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Tensions High as Church in Sudan Strives to Fend Off Further Demolition

Remains of Sudanese Church of Christ demolished in June in North Khartoum. (Morning Star News)

Remains of Sudanese Church of Christ demolished in June in North Khartoum. (Morning Star News)

Sudan (Morning Star News) – As churchwomen wailed and young men shouted that they were prepared to die to prevent further demolition, hundreds of Christians in North Khartoum blocked authorities’ attempts to destroy buildings on their compound this week.

After a bulldozer accompanied by security personnel and police knocked down a wall of the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church’s (SPEC) Khartoum Bahri Evangelical Church and some houses on Monday and Tuesday (Nov. 17-18), the Christians formed a human barrier to face down further demolition attempts on Wednesday and Thursday (Nov. 19-20), sources said.

One of the homes destroyed in the compound belonged to Nile Theological College; a Christian doctor had rented it, and he lost all his belongings, sources said.

The bulldozer, accompanied by National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) personnel and police, carried out the demolitions based on a court order demanding that church leaders surrender the premises to Muslim businessman Khalid Mustafa. A church committee of members that the Sudanese government interposed made a secret agreement with Mustafa to sell him church property as part of Sudan’s campaign to do away with Christianity in the country, church leaders said.

“The government recently installed some committee to the running of the church, and these are the same people who want to sell the church for business purposes,” pastor Daud Fadul told Morning Star News.

Church members strongly condemned the “government puppet committee” supporting the government agenda to do away with Christianity.

“This is a case of serious persecution of the church in Sudan,” elder Daud Bashir Gadalah told Morning Star News. “We appeal to the international community of the Christian body to stand with us and to advocate for our case. The forces of evil cannot prevail against the church of Christ.”

After Monday’s demolitions, church leaders on Tuesday (Nov. 18) filed a court complaint. They were told they would have to wait until Dec. 4 to have their grievances heard.

The next day authorities destroyed the home of pastor Hafiz Fasaha at the SPEC church compound after ordering personnel inside to leave the premises, church leaders said. Authorities told the Christians a Muslim businessman owned the land and that they had a court order calling for the use of force to take over the property.

The Christians stood helpless as they watched the building destroyed before their eyes.

“We are surprised that our government is determined to take all lands that belong to the church,” said a church member who requested anonymity.

Two other structures housing church youth were destroyed while the young people and the pastor were away, sources said. Pastor Fasaha has not been seen since the demolition, they said.

Church leaders were upset over thousands of dollars in damages to window panes, steel doors, refrigerators, students’ certificates, books, mobiles phones, wardrobes and other valuables.

On Wednesday (Nov. 19) at 2 p.m., police arrived at the church compound with another court order from Judge Mohammed Mohammed Ahmed Mohammed, this one requiring the removal of all property inside the main pastor’s house and the removal of all padlocks to allow the businessman to install his own padlock. After a lengthy discussion between police and church leaders, boisterous young men from the church arrived ready to defend the building.

“We are ready to die for the cause of Christ – the church is a place for worship, not for business,” the rowdy men chanted to police, echoing a message on banners placed throughout the compound.

In addition, church women were wailing and screaming, and police decided to leave, saying they would return later. Church leaders called on members to remain vigilant, and when authorities returned with a bulldozer at 2 a.m. on Thursday (Nov. 20), they encountered hundreds of church members.

“Kill us before destroying our church property,” the Christians told police, according to church leaders. “We are ready to die or to be arrested.”

They made a human shield that prevented the demolition, they said.

Throughout the day, members gathered along with members of other denominations for prayer and fasting.  

“We cannot allow our church building to be taken by force,” another church leader told Morning Star News.

While the church blames the government for the court order that it surrender the property, a representative of the Muslim businessman laying claim to it has said a contract was signed about four years ago giving him the right to invest in the land for a period of up to 20 years. The representative asserts that because of church opposition he had to go to the government to take the land by force.

Church leaders hold ownership papers to the property and believe any contract surrendering it comes from a government ruse. On Oct. 5, 2013, Sudan’s police and security forces broke throughthe church fence, beat and arrested Christians in the compound and asserted parts of the property belonged to a Muslim investor accompanying them.

