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.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Prayers for August 30, 2005

"I am the LORD, I have called you in righteousness,
I will also hold you by the hand and watch over you,
And I will appoint you as a covenant to the people,
As a light to the nations" (Isaiah 42:6).



The Voice of the Martyrs Visit: Persecution.com

Pray for IRAQ
IRAQ (Christian Freedom International)
The radical "Iraqi Resistance" group is accusing Christian Freedom International and others of attempting to "Christianize" Iraq. Muhammad Abu Nasr of the "Free Arab Voice" wrote in the August issue of the "Iraqi Resistance Report" that "missionaries push Christianization under protection of U.S. occupation." According to Nasr, "Under the protection of the U.S. military occupation of Baghdad, American Christian missionaries have been pushing efforts at Christianization in Iraq (and that a) Christian Bible Society has set up a Bible society in the middle of occupied Baghdad." Christian Freedom International has been sending much needed humanitarian supplies to Iraq that is in turn distributed through local churches in Baghdad. "The aid," said CFI president Jim Jacobson, "is sent to local churches in Baghdad and freely distributed to all Iraqis regardless of their religion." "It is true," said Jacobson, "we do send Arabic language Bibles, but this is because the Bibles are in great demand and requested by Iraqi Christians."

Give thanks to God that Christian witness in Iraq is strong enough to warrant strong criticism from radical Muslims. Pray for the protection of all Christians who are distributing the Word of God to many who do not know Him. Pray many Muslims will see the love of Jesus in these caring people and will want to know the source of their extraordinary compassion.

Pray for PAKISTAN
PAKISTAN (Missions Insider)
A Muslim backlash against Christians, who are seen by many Pakistanis as tied to often reviled America, continued with two attacks on native missionaries. Several weeks ago a missionary was visited by three Muslim men late at night. The men held him at gunpoint and locked him and his family in a back room while they searched his house for two hours. They stole Bibles and Christian literature as well as blankets intended for orphaned children, and destroyed what they could not steal, including a computer and motorbike. Their parting words were a death threat. A few days later, a team of five young gospel workers witnessing in a North Pakistan village were surrounded by 300 Muslim extremists who beat them. The men were dragged to a local police station where policemen refused to let reporters photograph the victims. Thankfully, all the missionaries have been released.

Pray God will strengthen these faithful servants in Pakistan to continue to speak boldly about their Savior. Pray the attackers will be dumbfounded by the forgiving spirit of the believers. Pray all Muslims in Pakistan will see Christianity is not an American religion, but a relationship with the almighty, all-loving God.

Pray for LAOS
LAOS (BosNewsLife News)
Across the country village chiefs and other workers have been pressured by communist authorities to give up their Christian faith. Human rights workers say the government regards church activities as questioning the communist system and threatens the government's power. In recent months communist-backed local authorities and police have raided several villages where possibly dozens of believers were tortured and detained on false charges ranging from owning "illegal weapons" to holding "illegal gatherings." An underground evangelical church leader says: "We know of several incidents near the Vietnam border where Laos police raided villages and forced locals to stand for three days with their hands in the air till they renounced their faith in Christ. Nobody is able to keep up with that kind of torture for so long…." Those who refused to obey were allegedly put in jail. He knows of six Christians in jail, including two brothers who were imprisoned about six years ago while another man sentenced with them died in recent years. (www.bosnewslife.com)

Pray God will give Christians supernatural endurance to withstand torture. Pray those who denied Christ will know Christ's forgiveness and compassion. Pray God will cause the Christian faith to continue to grow in Laos and bring peace to that suffering nation.

Pray for SAUDI ARABIA
SAUDI ARABIA (ASSIST News Service)
AsiaNews has reported that, with the death of King Fahd and the arrival of King Abdullah, the persecution by the Saudi Kingdom of believers of religions other than Islam, especially Christians, is on the rise. AsiaNews sources in the Saudi capital have confirmed the religious police, called the Muttawa, has raided the homes of foreigners, especially suspect homes (i.e. those where Christians live). This has forced many groups who used to meet in the privacy of their homes for prayer to stop. Furthermore, people have stopped meeting out of fear the police might link them to one another. Indians are particularly targeted. In the last few months, nine Indians were arrested for illegal religious activities. The story goes on to say: "The Saudi government has banned any religious practice other than Wahhabi fundamentalist Islam. Any missionary activity or public expression of faith (having Bibles, wearing a crucifix, holding a rosary, praying in public) is outlawed. The religious police, well-known for its violence and torture, make sure that the ban is enforced." (Click here)

Pray God will give Christians in Saudi Arabia a fearless trust in His direction for their lives. Pray their faithfulness will lead many Muslims to Christ. Pray international pressure will expose these restrictive laws and the brutality of the religious police.

