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The greatest use of life

is to spend it for something that will outlast it.

-William James

 

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Open Doors- Iran

IRANIAN MARTYR’S LIFE HONOURED IN FILM

Since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.Colossians 1:9 [NIV]

Iran – Middle East

In December 1993, an Islamic judge in north of Iran condemned a zealous Christian convert from Islam, Mehdi Dibaj, to death. His crime was apostasy. Dibaj had already served ten years in prison.

Bishop Haik Hovsepian, the leader of Evangelical Christians in Iran, launched an international campaign for Dibaj’s sentence to be overturned. Haik’s campaign was successful, and Dibaj was released only a few days before his execution date.

However, in January 1994, Bishop Haik Hovsepian disappeared. 12 day later his body was found, it had been stabbed 26 times.

Since then several other Christians have been brutally tortured and put to death. Today, Iran is a theocratic republic of 69 million people. Many Christians are trying to leave the country because of local community pressure. They lose their jobs, cannot have higher education, cannot get married, and face persecution of many kinds. The government uses this pressure to weaken the Church which has existed in Iran since biblical times.

Please pray…

  • For Micah, an Iranian believer. Please pray for his well being and that of his family. He has already spent time in prison but now faces another trial and an uncertain future.
  • For the leaders of house churches and cellgroups who have great responsibility but are often new converts themselves with little experience.
  • For all the people who are involved in literature distribution and seek to overcome huge risks to ensure others can read the Word of God.

Thank you for praying with us.

John
Communications Team

Happy Birthday

Had my exam on Tuesday night – lets just say Im glad its over .Phew – not expecting wonderful , grateful for a pass

My Lovely daughter is 14 today

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DD

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And the scary thing is , its a blink of an eye since her birthday last year – there really is truth in the older you get , the faster time flies – Having a family get together tomorrow night

Snow

Bear was so excited to see the weather forcast was for snow – all he wanted was to be able to build a snowman. And as you can see he got his wish – we built this at about 10 last night – after we got home from pizza hut.

After he went to bed it got much heavier and the rest of us where out till after midnight making a bigger one – They had a snowball fight- I dont do snowball fights , instead i went a short walk by my self- it was so peaceful, except at one point I saw what I thought was lightning and was sure I heard thunder- strange in the middle of a snow blizzard.
Today we woke up to about 8 inches of snow which is a lot more than we normally do here- so it was a stay at home day .
I heard later that there had been thunder and lightning but also that first big rumble and flash was in fact a sub-station blowing up – we where fine but lots spent the day without electric.

A New Year’s Prayer

A New Year’s Prayer

Dear Lord, please give me
A few friends who understand me and remain my friends;
A work to do which has real value,
without which the world would be the poorer;
A mind unafraid to travel, even though the trail be not blazed;
An understanding heart;
A sense of humor;
Time for quiet, silent meditation;
A feeling of the presence of God;
The patience to wait for the coming of these things,
With the wisdom to recognize them when they come.
Amen.

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