As Muslims nearby shouted, “Allahu Akbar [God is greater],” plainclothes police and personnel from NISS broke onto the property aboard a truck and two Land Cruisers. After beating several Christians who were in the compound, they arrested some of them, including Pastor Fadul; they were all released later that day.

Authorities asserted that another Muslim businessman, Hisham Hamada El-Neel, had signed a contract giving him a right to invest in land. Church members were not told who gave him the contract, and they suspected the government was behind the move.

This week the church has declared a time of prayer and fasting for the property, and tensions were high as members remained on the compound to protect against further demolition.

“The demolition will make the church have no place to worship,” said another church leader.

At press time a heavy police contingent surrounded the church building. There was a possibility of the business interests using authorities to storm the compound at any time, a church leader said.

Harassment, arrests and persecution of Christians have intensified since the secession of South Sudan, when President Omar al-Bashir vowed to adopt a stricter version of sharia (Islamic law) and recognize only Islamic culture and the Arabic language.

On June 30 authorities in North Khartoum demolished another church building, just a day after giving verbal notice during the congregation’s worship service, sources said. Bulldozers demolished the Sudanese Church of Christ in the Thiba Al Hamyida area of the city as church members watched, with security personnel threatening to arrest them if they tried to block their efforts, church members said.

On Aug. 24 another Christian property, the Khartoum Christian Center housing the Sudan Pentecostal Church, was closed down. Church leadership said an Islamic Facebook page indicated the church should be closed because it was winning many Muslims to Christ.

On Feb. 17, bulldozers accompanied by local police and personnel from the NISS destroyed the Sudanese Church of Christ building in the Ombada area of Omdurman, across the River Nile from Khartoum, without any advance notice.

Officials gave no reason for the demolition except that, as it was located in a “Muslim area,” the 300-member church was not wanted there, a church member said. Another source, a church leader, confirmed to Morning Star News that authorities destroyed the building and confiscated the land without warning. The orders came from the Ombada locality, or city council, sources said.

Following the secession of South Sudan in July 2011, Sudan since 2012 has expelled foreign Christians and bulldozed church buildings on the pretext that they belonged to South Sudanese. Besides raiding Christian bookstores and arresting Christians, authorities threatened to kill South Sudanese Christians who do not leave or cooperate with them in their effort to find other Christians (see Morning Star News).

Due to its treatment of Christians and other human rights violations, Sudan has been designated a Country of Particular Concern by the U.S. State Department since 1999, and in April 2013, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) recommended the country remain on the list.

Many foreign Christians have been expelled from the country, and others have fled.

Police Say Woman Slain in Pakistan Innocent of Blasphemy; Politicians ‘Protecting Killers’

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LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Police in Pakistan say a Christian couple tortured and slain this month over accusations that the wife desecrated the Koran were innocent, while relatives said politicians are trying to shield the killers from justice.

Urged to act from mosque loudspeakers, a frenzied mob on Nov. 4 tore the clothes off Shama and Shahzad Masih, struck them, broke their legs, dragged them behind a tractor and threw them into the burning furnace of a brick kiln – even though Shama was illiterate and could not have known even if koranic verses were among debris that she had burned.

Kasur District Police Capt. Jawad Qamar told Morning Star News that police had confirmed that Shama Masih was illiterate and had no idea of the contents of pages that she had burned.

“She was not guilty of blasphemy,” he said.

On Nov. 2 Shama Masih was cleaning her quarters in Chak 59 village near Kot Radha Kishan, Karur District, about 60 kilometers (37 miles) southwest of Lahore, when she found amulets of her late father-in-law, who had used them in the practice of black magic. The amulets may have contained koranic verses, and a Muslim co-worker, Muhammad Irfan, noticed the half-burnt papers andaccused the family of desecrating the Koran, relatives said.

Under Pakistan’s widely condemned blasphemy statutes, intent must be shown for a conviction of desecrating the Koran.

At a press conference in Islamabad on Monday (Nov. 16), family members said Islamists have offered them land and money as compensation for the murders in an attempt to stop them from prosecuting.

While police have reportedly arrested at least 50 of those named in a First Information Report (FIR), relatives of the couple said that influential Muslims of the area, including a Punjab Province lawmaker, were issuing threats in an attempt to force them to reach an agreement with the killers. Shahzad Masih’s brother, Shahbaz Masih, and his wife Parveen Masih demanded that the government provide them with protection, saying they had already informed the Kasur District police officer of the threats.

