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  • Missionary Group Praises Indian Gov't for Stance on Anti-Conversion

    07/21/2009 4:51:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies · 232+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 7/21/2009 | Aaron J. Leichman
    The leader of Gospel for Asia has gladly welcomed the Indian Central Government’s plans to stand in the way of anti-conversion bills that are currently making their way through different state governments. "It's absolutely encouraging to see the government is upholding the Constitution and its secular values of freedom of choice and liberty for the people," said GFA President Dr. K.P. Yohannan. According to NDTV, India’s largest private TV broadcaster, Home Affairs Minister P. Chidambaram has decided to take a firm stand against anti-conversion bills, which critics fear will be abused to punish Christian missionaries. Christians argue that such bills...
  • Divine Companion: Teaching by the Spirit

    07/07/2009 8:38:25 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 2 replies · 402+ views
    Church News: (LDS) ^ | July 4, 2009 | Shaun D. Stahl
    "My assignment tonight is to address the very broad subject of the role of the Holy Ghost in missionary work, with special emphasis on 'teaching by the Spirit,' " said Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve, speaking to nearly 600 missionaries in the Provo Missionary Training Center, and another 100 mission presidents and their wives attending the 2009 New Mission Presidents Seminar, June 26. Nearly 600 missionaries at the Provo MTC assemble to hear Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, who welcomed them to the "work of angels." "I have entitled these remarks 'The Divine Companionship,' " he...
  • Former Gitmo detainee accused of killing 3 missionaries

    06/23/2009 12:07:54 PM PDT · by virtuous · 4 replies · 584+ views
    OneNewsNow ^ | 6/23/2009 | Chad Groening
    A best-selling author and critic of Islam says he can't understand why U.S. President Barack Obama and the United Nations are not expressing more outrage over the execution-style murder of three Christian missionaries in Yemen, apparently by al Qaeda. According to a spokesman from the Yemeni Embassy in Washington, nine foreign nationals -- four German adults, three small German children, a British man, and a South Korean woman -- were abducted on June 12 after they ventured outside the city of Saada without their required police escorts. Days later the bodies of German nurses Rita Stumpp and Anita Gruenwald, and...
  • Slaughter of Foreigners in Yemen Bears Mark of Former Gitmo Detainee, Say Experts

    06/20/2009 8:34:07 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies · 1,386+ views
    FOX News ^ | June 20, 2009 | Jana Winter
    The fate of three of nine foreigners abducted in Yemen last week is known — their bodies were found, shot execution style. The whereabouts of the other six — including three children under the age of 6 — remain a mystery. But terrorism experts say their abductors and killers are almost certainly not a mystery. They say the crimes bear the mark of Al Qaeda, and they fear they are the handiwork of the international terror organization's No. 2 man in the Arabian Peninsula: Said Ali al-Shihri, an Islamic extremist who once was in American custody — but who was...
  • A Christlike approach to immigration

    05/08/2009 4:20:48 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 47 replies · 780+ views
    Mormon Times ^ | May 8, 2009 | McKay Coppins
    A few years ago, my mom was called to be the Relief Society president in our tri-lingual ward. I remember watching as she painstakingly translated every e-mail, note and newsletter into Spanish and Portuguese. She became friends with women who didn't speak her language. She made sure every lesson was translated. One time, a cranky, English-speaking sister complained about the volunteer interpreters who sat in the back of the Relief Society room and offered hushed translations of the lessons. The sister said they made it hard to concentrate. Without flinching, my mom defended the interpreters and kindly explained that it...
  • Muslim Morocco expels 5 Christian missionaries

    03/29/2009 9:58:28 PM PDT · by PRePublic · 7 replies · 559+ views
    dailyreligious. ^ | 03-29-2009
    Muslim Morocco expels 5 Christian missionaries (03-29-2009)‎ RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Authorities have expelled five Christian missionaries from Morocco on the grounds that they were illegally inciting Muslims to convert ... http://www.dailyreligious.com/archives/26942
  • On Amazon: Christian Haggadahs Pass as Authentic Jewish Texts

    03/17/2009 8:31:19 AM PDT · by Baruchg · 24 replies · 781+ views
    Israel National News ^ | March 17, 2009 | IsraelNN Staff
    A Jewish outreach organization has called on mainstream booksellers including Barnes & Noble and Amazon to remove a Christian missionary version of the traditional Passover Hagaddah from the Judaism sections of online and conventional bookstores. Rabbi Tovia Singer, director of Outreach Judaism, said, "Despite the innocent-sounding title 'Passover Family Pack: Everything You Need to Enjoy a Passover Seder Dinner,' the guide quickly departs from the traditional holiday message once it is opened." Jewish families seeking to celebrate the ancient exodus of the Jewish People from Egyptian slavery find once they open the package that they are encouraged to express their...
  • Seven aboard missionary plane missing in Venezuela

