RUSSIA
Christian Journal Targets Thinkers

A Christian magazine is filling the Russian intellectual void left by 74 years of communism. Pilgrim is a joint effort between scholars in Russia and the Illinois-based Christian Bridge to examine issues from an evangelical perspective.

Mikhail Morgulis, president of Christian Bridge and U.S. editor of Pilgrim, says Russian intellectuals are good at talking about problems but lack practical solutions. “The idea of this journal is to influence intelligentsia with the ideas of Christian solutions to social problems so that they in turn can deliver these ideas to society.”

Pilgrim debuted in 1992 with a 100,000 circulation. Writings of J. I. Packer, Francis Schaeffer, and C. S. Lewis are included. Other Christian magazines in Russia “do not print serious Christian thinkers,” says Morgulis, a Ukrainian native.

ANGOLA
Missionaries Report Atrocities

Angolan government forces are engaged in systematic executions of civilians suspected of being opposition sympathizers, according to Protestant missionaries.

The Angolan government, which is controlled by the formerly communist Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola party, “is slaughtering innocent civilians” in rebel-held cities, says Preston Parrish, president of Awakenings, a Christian communications group.

The U.S. State Department also has “heard reports of a number of very terrible incidents,” and although it has not been able to confirm them, the department has “strongly voiced its concern.”

The National Union for the Total Independence of Angola rebels say that last month government warplanes attacked the rebelheld city of Huambo, leaving hundreds of civilians wounded. Missionaries also recently revealed details of the execution of several ...

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