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Lebanon Prayer: Water Worries

God, No money, no medicine. Less food on the shelves. And now we are told that the water won’t flow? Maybe the oil will come from Iraq. If not, then the hospitals’ power is cut. Delta is coming. Vaccine rates stay low. And a thousand-plus doctors have traveled abroad. Will there be hope in a […]

Christian and Muslim Leaders Agree on Legitimacy of Evangelism

The world’s largest Muslim organization accepts that Christians will try to convert its members. A new partnership with evangelicals seeks to ensure this does not lead to conflict. Last week, the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) signed a statement of cooperation with Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), an Indonesian association with an estimated 30 million to 50 million […]

Summit Produces a ‘Pentecost’ Moment for International Religious Freedom

One word floated forebodingly between parentheses throughout promotional material for the 2021 International Religious Freedom (IRF) Summit: Invited. Following the names of Nancy Pelosi, Antony Blinken, and Samantha Power, it indicated uncertainty if the key Democratic stalwarts would participate. As the approximately 1,200 registered attendees arrived, the distributed official program still did not include the […]

Lebanon Prayer: Starting Over, Again

God, Nine months of effort, and near the beginning Everyone feared they would not find accord. A lineup submitted, rejected, then insults, Followed by go-betweens trying to help. The cycle repeated with president steadfast, As prime minister-designate traveled abroad. Meanwhile we all waited for some resolution To regional issues and nuclear deals. Maybe its coming, […]

Will Central Asia Become ‘Stans’ for Religious Freedom?

Now two of “the five ’Stans” are becoming bigger fans of—or, as Gen Z would say, “stanning” for—religious freedom. “In Kazakhstan, all denominations can freely follow their religion,” said Yerzhan Nukezhanov, chairman of the committee for religious affairs, “and we will continue to create all necessary conditions for religious freedom.” Speaking at the 2021 International […]

Lebanon Prayer: Days Away

God, Who needs to hear the message, and is it even true? The appeal was a warning: Do not risk our collapse. So said the prime minister asking for aid. The social explosion is just ‘days away.’ Do not hold us hostage to hopes for reform. Our people are hungry—so why won’t you help? We […]


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