    03/09/2009 1:25:17 AM PDT · by Cindy · 9 replies · 822+ views
    AP via ONE NEWS NOW.com ^ | 3/8/2009 4:15:00 AM | n/a
    SNIPPET: "Nytta Norton of Bryant, Alabama, says her son, 48-year-old Bob Norton, has been serving as director of Adventist Medical Aviation - Venezuela. SNIPPET: "She says searches have failed to locate the plane he was piloting, which also carried his wife, two adults accompanying two sick children, and a missionary who taught at an Adventist school. Norton says her son "grew up with a missionary spirit and was carrying on for his dad," who was killed while piloting a missionary plane that crashed 29 years ago in Mexico."
  • New England: Where liberals failed, Baptists plant churches

    03/07/2009 8:47:50 PM PST · by PAR35 · 32 replies · 872+ views
    Layman Online ^ | March 5, 2009 | G. Jeffrey MacDonald
    WEST PAWLET, Vt. – Four years ago in this remote valley hamlet, the last eight members of the financially strapped United Church of West Pawlet voted to disband the congregation. Tad Perry remembers the wrenching vote as “one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do.” But now on a nine-degree Sunday morning, a steady plume rises once again from the chimney behind the steeple. Inside, nearly 50 people singing catchy hymns with piano accompaniment help make the tiny sanctuary feel close to full. And the voice from the pulpit bespeaks what’s taking place—not only here, but in formerly...
  • You've Got Jail (Missionaries' imprisonment shows the security risks of support e-mails)

    03/03/2009 8:30:55 AM PST · by Terriergal · 3 replies · 370+ views
    Christianity (Astray) Today ^ | 2/17/2009 09:02AM | Susan Wunderink
    After nearly a decade of service in the West African Muslim nation, the Fultons, missionaries from an Assemblies of God church in Britain, experienced a string of difficulties, including a disagreement that led them to part with their local church. At about the same time, David reduced his role as an army chaplain and was assaulted by a man he described as a Muslim fundamentalist. "Now how [a growing extremist element] should be dealt with, I don't know," David wrote in an e-mail to supporters. "(I have suggested that we arm the Muslims with sticks and the Christians with machine...
  • Disaster Training Conference Planned for Missionaries, NGOs and Aid Workers...

    01/29/2009 2:40:46 AM PST · by Cindy · 3 replies · 281+ views
    ASSIST NEWS SERVICE ^ | Wednesday, January 28, 2009 | By Michael Ireland
    Disaster Training Conference Planned for Missionaries, NGOs and Aid Workers to Reach the World’s Hotspots BARTLESVILLE, OKLAHOMA (ANS) -- Ever wondered what it is like to spend time in a refugee camp? Now you can have that experience and gain valuable tools and knowledge on working in some of the world's hotspots, areas where there is war, disaster or persecution of Christian believers. Strategic World Impact (SWI), a faith-based mission organization located in northeastern Oklahoma will hold its 10th Disaster Assistance Response Training (DART) Conference from June 14 to June 19, 2009 at Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Space...
  • Athiest realizes Africa needs Christianity

    12/28/2008 10:47:15 AM PST · by dvan · 9 replies · 611+ views
    The Times (United Kingdom ^ | December 27, 2008 | Matthew Parris
    Atheist realizes Africa needs Christianity As an atheist, I truly believe Africa needs God Missionaries, not aid money, are the solution to Africa's biggest problem - the crushing passivity of the people's mindset.Before Christmas I returned, after 45 years, to the country that as a boy I knew as Nyasaland. Today it's Malawi, and The Times Christmas Appeal includes a small British charity working there. Pump Aid helps rural communities to install a simple pump, letting people keep their village wells sealed and clean. I went to see this work. It inspired me, renewing my flagging faith in development charities....
  • As an atheist, I truly believe Africa needs God (Missionaries, not aid money, are the solution)