Pray for TURKMENISTAN
TURKMENISTAN (VOM-Canada)
On August 15th, police from the anti-terrorist branch in the northeastern Turkmenistan town of Dashoguz (Dashhowuz) summoned church leaders from the city's registered Baptist church for interrogation following the raid of an open-air service the previous day. According to Forum 18, the believers had just finished their worship service in the countryside outside the town and were gathering to enjoy a lunch together when police officers appeared and started questioning what they were doing. The officers then confiscated their Bibles and hymnals. When church leaders met with the police the following day, the officers claimed the church's national registration was not valid in northern Turkmenistan. "Individuals can only believe alone on their own at home," police told them. The church leaders were then pressured to write statements on how they became Christians and why they had Bibles. They were also pressured to sign declarations that they would not meet until the church obtained state registration. The leaders told the police, "We will continue to meet in the future, as our faith does not depend on registration."

Pray for the believers' continued boldness and determination to worship God despite the opposition of authorities. Pray God will give wisdom and discretion to each of the church leaders. Pray this witness of faith and courage will lead many to Christ.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

A good read

Juilet has a post up you should read.

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Prayers for August 23, 2005

"We also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts..." (Romans 5:3-5)


From The Voice of the Martyrs
The Voice of the Martyrs Visit: Persecution.com

Pray for CHINA
CHINA CHINA (VOM-Canada)
On August 16th, beloved house-church pastor Allen Yuan was whisked from his earthly life into eternal life with Christ. In 1946, with the help of a Norwegian pastor, Allen Yuan started a church in a rented hall and every year saw some 20 to 50 people come to Christ and be baptized. In 1950, after Mao Tse-Tung came to power and began the communist regime, a number of church leaders met with Premier Zhou En Lai, and the Three-Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM) was born. It continues today as a government instrument that seeks to control religious life and inhibit evangelism. Allen Yuan was among 11 preachers who refused to join the TSPM; and in 1955, they were all put in prison. Allen Yuan, who was 46 at the time, was given a life sentence. He was sent to a labor camp near the Russian border, where it was very cold, the food was bad, and the work was hard; but during his 22-year sentence, he was never sick. In prison he had no Bible, and there were no other Protestant Christians. His wife suffered untold hardships in bringing up their children. After his release in 1979, he continued to be encouraged by Psalm 27 as he went through all kinds of difficulties and threats created by government officials and the police. (Click here)

Give thanks to God for the example of this faithful servant who is now in the presence of his Savior. Pray his life story will continue to inspire and encourage Christians all over the world. Pray the witness of Christians like Allen Yuan will draw authorities in China into a relationship with Christ.

Pray for IRAN
IRAN (Compass Direct)
Eleven months after Iranian police arrested Hamid Pourmand for converting to Christianity, authorities at Tehran's Evin Prison continue to pressure the former Muslim to return to Islam. Pourmand faces at least two more years in jail for his conversion. He was acquitted of apostasy charges before an Islamic court in the southern port city of Bandar-i Bushehr in May, but he remains under verbal pressure from Tehran prison officials to recant his Christian faith. The lay pastor is serving a three-year military court sentence for "deceiving the Iranian armed forces" by allegedly concealing his conversion to Christianity 25 years ago. Iranian law forbids non-Muslims from holding positions as officers over Muslims in the armed forces. Pourmand has been allowed two official prison leaves since the end of June. "His family was very grateful for these days together," said a source in touch with Pourmand's family, which has no regular source of income apart from the support of various Christians.

Pray Pourmand will remain faithful under the constant pressure to return to Islam. Praise God that he was given some time with his family. Pray his witness of faith and love will lead others to Christ.

