Pray: 10 Million Child Deaths a Year Preventable-Nearly 10 million children die each year from treatable illnesses like diarrhea and pneumonia-the vast majority of them in the developing world, according to the U.S.-based charity Save the Children. Child death rates are worst in Laos, Yemen, Chad, Somalia, and Ethiopia, and eight of the 10 worst-ranked countries are in sub-Saharan Africa.
More than 200 million children worldwide under age 5 do not get basic health care that would save lives, such as prenatal care, skilled birthing assistance, immunizations, and treatments for diarrhea and pneumonia. Low-cost techniques-inexpensive antibiotics and oral rehydration solutions-could save more than 6 million children a year from preventable or curable causes, the report said. The top killer of children under 5 is pneumonia, while diarrhea ranks second.
The Philippines has cut its child death rate almost in half since 1990 with such techniques. Such strategies placed the Philippines, Peru, South Africa, Indonesia and Turkmenistan at the top of 55 developing countries in terms of child survival.
Pray: Missionaries Struggle as Dollar's Value Declines-The Charlotte Observer tells the story of American missionary Phil Davis, whose family receives a deposit of American money in his Czech bank account every month. And every month, he sees that deposit shrink. The Davises moved to Prague three years ago to start a church. But since then, they've noticed that the money they raised to support their work overseas does not go nearly as far as it once did. Missionaries serving internationally are particularly at risk as the dollar declines, since many depend on money raised years before they left, when exchange rates were more favorable. It leaves the Davises and fellow missionaries facing questions like: Where can they save on groceries? Can they raise enough money to stay? "It's kind of like the frog in the kettle thing," Phil Davis said. "It just creeps up on you." But all is not glum: "(Missionaries) are totally dependent on the Lord to carry them through, and he does, and the work goes on," said Vince Eaton, coordinator of the missions/outreach leadership team at Calvary Church in Charlotte.
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Praise: J.I. Packer Leaves Anglican Church over Homosexual Union-A story in the Vancouver Sun states that one of the world's most famous evangelical theologians, James Packer, has quit the Anglican Church of Canada because he believes many of its bishops are "arguably heretical" for adhering to "poisonous liberalism." Packer, recently named by Time magazine as one of the planet's 25 most influential evangelicals, said he and 10 other Anglican clergy in British Columbia left the denomination to operate under the authority of a South American Anglican archbishop because they felt they were being "starved out and worn down." Packer, 81, said he can no longer serve under Vancouver-area Bishop Michael Ingham, who in 2002 sanctioned a diocesan vote that eventually permitted the blessing of same-sex couples at eight out of 67 parishes. "He is a bishop who appears heretical," Packer said.
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Pray: Christian Family Flees Jordan, Seeks Asylum in Europe-Muhammad Abbad Abd al-Qader Abbad, a 40-year-old Jordanian who converted to Christianity 15 years ago, fled Jordan in March and applied for asylum in a European country, after being charged with "apostasy" before the North Amman Sharia Court. Five days earlier Muhammad and his wife, Muna, were attacked and beaten by several brothers-in-law of another convert to Christianity who had sought sanctuary in Muhammad's home. As a result, Muhammad's father reported him to the police and requested custody of his two grandchildren. "When Muhammad told the court that he had never been a Muslim and was an atheist before becoming a Christian, he was sentenced to a week in prison for contempt of court." Lawyers advised Muhammad that he would lose his children, because he does not deny leaving Islam and becoming a Christian. The couple decided that their only hope to prevent losing their children was to flee Jordan.
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