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Bible Lands Winter 2019

Latest Press Headlines: Turkish troops are poised to enter the Kurdish area of northern Syria; international sanctions are causing severe suffering to the people of Iran; riots in Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq against corruption are threatening the current government; Saudi Arabia is recovering from the rocket attack on the Abqaiq Aramco oil plant; and the terrible civil war in Yemen has started up again with Aden coming under threat.

A Church leader once suggested that press headlines can be compared to the crests of waves, but what was important was to look at the deeper currents in the region that lie below the waves. One of those deeper currents is the continued faithful presence of Christian communities carrying out the tasks of daily life, worship and witness as part of the tapestry of different communities in the region.