1. According to World Watch Monitor, a Sudanese Christian was killed earlier this week while participating in a peaceful protest against the government’s attempted appropriation of a Christian school. Younan Abdulla, part of the Sudan Evangelical Presbyterian Church (SEPC), was participating in the three-day protest after the government-linked committee in 2016 authorized the sale of the land on which the school is situated without the school’s consent. A second church member, Ayoub Kumama, also suffered stab wounds. He was taken to a hospital but has since been discharged. Bahri Evangelical Church, a SEPC church of which Mr. Abdulla was a member, has long been in a dispute with a committee linked to the government, which wants to buy the land on which the SEPC-owned school is situated.
2. According to the Associated Press, Egyptian churches, in the southern city of Minya, said on Tuesday that they will not hold Easter celebrations in mourning for 45 Coptic Christians killed this week in twin bombings of churches in two cities during Palm Sunday ceremonies. The Minya Coptic Orthodox Diocese said that celebrations will only be limited to the liturgical prayers “without any festive manifestations.” Minya province has the highest Coptic Christian population in the country. Copts traditionally hold Easter church prayers on Saturday evening and then spend Easter Sunday on large meals and family visits. Parliament approved on Tuesday President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi’s decision to declare a three-month state of emergency following the attacks, an action seen as a foregone conclusion since the legislature is packed with el-Sissi supporters. The Cabinet declared it had gone into effect as of 1 p.m. on Monday.
3. According to the Associated Press, the Trump administration will move forward with the sale of high-tech aircraft to Nigeria for its campaign against Boko Haram Islamic extremists despite concerns over abuses committed by the African nation’s security forces, according to U.S. officials. Congress is expected to receive formal notification within weeks, setting in motion a deal with Nigeria that the Obama administration had planned to approve at the very end of Barack Obama’s presidency. The arrangement will call for Nigeria to purchase up to 12 Embraer A-29 Super Tucano aircraft with sophisticated targeting gear for nearly $600 million, one of the officials said. The officials were not authorized to discuss the terms of the sale publicly and requested anonymity to speak about internal diplomatic conversations.
4. According to the Associated Press, former U.S. President Barack Obama will take part in a discussion event with Chancellor Angela Merkel at a Protestant conference in Berlin next month as Germany marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, organizers said Tuesday. The May 25 event will take place in front of Berlin’s landmark Brandenburg Gate, where Obama delivered a speech as president in 2013, Germany’s Lutheran church and organizers of the German Protestant Kirchentag conference said. The discussion is being organized jointly by the conference, which is held every two years, and the Obama Foundation. Obama spokesman Eric Schultz confirmed the former president’s plans to join Merkel for “a moderated conversation on the importance of democracy and taking on responsibility locally and globally.”
5. According to EEW Magazine News, since God miraculously healed Dianna Hobbs, award-winning founder of Empowering Everyday Women Ministries, Inc., she has hit the ground running. It was officially announced that she and her husband, Kenya Hobbs, both licensed ministers in the Church of God In Christ, have accepted the roles of Executive Pastor and First Lady at an urban startup ministry on the east side of Buffalo, NY. Evangelistic Temple COGIC appointed longtime community leader Elder Hobbs during Sunday service flanked by his wife and the pair’s four children. Both are reportedly excited to lead this new effort to address the spiritual and practical concerns of community residents.
6. According to CBN News, there are reports that a popular pastor and mentee of Bishop T.D. Jakes had an extra-marital affair with his “spiritual daughter.” Pastor Chris Hill of the Potter’s House in Denver has been accused of having an affair with Shirnae McFarlane, a married church employee and his goddaughter. CBN News reached out to the church for comment and received the following statement: “Pastor Chris Hill is taking several weeks away from the church to work on family issues. We feel that it would be inappropriate for us to comment in more detail at this time, but we ask you to join us in prayer for the family. As more information becomes available, we will keep our church members updated and our services are continuing as scheduled.” Hill’s church is an expansion of The Potter’s House of Dallas founded by Bishop T.D. Jakes.
7. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, it took a jury just an hour to convict controversial Georgia pastor Kenneth Adkins of eight child molestation charges Monday in Brunswick. Adkins was accused of molesting a 15-year-old boy and girl at his church in 2010. Adkins, 57, was arrested in August, just months after tweeting that homosexuals “got what they deserved” after the Pulse nightclub shooting that killed 49 people and injured 53 others in Orlando, Fla. Adkins will be sentenced April 25. He has Greater Church congregations in Atlanta, Brunswick and Jacksonville.
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In closing, remember, the good news of God’s love. 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.”
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