It’s Thursday, September 12th, A.D. 2019. This is The Worldview in 5 Minutes heard at www.TheWorldview.com. I’m Adam McManus.
By Jonathan Clark
6-year-old Vietnamese Christian girl beaten
A 6-year-old girl in Vietnam was savagely beaten along with her family for their Christian faith, reports Open Doors UK.
Phouc’s parents recently abandoned the village practice of ancestor worship to follow Jesus. After repeatedly refusing to renounce their faith, villagers attacked the family with mocking, beatings, and dragging them over rocky ground for hours before telling them to leave the village.
Church members took the family to a nearby pastor and Phouc was in a coma for a month. The pastor was able to get the family back to their home, but continued harassment by the village makes each day a “torture.”
Please pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ in this communist country ranked 20th on the Open Doors Watchlist of worst nations for Christian persecution.
After being beaten, the Apostles in Acts 5:41 “departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name.”
Brazil’s President stands tall against transgender foolishness
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro announced over Twitter last week that he has instructed the country’s Ministry of Education to draft legislation to protect children from being taught gender ideology in elementary schools.
This fulfills one of the president’s campaign promises after coming to office at the beginning of the year.
Christian Cuban couple serving prison time for homeschooling
Ramón and Ayda Rigal, a Christian couple in Cuba, are serving prison sentences in Cuba for homeschooling their children and for holding an unregistered church.
The sentences began back in April. Another couple in the church is also in prison for not sending their children to the public schools either, and several other Christian families have been imprisoned for the same reason.
In a recent video, Rigal’s daughter Ruth lamented, “It all started when I was in fourth grade; I suffered bullying at school because I was a Christian. I was kicked in the belly, so he [her father] decided to get me out of school. They began to chase us, to threaten us, saying that if we did not go to school, they would take us to the house of children without parental protection, and they were going to put my parents in jail.”
22% drop in illegal immigrants apprehended at Southern Border
This week, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency announced 64,000 illegal immigrants were apprehended at the border with Mexico, a 22 percent drop from July, representing a decrease for the third month in a row.
The Trump administration says this comes after positive diplomatic engagements with Mexico and other countries, but that the situation remains a crisis needing more work.
Court allows pro-lifers’ attorney to speak to media
Pro-life advocates David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt have been in court for days now over their undercover journalism, exposing the horrific practices of abortion giant Planned Parenthood.
While the case continues, Daleiden and Merritt scored a victory when the judge denied a gag order that would have silenced the pro-lifers’ lawyers from referencing Planned Parenthood executives involved in trafficking baby body parts in comments to the media.
This blocks a move by California’s attorney general to keep the proceedings from the public eye.
Proverbs 10:11 says, “The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.”
2 Cincinnati, Ohio abortion mills shut down
Two Planned Parenthood abortion mills are shutting down in Cincinnati, Ohio following new Trump administration rules blocking federal funding to the abortion giant, reports ABC News.
A Planned Parenthood representative said the closures come as a result of years of state-level anti-abortion regulations and the recent Planned Parenthood’s withdrawal from federal Title X funding.
Barna study: Young people want connection, but lonely
Barna released a study on Tuesday, its first global look at “the connected generation” — based on 15,369 survey respondents, ages 18 to 35, in 25 countries.
The study found many respondents were globally minded, wanted to make a difference, and were even open to religion and Christianity, but that many in the this younger generation also struggled with loneliness and anxiety.
The survey found that one out of five people selected three out of four options: “anxious about important decisions,” “sad or depressed,” “afraid to fail” or “insecure in who I am.” Atheists and agnostics were the most likely to select these options, while Christians were among the least likely to do so.
Jesus said in Matthew 11:28, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
And that’s The Worldview in 5 Minutes on this Thursday, September 12th in the year of our Lord 2019. Subscribe by iTunes or email to our unique Christian newscast at www.TheWorldview.com. Or get the Generations app through Google Play or The App Store. I’m Adam McManus (adam@TheWorldview.com). Seize the day for Jesus Christ.