New twist in wrangle over changing physical constant

A new study of distant galaxies is adding a fresh perspective to the debate over whether a fundamental physical constant has actually changed over time. The work suggests the number has not varied in the last 7 billion years, but more observations are still needed to settle the issue.

The controversy centres on the fine-structure constant, also called alpha, which governs how electrons and light interact. Alpha is an amalgam of other constants, including the speed of light. So any change in alpha implies a change in the speed of light – and indeed in the entire standard model of physics – with string theories touting extra spatial dimensions stepping in to fill the breach.

So it caused a sensation in 2001 when a team led by John Webb, an astrophysicist at the University of New South Wales in Australia, announced the constant had changed by about one part in 100,000 over 12 billion years. Webb’s team studied about 140 clouds of gas and dust that absorb light from distant, bright quasars. Subtle changes in the relative position of absorption lines from elements in the clouds’ spectra suggested alpha had changed over time.

But another team using higher-quality quasar absorption data, though fewer observations, failed to find any change in 2004. And different researchers studying a natural nuclear reactor in Oklo, Gabon in Africa have also come to opposing conclusions about alpha’s constancy.Slippery customer

John Bahcall, an astrophysicist at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, US, helped pioneer quasar absorption studies in the 1960s, but he says this method can be slippery to interpret.

“The absorption line data is subject to misidentification of the lines and to the introduction of theoretical assumptions which may not be correct,” he told New Scientist. He adds that the spectral lines may be faint and can overlap, making it difficult to tell the lines’ source, and that astronomers must assume that all of the clouds share the same basic composition. Similarly, he says, interpreting the Oklo data involves making assumptions about other physical constants that might be subject to change.

Now, astronomers have used another method Bahcall developed to probe alpha. Rather than using absorption lines from clouds in space, a team led by Jeffrey Newman of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, US, has focused directly on a pair of emission lines from ionised oxygen in the galaxies themselves.

“With emission lines, you can choose systems that have a very strong, characteristic appearance and are isolated to be sure you have the right objects,” says Bahcall. And because the average wavelength of the light emitted by the oxygen ions is a direct measurement of alpha, he says, “the fine-structure constant pops out without any interpretation”.

Clean and simple

However, the new study cannot yet claim the precision of Webb’s result. Newman’s group used observations of 300 galaxies, lying between 4 billion and 7 billion light years away, to find that alpha has changed by no more than one part in 30,000 – the resolution limit of the data – in 7 billion years.

But Newman says the method is superior to the absorption line alternative, telling New Scientist: “It’s simpler, it’s cleaner, and to date people haven’t gotten contradictory results from it.”

Bahcall says the team has done an “absolutely superb job” and adds that more observations – including more distant galaxies – will improve the precision of the measurement still further.

Newman presented the results, from a survey of distant galaxies called DEEP2, at a meeting of the American Physical Society in Tampa, Florida, on Monday.

(Article from New Scientist published on 15:33 19 April 2005 by Maggie McKee at http://www.newscientist.com)

ISIS Militant Converts to Christianity after Meeting Jesus in a Dream

the-black-flag-of-the-isisAn Islamic State (ISIS) militant converted to Christianity after meeting Jesus in dream, according to a Youth With A Mission (YWAM) missionary in the Middle East.

Speaking on The Voice of the Martyrs Radio Network, Gina Fadely, the former director of the organisation’s Frontier Missions, said that one of YWAM’s workers was introduced to an ISIS fighter who had killed a number of Christians. He even admitted to having enjoyed doing so, until he met Jesus in a dream.

“He [the jihadist] told this YWAM leader that he had begun having dreams of this man in white who came to him and said, ‘You are killing my people.’ And he started to feel really sick and uneasy about what he was doing,” Fadely said.

She added that the militant was given a Bible by a Christian man who was about to be killed, which he took and read. “In another dream, Jesus asked him to follow him and he was now asking to become a follower of Christ and to be discipled,” Fadely said. “So who knows, perhaps this man will be like Saul in the Bible, who persecuted Christians and then turned from that persecution of the early church to become the Apostle Paul who led it.

“God can turn it around.”

Kevin Sutter, current president of YWAM Frontier Missions, said there was a lesson to be learnt in not assuming that ISIS militants are “out of reach of God’s grace and out of reach of God’s spirit”.

He said a colleague in the Middle East told him “he has never seen spiritual hunger among Muslim people like he’s seeing now.”

