GUATEMALA
Street Ministry Threatened

About one year ago, a 13-year-old boy was kicked to death by four uniformed, on-duty policemen in downtown Guatemala City. Outraged, Bruce Harris, director of Casa Allanza (Covenant House), a 10-year-old ministry to street children in Guatemala City, undertook his own investigation of the incident. Ultimately, the four officers were convicted and sentenced. “This is only the second time in the history of Guatemala where police have been jailed for human-rights abuses,” says Harris.

Since then, Casa Allanza, a branch of New York City’s Covenant House, has become involved in 39 court cases alleging mistreatment of street children by local police and military, 16 of which involve murder charges. As a result, the ministry itself has suffered harassment by local military police. In one instance, plainclothes officers allegedly abducted two workers who were offering first aid to street children. After action by the U.S. ambassador and Amnesty International, the workers were released unharmed. Harris says he has received death threats.

ISRAEL
Christian Embassy Honored

The International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem has been awarded the Knesset Speaker’s Award, the first time a Christian institution in Israel has received the prestigious civic prize. The award, presented for the promotion of good will in Israel, was opposed by Orthodox Jewish activists, who accused the embassy of being a missionary front, the Religious News Service reported.

Embassy director Johann Luckoff said the organization would use the $7,500 prize money to help charter planes to transport Soviet Jews to Israel.

ANGOLA
Churches Cheer Cease-Fire

Church leaders in Angola welcomed the signing of an agreement to end 16 years of fighting ...

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