Monday, October 20, 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014

Asia Bibi...Please Pray for Her!!!


Yesterday, the Pakistan’s High Court rejected the appeal of a Christian woman sentenced to death for the crime of blasphemy. Unless the Supreme Court intervenes, Asia Bibi will be put to death.
After half a dozen postponements and cancellations, Asia Bibi’s appeal was heard on Oct. 16 in the Lahore High Court. The defense took most of 35-minute hearing to argue their side, stating that plaintiffs waited six days before filing a complaint against the Christian woman. They argued that this showed conspiracy and intentional targeting. Her lawyers also pointed out that the man who issued the complaint did not even witness the alleged blasphemous statement. Twenty-five mullahs watched the proceedings from inside the courtroom. Outside, some 2,000 mullahs gathered in an effort to pressure the court into uphold the death sentence.
After the judges deliberated for nearly an hour, they denied her appeal. Asia Bibi’s lawyers now have 30 days to appeal to the Supreme Court, Pakistan’s highest court.
Asia Bibi was arrested in June 2009 after a heated argument with two of her co-workers. Asia worked for a Muslim-landowner as did many of the women in her village. As one of three Christian families in her village, after being pressured to convert to Islam during the spat, she defended her faith. “Our Christ is the true prophet of God,” she reportedly told the women, “and yours is not true.”
For this crime, in November 2010, she was sentenced to death. It took nearly four years before the courts would listen to her appeal. Having her appeal heard before the Supreme Court will likely take just as long. VOM sources say she could expect to wait months or even years.
There have been 5,000 blasphemy cases registered between 1984 and 2004 in Pakistan, but only 964 people were charged. Though death sentences in blasphemy cases are not uncommon, Asia Bibi was the first woman given the death sentence under this charge. Her appeal will be the second of death penalty case for blasphemy to reach the Supreme Court. In 2002, Christian man Ayub Masih was acquitted, giving Pakistani Christians hope that Asia Bibi may also acquitted.
Even if Asia Bibi is acquitted by the Supreme Court, she remains in danger from Muslim radicals. One Islamic cleric put a half-million rupee (US $5,000) bounty on her head. Extremist vigilantes have murdered 52 people following their acquittal from blasphemy charges, including 15 Christians. They have also targeted politicians like Governor Salman Taseer and Federal Minister Shahbaz Bhatti, a Christian, who both called for reforms to the blasphemy laws in Pakistan. Both men were killed within months of one another in 2011.
Following the ruling, Asia’s husband Ashiq Masih noted his disappointment, saying, “This appeal was supposed to be a ray of hope, but the rejection of the appeal has shattered our confidence.” VOM sources close to Asia say she’s probably depressed at this news. She has spent most of the last five years in near solitary confinement. She will need prayer and encouragement as she and those who are helping her continue to wait to see what God will do.
Asia told VOM workers, “Please do something. I have waited so long, and I want to be with my children.
(this was taken from VOM's webstite)

Monday, October 6, 2014

Get ready for IDOP!


  • It's getting to be close to the time where soon many Christians will be praying for the persecuted. International Day of Prayer is in the beginning of November, and for those of you who'd like to bring awareness, here are some resources.
  • Voice of the Martyrs is giving a free video about those in Syria. Go to  http://www.persecution.com/idop for more information. 
  • Open Doors is giving a free kit that will have information on how to hold a prayer group, a video, and a few other things as well. 
  • Hope this helps you, and God bless!
Christians in need of prayer: These are only a few of those in need of prayer, if you'd like to find out more go to http://www.icommittopray.com/

Asia Bibi she's been in Pakistan's prison since 2009, and has a family at home. 

Saeed Abedini  an American citizen, has been in prison for two years now, and has a wife and two kids who miss him.


Meriam Ibrahim's lawyers, 5 who possibly might have their license revoked. (they are not Christians, but do defend Christians and other minorities)
Meriam Ibrahim, her husband, and their two children are surrounded by part of their legal team shortly after her release on June 23. Five of her defense attorneys have been banned from leaving Sudan and may lose their license to practice law.


Friday, September 19, 2014

Trapped

I know it's been a while, but I'd thought I'd share about a drama that's going on this weekend.
Trappped, a walk through experience, is put on by The Way, a church here in Lynchburg. Trapped is a drama to bring awareness of human trafficking, and shows the lives of two girls. To learn more, go to http://www.whatistheway.org 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Meriam Ibrahim is FREE!


