Tensions Affect Projects

Rising anti-American tensions in the Philippines prompted changes in several U.S.-based missions projects scheduled for last summer. About 500 American staff and student delegates bound for NewLife 2000: Manila, a multifacted evangelistic campaign sponsored by Campus Crusade for Christ, were redirected to projects in other Asian countries. Campus Crusade officials said they had monitored the situation closely and gave each delegate the option of staying, relocating, or returning home. More than 300 chose to remain in Manila.

Nearly 5,000 delegates from 100 other countries continued the three-month campaign. For the most part, the project continued on schedule, with the cancellation of only a few American-run events.

The tensions caused the cancellation of a 10-week service tour by about 40 Southern Baptist college students. Youth With A Mission also reassigned student volunteers.

At the same time, the devastating July 16 earthquake that shook areas north of Manila captured the country’s attention. The quake destroyed the Catholic-run Christian College of the Philippines, trapping 250 teachers and students and killing 30 children. Relief agencies responded with food and supplies. NewLife 2000 delegates also donated hundreds of pints of blood.

Fundamentalists Win Votes

Islamic fundamentalists have won ballot-box victories in several recent elections in Arab nations. Though observers disagree over the real impact of the votes, the results do highlight the growing influence of religiously motivated politics in largely secular Arab societies.

In Algeria’s first free elections in 28 years, the Islamic Salvation Front—which advocates turning the country into an Islamic republic—defeated the secular ...

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