AN AWARD FOR MAF AUSTRALIA
New Life reports that Mission Aviation Fellowship Australia has received the prestigious Southern Cross Award For Outstanding Contribution And Service To Civil Aviation In Australia for 2018 and was inducted last month into the Australian Aviation Hall Of Fame held in the hangar of the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society, Illawarra Regional Airport, Albion Park, NSW.
NEW CHURCH IN CHRISTCHURCH
According to Anglican News, the first Anglican parish church to be built from scratch in the New Zealand Diocese of Christchurch in 40 years is set to use their new buildings to serve their community. The Bishop-elect of Christchurch, Dr Peter Carrell, has performed a dedication ceremony for the All Souls’ Anglican Church complex.
NEW BELIEVERS IN ARGENTINA
About 1,400 people are now following Jesus after responding to the Gospel presented recently in Argentina by evangelist Andrew Palau, son of Luis Palau.
My Christian Daily states that the event unified 140 churches, trained 2,000 Christians in personal evangelism, and reached more than 19,000 people in person at the two‐day festival. Another 31,000 people watched the festival online.
CONTINUOUS CHURCH SERVICE
Eternity News reports that a church service in The Netherlands has been going on for more than 700 hours, or over a month, to prevent an Armenian refugee family from being deported. Pastors from all over the country are taking turns leading services at Bethel Church in The Hague, day and night, to prevent an Armenian family being picked up by officials, who by law are not allowed to enter places of worship during religious services.
CHRISTIAN CONVERTS ARRESTED
According to Morning Star News, two Christian converts from Islam planning to meet in a northern city of Iran were detained on the same day, part of what rights advocates say could be part of a rash of arrests in the area. “It reveals how closely the Iranian authorities are closely monitoring the Christians,” said Rob Duncan, regional manager at advocacy agency Middle East Concern.
SPECIAL BOOKLET FOR CHRISTMAS
This Christmas, Bible Society New Zealand, is giving away 85,000 copies of The Well Good News of Christmas, a fun and colourful booklet for parents and grandparents to help them pass on the Bible story of Christmas.
In publishing 85,000 copies of The Well Good News of Christmas, the Bible Society is hoping to reach the 36% of Kiwi kids who have never seen, read or heard the story of Jesus’ birth.
CHRISTIAN SCHOOL RE-OPENS IN IRAQ
According to World Watch Monitor, the re-opening of the oldest Christian school in Mosul, a northern Iraqi city once controlled by IS, is ‘a victory over terrorism and extremism.’ The primary school was closed for four years, but now has 400 students aged between 6 and 12.
PREPARING FOR CHRISTMAS
Inspire Magazine reports that Christians in the UK are being encouraged to prepare spiritually for Christmas with free daily Bible readings throughout Advent. Each day the Bible readings Fresh From The Word can be received by email together with commentary.
PAINTING DEPICTS CHRIST’S BAPTISM
Archeologists have discovered a 1,500-year-old painting of Jesus they say is the oldest known depiction in Israel of Christ being baptized. Christianheadlines.com states that the painting was found inside a church in the Negev Desert of southern Israel and dates to the Byzantine empire. The church was located in the village of Shivta. Archaeologists believe it was painted in the 500s.
CHRISTIANS RESPOND TO POVERTY
According to Christian Today, four out of five Christians (87 per cent) have taken action on poverty in the past year – a far higher proportion than the general population – according to a poll of 2,958 UK adults by Barna Group for Christian relief and development agency Tearfund. The research shows that Christians are more likely to donate to charity and to give food, clothing, furniture or other resources to someone in need.
AGGRESSION IN NEPAL AND INDIA
ChristianHeadlines.com reports that a policeman in Nepal was reprimanded and punished last month for talking about his faith in Christ at a public, multi-faith religious gathering. And Morning Star News states that Christian leaders in India continue to be concerned about acts of aggression against Christians in that country.
MICHAEL BUBLE GRATEFUL TO GOD
Several news outlets have reported that Canadian singer Michael Buble and his family rallied together to support his young son last year, while he battled cancer. During a recent tv appearance the singer tearfully shared that Jesus Christ deserves the credit for his son’s cancer remission. Buble’s wife, Luisana, has also credited God for her family’s strength.