Shazad Masih and his wife Shama Shazad Masih

Shazad Masih and his wife Shama Shazad Masih

They also demanded the formation of a judicial commission to investigate the mob violence, adding that non-Muslim representatives should be included in the team.

“All we want is a fair investigation of the case,” said Shahbaz Masih, demanding that Justice Waheed Siddiqui, a retired Federal Shariat Court judge, be included in the judicial commission.

Among other demands, the deceased man’s family called for the commission and a Joint Investigation Team to make their reports publicly available immediately after completion. Masih also urged the Supreme Court to take suo moto notice and order an independent inquiry into the attack.

Lawmaker ‘Influencing Case’

The family’s concerns come amid reports that the provincial lawmaker of the area, Muhammad Anees Qureshi, was present at the crime scene when the throng of hundreds tortured and killed Shama Masih, 28 years old and five months pregnant, and 32-year-old Shahzad Masih. They are survived by four children, the oldest 7 years old.

Family sources said that Qureshi, a member of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government, was also making efforts to shield the primary suspect, Riaz Kamboh, from justice. Kamboh, a former municipal councillor, is also affiliated with the PML-N and holds considerable influence in the villages surrounding Chak 59 village. He is accused of throwing the couple into the furnace after pouring tractor diesel on their bodies.

“Qureshi arrived on the spot just when the lynchers had tortured the couple unconscious,” said a relative who asked to remain unnamed for security reasons. “They were not hurled into the furnace till then.”

The relative said Qureshi, a member of the Punjab Parliamentary Assembly, was trying to force the impoverished Christians into reaching an agreement in return for a large amount of money. Shahzad Masih was a bonded laborer who was working to repay a sum of money he had received, one of the reasons sources have said his employer locked him in an office at the kiln after a mob formed.

“Hordes and hordes of Muslims loaded on tractor trolleys arrived on the scene during his [Qureshi’s] presence, yet the lawmaker made no effort to rescue them,” the relative said.

Qureshi has requested the family not register a separate case against Kamboh, brick kiln owner Yousaf Gujjar and Imam Ghulam Hussain, among others, he said, adding that the demands were made through local administration and land revenue officials.

Qureshi denied that the couple was thrown into the furnace in his presence.

“Shama and Shahzad were already dead when I reached the spot,” the member of the Parliamentary Assembly said in his statement to police. “That’s why I couldn’t do anything for them.”

Morning Star News made repeated efforts to get Qureshi’s comment on accusations that he was influencing the relatives of Shahzad and Shama to reach an agreement with any of the murder suspects, but the lawmaker declined.

Punjab spokesman Zaeem Qadri told Morning Star News that the suspects would not be able to escape prosecution, because the state was the complainant in the case.

“This is why the government decided to become the complainant in this case, so that the accused are not able to coerce the poor families into reaching a compromise,” he said. “Pardoning the accused is not in the families’ hands now.”

Asked about the chances of convictions in the atrocity, especially when there is a precedent of all suspects in the Joseph Colony arson case last year walking free even when the state was the complainant in the case, the Punjab spokesman cut short the conversation, saying only, “This time it will be different.”

Qamar told Morning Star News that the area’s local police in-charge had sent a team to the site when he was informed of tensions, but that mobs were too large to be contained by just five men.

“It was Ashura [a Shia Muslim commemoration] day, and all district police was deployed on Shia procession routes and Shia places of worship for security, which is why it took time to gather a bigger contingent,” he said, adding that police were now trying their best to arrest all the remaining accused in the case.

Contrary to published reports, Qamar said police have arrested 43 of some 60 named suspects, of whom 39 were in jail, while four were to be produced in an anti-terrorism court today on completion of their police remand.

Tahir Ashrafi, a member of the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), Pakistan’s top religious body, held police responsible for failing to act to protect the couple before the mob violence occurred.

“All culprits must be arrested and punished, including the cleric [who made the blasphemy accusation in a mosque] if he’s involved,” he said.

Rufus Solomon, a Christian politician from the opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), said that it was a test case for the PML-N government, which has termed the allegation of blasphemy against Shama “false and baseless.”

“If the perpetrators of Gojra, Joseph Colony and the Rimsha Masih case had been punished, no one would have dared to mete out such barbarity on the poor Christian couple,” Solomon said.

