace agreement in Sudan between the government and rebel groups, the country has taken steps to separate religion from the state, ending 30 years of Islamic rule. But its not all good news. Severe flooding has hit the country, and thousands have lost their homes. At least 110 people... Read more

What the U.S. civil rights fight and Deaf history have in common – Mission Network News

USA (MNN) — Police brutality and civil rights issues sparked mass protests in June following George Floyds death. Demonstrations quickly spread nationwide throughout the summer, and they continue in cities like Portland to this day. The current unrest springs from Black communities anger, sorrow, and frustration. According to a Gallup poll released yesterday, more than... Read more

Report says Christians hurt by Pakistans COVID-19 restrictions – Mission Network News

Pakistan (MNN) — A new study shows how badly believers have been affected in Pakistan under COVID-19 restrictions. Read our global coronavirus coverage here. A coalition of ministries and local churches conducted the study this summer and recently published its findings. MNN is withholding the results from this article for security purposes. Jonathan*, a Christian... Read more

New survey reveals 1 million Iranian Christians – Mission Network News

Iran (MNN) Weve previously reportedabout the explosive growth of the underground church in Iran. How big is this church exactly? A new survey gives some stunning results. Mike Ansari of Heart4Iran says, For the first time, a secular organization has come up with unprecedented data to back up the claim of the missionaries. It is... Read more

Suicide spike strikes Pine Ridge; Native believers speak hope to sorrow – Mission Network News

USA (MNN) — Leaders on South Dakotas Pine Ridge Reservation recently issued a state of emergency after four youth suicides in two weeks. Authorities reported 177 suicide attempts among 14- to 32-year olds between January and mid-August, and nine deaths by suicide. Between 2017 and 2019, the Oglala Sioux tribe saw 458 suicide attempts and... Read more

SAT-7 programs promote womens rights in the MENA region – Mission Network News

MENA (MNN) SAT-7 shows likeTurning Point and Needle and New Thread look to provide women in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions with hope and support. Fighting for Change Women continue to fight for equal rights and opportunities in the MENA region, and though progress has been made in some areas, many policies,... Read more

New satellite TV program reaches women in Iran with the Gospel – Mission Network News

Iran (MNN) — Despite strict rule the Gospel continues to spread in Iran through Christ-centered programming on satellite TV. Beginning this month, Not Forgotten, a division of Uncharted Ministries, is joining Iran Alive Ministry to provide Gospel-focused programming directed toward women. Iran Alive reaches between six and eight million viewers daily, but most of the... Read more

ABTS peace-building initiatives promote understanding between Christians and Muslims – Mission Network News

Lebanon (MNN) — The more tragedies and hardships that hit countries and cities, the more communities splinter, drawing dividing lines and focusing on themselves. But even during trying circumstances, the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) looks to build bridges and foster friendship between Christians and Muslims through its Institute of Middle East Studies (IMES) peace-building... Read more

Uzbekistan maintains control over religion with new law – Mission Network News

Uzbekistan (MNN) — Uzbekistan is drafting a new religious law to bring all religious expression under strict governmental oversight. Eric Mock of Slavic Gospel Association says, It is not actually that much different from the existing law. You will see there are variations in minor aspects of the law, but it remains very difficult for... Read more

New grads consider a gap year amid job shortages – Mission Network News

USA (MNN) — In an economy stalled by COVID-19, recent graduates and current college students are staring down uncertain futures. Instead of seeking to beat out peers, many find themselves vying for their first jobs against more experienced workers. Glassdoor reports the availability of entry-level jobs is down68% compared to May 2019. For many, this... Read more

China tries to erase Inner Mongolian culture – Mission Network News

China (MNN) — Students and parents from Inner Mongolia gathered to protest a new Chinese policy that would require students to use Mandarin textbooks, rather than learn in Mongolian. Joe Handley of Asian Access describes Inner Mongolia (not to be confused with the independent country of Mongolia to the north) and its relation to China.... Read more

Muslim Fulani attacks in Nigeria displace local missionaries – Mission Network News

Nigeria (CAM) — The slaughter of Christian men, women, and children by Muslim Fulani herdsmen in north-central Nigeria accelerated in recent weeks to unprecedented levels, with a three-day series of assaults displacing five native missionaries and their families, the leader of a native ministry said. The local missionaries and their families were among 1,900 families... Read more

Boko Haram expansion: an imminent threat – Mission Network News

Nigeria (MNN) — An uptick in Boko Haram violence killed more than 50 soldiers and aid workers in recent weeks. Theyve also kidnapped dozens of women and children, Anadolu Agency reports. Eleven years of terrorist violence in Nigeria, mainly at the hands of Boko Haram, has displaced more than three million people. Now, Boko Haram... Read more

Sudan signs peace deal with rebel coalition – Mission Network News

Sudan (MNN) — Sudans government has reached a peace agreement with the Sudan Revolutionary Front, a coalition of rebel groups from Darfur and other regions in the country. The agreement will end a civil war that has raged since 2003 and has killed 300,000 people in Darfur alone. The agreement covers landownership, power-sharing between all... Read more

Israel hits Hezbollah targets in Lebanon – Mission Network News

Israel (MNN) Israel carried out aerial attacks on Hezbollah observation posts last Wednesday in response to shots being fired across the border. Meanwhile, Israel has also been bombing Gaza since early August, in response to fire-starting balloons launched into Israeli territory. However, Hamas and Israel have reached a cease-fire agreement on that front. Tom Doyle... Read more

Want to conquer COVID-19 fear, anxiety? Attend this virtual event – Mission Network News

USA (MNN) — September is National Suicide Prevention Month in the U.S., and the latest numbers reveal startling developments. When adjusted for age, the suicide rate is at its highest point since 1941. Set Free Ministries Dean VanderMey says the COVID-19 pandemic is behind the latest surge in national and local mental health crises. Weve... Read more