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Trump Says It’s Time to Reopen America Safely, Offers ‘Love’ and Advice for Folks Over 60

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President Trump says it’s time for the focus of the country to shift. His administration is now working to find a way to get the economy back up and running—while also protecting people.

“I think that as far as the task force, Mike Pence and the task force have done a great job, but we’re now looking at a little bit of a different form and that form is safety and opening and we’ll have a different group probably set up for that,” President Trump told the media while touring a Honeywell factory in Arizona. His first trip out of Washington since March.

Administration officials say the task force will probably end in late May or early June, but doctors Birx and Fauci will continue to advise the president.

“It’s the balance of something. That’s a very difficult choice, how many deaths, how much suffering are we willing to accept to get back some form of normality sooner rather than later,” Dr. Anthony Fauci recently said during an interview with CNN.

Some 38 states are now in the process of reopening. Among those, COVID cases are on the rise in at least 19 of them.

A model from the University of Washington predicts the number of deaths could increase to nearly 135,000 by the beginning of August. Still, in an exclusive interview with ABC News, the president questioned the accuracy of that kind of model and expressed confidence in his decision to move forward with reopening.

“We’re going to practice social distancing, we’re going to be washing hands, we’re going to be doing a lot of the things that we’ve learned to do over the last period of time. And we have to get our country back,” Trump said.

The president expressed sympathy for the families who have lost someone to the virus and told ABC’s David Muir that the elderly need to continue to take extra precautions.

“I want to say: ‘I love you,’ I want to say that ‘we’re doing everything we can.’ I also want to say that ‘we’re trying to protect people over 60 years old. We’re trying so hard,’ and—everything I’ve said today—I’d like to preface it by saying if you’re 60 years old and especially if you’re 60 or even less than that and you’ve had a heart condition or you’ve had diabetes or a problem of any kind—it seeks out problems,” Trump said.

The president also cited progress on the administration’s push to get a vaccine ready by the end of the year. As to opening up the economy and getting people back to work, Trump is predicting a turnaround and a strong third-quarter.

Sources: Breaking Christian News

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Vietnamese Christian Imprisoned for Trumped Up Charge Returns Home

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Vietnam– A pastor in northwestern Vietnam told ICC that on January 10, a Christian man named Sung A Khua returned home after serving two and a half year in prison.

In 2018, when Sung A Khua and his family converted to Christianity, they were facing a lot of hostilities and persecution from the local authorities and villagers. Soon after his conversion, the local authorities and villagers came and prevented him and his family from attending church. They were asked to denounce their Christian faith. But he ignored them, continued to attend church, and grew in his faith. Later that year, the villagers destroyed his house and confiscated his properties, so his family had to move out and lived temporary near the forest.

With the intervention of the leading pastor, the authorities allowed them to return home and repaired their house with some support from friends. Similar to many other tribal people living in that area, he went to the forest to log some wood to repair his house. He was soon arrested by the local authorities and brought to the court. On Nov 26th, 2018, he was charged for illegally logging and destroying the forest and was sentenced to a 30-month imprisonment. This is a common tactic used to intimate Christian converts.

Though he has now returned to his family, he will be placed under the surveillance of the local authorities for at least six months to two years. The local government forbids any visit to his family. Some pastors and friends have tried to reach out to him but to no avail. A Khua will probably face many challenges from now on as he begins life anew. Please remember him and his family in your prayer.

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Christians in Nepal Continue to Face a Context of Growing Persecution

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Nepal– Persecution in Nepal continues to be an increasing concern for the growing Christian population of the predominantly Hindu country. The Global Press Journal recently published an article discussing the story of Pastor Hari Tamang, a current example of this persecution. Pastor Tamang has been falsely charged with trafficking children and attempted conversions after he had agreed to shelter children who would have otherwise been put on the street because their former shelter could not help them any longer. Although the trafficking charges were dropped, Tamang is still years later fighting the charges of attempted conversion of the children.

Nepalese law allows for the free exercise of one’s religion but forbids the conversion of others. This has produced a context of growing tensions in the society. The Nepalese Christian community says that they are holding fast to the principle that Christ calls His followers to share their faith, but choosing to follow Him is an individual choice, not something to be forced on anyone. Nevertheless, this community is consistently accused of forcefully converting.

Similar cases to that of Pastor Tamang have become more common throughout Nepal as the growth of Christianity as skyrocketed. Advocacy organizations estimate that Christians now number between 2 and 3 million throughout Nepal, comprising a larger portion of the Nepalese population than ever before. Nepal’s churches number between 10,000 and 12,000 across the country.

In neighboring India, similar anti-forced conversion laws have been implemented in several states across the country with similar penalties. India, however, has been leading the way in persecuting religious minorities – a trend that only encourages the predominantly Hindu country of Nepal to take similar actions.

The Church also conducts a good deal of aid distribution in communities of need throughout Nepal, which also raises the suspicions of local authorities and devout Hindus who see it as a ploy for conversions. In other words, the charitable actions of the Church are viewed with suspicion. Regardless of this, the Church continues their mission and remains adamant that no forced conversions are taking place, arguing that they are simply fulfilling the teachings of their faith in aiding and serving the poor. The free exercise of religion for Christians means doing exactly that.
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