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News From British Isles, Ireland. Europe and Worldwide

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Victory over Sunday working

Following the late intervention of the Christian Legal Centre, an employee of a major London tourist attraction is able to continue in his job, as his employer has now agreed to let him take Sundays off so that he can worship at church. The employee, who is involved with his local church and several volunteer schemes, had been in negotiations with his employers for over a year and a half over whether he would continue to be forced to work on Sundays. With the Christian Legal Centre's help, his employer has now backed down and has given him a new rota enabling him to spend Sundays worshipping at his church. By contrast, his employer had allowed a Muslim employee not to work on Fridays. The victory will encourage many Christians, some of whom have been under pressure to choose between working on Sundays or losing their jobs. (See Prayer Alert 08-20120)

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God for this answer to prayer and pray that it would establish a precedent. (Gen.2:2)

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450,000 New Testaments for Diamond Jubilee

As the Queen celebrates 60 years as monarch she's doing it in a way that might surprise you. Further reaching than any party or parade will be the Queen's Bible distribution project in celebration of her 60-year Diamond Jubilee. Specifically, The Queen is interested in distributing New Testaments through churches and schools. Biblica was approached for the job and was more than happy to oblige. ‘We developed and worked through a New Testament Bible that actually includes some notes, and it includes some visuals,’ says Biblica's CEO for North America Doug Lockhart. ‘The original goal was 250,000 units, which everyone thought was a very high goal for the U.K. But denominations and churches have been very excited about it,’ says Lockhart. ‘The number is right now at 450,000 units.’ The New Testaments will be handed out at the end of May and the beginning of June. By then, the orders may be well beyond 450,000.

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God that as many people as possible are to receive these Bibles and pray that they would read and respond to the Gospel message. (2Tim.3:16)

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Anglican lay reader kept from pulpit over gay marriage stance

An Anglican lay reader has been told to refrain from ministry after he encouraged parishioners to sign a petition defending traditional marriage. Complaints were made against Peter Gowlland, a lay reader for 50 years, after he invited members of the congregation at All Saints Church, Sanderstead, to sign the Coalition for Marriage (C4M) petition supporting the current definition of marriage. Mr Gowlland, 78, was instructed by his Archdeacon to withdraw from preaching and leading worship for two months, despite the fact that the official position of the Church opposes gay marriage and the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have both spoken publicly against changing the definition. Church authorities denied that Mr Gowlland had been sacked or suspended, and said that the action taken had nothing to do with same-sex marriage. A spokesperson for the Diocese of Southwark said ‘Some members of the congregation had raised some pastoral concerns with the Archdeacon and he discussed these with the Reader.

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for an amicable solution for the church at Sanderstead so they may focus fully on preaching the Gospel message. (Col.3:13)

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Methodists share Gift of Prayer with global partners

Methodists are sharing their faith in prayer in the form of a new booklet launched at the Christian Resources Exhibition this week. A Gift of Prayer is the latest in the popular booklet series. The new booklet features prayers in several languages which take the Lord’s Prayer as their inspiration. Churches around the world were asked for their prayerful reflections on the Lord’s Prayer. Christine Elliott, Secretary for External Relationships, said: ‘A Gift Of Prayer is a helpful offering for us to engage in prayer with our partners all around the world. We trust that this booklet will enable us to connect with the wider Methodist family as we grow together in faith.’ Visitors to the Christian Resources Exhibition at Sandown Park racecourse in Esher this week will be able to pick up a copy free from the Methodist stand. Churches are encouraged to give the booklets away and to use them for personal or small group reflection.

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for the new booklet to encourage people into and support them in prayer. (Php.4:6-7)

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More Jesus and less motivational speaking

Thousands of Baptists from across the UK gathered in London last weekend for the General Assembly of the Baptist Union of Great Britain (BUGB), which also celebrated 400 years since the founding of the first British Baptist church. The weekend was spent trying to discern God’s vision for the church going forward. Agu Irukwu the senior pastor of Jesus House, in London, said some churches were too focused on trying to make Jesus and the cross palatable. The church must put Jesus back at the centre of its message he told Baptists. ‘Thank God for advances in theology, for thinkers in the church and for churches that have to be seeker-friendly. But it seems that the more seeker-friendly we get, the less of Jesus we get so when people come to church they are not sure whether they are in church or at a gathering where someone is giving a motivational speech’.

