World Vision Violence

Christian humanitarian organisation, World Vision, suffered its worst violence in its 60 year history with six killed and eight injured in a raid on one of its offices in Islamabad, Pakistan. Up to 20 people broke into the World Vision compound and shot up the staff. World Vision typically loses one staff member a year to violence. For more: http://www.mnnonline.org/article/13974

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POSTED 19 Mar 2010
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Gleanings Site

Our new website has also been up and running for a couple of weeks now. We had a surge in visitors in the first few days that it was up. Thanks to everyone who took the time to check out the new site. We’d like to continue to encourage you to take a look around, and we’d always love to hear your feedback. Please let us know what you think, and also feel free to use the Discuss → link below every item to provide us with feedback and discuss individual items.

For more on our site, check out the About page.

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POSTED 8 Mar 2010
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Anti Porn

Outreach Media has produced a free kit including a DVD to support their March poster which appears in 120 churches around Australia that is aimed at showing the disastorous impact on porn on Christian godliness. Each month Outreach media develops a new poster campaign. For more: http://eternity.biz/news/anti_porn_posters_and_dvds/

To see poster and DVD info: http://www.outreachmedia.org/

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POSTED 8 Mar 2010
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Wycliffe Helpers

Wycliffe Bible Translaters is seeking people to work as a summer intern. There are 3 opportunities: You can serve at the Wycliffe headquaters in Orlando, or join their discovery trips to Africa or Papua New Guinea. The third option is to join JAARS as an aviation intern.

For more: http://www.wycliffe.org/

Or: http://www.mnnonline.org/article/13948

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POSTED 8 Mar 2010
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Ads Ok?

The Advertising Standards Bureau reports a busy beginning to the year with more than 110 complaints from the public, relating to advertising, being handled already this year. In its latest quarterly newsletter, the ASB reports that from Nov 1-Jan31 584 complaints were received relating to 174 ads. The most common issue was the portrayal of sex, sexuality and nudity.

In Feb 2010, 42 complaints were dismissed, just 3 were upheld and the advertisers were asked to either alter or remove the advert.

For newsletter: http://www.adstandards.com.au/pages/images/9565_AdStandards_Newsletter12_web%20final.pdf

A case study: A complaint was dismissed that related to an outdoor advert depicting a man (TV personality Scott Camm) in overalls. The caption reads : “Sex and the Gritty” The complainant/s said she/he found it hard to explain what Sex and the Gritty meant when she drove past the billboard with the grandchildren. The complaintant argued that mixed sexual messages should not be used when it has no relation to the product advertised.

For the advertisers response and other examples of complaints rejected: http://www.adstandards.com.au/pages/casestudy_search.asp?keyword=&PageIndex=1

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POSTED 8 Mar 2010
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Another Mosque

The Daawah Association of WA has received City of Canning approval to build a mosque in Queens Park. The Mosque is to be developed in 2 stages and will include a youth and family sporting complex, playground and mosque. They are calling for donations to raise $3m to fund the project. The property is adjacent to other vacant properties ‘allowing for expansion later on’

Gleanings reported in July 2009 of plans to build a mosque in Fremantle. There are now 18 mosques or prayer areas in WA, 14 of which are in Perth. For details: http://islam.iinet.net.au/channel/masjids.html

For more on the fundraising campaign see the Crescent Times, Feb 2010, pg 17: http://issuu.com/crescenttimes/docs/crescent_times_newspaper_february_2010

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POSTED 8 Mar 2010

Causing Trouble?

Bill Muehlenberg from CultureWatch writes: If our life is going along swimmingly and we are causing not even the slightest ripple around us, then perhaps we need to ask some hard questions about how dedicated we are as a true follower of Jesus….

For more: http://www.billmuehlenberg.com/2010/03/04/are-you-causing-a-bit-of-trouble/

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POSTED 8 Mar 2010

Rudd Evolution

The West Australian, 1 Feb 2010 pg 6 reported that Rudd has admitted that he had always believed in the theory developed by Darwin. “The reason is it’s an empirical science. It’s been established. It has been fundamental to the great innovations in science and technology,” Rudd said.

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POSTED 8 Mar 2010
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Atheist Convention

The Global Atheist Convention, The Rise of Atheism, will be held in Melbourne from March 12-14, 2010. Richard Dawkins and Peter Singer are two of the speakers.

Action: Saltshakers asks in their March Journal for people to pray for those attending this conference. Pray that, as they hear speakers proclaiming that there is no God, the Holy Spirit will convict them of God’s existence.

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POSTED 8 Mar 2010
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Mardi Gras

The Mardi Gras Parade was held in Sydney on Feb 27, 2010.

Action: Saltshakers is asking in their March Journal for people to write to the sponsors of this event and to Rudd who offered his written support. Kevin Rudd, Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600.

Other sponsors were the City of Sydney, Events NSW, ANZ, Mount Franklin, Virgin Blue.

ANZ – Mr Mike Smith, CEO, ANZ, Locked

Bag 4050, South Melbourne, Vic 3205.

Mount Franklin – made by Coca Cola Amatil. Write to

Mr Warwick White,

Managing Director, Coca Cola Amatil, GPO

Box 145, Sydney NSW 2000.

Virgin Blue – Brett Godfrey, CEO, Virgin

Blue, PO Box 1034, Spring Hill, QLD 4004.

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POSTED 8 Mar 2010
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