    12/27/2008 10:01:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies · 1,693+ views
    The Times Online ^ | Dec 27,2008 | Matthew Parris
    Missionaries, not aid money, are the solution to Africa's biggest problem - the crushing passivity of the people's mindset. Before Christmas I returned, after 45 years, to the country that as a boy I knew as Nyasaland. Today it's Malawi, and The Times Christmas Appeal includes a small British charity working there. Pump Aid helps rural communities to install a simple pump, letting people keep their village wells sealed and clean. I went to see this work. It inspired me, renewing my flagging faith in development charities. But travelling in Malawi refreshed another belief, too: one I've been trying to...
  • CBS to air special on 'The Lord's Boot Camp'

    12/11/2008 5:38:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies · 444+ views
    OneNewsNow ^ | December 11, 2008 | Pete Chagnon
    CBS's 48 Hours is re-airing a special on a unique Christian camp -- and the camp's founder is encouraging people to tune in. The Lord's Boot Camp is located in south Florida's swampland and is run by Teen Missions International. Both were founded in the early 1970s by Bob Bland and offer teenagers an intense two-week training session before they embark on overseas mission trips. Bland told OneNewsNow that the camp portion was created after one of the mission teams encountered some close calls. "And in [19]72 we took a team to Peru and we said, 'Boy, so many things...
  • Prayer Request for So Korean Christian Hostages

    08/10/2007 8:43:06 PM PDT · by tajgirvan · 287 replies · 2,654+ views
    8-10-07 | tajgirvan
    We are asking prayer for safety,well-being and release of the Korean hostages from Taliban terrorists. 2-3 of the hostages have been murdered! Negotiations for release are political, so the process is slow and painful. Please pray for families involved waiting for their loved ones. Thank You for your prayerful support. Hebrews 13:3..Remember the prisoners as if chained with them, and those who are mistreated, since you yourselves are in the body also.
  • Missionaries in Kenya Familiar With Obama's Kin

    08/29/2008 9:28:53 AM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 19 replies · 579+ views
    Email From Missionary Family in Kenya | August 29, 2008 | Celeste and Loren Davis
    Subject: Missionaries in Kenya know Obama Thought you'd find this interesting. Celeste and Loren Davis are Missionaries in Africa and can shed some firsthand light on one of our Presidential candidates. Thanks for sending out an alert about Obama. We are living and working in Kenya for almost twelve years now and know his family (tribe) well. They are the ones who were behind the recent Presidential election chaos here. Thousands of people have been displaced by election violence (over 350,000) and I don't know the last count of the dead. Obama, under 'friends of Obama' gave almost a million...
  • Uzbekistan: Government Launches Campaign Against Missionaries

    05/26/2008 3:47:45 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 3 replies · 89+ views
    RFE/RL ^ | May 26, 2008 | Farangis Najibullah
    Religious persecution is well-known in Uzbekistan, where human rights group accuse the government of imprisoning hundreds of Muslims for practicing their faith outside state-approved institutions and labeling them extremists bent on overthrowing the secular government. Now, the government of President Islam Karimov is taking a broader aim against believers -- this time targeting primarily fringe Christian missionary groups. A recent documentary on Uzbek state television condemned such groups as the Jehovah's Witnesses, Christian Gospel Church, and Blagodat (Grace) as creating a "global problem, along with religious dogmatism, fundamentalism, terrorism, and drug addiction." The documentary, "In the Clutches of Ignorance," featured...
  • URGENT PRAYER REQUEST - Christian Missionary

    03/20/2008 11:44:44 AM PDT · by Deut28 · 39 replies · 319+ views
    e-mail from Israel | 03/20/08 | Deut28
    Here is the text of an e-mail I received today from a family member in Israel: "Urgent Prayer request: I just talked with Pastor XXXX from Ariel, he was at the hospital because his son XXXX opened a package that was left at their door step and it exploded. He is in critical condition and has wounds to his head, neck, chest and legs. Pray for XXXX and XXXX who are the parents." I X'd out all names to protect the identity of the families, and it's reasonable to expect that this was a targeted attack. God will know who...
  • Unholy row in Jordan over missionaries

    03/11/2008 5:57:49 PM PDT · by BGHater · 2 replies · 506+ views
    Middle East Online ^ | 11 Mar 2008 | Middle East Online
    Jordan Churches slam foreign missionaries seeking to upset stable ties between Muslims, Christians. AMMAN - Jordanian Christians are up in arms over the activities of foreign missionaries in the Muslim conservative kingdom which is rich in biblical sites, including the spot where Jesus was baptised. The row erupted after the government announced last month that it had deported an unspecified number of expatriates for carrying out Christian missionary activities under the guise of charity work. The move was welcomed by several Christian figures, with many voicing concern that foreign missionaries were seeking to upset the traditionally stable ties between Muslims...
  • Homeschooling missionaries' appeal to stay rejected