“This is unprecedented, this has never happened in history,” Sutter added. “He said there are gospel programmes going out in Arabic throughout the region, radio and TV and there is a huge response.

“Many people are now following Jesus but they keep it quiet. They haven’t gone public about it. They even have church in their own home, they’re watching, they’ll serve Communion to one another as they’re watching TV.”

ISIS are now in control of huge swathes of Iraq and Syria, where they are trying to establish a Caliphate. This week, the Archbishop of Aleppo called for intervention from Western forces to stop the “monstrosities” being perpetrated by the jihadists.

“ISIS, which has already killed thousands in the region, is terrifying the faithful in Aleppo,” he wrote in a message to Aid to the Church in Need.

“After [attacks on] Maloula, Mosul, Idleb and Palmyra, what is the West waiting for before it intervenes? What are the great nations waiting for before they put a halt to these monstrosities?”

 

(Article from Christian Today by Carey Lodge at http://www.christiantoday.com)

“Whoever Disbelieves, Strike Off His Head” Muslim Persecution of Christians

  • Such inaccurate portrayals that seek to downplay the Muslim persecution of Christians are standard for the BBC.

  • “[T]he French and the US, with their regional allies… persevere in error, commit strategic, grotesque mistakes … instead of recognizing that their guaranteed support to jihadist groups has led us to this chaos and has destroyed Syria, making us regress 200 years.” — Syrian Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo.
  • “The Saudi Arabian government has reportedly passed a law that imposes the death penalty on people caught smuggling Bibles into the majority-Muslim country. … This means that anyone handing out any kind of religious literature that is not of Islamic faith can legally be executed” — Samuel Smith, The Christian Post.
  • All churches in Cairo must be demolished. — The Islamic State.

Throughout February, members of the largest Christian minority in the Middle East, the Copts, were slaughtered.

The Islamic State released a video in mid-February depicting 21 poverty-stricken Coptic Christians being decapitated in Libya, where these men had gone to find work. While holding their victims’ bodies down, Islamic State members shoved their fingers in the Christians’ eyes, craned their heads back, and sliced away at their throats with knives — all in the name of Allah and Islam, even as the slaughtered called out to the “Lord Jesus Christ.”

Over one month before the video appeared, the BBC had falsely reported that the majority of those now-slaughtered Copts were “released.” (Such inaccurate portrayals that seek to downplay the Muslim persecution of Christians are standard for the BBC.)

In the video, the lead executioner waves his dagger at the camera while saying, “Oh people, recently you have seen us on the hills of as-Sham and Dabiq’s plain [Syrian regions], chopping off the heads that have been carrying the cross for a long time. And today, we are on the south of Rome, on the land of Islam, Libya, sending another message.” He concluded by declaring: “We will fight you [Christians] until Christ descends, breaks the cross and kills the pig” (all eschatological actions ascribed to the Muslim “Christ,” Isa).

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Islamic State terrorists prepare to murder 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya, February 2015.

Also in February it was revealed that Egypt’s Al Azhar University — seen by many as Sunni Islam’s most authoritative voice — continues to incite enmity for and violence against non-Muslims “infidels.” The Islamic university was exposed as offering, free of charge, “a book,” in the words of an Egyptian secular critic, “whose latter half and every page — indeed every few lines — ends with “whoever disbelieves [“infidels”] strike off his head.”

On February 23, yet another Coptic Christian man, Hani, was fatally shot in al-‘Arish, Sinai, by members of the Islamic terrorist group, Ansar Bait al-Maqdis. Hani was in his shop when three terrorists drove by and opened fire on him killing him immediately. Weeks earlier, masked gunmen stormed the home of another Coptic Christian man residing in al-‘Arish. After robbing him and his family at gunpoint, they shot him several times in the head, instantly killing him. According to the slain man’s wife, her husband was murdered “only because he was a Copt [Christian].” She pointed out that the masked intruders stole everything in sight — the money in his pockets, whatever jewelry she was wearing, her handbag, cell phones, and even a Bible. After plundering everything, they then shot the Christian “infidel” in the head, leaving his wife widowed and his children with no breadwinner.

