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According to Assist News Service, Bob Fu and ChinaAid are in danger. A Chinese Communist Party (CCP) operative in the US urged his supporters to eliminate Bob Fu, the founder of China Aid, and other renowned Chinese dissidents in late September. China Aid reports that this order must have come straight from Beijing. The Chinese Communists want Bob silenced since he is perhaps the leading advocate for Christian persecution in China. Pastor Bob Fu said: “I pray God uses this threat to expose the Chinese communist’s agenda to destroy Christianity. Christians need to know what is really happening in China and now even here in the USA. Please pray for me and my family.” Instructions to eliminate Bob Fu and others have gone out over YouTube and other social media channels. Protestors demonstrated in front of Bob’s house on September 26th, threatening his wife and children. The agenda is clear. Stop the Christian witness and any criticism of the Chinese Communist Party. Extra security is being added for Bob and his family. Your prayers are needed now more than ever.
According to Mission Network News, Last month, a coalition of Deaf ministries published the world’s first 66-book Bible translation in any sign language. Today, Rob Myers of DOOR International describes another ASL achievement: a 119-passage Chronological Bible Translation. “The idea behind this approach is to [use] key narrative passages in Scripture,” Myers says. “Those key passages are critical to understanding how to be saved from sin [and] who we are as people, that we’re made in the image of God.” The ASL Chronological Bible Translation consists of 119 biblical narratives from Genesis to Revelation. An introduction accompanies each story to give context, and there’s a section providing more information about the passage. “It’s not a complete Bible, but it’s a foundational Bible that we can then put into the hands and onto the hands of church planters who are out in the field,” Myers notes. “The urgency of the Gospel means that we want to have passages ready that are about Jesus and about the reason Jesus came and died and took our place.”
According to Christian Post, A mob of Hindu extremists in eastern India beat five Christians, shaved their heads and paraded them through the streets after falsely accusing the believers of cow slaughter. In September, a mob of 60 to 70 extremists attacked seven Christians in Jharkhand’s Simdega district after a video of a man accusing them of eating and smuggling beef went viral on social media, Morning Star News reports. In the Hindu-majority country, both activities are illegal. Two Christians managed to escape, but Pastor Raj Singh and four others were brutally beaten by the extremists, who then shaved their heads and tied garlands of old shoes and slippers around their necks. The mob paraded the Christians from one area of Bherikudar village, in Simdega District, to another. After parading the Christians through the streets of Kumhar, Mahato, Lohra, Girija, Sarna and Bahari areas, the mob brought them to the Bagicha area. There, they called police to allege that they had caught the Christians smuggling cow meat. Police took the Christians into custody and then searched their homes, but found no evidence of the accusation.
According to Mission Network News, The landscape of volunteer service is changing. At the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, a survey by VolunteerMatch showed that 93 percent of nonprofits significantly reduced their operations. Additionally, 85 percent of volunteers were worried about getting sick or exposing others, and 45 percent of volunteers said they wanted to serve remotely. If you are looking for a way you can serve others from home, consider becoming a penpal with a prisoner! Crossroads Prison Ministries needs more people to write letters to prisoners in their Bible study program. When you volunteer to mentor a Bible study student in prison through Crossroads, you are tangibly showing them God’s love. Doug Cupery, Crossroads’ church mobilization director, says, “We do biblical studies with prisoners through correspondence through the mail. A key piece that we do is build relationships with those that are participating with us through letter writing. So really, what you are doing is you are journeying with prisoners through their Bible studies and speaking truth, encouraging, [and] offering hope.
According to Mission Network News, Last week, devastating conflict broke out between the countries of Armenia and Azerbaijan in the Southern Caucasus. This weekend, missiles struck Azerbaijan’s second-largest city, Ganja, injuring dozens. Eric Mock of Slavic Gospel Association describes the battle taking place over Nagorno-Karabakh, a small piece of land between the two countries. “Since July, there’s been a substantial uptick in conflict. Now, in the last week or so, there’s been horrendous shelling and aerial bombardment of villages within this region. It’s terrible right now. Children are dying, women are dying, civilians are dying.” Fighting began early last week and hundreds have been killed, many of them civilians.SGA works with local churches located directly in the war zone. Through the Christ over COVID program, they already worked with these churches to provide food. Now, they are helping those caught in the middle of the war. Mock says, “Through this ministry, we’ve been able to equip them to bring groceries and the gospel to over 300 families. We just released funds again to that region to reach another 350 families, as well as releasing funds through Azerbaijan, for them to minister to refugees from the fighting.” Pray for civilians caught in the middle of this violence. Many Christians have become trapped in the war zone. Additionally, Churches in Azerbaijan were already persecuted, living in a Muslim-majority country. Now, a wave of patriotism is sweeping through the country, and Christians can be seen as identifying with Armenians.
According to Assist News Service, Mercy Ships this week unveiled its new hospital ship, the Global Mercy, which will join the Africa Mercy, in service in Africa since 2007. Dr. Pierre M’Pelé, Director of the Mercy Ships Africa Bureau, said that the Global Mercy is scheduled to begin service in Africa in 2021 and relayed the cry from the hearts of Africans who say “Thank you to Mercy Ships.” Every year, 16.9 million people around the world die due to lack of access to surgical care and 93% of sub-Saharan Africa still lack this access. Between 1990 and 2020, Mercy Ships has performed more than 100,000 free surgical procedures, trained more than 40,000 medical professionals, renovated more than 100 health facilities, and implemented more than 1,000 community projects in Africa. The Global Mercy will more than double the impact of Mercy Ships on the African continent. The Global Mercy, is the world’s largest purpose-built charity hospital ship capable of more than doubling the charity’s surgical and training capacity. Over her 50 year expected lifespan, more than 150,000 lives are estimated to be changed onboard through surgery alone! The 174-meter, 37,000-ton ship will have six operating rooms and house over 600 volunteers from around the globe representing many disciplines including surgeons, maritime crew, cooks, teachers, electricians, the host staff and more. The ship will also feature a 682-seat auditorium, student academy, gymnasium, café, shop and library – all of which have been designed to accommodate up to 950 crew onboard when docked in port.
According to Mission Network News, Although the radical Muslim terrorist group al Shabaab is based out of Somalia, their attacks continue to bleed into neighboring countries, including Kenya. And it’s affecting ministry work. FMI supports local pastors, church planters, and evangelists in Kenya. Their Kenya director Elijah* says al Shabaab activity is driving NGOs and educators away from northern parts of the country. “We have seen a mass exodus of teachers coming out and fearing to serve in those specific areas,” Elijah says. “Most of the teachers are young people. Some of them have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. When they are in those places, they can be the witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in those areas. What we are seeing is discouragement. But to the people who have hope in Jesus Christ, even when they are passing through persecution, I know they have inner healing from God.” While FMI is focused on church planting and spreading the Gospel in Kenya, they also want to help the local Church meet the tangible needs in their communities. Elijah explains, “As we are working alongside our brothers in the northern part of Kenya, we’ll be doing a baseline survey to see the need [and] how we can best approach that instead of using the models which some of the NGOs have been using.” The FMI strategy also means that the ministers they support are local to their Kenyan communities and can build authentic relationships.
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In closing, remember, God loves you. He always has and He always will. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you don’t know Jesus as your Saviour, today is a good day to get to know Him. Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead for you. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
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