10 Jun 2019

9Jun19 60 YEARS IN ETHOPIA

60 YEARS IN ETHOPIA
Eternity News reports that sixty years ago, gynaecologist Catherine Hamlin left Sydney and travelled to Ethiopia with her husband Reg. They were supposed to be there for three years. It became a lifetime of service. Last week, the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital celebrated the legacy of the Hamlins, and their pioneering commitment to Ethiopian women in working to eradicate obstetric fistulas. Dr Catherine Hamlin, now 95, still works in the hospital she founded with her husband Reg, who died in 1993. The Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation estimates that 60,000 women have been treated and cured of their fistula injuries thanks to her work and that of her surgical team. Catherine Hamlin comes from a Christian mission-focused family.

EVANGELICAL CHURCHES GROW IN BRAZIL
More and more people in Brazil, particularly the poor, are being drawn to evangelical churches because they receive the help that the government could not give them, according to a report from the Gospel Herald. One evangelical leader, Pastor Antonio, says government doesn't help, so God is a welcome option for the poor. Evangelical churches are reaching out to the slums, providing services in education, healthcare, sanitation and economic development. People are coming to faith in Christ as they see the church helping with social issues.

MILITARY BIBLES
Christian Today reports that the Bible Society New Zealand has given 5,000 specially designed Bibles to the chaplaincy service of the New Zealand Defence Force. For the first time, the Bibles were individually tailored to members of the Air Force, Navy and Army.

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21Apr19 JESUS DIED FOR US ALL

JESUS DIED FOR US ALL
Writing in Eternity Magazine, John Dickson states that “Christianity has always declared that Jesus died for Jewish rebels like the man crucified with Jesus, petty thieves like Samuel Peyton (who, In 1785, as a 17-year-old Londoner was found in possession of a stolen watch and was sentenced to “7yrs transportation” and in May 1787 set sail for Sydney Cove with the 700 or so other First Fleet convicts.) (Jesus also died for) neglectful materialists, thankless atheists, and even for the morally self-righteous. This is no mere cliché,” says Dickson, “but a reality of eternal significance. For any who sincerely turn back to God, Jesus is the Saviour who died for us all.”

CHINESE PASTOR TESTIFIES IN COURT
After Pastor Chu Yiu-ming and eight others were convicted recently of crimes related to being a part of the pro-democracy Occupy Central with Peace and Love Movement and the Umbrella Movement protests, he stood in a Hong Kong courtroom and gave the sermon of his life. According to an English translation of Chu’s testimony published in the Hong Kong Free Press, the pastor said, “I am a Christian minister committed to the service of God. I have resolved to live a life of friendship with the weak and the poor, praying that God’s justice be manifested on earth as it is in heaven, and that the gospel of love and peace be proclaimed among the people.”

EASTER CELEBRATION
Today is Easter Sunday, a day on which Christians celebrate the fact that Jesus rose from the dead. Church congregations around the world are united in this particularly Christian celebration.