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Here is a picture of Meriam with her children aboard the plane to Italy. 
  • Thanks to God for His hand in Meriam's case. Meriam is finally free and is in Italy right now until she can come to the U.S. and join her husband. 
                                                  Meriam and her Husband
  • I know many Christians all over were praying for Meriam and her family. I am SO excited that those prayers were finally answered! 
  • Click here to read an article by ACLJ about Meriam's freedom.

Meriam Yahya Ibrahim of Sudan

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Help Meriam! Time may be running out.

Below I have copied part of a post that came from "A Place Called Simplicity" If you go to the blog you'll be able to see the whole post as well as enter in a giveaway.  
Meriam, a mother and wife in Sudan is still on death row. She has just had her baby girl, and her 20 month old baby boy with her in prison as well. The father is an American, and her only crime is being a Christian. Please,  I ask that you would help share the news and sign another petition to bring the White House's attention to it... 

..... If a petition has over 100,000 signatures the White House is forced to respond to it. 

All one has to do is register to sign.  There are all kinds of White House petitions
going on a regular basis.  There is no threat to your safety to sign and I have never
been contacted in any way since registering to sign a different petition
 about a year or two ago. 

So here's my question for today:

Would you please sign the White House petition on Meriam's behalf 
and would you then please ask your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, 
and anyone else you can think of to sign as well??  

The sooner the White House petition has the 
mandatory 100,000 signatures -  the sooner 
the White House is forced to respond!!  

And an interesting side note -

Anyone 13 or older can participate 
and sign the White House petition -
it says so right here!!  

Other governments have expressed outrage at Meriam's horrific sentencing...
we need the government {which Meriam's husband is a citizen of} to swiftly
respond.

It is said that Meriam will face her 
100 lashes 
in the next two weeks!  


Meriam and her new baby Maya.  

Monday, May 19, 2014

Pray for Meriam, and sign her petition!


  • Please pray for Meriam Ibrahim. She is a pregnant mother in Sudan who was sentenced on May 14th to death. After the birth of her child she is to receive 100 lashes before her execution. The judge gave her three day to repent of her "crime" her faith in Jesus. And she refused.  Please keep her in your prayers, and sign the petition and BeHeard. Be the voice for Meriam, and share about her with your church and friends.
  • To find out more and to sign the petition, go to http://beheardproject.com/meriam

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Will You Sponsor a Youth?

Coming soon... UMA's Summer Camp 2014!! 
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Urban Mountain Adventures is partnering with YDI Headwaters Youth Camp to give our kids a Summer Camp experience they will never forget!
The theme of Summer Camp 2014 is going to be 'YOLO', 'You Only Live Once'. Today's youth culture has wholeheartedly embraced this mantra as a justification for poor decisions and an excuse to live as if there are no consequences. We want to teach our youth the importance of how our decisions determine not only the course of our life on earth but also where our eternal life will be spent. We do only have one life to live on earth, and we should enjoy it! We should live it as a gift from God. But we should live it remembering the One who gave it to us!
#YOLO, so dont waste it!
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Friday, May 9, 2014

Please pray for the girls in Nigeria


  • For those of you who have heard the sad story of the 300 girls that were kidnapped in Nigeria, here is an article about it and ways you can help. Open Doors Report of 300 kidnapped girls. 
  •                         Send Prayers & Encouragement To The Families Of The Nearly 300 Girls Kidnapped In Nigeria

Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Easter Story


The Death of Jesus


45 At noon, darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock. 46 At about three o’clock, Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli,[j] lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”[k]
47 Some of the bystanders misunderstood and thought he was calling for the prophet Elijah. 48 One of them ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, holding it up to him on a reed stick so he could drink. 49 But the rest said, “Wait! Let’s see whether Elijah comes to save him.”[l]
50 Then Jesus shouted out again, and he released his spirit. Matthew 27:48-50

Jesus shouted, "Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!" And with those words he breathed his last.  Luke 23:46

 51 At that moment the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, rocks split apart, 52 and tombs opened. The bodies of many godly men and women who had died were raised from the dead. 53 They left the cemetery after Jesus’ resurrection, went into the holy city of Jerusalem, and appeared to many people.
54 The Roman officer[m] and the other soldiers at the crucifixion were terrified by the earthquake and all that had happened. They said, “This man truly was the Son of God!”
55 And many women who had come from Galilee with Jesus to care for him were watching from a distance.56 Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary (the mother of James and Joseph), and the mother of James and John, the sons of Zebedee. 

