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Support Personnel Needed! Estate Planners, Video, Web, Graphic Design, Writers, Teachers, and More

Effective armies have both soldiers on the front lines and soldiers on the supplies lines. The ratio of support and supply personnel to combat soldiers is often called the “tooth-to-tail ratio”. Usually, the amount of supporting roles is much higher than the number of combatants. But each must do their role for the army to be effective. The same is true in the Lord’s army. There is something for all to do. If we are going to carry the gospel to the ends of the earth, we not only need people on “front lines” taking the gospel to those who...
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Latin America News: Urbi et Orbi

Written by Stephen Carrier An ever-changing religion must shift to accommodate the demands of an ever-changing world. Such is the case with the Roman Catholic Church in the era of COVID-19. In what is certainly an unprecedented time in recent history, many Catholics are finding themselves stuck at home, unable to confess their sins to a priest. The pope declared in a March 20th mass conducted online, “[M]any people today would tell me, ‘Father, where can I find a priest, a confessor, because I can’t leave the house? And I want to make peace with the Lord, I want him...
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Vision For China Team Newsletter – March

Meet A Vision For China Missionary The Till Family Austin and Anny Grace Till along with their son Abraham are church planting missionaries to China. They are cur- rently raising their support and hope to get to China sometime this summer. Austin Till Testimony When I was 12 years old, I put my faith in Jesus Christand He saved me and changed my life! A few years later Ifelt His call upon my life to full-time service to Him, goingoverseas preaching the good news of His death on thecross for sinners. It was while I was in pursuit of this...
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Asia News: China’s Economy Slumping in Wake of Coronavirus.

China has been reporting less and less new cases of the novel coronavirus. Many people in China are confident that the worst is past and that things will get back to normal soon. The economy however is suffering. According to an article by thepochtimes factory activity actually expanded in March, but the economy is still not stabilizing. This is not surprising considering all of the quarantine measures put in place to control the virus. It might be months or even years before the Chinese economy gets back to where it was before the virus. People in China have had a...
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Social Distancing Working in the UK

There is new evidence that social-distancing is helping with the Coronavirus in the United Kingdom. Last week, the UK began a lockdown with people only being allowed to leave the house for the “minimum necessities and daily exercise.” The result has been a leveling out of new cases being discovered, which officials are hoping will soon turn to lowering cases overall. As well, this has taken added pressure off of the overtaxed NHS hospitals.  This is fantastic news that I’m hoping we’ll see all over the world soon. Let’s remember, though, who it is that takes care of us. Let’s...
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Latin America News: “Now is the time for all of you who love souls”

Latin America is in a uniquely vulnerable position in its fight against COVID-19. Overall regional economic growth in the last year was less than 1%. Violent protests, social upheaval, and calls for reform characterized 2019 for Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Chile. The region has also grappled with the 4.6 million Venezuelans that have fled their home country. And many Latin Americans survive on a day-to-day basis in densely populated areas with poor sanitation. It’s easy to see that Latin America is facing the coronavirus pandemic in an already precarious state. To cope with COVID-19, many Latin American countries have...
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Latin America News: COVID-19 in Mexico and Ecuador

In the last two weeks, coronavirus cases in Mexico dramatically rose from 26 cases on March 13 to 848 confirmed cases, 2623 suspicious cases, and 16 deaths on March 28. Health officials begged the public to stay indoors for at least one month to slow the spread and not overwhelm the ill-equipped Mexican health care system. On Friday, March 27, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador finally halted public gatherings and asked people to stay home. This occurred after the President had just recently hugged crowds, kissed babies, encouraged people to go out, and held up two amulets he dubbed...
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Asia News: Police beating people in India to enforce coronavirus curfew

According to an article by breitbart.com, police in India have been seen beating people with sticks to enforce the coronavirus quarantine in effect across India. India is in the middle of a 21-day national lockdown to try to curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Much of India’s population live in slums and in poverty stricken areas. This 21-day national lockdown is causing many people in these areas to suffer from not having sufficient food or basic necessities. It is really hard on millions of people in India, and when they do go out they risk being punished by the...
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10,000 People in Italy Have Died from the Coronavirus!

Yesterday, the death toll in Italy from the coronavirus reached 10,023 people, an increase of almost 10% in one day! (source) Please pray for the country of Italy. The country has over 60 million people and only 16 missionaries that claim to have Baptistic beliefs according to North American Mission Handbook. The population grew about 2.5 million people since 2003, but the missionary force has declined from 67 in 1995 and 57 in 2003 to now only 16 in 2019!
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In Spain, ‘Youths’ Attack Ambulances Moving Elderly Coronavirus Patients

A convoy of ambulances was moving elderly coronavirus patients in the town of La Línea de la Concepción, which borders the British territory of Gibraltar, when they came under attack. (source) Several were arrested, and it is thought the incident had to do with gangs being frustrated by the coronavirus lockdown restrictions. There have been almost 80,000 cases of Coronavirus in Spain with nearly 7000 deaths! Please pray for labourers to reach the 47 million people of Spain. The North American Mission Handbook states that there are only 52 missionaries in the countries that claim to be Baptistic in doctrine....
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Asia News: China Temporarily Bans Foreigners from Entering China

