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Pray For Christians Under Attack

This last week has been very devastating for Christians. Pray for the Persecuted Church in every corner of the world. Evangelical, Protestant, Roman Catholic and Orthodox affiliated Churches and their members are dying because of their Faith and Love of Christ.

1. A mentally disturbed man sought out and stabbed a man having decided to kill a Christian. (Turkey)
2. VOC reports of unconfirmed rumor of Christian women executed for bible distribution. (North Korea)
3. Union of Baptist’s “Joy” camps are under attack and facing “criminal charges” for teaching “religion” to children. (Uzbekistan)
4. “Sumanahalli” (Village of Good Will), Catholic health center and housing facility, caring for over 700 people with leprosy, HIV/AIDS and other diseases and disorders are being threatened with closure by pro Hindu Government officials. (Bangalore, India)
5. Christian father’s two sons beheaded. Father watches as his two sons, 11 year old Abal Yusuf and 12 year old Hussein Yusuf are beheaded because he would not reveal the location of local church leader. (Somolia)
6. “Boke Haram” burns five churches and hacks Pastor Yakubu Sabo to death. (Maiduguri, Nigeria)
7. 300 lives lost to Taliban styled militants as they attack, churches, Christian businesses and Police stations. (Nigeria)

“But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come,nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the Love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:37-39)

Asking for Prayers

I want to give praise to God and thanksgiving for the prayer concert we had in our community center last Friday. It was the first of its kind in the mobile park and the presence of God was felt by everybody. Because it was such a blessing and the joy of the Holy Spirit was obvious, we are thinking that we shall do it again once the weather cools down a bit.

This weeks prayer list includes some very disturbing events;

1. Gao Zhisheng – and other lawyers who were disbarred for defending Christians from unjust charges. (China)
2. Leonid Voronenko – whose church was fined for having “illegal activities”, a prayer meeting. (Belarus)
3. Global Action Camps – for continued success in reaching out to hardened orphans who have never known the Love of Jesus or anybody else. (Ukraine)
4. Pnina Conforti – Messianic Jew who finally won her battle to operate a kosher bakery in Jerusalem after a long battle with Orthodox Jewish officials. (Israel)
5. Assyrian and other churches in Iraq – seven churches were bombed recently in Mosel and other neighborhoods. Pray for the protection of the rights of the Christian community. (Iraq)
6. Families of murdered Christian aid workers – Rita Stumpp, Anita Gruenwald and Young Sun, who were kidnapped and the slain. Also pray for the lives and safety of Johannes and Sabine Sabine and the their three small children, Lydia, Anne and baby Simon who were also kidnapped and are still missing. (Yemin)

“I urge you, first of all to pray for all people. as you make your requests, plead for God’s mercy upon them, and give thanks.” 1 Tim 2:1

The Things I am Praying for Today

The Spirit of God has not led me to write on any scriptures lately but He is leaning my heat toward the many crises in the world and the persecutions of people of Faith. What I ask for at this time is aid in praying for some of the things that weigh heavy on my heart.

1. Children in persecuted countries.
2. Protections for Christians in Islamic Nations.
3. Restored health in my family and in those who are dear to my heart.
4. God’s direction in my studies and the increase of Understanding of His Word.
5. Peace among the Believers of Christ’s Teachings, Mercy and Love.
6. The Message of the Wholeness of Christ to be shared through all Churches and Denominations of Jesus.

As we are all called to witness Christ through our Love of each other and in are testimony of our Faith in Christ, we are to share friendship one to another and to show compassion to those who fer or hate us so that they can only see God’s Love through us. Each day I read from the many web sites of the turmoil of Christians in the world, in nations that fear and hate Christians and from those who live in “Friendly” nations. It grieves me to know that while I live in comfort and the safety of a free nation many who seek the peace of
Christ live in fear. God has place a heart of compassion in me to pray for the hearts of our “enemies” because Christ wants to be a Friend to all.

But to be effective in my prayers, I must seek to understand their hate and fear of Christ. To best serve the Word of God,i must strive to grasp the fullness of His Love and the Mercy of the Blood. And because I am not a young man with a long health live ahead of me, I still must deal with the frailty of age. My health is not the best and my wife is suffering from two health issues (not life threatening, but burdensome). My daughter, Sheryl, has been out of work for several months and has no medical issuance and has needs that can not be treated because she can not receive medical attention. My son and his wife must move because of finances and want to help her family with expenses. So I ask for prayers for all of them as well as for my
wife, Colleen and myself.

And as always, I ask that there be peace among the Faithful. The Wholeness of Christ Message is that all who live for Christ be able to live with each other. The Harmony of the Gospel is that we are all called to love one another as Christ Loves us. Because of the Forgiveness of Christ, I can forgive and accept all who have attacked me in the past and I can continue to share the Good News that all who believe in their hearts that Jesus is Lord of All, one with the Father in Heaven and co resides with the Holy Spirit within our hearts, are my brothers and sisters in Faith. Continue to pray for a Unity of Spirit between the many walks of Faith that call themselves of Christ.

