Saturday, May 26, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
Lily of the valley
Bright and morning star
Fairest of ten thousand
How can I perceive Your beauty?
I long to see Your face
Holy lamb of heaven
Perfect son of man
Acquainted with our suffering
Broken for us all
How can I perceive Your mercy?
Help me find Your grace
Desire of the nations
The risen coming King
Holding the sceptre of justice
How can I perceive Your coming?
May You find faith on the earth
More of You and less of me
Thursday, May 24, 2007
"But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God."(Acts 20:24)
Seven Families Expelled From Their Homes - VOM Sources
On May 15, government authorities expelled seven of 10 Christian families from their village in Laos, and transported them to another village 12 hours away. According to The Voice of the Martyrs' contacts, the authorities told the families, "If you want to continue believing in Jesus' religion, you need to leave this village and go live in a village where there are Christians." The husbands were forced into vehicles while the wives were working in the rice paddies and this has resulted in chaos. The families are separated and are having difficulties adjusting at the new village because their tools, utensils and belongings are at the old village. Pray God gives the families grace and protection as they deal with these hardships. Psalm 91:14-16
Attack on Priest and Nun, Services Disrupted, Christians Beaten - VOM Sources
JHARKHAND - On May 14, Reverend George Minj and Sister Teresa Kindo, were attacked in a village near Ranchi as they returned to their parish in the evening after leading prayers in a nearby village. The priest sustained a blood clot in the head and is being kept under observation. Pray for the priest's speedy recovery and for protection as they continue their ministry in the area.
KARNATAKA - On May 13, more than 20 Hindu extremists attacked a worship service in the town of Kushalnagar. The extremists destroyed Bibles, and beat several believers. They told the pastors to stop converting people to Christianity. Pray for protection for Christians in India. Ask God to heal the believers that were beaten. Acts 4:29-30
Christians Attacked - VOM Sources
On May 11, a mob of Muslims attacked Christians in Bahma village south of Cairo after hearing rumors that a church was to be built in the village without government permission. Muslims left their Friday prayers and attacked the homes and shops of Christians, setting the buildings on fire. At least 10 Coptic Christians were injured in the attack. People from both faiths took up sticks and hatchets and began hurling bricks and firebombs at each other. At least 27 houses and shops were damaged by fire. At last report, 59 Muslims have been arrested on charges of arson and spreading sectarian strife. Pray these Christians will be encouraged to worship together, despite opposition. Pray they will demonstrate love to their neighbors. 1 Corinthians 13
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
JAKARTA, Indonesia - A 5-year-old Indonesian girl from Central Java province has died of bird flu, a health ministry official said on Wednesday.
The girl from Wonogiri died last Thursday after being hospitalized on May 17 suffering from fever and respiratory problems, said Suharda Ningrum of the ministry’s bird flu center.
Authorities were still investigating the case, but at least 20 chickens had died suddenly near her home, the official said.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
One Voice is the umbrella organisation of those churches in York who cooperate together in prayer and mission.
One Voice has no membership, just a handful of trustees, but we have become a large network of Church leaders, and leaders of associated ministries, across the denominations and traditions. One Voice's life is rooted in the weekly Wednesday morning prayer meeting – a remarkable group rooted in agreement and relationship rather than tradition or compromise.
One Voice facilitates the building of relationships between Christian leaders and ministries within the city.
One Voice organises events and ministries in the city, branding some to let everyone know that they are open to all.
One Voice was first formed in 1990 to plan a major mission in York, but began to really grow after a weekly prayer meeting was started for Christian leaders in 1999. This prayer meeting has seen substantial growth since 2004 and now has a regular attendance of about 40 Christian leaders.
See their web site here: http://www.onevoiceyork.org.uk/default.asp
Monday, May 21, 2007
"If present trends continue, within the next decade or so it appears certain we'll undergo a major biological attack that could kill or injure millions of U.S. citizens. Our centralized distribution networks and global sourcing make us uniquely vulnerable."
"Given the potential size of the threat, what is stopping us from acting to prevent it? One obstacle surely is our collective inability—despite the spinach and pet food contaminations—to admit we are at war and that casualties are inevitable."
Read the article here.
We've got Kolbeinn and his family staying with us this week. Please consider them in your prayers, they are leaders with the Iceland House of Prayer.