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Persecution trends in 1997

As we scan the secular news bulletins in the coming year, we ought to watch what is happening to the church.

Mr Jeff Taylor

When Filipino pastor, Severino Bagtasos, was murdered in his church by a Muslim fanatic during a Sunday worship service, his family and congregation did not rush to announce a trend was developing in the southern Philippines. They simply hurt, their mourning mixed with fear that it could happen to someone else they love.