Each day, I take a “walk with God” to exercise of body and to pray for His Will in my day. I ask of you to join me in Spirit and add my concerns to your prayers. Thank you in His Name, Paul Shiras.

Good News from the Mission Fields, and Some Bad.

I am encouraged by the news I get from the different Missions fields. The Baptist Standard tells me that Jimmy and Rosalynn Center Offering for Religious Liberty has been successful in training young women to start home Churches in Iran. In Thailand, I hear that the children that were run out of Burma are under protection from the militants who would cross over into Thailand to take the children back and use them for porters and minesweepers.

In India, the Roman Catholic Church reports that Christians are now being offered protection from Hindu militants and are allowed to start rebuilding their homes and churches. In England, doctors and health workers are demanding the right to pray for their patients.

All these things are good news yet there are still many reports of Christians under attack in these same places as well as in China, Africa and the Near and Middle East. The saddest things I hear are that the Christians are under attack in Israel and in Palestine, not by Arabs or Hezbollah, but by Ultra-conservative Jews. Muslims and Hindus are not the only ones persecuting Christian converts, Messianic Jews are also under attack. Continue to pray for these brave souls and for the Christians in Iraq, Iran and in Pakistan. With every battle won, there are still many more lost.

I am confident that the prophecy of Micah will still be fulfilled, “In the last days, the Temple of the LORD in Jerusalem will become the most important place on earth. People from all over the world will come and say, ‘Come let us go to the mountain of the LORD, to the Temple of the God of Israel. There He will teach us His ways,so that we may obey Him.'” That day can not come until Christ is received as the Redeemer of the Nation of Israel, no the secular nation but the Spiritual Nation, the Nation of God.

Religious Laws in Azerbaijan: Are they an attack on Christians?

There is concerns that the new Religion Reform Laws of the small Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan are really an attack on the freedoms of the minority Christian religions of the country. While religious freedom is guaranteed in the Constitution of the nation, the new laws give the government more control over who can worship and where they can meet. I carefully read the press release of Forum 18, a religious watchdog group, and found little evidence that the new laws were designed to attack Christians but where targeting radial militant Muslims and “State Religions” of foreign groups.

The History of the conflicts between the Russian Orthodox and the Armenian Orthodox people give rise to caution in this fledgling democracy. Its location in southeastern Europe and the closeness to the oil fields in the Caspian Sea make for a very nervous Government. The fact that the pipe lines from the Caspian Sea go through their country and into Georgia and Turkey keeps them on their toes. But perhaps the most dangerous threat comes from Iran and its oppressive form of Islam and the possible spread of radical, militant and inhumane cell groups like the ones that raked havoc in its neighbor, Afghanistan.

Ninety-three percent of its residents are Islamic and have lived in peace with its Christian neighbors. Combined, the Armenian and Russian Christians only represent five percent of the population. The other two percent are a mix of Hare Krishna, Evangelical Christians and Atheists. The new laws will affect mostly those Islamics who want to start cults or religious cells that do not promote religious tolerance. Even though Shi’ite Muslims are the majority, they are not of the same mindset as those in Iran.

While we need to be aware of the temptation to exploit others by the new laws, we should take into consideration that they are trying to protect their people from terrorists who use religion to promote hate and violence. They suffered under the cloak of the USSR for decades and resent foreign entanglements and the intrusion of others into their way of peaceful coexistence. They would no more welcome a repressive Religious Regime than they would welcome the return of Communism. Pray that they seek the Wisdom of God and the sensibility of International Law when enacting the new laws. Pray that they find that the true believers of God seek only to live within the peace of God and desire never to bring harm to others. Pray that the doors of Spiritual Freedom are opened to those who bring the Message of Peace into the land.

What I want to stress here is these laws make it impossible for terror groups like the Al Qaeda and the Taliban form forming cells in Azerbaijan. And that is a very good thing! What the government of Azerbaijan needs to do is to act with tolerance and gentleness when dealing with the over enthusiastic Evangelists. Let them examine the intent of these missionaries and the heart of the message. And I applaud Forum 18 for keeping us informed of what is happening in these small Republics across Europe and Western Asia.

Taliban: The New Nazi

The more I read about the inhuman treatment the Taliban inflicts on the people, the more I realize that it is no better than the Nazi regime that plagued Europe last century.

I can equate them with the terror, intolerance and pure evil that can only represent Satan. While I do not believe that Islam is the path to Salvation, the Taliban is a freeway to Hell. What we must realize is that MOST Muslims are not violent, the Taliban does not represent the majority of them. The Taliban and Al Qaeda are evil representatives of a religion and are not to be considered Islamic any more than Aryans are to be thought of as Christian.

The problem now is that we are not separating them from the majority of Muslims and while we do not agree with the Islamic faith, we are to be tolerant, just as we are of other faiths of the world. We are to pray for them as we would any one who has not come to know Christ. Jesus told us to love one another and to love our enemies.

The Nations of the World must come together to put a stop to the radical and evil influence that these barbarians and thugs have placed on the innocent people of the Islamic world. Most have embraced the Taliban because they fear for their lives, not because they believe their lies. Pray for their protection and for the steadfast faith of the Christians that are trapped in their clutches.