The Burial of Jesus

57 As evening approached, Joseph, a rich man from Arimathea who had become a follower of Jesus, 58 went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. And Pilate issued an order to release it to him. 59 Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a long sheet of clean linen cloth. 60 He placed it in his own new tomb, which had been carved out of the rock. Then he rolled a great stone across the entrance and left. 61 Both Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting across from the tomb and watching.
Matthew 27:51-61

As his body was taken away, the women from Galilee followed and saw the tomb where his body was placed. Then they went home and prepared spices and ointments to anoint his body. But by the time the were finished the Sabbath had begun, so they rested as required by the law. But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. Luke 23:55-56.24:1

The Guard at the Tomb

62 The next day, on the Sabbath,[n]the leading priests and Pharisees went to see Pilate. 63 They told him, “Sir, we remember what that deceiver once said while he was still alive: ‘After three days I will rise from the dead.’ 64 So we request that you seal the tomb until the third day. This will prevent his disciples from coming and stealing his body and then telling everyone he was raised from the dead! If that happens, we’ll be worse off than we were at first.”
65 Pilate replied, “Take guards and secure it the best you can.” 66 So they sealed the tomb and posted guards to protect it.

The Resurrection

Early on Sunday morning,[a] as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb.
Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it. His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow. The guards shook with fear when they saw him, and they fell into a dead faint. Matthew 27:62-66. 28:1-4

They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. So they went in, but they didn't find the body of the Lord Jesus. As they stood there puzzled, two men suddenly appeared to them, clothed in dazzling robes. The women were terrified and  bowed with their faces to the ground... Luke 2:2-5

Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying. And now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and he is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there. Remember what I have told you.”
The women ran quickly from the tomb. They were very frightened but also filled with great joy, and they rushed to give the disciples the angel’s message. And as they went, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they ran to him, grasped his feet, and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t be afraid! Go tell my brothers to leave for Galilee, and they will see me there.”

The Report of the Guard

11 As the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and told the leading priests what had happened.12 A meeting with the elders was called, and they decided to give the soldiers a large bribe. 13 They told the soldiers, “You must say, ‘Jesus’ disciples came during the night while we were sleeping, and they stole his body.’ 14 If the governor hears about it, we’ll stand up for you so you won’t get in trouble.” 15 So the guards accepted the bribe and said what they were told to say. Their story spread widely among the Jews, and they still tell it today.

The Great Commission

16 Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him—but some of them doubted!
18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations,[b] baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:5-20



  • He is risen!!!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Spoken For


  • Here is a 18min video from the authors of Spoken For. I reviewed their book a little while ago on my other blog, and it is amazing. Spoken For helps show women and teen girls that we are God's and He loves YOU. I definitely suggest that you pick of a copy of their book. I am sure it will help encourage you in your walk with Christ. God bless!
  • www.robingunn.com   www.alyssajoy.me

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Waiting Zone


  • When we're all going through the early stages of our life, there comes a point when we suddenly hit "The Waiting Zone". My whole life I've known what I wanted to be, various times from many different ages. My list contains: Best soccer player in the world, great baseball player, violinist, librarian, writer, mom, missionary, get my RN and pilot's license. Simple, right?  :) I'm sure there are things that I've probably forgotten over the small amount of life I've lived, but suddenly, when you hit your mid-teen years you hit a roadblock.       "Excuse me ma'am, but are you sure that's the right way?"               
  •    The Waiting Zone. Definition: a part of your life when you're not sure, and are awaiting God's direction.
          Through all the waiting. When I don't know what I want to be. God's still there, and I'm just waiting               for Him to give me the OK sign and say, "There's your exit." It's alright that I don't know what I'll be doing for my first job, or my lifetime career. People ask me all the time what I want to be, and when I was ten, the answers has always been the same. A missionary. I can and will always be that. What exactly the type of missionary I'll be will all depend on God. I wanted to get my RN and pilot's license so I could help other people. But I'm not sure I'll get either of those. The one thing that I REALLY want to do is what God has planned since the beginning of my life. (And before). I really don't care if I'm 20 and still have no idea what I'm suppose to do, or if people think I'm crazy because every time I'm asked, "What do you want to be?" and I answer, "Whatever God wants me to be."

                                       For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord. Plans to 
                                  prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.
                                                                 Jerimiah 29:11
  • No matter what happens, always look to God for direction. His instructions will always be right.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A Few Cool Dates To Keep In Mind


  •  Here are just a few events that are going on that you might want to check into!
 Shutterfly is giving a free 8x8 photo book (minus shipping) As well as $29.99 off of any larger book. When ordering, put in promo code: STORYTIME. Offer ends this Tuesday, the 25th.