Pray for VIETNAM
VIETNAM (Compass Direct)
Last week Vietnamese prison authorities offered to release Mennonite pastor Nguyen Hong Quang if he would confess to a crime for which he is serving a three-year sentence. In March 2004, Rev. Quang confronted two plainclothes policemen who had harassed some of his workers, the basis of his conviction in November 2004 for "interfering with officers doing their duty." On August 9th, authorities took Rev. Quang 155.3 miles to another prison to offer him freedom, but he refused to sign a declaration of guilt. Publicity over Rev. Quang's case has embarrassed the Vietnamese government, as it is urgently trying to show the world a kinder face in its treatment of religious groups. (Click here)

Praise God for His faithful servant Rev. Quang, who refuses to deny his Lord and Savior. Pray his example will inspire many Christians to be bold in their faith. Pray this incident will be used as evidence to other world governments of Vietnam's lack of religious freedom.

Pray for INDONESIA
INDONESIA (ASSIST News Services)
The Indonesian Ulemas Council (MUI) discussed a "problem" at their four-day national congress the last week of July. According to the Jakarta Post, the clerical delegation was concerned Christian preachers were converting Muslims "at an alarming rate." They were "most disturbed" by "the phenomenon of the construction of churches." Demonstrating the extent hard-liners have infiltrated and now control the MUI, the congress released an 11-point fatwa (edict) denouncing liberal interpretations of Islam, secularism and pluralism as un-Islamic, and promoting a hard-line, intolerant orthodox Islam that denies equality to women and non-Muslims. As Indonesia's highest Islamic authority, the MUI is responsible for Muslim doctrine in the country. According to Jubilee Campaign, the MUI receives some 5 billion Rupees (nearly US$600,000) of government funding annually. Meanwhile, 35 churches have been closed in West Java since the MUI issued their fatwa, and Dr Rebekka Zakaria, Eti Pangesti and Ratna Bangun remain imprisoned without bail in West Java on charges of "Christianization" of Muslim children. If convicted, the women (who altogether have eight children) face up to five years in prison, and Christians would subsequently be risking imprisonment when introducing Muslim minors to Christ.

Pray God will protect the three imprisoned Sunday school teachers and their children, giving them quiet comfort and wisdom as they prepare for their weekly appearance in court. Pray Indonesia's pastors will be drawn closer to God and His spirit of unity with each other and their congregations. Pray God will use President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Vice President Jusuf Kalla as His instruments to preserve religious liberty in Indonesia.

Pray for UZBEKISTAN
UZBEKISTAN (ASSIST News Service)
On August 13th, Forum 18 News Service Central Asia Correspondent, Igor Rotar, was deported from Uzbekistan's Tashkent Airport. According to his account, Rotar was detained for two days at the airport by representatives of Uzbek authorities who initially tried to force him to leave the country "voluntarily" at his own expense, thus avoiding an official deportation. Rotar said his detention began August 11th, when his name came up on a computer list of "undesirable" persons that was compiled by the Uzbek National Security Service secret police. At the airport he was isolated in an area where there was a telephone but he was not allowed to contact anyone, even the embassy of his own country, Russia. Uzbek law allows a detained foreigner the right to contact his embassy. When Rotar refused to leave voluntarily, he was given an official order that did not state the reason for his deportation but stated, "Entry to the Republic of Uzbekistan closed." Forum 18 News Service stated, "The Uzbek government has thus unintentionally shown how religious freedom is an excellent 'litmus test' of the state of human rights in any society. It has also caused world attention to be focused once more on the very serious human rights abuses committed by the Uzbek government."

Pray God will use this unfavorable publicity to lighten the Uzbek government's restrictions on religious freedom in their country. Pray Jesus will reveal to Igor Rotar His plans for his future.Pray for all Uzbeks caught in the bondage of Islam with no knowledge of our merciful God.

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Thursday, August 18, 2005

Misconceptions

You ever read something and automatically form an opinion of it.