On February 2, the Islamic State (IS) announced that it had executed yet another Christian priest in Mosul — Paul Jacob, who had been kidnapped eight months earlier. The Islamic State apparently also blew up his parish. His execution reportedly took place in Ghazlani Camp in southern Mosul, where a militia camp is located. Although various Arabic media reported this story, the Chaldean Patriarchate denied “recent news stories that report a priest being executed by Islamic State militants in Mosul.”

The Islamic State also terrorized Christians in other regions during the jihad. In the early hours of February 23, IS fighters attacked several Christian villages along the Khabur River in northeastern Syria. Four Christians who had enrolled in the Assyrian militia were killed, as well as a civilian child. One Christian woman was raped by the Islamic invaders before being slaughtered.

Approximately 250 Christians, including women and children, were taken hostage. The majority, around 230, are still being held. The Islamic State is demanding $23 million to release them. If the ransom is not met, based on precedent, the Christian hostages will most likely be enslaved, raped, or simply slaughtered.

Several churches were also torched or damaged during the same jihadi raid. These included the church in Tel Hurmiz, one of the oldest churches in Syria; the Mar Bisho church in Tel Shamiran; the church in Qabr Shamiy and the church in Tel Baloua.

This raid further “brought to light [the] deplorable conduct on the part of other persons,” namely the West, said Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo:

I wish to say quite clearly that we have the feeling of being abandoned into the hands of Daesh [Arabic acronym for the Islamic State]. Yesterday American bombers flew over the area several times, but without taking action. We have a hundred Assyrian families who have taken refuge in Hassakè, but they have received no assistance either from the Red Crescent or from Syrian government aid workers, perhaps because they are Christians. The UN high commission for Refugees is nowhere to be seen.

In a separate interview, the Syrian archbishop added:

With their disastrous policies mainly the French and the US, with their regional allies, have favored in fact the Daesh [IS] escalation. Now they persevere in error, commit strategic, grotesque mistakes … instead of recognizing that their guaranteed support to jihadist groups has led us to this chaos and has destroyed Syria, making us regress 200 years.

Underscoring that charge, the governments of Western nations, far from helping, often make matters worse for already persecuted Christians in the Middle East, reports appearing in February indicated that dozens of Western Christians have traveled to the Middle East to fight on behalf of their Christian brethren being persecuted and slaughtered by the Islamic State.

In the words of Jordan Matson, an American who has been fighting against the Islamic State since September 2014, “I decided that if our government wasn’t going to do anything about it, I would…. We’re getting shot at on pretty much a daily basis. It’s more of a World War II or Vietnam style fight. We don’t have the technology that the United States military has to push our enemies away.”

The rest of February’s roundup of Muslim persecution of Christians around the world includes, but is not limited to, the following accounts, listed by theme and country in alphabetical order, not necessarily according to severity.

Muslim Attacks on Christian Churches and Monasteries

Cameroon: Islamic militants fleeing a three-nation offensive took revenge Thursday, February 5, by attacking churches, and shooting and burning to death as many as 100 people. According to Cameroon’s Information Minister, Issa Tchiroma Bakari, approximately 800 militants from neighboring Nigeria’s Islamic terrorist organization Boko Haram entered the Cameroon border town of Fotokol; there, they burned churches, “slaughtered youth who resisted joining them to fight Cameroonian forces” and then used the youths they took with them as human shields.

Egypt: A project to build a road around Fayum, Egypt, crosses territory around the Coptic monastery of St. Macarius and threatens to destroy this ancient archaeological site dating to the 4th century — some 300 years before Islam was born and invaded Coptic Egypt. As a response to the project, the monastery’s monks objected with passive resistance — laying their bodies before the path of the bulldozers, which arrived with shouts of “Allahu Akbar” from the company workers (click here for pictures of monks lying before tanks). Previously, the monks had submitted alternative plans for a road that would also preserve Egypt’s ancient Christian site, but authorities rejected them.

Islamic State: IS militants blew up the Church of the Immaculate Virgin — one of the largest and oldest Chaldean churches in the ancient section of Mosul. “The organization,” a security source said, “finished wiring the church with explosives this morning and detonated it, leaving widespread destruction in the church and neighboring buildings.” The old church — which stood on the foundation of what was the most ancient Christian church in Mosul — had withstood previous militant Islamic attacks, including a 2008 car bomb attack. The Islamic State also continued to purge any sign or symbol of Christianity from one of the oldest Christian regions, the Nineveh plains of Iraq and the adjoining city of Mosul. Acts of wanton hate and destruction at the hands of IS members throughout February include the destruction of the cross of the St. John Church in the Hamdaniya district, the ransacking of the church, and the destruction of the cross of the Church of the Hour in Mosul. A large copper-encased statue of a statue of St. George was also stolen from the St. George Monastery in Mosul. Other Christian symbols and icons — including the statue of the Virgin Mary in the monastery’s courtyard — were smashed to pieces.

