Resources needed for refugees

Evangelicals in the Canary Islands called for the Spanish government to do more to help refugees from West Africa as local nonprofits are overwhelmed. The Canaries received more than 19,000 refugees in 2020, an 800 percent increase from the year before. Thousands have been detained in open-air docks waiting for officials who don’t come to process their claims. Misión Cristiana Moderna, which has spent more than $120,000 helping arrivals quarantine, said the government needs to build emergency reception and referral centers. Instead, officials are negotiating with African governments to use their militaries to stop the refugee boats.

Foreign aid wins ‘thank you’ from church leaders

Prime Minister Scott Morrison received a thank-you letter signed by the heads of a dozen Australian church groups, including Baptist Ministries, the Churches of Christ, and the Salvation Army. The leaders said they appreciated Morrison’s support for financial aid packages to help Australia’s regional neighbors deal with the coronavirus pandemic. The money exemplifies “the best of who we are as a nation” and demonstrates Australia’s commitment to care for its neighbors, the letter said. Morrison is the first evangelical prime minister of Australia and has been public about his faith, earning both sharp opposition and occasional praise.

New Christian talk show goes on air

The first Christian television production team in Tunisia launched a talk show at the start of 2021. Standard Talk will cover a range of Christian topics, from how to know God to biblical guidance for family life. It will join the Arabic-language lineup of programs beamed throughout North Africa and ...

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