VOM-USA Prayer Update for April 22, 2011

On Thu. Apr 21 2011 at 04:03 PM Moderator wrote:
AZERBAIJAN--Unregistered Churches Banned from Worship
VOM Canada

Hebrews 5:7

Three religious communities in Gyanja, Azerbaijan, have been banned from meeting for worship. The worship bans were imposed in mid-March because the communities do not have state registration. Local sources said one of the religious communities was warned that "if they met for worship on the following Sunday or at any future date they would all be arrested." Two buses full of police and riot police later arrived to prevent them from worshiping, but the church had already reluctantly canceled the Sunday service that day. The government, however, continues to deny its involvement in religious oppression. Babek Sadykov of the Gyanja Police said, "No one is being prevented from worshiping." And President Ilham Aliev told a government-initiated World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue that "freedom of religion and freedom of conscience have been fully established in Azerbaijan." Pray that believers will be encouraged to continue worshiping together despite opposition.

EGYPT--Copts "Terrorized" by Gang
Release International

1 Samuel 14:6

Since late January, Copts in Minya province have suffered repeated attacks from a large gang of thugs who target Christians. The first attack on a Coptic family occurred on Jan. 28. The family reported the assault to police but withdrew their allegations after receiving death threats from the gang. Then, on Jan. 29, the gang leader raped two Coptic women, threatening to kill their children if they took the matter to police. In another assault, gang members kidnapped a 30-year-old man and a 12-year-old boy; their families were forced to pay ransoms to secure their release. The gang has also reportedly imposed a nighttime curfew on Copts. Copts in Minya are dismayed that the police and army have not taken more decisive steps to detain gang members and their leader. Pray that authorities will take action to apprehend the gang members in Minya province.

CHINA--Pastor Arrested in Inner Mongolia
VOM Sources

Joshua 1:5-7

VOM contacts in China report that one of their dear friends, a pastor, was arrested in Inner Mongolia Tuesday, April 12. The pastor, Jesse, was arrested along with four other leaders. His "offense" is that 1,000 university students attend his church. About 100 of the university students are also Bible school students who are taught by a VOM worker. Police have detained Jesse five times over the last year, and they had warned him and let him know they were watching him. Pastor Jesse and the four others are being held in a detention center where prisoners are usually held for at least 30 days. It’s not known whether he will be formally sentenced. A friend wrote, "We sent some clothes [to Jesse] but were not able to meet and talk to him. Please pray. The situation here is so bad." Ask the Lord to encourage Pastor Jesse, and pray for his release. Pray that his church members will not falter in their faith but will grow stronger.

How Do You Welcome Church Visitor's?

When someone visits your church how do you treat them? When someone visits your church that is not the same nationality or come from a different background, how do you treat them? Think about that one before you answer, do you really treat them the same?

This is something that we should all think about and take a look at ourselves over. It is extremely important to realize that we are all brothers and sisters in Christ. If we have accepted Jesus as our savior, it does not matter where you come from or what you look like, we are ALL His children.

Unfortunately we do not always live by this. We do not always make those that are of other nationalities or different "class" feel welcome. Indian origin Christians in Britain have stated forming their own churches because the main-stream churches make them feel unwelcome. This is not acceptable. Do we really think that God would be proud of this? I seriously doubt it. We should love one another with open arms.

Ram Gidoomal, a prominent member of the Asian community and chairman of the South Asia Forum, told PTI that there were at least 200 such small churches founded by disenchanted Christians across Britain as a response to feeling of rejection. He said that there were nearly 75,000 Christians with Indian sub-continent in Brittan and many of them feel unwelcome in the churches there.

The Salvation Army started for this very reason. In 1852, William Booth, gave up his pulpit to walk the streets and spread God's word. Many people were saved because of him including prostitutes, thieves and drunks to name a few. His point was to help people find God and then send them to a good church.