Islamic State/Egypt: Hussein bin Mahmoud, a jurist of Islamic law for the Islamic State, said in an article published on February 17, and that also appeared on various jihadi websites, that all Christian churches in Cairo must be demolished. The article, “Ruling on Egypt’s Christians,” written like a fatwa, inaccurately asserts:

The ruling concerning the churches that are in Cairo is that they be destroyed, according to the consensus of the righteous forefathers [Salaf], because they are new under Islam, and Cairo is a new city whose original inhabitants were Muslim; there were no churches in it previously. As for churches in Upper Egypt, which may have been in existence before the Islamic conquest of Egypt, these may remain but may never be renovated or fixed.

The Islamic state cleric cited medieval jurist Ibn Taymiyya (d. 1328), some of whose fatwas deal with Islam’s views on churches, which are described as “worse than bars and brothels.” Taymiyya and many other jurists (such as Ibn Qayyim), in fact, called for the destruction of all churches built after the conquests (See Crucified Again, pgs. 35-36 for a review of the relevant fatwas/teachings).

Niger: According to a nun who escaped the violence that erupted after the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo published cartoons of Muhammad, 40 churches were torched and 10 people slaughtered. The nun added that “the intention was to torch all the churches with us inside them on Christmas Day and burn us alive!” This never came to pass but, as with the Charlie Hebdo cartoons, an excuse was found (“collective punishment” is often an excuse to kill — in this instance, blaming Niger’s Christians for the actions of Parisian atheists). “Boko Haram students,” said the nun, “believe they must kill Christians in order to take their place in paradise, but we won’t surrender to fear because love must prevail over hatred.”

Pakistan: On the morning of February 19, three armed men entered Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic church in Kasur district, Punjab, which is 97% Muslim. The men took hostage the church personnel, the assistant parish priest, Father Ijaz Bashir, and the congregation. Before leaving the premises, the men stole mobile telephones, cameras and a computer. This was not the first time the church was targeted. Earlier, Father Leopold, the parish priest, was robbed by thieves who “pretended to be ordinary members of the faithful wanting to enroll some children at the parish school. Then they suddenly pulled out guns.”

Tanzania: A church in Mashewa — in the overwhelmingly Muslim-majority area of the Muheza district of Tanga Region — was set on fire. Before that, the pastor of the church had been repeatedly threatened.

Muslim Attacks on Christian Freedom

(Apostasy, Blasphemy, and Proselytization)

Egypt: A 26-year-old Coptic Christian man and his fiancée were arrested on the accusation that they blasphemed on Facebook against the prophet of Islam, Muhammad, and his child-bride, Aisha. When the accusation was made that Michael Munir had posted something offensive concerning Muhammad, dozens of Muslims surrounded his house in the village of Dimyana in Daqhiliya governate, Egypt. The angry Muslims were reportedly about to set fire to his home when security forces arrived and arrested him. Munir was reportedly being held, pending investigation, for four days.

Iran: As reported on February 2, Victor Bet-Tamarz, a sickly 60-year-old Assyrian Pentecostal church leader, and another unidentified Christian — both of whom were among many Christians to be arrested after Iranian security forces raided his Tehran home during a Christmas celebration — remained behind bars. According to reports based on testimony from Christians present during the anti-Christmas raid, “Police was seen filming the arrests, forcing each Christian to state their identity, explain why they were there and why they thought they were being detained. Authorities reportedly separated men from women and proceeded to search them, confiscating Bibles, mobile phones and identification papers. Police also searched Pastor Victor’s home, seizing his computer, mobile phones and books.”

Pastor Saeed Abedini, who has been in imprisoned and tortured in Iran, in the brutal prisons of Evin, then Rajai Shahr, for three years in an eight-year sentence, also remains in unspeakable conditions for the “crime” of being a Christian.

