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According to Mission Network News, Today, we are sharing a report from Unto, Jesus Film Project’s sister ministry and the humanitarian outreach of Cru. Al Goff, Unto’s President and CEO, says they have over 100 staff in Ukraine and several other large staff teams in neighboring countries. The ministry is equipping their staff to meet refugees’ physical needs in the Name of Jesus. The number of refugees fleeing Ukraine recently topped 2 million, and around half of them are children. Goff says, “It’s quite overwhelming because many of those [children] are coming with only their grandparent or one parent with multiple kids. So this thing is huge and the countries adjacent to it like Slovakia, Romania, Moldova, Poland, the Baltics, and Hungary are just being overwhelmed. “Our teams are ministering in real ways providing food, shelter, tents when we can, providing clothing and other supplies. And one of the great things about Cru is almost all of these people are locals…. They have opened up everything they can do to help the refugees coming in. And I would tell you the wider Body of Christ is doing the same. “They are helping the alien, they are helping the person that’s hurting, they’re helping the aged, [and] they’re helping the widow, which is the call of the Church.” Around the world, the global Church is coming together to support Ukrainians. Goff shares, “I’ve never seen such a worldwide prayer movement into one event like this. I’ve been a part of two prayer meetings where there has been at least 100 countries in a Zoom prayer meeting at the table — including countries that, themselves, have been through war like Iraq and Afghanistan. It is extraordinary what the Body of Christ is coming to do together in prayer.”
According to CBN News, A Chinese woman has reportedly been arrested for repeatedly sharing the Christian Gospel with Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan. The woman, named Zhou Jinxia, landed in the crosshairs on Feb. 20, after reportedly going to the Communist Party of China headquarters in Beijing, where she held a sign that encouraged Xi to embrace Christ. According to Bitter Winter, the accused has repeatedly visited the area of Zhongnanhai, where top communist officials live, aiming to tell Xi to “accept God and publicly repent.” Zhou’s latest signage reportedly read, “God loves the people of the world and is calling out to Xi Jinping.” She was allegedly taken by police back to her hometown, Dalian, and was arrested the next day. The charge against Zhou is “picking quarrels and provoking trouble,” according to International Christian Concern. And as it turns out, this isn’t the first time she has been detained for trying to spread the faith to Chinese leaders. Previous arrests reportedly unfolded in 2015, 2016, and 2018. Still, she has continued to share her faith to reach Xi and others. In fact, Bitter Winter reported that she has been trying to evangelize the Chinese president since he took office in 2013.
According to Assist News Service, Growing scarcity of the planet’s most “precious” resource could lead to “dire consequences” worldwide — including the Western U.S. — as hot, arid regions get thirstier, a troubling new report for World Water Day on March 22 reveals. Surging global population, urban development and rising temperatures could leave billions worldwide struggling to find enough water to drink within the next two decades, according to the report Water: An Increasingly Scarce Resource That Is Precious As Gold. “The consequences are dire,” says the report by global humanitarian agency GFA World. “Areas could become uninhabitable; tensions over how to share and manage water resources like rivers and lakes could worsen; more political violence could erupt.” Water shortages contributed to both the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria and the civil war in Syria, the report says, noting: “Water scarcity is the ‘invisible’ hand behind many humanitarian crises.” Citing a New York Times article, the report says 40 million people living in 7 states in the Western U.S. who rely on water from the Colorado River could face severe shortages in coming years. Humanitarian agencies such as GFA World are drilling thousands of deep-water wells, supplying reliable, clean drinking water for millions in remote places where children often suffer and die from waterborne parasites and diseases like diarrhea, typhoid and cholera. “Just as Jesus offered people ‘living water,’ we’re striving to do the same as an expression of God’s care for them,” Yohannan said.
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In closing, remember, God loves you. He always has and He always will. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you don’t know Jesus as your Saviour, today is a good day to get to know Him. Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead for you. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
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