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INDIA: Going Rate to Kill Pastors: $250

December 26, 2008 Leave a comment

Hindu extremist groups are offering money, food and alcohol to anyone who 
murders Christians and destroys their homes.

The violence is nothing new in Orissa, India, where India’s Communist Party 
estimates that more than 500 Christians have been killed by Hindu mobs in Orissa 
since late August, 12 times more than official government claims of only 40 
homicides.

But now the stakes are even higher – and pastors have a bounty on their heads.

Faiz Rahman, chairman of Good News India, said Hindu militants are targeting 
Christian leaders, the Christian Post reported. “The going price to kill a 
pastor is $250,” he said. Rahman, a head of several orphanages in Orissa State, 
said he’s helped 25 pastors to leave refugee camps, but 250 Christian leaders 
are still in shelters. “All of the pastors are high value targets,” Rahman told 
the UK-based Release International. “We’ve got to get them out of the refugee 
camps.”

An All-India Christian Council spokesman said, “People are being offered rewards 
to kill, and to destroy churches and Christian properties. They are being 
offered foreign liquor, chicken, mutton and weapons. They are given petrol and 
kerosene.” World Net Daily

Pray against this and ask the Lord to protect Pastors from this terrible plot 
against them.
He frustrates the ways of the wicked Psalm 146;9b

“Voice of the Martyrs Prayer Alert – 17/12/08”

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“AMAZING GRACE” IN VIETNAM

December 14, 2008 Leave a comment

Words cannot express my gratitude for those who prayed and encouraged us along this “journey of amazing grace.” Four of us experienced a powerful work of the Sword of the Spirit to expand and establish His Church for His Glory in Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia and Vietnam.  I believe the seed fell on fertile ground.Please pray that the Lord of the harvest would raise up many godly workers like Paul, who will allow Christ to live through them. It would only take one person with a philosophy of ministry like Paul to reach all of Vietnam and the rest of Asia.

Two of us departed Phnom Penh, Cambodia for Vietnam to launch the newly revised edition of the Vietnamese government approved CPM. While we felt freedom to boldly use the CPM in North Vietnam, we still had to stay under the radar during our travels. Outside of the tourist areas, we had to travel and minister separately and stay in different locations each night. This was not so much for our safety as it was for the safety of the dear local saints.

The two conferences lasted about three days each. The first morning we introduced the CPM, then made assignments in Acts. In the afternoon they shared their findings.Afterwards, we made assignments for the different roles in the family and the family of families; the church. The second morning, we introduced how Paul strengthened and established the newly founded churches and how he would go back to place these churches in Biblical order. In the afternoon, they taught lessons pertaining to the different family and church roles, having completed their study the night before. This would take most of the afternoon and maybe half of the next day. Their hunger for God’s Word and the Holy Spirit’s teaching was a great inspiration to us and to the other saints. This was the result of much fervent prayer. One local lady shared with us that she had been up every morning at 4:00 a.m. praying for us.

The testimonies were similar to what we so often heard throughout this work of grace. Many greatly appreciated the emphasis on the sufficiency of Scripture and the simplicity of focusing on the “one thing” that is necessary: walking in intimacy with Christ. We need to be like Mary and not get distracted, like Martha, by all the “good things”. The second testimony was their understanding of the importance of marriage and the roles of husband and wife in the context of ministry and leadership.Many were challenged by Paul’s passion to complete the task of preaching the gospel throughout Asia Minor in just ten years. Many were wondering why it is taking so long today. So, we were all faced with the reality that the ‘same old, same old’ is not going to reach all people groups with the gospel. I could go on but the bottom line is this; I am fervently thankful for prayers for this mission trip and trust that as we push forward to KNOW Christ and make Him known among all the nations, we will see the day when all nations will worship our Savior – “then the end will come.”

God’s Word Spreads in Hills of Asia

December 4, 2008 Leave a comment

This is a report from those who have studied Acts and God’s plan for evangelizing and church planting in recent months.  (some names and places changed for protection)

“The Lord has provided funds for us to make a third trip to J’s Area in December with 15 or 14 students.  We will depart on December 10 and will stay up to January.  Our purpose is to conduct a “PREACH THE WORD” CONFERENCE which is a teaching ministry that my wife and I have been led to do. The goal of this conference is to defend and to proclaim the sufficiency of the Scripture and to urge people to have more confidence in the power of the word of God.

Another purpose is to serve elderly people. We have bought clothes and medicines as well to help the elderly people who are above 50 years old. We are also willing to wash their clothes and help them do the work while we are there. We ask that you will pray for us and pray so that the word of God will continue to make such a difference in the lives of the people just as the Lord did in the past.  Our expectation is that the Lord will continue to plant more churches in this area as we obey His commission which is to go and make disciples of all nations.

The people in this area are not even more than 100,000 in number. God has equipped us by giving us such a passion for the lost and for preaching the word of God. He has opened the door for us to work with indigenous key leaders that He has raised up. We are at the hour of the time of reaping the harvest He prepared for us.  We will be able to cover more than 10 villages and proclaim the redeeming message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”