Islamic State: Ten elderly and disabled Christians (eight men, two women) who “managed to escape” from the Islamic State, after refusing to convert to Islam, shared their experiences. On Oct. 24, IS forced them out of a nursing home in Mosul and plundered their money, jewelry and IDs. The group explained how they were also pressured to say the shehada (the Islamic oath accepting Allah, and Muhammad as his prophet) and become Muslim. Rahel, one of the women from the group, said “We did not want to become Muslim; we just wanted to leave.” Another elderly man said: “IS used to beat us every day with their weapons or hands. They gave us little food.” Separately, Islamic State members arrested the owner of Arab Generation, one of the oldest bookstores in Mosul, for selling Christian books. Islamic law bans the “promotion” of any religion other than Islam.

Lebanon: In early February, a number of Muslim students closed off the entrance to the College of Business Administration in Tripoli, Lebanon, calling for the immediate resignation of the newly appointed director of the school, Antoine Tanus. His crime? He is a Christian. In the words of the National News Agency, the students are protesting “over the hiring of a Christian director to manage the College of Business Administration.” Students said that they would continue protesting until the Christian director was removed and replaced by a Muslim.

Saudi Arabia: America’s supposed close friend and ally reportedly decreed the death penalty for anyone caught trying to smuggle Bibles or any other “publications that have prejudice to any other religious belief other than Islam.” According to the Christian Post:

The Saudi Arabian government has reportedly passed a law that imposes the death penalty on people caught smuggling Bibles into the majority-Muslim country.

According to the HeartCry Missionary Society, the Saudi government issued an official statement signifying that capital punishment may now be used on those who smuggle Bibles into the desert nation, where the royal family upholds a strict Wahhabi brand of Sunni Islam.

The society’s report added that the death penalty, which usually comes in the form of beheadings, can also be used against people who simply distribute the Bible and all other “publications that have prejudice to any other religious belief other than Islam.” This means that anyone handing out any kind of religious literature that is not of Islamic faith can legally be executed. [For an idea of Saudi-style execution by beheading, the video of a recent one can be viewed here.]

Tanzania: A February report told of how “a young woman from a Muslim background who had become a Christian, was beaten and badly burned by her parents after choosing to marry a Christian man. The attack came immediately after her baptism on Sunday 2 November in Zirai, Muheza district. Last year, Imamu Sudi Bin Umar of the Ansar Suna mosque in Al Masijid Tawaqal had urged all Muslim parents to punish children who chose to marry Christians.”

Uganda: The Muslim uncle of two sisters in eastern Uganda physically beat and starved them for converting to Christianity. On Sunday, February 1, the sisters (aged 14 and 16) converted to Christianity. In the words of one of the girls: “My uncle became so furious because we had embraced Jesus. He locked us inside the house and began beating us with a wooden stick, and then we were left for three days without food. At the third day, we felt as if we were going to die, and we began crying for help.” A neighbor eventually heard the two girls while their uncle was away and let them out. They fled to the church for sanctuary and treatment. Beating and trapping the girls without food is the exact recommendation Islamic law offers for females who try to leave Islam, especially in the Hanafi version of Islamic of law. Weeks earlier in Uganda, a Muslim father killed his young daughter for converting to Christianity.

About this Series

While not all, or even most, Muslims are involved, persecution of Christians is expanding. “Muslim Persecution of Christians” was developed to collate some — by no means all — of the instances of persecution that surface each month.

It documents what the mainstream media often fails to report.

It posits that such persecution is not random but systematic, and takes place in all languages, ethnicities and locations.

Raymond Ibrahimis author ofCrucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War in Christians(published by Regnery in cooperation with Gatestone Institute, April 2013).

(Article from Gatestone Institute by Raymond Ibrahim at http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/5720/muslim-persecution-christians)

Zhejiang Authorities Remove Cross, Continue Persecution Campaign

lishui cross(Lishui, Zhejiang–May 4, 2015) Zhejiang authorities continued the province-wide persecution campaign against registered and unregistered Protestant and Catholic churches on April 23 when they removed the cross topping a Protestant church in Longquan neighborhood in the city of Lishui.

Local reports state that more than 100 police officers and demolition specialists were dispatched to the church, whose registration status is unknown, at 3 a.m. on April 23. A local Christian told China Aid that many church members stood outside the church after learning of the ongoing demolition and prayed. By 5 a.m., the cross had been removed.

When a China Aid reporter contacted the church, the church member who answered the phone declined to answer questions, saying it was “not appropriate” and that he couldn’t “answer … questions directly.”

