(Part 2) Korean balloon launch investigations explained

South Korea (MNN) — This interview has received some editing for brevity. However, it has largely been preserved in its original format for clarity.

To learn more about the ongoing balloon launch investigations, read our previous article here. Read Part One of our conversation here.

Mission Network News (MNN): You’ve mentioned in our earlier conversations something about how the world sometimes draws the line between spiritual and political peace where the Church would not necessarily do that. Can you elaborate on that?

Eric Foley of Voice of the Martyrs Korea: […]The investigation has been broadened to other North Korea-related NGOs, a total of 89 North Korea-related NGOs, which again, points out that balloon launching is the tip of a very large iceberg. Essentially, that iceberg is whether NGOs will be able to or be allowed to operate doing North Korea work that’s outside the government’s plan or preference. NGO means non-governmental, but it is being construed in this current ci..

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Spike in coronavirus infections in Latin America slams Christian workers

Latin America (CAM) — It’s not easy overseeing churches in Latin America, a new “hot spot” for the spread of COVID-19 that is crushing already troubled economies. Latin America surpassed Europe last week as the region with the highest COVID-19 death toll.

Christian Aid Mission reports the director of a ministry based in Chile had already seen thousands of people in need — including pastors without income in churches his ministry had planted — when he learned that five people in one church were infected with the novel coronavirus.

Then he received more bad news.

“I was just told that a young church couple has COVID-19, and the wife in this family is six months pregnant,” he said. “She has just been hospitalized. God protect her.”

(Photo courtesy of Christian Aid Mission)

“We are seeing thousands of people who do not have food to eat, and there is so much need of all kinds. Without work, they are without money.”

In the church with five COVID-19 cases, three other members were infec..

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You can provide Gospel hope in Lebanon

Lebanon (MNN) — It’s been just over a week since a massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, destroyed thousands of lives. A new report claims security officials warned Lebanese authorities two weeks before the blast. NASA released satellite imagery of the disaster’s extensive damage yesterday.

Read our ongoing coverage here.

Pain is devastating and tangible, especially for those with connections to the port. “I used to work at the Port of Beirut in the container terminal,” Loulwa El Maalouf with the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary says.

“They were good years; I made many friends. At the port, you would meet Lebanese from all kinds of backgrounds. All different Lebanese dialects are there in one place,” she recalls.

“People work together as if they’re one family. There’s an interesting unity that is not found outside of the Port of Beirut.”

For now, Loulwa and others like her must set grief aside as they care for survivors in Jesus’ name.

ABTS shelters survivors
Nestled in the hill..

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Police clash with protestors after rigged election in Belarus

Belarus (MNN) — Police in Belarus opened live fire on protestors Tuesday night. Already, police in Belarus have used excessive violence, clubbing protestors and using stun grenades.

Alexander Lukashenko, dictator of Belarus for the last 26 years, won reelection, garnering 80% of the vote. But common consensus says the vote was corrupt. The opposing candidate was credited with only 10% of the vote and was detained after contesting the results. She has fled to Lithuania.

The EU is considering sanctions after calling the election process “Neither free nor fair.”

Christians in Belarus
SGA works with churches in Belarus, equipping them to proclaim Christ as king in a country run by a dictator. (Photo courtesy of SGA on Facebook)

Eric Mock of Slavic Gospel Association says Christians in Belarus have withstood this dictatorship for years and communist rule before that. “Belarus has suffered from economic poverty; its economy is not strong. They are basically still a dictatorship. Lukashen..

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$5,630,859,000,000: Federal Spending Has Already Set Annual Record; Deficit at Record $2,807,295,000,000

$5,630,859,000,000: Federal Spending Has Already Set Annual Record; Deficit at Record $2,807,295,000,000 Wednesday, August 12, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: deficit, News, Worthy News
(Worthy News) – The federal government set records for the amount of money it spent and the size of the deficit it ran up in the first ten months of fiscal 2020 (October through July), according to data released today in the Monthly Treasury Statement.
In fact, the $5,630,859,000,000 the federal government spent in the first ten months of this fiscal year is more than the government has ever spent in any previous full fiscal year.
Before this year, the record for federal spending happened in fiscal 2019, when the Treasury spent $4,487,143,040,000 in constant July 2020 dollars. [ Source: CNS News (Read More…) ]

