Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Letter from Pastor Youcef! (who is now free!)

  • Pastor Youcef is in Prison in Iran right now for his faith. Voice of the Martyrs translated a letter from him to all of the brothers and sisters in Christ. I have copied the translated one, but the original is here. I hope that you will enjoy reading a letter from a persecuted Christian...
  • Greetings from your servant and younger brother in Christ, Youcef Nadarkhani.
  • To: All those who are concerned and worried about my current situation.
  • First, I would like to inform all of my beloved brothers and sisters that I am in perfect health in the  flesh and spirit. And I try to have a little different approach from others to these days, and consider it as the day of exam and trial of my faith. And during these days which are hard in order to prove loyalty and sincerity to God, I am trying to do the best in my power to stay right with what I have learned from God’s commandments.
  • I need to remind my beloveds, though my trial has been so long, and as in the flesh I wish these days to end, yet I have surrendered myself to God’s will.
  • I am neither a political person nor do I know about political complicity, but I know that while there are many things in common between different cultures, there are also differences between these cultures around the world which can result in criticism, which most of the times response to this criticisms will be harsh and as a result will lengthen our problems.
  • From time to time I am  informed about the news which is spreading in the media about my current situation, for instance being supported by various churches and famous politicians who have asked for my release, or campaigns and human rights activities which are going on against the charges which are applied to me. I do believe that these kind of activities can be very helpful in order to reach freedom and respecting human rights in a right way can bring forth positive results.
  • I want to appreciate all those are trying to reach this goal. But on the other hand, I’d like to announce my disagreement with the insulting activities that cause stress and trouble, which unfortunately are done with the justification (excuse) of defending human rights and freedom, for the results are so clear and obvious for me.
  • I try to be humble and obedient to those who are in power; obedience to those in the authority that God has granted to the officials of my country, and pray for them to rule the country according to the will of God and be successful in doing this. For I know in this way I have obeyed God’s Word. I try to obey along with those whom I see in a common situation with me. They never had any complaint, but just let the power of God be manifested in their lives, and though sometimes we read that they have used this right to defend themselves, for they had this right, I am not an exception as well and have used all possibilities and so forth and am waiting for the final result.
  • So I ask all the beloved ones to pray for me as the holy Word has said. At the end I hope my freedom will be prepared as soon as possible, as the authorities of my country will do with free will according to their law and commandments which they are answerable to.
  • May God’s grace and mercy be upon you now and forever. Amen.
  • Youcef Nadarkhani
Update:
On September 8th, 2012 Pastor Youcef was freed!!! 
Thank you Lord!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Help Asia Bibi!!!

  • Asia Bibi is a wife and mother of two. She has been in prison since June 2009. "Our Christ is alive" were the words she used to defend her faith. After an intense discusion with Muslim co-workers she was falsely accused of blasphamy, which is punishable by death. Two men have already been killed trying to help her.  Below is a picture of her husband and daughters praying for her to come home. To sign the petition to free her go to Call for Mercy. And if you would like to send her a letter Click Here.

NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. My goal is to write 50,000 words in the month of November. It may sound impossible to write a novel with 50,000 words in a month, but I know it can be done! If you are interested in trying your writing abilities or are curious about the program itself go to the following like... NaNoWriMo ...
  • God bless!

Hurricane Isaac

  • I just recently heard of Hurrican Isaac and I thought I would just ask you to pray for everyone effected througout all of this. That they would just be strong and see the hand of God through this. I know that we may not always be able to help others, but praying is one of the best things you can do for them right now!
  • God bless!
  • P.S.
Praying is also the cheapest way to help too! :)

Songs of Praise

  • I wanted to share these two songs to all of you. To me they are very important because of their lyrics. I first heard "Should've Been" by Citizen Way when I was running one day and the lyrics stuck to me and so I searched for the song, and I just thought it was one of the best songs I have ever heard! When I heard "I Lift My Hands" by Chris Tomlin I think the Holy Spirit touched me with this song. Everything this song sang was so true! I hope you all have the same experience I had!
  • God Bless

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