The View from the Firehouse

The one thing that is universal in fire stations the world round, is usually late at night there is a deck of cards, a pot of coffee and two or three fire fighters sitting around solving the worlds problems. It’s just a shame that no one listens to us.

Saturday, April 30, 2005

Why I'll never be a personal trainer (another email forward)

Good health questions & answers

Q: I've heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is
this true?
A: Your heart is only good for so many beats, and that's it,
don't piss them away on exercise. Everything wears out
eventually. Speeding up your heart will not make you live longer;
that's like saying you can extend the life of your car by driving
it faster. Want to live longer? Take a nap.

Q: Should I cut down on meat and eat more fruits and vegetables?
A: You must grasp logistical efficiencies. What does a cow eat?
Hay and corn. And what are these? Vegetables. So a steak is
nothing more than an efficient mechanism of delivering vegetables
to your system. Need grain? Eat chicken. Beef is also a good
source of field grass (green leafy vegetable). And a pork chop
can give you 100% of your recommended daily allowance of
vegetable slop.

Q: Is beer or wine bad for me?
A: Look, it goes to the earlier point about fruits and
vegetables. As we all know, scientists divide everything in the
world into three categories: animal, mineral, and vegetable. We
all know that beer and wine are not animal, and they are not on
the periodic table of elements, so that only leaves one thing,
right? My advice: Have a burger and a beer and enjoy your liquid

Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio?
A: Well, if you have a body, and you have body fat, your ratio is
one to one. If you have two bodies, your ratio is two to one,

Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular
exercise program?
A: Can't think of a single one, sorry. My philosophy is: No Pain
- Good.

Q: If I stop smoking, will I live longer?
A: Nope. Smoking is a sign of individual expression and peace of
mind. If you stop, you'll probably stress yourself to death in
record time.

Q: Aren't fried foods bad for you?
A: You're not listening. Foods are fried these days in vegetable
oil. In fact, they're permeated in it. How could getting more
vegetables be bad for you?

Q: What's the secret to healthy eating?
A: Thicker gravy.

Q: Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around
the middle?
A: Definitely not! When you exercise a muscle, it gets bigger.
You should only be doing sit-ups if you want a bigger stomach.

I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had.

# Posted by Alyfireman :: 3:59 AM :: |

Friday, April 29, 2005

Prayers for April 26, 2005

Sorry these are late

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, The just shall live by faith'" (Romans 1:16-17).

Praise God for believers that are willing to stand boldly for the name of Christ! Thank you for joining us in prayer this week.

VOM Web Team

Prayers for April 26, 2005
From The Voice of the Martyrs

ERITREA (Compass Direct)
Sixteen pastors are among nearly 900 Christians known to be jailed in prisons and military camps in this tiny African nation. Only a handful of prisoners has been released after signing a pledge to stop attending religious services. Meanwhile, the director of the Eritrean President's office told Agence France Press on April 5th that arrested members of the banned Christian groups "are maybe held for five hours and then let off with a warning." Eleven Protestant churches, including the Seventh Day Adventist Church, have applied for official registration since they were forcibly closed down three years ago. Despite an Eritrean official's assurance to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights that his government would soon grant official status to the Adventists, nothing has changed. (Click here)

Pray God will give each prisoner a special sense of His presence with them as they stand firm in their faith. Pray the families of the prisoners will be comforted by the Man of sorrows who understands their grief (Isaiah 53:3). Pray God will reveal the truth concerning Eritrea's cruel imprisonment of Christians and bring the authorities to repentance.

The family of Jokran Ratu, a Pentecostal pastor on the remote island of Buru, still does not know whether he is dead or alive. He was abducted in early December and has not been seen since. No ransom demand has been received, and police have not apprehended the kidnappers. Meanwhile, there is still high tension between Christians and Muslims in Ambon, the provincial capital of the Malukus. Violence between Muslims and Christians in the Malukus first erupted in January 1999, partly as the result of a government resettlement policy. The Malukus were previously a majority Christian region, but huge numbers of Muslim settlers changed the ratio and led to bitter land disputes and thousands of deaths.

