AUSTRALIAN  PRAYER  NETWORK  NEWSLETTER – INTERNATIONAL NEWS 28th OCTOBER 2013

THE OFFICE OF THE AUSTRALIAN PRAYER NETWORK IS CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR A PERIOD OF 6 WEEKS TO ENABLE STAFF TO UNDERTAKE STRATEGIC PRAYER ASSIGNMENTS IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND TO TAKE A SHORT BREAK AT THE END TO RECOVER FROM THE INTENSE PERIOD OF ACTIVITY AND PRAYER.  PRE-PREPARED EDITIONS OF INTERNATIONAL NEWS WILL CONTINUE TO BE PUBLISHED DURING THIS TIME BUT IN AN ABRIDGED FORM.  INTERNATIONAL NEWS WILL RESUME FULL PUBLICATION ON MONDAY 11th NOVEMBER  2013.

  • MALAWI DECIDES TO SELL ITS PRESIDENTIAL JET AND GIVE PROCEEDS TO THE POOR
  • FAITH-BASED DORMS INVADING PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES IN U.S.
     

MALAWI DECIDES TO SELL ITS PRESIDENTIAL JET AND GIVE PROCEEDS TO THE POOR

Malawi President Joyce Banda has sold the Nation’s presidential jet for $15 million to help feed the 1.5 million people suffering from chronic food shortages in the country.  President Banda, who took over after (former) President Mutharika died of a heart attack in April 2012 made selling the plane a priority as she sought to repair the damage left by the previous president, who picked costly fights with donors that left the economy a shambles.”  President Banda also cut her salary by 30% and pledged to sell off 35 Mercedes Benz cars used by her cabinet. Selling the presidential jet and fleet of Mercedes sends a message to the world that “Feeding the hungry is our priority.” 

Seven out of every ten of the world’s hungry are women and girls. Maybe there is a connection between that fact and why, as the second woman president on the continent of Africa, President Banda is right on the money. Christians in the West might consider taking some cues from President Banda, both as individuals and as congregations. How does our mission and ministry spending reflect who we are as followers of Christ in our communities and around the world? What does our spending say about who we prioritize as important?  It takes self-sacrifice to minister among the people whom Jesus called “the least of these,” and sometimes it just takes being grounded.

Source: Baptist Press

 

FAITH-BASED DORMS INVADING PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES IN U.S.

There has been a recent increase in the number of religious dorms popping up on public universities around America. One such dorm at Troy University, called the Newman Centre, is leased by the Catholic Archdioceses of Mobile. Alcohol is forbidden; interfaith and group discussions and spiritual retreats are encouraged. Though there are detractors—specifically “separation of church and state” secularists—many students and their families welcome the safe and more wholesome environment a faith-based dorm offers. In fact, the idea has become so popular that plans are for at least one or two to be built on U.S. campuses each year.

Source: Wall Street Journal