Saturday, April 26, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Location: Saint Giles Presbyterian Church
2027 Emerywood Drive, Charlotte, NC 28210 US
When: Friday, April 25, 6:00PM
The evening schedule is as follows:
Sanctuary Prayer 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Prayer Gathering Service 7pm-9pm
Prayer Watch 9 p.m. to Midnight
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Forty-six Christians Arrested, Two Remain in Detention - China Aid Association
China Aid Association (CAA) reports that the Chinese Communist government recently launched a strategic campaign against house churches in Xinjiang Autonomous Region. As a result of this campaign, on April 13, 46 Christians were arrested by Public Security Bureau (PSB) officials during a Bible class and worship service in Kashi City, Xinjiang Province. CAA reported, "Forty-six house church Christians were holding Bible class and worship in the home of Mr. Ding Zhichun when PSB officials intruded into Ding's home and arrested all of them. Forty-four Christians were released after the trial day, following a 50 Yuan deposit to the PSB, by the family members." CAA added, "The Christians were mandated to confess their illegal Sunday worship activities and study the government's handbook on Religious Policy. They were also required to return and recite the policy to officials within one week." The Voice of the Martyrs supports and stands with Christians in China and encourages you to pray for believers who are living under immense pressure. Ask God to encourage and minister to the two Christians still being held by the police. Pray their testimony will draw nonbelievers into fellowship with Christ. Psalm 91
Four Christian Teachers Murdered - VOM Sources
On April 13, four Christian teachers, two of them converts from Islam, were murdered by Islamic militants in Beledweyne in south-central Somalia. The four teachers, two British citizens of Somali origin-Mr. Daud Hassan Ali (64) and Ms. Rehana Ahmed (32)-and two unidentified Kenyans, were shot and killed by Islamist insurgents during a midnight raid on the Hakab Private English School. The Islamic extremist group responsible for the violence, alleged that they fired indiscriminately and that the teachers were killed in crossfire. Local people, however, believe the teachers were singled out for their suspected evangelistic work. The wife of Daud Hassan Ali alleged that her husband was targeted because he was a Muslim-born convert to Christianity. Pray the families of those killed will rest in the knowledge that those who die in the Lord will be raised with Him. Pray the perpetrators of this attack will come to repentance and salvation. Pray for wisdom and protection for those serving Christ in Somalia. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Pastor Beaten and Jailed in Samarkand - Forum 18 News
On April 3, Pastor Bobur Aslamov was beaten and jailed in the city of Samarkand, Uzbekistan, following a police raid on a house church meeting. According to Forum 18 News, "Other members of the house church were also beaten during the raid. The pastor remains in detention in an unknown location." At last report, no formal charges had been filed against him. Pray for the release of Pastor Aslamov from prison. Pray Uzbek Christians will continue to share Christ fearlessly despite the ongoing pressure. Ephesians 6:18-20
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Matthew is coming home next month to prepare things for being back in KC next fall. We've missed him and it will be glorious to have him home! He has had a tremendous semester at FSM in Kansas City, we're popping some buttons (which you would understand if you jump over some time and read his blog).
So its busy. My heart is full for ZHOP, Iceland, Bolivia. The church in Charlotte. The young staff at the house of prayer and its leaders. Young friends getting married, having babies. Young adults seeking counsel and friendship with someone further down the road whom they can trust. Teaching interns, speaking to the fellowship at ZHOP regularly. In the midst of the busyness, trying not to lose sight of Jesus. Working to keep my heart for Him alive. This is life, its imperative to keep asking for the Kingdom. The place where Jesus rules and has His way.
Gotta go! Off to the day!