Pray God will soften the hearts of Jokran Ratu's abductors, allowing him to return to his family. Pray the Lord will protect the Christians in Ambon from further violence. Pray He will send dreams and visions to many Indonesian Muslims, showing them the reality of Jesus' love for them.

The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) and the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, in a joint statement to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, expressed "deep concern" about the proposed anti-conversion law in a country that "unfairly targets the country's small Christian minority." Sri Lankan Christians have been the subject of over 160 incidents of violence and intimidation during the last two years, including church bombings, physical assaults and desecrations. Protestant Christians are only 1 percent of the population, while Buddhists number 80 percent. The government defends its law by saying that it is needed to protect religious freedom, but the WEA statement notes that laws protecting religious freedom should protect religious minorities, not discriminate against minority groups in favor of majority religions.

Pray God will prevent the passage of this anti-conversion bill. Pray Christians in Sri Lanka will have His heart toward their Buddhist neighbors. Pray the light of Christ's love will overcome the spiritual darkness in Sri Lanka.

Last December, under the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act, two pastors, Daniel Scot and Danny Nalliah, were convicted for "inciting hatred" against Muslims. Now Robin Fletcher, a self-described witch, incarcerated for sexually abusing two teenage girls, has called for a ban on the Alpha course, an internationally known introductory course to Christianity. He claims it promotes hatred against witches and "constitutes a personal danger to my health and safety within the prison system." The ban on the Alpha course will be considered by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Pray God will give the members of the tribunal the ability to discern the difference between righteousness and evil. Pray Christians in Australia will be zealous in their love for Jesus and bold in proclaiming and demonstrating that love. Pray the Holy Spirit will move in power to subdue the enemy at work in Fletcher's spirit and bring him to repentance and the joy of salvation.

FRANCE (ASSIST News Service)
For more than a year, local authorities have been using various administrative measures to stall granting an evangelical church permission to hold public worship services in the building it has leased. The "Temple of Paris" case will be held in court this month, with the ruling setting a legal precedent. Harassment of religious minorities has escalated in France sometimes due to blatant anti-Christian hostility, or it can be because local authorities ignorantly view evangelical groups as sects. French Christian lawyer, Bernard Biro, requests prayer so that Christ the Lord can be increasingly served and worshipped in France. (Click here)

Pray God will heal and bless the land of the Huguenot martyrs, sending His Holy Spirit to seek and save the lost. Pray God will protect innocent believers and churches from administrative harassment and injustice. Pray evangelical Christians will show such love toward their non-believing neighbors so that the authorities will have no reason to fear them.

# Posted by Alyfireman :: 11:30 PM :: |
No Consent

This is the link to the full article. I’m sorry but who may have to register to view it.

Ok this is outrageous. Let me paint you the picture.

Your home waiting for your daughter to come home and when she is late, really late you begin calling friends but no one know were she is. You call the police and later find out she’s been flown out of state to have an abortion.

The parents only found out when they became frantic because their daughter didn't come home one night in March 2003, according to the suit filed by Anchorage attorney Yale Metzger on behalf of the girl and her parents. An older daughter who knew about the abortion told them where she was, the suit says.
Her parents called police in their search for their daughter. Once they found out about the abortion, they went to the Anchorage airport in case she hadn't already left, Metzger said.
The family is Laotian, and the parents struggle with English, he said, so the experience was especially frightening and frustrating. The parents would have helped the girl raise the child if she had decided to have the baby, he said.

Now let’s try to put yourself in these poor girls shoes. You’ve just found out your pregnant, you’re pregnant; you’re scared you don’t know what to do. You don’t think you can go to your parents because you don’t think they’ll understand. Finally your boyfriend’s mom confronts you and asks if you’re pregnant. You’re glad to finally get this off your chest and have someone to talk to.

Your boyfriend, his mom and you go to get prenatal care. The social worker asks you to come back later by yourself. You think noting of it. You confide in her and tell her you’re scared. I mean your 17 no job to speak of. You don’t know how you’re going to raise this baby. That is when the social worker counsels you on pregnancy options i.e. abortion. The next thing you know you’re on a plane headed out of state.