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Iran: Release ALL Americans Now!

Wendy s DOS UnderSecy 2 2014 Wendy R. Sherman, Under Secretary of U.S. Department of State.

Wendy Sherman was America’s lead negotiator at Iran nuclear talks in the 1990’s during the Clinton Administration. She holds that post now at the P5+1 talks with Iran. In the middle of her recent speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a Washington think tank, Ms. Sherman indicated other ‘sideline’ issues on the margins could be decided too, including the fate of four Americans detained in Iran.

This makes me want to pray … how about you?

Ms. Wendy Sherman, U.S. Dept. of State, addressing the Iran nuclear talks at a Symposium in Washington DC on October 23, 2014: 
“In separate and dedicated meetings on the margins of each of our talks, I and members of my team raise our concerns regarding the status of U.S. citizens missing or detained in Iran. Nothing matters more to me as Under Secretary of State than ensuring the fair treatment of American citizens. Amir Hekmati…

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Are Your Minds & Your Hearts Prepared For The Spiritual Battle We’re In?

Now more than ever, I feel an urgency to speak about the tribulation gripping the world.  As scene after scene plays out like a horror film that doesn’t end.  Even America is embroiled in awaiting chaos, as events unfold in the heartland of our country that threatens a civil type war.  We watched again this morning as murder from a horror film played out in Jerusalem as people praying in a synagogue were brutally attacked with axes, knives and guns.  Scenes too gruesome to display on public television.  Beheadings, crucifixions, amputations, stonings, all manner of public execution and mass graves, images too graphic for us to fully take in.  Suffering that is unimaginable.

As I listened tonight to a well known pastor and theologian describe the battle that is ensuing for our very souls by satan and his legion of demons, as he explained how important it was to guard our minds from deceiving spirits, as well as our hearts.  Our hearts so that we may turn to faith and love instead of hatred and calls for murder and revenge.  And again, I felt the urgent need to warn the Body of Christ that the time is now.  The time to arm ourselves with the Armor of God.   As the Pastor pointed out, Paul used the description of Roman armor because it was heavy and meant to guard the head, heart and vital organs.

The Christian’s Vital Organs: Our minds where Christ has placed the truth—the sword with which to fight the deception. And our hearts as we turn to faith and love.  Not hate, fear or vengeance.

Are you ready?  Is your mind, body, heart protected?  Soon it will be too late.  Many will fall away as the Bible predicts.  Are you ready?

Read Ephesians 6:10-18

“O simple ones, learn prudence; O fools, learn sense.” (Proverbs 8:5) What The Media & Those Who Shape Policy Think About Boko Haram

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We have watched for as long as 2 years Boko Haram building it’s murderous band increasing in size and evil.  Destroying and claiming large swathes of land in Nigeria.  We have watched while they declared a ‘Caliphate’ and allegiance to ISIS.  The atrocities committed by this group are beyond description or comprehension.  They are killing in the name of ‘Allah’, and declaring they are the only government.  Recently they have decided to show the world that they are protecting the very people they are killing.  They have established sharia law, and a clear structure of what they want and what they will do.  They have released a staged video recently showing cheering people listening to the head of the snake  spewing his vitriol, and giving statements of support.  While in these areas, the amputation of hands and feet, beatings and even beheadings are carried out in the town squares as they mete out judgements on those who are accused of things such as theft or adultery.

And now a think tank spokesperson from ‘Chatham House’  declares they are ‘amorphous‘.   (Of a group of people or an organization lacking a clear structure or focus.  “An amorphous and leaderless legislature.”)

Change your thoughts and you change your world. (Norman Vincent Peale)

Change your thoughts and you change your world. (Norman Vincent Peale)

This is the same lack of knowledge or refusal to acknowledge that has led the west to support this evil ideology to the point that they are.  They have declared they will rule the world, genocide is occuring, they have declared a ‘Holy War’ on all  religious minorities,  the death tolls are rising in the hundreds of thousands, and a supposedly educated person say’s they are without form!  They are not without form, they are uniting from coast to coast with their members in the tens of  thousands.