    01/26/2008 5:29:55 AM PST · by kindred · 30 replies · 98+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | January 26, 2008 | Bob Unruh
    A judge has given a thumbs down to a family of American missionaries who had sought permission to remain in Germany, where they have been serving a church work in Nurnberg. "Yesterday we learned that the court has refused to rule on the Robinsons' behalf. The court's ruling was entirely on a procedural matter; the court refused to deal with the question as to whether the refusal to grant a permit to stay in Germany is ill-founded or not...," he said. When they arrived, they applied for a residency permit, required by the government. But local authorities immediately reacted to...
  • Scottish nuns send desperate plea for help from Kenyan mission

    01/07/2008 6:00:09 AM PST · by NYer · 8 replies · 146+ views
    Timesonline ^ | January 7, 2008 | Melanie Reid
    A group of Franciscan nuns from Glasgow are trapped in desperate circumstances in their missionary compound in Kenya. The sisters, who are sheltering 1,500 vulnerable people in the convent, faxed an emergency plea to the leader of Scotland’s Roman Catholics for help. Sister Kelly, the head of the order in Kericho, in the southwest of the country, said that she was protecting men, women and children from marauding gangs, but was running out of food and water. The Sunday Herald reported that in a desperate communication to Cardinal Keith O’Brien in Glasgow, Sister Kelly said: “There are currently 1,500 people...
  • With Blackwater's help, aid workers flee Kenya

    01/07/2008 7:41:43 AM PST · by IDoesntEatChiken · 17 replies · 114+ views
    The Grand Rapids Press ^ | 01/06/07 | Nardy Baeza Bickel
    As Masai warriors guarded the Kenyan orphanage where sisters Brittanie and Aubrie Vander Mey and friend Jamie Cook worked, the three wondered how they would make it back to West Michigan. They had planned to spend two months caring for orphans affected by HIV or AIDS at the Omwabini Centre in Kimilili, but post-election violence cut short their stay. Newscasts told them the violence was coming closer each day to the orphanage, about 180 miles from Nairobi and 45 miles from Eldoret, where 35 people died when a church filled with women and children was burned last week. Today, the...
  • Algeria: Islamic MPs ask for action against Christian missionaries

    01/02/2008 6:53:59 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 13 replies · 228+ views
    Adnkronos International ^ | 31 Dec 2007 | Staff
    Algiers, 31 Dec. (AKI) - Lawmakers from the Algerian Islamic political party of al-Nahda have asked the government to intervene to slow down "the activities of Christian missionaries in the country". Algerian MP Muhammad Hudeibi was quoted as saying this in the local el-Khabar newspaper. "We want the government to cut down this type of activity because the expansion of evangelisation in Algeria has become an important problem and is not marginal as some think it is," said Hudeibi. For some years, the local media in Algeria have reported on the activities of a number of missionaries, particularly those from...
  • South Korean Christian missionaries spread a political message in the North

    11/01/2007 3:55:35 PM PDT · by jwalburg · 6 replies · 222+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | November 1, 2007 | By Choe Sang-Hun
    SEOUL: For years, under the leadership of Choi Kwang, a hard-driving missionary from South Korea, North Koreans seeking refuge in China were taken to apartments where they were put through a rigorous training course in Christianity that began daily at 6 a.m. and continued until 10 p.m. The trainees repeated out loud the words of an eight-hour-long tape recording of the New Testament. Before taking breaks for meals, Choi and the North Koreans would embrace and pray: "Let's spill Jesus's blood in North Korea! Let's become martyrs for North Korea!" By 2001, when his underground proselytizing network was broken up...
  • Freed Christian Hostages (of Taliban) Recount Ordeal (as infidels - MSM refuses to cover)

    09/14/2007 7:07:03 AM PDT · by 2banana · 9 replies · 773+ views
    Christian Post ^ | Sep. 13 2007 | Eric Young
    Freed Christian Hostages Recount Ordeal By Eric Young Christian Post Reporter The 21 South Koreans held hostage in Afghanistan by the Taliban recounted their six weeks of captivity on Wednesday, revealing the harsh conditions and numerous beatings they endured before being freed nearly two weeks ago. Je Chang-hee, one of the 23 Koreans kidnapped by the Taliban in Afghanistan, center, shows his clothes during a press conference with other fellow ex-hostages at a hospital in Anyang, south of Seoul, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2007. They said Wednesday that the insurgents beat and threatened them with bayonets to force them to convert...
  • Cannibal Tribe Apologises For Eating Methodists

