Evangelical Fellowship of India News, July 2008

General July 30, 2008
Promoting Human Rights and the Freedom of Conscience
July 30, 2008

Editorial TeamRev. Dr. Richard Howell
Monthly Magazine of EFI
The Church is called to a mind transformational mission. We should all proclaim the gospel and also demonstrate the gospel by being a holy nation and the salt, light and leaven of the world.

Evangelical Fellowship of India (established 1951) is a charter member of World Evangelical Alliance an accredited NGO with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

News at a Glance

State's sex ratio higher than national averageAt a time when declining sex-ratio remains a reason for worry due to male-child still being preferred over girl-child and the practice of female infanticide being replaced by female foeticide with the advancement in technology, Orissa has a reason to smile...

Church must resist fraudulent conversion says Dalit ChristiansA national convention by the Dalit Christian community urged the Church leadership to stop fraudulent conversion activities in the country especially among poor Dalits and tribals ...

Corruption part of life in IndiaPrime Minister Manmohan Singh has recently favoured the setting up of special courts to tackle the scourge of corruption, which he said was a challenge to the Government and the judiciary ...

Conversion to Hindu faith must come with right conduct: HCIs Mohammed Kaleem a Hindu? Kaleem's Hindu wife Kumari Shinay Gupta recently sought the answer to this question from the Delhi High Court during an argument for the annulment of their marriage ...

St Stephen's teachers clarify: We are not against Christians
St Stephen's College teachers have written a letter to the institution's supreme council stating that their agitation against pro tem administrator M S Frank's decision to arbitrarily fill up faculty ..

Export councils, states asked to prevent child labour
Concerned with the growing incidence of child labour in the country, the commission for children Thursday directed export promotion councils to issue certificates affirming that the products being sold abroad were not made by children at any stage ...

A year after Nayagarh female foeticide case, girl child number goes up
Exactly a year back, the whole State was rocked when the rampant female foeticide incidents in Nayagarh district hit headlines. However, the number of female children in the district has remarkably ...

TN Christians ask Govt to revoke new sub-quota
THE shiny crown that the state Government handed to the Christian community has ended up being one made of thorns. Within just three months, the community members are requesting the state Government to revoke the provision ...

Highlighting the problem of female foeticide
Government urged to check medical establishments illegally involved in sex determination ...

Looking at Christianity's handshake with media in India
The book is a result of a two-year study done in Chennai by Pradip Ninan Thomas, an associate professor at the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Queensland, and naturally an academic point of view ...

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Main Story

Teach India: Don't kill Right to Education Bill
After the 2002 86th constitutional amendment made education a fundamental right for children under fourteen, the NDA government drafted a bill on the right to education. The bill never reached parliament...

Persecution

Fresh incident of violence in Orissa
Kandhamal District of Orissa witnessed fresh violence against the Christian minority community again on July 8, 2008 six and a half months after the violent attacks of Christmas 2007 which left more than a hundred churches and institutions destroyed and thousands homeless ...

Pastor attacked in Delhi and Andhra Pradesh
Pastor Akbar, belonging to the Harvest Full Gospel Mission, was attacked by a group of about seven Hindutva radicals on July 5th, 2008 in a slum area near Shahabad dairy, Rohini, New Delhi ...

Christian Life

The Gospel and the value of Women
The Church needs to participate in the cause for the dying innocent girl children as well as the potential victims. Christians need to be part of campaigns for giving more teeth to the law, for assisting in the prosecutions, and to make sure that the action ...

In the Name of Jesus
When it comes to prayer, perhaps the first thing we learn after "Amen" is in the name of Jesus. Yet, it seems that very often, just as with Amen, the praying on behalf of Jesus is not completely understood by the believer.

Dry Bones: God Still Has the Last Word
If you need absolutes, try these: never lean to your own understanding; always put your faith in the Promisor rather than the promise ...

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