WorldWatch: Updates on the Global Church

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Read below for this week's stories affecting the global church.

Church Lends Hand After Mexico School Fire

Christians responded when a deadly fire kills 44 children in a Mexican day care.

The blaze spread from a warehouse to the nursery which had no fire alarms or extinguishers.

Frantic parents rushed to the site, and as injured children were taken to emergency rooms, Hermosillo's Christians gathered in every hospital to console family members. 

Pastor Rafael Jimenez says the response was immediate.

"You were able to see people from many different churches praying with the people and just being there and making prayer circles outside.  We began to call different churches and pastors and we said we need to come together and make a big meeting just to pray," he said.

"The governor was there.  The mayor of the city was there and we were praying for them, too," Jimenez continued.  "The mayor was talking to us and he said it was a great relief, prayer is always a great relief."

Christians also collected a truckload of canned food and other supplies for families of the victims.

Food Factory Blast Prompts Action from Christians

Christians respond when a deadly fire kills 44 children in a mexican day care.

Federal agents are ready to begin investigating a deadly explosion at a North Carolina food factory, but it may be a few days before they can safely enter the building.

The blast ripped off parts of the roof and many of the walls at the ConAgra Foods plant tuesday.

The explosion killed three workers and injured dozens more.

Christians in the community are working in shifts to minister to the survivors.

A southern Baptist men's group has been providing food and counseling.

"When we read them scripture and have prayer with them you can just see the presence of God come over them and bring them peace and right now that's what they need is peace and comfort," said volunteer Gene Schuyler.

The CEO of the plant has promised to help employees by paying them, even though the plant is closed.

'Equality' Bill Worries UK Church Leaders

In the United Kingdom, a bill in Parliament would force British churches to employ practicing homosexuals or transsexuals, even in ministry. 

Britain's equalities minister said people of faith should push for  gay rights in their communities.  But in the meantime, the state would do it.

CBN News asked Mike Judge of the Christian Institute in the UK about the bill.

"It's in a piece of legislation called the Equality Bill, but there doesn't seem to be much equality for Christians who believe that the only context for sex is the marriage between one man and one woman," he said.  "What it will mean is that at any position in the church other than the top guy, the church minister, or someone who's involved in teaching in the church we cannot say as churches that it has to be someone who's living in accordance with the Bible's teaching on sexual ethics."

Judge says the government hopes to pass the bill this year.

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