In early March 2003, the girl was 15 weeks pregnant and hadn't told her parents. Her boyfriend's mother asked her whether she was pregnant, and she acknowledged she was. She told the woman she wanted to have the baby and knew her parents would not want her to have an abortion, Metzger said.
On March 4, 2003, the girl, her boyfriend and his mother went to Providence Family Practice Center for prenatal care and to ask about services such as health coverage and a nutrition program, the lawsuit said.
They met with the social worker, who suggested the girl return alone later in the day.
Clinic records obtained by Metzger on behalf of the girl include notes from the social worker that the patient was feeling scared about her pregnancy and felt she was too young to have a child, the attorney said. It was at that point that the social worker counseled the girl on "pregnancy options," he said.
Because she was past the first trimester, she needed to go Outside for an abortion, the attorney said.
The social worker and the girl together scheduled an abortion at the Cedar River Clinic in Renton, outside Seattle, operated by the Feminist Women's Health Center, Metzger said.
The social worker also arranged for the travel and the abortion to be covered by Denali KidCare, the state-run insurance program that covers low- and middle-income children and pregnant women, he said.
Originally, an 18-year-old friend was going to accompany the girl, but the trip was delayed by a windstorm that March and ultimately, her 17-year-old boyfriend went with her instead, at the state's expense through Denali KidCare, Metzger said.
She had the abortion on March 20 and came home the next day, he said.

I don’t know why this young lady didn’t go to her parents. But I know at least two lives that have been forever changed by this decision. The unborn child, who is now in the loving arms of the Living God, and this young lady who will forever have to live with her choice.

But this quote takes the cake

"We believe we followed good sound medical practice in this case," Jennings said.

# Posted by Alyfireman :: 1:56 AM :: |

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Email Forward

I got this as an email forward, I have not checked to see if these statements are fact.
UPDATE: Found This but again I've never been to this site and don't know how reliable they are.

Things that make you think a little........

1. There were 39 combat related killings in Iraq during the month of
January..... In the fair city of Detroit there were 35 murders in the month
of January. That's just one American city, about as deadly as the entire war
torn country of Iraq.

2. When some claim President Bush shouldn't have started this war, state
the following ..

FDR...led us into World War II. Germany never attacked us: Japan did. From
1941-1945, 450,000 lives were lost, an average of 112,500 per year

Truman...finished that war and started one in Korea, North Korea never
attacked us. From 1950-1953, 55,000 lives were lost, an average of 18,334
per year.

John F. Kennedy. .started the Vietnam conflict in 1962. Vietnam never
attacked us. Johnson...turned Vietnam into a quagmire. From 1965-1975,
58,000 lives were lost, an average of 5,800 per year.

Clinton...went to war in Bosnia without UN or French consent, Bosnia never
attacked us. He was offered Osama bin Laden's head on a platter three times
by Sudan and did nothing. Osama has attacked us on multiple occasions.

3. In the two years since terrorists attacked us President Bush has
liberated two countries, crushed the Taliban, crippled al-Qaida, put
nuclear inspectors in Libya, Iran and North Korea without firing a shot,
and captured a terrorist who slaughtered 300,000 of his own people.

The Democrats are complaining about how long the war is taking, but...It
took less time to take Iraq than it took Janet Reno to take the Branch
Davidian compound. That was a 51-day operation.

We've been looking for evidence of chemical weapons in Iraq for less time
than it took Hillary Clinton to find the Rose Law Firm billing records.

It took less time for the 3rd Infantry Division and the Marines to destroy
the Medina Republican Guard than it took Ted Kennedy to call the police
after his Oldsmobile sank at Chappaquiddick killing a woman.

Wait, there's more.......................

