|Zprávy HCJB 5.2.2004|
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| (Religion Today/Agape Press) Aktivista za práva rodiny a svého času i kandidát na funkci prezidenta USA řekl, že je stále nejisté, bude-li Afgánistán schopen sestavit vládu schopnou tolerovat nemuslimy. Minulý týden prezident Hamid Karzid oznámil podpis nové ústavy označující Afghánistán za „Islámskou republiku.“ Dokument uvádí, že „žádný zákon nesmí být v rozporu se svatým islámsklým náboženstvím.“ Gary Bauer z American Values nazývá Karzidovo oznámení „nejednoznačným.“ I když se zdá, že Karzidova vláda nebude v Afghánistánu tolerovat terorizmus a bude spolupracovat ve válce proti teroristům, stejnou nemuslimové jistotu mít nebudou. „Utrpení náboženských menšin v zemích jako Afghánistán a Irák by mohlo být - podle toho, jak se věci vyvíjejí - opravdu velmi tvrdé, leda bychom dokázali překlenout tuto představu o islámském zákonodárství,“ řekl Bauer. Karzai svým podpisem nové ústavy zvýšil obavy o zacházení s křesťany a Židy v Afghánistánu.
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| WORLD VISION BRINGS RELIEF TO FLOOD VICTIMS IN AFGHANISTAN
World Vision is reaching out to more than 1,000 families in Afghanistan that were displaced after severe flooding in the western province of Heart Jan. 15. The Afghan Red Crescent Society reported that flooding affected the Guzara district and parts of Herat city, the provincial capital. In addition to families losing their homes, thousands of acres of agricultural land have been destroyed. Assessment teams say there's a need for tents, food and clothing for the homeless families. The teams are investigating potential partnerships with local non-governmental organizations. "We're looking at cash-for-work programs to reconstruct damaged housing and providing essential items such as tents, stoves and warm blankets," said Graham Strong, World Vision's country director in Heart. World Vision has worked in Afghanistan since December 2001, directing relief and development programming across four western provinces. Workers have found that relief efforts often open up opportunity to share the gospel. (Mission Network News)
* HCJB World Radio is bringing words of hope and encouragement to people across Afghanistan via radio. Together with partners, Christian broadcasts go out via AM in four of the country's major languages, Dari, Hazaragi, Turkmen and Uzbek.
AFGHANISTAN'S NEW CONSTITUTION RAISES CONCERNS AMONG NON-MUSLIMS
A pro-family activist and former U.S. presidential candidate says the jury is still out whether Afghanistan will be able to establish a government that will be tolerant of non-Muslims. Last week Afghan President Hamid Karzid announced that he signed a new constitution that declared Afghanistan as an "Islamic republic." The document added that "no law can be contrary to the sacred religion of Islam." Gary Bauer of American Values calls Karzid's announcement a "mixed bag." While it appears the Karzid government will not tolerate terrorists in Afghanistan and will cooperate in the war on terrorism, that same measure of safety may not hold true for non-Muslims. "The suffering of religious minorities in countries like Afghanistan and Iraq, depending on how things go there, could be very bad indeed if we can't move beyond this idea that the governance of those countries will recognize Islamic law," Bauer said. Karzid's signing of the new constitution raises concerns about how Christians and Jews will be treated in Afghanistan. (Religion Today/Agape Press)
100 MIDDLE EAST PASTORS MEET IN JORDAN FOR HISTORIC GATHERING
More than 100 Christian pastors from 14 countries including Iraq, Syria and a dozen other Middle East countries recently met in Jordan for the first time to receive training and mutual encouragement. Ramesh Richard Evangelism and Church Helps (RREACH) International and Jordan Evangelical Theological Seminary co-hosted and sponsored the historic event -- a pastors' training conference held in Wadi Mousa, the city at the entrance to historic Petra. Nearly 100 pastors were selected from 14 countries to learn from leaders who are experienced in working with diverse groups. The main seminar presented a method of biblical preaching by RREACH President Dr. Ramesh Richard, a professor at Dallas Theological Seminary. "Frontline shepherds toil in the Middle East without seeing immediate, large, and measurable indices of ministry