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US President Issues “Game Changer” for Religious Freedom Around the World

Last week, U.S. President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order for Religious Freedom around the world, calling it a “moral and national security imperative.” The Executive Order demands that religious freedom become the number one priority for foreign policy matters and foreign aid assistance programs carried out by the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Not

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Wandering the streets of North Korea

Homelessness is on the rise in North Korea, according to a report from Daily NK, (a media outlet run by North Korean defectors). An interview with two people, one living inside North Korea and one recently defected, explores the reasons for this. Homelessness among children is a long-standing problem in North Korea. There is even a specific term for them

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Surprise Report: Increased Persecution in China Leads to New Explosive Church Growth

The crackdown on Christians in China is fueling growth in the underground church, according to reports from inside the country. A crack down throughout China over the last few weeks has shut down several remaining official churches. More than 42 official state-run churches have been shut down over two weeks, in Yugan county. However, the same thing has been experienced

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Good News amongst much bad news for the troubled church in Nigeria

Last Saturday, Eugene Bach did a Facebook live about the situation in Nigeria. Pastor Olamide Dawson, a Nigerian pastor involved with the CAN (Christian Association of Nigeria) spoke with Eugene about the recent kidnapping of Bishop Joseph Masin. We were called to pray for his release. Bishop Joseph Masin is an important leader of the churches in Nigeria and chairman

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ZOOM UNSAFE: BTJ Recommends New Video Conferencing App

After using ZOOM for several months at BTJ, we have determined that this app is completely unsafe for ministries that work in closed countries and unfit for Christian meetings. Our recommendation is that ministries working in China should steer clear of using this video-conferencing platform altogether. The good news is that we have found an alternative that is free, doesn’t

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Food and face masks in India

We received encouraging news from our partners in India today. Like the rest of the world, the pandemic has a great impact in India, but they testify how God had already prepared them for it although they were unaware. In the past few years, they had done a lot of training in sustainable farming and aquaponics. Many villages had been

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