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Operation Nehemiah: News and Prayer Update #37

Country/Region: United Kingdom, Europe

UK: Christian group leaves debt charity that prohibits prayer with clients

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A Christian organisation has had to leave a national charity in order to preserve its own integrity after the charity forbade it to pray with people with debt problems.

 

 

 

UK State schools not providing group worship – BBC survey

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Community rather than religion is being taught at school assemblies

A survey commissioned by BBC local radio has found that many state schools in England are not providing group worship, despite its being a legal requirement.

 

 

 

 

Outcry as Australian school books “write Christ out of history”

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Christian leaders in Australia have condemned changes to the national curriculum that will replace the terms BC (Before Christ) and AD (Anno Domini) in text books.

 

 

 

 

 

Crosses removed from Californian town

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These three crosses were at Inspiration Point, California
CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 by Chazz Layne

Three Christian crosses that have stood on state property in California for 100 years have been removed following complaints about their legality.

 

 

 

 

Operation Nehemiah Prayer
  • Praise God for organisations such as Christians Against Poverty that unashamedly express their Christian ethos. Pray for the group and its advisers, especially during this difficult time.
  • Pray that moves to alter the Australian national curriculum will not lead to the weakening of Australia’s Christian heritage.
  • Pray that churches in the Californian town of Julian will be able to retrieve the crosses and respond wisely to the complaints over their legality.
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