|Zprávy HCJB 25.4.2007|
|Misionáři v Burundi bojují s následky občanské války a přírodních katastrof.|
|Domorodí misionáři Men in the Cross Ministries v Burundi se snaží pomoci lidem zasaženým chudobou, přírodními katastrofami a občanskou válkou mezi většinovými Hutu a menšinovými Tutsi. Burundi, jedna z nejchudších zemí světa byla nedávno zpustošena třemi lety sucha a pak ničivými záplavami, které smetly 76 000 domů. Střechy řady kostelů postavených MCM byly poškozeny vichřicí. Byly zničeny tisíce akrů plodin, takže lidé museli opustit své domovy a hledat jídlo jinde. Školy byly zavřeny. Mnoho dětí se během zmatků ztratilo svým rodičům. Zatímco vláda čeká na pomoc ze zahraničí, MCM dělá co může, aby pomohla. Manželka ředitele misie Denisa poskytuje přístřeší a stravu 20 ženám a 52 dětem, které našla na ulici. Některé z žen byly znásilněny a oplodněny členy nepřátelských kmenů. Denisa umožnila 35 dětem návrat do školy a ženám pomáhá začít s prodejem potravin na trzích, aby získaly nějaké peníze. Zdroj: Christian Aid|
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| * TORNADO RIPS APART TEXAS-MEXICO BORDER TOWNS, KILLING 10
Sources: USAToday, Associated Press, HCJB Global
At least 10 people were killed while another 150 were injured in Eagle Pass, Texas, the night of Tuesday, April 24, as powerful tornados ripped through the city and across the border in Piedras Negras, Mexico. Hundreds of buildings were leveled, including an elementary school, a church, private homes and small businesses.
Five of the 10 people killed by the tornado were from the same family in Texas. They were found huddled together in a mobile home that was slammed into a school building. Several mobile homes remain missing.
Across the Rio Grande River in Piedras Negras tornadoes killed at least three people and injured 87 others while damaging more than 300 homes. About 1,000 people sought refuge in shelters. Approximately 150 rescue workers, including Border Patrol and National Guardsmen, resumed searching for Eagle Pass survivors this morning, marking searched homes with a spray-painted “X” to show where they had searched.
A pair of Christian FM stations in Eagle Pass operated by the World Radio Network (WRN), a cooperating ministry of HCJB Global Voice, came through the storm unscathed.
English-language KEPI and Spanish-language KEPX were both undamaged, although a lightning strike in the area temporarily knocked the Spanish station off the air, said retired HCJB Global missionary Ben Cummings who formerly directed the WRN. Telephones at KEPX are also not functioning until the system could be repaired. The WRN has 23 outlets, most of them Spanish-language stations and repeaters along the U.S.-Mexico border. WRN’s satellite system, Radio Cadena Manantial, also distributes 24houraday transmissions in Spanish to more than 10 affiliate stations across the U.S.
MISSIONARIES IN BURUNDI BATTLE CIVIL WAR, NATURAL DISASTERS
Source: Christian Aid
Native missionaries with Men of the Cross Ministries (MCM) in Burundi are struggling to help those affected by poverty, natural disasters and civil war between the Hutu population and Tutsi minority. One of the poorest countries in the world, Burundi was recently ravaged by three years of drought, followed by severe flooding that destroyed 76,000 houses. The roofs of several churches planted by MCM were also destroyed by the rough winds. Thousands of acres of crops were destroyed, causing people to flee from their land in search of food. Schools were closed. Many children were separated from their parents in the turmoil. While the government waits for foreign aid, MCM is doing what it can to help. The ministry leader’s wife, Denise, has provided food and shelter to 20 women, along with a total of 52 children who were begging on the street. Some of them were raped and impregnated by the feuding members of other ethnic groups. Denise made it possible for 35 of the children to return to school, and is providing the women with an income-generating project of selling vegetables in the markets.
* Staff members from the HCJB Global Technology Center in Elkhart, Ind., worked with local partners to install a Christian FM radio station in Bujumbura, Burundi, in 1999.
FAMILY HONEY BEE PROJECTS SWEETEN CHURCHES IN MOLDOVA
Source: Mission Network News
FARMS International has found success with a honey bee project among its churches in Moldova. Since honey is a rare and valuable commodity in Moldova, families are often able to pay off the small start-up loans after the second round of honey production, helping families quadruple their income. A key component of the ministry’s outreach is teaching on stewardship and tithing. “[Participants in] the honey projects are actually required through the contract they signed with the FARMS committee in Moldova to begin tithing 10 percent of that honey project back to the church,” said Nathan McLaughlin of FARMS. “The tithing helps support their pastor, support the building and support missionaries so that they’re able to go out and share the gospel. We now have churches that did not exist two years ago that are growing in attendance and influence in each of their villages. Without the opportunity and training provided by FARMS, we wouldn’t be where we are today.”
UPDATE: TRIAL SET FOR JAILED VIETNAMESE HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS
Source: Compass Direct News
Christian Vietnamese attorneys and human rights activists Nguyen Van Dai and Le thi Cong Nhan are scheduled to be tried Friday, May 11, in a case that appears to have fallen short of even Vietnam’s limited requirements for due process. As of Friday, April 20, six weeks after Dai’s arrest, authorities had not provided his wife, Khanh, with any legal papers as required by law. Khanh has repeatedly been denied legally required papers or access to her husband despite being told she could visit once the investigation was complete. Khanh has written several letters to Vietnam’s prime minister and other high officials asking permission to visit her husband. She hopes to bring her husband a Bible and medication for a liver ailment. However, she has received no acknowledgements of her pleas. The stakes in the trial have been raised as the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Relations Committee is proposing a resolution calling on Vietnam to release Dai and his colleague, Nhan, as well as Father Nguyen Van Ly who was sentenced to eight years in prison on March 29 for similar charges.
WORLD OUTREACH CELEBRATES 75 YEARS, LOOKS TO LEAST REACHED
Source: Assist News Service
Celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, New Zealand-based World Outreach is now working on five continents. International Director John Elliot is excited at the possibility of making the gospel available to every unreached people group in the world within 20 to 30 years. “Just this year we have heard that the number of least-reached people groups is down to 6,100, so great inroads have been made in the past 12 years,” he said. While World Outreach has a long history as a pioneering mission, Elliot says the organization is almost reinventing itself. “Our primary focus is to reach the least-reached people groups. We are involved in a number of countries where Christianity is established but still has a long way to go to get the percentage ratio up to something approaching respectable numbers. But we also want to keep pioneering into areas where the gospel still needs to go.” Elliot says new strategies are being developed to reach these groups. “We know the white-skinned guy is not going to be the one to do it in most cases,” he added. “I believe God has some unusual ways in which we are going to finish this race he’s put us to.”
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