This is the Black Christian News Network Podcast for Tuesday, August 1, 2017.
1. According to the Christian Post, the Anglican Communion has officially created its 39th and newest province in the Muslim-majority African nation of Sudan. At a ceremony held Sunday at the All Saints Cathedral in Khartoum, the Episcopal Church of Sudan was inaugurated as a new province of the Canterbury, United Kingdom-based global body. The Most Rev. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury and head of the Communion, presided over the Sunday service, which included the installation of the province’s leader, the Most Rev. Ezekiel Kumir Kondo. At the service, Welby referred to the creation of the Province of Sudan as a “rare and precious” event for the Communion.
2. According to Baptist Press, Boko Haram killed at least 83 civilians and soldiers in two separate attacks in northeast Nigeria in the past week before releasing a video of three new captives pleading for help. In its bloodiest attack this year, the militants killed at least 69 in a July 25th ambush on an oil exploration team in the Magumeri area of Borno, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported July 30 after the last body was recovered. A separate attack, a suicide bombing carried out by one or two people on July 29, killed 14 and injured 24 in the Borno town of Dikwa, according to separate reports from Reuters and AFP.
3. According to the Associated Press, the U.S. military said Monday it carried out a drone strike in Somalia that killed a member of the al-Shabab extremist group, while Somalia’s government said it believes the strike killed a high-level al-Shabab commander responsible for several deadly bombings in the capital. A U.S. Africa Command statement said the airstrike occurred Saturday near Tortoroow, an al-Shabab stronghold in Lower Shabelle region in southern Somalia. President Donald Trump earlier this year approved expanded military operations against al-Shabab, including more aggressive airstrikes and considering parts of southern Somalia areas of active hostilities.
4. According to the Associated Press, an official crucial to running Kenya’s presidential election next week has been found tortured and killed, the electoral commission chairman said Monday, as concerns grew that the East African nation’s vote again would face dangerous unrest. Wafula Chebukati helped identify the body of Christopher Msando at the city morgue and said he had injuries to the neck and head. Mssando had been reported missing a few days ago. Police did not immediately comment.
5. According to the Daily Beast, the new Democratic redistricting group backed by former President Obama has raised $10.8 million in just six months, according to financial filings. Politico reports the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, which aims to influence how and where the boundaries of congressional electoral districts are drawn, and which is chaired by former Attorney General Eric Holder, received most of that money from megadonors. Among the high-dollar givers were Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams and his wife, Katie McGrath, who donated $125,000 each. In total, about 10,000 people contributed, thanks to a rush of small donors after the 2016 election.
6. According to the Christian Post, international R&B star Toni Braxton will star in the true life story of a Christian mother who convinces a gunman to stand down after he threatened to open fire at an elementary school. The film, “Faith Under Fire,” is based off of the book, Prepared for a Purpose: The Inspiring True Story of How One Woman Saved an Atlanta School Under Siege by Antoinette Tuff and Alex Tresniowski. Braxton is both star and executive producer of the project that will air on Lifetime. According to Deadline, the movie is about Tuff (played by Braxton) who at the time in 2013 was a struggling single mom from Georgia. The real life hero made national news when she heroically intervened and convinced a deranged gunman who stormed an elementary school in Decatur, Georgia, to surrender.
7. According to the Christian Post, Chance the Rapper is encouraging students to worship God through his SocialWorks charity initiative, Kids of the Kingdom. The 24-year-old Grammy Award-winning rapper who announced that he would donate over $1 million to Chicago public schools earlier this year, is continuing to prove his commitment to the youth. In a video posted to his Twitter account Wednesday, the rapper, born Chancellor Bennett, is dancing along with children and leading them in an echo of praise. The kids are filmed singing, dancing along with Chance who captioned the post, “Me and my God we get turntup #kokcamp.”