Roundup 2016-02-05

Current Events / Trendlines / Articles 
European refugee problem demands coherent EU policy. Link
… “unless Europe restores order, [all sorts of bad things could happen]…” 
Refugees: 10,000 refugee children missing, targeted for sex work, slavery. Link
Al Jazeera: The Christians of the Middle East. Long Read. Link
The real, unsexy reason why the Arab Spring failed. Link
… brittle dictatorships and weak state institutions … 
Muslim declaration on religious minorities: landmark declaration on tolerance. Link

Afghanistan: ISIS in Afghanistan (2015). 35-minute video. Link
Albania: possibly, the country of last resort for refugees. Link
China: grand new strategy for the Middle East: moving closer to feuds, oil. Link
China: est. 6 million travelers vacationing during CNY, 61% going overseas. Link
Chinese New Year: the largest annual human migration: 2.9 billion journeys. Video. Link
As many as 2 million Chinese tourists could be headed to Cambodia in 2016. Link
China: leader of govt-sanctioned megachurch held in secret detention. Link
… for opposing cross-removal campaign. In Hangzhou. 
China: new crackdown on churches (WSJ Op-ed, $). Link
Eritrea: the questions no one is asking. Human Rights, refugee outflows. Link
Iran: Washington Post journalist case reveals factions within Iran govt. Link
Iraq: thousands of Iraqis headed home from Europe, in reverse migration. Link
Iraq: the crumbling Mosul dam that could flood the country. Link
… hundreds of thousands could be killed/displaced. 
Libya: it had over 100,000 Christians before 2011, now only a few thousand. Link
Nepal: why it has one of the world’s fastest growing Christian populations. NPR. Link
Nepal: 20 years wasted. Link
North Korea: Christianity, access to the Bible grew to 7.6% last year. Link
North Korea: another perspective on potential fall (100+ page RAND study). Link
Saudi Arabia: struggling to adapt to plummeting oil price. NPR. Link
Syria: 95% of Aleppo’s doctors have fled / been detained / been killed. Link
… Syrian medicine once envy of the Middle East, but now… 
Syria: Assad has it his way. [the reversal of military fortune] Link
Taiwan: how the church there compares to the church in China. Doyle. Link
Tajikistan: forcibly shaves beards to “fight radicalization.” Link
Thailand: child angel dolls, a new superstitious trend. Link.

Studies / Charts / Graphs / Reports / Statistics / Resources 
Graphed: % of land devoted to agriculture in world’s major economies, 1960-2010. Link
Vietnam: nicely done 1-page overview from OMF: history, Christianity. Link
Missiographics collection of country-specific infographics. Link
Pew: 25% of Americans think 50% of the Muslims in the US are anti-American. Link.

Long Reads / Mission Industry News 
J. D. Payne: Apostolic Imagination: what few pastors have but we all need. Link
… “church life as we know it has come to be defined in pastoral terms.” 
… “I believe 25% is … the maximum amount … will be reached by pastoral approaches.” 
Keelan Cook: 3-prong program for how my church prepares missionaries. Link
… “finally, we will not send anyone as a missionary who is unwilling to be one here…” 
Flashback to 2011: Do missions destroy culture? Link
Deborah w/SIM: Why I’m not afraid to live in Niger. Link.

Pioneer Mission Startups / Startup Thinking / Work / Lifehacking 
The psychological price of entrepreneurship [startups]. Link
… applies to missional startups, too …

Missional thinking / Mission hacking / Tactics / Skills 
Movements are a buzzword but faithfulness is the more important factor. Link
Movements happen when pioneers keeping doing the right things day after day. Link
Honor & Shame societies: 9 keys to working with Muslims. Link
4 simple ways to start telling the Good News. Link
… living one’s faith out loud, practicing telling one’s story. 
Book: A field guide for everyday mission: 30 days, 101 ways to demonstrate the Gospel. Link
… I don’t think every Christian is a missionary, but any Christian can be one. 
… this looks a good guide for Christians who want to start practicing missionary skills here.

UPG Profiles 
H/T @hannahanderson for most of these
Chinese New Year travel, in photographs. Link
Refugees: A visual journey through Lesbos, gateway to Europe. Link
Djibouti: Welcome to the Horn. Video. Link
Dubai, photographed from above. Link
Mauritania: World Food Program, malnutrition, numerous photos. Link
North Korea: First Person: terrifying 5-year journey to escape NKorean famine. Link
North Africa’s Berbers: 27-slide photoessay. Link
Somalia’s displaced and disabled: the plight of the most vulnerable. Link
Syria: Drone footage captures view of Homs: “like apocalyptic video game.” Link
… “now almost completely empty of life” … 
Turkmenistan: a journalist’s look inside a secretive country. Link
Vietnam: The idyllic life along Tri An Lake. Link.

Futuristics / Tech 
Trying to hide from surveillance can make you stand out. (2nd graphic.) Link
Drone Rangers: occupation of the future. Link
Lists are the new Search: the role and value of curation. Link
Are paper books really disappearing? Link.

“I can give you a six-word formula for success: Think things through – then follow through.” – Edward Rickenbacker 

“Evey artist was first an amateur.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson 

“A life of reaction is a life of slavery, intellectually and spiritually. One must fight for a life of action, not reaction.” ~Rita Mae Brown 

“Unexplainable suffering is not meaningless suffering.” ~Tony Merida 

“All curation grows until it requires search. All search grows until it requires curation.” ~Benedict Evans 

“Talk doesn’t cook chicken.” Mali proverb.

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