Posts Tagged ‘Open Doors

07
Oct
09

persecution, flooding and North Korea

Extreme Flooding in India
   India is experiencing the worst flooding in 100 years. According to the Christian Post, 222 people have died and 2.5 million have been forced from thier homes.

Kidnapped Iraqi Christian Dead
   A 45 year old Iraqi Christian was killed and kidnapped and his body found on Sunday. Since 2003, half the Christian communicty has left Iraq and more continue to leave as violent incidents like this increase.

Christian Arrested for Distributing Tracts in Egypt
   I am continually learning about more and more countries that do not have lawes against Christianity, yet Christians are arrested and persecuted there. This story is one such example.

Justice Comes to Orissa
   Its a small step, but a step nonetheless. Six people were sentenced to 4 years imprisonment for their role in anti-Christian violence. For background information on Orissa check out this past post: Orissa Prayer Campaign

The Paradox of North Korea
   Very few journalists are allowed in North Korea , however, this BBC journalist was given teh unique opportunity to visit “one of the most effective systems of control ever envisaged.”lsdkjf  /zxx.v;p

06
Oct
09

Secret Believers

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Testimonies of Discipleship Training for Secret Believers

Open Doors has developed special training courses for secret believers and the impact of those courses is wonderful. These are some of the testimonies that we have received from those who have been a part of our discipleship training programs.

 
Samuel
“I am the only Christian in my family. This makes it difficult for me. When I first became a Christian, I was very open and enthusiastic. I could not stop telling everybody about Jesus and invited many people to my house to talk about Him. It did not take a lot of time before people got offended. I then got arrested by the police and spent two months in jail for my faith.  

 

“What I loved about this training is that I finally learned about the truth. In Iran I had learned many things, but some of these would speak against each other. I also like to learn about the concept of sin. Not just what is a sin, but the broader perspective. This made a huge impact on me and my daily life.” 

 

Omid
“Before coming to the training I had a big problem. I saw ‘things’ that were very scary, like dark creatures in my bedroom. I could see them walking around. Sometimes these happenings would have a bad influence on me and I got depressed. The trainers talked to me about this and advised me what to do. What to pray before entering the room, what to pray next, and so on. This helped very well. I did all of this after coming home and since that time the creatures are gone and the problems have been solved, it is over. I am so happy about that.”  

 

“Also for me the big influence of training was the concept of sin. To know what is sin, the explanation of how it started and what it means for us today. Not just to talk about individual sins and sinners, but the total concept of it, to be away from God. That really helped me.” 

 

Salar
“I am the only one in the group who was brought up in a Christian home, I am a genuine Christian Background Believer (CBB). Growing up in a Christian home, I knew the Bible well, and knew all the stories. The training helped me putting all the separate stories together. It showed a line in the Bible, that I had not seen before. I learned how to find different Bible verses with the same meaning. This opens a way for giving service to people, helping them in a better way. I see a big need for good teachers and leaders. We have a need for more interaction, discussions and meetings with people. A week like this is so good to just be able to discuss matters and learn from each other.”  

 

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.

20
Aug
09

Orissa Christians Still Without A Voice

When you visit www.orissaindia.com, you are met with a normal government website. It talkes about upcoming festivals, shares recent news and displays maps of the area. You would never know that in the actual state of Orissa, India there is exreme violence against a religious minority. The site does not talk about the thousands of Christians who have been killed in that region over the past year, simply for being Christian. Nor does it share the stories of thousands of other Christians who are forced to live in refuge camps because Hindu extremists have burned down thier homes and threatened thier lives. Allow me to share thier stories with you now.




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