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30
Sep
09

Advocacy

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts and pages, I was inspired to start this blog during my volunteer work at Open Doors. While I have expanded this blog to include more than just news updates from Open Doors, I still fully support this company and would like to share some of the amazing campaigns they have going on the next couple of months.

1) Pray. Join Open Doors for the International Day of Prayer on Nov. 8. You can request a free prayer kit and use it to spread the word at your church, bible study or college campus. Not everyone can donate money or go on a missions trip to support the persecuted church, but we can all pray.

2) Text a Bible. Open Doors has a great on going campaign called text a Bible. Its as easy as it sounds. Text the word “Bible” to 20222. Reply “yes” to the confirmation text and your done. Five dollars will be charged to your next phone bill, and you’ve just placed a Bible in the hands of a Christian desperately needing daily encouragment. Visit the Open Doors website for more information.

3) Blog. Join the Open Doors Persecution Blog Network and help spread the word about the plights of persecuted Christians, praise reports from Christians worldwide, ways to advocate and make a political difference in the right for religious freedom, ways to pray and ways to donate.

 

Of course it wouldn’t be Headliner Wednesday without some headlines. Here is what is going on in the world:

  1. Tsunami hit the Samoan Islands today
  2. With so many negative headlines in the world, I love it when I find a positive one. A church in Indonesia recently won the legal battle to worship in thier own building.
  3. Pastor in India seriously wounded, Hindu extremeist suspected
30
Sep
09

My testimony

I’ve decided to share my personal testimony this Tuesday. My testimony is more a Timothy testimony than a Paul. What I mean by that is that I don’t have a radical conversion story like Paul. I grew up in a Christian home, like Timothy, and have been following Christ ever since I can remember. Of course, I’m not nearly as awesome or Godly as Timothy. Our similarities end with our backgrounds.

So, what’s the point of my testimony anyways? I used to think I didn’t have one, that I was the most boring Christian on the planet and that my life story could not possibly benefit anyone in any way. However, over the past year or so, God has been showing me my testimony and ways that it can benefit people. This is the first time I will share it publically, in its entirety. Hopefully someone out there can relate and this post encourages you or convicts you. Or better yet, does both.

I’ve been going to church with my family my whole life, but church really started having an impact on me when I was 7. We had just started going to church A (I’m keeping the church names anonymous) and I loved it. I met my best friend there (we are still friends to this day) and my Hawaiian auntie and uncle. It was a small church, so I wasn’t overwhelmed when I walked in. I remember fitting in right away and feeling like I was part of a family. We went to that church for seven years. I played the violin on the worship team, went to Sunday school, and was confident that church was the best thing ever. Then, when I was 14 and just starting to realize that grown-ups didn’t know everything, the church split. Adults, mainly my youth leaders whom I adored, where suddenly saying mean things about my parents and my aunt and uncle.  And my family wasn’t any better.  Feelings were getting hurt, friendships were being ruined, and I had no idea why.

I didn’t know it at the time, but that split was to have a very negative impact on my perception of church for the next seven years. Continue reading ‘My testimony’

29
Sep
09

Inspired by Daniel

10 Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. 11 Then these men went as a group and found Daniel praying and asking God for help.”- Daniel 6:10-11

So many things about this verse inspire me. First of all is Daniel’s passion for prayer. He prayed three times a day every day! And not just little blurbs prayed in the shower or on the commute to work, but serious, set apart pray times with no distractions. Not that I think there is anything wrong with prayers in the shower or in the car, but this verse reminds me of the importance of spending some serious one on one time with God. Something else I love about Daniel is that, when he heard that his government was doing something wrong, he didn’t go complain to his friends or rant and rave on his blog. The first thing he did was pray to God for help. I would say and do a lot less stupid things if my priority was to pray first.

Please join me in having committed prayer every day this week and in praying for the following people/events.

1) Rifqa Barry. I’m sure many of you have heard of this Muslim teen by now, who fled her family in Ohio because she was afraid they would kill her. There is lots of speculation as to whether or not she is really danger. Pray that the truth comes out, that she is protected and pray for wisdom for everyone involved in this case. Pray especially for wisdom for the pastors and Christians involved, as they will probably be scrutinized and be accused of hating Muslims. Pray that the way they handle the situation is a good example of Christ.