The China Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that China will be temporarily closing it’s borders to foreigners effective at midnight March 28th. A few rare people with diplomatic or other specific special visas are allowed to enter, but all foreigners with regular work, student, and tourist visas are prohibited from entering . Now that the COVID-19 coronavirus has spread throughout the world, China is trying to keep people with the virus from entering and infecting people in mainland China. China itself is claiming that the majority of new cases they are reporting each day (Currently usually less than 100) are...
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China continues to persecute Christians during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Foxnews is reporting that even during the coronavirus lockdown that government officials are using the opportunity to demolish churches and forbid online preaching. In the Jiangsu province the government demolished the Xiangbaishu Church in Yixing city according to Bob Fu, the founder of China Aid. Elsewhere, the Christian Post reported another church being damaged. The Chinese Christian Fellowhship of Righteousness shared a video of their red cross being removed from the church of about 40 in Guyana County, Anhui Province on March 13th. In the Shandong Province, officials are posting instructions on shutting down all unregistered churches. Specifically their announcement...
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UK Prime Minister Test Positive for Coronavirus

On March 27, 2020 Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, tested positive for the Coronavirus. He has mild symptoms but, as an example, he is self-isolating and working from home to lead the British people. He is the first major world leader to test positive for the virus. As the global cases of COVID-19 pass 500,000 and a world leader tests positive, we maybe inclined to give in to panic and fear. If God’s people are given to that, can you imagine how lost people are feeling? The only hope that they have is right here, right now,...
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Free items from Vision for China Team

Vision for China (VFC) is offering their ebook for FREE from Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 12:00 AM PDT to Sunday, March 29, 2020, 11:59 PM PDT. eBook: A Thousands Lives (English) reduced price from $3.95 to $0.00eBook: A Thousands Lives (Spanish) reduced price from $3.95 to $0.00 VFC is also offering a $4.00 discount on our paperback book: Paperback: A Thousands Lives (English) reduced price from $7.95 to $3.95Paperback: A Thousands Lives (Spanish) reduced price from $7.95 to $3.95 Documentary If you already have Amazon Prime, you can watch our documentary for free.  “A Vision For His Harvest: China” On Amazon Prime Otherwise, they...
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Pastor in India is seeing increased persecution

Verbal and physical attacks are becoming more common, especially in the Northeast province of Uttar Pradesh. ChristianPost.com is reporting that religious freedom is deteriorating. Pastor Ramesh Kumar, a church planter, is seeing almost daily persecution from slight verbal harassment to physical violence. Despite these attacks, he reports, “God has been very faithful.” He will not stop witnessing and will continue to serve Jesus. Crimes against Christians in India has increased 60 percent in the last four years according to Persecution Relief. Uttar Pradesh is the most populous state in India at 200 million. There are 350,000 Christians living in the...
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Asia News: Police Beat Christians in India

According to an article by the Christian Post, a group of Hindu extremists stormed a church gathering in India’s Uttar Pradesh state breaking up the meeting. The attackers falsely accused the Christians of forcing Hindus to convert to Christianity. The police became involved and took the pastor and three other Christians away to the police station. After being in custody for six hours they were finally released on bail. But before they were officially released a drunk police officer came up and started beating them. He beat them until they collapsed on the floor all the time yelling obscenities at them....
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A Biblical Equivalent of Taking the Gospel to Muslims:

A Biblical Equivalent of Taking the Gospel to Muslims: People think and say that we should kill and destroy all Muslims. They say that they are no good and don’t deserve Christ. Their views are skewed because of the extreme cases of terrorism around the world. But let me tell you about a man who was asked to go to a people that would be the equivalent of Muslims and terrorists today. The man was Jonah. God wanted him to go to the Assyrians in Nineveh. The Assyrians were wicked people and did terrible, awful things to people. They committed...
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China reports first day without any new domestic cases of the coronavirus!!

The South China Morning Post is reporting that on Thursday there were no new domestic cases of the coronavirus in China since the outbreak began. There were some imported cases, however no new originating in China. Government officials warned against premature celebration, as many more cases are likely, however definitely a turn in the right direction. Also, in the Hubei province where the outbreak began, there have been no new cases domestically or abroad, another good sign of lessoning of the virus in China. This is encouraging news, as it shows signs of a light at the end of the...
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Missions and the Coronavirus

The whole world is reeling with the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak. It has impacted every part of our world, our lives, and our conversations. I was asked how the current global environment has impacted missionaries and how pastors and churches can pray/help them specifically. Here are some thoughts I have and hopefully others will share their insights in the comment section. Travel Missionaries on deputation and furlough have had meetings cancelled due to churches suspending services. This will delay their support raising and very likely their departure dates. Pray for wisdom for missionaries as they reschedule meetings and departure...
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Asia News: Bright News in Japan

According to an article by Disrn, certain Japanese students held a mock graduation ceremony using the game Minecraft. Since schools have been cancelled and graduation ceremonies called off because of the coronavirus, these students decided to spend some of their time creating this virtual event.  A father of one of the students called the virtual ceremony “… bright news that shines in a gloomy social situation.” It is sad that this is considered bright news. The times are indeed dark, but the real bright news isn’t the momentary pleasure a ceremony acted out on a video game can bring, but...
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Europe News: Borders Close for 30 Days

Europe is now the center of the coronavirus outbreak. In order to try to contain the pandemic further, the European Unioon has made the decision to close borders for 30 days. Please pray for the continent of Europe. Pray for God to use this to open hearts to the gospel. Pray for people to realise how fragile life is and how much they need God. Please pray for Christians to have boldness and wisdom into how to share the gospel and reach out with love.
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Asia News: China and Taiwan Tensions

By Adam Walz, missionary to Taiwan The outbreak of COVID-19 has certainly put the world into an uproar. One specific instance is the heightened military tension between Taiwan and China. They have each been accusing the other of reporting false news. In addition, China has prevented Taiwan from having access to the World Health Organization. Amidst all this, late in the evening on March 16th, China flew some J-11 fighters and KJ-500 into the waters southwest of Taiwan. During this time the aircraft drew close to Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone. The Communist aircraft flew away after a broadcasted order...
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