12Aug18 Christian News Bulletin

PRAISE AND THANKS IN UKRAINE
According to Mission Network News, the streets of Kiev in Ukraine filled with songs of praise and thanks as approximately 200,000 people gathered to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Many travelled from all four provinces just to be a part of the celebration and to thank God for the freedom to worship and for the freedom to preach the Gospel in their country.

A CHRISTIAN CHARITY SHORTLISTED FOR AWARD
Inspire Magazine reports that a Christian maritime charity has been shortlisted for charity of the year. Sailors’ Society, in its 200th year, will compete against six other organisations at the Charity Times Awards in London on 3rd October. The charity works internationally to provide practical, emotional and spiritual welfare support to the world’s 1.6m seafarers, regardless of background or faith. Their chaplains and ship visitors have a presence in 91 ports, with wider projects and services covering 30 countries.

NEW BIBLE TRANSLATION FOR INDONESIA
Indonesia, home of the world’s largest Muslim population, is getting a fresh translation of the Bible. It’s been about 30 years since the last full Bible translation was launched in the country. New Life reports that Biblica is translating the dated version and will present it as a contemporary version using modern idiomatic Indonesian.

5Aug18 Christian News Bulletin

CRACKDOWN IN CHINA
An increase in police raids on churches in China has caused Christian leaders to be more cautious about whom they let in their buildings. A reporter for Premier.org states that authorities have closed churches in commercial venues and an increasing amount of landlords have refused to continue rental contracts.

FRANKLIN GRAHAM TO TOUR OZ
Eternity News reports that evangelist Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham, will tour Australia in February next year. The tour marks the 60th anniversary of Billy Graham’s 1959 tour that had a major impact on Australia. Next year Franklin Graham will cross the country, preaching in Perth, Darwin and Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney.

BISHOP DELETES TWITTER ACCOUNT
According to Christian Today, a US Catholic bishop has said farewell to Twitter on the grounds that it’s damaging his spiritual health. Bishop Thomas Tobin of Rhode Island deleted his account recently with a last tweet saying: ‘Sadly, Twitter has become a major distraction for me, on good days and bad, an obstacle to my spiritual life, an occasion of sin for me and others. So, goodbye. If I’ve offended anyone, I’m truly sorry. If I’ve helped anyone along the way, thank God.’