Could you pray 2 minutes?
At a critical moment in Jesus’ life, he famously asked his closest friends, who had fallen asleep, “Could you not pray with Me one hour?” (Matthew chapter 26, verse 40.) With approximately 30 days remaining to the Iran nuclear talks deadline, we are asking supporters of these 4 men: Robert ‘Bob’ Levinson, Amir Hekmati, Pastor Saeed Abedini and Jason Rezaian (a Washington Post reporter who was recently jailed), to #Pray2Minutes per day for their release. That will be one hour over 30 days! If you can do more, please do.
But can you imagine the power of prayer if 1000’s or even a million persons would be united in prayer over this one thing? Freedom for these men is not an impossibility, since nothing is impossible with God. The challenge though is moving our own selves to compel our flesh to pray for 2 minutes (see v. 41).
What to pray for?
Re-enactment of Asia Bibi’s tragic incident to be held at Pakistan High Commission Lowndes Square, London, this Saturday, 25 Oct.
Demonstration and re-enactment of Asia Bibi’s tragic incident that led to her arrest to be held at Pakistan High Commission this Saturday – 25th October 2014
A re-enactment of the savage attack on Asia Bibi a Christian mother of five children, who was later arrested and accused of blasphemy, after simply drinking water from a well and offering water to Muslim co-workers, is to be staged outside the Pakistan High Commission, Lowndes Square, London, on Saturday 25th October 2014.
Actors will attempt to illustrate the generosity of a caring woman who thought to share water with other thirsty labourers, whilst picking berries in a field. The scene will depict the scorn that the kind gesture was met with, after Muslims who deem Christians untouchable in Asia Bibi’s village felt the clean water well had been somehow defiled. The brutal and savage attack on Asia who was beaten and much worse will be played out. The portrayal will then try to encapsulate the fortitude and resolve of Asia during her captivity, her survival through failed assassination attempts, her daily prayers and supplications and total belief that she will be set free through God.
Asia Bibi has struggled through one of the most torturous miscarriages of justice in the modern age. Her story is widely known and two leading Pakistani politicians have been killed as a consequence of supporting her release. We hope those of you know her story and have been touched in some way, will put aside your differences and join us in calling for her freedom on this important day. let’s together raise a voice for her and other innocent victims in Pakistan.
A petition calling for her freedom will be submitted to the Pakistan Embassy after a 2 hour demonstration. A copy will also be submitted to the UK Parliament via 10 Downing Street later the same day, calling for engagement with the Pakistan Government over her release. An electronic copy of our petition can be signed (here)
Catholic Band Ooberfuse will be performing their Free Asia Bibi track live and we will be joined by famous acro-dancer Latasha Sinclair who will depict asia Bibi’s treatment in a dance performance.
Hear Ooberfuse’s Free Asia Bibi song (here)
Date: Saturday 25th October 2014
Time: 11:00 – 13:00
Venue: Pakistan High Commission
Address: Lowndes Square. London SW1X 9JN
John 8:7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
(Voice of the Persecuted) There is not even one day that goes by now that I don’t sit at the computer with tears in my eyes. Story after story and report after report of human rights abuses so intense and evil that you can feel your heart breaking, and your soul restless. Another woman has been murdered. This time in Syria. She was barbarically stoned to death for a charge of adultery. Her executioner with her father’s blessing asked for her last words and she said this: “I advise every woman to protect her honor more than her life,” she says. And I ask every man, before he marries off his daughter, to scrutinize her new marital environment.” (More)
This inhuman, vulgar and demoniacal ideology and the demons that carry it out in these modern times is unbelievable…but it is happening. These demons that the world has named ‘jihadists’ or ‘ extremists’ are not human, what they are is inhuman. It’s appalling, pathetic and wretched that the UN and western governments won’t call them what they really are. They are not honorable, they are not religious. And it’s beyond comprehension the world’s incompetence in fighting against this. Rings of prophecy.
Pray for God’s mercy in the Islamic nations. The persecution of minorities, Christians and women is reaching untold numbers. Pray for protection for the innocent people caught in this pit from Hell.
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FREETOWN, Sierra Leone AP — After emerging months ago in eastern Sierra Leone, Ebola is now hitting the western edges of the country where the capital is located with dozens of people falling sick each day, the government said Tuesday. So many people are dying that removing bodies is reportedly a problem. via Ebola cases rise sharply in western Sierra Leone – Yahoo News.
The Ebola virus is claiming the lives of thousands in West Africa, with some projecting those numbers to escalate into the millions. With no known cure, the disease has ravaged and devastated entire families and towns with a survival rate of only around 50%. Concentrated in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, the Ebola outbreak of 2014 is the worst in history and has spread at alarming rates. It has already reached other nations, with confirmed cases in Nigeria, Senegal, and even the United States and Spain.
Limited resources and hospital capacity have made it impossible for many to receive the care needed to save their lives. Many medical professionals have contracted the disease in an effort to help control it. But Ebola has proven to be beyond man’s control, unleashing widespread global fear.