success," Richard said. "These peer-level heroes taught me how to wait for eternal returns on sacrificial investment under difficult conditions." Attendees came from Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Jordan, Sudan, Turkey, Lebanon, Tunisia, Kuwait, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Israel. Imad Shehadeh, founder and president of Jordan Evangelical Theological Seminary, said the conference confirmed that the "Arab world is on the verge of a spiritual breakthrough after centuries of darkness. As we partner with RREACH International and other caring organizations, we are privileged to continue to encourage and equip the existing pastors, as well as to train the future pastors of the Middle East, the cradle of the Christian faith." Less than 4 percent of the nearly 300 million people in the region profess to be Christians. (Assist News Service)
CHURCH IN DEM. REP. OF CONGO WEATHERS YEARS OF CIVIL WAR
Since last year's implementation of a series of peace accords designed to end a five-year civil war, relative peace has returned to the Democratic Republic of Congo. The fighting had forced the church underground where it has survived, says Sam Vinton of Grace Ministries International. "During this time, churches have continued to minister," he says. "Some of them, of course, were burned, and people driven out. They have begun a number of new churches, and of the 14 Bible schools that we had, 12 of them are functioning. In the past several years, more than 100 students have graduated from the schools." The situation appears to be safe enough to plan a national meeting of church leaders in Bukavu for the first time in six years. "Since the troubles began in August 1998, we have not been able to gather all our pastors and church leaders in one place, " Vinton said. (Mission Network News)
* HCJB World Radio works with local partners in the Democratic Republic of Congo to broadcast the gospel on FM stations in Boma, Bukavu and Kinshasa. Programs go out in English, French, Kikongo Fioti, Lingala, Luba and Swahili. Weekly programs in the Songe and Kikongo San Salvador languages also air from local FM stations in the country.
NEW TRAINING METHOD IN MEXICO REAPS POSITIVE RESULTS
A mission in Mexico is training future church leaders among the Huichol tribe. Previously known as the Bible School for Indigenous People, the Huichol Ministry has rethought its old centralized approach. Formerly, Christian trainees came to one location to study for three months, forcing them to leave their families and communities for extended periods of time. Under the new plan, committed men and women will engage in intensive three-day training sessions every two months. During the interim period, Huichol Ministry staff members will travel to remote villages and towns to conduct Bible classes. No longer will church leaders have to leave their farms untended and their families alone while they study. Thirteen students from Guadalupe Ocotan and Pochotitan are taking the training. The ministry hopes to rent a house for its three-day programs that can also double as a headquarters building. (Missions Insider)
CAMPAIGN URGES BELIEVERS TO REAFFIRM GOD'S DESIGN FOR MARRIAGE
Leaders of a campaign to protect traditional marriage are encouraging believers everywhere to set aside the day after Valentine's Day to recognize the "importance of building strong marriages and protecting marriage from redefinition." On Sunday, Feb. 15, the Covenant Marriage Movement is encouraging churches worldwide to corporately affirm and celebrate marriage as a covenant relationship. The movement comprises more than 60 ministries and organizations as well as 27,000 couples around the world who have designated the third Sunday of February as Covenant Marriage Sunday. "It is our goal to eventually have 50,000 congregations throughout the Judeo-Christian world affirming marriage as a covenant relationship during their morning worship service," said CMM executive Director Phil Waugh. Couples are encouraged to affirm their relationship as a covenant marriage by signing a "Couple's Commitment Card." Family Research Council President Tony Perkins added, "As the attempts to redefine and counterfeit the institution of marriage continue, I believe that we as the body of Christ need to strongly affirm God's intent for marriage." (Religion Today/Charisma News Service)
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