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WEA Religious Liberty Prayer News 26th June, 2013

June 27th, 2013
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Pastor killed, 4 churches torched by Boko Haram militants in NIGERIA
 
19 June, According to reports, militants of the Islamist group, Boko Haram, have attacked 4 Christian settlements in Borno state, Nigeria, killing a pastor and torching 4 churches.
 

In the attack, the retired Reverend Jacob Kwiza of the Church of Christ in Nigeria was killed after he refused to renounce his Christian faith.

 

 

An area resident, commenting on the incident said, “The gunmen threw some explosives at our church, they forced the Reverend to renounce Christianity and to convert to Islam, but Reverend Jacob defied the gunmen’s threat of being killed.” “After he refused to renounce his faith, they slit his throat with sharp objects; and we started to flee for safety, as we did not know the next targets of these gunmen”, he added.

Prayer points:

  • Pray for the family of Reverend Jacob Kwiza, that they would experience the comforting presence of Jesus during this time of great sorrow;
  • Pray that God would provide the resources needed to rebuild the churches that have been burnt down;
  • Pray for God’s protection over all Christians in Nigeria.

Christian man beaten and arrested in AZERBAIJAN

 

19 JuneIt is reported that a member of a church in the Azerbaijan capital city of Baku, was assaulted and arrested by the police. 

 

The reason for the arrest, however, remains a mystery.

 

According to reports the father of 4, who is also the guard at the church, was detained at his apartment. His whereabouts remain unknown.

 

Prayer points:

  • Pray for God’s protection over the Christian who has been detained;
  • Pray that he would be treated justly and released;
  • Pray for his family, that they would experience Jesus’ comforting presence during this time of worry. 
Pastor loses both his legs in bomb attack on church in KENYA

One of the grenade attack victims receiving treatment at the Coast General Hospital in Mombasa
(Photo courtesy: Daily Nation)

10 June, At least 15 people were injured when assailants on a motorbike hurled explosives into a church compound in Kenya.

 

According to reports, the incident occurred during an evangelistic service of the Earthquake Miracle Ministries Church in Mrima Village in the Mombasa District. There were around 50 people present at the time.

 

It is reported that pastor Collins Maseno lost both his legs in the blast and was left in a critical condition. The senior pastor of the church, Dominic Osano, was also seriously injured in the explosion.

 

The attack is suspected to have been carried out by Al-Shabaab sympathisers who have recently returned to Kenya from Somalia.

 

Prayer points:

  • Pray for God’s healing mercy upon those injured in the attack;
  • Pray that pastor Collins Maseno would stand firm in his faith and place his trust in the LORD during this difficult time;
  • Pray that Christians would not repay evil with evil, but would respond in Christ-like love;
  • Pray that God would bless the Church in Kenya and enable it, in spite of the persecution, to continue to grow.

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Bangladesh

June 26th, 2013
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The latest news from Bangladesh:

Update on the the Multi-purpose Mission Center building in Bangladesh. To see photos please click here.

The goat program and other programs, please click here.

John Biswas says: ” Your prayers and concern are vital to Bangladesh mission work.” 

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In the garden(Part2)

June 25th, 2013
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I have vivid memories of gardening with my grand parents.

 Now there are two types of garden: one is of beauty and the other to grow good healthy food.

 And what is important for a healthy food? Good healthy soil.

 Why?

 Genesis 2:7-9(a)

 7 Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

We are made from the soil. So we need healthy soil to have a healthy life.

Healthy soil. Healthy food. Healthy person.

8 Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed.

So God planted a garden for us to live in. He is the gardener

9 The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food.

 A garden is meant to be beautiful and can also provide food.

 If you visited many cities there are a lot of people who live off fast foods –and one of the worst is Los Angeles.

 If you eat too much fast food what does it do to you?

 You can get overweight and get sick.

 A lot of people in the poor part of Los Angeles are sick from many diseases they wouldn’t have if they ate healthy food.

 In one part of Los Angeles there is 26 square miles of vacant blokes, enough to grow 750 million tomatoes.

 One man has started a crusade to use this land to make the soil come alive with his community, children included, growing gardens and learning how to eat properly.

 Here is his Ted Talk. ( Some language is a bit colourful)

 He plans a revolution in his neighbourhood.

 Next time you eat fruit like apples and oranges, or vegetables like carrots, tomatoes or potatoes , remember they came out of the soil. We need to have healthy soil to have healthy food. And healthy food means healthy bodies and healthy minds.

 Remember that God is a gardener. Next time you are in the garden remember that God is enjoying it with you.

 Enjoy a bit of Händel and spectacular flowering trees and shrubs by clicking here.

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