Thursday, January 17, 2013

Read about horrible deaths in Nigeria, our brothers and sisters

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I don't care where you are from in this world, if you are a blood bought born again believer the suffering in Nigeria should move you to prayer.

Hebrews 3:3-- Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.

I have a burden and a responsibility to obey the above scriptural command and if you are a born again believer, so do you! How does this fit into the purpose statement of Heartfelt? It is really quite simple--Mental Illness involves intense suffering and affliction, bereavement and loss wrench the believer’s heart which looks for relief and compassion. The persecuted church across the world is undergoing terror alarm and intense physical and mental pain.

I for quite a while begun to go to the Voice of Martyrs web site and also to their newsletter to specifically obey the exhortation in the above mentioned verse.

Thank you for keeping in touch with our ministry. We would appreciate your prayers as we extend a helping hand to the hurting.

God bless!

VOM-USA Prayer Update for January 11, 2013
On Thu. Jan 10 2013 at 03:17 PM Moderator wrote:
Nigeria--Another Deadly Christmas for Christians
Source: Release International

2 Samuel 22:3

At least 12 Christians were killed in Christmas Eve church
in northern Nigeria, and 15 others were murdered in their sleep
on Dec. 28. BokoHaram militants are suspected in both cases. On
Christmas Eve, gunmen opened fire during a time of  prayer at
 the Church of Christ in Nations in Jiri village,Yobe province, killing
five worshipers and the pastor. The attackers also set the church on fire,
 and several other   Christians were seriously injured. On the same 
night, a deacon andfive other Christians were killed at the First
 Baptist Church in Maiduguri, Borno state. Four days later, attackers
 invaded the
homes of Christians in Musari, outside Maiduguri, and slit the
throats of 15 Christians during the early morning hours. A number
of Christians had moved to the Musari area to flee violence in
Maiduguri. This is the third consecutive year that Christians
in the north have been violently attacked during the Christmas 
season. Churches in northern Nigeria were nearly empty on        
Christmas day.

Philippines--VOM Vehicle Struck by Bomb
Source: VOM Sources

Psalm 5:11

A VOM worker narrowly escaped injury on Dec. 26 when a

roadside bomb exploded directly in front of his vehicle.
The windshield and rear window were busted and the right
side of the vehicle received damage, but the VOM worker and
 passengers were unharmed. A motorcycle taxi driver in front
of the VOM truck was killed in the blast. The bombing is thought
to be related to ongoing violence by  Muslim separatists in the
Philippines. "Praise God for his protection,"wrote the worker.
The Moro Islamic Liberation Front on the island of Mindanao        
recently signed an agreement with the Philippine government in
which the MILF was granted autonomy over more of the island.
However, the agreement has not stopped the violence. Christians are
 specifically targeted by the MILF and other Muslim extremists that
 seek to rid the region of non-Muslims.

Indonesia--Mob Attacks Christmas Procession
Source: Jakarta Globe

Micah 6:8

A long-beleaguered church in Indonesia faced harassment once again        

during their Christmas services. As members of the Filadelfia Batak
Christian Protestant Church (FBCP) walked toward their church
property during a Christmas Eve procession prior to the service, a mob
pelted them with eggs and other items. The FBCP's church property
was confiscated and sealed by local authorities several months ago,
 but the Supreme Court ordered authorities to stop sealing off the property.
Local officials have ignored the order. When the church again tried to
meet on Christmas day, attackers hurled excrement and bags of urine
 at the congregation.

VOM Project

During the Christmas holiday, an evangelist in Pakistan was accused

 of blasphemy. Because of the seriousness of the charge, he was forced
to flee the country for a short time. In the past, such charges have led        
to lengthy trials, imprisonments or both. Please pray for him and his family.

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