Thursday, January 19th, in the year of our Lord 2017
By Jonathan Clark
Protestant Ministry Brings the Gospel to Filipino Slums
Recently, the Roman Catholic church baptized over 400 children in the slums of Manila, Philippines. Approximately 80% of the Filipino population is Roman Catholic and only 2% is Protestant.
The World View spoke to Kevin Swanson’s younger brother, Tim, who’s a Protestant missionary laboring to spread the Gospel in those very Filipino slums through Banaba House Ministries. Swanson encouraged the church to step into the lives of the poor in this island nation.
“Their life might be broken, there might be some debts, or there might be some kind of trauma. However, they find out that God loves them, that Jesus died on the cross for their sins, and that it doesn’t stop there. That Jesus has a whole new life for them, a life of reflecting the glory of God. And that’s living out your identity in Christ. So you go from being identified as someone who’s out of school, who’s living in an impoverished community, to being identified as someone who’s living for Jesus now.”
Swanson said that people are really open to the gospel in the Philippines.
“There are also a lot of people who come to the place where they want to learn about the Lord. So they’re interested in doing a Bible study, they’re interested in joining a discipleship group. So that’s kind of exciting!”
And finally, Swanson reminded Christians that we are the light bearers that bring hope into the darkest places.
“What I would advise, is to take a short-term missions trip somewhere in the 10/40 window. And when I say ‘10/40 window,’ basically it’s across southeast Asia; there’s this huge window of millions and millions of people who are unreached. And it’s like half of the world’s population lives on under three dollars a day. So, people who are living in poverty, that’s not a bad thing, but when you live in poverty that’s generational poverty, it tends to be kind of a mindset of fatalism, like ‘I can never escape this.’ The Gospel brings you a different mindset.”
To support the ministry, go to www.SwansonMission.com.
Planned Parenthood Caught Aiding Sex Traffickers
An undercover video from 2011 exposed Planned Parenthood staffers advising sex traffickers on how to get abortions for underage girls. Now the company has been “retraining” employees on how to report traffickers. However, Live Action, a pro-life group, released an interview Tuesday with former Planned Parenthood manager Ramona Treviño who said the alleged “retraining” actually focused on how to catch undercover investigators such as Live Action.
Abortion Rate at Its Lowest Since Roe v. Wade
The rate of the murder of the unborn has fallen to an all-time low since Roe v. Wade, according to a report from the Guttmacher Institute this week.
That’s 14.6 abortions per 1,000 women. The report also noted that the annual number of abortion murders fell below 1 million for the first time since the mid-1970s.
Divinity Schools Tell Faculty to Refer to God with Gender-Neutral Language
The apostasy continues. Prominent divinity schools are telling their professors to reference God with gender-neutral language. Duke and Vanderbilt Universities want more “inclusive language” from their faculty.
Trump and Pence Plan to Be Sworn in on the Bible
President-elect Donald Trump plans to be sworn in tomorrow using President Lincoln’s first inauguration Bible as well his own Bible, a gift from his mother. And Vice President-elect Mike Pence will be sworn in using the Reagan family Bible open to 2 Chronicles 7:14.
“If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
Clinton Foundation Plans To Close Office in New York City
The Clinton Foundation plans to shut down the main office of Clinton Global Initiative in New York City. This comes after a sharp decrease in donations to the controversial charity following Hillary Clinton’s loss in the presidential election.
George H.W. Bush and His Wife in the Hospital
Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara Bush, were both admitted to the hospital yesterday. President Bush was admitted to intensive care with pneumonia and Barbara Bush was admitted after “experiencing fatigue and coughing.”
Samaritan’s Purse Opens Field Hospital in Iraq
Samaritan’s Purse opened a field hospital miles outside the war-torn city of Mosul as Iraqi forces work to free the city from Islamist forces, reported The Christian Post.
The hospital, staffed by over 70 medical professionals, covers five acres with an emergency room, two operating rooms, and more than 50 beds. The Samaritan Purse hospital has already been able to save dozens of lives.
Pastor in Southeast Asia Delivered from Being Killed by Muslim Attackers
Pastor Amin from Southeast Asia shared with Open Doors USA recently about his remarkable deliverance from death.
Amin pastors a large church and often gets death threats. Once he was threatened in person by Muslim jihadists. Resolutely, Pastor Amin responded, “Kill me if you must. Here I am!” The would-be attackers did not touch Pastor Amin as if God had put a protective shield about him.
Psalm 5:12 says, “For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous. With favor You will surround him as with a shield.”
And that’s the World View in Five Minutes.