    08/16/2007 2:12:55 PM PDT · by blam · 127 replies · 2,938+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-16-2007 | Nick Squires
    Cannibal tribe apologises for eating Methodists By Nick Squires in Sydney Last Updated: 3:29pm BST 16/08/2007 A tribe in Papua New Guinea has apologised for killing and eating four 19th century missionaries under the command of a doughty British clergyman. Sorcery and witchcraft are still common in some Papuan tribes The four Fijian missionaries were on a proselytising mission on the island of New Britain when they were massacred by Tolai tribesmen in 1878. They were murdered on the orders of a local warrior chief, Taleli, and were then cooked and eaten. The Fijians - a minister and three teachers...
  • Seoul confirms release of two S. Korean hostages in Afghanistan (Taliban still hold 19)

    08/13/2007 10:26:13 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 4 replies · 476+ views
    Yonhap News Agency (excerpt) ^ | August 13, 2007 | Byun Duk-kun
    SEOUL, Aug. 13 (Yonhap) -- Two of 21 South Koreans held hostage in Afghanistan have been released and moved to a safe area, a spokesman for the South Korean Foreign Ministry said Monday. The released hostages are Kim Gina, 32, and Kim Kyung-ja, 37, ministry spokesman Cho Hee-yong told reporters. The two, Cho said, "were released on Aug. 13 and have been handed over to our side." "We feel fortunate that at least some of the hostages have been released, but we again urge the kidnappers to immediately release all our citizens they hold hostage," the ministry spokesman said...
  • Afghanistan - Taliban withdraws plan to release two S. Korean female hostages

    08/11/2007 9:34:43 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 4 replies · 451+ views
    Yonhap News Agency ^ | August 12, 2007
    SEOUL, Aug. 12 (Yonhap) -- The Taliban have decided not to release any of the 21 South Korean captives yet, a self-styled Taliban spokesman said Sunday, dashing hopes of a breakthrough in the protracted hostage crisis. "Our leaders have changed their minds and decided not to free two female hostages," Yousuf Ahmadi told Yonhap News Agency by telephone.
  • Hostages made their own trouble

    08/01/2007 2:10:05 AM PDT · by Clive · 286 replies · 4,390+ views
    Toronto Sun ^ | 2007-08-01 | Peter Worthington
    What are Christian Korean women doing in Afghanistan anyway? Haven't there been enough horrendous incidents involving missionaries, Christian activists, peace-at-any-price zealots in both Afghanistan and Iraq to dissuade others from plunging into the morass, ostensibly to do the Lord's work? In too many cases, it's fallen to NATO or other soldiers, who risk their lives to rescue such people from their reckless courage, and refusal to recognize the dangers of their humanitarian selfishness. Especially women, foreign or not, who are Taliban targets. Presuming most are still alive, the Korean Christians held hostage by the Taliban in Afghanistan pose a huge...
  • S Korean hostage pleads for help

    07/26/2007 10:30:39 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 25 replies · 572+ views
    BBC ^ | July 26, 2007.
    A South Korean woman held hostage with 21 others in Afghanistan has pleaded for help to secure their release.The woman, who identified herself as Yo Syun Ju, told the BBC by telephone she was "sick and in a terrible situation". "Tell them to do something to get us released," she said in an interview carried out in the presence of the Taleban militants holding her captive. A group of 23 Koreans was abducted one week ago. The kidnappers have since killed one of the hostages.
  • Asian country one of top exporters of Christianity (Missionaries in dangerous regions)

    07/24/2007 8:22:12 AM PDT · by 2banana · 13 replies · 726+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | July 23, 2007 | Tu Thanh Ha
    Asian country one of top exporters of Christianity TU THANH HA July 23, 2007 In China, their pastors get arrested for smuggling North Korean asylum seekers. In Afghanistan, hundreds are expelled after trying to attend a rally. In Iraq, a missionary hopeful is kidnapped and beheaded. The abduction in Afghanistan last week of 23 South Korean Christians is the latest reminder that South Korea ranks second after the United States among countries sending evangelical missionaries overseas. Evangelical churches enjoyed a phenomenal growth in South Korea, helped by the fact that, rather than be associated with colonial powers, foreign missionaries were...
  • Rabbi: Pray against missionaries on Purim