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that the message given by Agu will strike a chord with all churches and that Jesus would be at the heart of what they teach and preach. (Jn.14:6)

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Internet porn: PM steps in to 'safeguard children'

The introduction of web filters to make adults who want to view pornography ‘opt in' is to be considered by the Government. David Cameron has intervened to insist a default block on porn, deactivated only when users make an active choice to have it switched off, is put back on the table. Today he will announce a consultation on whether to introduce automatic filters, or a less stringent system which would mean people would have to make an ‘active choice' on whether or not to view explicit sites when they sign up with an internet service provider. There is growing alarm about the impact of sexual content on the internet on Britain’s children. Research suggests as many as one in three under-tens has seen pornography on the web, while four in every five children aged 14 to 16 admit regularly accessing explicit images and video footage on their home computers. (See Prayer Alert 17-2012)

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for our Prime Minister and the authorities to be able to get a grip of this problem to protect the young. (Ps.12:7)

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Disappointment after Queen’s speech neglects aid

Christian Aid has expressed its disappointment after the Queen’s Speech failed to make mention of legislation on aid spending. The Government has pledged to raise the aid budget to 0.7 per cent of gross national income from 2013, but Christian Aid’s chief political adviser, Sol Oyuela, is concerned by the delay to legislating on the commitment. ‘We welcome the Government’s commitment to raising the aid budget to 0.7 per cent from 2013, but we are very disappointed that it has yet to live up to its pledge to legislate on this,’ she said. All three parties promised to make the 0.7 per cent aid commitment a legal obligation in their manifestos at the last election. It was also mentioned in the Coalition Agreement between the Tories and the Lib Dems.

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that our government would keep its pledges and remember those who are needy. (Pr.14:21)

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Primary school kids expelled for sexual misconduct

Children as young as four are being removed from school for sexual misconduct, figures have revealed. They are among almost 15,000 youngsters who have been expelled or suspended for sex offences – including assaults on teachers – in the past five years. More than 1,100 were primary school children, some in reception classes. Boys aged just four have been kicked out of schools in Dorset, Yorkshire, Wiltshire and the West Midlands. Incidents in County Durham included indecent exposure and possessing sexual material. In Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, a boy of ten was suspended for inappropriately touching four pupils. Offences catalogued from all the figures included sexual abuse, assault, harassment, and lewd behaviour. The statistics were revealed in a Freedom of Information request made by The Sun answered by 148 of the 174 local education authorities in England and Wales.

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that these shocking figures can be reversed and the Education Authorities find ways of dealing with the problem. (Ps.37:30)

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Olympic Torch

With the arrival of the Olympic Torch to the UK less that two weeks away More Than Gold are launching their '70-day Prayer Relay' - that tracks the same route the Torch will travel. Every church in the British Isles has the opportunity to pray during the 70-day Prayer Relay from 19th May to 27th July 2012. Jesus said we were to 'shine like lights' with our actions leading to others believing that our God is to be worshipped. In the ten weeks leading up to the Games, the Olympic Torch is to pass through over 1,000 communities throughout the UK. In every place it will generate a torrent of celebration, sensation, media coverage and Olympic fervour. The Torch represents many things to many people. But at its heart it is a flame – and flames have been used throughout Christian history as a reminder of Jesus Christ, the true Light of the World.

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that the light of the world will go before the runners as they carry the torch. (Jn.8:12)

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What is ahead for Europe?

