WASHINGTON – The head of the World Evangelical Alliance sought Tuesday to address concerns raised by Chinese house churches upset over his organization’s decision to not visit or even mention them during a recent trip to China.
In an exclusive interview with The Christian Post, Geoff Tunnicliffe, the international director of the World Evangelical Alliance, said the over 150-year-old ministry has a long history of promoting religious freedom and its promotion remains a “core principle” for the organization.
“We believe that religious freedom and human rights are tied together and we are not going to step away from that kind of commitment,” Tunnicliffe stated. “In fact, we believe we will continue to be strong advocates for that.” more >>
A delegation of 24 leaders from the World Evangelical Alliance met with leaders of China’s official church bodies Monday, building upon the relationships formed during the first visit by the alliance’s head, Geoff Tunnicliffe, in 2008.
The delegation, which arrived in Shanghai on Sunday, includes Tunnicliffe, European Evangelical Alliance General Secretary Gordon Showell-Rogers from the United Kingdom, National Association of Evangelicals President Leith Anderson from the United States, and members of the WEA’s governing body – the International Council – among others.
On the first official day of their visit, the WEA delegation was welcomed by local Chinese officials and leaders of the state-approved Three-Self Patriotic Movement and the China Christian Council, the umbrella organization for all registered Protestant churches. Among those present were CCC President Gao Feng, CCC General Secretary Kan Baoping, and Amity Foundation Board Member Bao Jiayuan. more >>
Millions of Christians around the world will pray for their persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ Sunday in observance of the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.
In its 14th year, IDOP is one of the largest prayer events in the world. Last year, an estimated half a million churches in 150 countries participated in the event, according to Open Doors, an international Christian ministry that supports persecuted believers.
“The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church presents a tremendous opportunity for millions of people to make a difference in the lives of those being persecuted for their faith in countries like North Korea, Iran, Iraq, China, India and many more,” said Open Doors USA President and CEO Dr. Carl Moeller. more >>
The Kosovo Protestant Evangelical Church (KPEC) and the Evangelical Alliance of Azerbaijan have become the latest national church networks to join the wider World Evangelical Alliance.
“It is a great blessing for Azerbaijan to become part of such big families of the EEA (European Evangelical Alliance) and WEA,” commented Pastor Rasim Hasanov, general secretary of Evangelical Alliance of Azerbaijan. “We are very encouraged to know that we are not alone, but together with the worldwide evangelical churches and Christians.”
KPEC President Artur Krasniqi similarly welcomed the acceptance of his evangelical body into the WEA through the European Evangelical Alliance (EEA). more >>
The world’s largest evangelical organization announced on Monday that it has created a task force on human trafficking.
World Evangelical Alliance, which represents 420 million evangelical Christians worldwide, named Commissioner Christine MacMillan, who was the group’s spokesperson on human trafficking, as head of the new task force to prevent and combat human trafficking.
The task force will be responsible for developing strategic and effective actions and tools that will help to equip local churches and their leaders to respond to victims of human trafficking. more >>
The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) officially recruited the largest alliance of churches in South Korea on Tuesday, adding to its network believers from the world’s second largest missionary-sending country following the United States.
Upon joining, the Christian Council of Korea (CCK), a church alliance representing 64 denominations and 21 organizations, renewed its vow to co-operate in world evangelization nearly two years after it formed a “historic” partnership with the WEA.
“I believe God is glorified through this and He blesses us abundantly," CCK’s president, the Rev. Eom Shin Hyung, said during a speech welcoming WEA officials to South Korea. more >>