Open Doors: Eritrean

Evangelist fears for his life inside Eritrean prison

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

– 1 Peter 1:8-9 [NIV]

Eritrea

An evangelist imprisoned since 2006 for his Christian activities is reported to be undergoing especially harsh treatment because of his ministry to inmates. Sources said Teame Weldegebriel is on the brink of despair while he languishes at the Mai Sirwa Maximum Security Confinement prison.

“It seems that hell has broken loose on me,” Weldegebriel told supporters. “Please tell the brethren to continue praying for me. I am not sure I will see them again.” Prison authorities consider Weldegebriel dangerous because of his boldness in sharing his faith. The Rhema Church evangelist has been proclaiming Christ to other prisoners, and many have converted to Christianity.

Weldegebriel’s family is worried about his health after trying repeatedly, without success, to get permission to visit him. Inmates at the prison often go hungry and are said to be feeding on leaves.

The government views leaders of large unregistered bodies like the Full Gospel Church and Rhema Church as threats, according to Christian sources in the country. Eritrean officials fear church leaders will expose the abuses and conditions in the prisons. It is extremely difficult for relatives to see those in prison, or for inmates to send or receive letters.

A former prisoner described how God is at work in Eritrea, with many people converting to Christ: “For sure Christians are getting imprisoned, but God’s word cannot be imprisoned,” he said.

Source: Compass Direct

Prayer points:

1. Please pray for evangelist Teame Weldegebriel – that through His word, God would give him hope for the future, and that the attacks on him would relent

2. Please pray that the authorities would permit Teame’s family to visit him and that they would be able to encourage him

3. Pray that all the new believers will receive good teaching and discipleship and be able to grow in their new-found faith.

Thank you for praying with us.

John
Communications Team

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Better again

pepper teapot was poorly which involved running her to the vets for an injection  every day – so nice bill to be paid but she does seem better – UTI poor girl – seems happier now that she allowed to run in and out again when she pleases – Yesterday she came into the kitchen – i gave her a carrot and of she went with it .

As you can see she got a bit close to the camera

Give Thanks…..

Today Im feeling sad , playing sad music, allowing myself to be sad.  My dear bil , nephews and neice have been over from Australia – today they travel home – please pray for them its a long journey – And its a sad situation all round – no their Mum – my sister was not with them . She has chose a different path .

Today Im giving thanks for the special time I have spent with them , each time the parting gets harder but I wouldnt swap the pain for anything – praying to being sad in 2 years again . Also giving thanks to God for all the answered prayers in their situation, he has placed them safely .

1 Chronicles 16:8 (NIV)

8 Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name;
make known among the nations what he has done.

OPEN DOORS: IRAN

Christians charged with ‘apostasy’

He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied.

– Acts 9:4-5 [NIV]

Iran

Two Iranian Christians have officially been charged with “apostasy”, or leaving Islam, as a draft law making the death penalty mandatory for those convicted of the charge is set to be debated in Iran’s Parliament.

Mahmood Matin Azad, 52, and Arash Basirat, 44, have been in prison since May 15, when they were detained while meeting with other Christians in a park in Shiraz.

Charges are based on Article 214 of the penal code and treatise on legal affairs, the Tahrir ol Vassileh. Iran’s legal system is based on shariah (Islamic) law.

With the apostasy bill to be debated in Parliament, some Iranian Christians fear that authorities are seeking to make an example of the two prisoners or give the prospective law a “test run”.

In February this year, the Iranian Parliament proposed a draft penal code that demands a mandatory death sentence for leaving Islam. Under current Iranian law, although apostasy is considered a capital offence, punishment is left to the discretion of the judge.

Arash, who suffers from diabetes, and Matin are expected to appear in court within the next few weeks to begin their defence.

Despite many individual believers being severely oppressed by the authorities, the Church in Iran has experienced substantial growth as increasing numbers of Iranians from a Muslim background come to faith, often through satellite TV and radio broadcasts.

Source: Compass Direct

Prayer points:

1. Please pray for Mahmood and Arash as they begin their defence. Pray for wisdom and understanding for their legal team as they argue quite literally for their lives.

2. Pray that the proposed legislation, which permits Christians to be killed for reaching out to others with the love of Christ, will not be passed.

3. Pray for the impact of Christian communications through satellite TV and the internet.

Thank you for praying with us.

John
Communications Team

ButterflyHouse

These are  some of the photos I took when we went to the butterfly house – It was lovely day and Bear really enjoyed seeing all the butterflies., Especially when one landed on his hand.  Sadly the other two consider themselves too old to go, not interesting enough so it was just the 3 of us .

For a friend xxx

Itook this photo when we went to the butterfly house the Sunday before last  , I will try and post some more photos tomorrow, it was one of those days when we had a little bit of every weather – well except snow and the way the seasons are changing  that wouldnt suprise me – The verse is for a dear friend going through a tough time . Love and prays sweetie xxx