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Date: 2017-10-17

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Somalia sees bloodiest terror attack in country’s history

Somalia (MNN) — Last Saturday, Somalia experienced the worst terror attack ever to occur on its soil. The government is blaming al-Shabaab for the car bombing in the capital city of Mogadishu that killed 300 and counting. We spoke with Open Doors USA’s David Curry for some context: “Somalia is a highly tribal society. The city of Mogadishu is almost a country unto itself, and it’s really what the government can try to control, which is why they’re trying to do these bombings in the heart of Mogadishu. But the rest of the country is very tribal and led in large part by religious leaders, and al-Shabaab plays an important part in that. So they want to destabilize the government.” Al-Shabaab is an Islamic extremist group with the goal of establishing a caliphate. They’re stopping at nothing to eradicate outside influences, specifically, Christians. Curry says a spiritual transformation is the only thing that can make them change. “Mogadishu in Somalia is a foothold for evil, and I think we just need to be prayerful about what’s going on there and try to find a way to encourage the discussion and openness to the name of Jesus in Somalia, because I think that’s going to be the transforming power.” Open Doors works with Somalian nationals to assist persecuted believers. Find out how you can support them in the FULL STORY!

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Somalia (MNN) -- Over 300 people were killed in Somalia's bloodiest attack

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Emergency medical flight gets conjoined twin infants to life-saving surgery

DRC (MNN/MAF) — The recent birth of conjoined twin baby girls in the bush of the Democratic Republic of Congo was a miracle. Only around five to 25 percent of conjoined twin births survive. The closest hospital in Vanga was a two-day drive by motorbike and not equipped to separate conjoined infants. The next closest hospital was in Kinshasa, another full day’s drive on treacherous roads. Brett Reierson, a pilot with Mission Aviation Fellowship in West DRC, knew something was up when he saw a crowd of about 200 people headed toward the airplane in Vanga. A doctor explained that the woman had given birth to conjoined twins nine days before. MAF flew the conjoined baby girls to Kinshasa for separation surgery and Reierson says it was a success! “After they were separated, they were in observation and recovering here in Kinshasa. And they contacted us again and said, ‘Would you be willing to take them back to Vanga?’ And so we were, of course, excited to be able to be part of their return story as well. They still have more to go, but they’re going to spend a little time in Vanga before they carry on.” Medical flights are a critical part of MAF’s ministry. Often, the people they fly aren’t Christians. “Then they ask the question, ‘Why are you here?’ It just opens up a great door to share Christ with them.” Pray for these baby girls to recover and know Christ!

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DRC (MNN/MAF) -- Conjoined twins saved through ministry’s medical flight

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Christmas short-term mission opportunities!

In’tl (MNN) — Along with Christ’s birth, Christmastime is usually associated with a handful of keywords– Family, tradition, gifts. But what if you added malnutrition center, housing project, central America, or the Caribbean? Can you guess where we’re going with this? This December, Orphan’s Heart is asking people like you to consider stepping outside of tradition to join them on one of two mission trips: to the Dominican Republic, or to Guatemala. Andrew Tattrie of Orphan’s Heart says,  “What we plan to do is have Christmas parties with some of our sponsored children and children that are part of our ministries. And so with these mission trips—they’re a little bit different than our typical mission trip where we’ll be spending some extra time with the children having Christmas parties, handing out some gifts, playing games, possibly doing some excursions with them. So, it’s just a really neat time to be a part of our ministry and to be a part of the year-end celebration as we celebrate what God has done and to celebrate Christmas with the children we serve.” The trips take place from December 16-22, so you’ll be home just in time for Christmas! To learn more about the Gospel impact you could have, read the FULL STORY. “We’re excited for them and we hope that folks will join us and be a part of our Christmas celebrations in the Dominican Republic and Guatemala.”

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Int'l (MNN) -- Short-term mission trip opportunities this Christmas

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