Some people still don't understand why military personnel do what they do
for a living. This exchange between Senators John Glenn and Senator Howard
Metzenbaum is worth reading. Not only is it a pretty impressive impromptu
speech, but it's also a good example of one man's explanation of why men and
women in the armed services do what they do for a living. This is a typical,
though sad, example of what some who have never served think of our

JOHN GLENN ON THE SENATE FLOOR Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2004 11:13

Senator Howard Metzenbaum to Senator Glenn: "How can you run for Senate
when you've never held a real job?"

Senator Glenn: "I served 23 years in the United States Marine Corps. I
served through two wars. I flew 149 missions. My plane was hit by
anti-aircraft fire on 12 different occasions. I was in the space program.

It wasn't my checkbook, Howard; it was my life on the line. It was not a
nine-to-five job, where I took time off to take the daily cash receipts to
the bank. I ask you to go with me ... as I went the other day... to a
veteran's hospital and look those men - with their mangled bodies - in the
eye, and tell THEM they didn't hold a job! You go with me to the Space
Program at NASA and go, as I have gone, to the widows and orphans of Ed
White, Gus Grissom and Roger Chaffee... and you look those kids in the eye
and tell them that their Dads didn't hold a job.

You go with me on Memorial Day and you stand in Arlington National
Cemetery, where I have more friends buried than I'd like to remember, and
you watch those waving flags.

You stand there, and you think about this nation, and you tell ME that
those people didn't have a job? I'll tell you, Howard Metzenbaum; you
should be on your knees every day of your life thanking God that there
were some men - SOME MEN - who held REAL jobs. And they required a
dedication to a purpose - and a love of country and a dedication to duty
that was more important than life itself. And their self-sacrifice is what
made this country possible.

I HAVE held a job, Howard! What about you?"

For those who don't remember - During W.W.II, Howard Metzenbaum was an
attorney representing the Communist Party in the USA

If you can read this, thank a teacher.... If you are reading it in English
thank a Veteran. Please keep this circulating

# Posted by Alyfireman :: 6:26 PM :: |
Just an awsome story

This is one of the most heart warming stories I've read in a long time.

# Posted by Alyfireman :: 12:29 AM :: |

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

This thing has got me nailed

Your Taste in Music:

Country: Highest Influence
Heavy Metal: Highest Influence
80's Rock: High Influence
Classic Rock: High Influence
Hair Bands: High Influence
90's Hip Hop: Low Influence
90's Pop: Low Influence
90's R&B: Low Influence
Gangsta Rap: Low Influence
Old School Hip Hop: Low Influence
Ska: Low Influence

# Posted by Alyfireman :: 2:54 AM :: |

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

The Knight
You scored 34% Cardinal, 43% Monk, 35% Lady, and 54% Knight!

You are the hero. Brave and bold. You are strong and utterly selfless.
You are also a pawn to your superiors and will be lucky if you live
very long. If you survive the Holy wars you are thrust into you will be
praised for your valor and opportunities both romantic and financial
will become available to you.

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 41% on Cardinal
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You scored higher than 55% on Monk
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You scored higher than 22% on Lady
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You scored higher than 56% on Knight
Link: The Who Would You Be in 1400 AD Test written byKnightlyKnave on Ok Cupid

# Posted by Alyfireman :: 3:04 PM :: |
Five Questions meme

Here are the rules for the “Five Questions” meme.

1. Leave me a comment saying “interview me”. The first five commenters will be the


2. I will respond by asking you five questions.

3. You will update your blog/site with the answers to the questions.

4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same


5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

(Write your own or borrow some.)

So here are your questions.

1.) If you could spend a month anywhere in the world all expenses paid, where would you go and who would you take with you?

The first thing I’d do would be to drop my kids off at my mothers and than go on the longest cruise I could find just me and my wife. So we could have the honeymoon we never had. The location would be unimportant as long as my wife is with me.

2.) What is your favorite childhood memory?

That’s a hard question. But if I only had to pick one it would be when me and a friend played our guitars in front of our music class.

3.) What is your favorite time of year and why?

I can’t just pick one time of year as my favorite. There is something about each season that I enjoy. Winter I love the first snowfall of the year. Spring there the promise of the end of a long winter. Summer there is opportunity for long hikes and fishing. Fall I love the first bite of cold and the changing of colors.

