Archive for July, 2014

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 270 | Wed 23 Jul 2014

July 30th, 2014
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Since mid-May over 50 villages in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar region have followed the advice of the Hindu nationalist VHP and used the Chhattisgarh Panchayat Raj Act to ban all non-Hindu religious practice. As Christian leaders note, these rulings are contrary to the Indian Constitution.

Despite this, the VHP has said it will lobby the authorities to ensure the bans are imposed. Persecution has escalated, with numerous reports of violence and social boycotts whereby Christians are being denied access to water and food rations.

The Chhattisgarh Christian Forum has requested that the Panchayat Raj Act (which facilitates rural self-government) be scrapped and is threatening to take the authorities to court if they do not act. They fear that persecution could escalate into anti-Christian pogroms. Please pray for India and its Church.

To read the full report please click here.


WEA Religious Liberty Prayer News 28 July 2014

July 30th, 2014
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In this issue we gave the following reports:

1631 Christians killed in the first 6 months of 2014 in NIGERIA

Islamist militants issue ultimatum against Christians in Mosul, IRAQ

Church attacked, pastor assaulted in Uttar Pradesh, INDIA

To read the reports please click here.



Life Together- John McLean

July 30th, 2014
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Sheryl Richardson Retires

 Sheryl Richardson has begun long service leave prior to her retirement from employment. So yesterday we farewelled Sheryl after thirty-seven years of her working in the national office. Sheryl’s recent health, especially issues with her eyes, has meant she has had to retire, and so finished up this week. This is one of those major milestones – Sheryl has been a part of the office team for so long, and has contributed so much to the national office and to our congregations.

She is well known for her diligence, reliability and responsibility. Sheryl is a true servant, and has been willing to work in a variety of roles – whatever needed to be done. She has ministered to our congregations, and through her work helped enable others to function in their various capacities, together fulfilling the broader mission of the church, living and sharing the gospel.

 Sheryl Richardson
Sheryl Richardson

 In addition to accounting and administrative duties, Sheryl has at various times organised training weekends (including the original training weekends we did in the mid and late 80s), and Ministerial Conferences. She has been Registrar for ACCM, worked for Pacific Training and Development, helped with National Women’s Conferences and a host of other activities and events.

 She has done a wonderful job running the kitchen at SEPs in recent times, and organising festivals annually. She has continued to do these things in spite of times of family suffering and her own health challenges.

 Words cannot adequately describe the contribution she has made to our fellowship, or the appreciation we feel for Sheryl.

 We pray for her health, and wish her and her husband Peter God’s richest blessings in Christ in the years ahead. Sheryl will continue to serve her congregation and the fellowship as she is able. Again, in what is just about the ultimate accolade, Sheryl is a True Servant, and we are very grateful to God for her.

Sheryl and Peter
Sheryl & Peter Richardson