    03/04/2007 8:50:16 AM PST · by US admirer · 3 replies · 387+ views
    Ynet news ^ | 03.03.07 | Neta Sela
    Rabbi Wosner, one of the leading hassidic rabbis, publishes plea in Hamodia newspaper. This comes on the heels of the court’s ruling that a Jehovah’s Witness conference may take place at the Congress Center in Haifa The leading hassidic authority, Rabbi Shmuel Wosner, called through the “Hamodia” newspaper to pray on the Fast of Esther for success in the struggle against “the edict of destruction and the spreading of missionary activity in the holy land”. The Rabbi is responding to the court’s decision to allow the Congress Center in Haifa to host the Jehovah’s Witness group. Two weeks ago, the...
  • LDS missionaries abducted in Nigeria

    02/21/2007 5:20:55 AM PST · by Grig · 3 replies · 645+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 02/21/2007 02:48:04 AM MST | By Jessica Ravitz
    Four Mormon missionaries, all Nigerian young men, were abducted from their apartment in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, on Saturday and are being held hostage. While LDS Church officials would not comment Tuesday on the captors' demands, they said they are optimistic that ongoing negotiations will resolve the matter soon. The abductions came amid escalating violence in the oil-rich Niger Delta region, which prompted the U.S. State Department to issue a travel warning on Jan. 19. Heeding the warning, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints took care to move American and European missionaries - fewer than five missionary couples -...
  • A Church’s Challenge: Holding On to Its Young (Third of 3 about Pentecostals in NYC)

    01/17/2007 7:35:36 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 12 replies · 362+ views
    The New York Times ^ | January 16, 2007 | DAVID GONZALEZ
    If music is the motor that drives Pentecostal worship, the band and choir at Ark of Salvation for the New Millennium, a little storefront church in west Harlem, could use a tuneup. Ragged and off-key at times, they are easily outclassed when they sit in with the seasoned musicians at other churches. Yet they grab attention for one simple reason: They are often the only teenagers in the room. As Pentecostalism advances across the world, winning converts faster than any other Christian denomination and siphoning believers from more established faiths, it is also suffering its own slow leak: young people...
  • Christianity spreading to Europe?

    08/11/2006 5:27:20 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 31 replies · 1,344+ views
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 11/08/2006 | Christine Demsteader
    Christianity in Sweden has a long history, but you won't find many Swedes in the pews on a Sunday. But that doesn't mean Swedish religious groups don't have the capacity to cause a stir, as Christine Demsteader reports. It seems the ubiquitous Holy Spirit has met its match in Sweden. God would probably have a pretty hard time getting a personnummer, and it would take a real miracle to prove his credentials to Migrationsverket. Quite simply, the majority of Swedes don’t think the big man exists. That’s according to a European Commission report from 2005 which states just 23 percent...
  • Afghan Scholars Want Korean Missionaries Out (1000 South Korean Christian Missionaries in Afghan)

    08/03/2006 9:25:24 AM PDT · by 2banana · 24 replies · 1,629+ views
    Islam Online ^ | August 2, 2006 | Islam Online
    Afghan Scholars Want Korean Missionaries Out IslamOnline.net & News Agencies Abdur-Rahman's conversion to Christianity had triggered massive protests in Afghanistan. MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan — More than 500 Afghan scholars pressed on Wednesday, August 2, for the expulsion of hundreds of South Koreans on the grounds they were seeking to promulgate Christianity in the conservative Muslim country. "They are not needed here," said Sayed Haider Hashimi, an organizer of the protest in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, reported Reuters. "They have come to promulgate Christianity and the government should send them out." Another scholar warned the government of "bad consequences" if the...
  • Missionaries face jail in India

    07/30/2006 12:56:25 AM PDT · by vimto · 227 replies · 2,423+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | July 30, 2006 | Dean Nelson, Delhi
    JULIA and Richard do not look like fugitives but they could be jailed under new Indian laws to stop missionaries converting low-caste Hindus to Christianity without a magistrate’s approval. A well educated British couple with young children, they left London two years ago to teach missionary work in some of India’s poorest states, such as Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Orissa. Last week Madhya Pradesh became the latest state to pass an anti-religious conversion bill that could leave Christian missionaries open to criminal charges. Leaders of India’s 26m Christians say the bill is an attempt to intimidate and persecute them, while...
  • Mother Teresa’s Sisters Are Hostage to Fanatic Hinduists