4.) Who taught you about Jesus?

This could be long. Lets see when I was around 15 or 16 years old I responded to an alter call at my Dad’s church. That lasted maybe 2 years then I went into the Air Force and I just stopped going to church. My first base (King Salmon AK) allowed drinking at 18, so I partied it up. Than about 2 years ago the Lord placed 2 or 3 people in my life, that when you talked to them you could tell there was something different about them. That got me thinking what they had that made them so different. The only thing that they seemed to have in common was they were Christians. But I couldn’t understand how that could make a difference. It was funny at the same time my boys were at the age that they began picking up on the curse words in the music I was listening too, one of those gentlemen gave me a Thousand Foot Krutch CD to listen to. And I can remember driving home from work one morning saying I’m not going to be as “hardcore” into religion has I was when I was younger but if I could listen to this hard aggressive music were the didn’t use curse words then that was ok. Well about 6 months later I was baptized. Well that’s the long and short of it. I think I may do I post later on the change the God has done and is still doing later on.

5.) What is something you have always wanted to do but been afraid to try?

This one is easy; it would be to be able to speak in front of people. I’m not talking about some big speech, but I would love to be able to give a class at work without sounding like a fool.

# Posted by Alyfireman :: 2:50 PM :: |
VOM-USA News & Prayer Update

"In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith-the salvation of your souls" (1 Peter 1:6-9).

Prayers for April 19, 2005
From The Voice of the Martyrs
The Voice of the Martyrs Visit:
Pray for INDIA
INDIA (Compass Direct)
Hindu and Muslim villagers burned down a prayer hall and attacked three church members in a village in Kerala, India, on April 1st. Two days later when the pastor, Paul Ciniraj Mohammed, a Christian from a Muslim background, spoke to some of the villagers about the assault, he and his assistant were also beaten severely. When the attackers were beating his assistant, the pastor knelt down and prayed to God to save him and also to forgive the attackers. Village women who witnessed the beating saw him praying and were moved by his humility, asking the attackers to stop the beating and apologize. Ciniraj did not report the incident to the police because the attackers apologized. The prayer hall was completely demolished, but Christians in the village said they would continue to meet for prayer and Bible study in their homes. (Click here)

Give thanks to God for this humble pastor whose prayers moved his attackers to repentance. Thank God also that the villagers were not intimidated and will continue to meet in their homes. Pray this witness of humility and zeal will bring many more villagers into the Kingdom of God.

A new draft religion law and other legal changes that significantly restrict Christians are likely to be considered at a session of the lower house of parliament. According to Forum 18 News Service, religious minority leaders and human rights activists have expressed fears over plans to require all religious communities to register before they can function and to ban missionary activity by both foreigners and local citizens unless it is licensed. In a March letter to the head of the parliamentary working group, Protestant churches in Almaty complained that the proposed new restrictions on religious activity violated the country's constitution and international commitments. Some see the hand of the National Security Committee secret police (KNB), the former KGB, in this tightening of state control over religious activity.

Pray God will intervene to thwart the plans of those who want to destroy Christianity in Kazakhstan. Pray God will embolden Kazak believers to continue faithfully no matter what governmental restrictions might be imposed on their activities. Pray they will show their Muslim neighbors the love of Jesus at all times.

Pray for JORDAN
JORDAN (Compass Direct)
An Amman court of Islamic law has ruled in favor of Christian widow Siham Qandah, revoking the legal guardianship of her children's Muslim uncle, Abdullah al-Muhtadi, and ordering him to repay misspent funds. Al-Muhtadi proved unable to provide the court with documented evidence of his claimed expenditure to buy the children a refrigerator. The seven-year custody battle may continue, as the former guardian has the right to appeal the judgment within 30 days. Once they turn 18, the children (now 16 and 15) will be allowed to choose whether their official identity will be Muslim or Christian.

Give thanks and praise to God that He has loosed the chains of injustice for Qandah and her children. Pray she will not have to fight this legal battle again. Pray the Lord will bring more religious freedom to the country of Jordan.