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Monday’s derecho damaged 10M acres of crops in Iowa; 600K still without power in Midwest

Monday's derecho damaged 10M acres of crops in Iowa; 600K still without power in Midwest Wednesday, August 12, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: hurricane, India, News, Wisconsin, Worthy News
(Worthy News) – More than 600,000 customers remained without power Wednesday in the Midwest due to the powerful derecho that roared across the region on Monday. Iowa was especially hard hit, as the potent windstorm devastated the state’s power grid and flattened valuable corn fields.
Officials said full recovery from the storm will take several weeks.
The storm had winds of up to 112 mph near Cedar Rapids, Iowa – as powerful as an inland hurricane – as it tore from eastern Nebraska across Iowa and parts of Wisconsin, Indiana and Illinois, including Chicago and its suburbs. [ Source: USA Today (Read More…) ]

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Israel, US successfully test Arrow 2 missile defense system

Israel, US successfully test Arrow 2 missile defense system Wednesday, August 12, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: Israel, News, United States, War, Worthy News
(Worthy News) – Israel and the United States completed a successful test of the advanced Arrow 2 missile defense system in Israel on Wednesday, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.
The system successfully intercepted a target missile simulating a long-range surface-to-surface missile carrying a warhead.
The platform was tested by the Defense Ministry’s Directorate of Defense Research and Development, known by the Hebrew acronym MAFAT, the Air Force, and the US Missile Defense Agency. The test was carried out late Wednesday night in central Israel with the assistance of Israel Aerospace Industries. [ Source: Times of Israel (Read More…) ]

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I Preached Where the Worship Leader Sang and Now I Have Covid

I Preached Where the Worship Leader Sang and Now I Have CovidSome cautions about covid and church.

Where did I Contract COVID?

But where did I contract COVID? I was contacted by my home church—where I periodically preach—that I had been around someone the previous Sunday who had later tested positive for COVID.

As I thought back to that Sunday, I was never really around that person for more than a couple of minutes, and I especially wasn’t around them without my mask. If you know me, I’m pretty conscientious when it comes to germs and thus practicing good hygiene. [Now, I’m not like my boss and friend, Ed Stetzer. He’s on a whole different level.]

I also, thought back to other people I had been around a couple days before that Sunday and after that Sunday. I was around no one. So, I am fairly confident that I contracted COVID that Sunday morning. But I still didn’t know how. I maintained social distance the entire time. I wore my mask the entire time—other than when I preached. I ..

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Pastors Split over Ministry Return Time for Pastors Who Commit Adultery

Pastors Split over Ministry Return Time for Pastors Who Commit AdulteryAn overview of the findings from LifeWay Research’s recent study.

This article originally appeared on LifeWay Newsroom. For more information about the study, visit LifeWayResearch.com or download the complete report.

When a pastor commits adultery, most of their fellow pastors believe they should withdraw from public ministry for at least some time.

A new survey of U.S. Protestant pastors by Nashville-based LifeWay Research finds 2% of pastors believe a fellow pastor who has an affair does not need to take any time away.

“Scripture doesn’t mince words about adultery,” said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research. “From the Ten Commandments, to the Apostle Paul’s lists of wicked things, to the qualifications for elders listed in 1 Timothy, adultery is not appropriate for a follower of Christ nor a leader of a local church.”

Few believe less than a year is a sufficient period of withdrawal from p..

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Thousands Detained As Tensions Escalate In Belarus

Thousands Detained As Tensions Escalate In Belarus Wednesday, August 12, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: EU, Euro, Europe, European Union, Military, NATO, News, Police, protests, Russia, sanctions, Security, UK, War, Worthy News
By Stefan J. Bos, Special Correspondent Worthy News
(Worthy News) – Authorities in Belarus acknowledged Wednesday that they detained as many as 6,000 anti-government protestors who disputed the victory of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko in Sunday's election. Clashes continued for a third straight night with police violence reported in the capital Minsk and other cities after main opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya fled the troubled nation.
Anti-government protestors gathered despite a police crackdown that injured dozens of people in recent days prompting warnings of possible European Union sanctions. One demonstrator died in the clashes, officials and activists said.
Journalists have been detained or beaten, as well. Broadcaster BBC said its t..

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