Open Doors

… we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.
– Hebrews 10.39 (NIV-UK)

Dear Christian Friends

On 16 July, family members of Egyptian Muslim-background believer Shaymaa (Eman) Muhammad al-Sayed, aged 26, openly threatened to kill her for becoming a Christian.

She was taken into ‘protective custody’ by local police but instead of protecting Eman, police threatened her, gave her electrical shocks, beat her and photographed her in the nude.

On Monday (23 July), they handed her over to her fanatical Muslim family, who dragged her screaming from the police station and beat her severely before driving her away.

After Eman’s family learned of her conversion to Christianity in January 2003, they had abused her in attempts to force her to return to Islam and marry a cousin who is active in a violent Islamist movement.

In spite of repeated requests however, Eman was unable to obtain any restraining order to secure her personal safety, and although fully aware of the family’s threats to kill her, police failed to require her family to sign any guarantee that she would not be harmed.

You can read more details on our website.

Please pray for Eman with us that she will:

• Be healed of the physical and psychological trauma she has experienced

• Receive grace to forgive her relatives and not to “shrink back” in her faith

• Know the vibrant presence of Jesus in a strengthening and comforting way during this time

• Be protected by the Lord and led to a place of safety.

Thank you for praying with us.

Every blessing

John
Communications Team

Summer?

Hard to believe its the end of July , today we had the most unbelievable thunder and lightning storm – huge hailstones. Washing wet again but that is so minor – to what the people in England are facing – not enough that hundreds have been flooded out of the homes , they are now under the threat of infection as  raw sewage is everywhere and clean water in such short supply – my prayers are with them

Ds1

 My Ds1 had problems with his hear again , he had a operation on it about 4 0r 5 years ago- his ear canal was widened and a graft put in to repair a burst ear drum which had failed to close itself – this only closed it by 50%  so last November it was repeated and as far as we can be sure this time it was succesful and he was discharged from his consultant in May. When we were away it started feeling funny and began to leak . Turns out it has burst again so he`s on antibiotics and a swab was taken. His Dr says with his history it is unlikely to heal its own accord ( major prayer needed) and hopefully his consultant will see him again soon. However he has already said that he would unlikely do it again if this happened – the success rate drops each time and it could be because of my sons  congenital and conductive hearing problem in that ear- I think I feel so upset with it as he had a pretty tough time with the operations which really has been for nothing . and to be honest I dont think I would have a mission of getting him to go through it again and at 15 I cant make him

0pen Doors

I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and the right of the poor.
– Psalm 140:12 (KJV)

 

Dear Christian Friends

Islamists in the Bangladesh village of Durbachari have meted out more beatings and death threats to Christians there after a special police force which was meant to protect Christians there for three months withdrew after only a week.

Additionally a national newspaper named the Rev Albert Adhikari as a key advocate for Christians in the area – thus making him a target for violent Muslim fanatics.

And the leaders of three prominent Islamist groups called for a ban on the activity of Christian individuals, churches and non-governmental organisations in Durbachari and throughout Bangladesh.

Violence in the Durbachari’s district arose after 41 Muslim-background believers (MBBs) were baptised in a river on 12 June.

Two weeks later, on 26 June, local Muslims attacked and severely beat MBBs in the village.

On 27 June, they gave the Christians a 24-hour deadline to leave the village or face further beatings and the destruction of their homes.

Observers say immediate and ongoing intervention is necessary in order to prevent further harm to the Christian minority in Bangladesh.

You can read more details and see some photos on our website.

Please pray with us that:

•Those who have suffered will be delivered from fear and healed of the psychological and physical trauma they’ve incurred

• MBBs in Bangladesh will be given grace to forgive their attackers and to rejoice that they are counted worthy to suffer for Jesus’ sake

• The children especially will know the protective and comforting presence of the Lord in the midst of the tensions around them

• There will be a breakthrough in the spiritual climate in Durbachari and throughout Bangladesh, such that police intervention and protection of Christians will be provided and that many more Bangladeshi Muslims will turn to Jesus.

Thank you for praying with us.

Every blessing

John
Communications Team

Remarkable Parrot

Remarkable Parrot


Three sons left home, went out on their own and prospered.
They discussed the gifts they were able to give their elderly mother.
The first said: “I built a big house for our mother.”


The second said: “I sent her a Mercedes with a driver.”


The third said: “You remember how our mother enjoys reading the Bible.
Now she can’t see very well.
So I sent her a remarkable parrot that recites the entire Bible.
It took elders in the church 12 years to teach him.
Mama just has to name the chapter and verse and the parrot recites it.”


Soon thereafter, their mother sent out her letters of thanks.


Milton,” she said, “the house you built is so huge.
I live only in one room, but I have to clean the whole house.


“Gerald,” she said, “I am too old to travel.
I stay most of the time at home so I rarely use the Mercedes.
And that driver is so rude! He’s a pain!”


“But Donald,” she said, “the little chicken you sent was delicious!”

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