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Headliners for the week of 13 October, 2017

If Christian ministries are kicked out of India, who will share the Gospel?

India (MNN) -- You’ve heard us talk about Christian ministries being kicked out of India, including Compassion International earlier this year. Latest reports show that 24,000 NGOs in India have lost their license in the last year. Many organizations lost their NGO status for missing paperwork. But the NGO reporting requirements have shifting demands and sometimes sudden deadlines. Ministries share that it seems like these are hurdles meant to make it increasingly difficult for non-Hindu groups to stay in the country. Since India’s Prime Minister Modi took power in 2014, hostilities against Christians have nearly doubled. We asked Todd Nettleton with Voice of the Martyrs if Christian ministries are kicked out of India, who will carry on the spread of the Gospel? "You know, obviously the local Church is picking up that mantle and carrying it forward and sharing the Gospel. Thankfully, there is a great history of Christianity in India." Please pray for Christians in India to persevere in their Gospel witness. And… "Maybe something we don’t think about as much is praying for the persecutors. We want to encourage people to pray for even radical Hindu nationalists, people in the RSS to come to faith in Christ, to have an encounter with a Christian that shakes up their worldview."

Call to action

  • Pray for the Gospel witness of Indian Christians to persist.
  • Ask God to protect and even miraculously reinstate the NGO status of solid Christian ministries within India who are advancing God's Word.
  • Pray for those persecuting Christians in India, that God would get a hold of their hearts.

Odinga drops from Kenya’s presidential elections

Kenya (MNN) -- We’ve been following an intense presidential election season in Kenya. On Tuesday, the opposition party leader Raila Odinga dropped out of the election. He was the only other major candidate running against President Uhuru Kenyatta. Odinga challenged the former election results in August when Kenyatta won, saying the process was corrupt. The Supreme Court ordered a re-election for October 26th between the top two candidates, but Odinga withdrew saying the election process hasn’t changed and would still be corrupted. Kenya’s Supreme Court has opened the re-election to the other minor presidential candidates. Meanwhile, tribal tensions are getting more heated and ministries in the country are keeping tabs. Rob Myers with DOOR International says, "We’re in communication with several other organizations that work similarly either in translation or in church planting. We’ll probably come to a consensus with them about when is the time that we really should try to have international staff leave if that’s necessary." For now: "Pray for a peaceful and just end to these proceedings and that things would settle back down and the government would be able to move forward. And then just pray for the wisdom and leadership of these various ministries on-ground. Pray that they would be able to take the precautions that are necessary, but also pray that the Gospel would continue to go out in the midst of this."

Call to action

  • Pray for peace and justice in Kenya's presidential proceedings.
  • Pray for unity among the Kenyan Church.
  • Ask God to give wisdom to the ministry leaders in-country.

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