When I was looking for a church the first thing I did was pick up the local phonebook, which typically lists church’s by denomination. There are 4 or 5 bible teaching churches in this town, of those, three of the major denominations are here. You have Lutheran, Southern Baptist, and the Assemblies of God. Then you have an Independent Baptist Church(not sure who there independent of), a community church(of with I’m a member of) and one that’s listed as charismatic (which is the church that I’m taking The Way of the Master course). All this mind you for a town that has a population of 4 maybe 5 thousand.

As I have listed those off I bet that you have formed a picture in your head I know I did. Ok lets get to the point. Let me tell you what I picture when I hear the word charismatic. The first real church I remember going to was with my dad, they have been what I’ve always considered charismatic. They would do a lot of strange stuff, I don’t think I need to go into details. So this picture has been stuck in my head for a long time.

Last night what I saw are people that have a deep love for the Lord. The young lady that did the Q&A session this evening spoke with a passion and fire. You can’t look in your Bible and say well you know she a woman and she can’t stand up and talk or a 100 other different verses in the Bible that you can pull out and twist all around and say “here you doing it wrong.” What she did last night was a pure gift from God. Man, woman, heck God has even used a talking donkey, to do his will. The point I’m trying to make is that sometimes we need to put aside our opinions and take a look around us. The Body of Christ is in deep need of repair, and it’s up to us as Christian to do the leg work.

So why am I writing this, this is me taking the time to tell them I’m sorry for judging them and asking them to forgive me. My intention is to email this to the pastor with asking him to at least pass this on to the others in this class, with my deepest thanks for encouraging me.

One last think before I go. That list of churches at the top, none of them are the true “church”. The True Church is not some building. The Church is the believers in Christ, and our pastor is the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s time to stop sitting around and saying “You know the world is sure going hell in a hand basket.” Duh read your Bible, THE WORLD IS GOING TO HELL IN A HAND BASKET, and the time for sitting is over.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Catching up

Boy it's been a busy summer between working on the house, fishing, a visit from my mom, teaching my boys to fish, work, and have I mentioned fishing. Anywhy the roof is near completion and things are starting to wound down.

I've started taking a course at a local church called The Way of the Master.
While sometimes I think they can almost over simplifiy things. I still feel that their main goal is getting people out of their comfort zones and sharing there faith with people.

Today a comment was left by Apostle John, on my VOM Prayer post. Something I want to make clear those post are all the work of VOM.I have asked and recived premission to post them. I just feel that sometimes I get too much creidt for something I've cut and pasted.

Ok anywhy, I went over to Apostle John's blog and found two post that are well worth your time to read they are Praying for Osama Bin Ladin and Pray for PEACH? while I consider myself in support of the war in Iraq, I so can understand a Christian agurement against it. While you're over there take a look around his blog, you will not be sorry.

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In Response

I think I understand your post and your banner on top. My sense (and hope) is that the Christian faith is much bigger than the moral questions of abortion and fire-insurance so that people don't end up in hell.


Eddy brings up some good points, what is Christianity about. There a lot of people that will tell you that you should accept Christ because He will make you feel better and cause all your troubles to go away. While I’ve have seen what Christ has done in my life, I’d have to say that using Jesus as “band aid” (for lack of a better term) is not exactly right. In Matthew Jesus says:
10:34 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace but a sword. 10:35 For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, 10:36 and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household.
10:37 “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 10:38 And whoever does not take up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 10:39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life because of me will find it. NET

It the easiest thing in the world to say you’re a Christian, but to get up everyday and “walk the walk” can be one of the hardest. When Jesus says lose your life He not talking about death, He saying deny yourself what the world has to offer and follow me. Luke 12 says:
12:16 He then told them a parable: “The land of a certain rich man produced an abundant crop, 12:17 so he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 12:18 Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 12:19 And I will say to myself, “You have plenty of goods stored up for many years; relax, eat, drink, celebrate!”’ 12:20 But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded back from you, but who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ 12:21 So it is with the one who stores up riches for himself, but is not rich toward God. “NET
Now as far as fire-insurance goes there are only two choices you can make. Heaven or Hell. I don’t pretend to know what hell’s like, I think I’ve heard it best described as eternal separation from God. And there is only one way to get to heaven, and that is because God became a man and took the punishment for our sins, not so we could feel better, not to make our problems go away, but because He loved us. Just about everyone knows John 3:16 but there are five other verses that in my opinion that should go along with it.
3:16 For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 3:17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through him. 3:18 The one who believes in him is not condemned. The one who does not believe has been condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God. 3:19 Now this is the basis for judging: that the light has come into the world and people loved the darkness rather than the light, because their deeds were evil. 3:20 For everyone who does evil deeds hates the light and does not come to the light, so that their deeds will not be exposed. 3:21 But the one who practices the truth comes to the light, so that it may be plainly evident that his deeds have been done in God. NET