    07/09/2006 10:13:35 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 113 replies · 1,725+ views
    www.chiesa ^ | July 7m 2006 | Sandro Magister
    ...In seven states in India, the BJP [Bharatiya Janata Party] and its allies have introduced over the past few years a number of laws that punish “proselytism.” Ivan Dias, the archbishop of Bombay...asserted that “conversion from one religious belief to another is a strictly personal matter between God and the individual concerned.” Conversions “induced by force, fraud or allurement,” the cardinal continued, are not part of the Church’s mission. Those who attack the Church must provide proof for their accusations, but they have not been able to do so... “Christians in India number only 2.3% of the total population: of...
  • Lubbock doctors, missionaries save Indian boy's thumb with help of cell phone (great story)

    07/08/2006 8:56:14 AM PDT · by WestTexasWend · 1 replies · 428+ views
    Lubbock Avalanche-Journal ^ | Saturday, July 8, 2006 | Beth Pratt
    An 8-year-old Indian boy will have use of his thumb, cut almost all the way through by a machete, thanks to a courageous opthamologist, modern technology and a Christian mission in Chiapas, Mexico. Deep in Mexico at a mission clinic built by Lubbock residents Vernon and Grace Odom, it was the last day of a three-day surgical mission in the spring. Five American and three Mexican specialists did cataract and other eye operations on more than 157 patients. The boy cut his thumb while helping chop wood in a mountain village. The father wrapped his son's bleeding hand in rags...
  • Life of The Blessed Joseph Vaz, Apostle of Ceylon. by S. G. Perera, S. J.

    04/21/2006 6:49:20 AM PDT · by MILESJESU · 8 replies · 320+ views
    JOSEPH VAZ (THE APOSTLE OF SRI LANKA) ^ | 4/21/2006 | SOLDIEROFJESUSCHRIST
    Life of The Blessed Joseph Vaz, Apostle of Ceylon. by S. G. Perera, S. J. Brief Life Sketch by the J. M. J. Apostolate Blessed Joseph Vaz was born at Benaulim, Goa, on the 21st April 1651. His parents, Christopher Vaz and Maria de Miranda, were devout and pious Catholics who took great pains to bring up their six children in the love and fear of God. It was, therefore, not surprising that Joseph, their third child, who was of medium height, slim and wiry, gentle and kindly, extremely pious and very loving to the poor, should have made up...
  • (Vanity) Political Limerick 03-22-2006

    03/23/2006 5:11:37 AM PST · by grey_whiskers · 165+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 03-23-2006 | grey_whiskers
    See for example this thread first. And now more good news from Iraq Some terrorists have given back Hostages they took Take another look The jihadists are starting to crack!
  • Church persecution and growth in China

    03/18/2006 3:17:14 PM PST · by DallasMike · 5 replies · 370+ views
    Stingray: a blog for salty Christians ^ | March 18, 2006 | Michael McCullough
    Christianity always seems to grow where its followers are persecuted and paradoxically seems to die away where its followers have the absolute freedom to worship. The United States seems to be one of the few exceptions so far -- despite all the freedoms and distractions that we have, there are many who practice authentic Christianity. We need to pray that this will last.China is not as fortunate as we are. Early missionaries were not always so successful in gaining new believers. My sister-in-law's mother grew up in China as a missionary child and her family had to flee when the Communists...
  • Missions Incredible (Korean Christian Missionaries... Converting Muslims!)

    03/04/2006 3:15:10 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 26 replies · 601+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | March 2006 | Rob Moll
    South Korea sends more missionaries than any country but the U.S. And it won't be long before it's number one. ...In 1973, there were at least 3,411 non-Western, crosscultural missionaries in the world. That number has now exploded to 103,000... As the Western mission movement matures and slows down, [Non-Western] missions are expanding. South Korea sends more than 1,100 new missionaries annually. That means Korea alone sends out as many new missionaries each year as all of the countries of the West combined. ...For seven years, Lee worked with Muslims in ...violence-torn Chechnya... He now trains Korean missionaries for Frontiers,...
  • Chavez Orders U.S. Missionaries Out Of Venezuelan Jungle

    02/09/2006 8:57:34 PM PST · by CAWats · 27 replies · 806+ views
    Foxnews.com ^ | 02 09 2006 | FOX NEWS
    CARACAS, Venezuela — U.S. missionaries accused by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez of espionage have been forced from their remote outposts among jungle tribes by a government order, the final pair leaving Thursday after years of evangelical work.
  • FAITH UNDER FIRE Plot to burn Christians thwarted (Thank the Lord)

