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The 2022 Mid-Year Report of WRF Denominational Member The Sudanese Reformed Churches

The 2022 Mid-Year Report of WRF Denominational Member The Sudanese Reformed Churches (August 2022, by Patrick Wic)  -- The Sudanese Reformed Church (SRC) originated in Khartoum, Sudan in February 1992. Subsequently, in October 2005 SRC was re-organized and instituted as Reformed denomination. Up to date SRC has two classes (Khartoum & Juba) with sixteen (16) congregations plus 18 preaching centers in different IDPs and refugee camps with a membership of more than 6000.

Registration open for the TEASA Bible College Consultation on 14-16 June 2022

Registration is now open for the TEASA Bible College Consultation on 14-16 June 2022.  The theme this year is Serving the Church in Bible Education, based on feedback from previous years.  See www.teasa.co.za for further details. We have an excellent roster of experienced speakers this year!

Head of Russia Evangelical Alliance Sends Open Letter Lamenting Military Invasion, Praying for Forgiveness

The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) has received a letter from Rev. Vitaly Vlasenko, General Secretary of the Russian Evangelical Alliance, one of WEA’s 143 national member bodies, with the request to share it with its worldwide constituency. The following is the letter in full – also available in French and Spanish.

EPC´s World Outreach Issues a Call for Prayer Regarding Ukraine

The Evangelical Presbyterian Church is a denominational member of the WRF. The EPC´s World Outreach Ministry sent out this Sunday (February 27th, 2022) a letter with a call to prayer for Ukraine and very helpful links with crucial information for further reading and for contributing for the EPC´s Disaster Relief Fund.

WEA and WRF Issue a Joint Declaration Regarding the Situation in Ukraine

Signed by the International Director of the World Reformed Fellowship (Dr. Davi Charles Gomes) and the Secretary General of the World Evangelical Alliance (Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher), the brief declaration calls for the cessation of acts of hostility and for prayer and support for the people of Ukraine and especially Evangelical and Reformed Christians, organizations and churches in Ukraine.

The 2021 Annual Report of WRF Denominational Member The Sudanese Reformed Churches (2)

The 2021 Annual Report of WRF Denominational Member The Sudanese Reformed Churches (February 2022, by Patrick Wic)  -- The Sudanese Reformed Church (SRC) originated in Khartoum, Sudan in February 1992. Subsequently, in October 2005 SRC was re-organized and instituted as Reformed denomination. Up to date SRC has two classes (Khartoum & Juba) with sixteen (16) congregations plus 18 preaching centers in different IDPs and refugee camps with a membership of more than 6000.

Announcing New Book By WRF Member Richard Smith

WRF member Dr. Richard Smith (Westminster Ph.D., 1996) lives and ministers in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has published a new book called Such a Mind as This: A Biblical-Theological Study of Thinking in the Old Testament (Wipf and Stock).

WRF Member Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher Makes His Book, "Fundamentalism: When Religion becomes Dangerous" Available for FREE Download

WRF Member Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher makes his book, "Fundamentalism: When Religion becomes Dangerous" available for FREE download

Presbyterian Church of Australia: GAA decisions on vaccination status and attendance at public worship

The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Australia met by videoconference on Tuesday, 12 October 2021, to discuss the matter of vaccination status and access to public services of worship.

Next Generation Ministries Council hosts leadership summit for EPC ministry leaders

From EPConnection: Collaboration, encouragement, fellowship, and worship were on the agenda for more than 30 EPC children’s ministry, student ministry, and family ministry leaders on October 6-7 in Orlando. The workers from local churches in all 14 Presbyteries met for the inaugural Next Generation Ministries Leadership Summit, hosted by the Next Generation Ministries Council (NGMC).

New ICC Report Records a Year of Christian Persecution in China

From The Aquila Report: Over 100 incidents of persecution documented in one-year span -- With the intensified crackdown against churches, both state-vetted and underground, there is no longer a safe place to be a Christian in China. Almost every province in China has seen an increase in Christian persecution over the last year (Written by International Christian Concern | Monday, October 11, 2021). Read the full article in The Aquila Report.