Eurozone’s pro-austerity and pro-Euro policies are in trouble. Right wing rule came to an end in France as socialism won. In Greece there is a dramatic reset of political landscape. In Germany the junior coalition partner gained in state elections while the support for Angela Merkel’s dominant party is eroding. As the Eurozone sinks deeper in a recession some expect bank turmoil. Italy and Spain’s economies may no longer be‘too big to fail.’ 63 years ago a European experiment to ‘put an end to war and guarantee an eternal peace’ was started and the European Union was created. On the 16th May 1949 in Strasbourg Robert Schuman said, ‘The European spirit signifies being conscious of belonging to a cultural family and to have a willingness to serve that community in the spirit of total mutuality, without any hidden motives of hegemony or the selfish exploitation of others'. The root of the EU was to bless the world. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Schuman

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for the EU to return to the vision of its roots and be a blessing to the rest of the world. (Zeph.3:9)

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Child online safety plans unveiled by Brussels

The European Commission is considering setting up an age-based authentication system that limits where children can visit online. The system is part of a series of proposals Brussels has put forward to make the net safer for children. It says children are in danger of finding inappropriate material because ways to control where they can go are ‘fragmented’. More details of the authentication scheme will be published on 30 May. In its draft proposals, the commission warns that neglecting protections for children could have a ‘profound impact’ on European societies. It says children's particular needs and vulnerabilities must be addressed so the net becomes a place of opportunities for them. It also notes that a uniform set of protections would help European businesses aiming services at children. (See Prayer Alert 17-2012)

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that these proposals will lead to a system that would protect our young people. (Ps.5:11)

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Call to Prayer for the World Prayer Assembly, May 14-18, 2012

The World Prayer Assembly is a response to God’s movement of prayer around the world. While the WPA will serve as a catalyst for the growth of this movement, we believe that prayer for the WPA and those who are involved in the planning process is absolutely essential. Please join with us in prayer for the World Prayer Assembly as teams work together in several critical areas. We must be united in prayer for the WPA if we are to see God do what only He can do. Keep in mind that the WPA is intended to be a 'new paradigm' 'for an international congress, carried out in Acts 13 style, incorporating listening to God, uniting in prayer and seeking to implement strategically the world-impacting actions that proceed out of our encounter with the Lord and one another.

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that the Holy Spirit will bring unity as the intercessors and delegates seek God to let a ‘New Wave’ of His Glory Fill the Earth! (Jn.17:20)

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Burma: Reforms offer no respite for ethnic Christians

Amid global euphoria over reforms in Burman-majority parts of Burma, life has changed little for more than 3 million Christians and other minorities left to suffer from one of the world’s longest running civil wars. Headlines around the world hailed the induction on Wednesday (May 2) of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi into parliament as the beginning of a new era in Burma, officially known as Myanmar. But for the 150,000 Internally Displaced People (IDP) living in eastern Karen state’s 4,000 IDP camps, life is still about landmine blasts, gun and mortar attacks, and the possibility of a final war between armed insurgents and the Burma army. Burmese President Thein Sein, a former military general, has introduced political reforms – the release of hundreds of political prisoners, new laws allowing labour unions and strikes and a gradual easing of media restrictions – and has reportedly ordered troops to stop offensive in ethnic areas, but senior military officials have not heeded his orders.

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that the President’s instructions would be obeyed by the military authorities in respect of the Karen people. (Mt.8:9)

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USA: Anti-bully activist under fire for bullying Christians

Anti-bullying campaigns have been grabbing headlines for months, mainly fighting bigotry against homosexuals. Now Dan Savage, a top anti-bullying advocate, has been caught up in an incident that some say is hypocritical at best. Savage is a gay man who founded one of the most popular anti-bullying websites, ItGetsBetter.com. But he was recently captured on tape doing some bullying of his own, attacking the Bible and targeting Christian students at a high school event. ‘We can learn to ignore the bull---- in the Bible about gay people, the same way we have learned to ignore the bull---- in the Bible about slavery, about shellfish, about dinner, about farming, about menstruation, about virginity, about masturbation, we ignore bull---- in the Bible about all sorts of things,’ he says in the tape. Many students walked out in protest of Savage's diatribe against the Word of God, sacred to both Jews and Christians.