While the media is beginning to cover this evil,  they are shaking their heads in disbelief watching as each day they grow in numbers, strength and brutality.  And all that can be said by those who influence the western policies is they lack form?  So they can claim they lack purpose, or vision, or that they are incapable of ruling anything, they can think there is no threat to the world, they can ignore the stench of death all they want, they can claim ignorance all they want, but “Ignorance excuses no man.”

If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work?”  (Proverbs 24:12)

Pray for Nigeria, pray for our brethren caught in this struggle for power, pray for those giving aide and providing comfort.  Pray for God’s love and peace to fill their hearts.   Give us all knowledge, wisdom, courage, and peace.

Christians Beaten, Jailed in Hindu Extremist Attack in Maharashtra, India

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(Morning Star News) – Four Christians in Maharashtra state, one 70 years old, were released on bail today after more than two weeks in jail, accused of “rioting” when Hindu extremists beat them and damaged two of their homes.

The incident in Kamseth village, Nasik District in western India began on Oct. 28 when the Hindu extremists told Christians to remit 300 rupees (US$5) for the celebration of the Hindu festival of lights, orDiwali. The Christians submitted half the amount, which the Hindus later angrily returned to them, area church leader Prem Barnabas told Morning Star News.

The Hindus summoned four Christians from two families – 70-year-old Govind Janu Galat, Gulab Govind Galat, Dilip Laxu Galat and Sakaram Govind Galat – to the village’s Hindu temple and told them to return the rest of the money so that they could use it to buy alcohol, reported the Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI).

The Christians readily gave the money back to them, but the extremists began pushing, beating and kicking them as they insulted their Christian faith, according to EFI.

“Somehow three Christians managed to run away after a while, but the one who remained, Dilip Laxu Galat, was severely beaten up,” Barnabas said.

The assailants then hurled stones at the house of Govind Janu Galat and stole items and 10,000 rupees ($US163) from his home. The long-time Christian says he came to Christ 30 years ago after visiting a church service in which his sight was restored after a pastor prayed for him.

They also stoned another house of one of the Christians, breaking wall tiles and half of the roof, and damaged the small shop of another.

Fearing for their lives, the four Christians fled, hid in mountainous terrain, and called the police. Officers reached the site later that evening. Under cover of darkness, the Hindu mob pelted police with stones, breaking their vehicle windows, and roughed them up.

The Christians had come out of their hiding place when the police arrived, and the Hindu extremists resumed their attack on them, a Harsul police official identified only as Kirtekar told Morning Star News.

“The mob wanted to continue beating the Christians, and as a safety measure we took them inside our vehicle, which further agitated the attackers, and they started to stone our vehicles,” he said.

On the basis of the complaint filed by the attackers, however, police arrested the four Christians under accusations of “rioting,” though the police official said they were arrested in order to “protect” them. Police also filed a First Information Report against the 14 assailants.

“We managed to nab eight of them, and we also hope to arrest the others who have absconded,” he said.

On Nov. 1 the Hindu extremists again stoned the houses of the two Christians, and several Christians, including women and children, fled into the mountains in fear. They have since returned to their homes.

“All our people are poor, and we wanted to have a compromise with the villagers,” Barnabas said. “We have talked to the village head, and he is ready to help us in securing a compromise.”

Tension remains, however, and an agreement that would bring peace remained elusive.

The seed of conflict and hatred in Kamseth village appears to have been planted by the area leader of the Hindu extremist World Hindu Council (VHP), Promod Kurkani, according to the church leaders. He was once banned from a neighboring village, Ether, for spreading hateful propaganda against Christians, they said.

“Ether village is a strong Christian community,” Barnabas said. “After the village leaders realized that he had been trying to fill the minds of the simple villagers with his hate agendas, they banned him from staying there one year ago.”

Relatives had fasted prayed for the four Christians while they were jailed.

“Their faith in the Lord is exemplary and very touching,” Barnabas said.

Join & Support The Killing Fields Or Provide Aide, Comfort & Love For Those Suffering Persecution

I recently did a post about the growing trend of supporting and joining the killing fields in the middle east.  There is an ever growing number of those from the west calling themselves Christians who are supporting and even calling for killing in the name of Christianity.  Is this what we are suppose to do?  Is this commanded by Jesus?  Yes, we can defend ourselves, but to be a crusader that backs and supports killing is another matter all together.  Yesterday, on a Christian site, I read a piece titled, “Christian Militia teaches ISIS a lesson.” It literally sent chills down my spine.  This is not about a re-birth of the crusades, this is not about imitating a Roman Emperor (Constantine).  This is not about keeping score or revenge.  God say’s ‘Vengeance is mine.’   This is about watching 1/4 of the world’s population as they are slaughtered and tortured.