43K Nigerian Christians Killed, 18K Disappeared in Last 12 Years: NGO Report

From The Aquila Report: Human rights activists have warned Nigeria is headed toward Christian “genocide” if global action is not taken quickly.   A Nigerian civil society organization estimates around 43,000 Christians have been killed by Nigerian Islamic radicals in the last 12 years, while 18,500 have permanently disappeared and 17,500 churches have been attacked (Written by Emily Wood | Saturday, August 21, 2021). Read the full article in The Aquila Report.

The Church in Afghanistan: What the Taliban Takeover Means for Believers There

From the Aquila Report: Afghan Christians are totally vulnerable with no political power. They have no-one to appeal to. They don’t even generally qualify for special immigrant visas to the United States or other Western countries because they have avoided working for American organizations or working for the Afghan military. To do so potentially exposes them to attention and danger (Written by John Stonestreet | Wednesday, August 18, 2021). Read the full article in The Aquila Report.

Report on the Actions of the 48th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA, 2021)

The Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church in America, Dr. Bryan Chapel, has issued his report, “Actions of the Forty-Eighth General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America.” The report is posted on the PCA Administrative Committee’s website, and can be found here. Dr. Chapel is an Individual Member of the World Reformed Fellowship and the PCA is a founding Denominational Member. You may also read the report below:

WRF Board Members Dean Weaver Installed as Stated Clerk of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Jeff Jeremiah elected as Stated Clerk Emeritus

The Rev. Dr. Dean Weaver, a member of the Board of Directors of the World Reformed Fellowship, was installed as the new Stated Clerk at the 41st General Assembly of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (a Denominational Member of the WRF), in June 2021. At the same meeting, the Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Jeremiah, also an active member of the World Reformed Fellowship, was unanimously elected as Stated Clerk Emeritus.

2021 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America

The 48th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) was held between June 28 and July 2, in St. Luis, Missouri, with the theme "Proclaiming the Unhindered Kingdom." The PCA is a denominational member of the World Reformed Fellowship.

The 2021 General Assembly of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church

The Evangelical Presbyterian Church, a denominational member of the World Reformed Fellowship held its 2021 General Assembly at Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis, Tennessee, between June 22 and 25, 2021.

WRF project on the Decalogue

Stay tuned as several WRF members are working together in a new multi-authored project based on the Ten Commandments!

Getty Music Worship Conference 2021: Sing! In Christ Alone

Announcing Getty Music Worship Conference 2021: Sing! In Christ Alone -- A conference for everyone on the unparalleled opportunity to reset congregational singing, restore our hope, and reunite the church in Christ-centered worship! When: September 13-15. Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenessee (USA) and online.

Statement written by the National Board of Pastors and Elders in Israel

David Zadok, who ministers in Israel and is a member of the World Reformed Fellowship, has co-authored the statement described as follows: "It is an expression of our unity in Christ in these challenging times, and it was written by the board of national pastors and elders that includes seven of us from various congregations in Israel."

COALIZÃO PELO EVANGELHO (TGC - THE GOSPEL COALITION, Brasil) Issues a National Call to Prayer and Fasting

The Coalizão Pelo Evangelho, which is the Brazilian chapter of The Gospel Coalition (TGC), has issued a Call to Prayer and Fasting, inviting all Christians in Brazil to pray and fast as the country faces enormous challenges related to the pandemic and other correlated issues.

WRF member Thomas Johnson makes available to the WRF community his two recently published books

Dr. Thomas Johnson is a member of The World Reformed Fellowship and a regular contributer to the WRF Blog. He recently published two new books in electronic format and is making them available to the members of the WRF. Read them here:

WRF member Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher's Inaugural Speech as Secretary General of the WEA

On Febreary 27, 2021 Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher was innaugurated as the new Secretary General / CEO of the World Evangelica Alliance WEA), succeeding Bp Efraim Tendero. Dr. Schirrmacher is an individual member of the The World Reformed Fellowship, and the WRF is an institutional member of the WEA. Read his innaugural speech here:

WEA announces Global Week of Prayer for COVID-19 (March 22-27, 2021)

For the week leading up to Palm Sunday (the Sunday before Easter), the WEA together with partners prepared materials for a week of prayer.

Growing Concern Over Censorship and Cancellation of Christians Expressing Concern Over Transgender Nomination by US President

Many Christians are feeling increasing concern over censorship of Christians in social media. This has become a concern especially for reformed and theologically conservative Christians.