Yet we know and believe that nothing is beyond the power and authority of God, and that only He is able to stop this disease. In this crisis we grieve not just physical death, but the death of thousands of souls unprepared for eternity. God alone holds the power to forgive and to heal (Psalm 103:3).
“Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He sent forth his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave” (Psalm 107:19,20). If there is to be any end to this crisis, we know it can only come from the hand of God; and so we cry to the Lord not only for the healing of the body, but also the soul. We pray that the spread of Ebola would be stopped and replaced by an unprecedented spreading of the Gospel across West Africa and around the world.
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Schools are at risk of “infringing the rights of children, parents and teachers” to practise their religious beliefs, the Christian Institute has warned.
The warning comes following an independent Christian school being told it may be rated just “adequate”, rather than its current “good” status, by Ofsted inspectors.
The school is accused of “not promoting other faiths,” deputy director of the Christian Institute, Simon Calvert, said.
“Astonishingly it was told it should invite representatives of other faith groups to lead assemblies and lessons, such as an Imam,” he added.
Calvert said this is evidence of new regulations, established in the wake of the Trojan Horse scandal, “requiring Ofsted inspection teams to behave in ways which do not respect the religious ethos of faith schools”.
“The wording of the regulations inevitably results in these kind of outcomes. While we obviously support attempts to address the problem of radicalisation, the current regulations fail to do this,” he said.
(Voice of the Persecuted) One day after so-called representatives of the Boko Haram sect signed a ceasefire accord with the government, the sect went on a rampage killing people in Christian areas with an undisclosed number of people having been killed. Many are feared dead.
The attacks are seen as reneging from the ceasefire agreement with government. One source from Maiduguri said celebrations had barely began when they received the news of the fresh attacks by Boko Harm. They are now left with a sense that there was no such agreement or, “perhaps, they are more than a terror group.”
A few days ago the Coordinator of the National Information Centre, Mike Omeri said in a news briefing, “The discussions are essentially in relation to the general insecurity in the North-east and also the need to rescue all captives of the terrorists, including the students of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok. “Already, the terrorists have announced a ceasefire in furtherance of their desire for peace. In this regard, the government of Nigeria has, in a similar vein, declared a ceasefire.”
Following the announcement of ceasefire between the government and the Boko Haram, which has brutally killed thousands of people on their quest of establishing an Islamic State ruled by Sharia Law, many Nigerians, VOP advocates, including our team members in the region who are very aware of the antics of the sect—called for caution.
The terror sect renewed attacks on Shaffa, Hawul Local Government in South of Borno, which reportedly killed 8 locals with several injured. Hundreds of others were claimed to have fled their homes.
All Africa reported a survivor as saying, “There was pandemonium in Shaffa as Boko Haram invaded the nearby village, shooting at everybody at sight. We had to flee into the bush and as I am talking to you many of us are taking refuge in the bush.”
The gunmen returned back to the town to gather corpses of slain members for burial. A gunfight with members of the Civilian-JTF ensued and many may have been killed including Boko Haram militants.
An attack on Abadam village in the northern part of Borno state where they reportedly beheaded several villagers including the father of a former Speaker of the Borno state House of Assembly, Goni Ali Modu.
According to Leadership news outlet, a resident of Abadam said, “dozens of gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram have taken over Abadam. They have been in Abadam since Thursday but finally [hoisted] their flags on Friday after killing many prominent people and forcing others to cross over to Niger.” He relayed that 30 people have been killed in Abadam alone, but was unsure of the actual number and that many people, especially the old are still in Abadam because they could not flee.
Trapped but fortunate to escape, residents of Bama local government area of Borno state where the Boko Haram had seized for about two months now have reported cases of serial killings of helpless residents by the Boko Haram terrorists.
One woman, Fatima Bulama, who managed to escape to Maiduguri on foot last Monday said “things are getting worst in Bama; they are killing people selectively everyday. Days before I managed to escape, they gathered all the younger women and divided them into three groups according to their age grade and then they took them away; we never knew what would become of them, but I know it would be something terrible.”
A member of the local vigilante in the area, Kashim Abba, said in Maiduguri that the sect had shown that there was no ceasefire with the latest attack. In Michia, Filli said the insurgents had overrun the villages in the earlier hours of Saturday and burnt down houses in the village, forcing residents to flee.
Earlier, a group of insurgents attacked the Borno town of Sabon Gida, said one military officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. “The fight was tough and it seems the insurgents wanted to destroy everything in Sabon Gida.”
Another said, “The ceasefire is good but we are wary of these people, besides they know us, we don’t know them. Whatever turns up, we are ready. The only regret is that so many people have been killed already but that is our pledge, to defend the territorial integrity of Nigeria against all odds,” he said.
On Sunday, Nigerian Army troops fought members of Boko Haram in the town of Damboa in Borno state.
With the latest attacks hopes are waning for the release of the 200+ Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped six months ago by the terror group. A parent of one of the missing girls, Lawan Abana said, “We were in jubilation. We had every reason to be happy … but since then the ceasefire has been broken in quite a number of places already.” Other parents have expressed their concerns and disappointment, but are trying to remain optimistic for the sake of their children.
