Central Asia is a hard place to be a church

(Image courtesy of Slavic Gospel Association) Central Asia (MNN) — Violence against churches in Ukraine and Russia continue to grow, and legal reigns are tightening. The effects are wide-reaching. Governments in Central Asian countries are feeling more free to do the same in their own countries. Slavic Gospel Association recently received word from a contact …

Egypt: damaged churches begin to re-open

(Photo courtesy Flickr/CC/nassernasser) Egypt (World Watch Monitor) — A year after a wave of anti-Christian violence left 64 Egyptian churches in ruin or disrepair, 10 have re-opened, says the Coptic bishop overseeing church restoration. MCN reports that Bishop Morcos of Shubra Al Khaimah said “the army in cooperation with some concerned companies” has restored the …

Greece: then and now

(Photo CosmoVision Center courtesy AMG International) Greece (MNN) — A recent photo-essay showed a sad reality in Greece: a decade after it was built to host the 2004 Olympic Games, the Athens site is in ruins. Despite a weak economy, the country met an ambitious construction plan for new facilities to meet the demands of …

TIMO Quest Internships help define calling

(Image courtesy of Africa Inland Mission) Africa (MNN) — Have you ever wondered if God has called you to missions? Sometimes it’s hard to tell, but the fact that you’ve spent time wondering might be a calling itself. Africa Inland Mission offers several month-long internships every year. They work not only as a time for …