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Teens are sleeping better and enjoying more family time during pandemic – report

(Photo: Unsplash/Kevin Laminto)While the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in declining mental health for many adults, the findings are different for teenagers, particularly those in two-parent households. They have been faring better thanks to more sleep and spending more time with their families, according to a new report. The new report, released Tuesday from the Institute... Read more

How One Group Handed Out 125 Million Meals (and Counting) During the Pandemic | RELEVANT

At the beginning of the pandemic, humanitarian aid nonprofit Convoy of Hope came up with a simple, if lofty goal: ten million meals for people in need. Given the unprecedented scope of the COVID-19 crisis, it wasn’t hard to assume there’d be an unprecedented need for food among those affected. So Convoy started networking with... Read more

PTEE continues theological training despite pandemic – Mission Network News

Egypt (MNN) COVID-19 has presented many challenges for ministries but that doesn’t stop them from pressing forward. The Program for Theological Education by Extension (PTEE) has been able to continue church leader education and small groups using various online platforms. “The program of PTEE was organized that students or church leaders could really study by... Read more

Bethel Is Weathering a COVID Outbreak as Churches Cope With the Pandemic | RELEVANT

In light of the recent coronavirus outbreak at Redding, California, megachurch Bethel, we look at what major faith leaders are saying about whether or not congregations should be gathering in-person again. Here’s the latest RELEVANT News:   [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkeJp_EZajc[/embed]   See Also   Article/Post Source

How God uses the COVID-19 pandemic for good – Mission Network News

International (MNN) — Seven months ago, the World Health Organization declared a COVID-19 pandemic. Severe challenges persist to this day as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund gather virtually for an annual meeting. The global economic recovery is fragile at best, Financial Times reports. Another wave of infections threatens to undermine any return to... Read more

Pandemic may ‘accelerate’ loss of faith among younger generations

(Photo: Pexels/Rogrio Martins)The pandemic may cause even more younger people to walk away from the Church, says Barna President David Kinnaman. He voiced his fears in a Barna-hosted discussion on Vimeo about the possible impact of Covid-19 on Christians aged 18 to 29 - an age cohort that churches have traditionally struggled to hold onto... Read more

Trump DOJ Sides with D.C. Church in Suit: ‘There Is No Pandemic Exception to the Constitution’

Trump DOJ Sides with D.C. Church in Suit: 'There Is No Pandemic Exception to the Constitution' The Trump Department of Justice is siding in court with a Washington, D.C. church that sued the city over a restriction prohibiting it from meeting not only indoors but also outdoors.Capitol Hill Baptist Church, which had around 1,000 attendees... Read more

Churches ‘are among the safest’ public places in the pandemic, says bishop

(Photo: Unsplash/Thays Orrico)The extent of hygiene measures in place across churches has made them "among the safest places for people to attend" in the ongoing pandemic, a senior Catholic leader has said.  Bishop John Keenan, Vice President of the Bishops' Conference of Scotland, praised the "tireless" work of priests, parishioners and volunteers in keeping churches... Read more

Pandemic drives prayer ministry to Kenyas streets

Kenya (MNN) — A ministry team in eastern Kenya went from gathering in groups to praying in the street because of the pandemic. And they are seeing God move. Kenya is a Christian-majority nation, but many of their people groups least-reached with the Gospel are in the eastern part of the country. Global Disciples exists... Read more

Gospel missions to least-reached adapting in pandemic

International (MNN) — Local churches in countries around the world are uniquely equipped to reach the least-reached communities near them with the Gospel. After all, they share the same language and cultural context, and they can relate on a level that outside missionaries cannot. However, these churches often need training and support things they find... Read more

Oppression of Egyptian Christians worsens during COVID-19 pandemic – Mission Network News

Egypt (MNN) — Millions of Christians live in Egypt, making up about 10 percent of the population. These Christians represent many denominations, including Coptic Orthodox, Eastern Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant. But these believers face systemic persecution for their faith, and its only worse now during theCOVID-19 pandemic,since Christians often do not have access to the... Read more

Counting the human cost of the pandemic

The study will examine the human cost of the pandemic and especially the emotional toll of church closures across the country(Photo: Unsplash/DNK Photo)Early responses to a new study looking at the impact of church closures during the pandemic have shed light on the emotional toll on Christians and non-Christians alike. There have been 2,000 responses... Read more

Church of England will emerge from pandemic ‘changed’ but also ‘renewed’

Justin Welby (r) and Stephen Cottrell (l) said the Church of England was being changed and renewed through the pandemic(Photo: Church of England)The Archbishop of Canterbury has said the Church of England will emerge from the pandemic a changed institution.  Addressing a special sitting of the General Synod, Justin Welby predicted that the unprecedented closure... Read more

Cathedral of the Tropics and Worshipping Through a Pandemic

When my wife and I moved to Costa Rica, we began visiting the lush trails of tropical forests on our Sabbath days to listen and worship. In similar ways, the COVID-19 pandemic is pushing people all over the world out of buildings and toward other ways of worshiping on Sunday, giving us a chance to... Read more

Churches join in praying for schools during Covid pandemic

(Photo: Pexels/Jessica Lewis)Churches and Christians are praying for schools across the UK today as they face unprecedented challenges from the coronavirus pandemic.  The National Day of Prayer for Schools is an initiative of the Pais Movement and is being backed by CARE and the Diocese of Blackburn, which is encouraging local churches to take part. ... Read more

