By Dr. Mary Mikhael*
As early as the first week of January our great partners and friend began to visit our Church and its ministries.
Indeed despite lack of certainty, and expectations of changes in plans, and sometimes surprises, our partners do not hesitate taking risk and visit us. We praise God for all those who have been with us on the journey of faith, their commitment encourages us much.Read more
IT'S JANUARY AGAIN IN TUNISIA Clara Capelli - Q Code Magazine
NEW CLASHES ERUPT IN TUNISIA AS A RESULT OF THE UNPOPULAR 2018 BUDGET LAW
It’s January again in Tunisia. A month that, as many observers have reminded us, has often been historically characterised by violent social protests. Like those taking place today in response to the new 2018 Budget Law by Youssef Chahed’s technical government. On Monday, 8 January 2018, a protestor died in unclear circumstances and the autopsy results have not been disclosed. Read more...
The Mediterranean Sea can be hostile. For refugees and migrants it can be a dangerous and deadly barrier--the waves more like walls, the whitecaps like barbed wire. Those who face the crossing do so in desperation and in hope for a future they can only imagine.
Mediterranean Hope offers a ministry of welcome for those who have recently arrived across the sea. The Waldensian Church in Italy--one of our partners in Europe through Global Ministries--helped establish the Mediterranean Hope program which assists refugees and migrants from Africa and the Middle East who survive the treacherous crossing of the Mediterranean from North Africa, providing them with basic needs, offering programs to help with their integration, and advocating for their well-being.Read more
At the end of January 2018, the Department of Homeland Security is set to make a decision on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syria, a program that allows 6,900 Syrians to live and work legally in the United States.
Ahead of this decision, Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ joined over 50 human rights, immigration, advocacy, and faith groups and organizations in a coalition letter to the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State calling for the extension and redesignation of TPS for Syria.Read more
A delegation of the Reformed Church in Hungary recently paid a solidarity visit to Reformed Churches in Lebanon and Syria. Read the reflection from Diana Erdélyi, member of the delegation and RCH ecumenical secretary.
Between 4-11 December a delegation of the Reformed Church in Hungary traveled to Lebanon and Syria. The purpose of the visit was to learn more about the life and challenges of the Reformed Churches in the Middle East, expressing our solidarity with them and mapping out possible future programs for financial support together with leadership of the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon, the Union of Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East and the Fellowship of Middle East Evangelical Churches, with these meetings being followed by personal encounters with local congregations in Homs, Latakia and Aleppo.
[This reflection originally appeared on the Reformed Church in Hungary's website, here.]Read more
Humanitarian Corridors: a new memorandum of understanding has been signed NEV
A new agreement with the Ministries of Interior and Foreign Affairs has been signed today at the Viminale to continue the humanitarian corridors project. Over 2018-2019, there will be other thousand beneficiaries entitled to safely reach Italy. The signing has been welcomed with satisfaction since this project represents a cooperation between public institutions and civil society working together to create a model to ensure a safe and legal way to provide reception services and offer a process of integration. Read more...Read more
In the run up to the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, European churches are urging the European institutions to increase their efforts to ensure respect and protection of places of worship and holy sites, both in the EU law and in the Common Foreign and Security Policy.
These church leaders were participants of a conference organised by the Conference or European Churches and the Church of Cyprus, in Nicosia, Cyprus, from 9-10 November.Read more
Amman, Jordan – “When the West looks at Christianity of the East, they don’t look at the mosaic, they look at the Orthodox, not the Evangelicals,” said, The Rev. Dr. Habib Badr of Lebanon. This describes the environment which Middle Eastern Evangelicals are living, in the shadows of and looking toward the future of the Reformation.Read more
A New School Year Begins...
This time of year in the United States and Canada, children and grandchildren are walking, skipping, and riding back to school. Arithmetic, Spelling, and Social Studies; AP Chemistry, Algebra II, and World History; recess, Friday night football, and school carnivals march through the field of young minds. Parents and congregations gather school supplies so that every student - and even their teachers - can begin the school year well. Many churches bless children and their backpacks as they begin the start of a new year.Read more
The FCEI-Mediterranean Hope Project was Awarded The Global Ministries Award of Affirmation. NEV Agency
Marta Bernardini, MH’s operator was there as Mediterranean Hope representative, and she said: "We are honoured to receive this award by a so important international partner, who supports us in this difficult work we have been doing. Together as churches that want to witness the Gospel but know the challenges of our time, we try to break the isolation and the defeat that often pervades us, by remembering each other where we want to stay and what we want fight.“ Read more...Read more