Open doors- prayer alert

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.

–  Matthew 5:9 [NIV]

Jihad to target young Christians.

 

Earlier this month , a young Sunday School teacher, Henry Emmanuel Ogbaje, 24, was attacked with wooden clubs at  Gamji Gate, in northern Nigeria.  Believing that they had killed him, his attackers left  him for dead.  Henry lay unconscious for three hours – nobody came to his aid.

 

Family members immediately took him to a military hospital where he received emergency treatment. However, his situation deteriorated and Henry died the next day. 

 

His father said the attack was deeply shocking because, “Henry was a peace-loving person; he was not a troublemaker”. A brilliant soccer player, Henry Ogbaje had recently graduated high school and was planning to go to university at the time he was killed.

 

Attacks against Christians continue unabated. A recent call from a militant Muslim leader sought to target and kill ‘youthful’ Christians.  Government efforts to curtail the violence through the establishment of inter-faith councils have yielded few results.

 

Source: Compass Direct

 

Please Pray:

  For peace in the area as Christians become the target for attacks by Muslim extremists.

  That Christians would restrain themselves from retaliation despite being provoked by their Muslim neighbours.

  That the Christian faith flourishes despite efforts from some to wipe it out from northern Nigeria.

 

Thank you for praying with us.

Every blessing

John
Communications Team

 

Special thanks to Compass Direct. Quotes used with permission.

A blanket of comfort

Today is a stormy day
Psalm 46:1-2 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth will give way, and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.


Psalm 27:14 Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord


Psalm 31:24 Be strong and take heart , all you who hope in the Lord.


John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble . But take heart ! I have overcome the world”


Joshua 1:9 ” Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

NLT

Wrapping my self in God today lots to think about , lots to pray about


stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening: Robert Frost

stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

by Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there’s some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

 

I remember this poem from school when I studied Robert Frost and still love it. It was likened to Father Christmas on Christmas Eve .

Open Doors

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
– James 1.27 (NIV-UK)

Dear Christian Friends

For Turkish Christian Semsa Aydin, the shock of the cruel murder of her husband Necati, a Muslim-background believer, last April still hits her every morning when she wakes up.

“Necati’s absence is a cross for me every day,” Semsa said this week.

Equally painful, she says, is knowing that her two children will grow up without their father’s loving care and nurture.

Ten years ago, Necati’s strict Muslim family violently opposed his decision to become a Christian.

“I was afraid for his life, and that he would renounce Jesus,” Semsa said. “So I told the Lord I would give him up, that I would sacrifice our marriage. I prayed that the Lord would just keep Necati for Himself, not for me.”

Semsa has publicly forgiven her husband’s killers, but grief and the realities of single motherhood still overwhelm her.

You can read more details and see more photos at
Compass Direct.

Please pray with us that:

• Semsa and her children will be comforted and sustained by the Presence of the Lord

• They will soon feel at home in their new flat, far from their old home, but near a Protestant church

• Their former church, which has been attacked, will be protected and that the believers there – especially those who came to faith in Christ through Necati’s martyrdom – will be upheld by the Holy Spirit’s power

• The five young fanatics who murdered Necati (and two other Christians) will be turned from darkness to serve the living God.

Thank you for praying with us.

Every blessing

John
Communications Team

Special thanks to Compass Direct. Quotes used with permission.

Been a quiet couple of days mainly because of the worst migraine in ages – must be getting old. I actually was sick which thankfully is a rarity- I had popped a cool pad on my head – just out of the fridge and the pain was so intense I promptly threw up. But they really do help and I’m not normally sick with it, later on poor Ds1 hurt his thumb, typical male ‘needed’ it to wrap round his hand -his thumb was ‘worser’- never mind my poor head .

Beautiful day , another late  ray of sunshine – have got loads of washing done though it took it out of me – had to rest in between. Popped into town to get some stuff for Dd’s verruca which is a whopper so think it will take time to get rid of it – Took the opportunity to get a Christmas pressie while I was in boots – so much to do and so little time. Anyone fancy popping over to visit my ironing ?