In the Shadow of Your Wings

Be Merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuse; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuse, till the storms of destruction pass by.

My soul is in the midst of lions; I lie down amid fiery beasts – the children of man, whose teeth are spears and arrows. whose tongues are sharp swords. –Psalm 57:1,4.

I just received my news letter from International Christian Concern and am constantly reminded that persecution of minority religions are rampant in former Soviet Nations and many Islamic Nations.  That even in those countries we call “Allies”, the constant fear of belonging to a church, theology or even a bible study could cause you to end up in prison or even a victim of mob violence.   The primary target of these radicals are Christians but it is not limited to them.  Other beliefs are also targeted.  Minority Islamic beliefs and Hindu followers of ‘lesser gods” are also targeted but the majority of victims are still those who belong to the evangelical Christian Churches.

As David cried out to the LORD Almighty to be sheltered under his wings, we should say each day this prayer that those who suffer for His sake, be protected and sheltered.  As we face the slings and arrows of contention in our every day lives, we should be aware that there are many who face greater trial, tribulations and turmoil than we can imagine.  As we are to timid to proclaim our faith in a safe environment, teenage girls are raped in Pakistan in an effort to “convert” them to Islam, that women with malaria in Eritrea are being denied medical treatment unless the recant Christ and that those whose hatred of Christians is so great that the burn down clinics ans hospice centers for lepers and t.b. patients in India.

Continue to pray for and support those missions and their support groups.  As long as there will be those who sole purpose is to care for those who need the love of Christ and the aid of a loving heart, there will be those tools of  Hate who will seek to destroy.  They will come in the name of false beliefs and be instruments of The Most Evil One and they will proclaim that they are just and right in their wickedness.

” We must work the ways of Him who sent [Christ]. while it is day; night comes when no one can work.” John 9:4

Psalm 119:81-88 (Kaph)

My soul longs for your salvation;
I hope in your word.
My eyes long for your promise;
I ask. “When will you comfort me?”
For I have become like a wineskin in the smoke,
yet I have not forgotten your statutes.
How long must your servant endure?
When will you judge those who persecute me?
The insolent have dug pitfalls for me;
they do not live according to your law.
All the commandments are sure;
they persecute me with falsehood; help me!
They have almost made an end of me on earth.
but I may keep the testimonies of your mouth. (ESV)

Persecutions continue in India, Turkey and Now England

It is now evident that in the “Free World” Christians are being attacked for their beliefs and their rights, property, and livelihoods are threatened. But it was a shock that a nurse was suspended for offering to pray for a client and now a professional foster parent has been denied to care for children because a sixteen year old girl chose to convert from Islam to Christianity and be baptized. These events did not happen in China or Iran but is England.

As Turkish Christians (Assyrians) lose property and many fled to Germany, as Indian Catholics and YWAM missions are under attack in India, as Former Soviet Nations create law restricting Faith Based organizations from having bible studies, we must be on a constant prayer vigil to preserve the rights, freedoms and dignity to worship where and how we chose.

It must be remembered that this is how it began in Nazi Germany with the Jews. As we face more opposition from the secular and anti Christians efforts, we must raise up and declare that the belief in a Supreme God is not to be passive but active. Here in the United States of America, we have been fighting secularism and restrictions of Faith because of a “Separation of Church and State” ideal that was designed to prevent a official religion. It has been perverted into becoming a government against religion.

In what ever Nation you live in, you have the God given right to Believe in Him. Man’s law has no authority to deny you that right. If we end up having to worship God in our closets, cellars and caves, as did the early Christians in Rome, we will do it again. But until that day comes, protest the ungodliness of men who deny us our God.

Feb 15: Update: I have been following the upswing of religious suppression in England as of late. First, a nurse was suspended for offering to pray for a client, then a foster parent was removed because a child in her care desided to change religions (from Islam to Christian) and now I read that a parent was threatened with dismissal from a school because her daughter talked with another child about Jesus and heaven and the mother asked her freinds to pray for her, the school and the church on line. This is England, the United Kingdom, the birthplace of the Magna Carta.

PRAY FOR THE CHRISTIANS IN ENGLAND! Pray for all Christians in the “Free World” that they may continue to worship as the desire and that Freedom of religion does not turn into the freedom from religion.

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Pray for Christians in Sub Continent

Last year the Christians in India were targeted by Hindu and Islamic cults.
This year, it seems that Pakistan, Bangladesh and the other sub continent nations are having wide spread abuse against Christians including rape and forcible conversions. We need to keep our prayers going for these nations to abide by international law and human rights and protect Christians from these attacks.

It would help if those Islamic nations that do allow Christians to worship freely would speak up against those who use force, terror and violence in every case.
For more information go to and Voice of the Martyrs. And remmember that as long as there are those who use fear, terror and evil to spread their faith, Christians will be persued as enemies. Evil’s father is the Devil, and those who use evil to spread their beliefs are tools of Satan not any God that they claim.

Allah is Arabic for Anonia. Anonia is Hebrew for Yahweh, the God of Abraham and all who believe in Him.

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