“I am living for my community and suffering people, and I will die to defend their rights.” -Shahbaz Bhatti Wednesday, March 2, 2011 Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Minority Affairs was assassinated. An advocate for minorities Bhatti was outspoken, bold and fearless in protecting their rights. Among his life accomplishments Bhatti received the International Religious Freedom Award for rendering services to the Christian community, becoming the first Pakistani to receive this prestigious award. Bhatti had defied death threats since the assassination of Punjab Gov. Salman Taseer on Jan 4. Taseer was killed for supporting Asia Noreen, the first Christian woman sentenced to death in Pakistan on blasphemy charges. Bhatti was Pakistan’s only cabinet-level Christian and was in charge of a committee to amend the law against blasphemy. In this compelling video recorded several months ago Bhatti conceded that he was “the highest target right now” but vowed to continue his work and trusting his life to God…” full story here
The Church of God International Executive Committee and World Missions leadership is calling for all churches to have special prayer this Sunday, February 6 for Egypt.
“Egypt is in turmoil and facing the potential of destructive unrest,” stated Douglas LeRoy, general director of World Mission. “We are asking all churches in our denomination to set aside time for prayer to cover our 75 churches, 5,000 members, and Egypt the country in your prayers. The Church of God has been in Egypt since 1946. We also maintain a training facility, part of a previous YWEA (Youth World Evangelism Action) project. This is not a time to withdraw in fear, but a time to proclaim the hope of Christ.”…full article here
“The crisis in Egypt is widening with potential impact on world peace and economical stability. Two months ago, after I gave two TV interviews that were broadcasted across the Middle East and North Africa, my observation was “the situation in the Middle East is deteriorating by the hour.” I did not expect, however, that the situation will take such an unprecedented and dangerous turn as we have been watching during the last week.
I would like to share my thoughts on the current crisis in order for us to pray for this volatile situation…”more
“While most children this time of year have endless lists of toy requests for Christmas, one special child has a simple wish: to pray for her. In the true spirit of Christmas, Serena simply wants prayers to heal her from Primary Immune Disorder, which has
her constantly ill and stuck in the confines of her home. Currently the treatments are not working. Show dear Serena how loved she is by praying for her and sharing this video to spread the prayer chain around! Serena attends Marcus Pointe Baptist Church in
Pensacola, FL and this video was from the Sprit of Christmas 2010 Series. ”
“Human rights advocates and concerned individuals worldwide have spoken out on behalf of Asia Bibi, the 45-year-old Christian wife and mother who earlier this month became the first woman in Pakistan to be sentenced to death on blasphemy charges.
Bibi has been imprisoned since June 2009, after she was accused of allegedly insulting the Prophet Mohammed while attempting to share her faith with several Muslim co-workers, who had been pressuring Bibi for months to convert to Islam.
Even as Bibi’s lawyers began working to overturn the verdict, her death sentence shocked thousands of people around the world — including Pope Benedict and even Muslim scholars — who have called for her release through online petitions and official appeals to the Pakistani government. The law of blasphemy that has kept Bibi in prison for the past 15 months has been widely criticized as being a tool to promote oppression and discrimination against religious minorities, particularly Christians, in Pakistan.
According to reports from CNN and The New York Times, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari will likely pardon Bibi after completion of a full investigation by Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistani Minister for Minority Affairs…”full article here
Father God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, we call upon You to intervene on behalf of Your people, Israel. We humbly ask that You comfort those that mourn for their precious loved ones who are injured or have lost their lives in the midst of the raging fires.
It is You Lord God who sends help to those in distress; deliver Your Chosen from the path of the consuming blaze and lead them to complete safety. We ask that You place Your supernatural protection over those who have put their lives in danger to bring this raging fire that has come against Israel to an end.
Lord God of Israel we call upon You to protect Your land which You have given to Your people as their inheritance. It is You who controls the sun and the stars, the wind and the rain; we call upon You to bring the wind to a standstill so that this intense fire will not increase and ask You to quench its flames with Your miraculous rain just as You did for Elijah.
May the enemies of Israel be kept powerless by Your mighty hand while she is in a time of trouble for You are her Rock and her Fortress and You dwell in her palaces; Your presence surrounds Israel like a shield.
We give You thanks with grateful hearts for the miracles that You will perform on behalf of the Jewish people and the land of Israel for You are her refuge and her strength and a very present help in trouble. Amen
Pastor John Hagee
Christians United for Israel
Motto: „Dacă poporul Meu, peste care este chemat Numele Meu, se va smeri, se va ruga şi va căuta Faţa Mea şi se va abate de la căile lui rele, îl voi asculta din Ceruri, îi voi ierta păcatul şi îi voi tămădui Ţara.”
Împrejurările istorice de după anul 1940 au dăunat poporului român, aducându-l într-o situaţie gravă, în care atmosfera predominantă – de orbire, nedreptate şi corupţie – apasă greu asupra vieţii morale. Nu numai oamenii slabi din punct de vedere spiritual, ci chiar şi cei puternici au ajuns în confuzie şi dificultate. Pare să ne ameninţe o prăbuşire a civilizaţiei creştine.
Noi, membrii PNŢCD, credem că respectarea ordinii de drept cu temei moral, eliminarea abuzurilor de putere şi a corupţiei, crearea instituţiilor eficiente şi a reflexelor comportamentale corecte sunt imposibile fără întoarcerea la Hristos. Creştinii cu credinţă şi convingeri ferme trebuie să se trezească primii şi să readucă cuvântul şi harul lui Hristos în inimile tuturor oamenilor, prin acţiuni conştiente şi curajoase. În continuarea altor demersuri, PNŢCD consideră că este bine să se instituie o Zi de rugăciune pentru România.
Organizată în fiecare an – sub auspiciile tuturor cultelor religioase, partidelor politice şi ale altor organizaţii civice – Ziua de rugăciune pentru România ar putea mobiliza energiile responsabile din poporul nostru, pentru a ne solidariza cu toţii în sprijinul dreptăţii, cinstei, respectului şi dragostei faţă de aproapele nostru.
In acest an, Ziua de rugăciune pentru România va fi Duminica 28 noiembrie, când în Basarabia vor avea loc alegeri extrem de importante pentru destinul european al acestei bucăţi din trupul României.