By Jonathan Clark
Myanmar military jets fired on Christian civilians, killing 21
In Chin State, Myanmar, 21 villagers were killed and two dozen injured over the weekend after military jets fired on four majority-Christian villages, reports Barnabus Aid.
Since February 5, Christians in the region have been caught in the crossfire between the Myanmar Army and the ethnic Arakan Army of Rakhine State as the two battle for dominance in the area.
The attacks caused 2,000 people to flee from 10 villages. Christians have been killed and wounded in the fighting and even used as human shields.
Please pray for peace for our brothers and sisters in Christ there during this tragic time. And visit www.MissionToMyanmar.com to support a ministry at work helping the Christians of Myanmar.
Psalm 46:9-10 says the Lord “makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire. Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
200,000 coronavirus cases worldwide, 8,000 deaths
In God’s providence as of Tuesday, the number of global coronavirus cases surpassed 200,000 while the number of deaths topped 8,000.
The World Health Organization declared Europe as the new epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic which started in China. And the European Union announced Tuesday it is banning travel to its member states for 30 days.
Samaritan’s Purse sent 20 tons of medical equipment to Italy
In the middle of this crisis in Europe, Christians are stepping in to offer help.
Samaritan’s Purse, the Christian relief organization headed up by Franklin Graham, is sending 32 disaster response specialists to Italy along with 20 tons of medical equipment. The Italian government said it was overjoyed for the help.
Over 2,000 people have died from the coronavirus in Italy. You can help Samaritan’s Purse in their mission to Italy here.
IRS tax filing deadline moved to July 15
On Monday, President Donald Trump announced a 15-day plan to slow the spread of the coronavirus during a press conference.
The guidelines urged Americans to not eat out right now, refrain from gatherings of over 10 people, avoid discretionary travel, and older Americans to stay home.
The federal government will be pushing the 2019 tax season filing deadline to July 15th during the current economic chaos.
Luke 12:29-30 reminds us, “And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.”
Trump’s $104 billion COVID-19: free testing, paid emergency leave
President Trump is expected to sign a $104 billion coronavirus relief bill passed by the House and Senate over the last week.
The bill would provide for free coronavirus testing and paid emergency leave.
Sorry Nancy Pelosi: No abortion funding in COVID-19 bill!
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was defeated in her attempt to add abortion funding to the coronavirus relief bill.
President Trump said he wouldn’t sign the legislation without the Hyde Amendment language included, which bans federal funding of abortion.
Republican Sen. Ben Sasse called out Pelosi, saying, “Speaker Pelosi should be fighting the coronavirus pandemic, not politicizing emergency funding by fighting against the bipartisan Hyde Amendment. We need to be ramping up our diagnostic testing, not waging culture wars at the behest of Planned Parenthood.”
Biden won Democratic primaries in Arizona, Florida, Illinois
On Tuesday, former Vice President Joe Biden won the Democratic state primaries in Arizona, Florida, and Illinois, increasing his lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Biden has won 1,180 delegates of the 1,991 delegates needed to win the nomination, and Sanders has 861 delegates.
Churches turn to livestreaming
Praise God for technology!
With many churches moving to streaming online services during the coronavirus lockdown, the Church Online Platform saw a four-fold increase to 4.7 million devices streaming church services on Sunday.
Six thousand new churches signed up for the free platform recently.
6-year-old girl calms autistic brother with Scripture on fear
And finally, a Minnesota mom shared on Twitter how her family is responding with faith over fear during the coronavirus pandemic.
Sheletta Brundidge posted a video of her 6-year-old daughter Cameron reciting a verse with her 7-year-old brother Brandon who is autistic and struggles with anxiety.
Cameron remembered 2 Timothy 1:7 with her brother from a service at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Minneapolis.
CAMERON: “But God did not give me a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind. Amen.”
And that’s The Worldview in 5 Minutes on this Thursday, March 19th in the year of our Lord 2020. 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.