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that those who object to Dan Savage’s ideas will overrule and promote Christian Biblical ideals. (Col.2:20)

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Afghanistan: Growing number of Christians

A growing number of Afghans, including politicians, are embracing Christianity and meet in ‘house churches’ despite death threats and attacks by Islamic militants, according to Christian rights activists and news reports monitored by BosNewsLife on Friday, May 4. Mohabat News, a Christian news agency, quoted ‘informed Afghan authorities’ as saying that ‘Christianity has obtained a special place among youth and other ‘layers in society.’ House churches ‘are growing tremendously,’ the officials reportedly said. Voice of the Martyrs Canada (VOMC), an advocacy group assisting Christians living in difficult areas, explained that it learned from an ‘independent Shi'ite website’ that an Afghan official concluded ‘There is evidence of widespread Christian propaganda in Afghanistan’. The unidentified official was quoted as saying it had been proven that at least ‘more than 10 churches operate secretly in residential houses.’

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for this marvellous growth of the Church despite difficulties to continue its growth. (2Cor.12:10)

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Iran: Temporary freedom for Pastor and other Christians

The pastor of a church in Esfahan, and nine imprisoned Christians from the city were freed on April 30 and May 1, pending their recall at a future date. According to the Farsi Christian News Network (FCNN), their family had to put up a lot of money as a guarantee. In addition, new charges were filed against the accused. According to FCNN, quoting Christian sources in Esfahan, Pastor Hekmat Salimi and nine others were freed after their families paid 50,000 US$ for Salimi, Meysam Hojati and Shahnaz Zarifi, and 30,000 US$ for others. These ‘security payments’ are rarely returned, and then only after very long and protracted negotiations. In addition, FCNN said, bribes are often demanded by the same Islamic Justice ministry officials who set the initial terms. FCNN said the Islamic Republic is ‘tightening its oppressive grip’ against the Christian community in Isfahan.

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that those who have received their freedom pending recall would be fully released soon. (2Cor.3:17)

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Egypt: Christian's six-year sentence upheld

A judge in Upper Egypt has upheld a six-year prison sentence for Makarem Diab, a Coptic Christian wrongly convicted of ‘blasphemy’ against Islam and inciting sectarian strife. In his April 5th judgment, the judge in Assuit refused to strike down a February 29 sentence delivered to Makarem Diab, 49. The charges stem from an argument that Diab had in February with Abd Al Hameed, a fellow employee at Deer Al Gabrawy Prep School. From the start, the charges against Diab were inflated, according to his lawyer, Ahmed Sayed Gebaly. ‘I know Makarem well because we grew up together, and I know he wouldn’t do that,’ said Gebaly, a Muslim. ‘To be honest, he didn’t do anything wrong. If he did, I would have told him.’

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that having been denied justice, God will set him free soon. (Am.5:24)

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Azerbaijan: Act now to save Greater Grace Church

As Baku basks in the excitement of hosting the Eurovision Song Contest on May 26, members of at least one church in the Azerbaijan capital will find it hard to join in the celebrations. On April 25, a court in Baku ordered Greater Grace Church to be liquidated – the first known closure of a religious community under the controversial Law on Freedom of Religion passed in 2009. This law requires the compulsory re-registration of all religious communities in Azerbaijan. Greater Grace contends that it had no formal notice of the need to re-register – and no warning of impending legal action against it. Christians in this mainly Muslim, South Caucasian nation fear that the judge’s decision could set a worrying precedent for other churches. To date, officials have acted in secret to close down churches, raiding premises, banning worship, confiscating literature and imposing fines. Now, it’s feared they could act openly, with the backing of the law.

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for the Church within Azerbaijan that this so called new Law of Freedom would be reversed. (Jas.2:12)

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Source: Tony Taylor and Prayer Alert Team mailto:editor@prayer-alert.net - editor@prayer-alert.net




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