Friday, March 22, 2013

Prayer Requests

  • Please take the time to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ!
  • Please pray for Faaris, a five year old who was burned in an accident, Pastor Tana’s five-year-old son, Faaris, was taken to the hospital Monday after suffering severe burns in a gas explosion. The family was unaware of a leak in their gas cylinder and Faaris was nearby when it burst. About 60 percent of the boy’s body is burnt, including his abdomen, back, hands and legs. go here to read the article.
  • Paster, who was injured in a biking accident, Pastor Hira was riding his bike home from a fellowship when he met with an accident, which left him with a broken hand and leg. He is in serious condition, and doctors are recommending surgery for this district pastor, who leads 12 other pastors in the area. go here to read article.
  • Paster hit by moterbike, Pastor Udayan suffered a head injury Sunday during a head-on collision between his bicycle and a motorbike. Although his condition is stable, he has a severe headache and remains in the hospital’s intensive care unit. His doctors are concerned about blood clots in his brain and have referred him to another hospital so he can receive a CT scan and appropriate treatment. go here to read more
  • Pakistan--Christian Neighborhood Destroyed in Riot
      A mob of about 3,000 people looted and burned a Christian neighborhood in Lahore on March 9 after a man in the neighborhood was accused of blasphemy. The riot forced 200 families to flee. Mosque loudspeakers began to broadcast news of the blasphemy charge at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 8, and a mob of extremists appeared in the neighborhood at 9 the next morning. Terrified Christians fled their homes, remembering a 2009 riot in Gojra, Pakistan, in which eight Christians were killed, many more injured and at least 40 homes destroyed. As in Gojra, police in Lahore apparently stood by while the mob destroyed at least 175 homes in the neighborhood over a five-hour period. The man accused of blasphemy is in police custody.
  • Senegal--Brazilian Christians Remain in Jail After Conversion Complaint
      Two Brazilian Christians remain in prison in Senegal on charges of kidnapping and child trafficking. The Christians operated a home for street children, many of whom were members of Quranic schools that force their pupils to sleep on the streets. The home provided food, shelter and education to about 17 children. After one of the youths told his father he had become a Christian at the home, the boy's father made accusations against Pastor Jose Dilson Alves Da Silva. Legal efforts and intervention by Brazilian diplomats have so far had no effect. "This is a prayer subject for all of us," said VOM's field worker in Senegal. "The only person who can solve this problem is the Lord."
  • Turkey--Murder Conspirators Released on Bail
      All but one of the 14 men arrested in a murder plot against Pastor Emre in Izmit have been released on bail, pending the investigation and trial. According to VOM's field worker for the region, "Christians have to work harder than most people to get justice in Turkey, a country where victims need lawyers to push the justice system to pursue justice." Pastor Emre has already offered forgiveness to the conspirators.
  • God bless!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

God can use ALL of it!

  •  Someone I know recently explained how we are created in God's image and that we are like mirrors: reflecting to others God's love. We are broken mirrors that are lying on the ground getting stepped on every second. But, when we accept God, He is putting us back together. Even when we may 'break' He is fixing up all of the cracks he can find. When we have 'scars', it shows where we've been, and that God helped us through those times. A lot of us want to be used by God. Whether it is sharing the gospel, or how our lives are looking. Everything that goes on in our life, whether it is trials or a blessing, God is going to use it for HIS glory, your experiences and everything that has happened in your life. My Mamma was talking to me about it earlier, and I was trying to think of all the trials that have happened in my life he used for others. There were some, like when my first foster sister left, I wondered why God let her go back to her family. It broke my family and my heart so much that we wondered if we would ever do it again. Now, I am willing to go through that experiance all over. I would rather have my heart break 1,000  times, and giving that new brother or sister all the love I can, than them never know and experience the love of Christ. 
                        2Corinthins 1:3-7
3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. 4 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 5 For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. 6 Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer. 7 We are confident that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in the comfort God gives us.
  • When we go through trials, God will use them for his kingdom, and we'll be able to comfort the people who are going through times we've already been through: because we know what it's like.
  • Somebody Else's Story-by John Waller. God bless!                                                                                                                                                                 

Monday, March 11, 2013

"Is Suffering Optional?" by Francis Chan

  • One of the things that I have a heart for is the Persecuted Church, I am amazed at how much they can go through because of their faith in Christ. I always wonder if I would ever be able to be as courageous as them. They are just everyday men and women, boys and girls, but they all have one thing in common: Jesus Christ. They might not think themselves special, but they are. Just like you.
  • Below is a by Francis Chan. I hope you will listen to it, because it might just strengthen your walk with Christ. I know it is 46 minutes, but you don't have to watch it all at once!
  • God bless you tonight, and know that He is there always, not matter what is happening.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Two of my favorite Songs

       Christ is Risen/Matt Maher
I Have Decided to Follow Jesus

Friday, March 1, 2013

Blessing in Disguise

  • Well, as some of you know, I was competing in rock climbing and I did not make it to Nationals. Today is the first day of Nationals and finishes on the 3rd. Daddy was talking to me earlier today about it, and we realized that is was sort of a blessing in disguise because on February 26, of this new year my Grandpa died [tomorrow we are going to have a memorial service]. I am very grateful to God that He allowed me to say goodbye to my Grandpa, because we don't always get to say goodbye.
  • Death. I have thought about it before, and have never really been effected by it very much. I hadn't thought super long on the thought, because I didn't think it would happen this early. But, death will always happen, and it's not something to be scared of. Mama and I were talking one day and she was saying that people will reflect on the life of the person who died. We see whether they lived for themselves, or that they lived a godly life.
  •  If you died today, what would people think about you?