23 Jul 2017
CHURCHES SEIZED BY TURKISH GOVERNMENT
Turkey’s president and his government continue to target Christians. In his latest effort to subjugate Turkey’s Christian population to the government, Turkish President Erdogan seized control of 50 Syriac churches. According to CBN News’ Chief International Reporter Gary Lane, Erdogan and his government are intentionally targeting Christian churches in their quest to bring Sharia Law to Turkey.
DNA ANALYSIS SUPPORTS BIBLICAL STORY
Morning Star News reports that recent analysis and study of ancient mummies in Egypt has revealed findings that coincide with the Bible’s account of Noah’s descendants. Researchers from the University of Tuebingen and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, both of which are in Germany, found that the DNA of mummies entombed in Middle Egypt, actually matches that of Neolithic and Bronze Age peoples from the Near East, Anatolia, and the Eastern Mediterranean instead of modern Egyptians.
‘LEFT BEHIND’ FILM SERIES
Paul Lalonde, writer of the apocalyptic adventure film ‘Left Behind,’ has announced that he's working on a new ‘Left Behind’ movie series based on all 16 books. Lalonde declared: "I have officially acquired the movie rights to the entire 'Left Behind' series. I have been working closely with Jerry B. Jenkins and the LaHaye family to make it all happen." And he added: "We are going to tell the entire story of the 'Left Behind' series over the course of six to eight movies."
17 Jul 2017
ANCIENT ROAD UNEARTHED
The Jerusalem Post reports that Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologists have unearthed a road running from Jerusalem’s gates and the Pool of Siloam to the Temple. “Jesus would have walked on this newly excavated road to the Temple Mount,” said Moran Hagbi, one of the directors of the excavation. The archaeologists also discovered evidence of the last battle between Roman forces and Jewish rebels which resulted in the destruction of Jerusalem in the year 70.
CHRISTIAN CHARITY IN BURUNDI
As Burundi marks its 55th year of independence, Tearfund, a Christian charity, has told Premier.org that its humanitarian crisis is worsening. As conflict rages, over one quarter of the population need urgent assistance and 400,000 are living as refugees in neighbouring Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The charity has been responding with an emergency feeding and nutrition programme in key areas of Burundi.
CHRISTIAN REFUGEES FLY TO FRANCE
France will begin taking in Syrian Christian refugees this month. They will be flown in from Lebanon, where they have been living in refugee camps. An accord signed earlier this year between the French government and an alliance of Christian charities states that up to 500 Syrian Christian refugees are to be brought over as part of what an Air France spokesperson said is a "humanitarian corridor" project.
10 Jul 2017
GIDEONS ‘FLOOD’ SYDNEY
New Life reports that Gideons International has begun a three‐year cam‐ paign to ‘flood Sydney’ with 500,000 copies of the Bible. The ‘Sydney For Eternity’ campaign is the largest Bible distribution Australian Gideons have undertaken.
According to Assist News, residents of a community in northern India have
pledged to help make it tobacco-free following a health awareness drive by Gospel for Asia. Carrying placards and handing out advisory leaflets about the dangers of smoking, GFA teams visited villages recently as part of a ‘World No Tobacco Day’ initiative.
RELIGION AND THE CENSUS
The latest Australian census figures show that ‘60% of people say they identify with some religion and for more than 50%, that's Christianity.’
The Dean of Sydney, Kanishka Raffel, recently told SBS news: “This means that religion is important to a lot of people and so there is quite properly a religious perspective on the topics of importance in our society.”