Today while reading the news about the American aide worker captured and beheaded by ISIS (his identity has not been confirmed), I felt what everyone feels—sadness, anger, rage even, but I also feel what he felt. Below is a quote from Peter Kassig in an interview he did about his work and why he felt compelled to do it.

“It’s about showing people that we care, that someone is looking out for those who might be overlooked or who have slipped through the cracks in the system for whatever reason.”  

He started his own organization 2 years ago and traveled to Syria out of love to provide aid (food, clothing, and medical assistance) to the suffering people of the war in Syria.  His Mother is calling for restraint in the media. She does not wish for the hostage takers to use anything that would further their cause.  I couldn’t agree more.  This honorable man should be held in high esteem, but to allow this evil to use any retaliation to further their cause and ideology is wrong.

The claimed Christian militias are spreading fear and hate and a mindset of revenge.  What they may not realize is they’re actually allowing this evil to grow in popularity.  This tribulation is turning into a sort of sports game where scores are kept.  The so called christian group in Nigeria called Anti-balaka are also spreading this same type of fear and hatred. They recruit those weak in faith or weakened by greif. By the way we have proven they are not a Christian group.  We can also say that it’s been proven that the Lord’s Resistance Army has a huge presence in Nigeria even today.

The lack of interest from the UN and western governments has fueled Boko Haram, ISIS, Al-Queda, and those like them, and the fear they are spreading.  Fear breeds fear.  Hate breeds hate.  What have we become?  As Christians, what have we become when we remain silent about the persecution our brothers and sisters are facing?   As Christians is the only answer to take up arms and join in the slaughter?

We can take a lesson from what is happening in Nigeria.  Watch this video, it’s very graphic, but then ask yourself what are we becoming, when we allow fear and hatred to overtake us.  We’ve remained silent while murderous rampages happen.  What did we expect would happen, while thousands watch their loved ones systematically killed in the name of a religion and leaders stand idly by?  What do we expect will happen when we as voices for the persecuted remain silent and complacent?  What do we expect will happen unless we unite and form a chain of love and peace to aid those suffering.  There is such a great need in Nigeria, Syria, Libya, Pakistan and all parts between.

As these men who more resemble monsters are taking over 1/4 of the world, or at least that’s what they portray. The leaders of the free world are taking an obligatory response and fueling the flames, while some in the west are taking up arms to join the fight.  A fight that is a losing battle at least for Christians, expanding the bulls-eye giving them reason to target each and every one of us. We, or at least some of us are sending the wrong message.  As peace is taken from Jerusalem and a form of evil hatred is forced upon Israel, the rest of us are lulled into believing that peace has been taken from the world and there is no recourse except to trust in bureaucrats, or dictatorship.  One that closes it’s eyes to genocide and persecution in order to divvy up the spoils and carve up the land.

Psalm 29:11

The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.

Isaiah 9:6

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Matthew 11:28-30

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

John 14:27

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Romans 14:17-19

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,  because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men.  Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.

1 Corinthians 14:33

For God is not a God of disorder but of peace. As in all the congregations of the saints..

Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

So does the word of God sound like it advocates hatred and killing?  No in fact just the opposite.  It advocates a peace that passes all understanding.  (Philipians 4:7)  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

So let us unite in our prayers for the 1/4 of the earth still in slavery and chaos, let us unite for our persecuted brethren, let us unite to give aid to the weak, the sick, the war torn, the tortured.  Let us unite in Christ’s love and peace, for He alone can calm the storm, though it rage all around us, He alone can keep us safe in the midst of the waves.  Not man, not a government, not a militia, not a crusade.  God.

I ask again, “How far do you go to stop evil, before you are also evil.”??????

We have not forgotten them. They are not invisible. We can not look away from our family in Christ. Our brothers and sisters need our immediate assistance. Will you partner with us in this mission?

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 HELP SAVE THE PERSECUTEDgiving hands to provide light and hope.

Thank you for your continued support. We could not do it without you!

 

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