Some question if Christians are being targeted, if the attacks are only tribal battles, or reprisals against the government or civilized activity. The Church in north Nigeria is strong. Boko Haram wants to eliminate the churches because they are unacceptable to Muslims. They don’t want Christians in the Muslim areas, so they bomb those places of worship, or refuse to give them a license to worship.
In September, Nigeria’s Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (EYN) President, Samuel Dali said the headquarters of the church is under grave threat from the Islamic extremist insurgents who seek to impose sharia (Islamic law) throughout the country.
“Boko Haram violence has been getting worse every day, and our members are fleeing the area by the thousands,” he said. “Recent attacks in Borno and Adamawa states where are our churches are located have seen Boko Haram take over the Army base. As a result, about 350 Christians have been killed.”
Boko Haram has warned Christians in North Nigeria to leave or convert to Islam.
In June you may have seen the World Watch Top 10 Violence List. Nigeria ranks No. 1 in the Top 10. Levels of violence in Nigeria remained extremely high. Nigeria consists of two parts: the predominantly Christian South and the Muslim North. Most incidents are recorded in the northern part of the country where Islamic Sharia Law has been implemented in many states, but fanatical movements, such as Boko Haram, fight to further Islamize society. Boko Haram continues to attack Christians on a large scale by burning down and bombing churches and Christian property, assaulting and kidnapping Christian women and girls. Another main driver for violence against Christians are the Muslim Fulani herdsmen. They come down from northern states to areas where Christian live and try to take over land that belongs to Christians. It has been proven the Boko Haram supplies heavy weapons and encourages the Fulani Muslims to attack Chrisitans, with many joining to become members of the brutal sect. See our Apr. 23, 2014 report: Fulani herdsmen confess to membership of Boko Haram
VOP Note: Remember Nigeria and the faithful in your prayers. Pray for peace and the release of all who have been abducted. Pray all enemy plans will be foiled.
Together with your generous support, we can reach the goal to alleviate their suffering. In darkness and desperation, let us serve in love, with open arms and giving hands to provide light and hope.
Thank you for your support. We couldn’t do it without you!
The back room deals that have been done in secret over the last months and years have turned the world on it’s heels and set off wars and rumors of wars in almost every part of the globe. While I am overjoyed and encouraged by the news that Boko Haram will release the 200 kidnapped girls taken by them months ago, I’m also wondering why now? Why have they waited so long and what exactly are they promising and what have they been promised?
Boko Haram has terrorized, tortured, raped and killed thousands of innocent people in recent months alone. The government of Nigeria has been virtually powerless to stop them. They have faced increasing pressure from Western governments to negotiate and cave in to seemingly nonsensical resolutions. It has been rumored in the past that the government of Nigeria turn over more control to Islamists. Someone is funding these demonic entities, and it’s been proven that there is a super highway from Sudan and other parts east to Nigeria from the northern most parts of Africa and as far away as the Middle East. Weapons have been seized traveling through this highway. And refugee camps have been rife with these terrorists described as infiltrating wreaking havoc and fear.
Media outlets including the BBC reported Nigeria’s military has agreed to a ceasefire with Islamist militants Boko Haram – and the abducted schoolgirls will be released.(More)
The kidnapping of the Chibok schoolgirls raised outrage across the world. But quickly quieted, amidst rumors that the girls were sold in open slave markets, leaving the world to wonder if they were still alive, or faced a fate worse than death. In a world that lauds freedom for all, slavery is abundant and out of control in the eastern half of the world. And global leaders are found not only silent, but complicit, conniving and conspiring with the very evil that they denounce.
It’s been said that the military was demoralized when it couldn’t prevent or secure the release of the girls. It has also been said that negotiations would only strengthen and embolden this terrorist group. There has been confusion, outrage and desperation over the last months. (Read here) & (Here)
This is a developing story and with our Nigerian contacts, we will keep on top of it and keep you updated. Please take a moment to pray for these precious girls and their families. Pray for God’s intervention. Pray for wisdom for the leaders involved in these talks. And pray for Nigeria.
By C. Refsland VOP Advocate
Nigeria Reaches Ceasefire Agreement With Boko Haram Sect with Possible Release of Kidnapped School Girls
The Nigerian news outlet, Vanguard is reporting that VoA, quoted President Goodluck Jonathan’s Private Secretary, Alh. Hassan Tukur, as disclosing. – Voice of Nigeria VoA in Saudi where the talks which are being brokered by officials of Chad and Cameroon are taking place.
The cease-fire is expected to result in the release of the remaining 219 Chibok female students(who are majority Christian) abducted from their school more than five months ago and indeed girls and women abducted from other communities in the course of the five-year deadly insurgency, said to have killed over 12, 000 people.
According to the international radio, a man calling himself the Secretary-General of Boko Haram, Danladi Ahmadu, told VOA on Thursday that the Chibok girls were in good condition and unharmed.
The report said that Boko Haram did not elaborate on the conditions under which the girls would be freed and that authorities in Saudi Arabia were not involved in the negotiations.