    11/24/2005 5:17:16 AM PST · by Jacob Kell · 100 replies · 1,287+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | November 24, 2005 | WorldNetDaily.com
    Police in northern India thwarted a plot by Hindu extremists who threatened to burn to death more than 60 Christian converts if they refused to return to Hinduism by Sunday. Members of a Christian movement called Believers Church met peacefully Sunday in the state of Himachal Pradesh, according to Compass Direct, a news service that monitors persecution of Christians. "We were able to meet without incident," said Ramish Masih Battih, the son of Pastor Feroz Masih.
  • Back From The Abyss

    11/12/2005 4:47:53 PM PST · by buckeyesrule · 2 replies · 146+ views
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | November 12, 2005 | John Blake
    BACK FROM THE ABYSS When missionary Gary Witherall's wife, Bonnie, was slain by a gunman in a Lebanese medical clinic, he thought he might lose his faith, but he found God's grace instead. John Blake - Staff Saturday, November 12, 2005 Gary Witherall walked on an empty stage before a Fayetteville Baptist church congregation and raised his hands in surrender. "I have nothing," he told the hushed audience. "Nothing. My wife is not sitting there. I don't have anything." That day three years ago was the first time that a mass Atlanta audience would meet Witherall. It was just two...
  • Missionaries of Charity opening a mission in Sacramento

    06/27/2005 7:57:26 AM PDT · by siunevada · 279+ views
    The Catholic Herald (Sacramento) ^ | June 18, 2005 | Cathy Joyce
    Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity — an order known all over the world for its work among the poor — is opening a mission in the Diocese of Sacramento. Sister Nirmala Joshi, head of the Missionaries of Charity, has agreed to have four members of her order live in the former rectory at St. Peter Church in south Sacramento and work with the area’s poor. The nuns will be officially welcomed to the diocese at a Mass celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop Richard J. Garcia on Wednesday, June 29, at 10 a.m. in St. Peter Church. The Mass will be followed...
  • Banning Compassion (Buddhist radicals seek to curtail Christian witness)

    06/14/2005 5:13:01 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 3 replies · 326+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | 06/14/2005 | Manpreet Singh
    On May 6, Parliament [of Sri Lanka]gave preliminary approval to the Prohibition of Forced Conversions bill and referred it to a standing committee. The committee may amend the bill before it comes up for an anticipated vote later this year. Proposed by the radical Jathika Hela Urumaya, a party formed last year by Buddhist monks, the bill ostensibly bans religious conversions by force or "allurement." Such initiatives come at a time when Christians are engaged in providing aid to the tsunami victims...
  • Hindu Mob Attacks U.S. Missionaries in Bombay

    06/13/2005 6:49:55 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 52 replies · 1,431+ views
    Yahoo! News (Reuters) ^ | 6/13/2005 | n/a
    Hindu mob attacks U.S. missionaries in Bombay BOMBAY (Reuters) - Angry Hindu youths beat three American missionaries and tried to kidnap one as they held a bible studies class in Bombay, police said on Monday. About 30 or 40 men attacked the three, part of a group of eight, on Saturday night because they thought the missionaries were trying to convert Hindus in the Indian financial capital. The three were treated for bruises and cuts at a hospital but were not seriously injured, police said. "While this kind of attack is rare in Bombay, the police must take serious action...
  • CHRISTIANITY EXPLODING WORLDWIDE; 3RD WORLD SENDING MISSIONARIES [V ENCOURAGING DOC]

    05/04/2005 10:53:04 AM PDT · by Quix · 148 replies · 1,281+ views
    ANDREW STROM VIA MERI BURLINGAME EMAIL LIST ^ | 28 APR 2005 | WORLD NET DAILY
    "CHRISTIANITY EXPLODING Worldwide" "THIRD WORLD sending MISSIONARIES" [from 'WorldNetDaily'- http://www.worldnetdaily.com ] Christianity taking over planet? New book makes case it's fastest growing faith on Earth. [-April 28, 2005 © 2005 WorldNetDaily.com ] What is the fastest-growing religion on Earth? Most news reports suggest it is Islam. But a new book makes a compelling case it is a new, or, perhaps, old form of biblically inspired evangelical Christianity that is sweeping through places like China, Africa, India and Southeast Asia. In "Megashift," author Jim Rutz coins a new phrase to define this fast-growing segment of the population. He calls them "core...