World Scene: November 19, 1990

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KUWAIT
Church Meets And Ministers

In spite of Iraq’s occupation of Kuwait, members of the National Evangelical Church in Kuwait City are holding worship services and offering aid to the needy, according to reports from refugees who have fled the country. Earlier reports indicated the church had been turned into an Iraqi military compound. But a recent Baptist Press story said lay leaders of the church are conducting services, which have been attended by some Iraqi soldiers. The church began distributing food in September, despite high costs.

National Church pastor Jerry Zanstra and his family were in the United States when Iraq invaded Kuwait. Before the invasion, about 10,000 people attended services, which were held in several languages. News Network International also reported that a small group of Egyptian Christians from the church chose to remain in Kuwait to minister within the stranded expatriate community and to Kuwaitis.

ZIMBABWE
Council Opposes President

The Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC) has spoken out in favor of a multiparty political system, in opposition to President Robert Mugabe’s calls for a one-party state. The ZCC issued a statement at its annual general meeting, stating that “it has been proved beyond doubt in Africa especially that a one-party state leads to the oppression of the dissenting citizen, depriving him of his freedom of speech, thought and association, and thus the suppression of democracy.” The council went on to say in its statement that a one-party state “will bring disunity because those who will not agree with the party’s ideology and policies will be marginalized and alienated.”

Mugabe had said earlier that a multiparty system is inspired by the West and inappropriate to Zimbabwe, which ...

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