Friday, April 12, 2013

Remember the Persecuted Church and William Carey

From the Preface from The Life of William Carey, Shoemaker and Missionary by
Smith, George (1833-1919)

On the death of William Carey in 1834 Dr. Joshua Marshman promised to write the Life of his great colleague, with whom he had held almost daily converse since the beginning of the century, but he survived too short a time to begin the work. In 1836 the Rev. Eustace Carey anticipated him by issuing what is little better than a selection of mutilated letters and journals made at the request of the Committee of the Baptist Missionary Society. It contains one passage of value, however. Dr. Carey once said to his nephew, whose design he seems to have suspected, “Eustace, if after my removal any one should think it worth his while to write my Life, I will give you a criterion by which you may judge of its correctness. If he give me credit for being a plodder he will describe me justly. Anything beyond this will be too much. I can plod. I can persevere in any definite pursuit. To this I owe everything.”
If you would like to read further about the father of modern  missions, please to the
link below.
VOM-USA Prayer Update for April 12, 2013
On Thu. Apr 11 2013 at 03:29 PM Moderator wrote:
Syria--Blessings amid Ever-Worsening Situation
Source: VOM Contacts
VOM partners in Syria were forced to abbreviate and cancel
Easter celebrations due to fighting in the region. "We canceled           
the Good Friday service because of the fight," wrote one partner,
"and we did the whole service of Easter ... in 40 minutes." A mortar
exploded on Good Friday in front of the building where this
contact lives, killing one woman. Another exploded the following
Monday, killing two others. Our partner had two hours of electricity
 on Wednesday after five days without. The fighting also cost
this group around $10,000 in literature and rent when their apartment
housing a small bookstore was destroyed by a bomb. "Any
blessed news? Yes!" the partner wrote. "We are still here, thankful for
the protection of our Lord. We had the blessed chance to distribute
food packages to 60 families." This contact also still has three active
Bible classes in the region.

Nigeria--Militants Kill 10 Family Members
Source: VOM Contacts

Islamists killed 10 members of one family on Feb. 21 in an evening

 attack near Jos. Five of those killed were children, ranging in age
 from 9 months to 5 years old. At about 8 p.m., around 40 armed
militants entered the home of the Musa family near the entrance of
Kogom Village. They broke down the doors of a home shared by
four adult siblings and their families, then brutally killed everyone
 they encountered with machetes and automatic rifles. Two family
members in their 20s, Habila Musa, and Regina, the wife of Jacob
Musa, were the only survivors of the attack. Regina is deeply
traumatized; the militants killed not only her husband but also her
three children, ages 9 months old, 3 years old and 5 years old.

Azerbaijan--More Fines for Two Baptist Ministers
Source: Forum 18 News Service

The leaders of two small Baptist churches in Azerbaijan have been

fined for holding worship services and threatened with tougher
penalties if they don’t stop. At a hearing on Good Friday, judges
fined pastors Zaur Balayev and Hamid Shabanov 1,500 AZN
($1,900) each, according to contacts. The fines amount to more
than a year’s salary for a laborer. Zaur Balayev spent nearly
a year in prison for his Christian work in 2007-2008, and he is
currently caring for his wife, who is ill with cancer. The fine for
amid Shabanov was issued to his wife, Hinayat, in his place,
since Hamid was out of the country. Hamid has also spent time in prison.

Indonesia--VOM Project

Pray for 110 orphans whose parents were killed by Muslim
during the 1999-2002 jihad attacks. VOM provides school fees for the children.
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