Pray for CHINA
CHINA (VOM Canada)
According to a Vatican spokesman, four priests of the underground Catholic Church have been arrested this year. Thomas Zhao Kexium, 75, was detained by security forces as he was returning from a funeral. The reasons for his arrest and his present location are unknown. Bishop Philip Peter Zahao Zhendong, 85, was arrested January 3rd and is still detained. National security forces arrested Bishop James Lin Xili, 86, on March 20th. Two days later, Gao Xinyou, worker in the pastoral care of the laity, was also arrested.

Pray God will bring His peace to these prisoners. Pray for their health, as most are old and frail. Pray their assurance of faith will lead many prisoners to faith in Jesus Christ.

Pray for VIETNAM
VIETNAM (Compass Direct)
At an appeal court hearing on April 12th, the prison sentences of Pastor Nguyen Hong Quang and evangelist Pham Ngoc Thach were upheld. Quang and Thach, convicted of the crime of "resisting officers of the law while doing their duty," were sentenced to three-year and two-year terms, respectively, on November 12, 2004. While the appeal hearing was in progress, various police units and security forces dressed in riot gear and carrying billy clubs surrounded the courthouse compound. At the same time, a group of 200 Christians—Mennonite leaders, Christians of Vietnam's ethnic minorities, leaders from the Vietnam Evangelical Fellowship of house churches and four Catholic activists—held a prayer vigil. On April 11th, Mrs. Quang was summoned to the police station and scolded for writing and circulating an urgent appeal to Christians everywhere to fast and pray for justice to be done for her husband and the other Mennonite prisoners. (Click here)

Pray God will give Quang and Thach great peace and many opportunities to spread the Good News of salvation. Pray many prisoners will see the love of Jesus in Quang and Thach and desire to know their Savior and His love. Pray God will move in power to block any more attempts by authorities to halt Christian activities in Vietnam.

# Posted by Alyfireman :: 2:40 PM :: |

Monday, April 11, 2005

Out of town

I'm headed down to College Station, Texas for a couple of days for fire training. Juilet I have your questions, and if I can find a way to post down in the second largest state in the Union, I will answer them down there.

# Posted by Alyfireman :: 9:17 PM :: |

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Looky at what I got.

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My wife told me if I could find one for under $150 I could bid on it, so I did. I got this Les Paul look a like for only $127. It has been 15 or so years since I've owned a guitar, so it will take a little while to relearn how to play this thing. My poor wife doesn't know what she gotten herself into. Just what untill I get an amp for this think, and crank it up to 10. Dog house here I come.

# Posted by Alyfireman :: 4:09 PM :: |

Tuesday, April 05, 2005


Collin Baber had this to say
Everyone obsessed with one American's hospice transition should have a very hard look at the suffering caused by the War in Iraq - courtesy of "Culture of Life" George W. Bush. There are over 1500 dead soldiers, 30,000 injured on the U.S. side, 100,000 dead and who knows how many injured on the Iraqi side.

So in order to prove Mr Baber right, I thought I would post this here link warning this is not for those of you with weak stomachs. And if you what to read more on the suffering caused by the Iraq war you might find this interesting.

Mr. Bush you should be ashamed of yourself.

# Posted by Alyfireman :: 8:46 AM :: |
Prayers for April 5, 2005

Dear Donald Disney,

"We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other, so that we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure, which is manifest evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer" (2 Thessalonians 1:3-5)

The simple faith and trust possessed by our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ are amazing. We receive testimony after testimony of believers whose attitude toward persecution is that of humble gratitude-grateful that the Lord finds them worthy to be persecuted for His name's sake! As you pray this week, please don't forget to take action and tell others about the sufferings and triumphs of the persecuted church!

Many of these triumphant stories can be found in our newly redesigned online bookstore where you will find over 150 current resources, as well as discounted items. Click here to check out VOM's new bookstore!

