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A busy fortnight

News | Alfie, Brokaw, California, Patterson, Wolf
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 5/07/18, 02:06 pm

An alphabet soup of provocative news filled the last two weeks:

A is for Alfie Evans, who died at April’s end, 11 days short of his second birthday. Maybe he would have died then anyway had Britain’s High Court of Justice allowed his parents to move Alfie to the hospital in Rome that was eager to accept him, but we’ll never know. Thirty British police officers guarded Alfie to keep his supporters from rescuing him. How odd for a hospital to treat a toddler like a roach: He can check in but he can’t check out.

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Foreign missions at home

Missions | Some churches and ministries are preaching the gospel to the world by reaching out to international students in America
by Sophia Lee
Posted 3/29/18, 01:19 am

Angie Mercer wondered if she was the only person freaking out in the hospital room. The others—an international student from China, his pregnant wife, and his mother—wore stoic expressions. The mother-to-be was deep in labor, yet the doctor had not arrived, and the understaffed nurses were busy elsewhere.

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The absence of presence

Evangelism | The church is what the world is hurting for
by Mindy Belz
Posted 3/18/18, 06:39 am

The frankness of the Middle Eastern pastors is remarkable. They are learning, growing, reconciling, and repenting as their challenges deepen. The main reason? They can’t afford not to.

The assaults of the Syrian war—which enters its eighth year this month—and the ravages of Islamic State opened neighboring countries and their churches to new fears, new threats, and throngs of refugees at their doors.

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