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GOD WITH US - CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

In 1854, a young Charles Spurgeon preached his Christmas Eve sermon on Isaiah 7:14-15. Using Spurgeon's words from that sermon, this Christmas video illustrates the wonder of the ages, God with us. 

Original source: shiftworship.com 

 

 


 

IRAQ - LIBERATION OF CHRISTIAN VILLAGE

 

The following video shows the aftermath of the liberation of Bartella, a Christian village in Iraq, from Islamic State control. Continue to pray with us for the preservation and restoration of the Church in this region!

Original source: France24

 

 


 

QUERAGOSH - 15 MONTHS LATER (SAT7)

On 5 August 2014, an urgent prayer request attributed to Sean Malone of Crisis Relief International, began to circulate heavily on social media. The immediacy of the post's tone and the frightening content it contained concerned many social media users. Subsequently, concern for Christian children at risk due to ISIS activity in Iraq escalated and prompted a wave of prayer for the people, especially the children, of this region.

The original message read as follows:

Dear Friends,

Just a few minutes ago I received the following text message on my phone from Sean Malone who leads Crisis Relief International (CRI). We then spoke briefly on the phone and I assured him that we would share this urgent prayer need with all of our contacts. 

"We lost the city of Queragosh (Qaraqosh). It fell to ISIS and they are beheading children systematically. This is the city we have been smuggling food too. ISIS has pushed back Peshmerga (Kurdish forces) and is within 10 minutes of where our CRI team is working. Thousands more fled into the city of Erbil last night. The UN evacuated it's staff in Erbil. Our team is unmoved and will stay. Prayer cover needed!"

Since the message appeared in August 2014, very little has been reported on those who escaped death.  However, SAT7 (http://sat7sa.org/) came across Myriam, a young girl who had to leave home, friends and school behind in Queragosh.  Listen to her testimony of forgiveness and love and her song of praise and adoration.

(For a full report on the Queragosh story visit: http://incontextministries.org/index.php/investigate/hoaxology/9-hoaxology/641-urgent-prayers-for-queragosh )

CONTINUE TO PRAY:

  • Pray for children who are traumatised.
  • Pray that they will be return to the place they called home and live a life that children should live.
  • Pray for ministries like SAT7 who reach out on behalf the global Christian community with love, hope and peace.

 

 


 

VOYAGE TO A SECOND LIFE (Samaritan's Purse)

A small, nine-meter boat approached slowly from the Turkish coast. As it moved closer to Lesbos Island, it seemed to speed up a bit. Orange blobs turned into human forms. Babies could be heard wailing. Mothers too. Suddenly, men were also yelling for help.

What will the first thing be that these refugees see? 

Will it be a tangible vision of Christ with outstretched arms or another vision of rejection that they left behind?  Regardless of what reception they get, these impressionable refugees will most probably base their future on the figures standing on the beach. 

Thousands of refugees continue to arrive daily on the island, and Samaritan’s Purse staffers remain there to receive them—offering food, water, and clothing.  If your heart is filled with anguish while watching the video and you wonder how you can make a difference, consider supporting this wonderful ministry.  For more information, visit the website of Samaritan’s Purse at:  http://www.samaritanspurse.org/

 

In addition, please pray:

  • Pray for the safety of those crossing the sea.
  • Pray that they will be able to walk across the island once they arrive, and that they will find peace and security in a new life through Jesus Christ.
  • Pray for ministries like Samaritan’s Purse, which has distributed more than 20 metric tons of food to more than 27,074 people and 39,152 water bottles. More than 14,000 backpacks filled with clothing, hygiene items, food, and other useful items have been given out to women and children.

 

 

  


  

IDOP 2015 (International Day of Prayer)

Acts 12:1,5 "It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them... So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him." 

The International Day of Prayer (IDOP) is a dedicated time set apart for Christians worldwide, to remember our Christian brothers and sisters who suffer persecution because they confess Jesus Christ as Lord. It is a time of prayer and and solidarity, puting a BUT in the lives of those who pay the ultimate price for our faith in Christ.

The number one request of persecuted believers is prayer. You are equipped to meet this need! 

On 1 November (or any Sunday in November), join churches across the globe in lifting up the persecuted Church through earnest and unified prayer. Share this video with your fellowship or prayer  group, and become a voice for the voiceless.  Your prayers can, and will, strengthen believers and expand God’s kingdom into the most unreached places.

 

 


 

ANGUISH

"We are witnessing a paradigm change, an unchecked slide into an era in which the scale of global forced displacement as well as the response required is now clearly dwarfing anything seen before."António Guterres, UN High Commission

During this year of spiralling crises, with millions of people already forced to flee from their homes and many thousands dying while trying to get to safety, the global humanitarian system has been severely stretched. Global forced displacement is currently reaching unprecedented levels:

  • 59.5 million individuals are forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, generalized violence, or human rights violations
  • 51% of all refugees are children below the age of 18 years
  • 86% of these refuges were hosted by developing nations
  • 42,500 people are forced to leave their homes every day
  • 53% of all refugees come from three nations alone:  Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia
  • 30 million people are currently subject to slavery
  • 162 nations have slave practices
  • 22% of these are subject to sexual exploitation

In this age of unprecedented displacement and suffering, the church needs an unparalleled response and a renewed global commitment to imitate Christ, the father of all compassion (2 Corinthians 1:3).

In John 11:35, we find the heart of Christ for those in need:  “Jesus wept”

Tears of compassion well become Christians, and make them most to resemble Christ.  It is indeed a season for anguish.