This cross removal comes after three other cross demolitions in Zhejiang in the month of April.

“One thing I’m sure of is that the authorities in Zhejiang are taking down crosses again, and they are doing it everywhere,” Pastor Zhang Mingxuan, president of the Chinese House Church Alliance, said. “From Ningbo to Lishui, they have begun to remove crosses. I believe the statement made by the central government that they will stop demolishing churches in Zhejiang is a lie. Local officials taking down Christian crosses is persecution of Christianity.”

China Aid reports on cases such as these cross demolitions in order to expose the abuse encountered by religious practitioners in China.

 

(Article from China Aid by Rachel Ritchie at http://www.chinaaid.org)

Cuban Churches Thriving Despite Incredible Poverty

As relations between the United States and Cuba begin to thaw a surprising spiritual reality is emerging, the Cuban Church is thriving.

In the midst of opposition and incredible poverty, Cuban Baptists, Assemblies of God, and other denominations are reporting amazing growth in their churches throughout the country.

In the past 20 years, Baptist churches have grown from several hundred to more than 7,000. Assemblies of God churches that once numbered less than 100 members now have more than 10,000 church comers proclaiming the Gospel.

“The Church not only survived, but in the midst of those pressures and difficulties it grew. It grew solid,” Cuban Pastor Moises De Prado said.

At the core of Cuba’s church growth are house churches springing up across the island.

Back in the 1990s, the Cuban government told churches they could not build any new buildings. Consequently, church growth became very, very easy, as Christians simply began meeting in homes.

Surprisingly, many also believe that Cuba’s poverty has fueled its church growth.  With many Cubans existing on less than $30 a month, there’s simply not the money to pursue entertainment, hobbies or other pursuits that would pull them from the Gospel.

“One church leader told me, ‘That is one of the reasons that church members spend so much time in church activities.  They can spend more time evangelizing their neighbors because they’re not distracted by a lot of material goods,” CBN News Producer Stan Jeter said.

Church leaders say one fruit of all this growth is an emerging missions movement in Cuba.

Hundreds of believers are considering or planning to head overseas as missionaries. Given their single-minded focus and long-term experience with hardship, they may be uniquely qualified to travel to new lands to spread the Gospel.

(Article from CBN by Heather Sells at http://www.cbn.com)

Former Bible College Of Wales Set To Re-open After Major Refurbishment

9926792-largeTHE former Bible College of Wales is set to re-open next month, following major refurbishment.

The venue in Derwen Fawr was founded in 1924, but its last pupils graduated in 2009, and since then has seen a development of housing on part of its land.

But the restored building will once again be used a bible school, prayer centre, hall of residence and church.

The refurbishment has been carried out by Cornerstone Community Church, an independent Pentecostal congregation based in Singapore, which bought the property in 2012 to honour the work of British missionaries in Singapore, and to ‘preserve the history of revival associated with the site’.

Church founder Reverend Yang Tuck Yoong said: “Wales is undoubtedly the nation of revivals. No other nation on the planet has seen more revivals, with the possible exception of Israel. The revival that broke forth in Wales in 1904 is of special importance because of the power and influence it generated.”The Christians in Singapore are indebted to the missionaries from the UK who brought us the gospel. Redeeming and re-establishing this Bible College, is our way of expressing gratitude for what we’ve received, and faith for the things god will do through this college.

“We are working with the local body of Welsh believers to re-establish the collect in its original commission of intercession and equipping the saints for the mission field, and we believe that this will precipitate a spiritual awakening in Wales. This could be a sign to the Welsh that their time has come yet again to make an impact in the nations beyond their shores with the power of the gospel.”

The college is due to re-open on May 25, exactly 85 years after the College’s inaugural dedication on Whit Monday in 1930, and is expected to be attended by former students.

It will start accepting students from autumn.

It’s aim it to produce men and women with leadership and ministry skills, with a three month course with more than ten lecturers from different countries.

Principal Rev Dr Colin Hurt said: “One vision that the college’s original founder, Rees Howells, was that the whole world could be reached with the gospel in his generation. He did not live to see that vision fulfilled, but I believe that we can pick up that vision, and see it become a reality.

“That was the vision of the Bible College of Wales, and that is the vision.”

Information about the college can be found at: http://bcwales.org/

(Article from South Wales Evening Post by SWEPnino at http://www.southwales-eveningpost.co.uk/)