  March 21st! God's Not Dead comes to theaters. Check the website to see if there's a showing near you. godsnotdeadthemovie.com

March 22 is World Water Day, check out this link to find out more of what you can do to help others.


March 28! Jamie Grace is coming to Richmond, VA and will be singing with the Do Life Big tour at the Richmond Outreach Center at 7pm. Click here to find out how you can get tickets. To find out more about Jamie Grace, go to jamiegrace.com


April 1st! Jenny L. Cote, a favorite author of mine, will be teaching her new writing workshop for her recently published book The Wind the Road and the Way, followed by a book signing, at Chesterfield County Public Library on Lori Road, Chesterfield, VA from 2pm-4pm. To register, contact Scott Davis at davisfamilyva@comcast.net. To find out more about Jenny Cote, check out her website at epicorderoftheseven.com

  •  Hope you guys have a great week!



Monday, March 17, 2014

Each is Different and Unique


  • It's been snowing since yesterday afternoon, (kind of crazy, snow in the middle of March!). Have you ever taken the time to stop and study the details of snowflakes? There are sooo many, and each is different and unique. Just like you. Each snowflake is small. and complexly detailed. None are the same. God made you to be different. He didn't make you to be the same as everyone else. He wants you to stand out and be different, not fall into the pattern that everyone else is doing. So next time you see a snowflake, let it be a reminder that God has made you uniquely different. 
  •  You are loved by God.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

"Quote from James"

"Jesus was the perfect Big Brother growing up, it wasn't until years later I finally realized who He was."
        James, younger brother of Jesus


(fictional, but possible quote)

Friday, January 31, 2014

Story of a ten-year-old girl


  • "My Dress," the young girl murmured, her words slurred through swollen lips. "Please give me my dress. I want to hold it,"

The Christians surrounding the girl's bed were sad. Because of her extensive internal injuries, doctors could do nothing for her. Weeks ago, the believers had bought her a white dress to celebrate her new life and pure heart in Christ Jesus.
Her father had not been pleased with his daughter's decision to follow Christ. One night, in a drunken rage, he attacked his daughter, beating and kicking her. He left her lying in the muddy street to die. 
When she did not show up for church, her Christian friends went looking for her. They found the girl unconscious, lying in a heap, her formerly snow white dress now covered in blood and mud. She was brought to a doctor, but her injuries were severe.
Now she was asking for her dress.
"The dress ins ruined," her friends told her. They tried to talk her out of it, thinking that seeing the ruined dress would break down the girl's spirit. 
With the simple faith of a ten-year-old, she whispered, "Please, I want to show the dress to Jesus. He was willing to bleed for me. I just want Jesus to know that I was willing to bleed for him." 
Shortly afterwards, the young girl died.
  • (from Extreme Devotion)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

"1945" by Jamie Grace




  • Here is one of my favorite songs. "1945" by Jamie Grace. 
  • One of my favorite things about this song is when she talks about wishing about wanting to live back then. But, God put her here on earth at just the right time. That's the way it is with us. We may not understand why we are here, why we weren't in some different year, but God does. He put us here because he knows what he's doing. He knows what our purpose in life is, we may not know right away, but one day God will reveal it to us. Whispering in our ear what our life's mission is to be. So be on the lookout, listen for His still small voice. (We are called to share the Good News to everyone, but as for our mission in life I mean if we are to be a doctor, teacher, pilot, etc) 
  • God is in control, so just let go and see where He brings you.


Sunday, January 5, 2014

He Will Never Leave You


  • It's icy cold outside. The day is dark and dreary. But besides the cold weather, a new year is here and many new things will happen. Surprises may pop out of nowhere, and life may not be going the way you want it to. But that doesn't mean God isn't with you, or that He doesn't love you.  No, it is just a time in your life where you need to learn to lean on God. A time where he wants you to come to Him and experience His peace amidst the chaos of the world. "He will never leave you, nor forsake you." (Deuteronomy) When times are tough, go to God. When you feel like everything is going wrong for you, go to  God. He, will take care of all your troubles. He, will carry you when your weak. He, will always love you. It may take time before you understand what's going on, but no mater what, God will be by your side. "There is a Friend who sticks closer than a brother." (Proverbs)  
  • May you have a wonderful new year, and know that God will always be there for you.