Current Events / Trendlines / Articles
Algeria: after the Arab Spring–the good times could be over. Link.
Europe: the stunning acceleration of Europe’s migrant crisis, in one chart. Link.
Cambodia: Transformation: one country’s progress on child sex trafficking. Link.
Central African Republic: a forgotten crisis. UNHCR video. Link.
China: students, even those abroad, need more ‘patriotic education.’ Link.
China: 30,000 North Korean children are living in limbo in China. Link.
China: Chinese students are flooding U.S. Christian high schools. Link.
Iran: Gershad.com, new app w/info on locations of morality police patrols. Link.
Libya: the next front against the Islamic State, whose influence is spreading. Link.
Turkey: the consequences of not talking to neighbors. Link.
USA: Why Brooklyn Park, MN is the new face of suburbia (demographic trends, poverty). Link.
USA: Swiping leads to spike in online dating for young adults. Link.
… will impact how young people in the church find others …
The January nuclear test and last week’s long range ballistic missile launch have severe consequences.
North Korea has restarted a plutonium reactor. Link.
The US is consulting with Korea about deploying a THAAD missile defense system.
… China has opposed this in the past, but the current situation seems to require new measures.
South Korea has closed the Kaesong Industrial Complex where North Koreans worked. Link.
… A first, will deny hard currency to the North, represents serious and significant pressure
This is a period of severe tension, and North Korean leaders may respond aggressively
There is a much higher chance of accidents, provocations, and threats
N Korea: Generals could turn against Kim Jong Un. Link.
… as he makes a habit of killing off his most senior military leaders. …
N Korea: North Korea’s next Dare: what is coming, what to do about it. Link.
470,000 dead (11% of population), 1.9 mln wounded, dropping life expectancy. Link.
… and 45% of the population displaced …
Russia: 3 scenarios: successful peace agreement, Syrian military victory, or regional war. Link.
Aleppo: “There is no hope”: residents say world has abandoned them. Link.
14 hard truths. Link.
Drone footage captures the full, horrific extent of Syria’s destruction. Link.
Lost Generation: 79% of Syrian children have death in the family, 60% witnessed violence. Link.
“The death of the most generous nation on Earth”: Sweden, taking in too many? Link.
Some examples of things that churches can do, contributed by Facebook friends:
(These are examples. More examples can be contributed at Facebook
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Baby showers, transportation, help completing forms, English classes, citizenship, technology, driving
Toronto has a list of local groups helping refugees; maybe other cities do too. Link.
AURA is a Canadian charity helping sponsor, resettle refugees. Link.
Matthew House is a community of homes welcoming and assisting refugees in Canada. Link.
JesusForEurope.net – DVDs of the JESUS Film for distribution among immigrants. Link.
Heart For Lebanon – working with refugee families in Lebanon. Link.
Fellowship Missionary Ch (Ft. Wayne, IN) Christmas offering for Syrian refugees. Video. Link.
Baptist Global Relief providing relief in refugee camps in Greece. Link.
Christian Peacemaker Teams in Europe. Link.
Samaritan’s Purse teams meeting refugees arriving in Lesbos, Greece. Video. Link.
Charities – UNHCR. CharityWatch Recommended List
Studies / Charts / Graphs / Reports / Statistics / Resources
Biggest missionary receivers: US #1, Brazil, Russia, DRCongo. Link.
Hunger Map 2015: 795 million people in the world go to bed hungry every night. Link.
Yeshu Bhakti: challenge Hindu friends to pray only to Jesus for 10 days. Link.
New Scientist: Belief in a moralistic god makes you more likely to help distant strangers. Link.
Algeria: a call to prayer (and profile). Link.
City prayer guides for Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, London, Shanghai. Link.
US intelligence chief on 2016’s biggest global threats. Link.
Free Download from Upstream: The Sending Process (vetting candidates). Link.
Long Reads / Mission Industry News
Joey Shaw. 5 common myths about the Great Commission. Link.
Jeff Fountain. How to pray for local governments. Link.
Daniel Im: embracing bivocationalism as a missiological strategy. Link.
Missional thinking / Mission hacking / Tactics / Skills
Introverts for Jesus: surviving the extrovert mission field. Link.
… introverts have unique talents of going deep with individuals: discipling…
Testimony from the Pew: how regular people can minister to internationals. Link.
Crossing Cultures with Ruth: lessons on thriving in mission. Nelson & Wade. Link.
Mobilizing smaller churches: a case study. Link.
Pioneer Mission Startups / Startup Thinking / Work / Lifehacking
How each MBTI type reacts to stress (and how to help). Link.
Istanbul: combo of religion, culture and practicality gives cats prime status. Link.
Kuchi nomads: struggling & stateless in war-torn lands. RFE Video. Link.
City of Thorns: nine lives in the world’s largest refugee camp. Link.
Life inside an Afghan psychiatric hospital, in pictures. Link.
The changing face of Saudi women. Link.
Surrounded by diamonds, villagers go hungry in drought-hit Zimbabwe. Link.
Futuristics / Tech
Google’s self-driving car software considered a driver by NHTSA. Link.
Over 800 million people use Facebook Messenger each month. Link.
Whatsapp: 1 billion monthly active users, 42bln messages/daily. Link.
“Surely what a man does when he is taken off his guard is the best evidence for what sort of man he is.” ~CS Lewis
“Every step in the progress of the Great Commission is directly traceable to prayer.” ~A. T. Pierson
“I am not yet reaping; I am not yet sowing; I can hardly be said to be plowing, but I am gathering the stones from the field.” ~Robert Bruce, missionary to Persia in 1869 (one of today’s fastest growing churches)
The ‘persecution’ narrative doesn’t do justice to the intricate and multi-faceted reality of most Christians in China today. ~@BrentSFulton
“Beware of the barrenness of a busy life.” ~George MacDonald
“The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.” ~Eric Hoffer
“If your vision doesn’t solve a problem, it will die on arrival.” ~Will Mancini
If you say: I believed in God, I trusted God, and He didn’t come through-You only trusted God to meet your agenda. ~Timothy Keller
“Most people want to serve God, but only in an advisory capacity.” ~Adrian Rogers
The secret to success is doing the stuff other people won’t do & doing it for a really long time. ~John Jantsch