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VOM Prayers

"Immediately he preached the Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God. Then all who heard were amazed, and said, 'Is this not he who destroyed those who called on this name in Jerusalem, and has come here for that purpose, so that he might bring them bound to the chief priests?' But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who dwelt in Damascus, proving that this Jesus is the Christ" (Acts 9:20-22).

This week pray those who are persecuting our brothers and sisters in Christ will be transformed by the power of God's grace (like Saul of Tarsus), leaving all who see and hear amazed by their witness for Christ!

Thank you for praying!

VOM Web Team



Prayers for August 16, 2005
From The Voice of the Martyrs


CHINA (VOM)
China Aid Association (CAA) reports that more than 210 Chinese house-church pastors and believers have been arrested in Hubei, Hebei and Henan provinces since July 2005. It also states that two tourists were mistreated when arrested in Hubei province. On August 2nd, while two American theological students were preparing to have Christian fellowship with 41 Chinese house-church pastors and believers at their host family's home in Hubei province, approximately 30 Chinese plain-clothed police officers rushed into the house. One student sustained injuries to his wrists after being handcuffed because he wanted to put his shoes on before he was forced into an unmarked police car. They were neither permitted to contact the U.S. Embassy nor permitted to show their U.S. passports and other identification cards. They were released at 5:00 p.m. following a seven-hour interrogation. Some of their belongings, including their personal Bibles, notebooks and books on Westminster Confession of Faith were confiscated. The same day 41 Chinese pastors and believers from the evangelical South China Church were taken to prison. At the time of this report, 30 had been released. The remaining 11, including 38-year-old Ms. Wang Hua and 32-year-old Ms. Wang Xiao, as well as the hostess, Ms. Ren Daoyun, are still in prison. According to eyewitness reports, many of them were tortured. Sixty-year-old Ms. Ren has been repeatedly beaten by Mr. Lei Youxin, the director of the prison. He kicked her, punched her face, and beat her head against the wall with a prison chair. (Click here)

Pray God will continue to bless the people of China with a hunger for His Word. Pray they will know His presence as they are bold in sharing their faith. Pray publicity concerning the two American students will expose the reality of religious persecution in China.


ERITREA (VOM-Canada)
On May 28th, an evangelical wedding was raided by Eritrean police, and guests were taken into custody. According to Release Eritrea, 70 Christians detained at that wedding have recently been moved to one of the hottest places on earth, a desert detention camp near the port city of Massawa. The camp is routinely used to punish young people, as temperatures in the area often reach 120 degrees. Two young people died in 2001, from heat stroke. Christian Solidarity Worldwide also reports that one Christian has apparently died as a result of the torture he endured in an Eritrean prison. Kelati Awalom, a member of the Rhema Church, was arrested for a third time on March 17, 2004, and was detained for three months, along with two of his daughters. According to reports, he was beaten until he was partially paralyzed. After his release, he continued to suffer the effects of the beating until he died at his home on July 24, 2005. Only three Christian denominations (Lutheran, Orthodox and Roman Catholic) are legally registered with the government. Anyone belonging to a different denomination or independent church risks harassment, prison and torture. Hundreds of Eritrean believers are suffering for their faith in detention camps around the country, where they are sometimes locked in metal shipping containers in the desert sun with limited food and water.

Pray God will give His followers in prison the strength to endure and a supernatural love for their persecutors. Pray the attitude of believers will draw many to Christ. Pray international publicity concerning this inhumane treatment of innocents will bring about the release of imprisoned Christians.


