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The LORD is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Psalm 34:18 [NIV]

NORTH KOREA FREEDOM STRUGGLE

In preparation for next summer’s Beijing Olympics, China has stepped up its repatriation of North Korean refugees.

In direct violation of international law, China continues to force refugees back to North Korea where they face certain torture, imprisonment and possibly execution.

80% of North Korean women refugees are exploited by human traffickers, or sold into brothels or to Chinese men as ‘wives’ or sex slaves. Once China captures North Korean refugees, they are placed in detention centres and reportedly handcuffed, chained and fixed to a hook on the ground. 

There have been a reported 500,000 border crossings over the last ten years but now desperate efforts are being made by both countries to seal the border. For any ships leaving port the engine starting gear must be left behind; no brothers can leave on the same ship and only five litres of fuel may be on board. In Kungghi border patrols now occur every 500 metres as well as CCTV. Elsewhere DPRK border guards patrol with sniper rifles and dogs to track down, apprehend and shoot refugees.  Inspection units have increased threefold, which search homes to identify any missing family members. 

This weekend the ‘International Protest Against China ‘s violent treatment of North Korean Refugees’ takes place. Protests and prayer vigils will be held at Chinese embassies and consulates in several major cities around the world. Open Doors’ Eddie Lyle, CEO of UK and Ireland , has sent a letter to the Chinese Embassy in London  appealing to the Chinese government to stop the abuse of the human rights of North Korean refugees.Open Doors will  also be arranging a protest outside the Chinese Embassy in London to coincide with North Korea Freedom Week which takes place from 27 April to 4th May 2008.

[Source: North Korea Freedom Coalition]

Please Pray:

  That many North Koreans would come to know Jesus Christ and would be strengthened and comforted in their daily struggles

  That significant numbers of North Koreans would successfully escape the country and be free to rebuild their lives in safety

  That China would listen to international concerns and soften its approach.

Thank you for praying with us.Every blessing

John
Communications Team

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well what do you think will I get a good grade for this ??- was doing part of an assignment tonight and forgot to save my progress when pc crashed . It auto saved and it looks like this – actually not exactly like this but its how it looks when I copy and paste – oops

sick again

Well bear is sick again – came home  from school complaining of a sore throat – glands up a little so I give him some medicine and he had a lazy afternon on the settee watching cartoons – problem was he wanted me to sit with him but such times are precious – wont be long before hes all grown up like his big brother.Anyway got a shock when I got up to make the tea and noticed his neck was huge , swollen all the way round – felt quite panicky- visions of him having breathing difficulties flashed before me . So I phoned out of hours Dr and was able to bring him straight away . NHS gets alot of stick but when it works its brilliant.

Neither of us got much sleep last night but we got a lovely long nap this morning which was much needed- im shattered , I think the last couple of weeks with Dh away have finally caught up with me

Monday music: Redeemer


Who taught the sun where to stand in the morning
Who told the ocean you an only come this far?
Who showed the moon where to hide ’til evening
Whose words alone can catch a falling star?

Well I know my Redeemer lives
I know my Redeemer lives
All of creation testify
This life within me cries
I know my Redeemer lives

The very same God that spins things in orbit
He runs to the weary, the worn and the weak
And the same gentle hands that hold me when I’m broken
They conquered death to bring me victory

Now I know my Redeemer lives
I know my Redemer lives
Let all creation testify
Let this life wihtin me cry
I know my Redeemer, He lives

To take away my shame
And He lives forever I’ll proclaim
That the payment for my sin
Was the precious life He gave
But now He’s alive
And there’s an empty grave.

And I know my Redeemer, He lives
I know my Redeemer lives
Let all creation testify
This life within me cries
I know my Redeemer lives

let me know if you put any favourite songs on your blog and I`ll pay a visit

open doors

 

I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.

– 2 Tim 1 v12 [NIV]

PASTOR ATTACKED WITH IRON RODS!


The pastor of Good Shepherd   Community Church was recently attacked and beaten with iron rods by militants in the western Indian state of Rajasthan. Pastor Reginald Howell was praying with a group of sick people when armed militants showed up at the meeting and beat him on the back with iron rods.
Following the attack, the pastor went to a hospital to seek treatment but the doctors refused to treat him for fear of reprisal attacks by the Hindu militants. At the same time, the police refused to file a report about the incident and instead told the pastor to leave the state and return to his home city. Rajasthan is known for its intolerance towards non-Hindus. Christians represent only 0.11% of the population in Rajasthan, where the majority is Hindu.

[Source Asia News]

Please Pray:

  that the Lord will strengthen Pastor Reginald and his congregation as a result of this attack

  that the Christian minority in Rajasthan will be protected from militant groups who are trying to restrict religious freedom

Urgent prayer request: Bangladesh cyclone


Please pray for the people of Bangladesh in the wake of Cyclone Sidr. 5,000 people are dead or reported missing. Please pray for Open Doors teams working with local partners the region, as they assess the situation and coordinate distribution of relief and rehabilitation…

Click here for full details

Thank you for praying with us.Every blessing

John
Communications Team