VOM Web Team

From The Voice of the Martyrs

On March 31st, the wife of a church leader in southwest Bangladesh was brutally assaulted. (Details of the location of the assault are being withheld to protect the believers.) As a church leader and his wife were returning home, he was attacked. When his wife attempted to assist him, she was raped. Both of them were taken to the local hospital where the wife is reportedly in critical condition. VOM sources say this couple has been a key in a church-planting movement in their district.

Pray God will heal this suffering woman both physically and emotionally. Pray members of the churches they planted will continue boldly in their witness to the Good News of salvation. Pray the Holy Spirit will come in power to overcome the spirit of violence in that area.

PAKISTAN (Compass Direct)
As Christian worshippers left the Easter services at Victory Church International in a village near Lahore, four armed gunmen attacked them indiscriminately, killing one and injuring seven others. Two police guards assigned to guard the church left their post long before the shooting started. Reportedly the local Dogar caste of Muslims dominant in the area have been trying to renege on their ancestors' property allocation many decades ago, which gave the village's Christian community the land where they built their church and set up a graveyard. Although Dogar landlords had demolished some graves with a tractor, the Christian community had not retaliated.

Give thanks to God the Christians have demonstrated a spirit of forgiveness in the past. Pray God will honor their faithfulness, sending His supernatural peace to the whole village. Pray the resolution of this conflict will bring glory to God.

Last September, security police connected to the country's intelligence agency showed up unannounced at the home of Samer and Abeer. They arrested Samer, held him overnight, and turned him over to the Islamic courts. At his October hearing, Samer was asked to "alter his confession" or recant his Christian faith. Since then a court decision decreed that his identification papers must be changed from "Muslim" to "no religion," that he had forfeited any inheritance, his marriage to Abeer is now illegal, and therefore, he is not entitled to the custody of his son. He is now an apostate and cannot hold a job, cannot own property, and other Muslims can legally attack or even kill him. Two brothers have already threatened his life. Samer has made arrangements for Abeer and their 18-month-old son to leave the country. A Jordanian pastor has hired a lawyer to bring Samer's case before Jordan's Supreme Court, and international human rights advocates have sent 4,000 messages to King Abdullah.

Pray King Abdullah will have mercy on Samer. Pray Samer will remain faithful to Christ under all circumstances. Pray his witness of the Good News will bring more Muslims to faith in our Savior.

In addition to your prayers, VOM would like to encourage you to join us in taking a stand with Samer against his November 23, 2004 apostasy conviction. Please contact the Embassy of Jordan:
Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Ambassador Karim Kawar
3504 International Drive, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
Phone: (202) 966 - 2664
Fax: (202) 966 - 3110

In February, over 100 children were detained by police after a raid on the Medhanie-Alem Orthodox Church. According to a report from Christian Solidarity Worldwide, the last of the children detained have been recently released. Compass Direct also confirms that Semere Zaid has been released on bail. Zaid, a lecturer at the University of Asmara, was arrested in early February. He was given warnings not to participate in any evangelical activities in the future. (Click here to read about the February arrests.)

Give thanks to God for all those who prayed for the release of these believers. Pray Jesus will draw near to those who are still imprisoned for their faith under miserable conditions. Pray God will move in mercy and power to melt the hearts of Eritrean officials, transforming their country to a land of peace for all people.

INDIA (CharismaNOW)
An evangelist recently arrested on charges of attempting to convert Hindus in Orissa State has appealed his case to the Orissa High Court. On February 27th, Kumar was on his way to visit a Hindu man who had invited him for prayers, when nine Hindu extremists assaulted the evangelist, tied him up and threatened to throw him into a lake. When the police arrived, they arrested Kumar, took him to the police station, and "started beating me mercilessly with a bamboo stick and asked me to call Jesus to save me." Elsewhere, after hundreds of thousands of believers around the world prayed, an insurgent group that had threatened to destroy Gospel for Asia in Assam has backed down from its extortion demands.

Pray the court in Orissa State will recognize the negligence of the police in Kumar's case, allowing him to be released. Pray the Lord will protect him as he continues to spread the gospel. Give thanks to God for all the faithful believers worldwide who prayed for the protection of Gospel for Asia in Assam.

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