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From Meaningful to Spiritual: how to bring Jesus into every conversation
January 29, 2019, 7pm-8:30pm, online via Zoom 
Facilitated by our East Asia Affinity Block Director

Have your been nervous about mentioning the fact that you’re a Christian when meeting someone new? Have you hesitated to bring God into the conversation with non-believers for fear of them rejecting you? Join us as we learn to fully live as disciples who naturally share how God is working in our lives. At Beyond, we’ve seen that when followers of Christ pursue this kind of lifestyle among those far from God, they often discover people who are spiritually hungry and willing to learn more about Jesus. We hope you’ll join us to discover ways that you can grow as a disciple who lives a contagious relationship with God.

New events


On January 7, Egypt’s Copts celebrate a sad Christmas – Economist
… “largest Christian community in the Arab world faces bombs, bullets and neglect” 
“Threatened with an end to Shariah divorce, Egypt’s imams work to save marriages” – RNS
… “skyrocketing divorce rate… 20% of Egyptians are divorced… astounding given that 40% are under 18…” 
… “drug addiction rate is 2x global levels… 10% of population… 9.6 million people”


Thousands of Nigerian refugees seek safety in Chad – Link
… new upsurge of violence in NE Nigeria has forced thousands out

Sex traffickers hold 20,000 Nigerian women and girls in Mali, agency says – Reuters 
… 200 locations with 100 to 150 girls each


Photos: Ethiopians celebrate the festival of Timket, or Epiphany – Link
… “commemorates baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan”

Significant responsiveness to broadcast audio from Jesus Film across Horn of Africa – TWR
… including 100s of responses from Somali broadcast


FEBC Kyrgyzstan prepares to launch a new station – Link

1930-33: Famine and unimaginable sorrow in Kazakhstan – Diplomat


The Taliban has failed to recapture Afghanistan after 17 years of war – Link
… “and this is why.” But on the other hand, the government has failed to stop them, either.

World’s bravest guide ignores ISIS to take tourists through Afghanistan – Link

India: Welcome to the world’s largest gathering of humans – Link 
… another piece on the Kumbh Mela

“I have lost my wallet and my brother”: reuniting at Kumbh Mela – Link 
… the opening photo of the crowd actually elicited a gasp from me

India’s not so free media – Diplomat 
… “once famed press is devolving into a propaganda apparatus” 
… “the term ‘anti-national’ now includes anyone who ‘breaks Hindu traditions’”

India’s plan to curb hate speech could mean more censorship – Wired


Modern China’s birth rate falls to the lowest ever – Link
… 10.94 per thousand, lowest since 1949 = 15.2 million new babies in 2018 
… India’s population, too, has reached ‘peak child’ – Link

World’s largest annual human migration underway again – Link 
… Spring Festival rush has begun: 3 billion trips as Chinese head home to families

Jewish tours of China – Link 
… presence of Judaism in China since the 600s


Indonesia: Former governor Ahok to be released Thursday – Straits Times

On March 24, Thailand will hold first general election since coup – Reuters

Raw Data / Resources / Collections

Open Source checklist of resources designed to improve online privacy and security – Link


Frontiers: “In a single generation”: Sheikh Idriss can impact 100,000 people – Link

Defining generations: where Millennials end and GenZ begins – Pew 
… Pew: Silent, 1928-45; Boomer, 46-64; Xer, 65-80, Millennials, 81-96; GenZ, ’97-12 and onward. 
… GenZ now age raged 7 to 22 and are the current “college” and short-term age for missions.

The rise of halal tourism – NYT 
… “Muslims now make up one of the fastest growing segments in the global travel industry”

“Could state-guided faith be a trend of the future?” – Economist

“How Hinduism has persisted for 4,000 years” – WSJ

Squeezed on all sides: ongoing Christian exodus from the Middle East – The Media Line 
… “subtler reasons also causing Christians to seek fresh start abroad”

Future, Tech

Online streaming revives Turkey’s TV industry – Link

Welcome to the age of surveillance capitalism – Guardian 
… “The goal is to automate us”

Is Big Tech merging with Big Brother? Kinda looks like it – Wired

The rise of the planetary labor market – New Statesman 
… “and what it means for the future of work” 
… “hundreds of workers in Central Africa now training next generation of autonomous vehicles”

Dropping price of data in India has led to explosion of mobile video – Link 
… “unprecedented    mobile-video binge… use Youtube like Google…”

Chinese courts are turning to AI to standardize judgments for similar cases – Link

WhatsApp restricts message-sharing to fight fake news – Link 
… “move followed a number of mob lynchings blamed on fake reports spread…”

Autonomous weapons and the new laws of war – Economist


“Suppose one reads a story of filthy atrocities in the paper. Then suppose that something turns up suggesting that the story might not be quite true, or not quite so bad as it was made out. Is one’s first feeling, ‘Thank God, even they aren’t quite so bad as that,’ or is it a feeling of disappointment, and even a determination to cling to the first story for the sheer pleasure of thinking your enemies are as bad as possible? If it is the second then it is, I am afraid, the first step in a process which, if followed to the end, will make us into devils.” ~C.S. Lewis (h/t Shane Bennett)

“To believe in God means to see that the facts of the world are not the end of the matter.” ~Ludwig Wittgenstein

“Ability can take you places, but character still determines who you are when you get there.” ~Ed Stetzer

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