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Found: Benedict Allen, an explorer who went missing in the jungle in Papua New Guinea, has arrived home this week after being found by a missionary, Keith Copley of New Tribe Mission, on Thursday of last week. Mr Allen had gone in search of the Yaifo tribe, without any satellite phone, and concerns grew after he missed a flight home. He has contracted malaria for the sixth time, and told the BBC this week that he had recorded a video will for his family and that he was “a risk-calculator, not a risk-taker”.

Found: Benedict Allen, an explorer who went missing in the jungle in Papua New Guinea, has arrived home this week after being found by a missionary, K…

 

South Carolina case ‘to go to US Supreme Court’

THE Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina, the Rt Revd Mark Lawrence, has said that the Diocese will take its case against the Episcopal Church in South Carolina to the Supreme Court of the United States, after the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled that it would not rehear it. The parties have been entangled in a bitter dispute over the right of the Diocese, which broke away in 2012, to retain its identity and property, including 29 parish churches valued at $500 million. In August, the state’s Supreme Court overturned portions of a ruling from 2015 that the Diocese could keep church property and retain its name (News, 6 October).

 

Unprecedented Christian growth in Asia, says Increase

MORE than 0 Christian leaders from across Asia gathered in Chiang Mai, Thailand, last week, for a five-day conference organised by the Increase Association, an Evangelical charity founded in 2006, which connects church training organisations and movements across the continent. A press release spoke of celebrating “unprecedented Christian growth” in the region, “with several million new followers of Christ each year and many thousands of new churches”. Many participants used “Theological Education by Extension” resources, for which the charity’s website provides a directory

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