Capitol Hill Baptist Shows How to Fight for Religious Freedom in a Pandemic

The Story: A prominent evangelical church in Washington, D.C., provides a model for how churches should fight for religious liberty during the pandemic. The Background: Capitol Hill Baptist Church (CHBC), an 850-member church led by TGC Council Emeritus member Mark Dever, has filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming Washington, D.C., mayor Muriel E. Bowser... Read more

Africa Has Dodged the Worst of the COVID-19 Pandemic | RELEVANT

Early in the pandemic days, there was a good deal of gloomy prophesying about what would happen when the novel coronavirus hit Africa, predicting that the looming health emergency would cripple a continent in which many countries are experiencing high rates of poverty. There were calls for an influx of aid and loans to African... Read more

U.S. Billionaires Have Grown $845 Billion Richer Since the Pandemic Started | RELEVANT

Pandemic or no pandemic, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Warren Buffett and the rest of the American billionaires have actually had a pretty good last few months. Over the last six months, U.S. billionaires have seen their wealth jump by 29 percent about $845 billion. Musk is now worth $92 billion, a 273 percent leap... Read more

Bible study app users increase tenfold during pandemic

A Bible study app has seen unprecedented engagement during the coronavirus pandemic. WordGo, created by the Bible Study Fellowship (BSF), is a free app offering two and six-week long Bible courses that combine Scripture readings, questions, study notes and audio teachings.  The WordGo app saw a one thousand per cent increase in users between January... Read more

Will politics and the pandemic reshape ministry in China? – Mission Network News

China (MNN) — Tension between the U.S. and China remains at an all-time high. Saber-rattling from China and a U.S. ban on Chinese social media are the latest developments in a year of division. Analysts say investments have fallen to a new nine-year low as U.S. companies feel pressured to leave Chinese markets. How do... Read more

Pandemic has strengthened global identity among young people – study

A Christian Aid worker hands a bag of essential items to a Rohingya refugee in the Cox's Bazar camp, Bangladesh.(Photo: Christian Aid)The pandemic has heightened many young people's sense of a global identity, a study by Christian Aid has found.  Well over a third (39%) of 18- to 34-year-olds polled by Savanta ComRes for the... Read more

Churches Report Giving Boost Months after Pandemic Started

Churches Report Giving Boost Months after Pandemic Started (RNS) Giving to congregations has shifted upward after churches closed their buildings earlier this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, a survey shows.The new State of the Plate research finds that close to two-thirds (64%) of churches across the country reported in August that giving is either... Read more

Demand for emergency food handouts set to soar during pandemic

(Photo: The Trussell Trust)The Trussell Trust is preparing for a more than twofold increase in demand for emergency food handouts this winter as the pandemic continues to strain household finances across the UK. Latest research by the Christian food bank charity predicts a 61% increase in the need for food parcels across its network from... Read more

From bombing survivors to pandemic victims, FARMS Lanka providing relief

Sri Lanka (MNN) — A group of Christians in Sri Lanka is distributing COVID-19 emergency relief and its not their first time responding in a crisis. Last year,Easter bombings in Sri Lanka killed over 290 people and wounded hundreds more. It was called one of the worst terror attacks in this century. Believers with FARMS... Read more

Christians should ‘take advantage’ of the pandemic, says Francis Chan

Francis Chan(Photo: YouTube/Moody Bible Institute)Francis Chan is urging Christian parents - especially dads - to see the pandemic as an opportunity to take greater responsibility for the spiritual formation of their children. He said during a Q Session discussion that too many Christians had been relying on the Church to teach their children about the faith, only... Read more

John Macarthur Claimed There Is ‘No Pandemic.’ He Was Politicizing Science, Experts Say

John Macarthur Claimed There Is 'No Pandemic.' He Was Politicizing Science, Experts Say (RNS) This past Sunday (Aug. 30) John MacArthur, the senior pastor of Los Angeles Grace Community Church, made a startling statement.There is no pandemic, he said.His proof? A recent Centers for Disease Control report that only 6% of U.S. deaths attributed to... Read more

10 Prayers for When Pandemic Panic Is Rising

When the normal rhythms of a nascent spring were interrupted last March by the sudden appearance of Covid-19, we were thrust into a world of unknowns and uncertainty.Were now in month six of a season punctuated by more questions than answers. Like many of you, Ive been gauging daily stats and headline news as I weigh... Read more

Amid Pandemic, Domestic and Sexual Abuse Is Skyrocketing, Activists Worry That News Is Being Buried

Amid Pandemic, Domestic and Sexual Abuse Is Skyrocketing, Activists Worry That News Is Being Buried VATICAN CITY (RNS) Elections in the United States, a global pandemic and human rights protests have crowded the news coverage for most of 2020.But activists and sexual abuse survivors continue to ask that the protection of minors and vulnerable adults... Read more

Barna President: 1 in 5 Churches May Shut Their Doors Because of the Pandemic

Barna President: 1 in 5 Churches May Shut Their Doors Because of the Pandemic One in five churches may shutter their doors in the next 18 months, according to Barna Group president David Kinnaman.Kinnaman of the Christian research organization recently sat down with NPR to discuss the state of church giving in light of the... Read more

Displaced in a pandemic: Indian monsoon victims encouraged by Christians

India (MNN) — Monsoon season in India is wreaking havoc on villages already staggering under the weight of a global pandemic. Indias monsoon season typically lasts from June to September. In the last three months, nearly 900 people have been killed by floods and landslides in India due to heavy rainfall. More than 14,000 people... Read more