Zprávy HCJB 30.3.2007

 Proces vstupu do EU pomáhá křesťanskému vysílání v Albánii.
   Evropská Unie slaví padesát let od svého vzniku a země bývalé Jugoslávie a také Albánie se připravují na vstup do EU. Proces přijímání nových členů se řídí přísnými pravidly a bývá spojen s otevíráním hranic a rušením náboženských zábran. Lee DeYoung z Words of Hopes říká, že to je také neobyčejná příležitost pro křesťanské vysílání. „Albánie je jedinou skutečně muslimskou zemí v Evropě. Rostou mešity, ale také jsou zakládány křesťanské sbory, křesťanské vysílání na místní stanicích je běžné a nese své plody.“ Programy Words of Hope Romani (Slova Naděje v Romštině) se v Albánii prostřednictvím vysílače Trans World Radio vysílají skoro deset let. DeYoung věří, že tato misie pro Romy, kteří jsou často na okraji společnosti je stejně významná, jako dokončení překladu Písma pro toto dosud nezasažené etnikum. Říká, že Romové „slyší, že Bůh je miluje a Ježíš pro ně zemřel a je to pro ně burcující dobrá novina.“ Reakce je tak kladná, že se rozšiřuje vysílací schéma. DeYoung dodává: „Jsme vděčni za možnost vysílat v místních stanicích a provozovat veškerou aktivitu v zemi, která byla dříve zcela uzavřená.“ Zdroj: Mission Network News
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Source: Mission Network News
As the European Union (EU) celebrates its 50th anniversary, most nations in the former Yugoslavia as well as Albania are preparing to join the organization. The membership process is becoming extremely selective, often opening borders and slackening religious laws. Lee DeYoung from Words of Hopes says this process has also created an unusual opportunity for Christian radio. “[Albania] is the only nominally Islamic country in Europe. Mosques are springing up, but so are congregations being planted and radio broadcasts on local stations are free to be heard, and they are reaping a harvest.” Words of Hope's Romani programs have been airing from Trans World Radio's transmitter in Albania for nearly a decade. DeYoung believes having a ministry for the Romani, who are often societal outcasts, is as significant as finishing a new Scripture translation for an unreached group. He says that when the Romani “hear that God really loves them, and Jesus Christ died for them, it comes as shocking good news.” The response has been so positive they’ve added another radio station and more programming. DeYoung adds, “We’re grateful for the opportunity to broadcast inside the country from stations there and to fully establish all operations for production and follow-up inside that formerly closed country.”

* Christian broadcasts in Romani, a Gypsy language spoken by about 1.3 million people in Europe, air on HCJB Global Voice’s partner FM station in Sibiu, Romania. The station is part of the Radio Voice of the Gospel network, a cooperative effort with the Evangelical Alliance of Romania and the Romanian Missionary Society. The network has stations in six Romanian cities and a broadcasting license to begin a station in an additional city.


Source: Compass Direct News
Two days after the killing of a Christian teacher in the town of Gombe in northern Nigeria, Muslim extremists set fire to a church building of the Evangelical Church of West Africa (ECWA) in the Chanchanya section. Rev. Rukun Gaius, 50, chairman of ECWA’s Gombe district, said a large number of Muslim extremists entered the church at about 11 p.m. Friday, March 23, and set it on fire, gutting the sanctuary. “People around the area and some of our members who saw the church burning [on fire] rushed there to put it out, but by then much damage had already been done to the building,” he said. Gaius, who is also vice chairman of the Gombe state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), said security reports to CAN show that Muslim extremists have marked out 15 more churches to be burned down. Christianah Oluwatoyin Oluwasesin, a teacher at the Government Secondary School of Gandu in Gombe, was clubbed to death by Muslim students and outside extremists on March 21 after a student accused her of desecrating the Koran by touching a copy.


Sources: Christian Aid Mission, Religion Today
A Nigerian indigenous ministry assisted by Christian Aid Mission is preparing to launch an outreach in northern Nigeria. Kano, the largest city in northern Nigeria, is a predominantly Muslim city where Christians are looked upon as outsiders. In 2004 Muslims attacked and killed 200 Christian residents. According to the ministry leader, “ministering there is like offering yourself for a sacrifice.” He asks for the prayers and financial support of overseas believers to help his missionary team set up a headquarters and personal residence as well as transportation in the form of two motorcycles. The ministry will also be focused on sharing the gospel with the Fulani, the largest nomadic tribe in the world.

* HCJB Global Voice, together with partners In Touch Ministries, SIM and the Evangelical Church of West Africa, began airing weekly half-hour programs to Nigeria in the Igbo language in 2000. In 2003 weekly broadcasts were added in two additional languages, Yoruba and Hausa. HCJB Global Voice also has helped with radio ministries in six cities with more in the planning stages.


Source: Compass Direct News
The murder of two Christian women in their Kirkuk, Iraq, home this week highlights growing insecurity facing Christians, often targeted for money in the war-torn country. Kirkuk Archbishop Louis Sako said that thieves repeatedly stabbed and strangled Christians Fadhila Naoum, 85, and Margaret Naoum, 79, after breaking into their home at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 26. Though a police official told Associated Press that he had ruled out the possibility of attempted robbery, Sako said he believed the murders were motivated only by theft. “It was a pure robbery [attempt],” he said. “[The robbers] were looking for money and gold. I was at the house half an hour after the murder, and it was completely in disorder.” Sako commented that “chaos” in Iraq, not religious violence, was behind the killings. Clergy in Baghdad reported that five of seven church leaders kidnapped in Iraq last year were likely targeted solely for money. Regardless, the brutality of the murders and the lack of evidence of theft have led some to believe that the crime may have had religious overtones.


Source: Assist News Service
Compassion services teams from Gospel for Asia (GFA) are onsite in northeastern India’s Bihar state, assisting 40 families that lost their homes to fire. The fire, which was reported as accidental, swept through the homes Sunday, March 25. The families lost everything they had, including their livestock. At least 10 of the homes belonged to Christians affiliated with the local GFA-related Believers Church. One of the homes destroyed in the blaze was being used as a place to meet for worship since the small congregation does not yet have its own church building. All members of the 40 affected families are already receiving food and other necessary household items and future needs are being assessed. GFA missionaries are asking for prayer for the families devastated by these fires as well as for the missionary who was leading the home-based church.

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