2) A tropical storm hit the Philippines this weekend and the consequential flooding has killed hundreds and left thousands without homes. hat same storm, Typhoon Ketsana, hit Vietnam today. Pray for the victims and pray for restoration in both regions. http://www.christianpost.com/article/20090929/typhoon-ketsana-carries-deadly-rampage-over-to-vietnam/index.html

3) Please pray for everyone who is unemployed across the country. I know times are really tough for some people. My dad has been out of work for 6 months and I have many recently graduated friends who cannot get jobs. How about you, readers? Are any of you looking for jobs? Have any of you found jobs recently?

4) Open Doors is hosting an International Day Of Prayer for the persecuted church on Nov. 8. Pray that it helps further educate people about the persecuted church. For more information click on the following link. http://members.opendoorsusa.org/site/PageNavigator/IDOP_2009_LP

5) Please pray for a friend of mine, Jaime, who is pregnant with twins. Pray that she is able to carry them to full term and that there are no complications. I also have a praise report along those lines. My nephew, Logan, was born on Friday night. Totally healthy, no complications, and he’s pretty cute to boot.

Do any of you have prayer requests or praise reports? Let me know and I’ll include them in next week’s Monday=Prayday.

25
Sep
09

Orissa Advocacy

To wrap up our week on India and Orissa I’d like to tell you about an easy way you can help bring justice to Orissa Christians.  Representative Trent Franks (R-CA) and Representative Emmanuel Cleaver (D-MO) have jointly sponsored a letter to the Chief Minister of Orissa, Navin Patnaik.  You can send a letter to your representative asking him or her to sign the letter to the Chief Minister of Orissa.  According to Open Doors, who is hosting this campaign, 11 U.S. Representatives have signed on to the letter so far. The more support the letter has, the greater the pressure is placed on the Chief Minister to take action on behalf of persecuted Christians in Orissa.

Just click on the link below. It will take you to a prewritten letter. You may change the wording or keep it. Fill in your name, click the send button and your done! It will only take five minutes of your time but it could have a long lasting impact on persecuted Christians in Orissa

https://secure2.convio.net/ccod/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=181

25
Sep
09

A little comedy to get you through the day

I know, its Friday and 5 o’clock cannot come fast enough. Here is something to make the time go a bit faster. Its a video of hilarious stand up comedian Jeff Allen. He’s clean, and his material is relatable and not hooky (like some other christian comedians I’ve watched.) You can find more of his routines on youtube, but this one is my favorite

25
Sep
09

Misery is optional

I know I’m a day late for “Thoughts on a Thursday” but better late than never. I’m still trying to get in the habit of blogging everyday 🙂 At my bible study a few nights ago, our leader showed a quote with us that struck a chord with me. “Pain and suffering in this life are not optional, but misery is.”  We were discussing Paul’s imprisonment in Philippi. He didn’t choose to be beaten and imprisoned, but he did choose to sing in his cell and be joyful. Consequently, the Holy Spirit intervened to set him free from physical bondage and, more importantly, to free the jailor from spiritual bondage. Looking back at all the times I’ve experience pain and suffering, I realize that more often than not I choose misery over joy. I wonder how many people have been turned off to Christianity because of my decision? Or how many salvation opportunities I missed because I was whining instead of singing?

23
Sep
09

India Headlines

Keeping with the theme of the week so far, here are some links to articles concerning India, specifically the violence and political and religious turmoul in the country.

Orissa is not the only Indian state experiencing violence and persecution. This article from Compass Direct tells of increased violence in Karnataka.

“India successfully launches seven satellites in a single mission, reaffirming its growing capabilities in space.” I have a secret obsession with space and will often post links having to do with various space programs. The India space program is another example of how India is becoming a more prominent world power and, therefore, why we should be paying special attention to its religious rights violations.

This Compass Direct article tells of a Christian Indian official who died in a plane crash. Muslims are calling it divine retribution because he supposedly helped convert many hindus to Christianity.Remember the Maoists? They were responsible for killing the prominent Hindu leader, a killing that led to the violence and persecution in Orissa. This BBC article tells of more conflicts between Maoists and the government.




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To EDUCATE, ENLIGHTEN and ENCOURAGE. To be a voice to those who have none, a voice that is LOUDER than their persecution, oppression and pain. A righteous voice that is LOUDER than the enemy.

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