INDIA (Compass Direct)
Hindu villagers have accused a Christian couple in Pradesh state of attempted forced conversion. Jagdish and Grace Nayak were arrested July 19th, in Indore district. Dharmendra Chaterjee invited them to his house for prayer. After they finished praying, Chaterjee called his neighbors into the house and accused the Nayaks of enticing his family to convert to Christianity in return for education, health care and other benefits, including money for a family wedding. The Nayaks were detained by villagers, including members of the Dharma Raksha Samiti (DRS, or Religious Protection Committee) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a Hindu extremist group. Police soon took them into custody. A police inspector told Compass he believed the complaint was a planned attempt by the DRS and the RSS to keep the Nayaks away from the village.

Pray God in His mighty power will protect Jagdish and Grace from further arrests and harassment. Pray Chaterjee will remember the prayers for him and his family that were offered in good faith before the one true God of love and mercy. Pray all Christians in the region will remain faithful and Christlike.

Hindu extremists have begun a campaign to "reconvert" Christians from Dalit backgrounds in the north central Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The World Hindu Council plans to convert to Hinduism at least 80,000 Dalits (India's "untouchables" who occupy the lowest place in the caste system) in the region by year's end. Hindu organizations conducted a survey claiming more than 200,000 Dalits in one part of the state had converted to Christianity.

Pray God will dispel any spirit of fear among the Dalits who have come to know the One who loves them. Pray He will protect those who share their faith with the Dalits. Pray for the Hindu extremists who do not know how much God loves them.


INDONESIA (Compass Direct)
With angry hecklers in the West Java courtroom calling them liars, three Indonesian women accused of trying to convert Muslim children tried to defend themselves. Rebekka Zakaria, Eti Pangesti and Ratna Bangun were questioned about activities and materials used in their Christian education program for children from an elementary school. Bangun explained the children prayed, read the Bible, sang and sometimes colored pictures. In response, Judge Hasby J. Tholib said the women should never have allowed Muslim children to attend the program. Bangun and Zakaria replied they had no hidden agenda and had been completely honest with the children's parents who gave full consent to the program though none will come forward to say so now. Before the hearing ended, the prosecuting attorney announced the case would be transferred to the High Court, a move that could considerably lengthen the trial. (Click here)

Pray the peaceful, calm composure of these three women will be a witness to those observing the angry Muslim hecklers. Pray the prayers offered by Christians worldwide will bring about the release of these innocent believers. Pray the children who attended their classes will become faithful followers of Christ.

An angry mob has attacked a boarding house at a theological school in Pulo village, Makasar district, east Jakarta, twice, causing more than $10,000 in damage. The Arastamar Theological School's boarding house served students from other provinces. The mob included members of the Front Pembela Islam (FPI or Islamic Defender's Front); the FPI had accused the school of building a church. Local eyewitnesses say government officials accompanied the unruly crowd that attacked without advance warning. When the mob attacked a second time, students were able to turn them away. Local Muslim leaders such as Habib Hussin, a lecturer at the University of Indonesia, have objected to the presence of the school, despite every attempt by school management to meet legal requirements.

Pray the staff and students of the theological school will be able to repair the physical damage to their property as they grow in Jesus. Pray they will continue strong in their witness of Jesus' love.


NIGERIA (Compass Direct)
Church and government leaders in Northern Nigeria are growing restless over President Olusegun Obasanjo's failure to prevent Northern states from using Shariah Law to persecute Christians. Nigeria's Northern Christian leaders have demanded that Obasanjo's government put a stop to the Islamic law practiced in 12 Northern states. Saidu Dogo, secretary general of the northern chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), said the organization has written Obasanjo about Muslims demolishing church buildings, rejecting applications to build new churches and denying land to Christians. "Yet, we see mosques being built on every corner of the streets-you don't even need government approval in these states to build mosques," Dogo told Compass. In Jos, capital of central Nigeria's Plateau state, Gov. Joshua Dariye spoke out against Islamic abuses resulting from Shariah law when he received the governor of Zamfara state, the first state to adopt Shariah in 2000.

Pray our merciful God will give President Obasanjo wisdom, direction and courage in putting a stop to the use of Shariah Law in Northern Nigeria. Pray the witness of born-again believers will change the hearts of Muslim extremists and bring them into God's Kingdom.

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