Thursday, July 26th, in the year of our Lord 2018
By Jonathan Clark
American Pastor Imprisoned in China for Over a Year
Chinese officials have imprisoned North Carolina Pastor John Cao since March of last year for his work between Myanmar and China.
The World View spoke to Gina Goh of International Christian Concern about Cao’s work.
“He has always had a heart for impoverished people, so when he heard of the poverty and the community of Myanmar when he first visited the Kachin state eight years ago, he felt called to help them, Previously, he also built schools in Yunnan in China.”
Goh said Pastor Cao spent years serving the poor before authorities arrested him.
“But at that the time, the authorities were already keeping an eye on him. So he went ahead and started to build schools, bring Bibles, bring books to the schools in Myanmar by crossing the border many times. And last March, unfortunately, they caught him and accused him of illegal border crossings.”
In her testimony before the US State Department’s first religious freedom summit this week, Cao’s wife, Jamie Powell, said she hasn’t seen her husband since his arrest and that he has lost over 50 pounds.
Please pray that this Christian family experiences the promise of God found in Hebrews 13:5. “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Slavery Still Rampant Around the World
The 2018 Global Slavery Index released last week found about 40.3 million people were living in modern slavery as of 2016, involving forced labor and forced marriages.
The worst country for modern slavery, North Korea, is also the leading nation for Christian persecution, keeping about 2.6 million people in enslaved conditions.
Multiple other countries on the top ten for human slavery are also heavy persecutors of the church, including Eritrea, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran.
Street Preacher Arrested in London
55-year-old bus driver Allen Coote of East London was arrested last week and banned from preaching outside St. Paul’s Cathedral after being reported to police by cathedral staff.
Now Coote is supporting a campaign by the religious freedom group, Barnabas Fund, calling on the UK Parliament to pass a law that allows people to publicly proclaim the Bible.
New Zealand Pro-Lifers Make Display of 13,285 Baby Booties
Yesterday, pro-life advocates outside of New Zealand’s Parliament made a display of 13,285 pairs of baby booties, knitted by people across the country, reports Life News.
Created by Voice for Life, the display represented the number of babies murdered in the womb last year in New Zealand. This comes in response to a government proposal to remove abortion from their Crimes Act and instead call it a health issue.
Delaware Bans Conversion Therapy for Homosexual Attraction
On Monday, Delaware became the 14th state to ban conversion therapy for minors dealing with unwanted same-sex attraction.
Democrat Governor John Carney signed Senate Bill 65 into law, saying such therapy practices “have no place in Delaware.” You can send an email of objection through a link in our transcript at www.TheWorldView.com.
Isaiah 10:1 declares, “Woe to those who decree iniquitous decrees, and the writers who keep writing oppression.”
Marshalltown, Iowa Devastated by 27 Tornadoes
Last Thursday, 27 tornadoes ripped through Marshalltown, Iowa and surrounding areas, sending multiple people to the hospital, damaging over 700 homes, destroying businesses, and downing trees.
Samaritan’s Purse is on the ground with a disaster relief team. The organization’s president, Franklin Graham, said, “Please pray for these families as we share the love of Jesus Christ with them in their time of need.”
Scientists Announce Discovery of Water on Mars
After conducting research with a radar instrument on the Mars Express spacecraft, scientists announced yesterday what they are calling a “stable body of liquid water on Mars.”
The site is 12.5 miles wide and located under Mars’ southern polar ice cap.
While scientists debate finding life on other planets, Psalm 19:1 reminds us of the Giver of all life, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork.”
Mountain Climber Rescued from Icy Cliff
Experienced Scottish climber Rick Allen went missing earlier this month while climbing Broad Peak in the Himalayas, the world’s 12th highest mountain.
Allen fell from an ice cliff during ascent, and was left clinging to the side of the mountain with his ice ax.
But in God’s providence, a base camp cook spotted Allen 36-hours later, and a drone was used to locate him for the rescue.
4 World View Listeners Gave $1,800!
And finally, the big update on our fundraising campaign. Our Friday, August 3rd goal of $30,000 to keep The World View in 5 Minutes on the air is drawing closer by the day.
Each day, our team spends 8-9 hours working on The World View between researching, interviewing, transcribing, writing, editing, and voicing the newscast.
We are grateful to God for Andrew in Spring Hill, Tennessee, Mark in Southport, North Carolina, and Sharon in Pittsfield, New Hampshire – all three of whom gave a one-time gift of $500.
And special thanks also to Wolfgang in Millersburg, Ohio for his monthly pledge of $25 for a year.
Together, their four gifts totaled $1,800.
Ready for our new grand total? Drum roll please. (drum roll) So far, since July 2nd, the remnant has given or pledged $21,297 toward our $30,000 goal. (applause) We now stand at 71% of our goal!
How You Can Make a Donation Today
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Go to www.TheWorldView.com, click on ‘Give’ on the top right, then on $50 or $25, and check the recurring donation button. Would you prayerfully consider becoming one of 4 more World View listeners to help today?
And that’s The World View in 5 Minutes on this Thursday, July 26th in the year of our Lord 2018. Subscribe by iTunes or email to our unique Christian newscast at www.TheWorldView.com. I’m Adam McManus. Seize the day for Jesus Christ.