Evangelicals in Africa's fourth most populous country share their hopes and fears.
Democracy cannot simply be taken for granted. Vigilance is essential to resist unbridled self-interest and to promote the human dignity of all and human rights for all.
In Argentina, rather than a change of government or political direction, we need a cultural change.
The Office for the Protection of the Constitution monitors the movement of a Baptist and a free Evangelical church for “extremist statements” and conspiracy theories.
Evicted from its church building in February 2021, banned from meeting for worship in the church car park, Minsk's New Life Pentecostal Church has now seen its building bulldozed.
The regime of Lukashenko, a key ally of Russia, continues to jail those who dared to demand freedom and more democracy in the 2020 protests.
A Christian broadcaster in the Middle East is giving embattled Iranian women a voice after government officials shut down the nation’s internet amid mass protests that have turned deadly.
The Evangelical Alliance of Kenya (EAK) set up teams of observers to closely follow the democratic process. In three documents, they call politicians, the church, and society to respect diversity.
Evangelical Christians encourage the re-elected President of France to “build an authentically human society”. Protestants remind him that “the Republic is secular but French society is not”.
Frank-Walter Steinmeier was re-elected with a large majority. He is a member of the Evangelical Reformed Church and very outspoken about his faith.
An Urgency Resolution was passed by the European chamber mentioning 9 people imprisoned since the peaceful protests in July. The EU could suspend its cooperation agreement with Cuba.
The military announced a government of national unity. Guinean evangelicals ask to pray “for the unity of the church, socio-political stability and support to promote the gospel”.
“God not only guarded us, He also orchestrated everything for His glory and the good of His work”, says Yéremi Blanco, one of the pastors detained in Cuba, after the resolution of his case.
China passed a reform of Hong Kong's election law to evaluate the “patriotism” of the candidates. “Many people do not agree with the government”, says a Christian in the city.
Police officers entered New Life Church in Minsk to evict the building. The evangelical community had supported pro-democracy protests. “If one member suffers, all suffer”, evangelical denominations say in a joint statement.
Some say a ban would restrict religious freedom, others believe the equality of women and certain security issues are at stake.
The Swiss parliament approved the “marriage for all” law in December, allowing LGBT people to adopt and use reproductive technology. Now two initiatives seek to collect 50’000 signatures to ask the population in a referendum.
Joshua Wong was in solitary confinement for organising an unauthorised meeting. “A Bible passage in Romans is what gives me strength”, he said while in prison.
Over 17,000 have been detained since the start of the protests in summer. Christians fast and intercede for the country as the crisis continues.
Many oppose Lukashenko’s regime, but there is still a heated debate about what should be the Biblical position regarding the protests, says Sergei Tsvor of IFES Belarus.
A group of concerned pastors from 50 churches published an “Open letter to the Belarusian people”. They address political leaders, warn them of any misuse of power, and point towards the ultimate responsibility of all Belarusians before God.
A conversation with Taras, a pastor from Minsk. What is happening in Belarus? How are evanvelical churches doing? How can we pray?
Tatsiana and her husband experienced the police brutality first-hand as they were arbitrarily arrested. In an interview, she shares her hopes for justice and a free future for Belarus.
The main evangelical churches release a joint statement calling Christians “to unite in prayer for our country [...] our hope is the Lord Jesus Christ”.
Many evangelicals support the protests as they call for “wisdom” in the fight for democracy. The weakened government of Lukashenko responds with violence and thousands of arrests. Natasha, a Christian, shares her views about the conflict.