The problem with that was that these people were not accepted in the churches. They did not wear the right clothes, they did not have enough money and they were not treated like another brother or sister in Christ, they were treated like outsiders. So they would complain to Booth and they preached on the streets. Eventually Booth ended up starting the Salvation Army Church so that people of any nationality or background would have a church were they could feel comfortable and welcome in.

So, next time you are at church and see someone walk in that you do not know; make it a point to talk to them, welcome them and make them feel welcome. No matter if they are the same race, background or nationality or totally different, make them feel welcome!

Christian Homeschool for Free

There are many things to take into consideration before deciding to homeschool your children. The most important is not things like money or your child’s socialization skills though. The most important thing to consider is time. Do you have enough time to devote to your child or children’s education?

Socialization skills is one of those things that almost anyone who don’t homeschool will ask about when you decide to home educate your children. Just because you homeschool, does not mean that you never get out of the house again. It does not mean that you are taking your kids out of society. You still have church groups and activities and there are amazing homeschool groups everywhere that offer tons of fantastic activities. I personally do not want my child learning all their socialization skills from a public school where kids are fighting and always in competition to be the best and where the might have a gun or knife pulled on them from someone their age or even younger. I don’t think so. That is not the socialization skills that I want my children to have. My children’s socialization skills have actually improved since I stared homeschooling them.

Now, I know many of you are saying . . . wait a minute . . . the money part is very important because homeschooling your children in very expensive. Well you are at the right place at the right time because I am going to tell you how you can give your children a good quality Christian Homeschool education for free or at least almost free.

Now you are saying, there is the catch . . . almost free. No, the reason that I say almost free is because there are always expenses such as pencils, pens, paper and things like that. If you like to print worksheets like I do, then you will have that small expense as well. Buying printer refills kits is fantastic for that and saves a ton of money.

There is one item that I do recommend you purchase though. A book called Home Learning Year by Year: How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool Through High School This book is a fantastic book that will let you know what your child should know and learn during each school year. It is a fantastic guide and helps me with my homeschooling a lot. It will help you keep you children on the right track all throughout out their schooling.

So, how are you supposed to do this for free? The Library is a fantastic place to start. But you also have an entire world to explore where you will find a ton of material all for free and all from right where you are right now . . . the internet!

We all know how amazing the internet is and when it comes to Christian homeschool resources, it is no different. You can Google the word free homeschool worksheets and find a ton of great stuff to start with right there.

I homeschool my children for almost completely free and they are getting a great education. The only cost that I have is the normal’s items and as I said before I do print a lot of stuff but that is my choice, it is not always necessary but it is more convenient for me.

I search the interenet for all of our school materials and there are some fantastic sites out there that can help you with your entire curriculum for free. Using search terms that include the grade you are looking for makes searching so much easier. For example, let’s say you need to find lessons and worksheets for 4th grade history. A good search for this would be “history lessons grade 4”

I would like to share my personal favorite website that I use on a regular basis.

Math: Math is the one subject that I have been concerned about for my children because I am horrible at math. Khan Academy is an amazing place for math from the beginning through Calculus for free and Mr. Khan is an amazing teacher. You can find a ton of wonderful printable worksheets all over the internet for all stages of math for practice.

Science: High school Science is made easy through Khan Acadamey as well. He offers Biology, Chemistry, Physics and more. For elementary through Middle school, there are some fantastic resources all over the internet. Science is Fun is a great site and also has a section of some great easy, fun and cheap experiments you can try. Kids Biology is another site that I use often. If you need to study the weather, then Weather Wiz Kids is perfect!

History: High School history lessons and worksheets can be found at Andy’s American History, South Effingham High School and then you can find fantastic maps at David Rumsey’s Map Collection. For elementary and Middle school you can check out Lesson Corner

English: Guide to Grammar and Writing is a great site for all grade levels as well as edufind. I use spark notes for testing my high school student on books she reads and then I use Book Adventure for my younger student.

All Subjects: WatchKnow is an amazing site that offers a ton of great videos for students to learn from. Now these sites offer lessons plans and activities for more than one grade and subject. I love all these sites. Lesson Pathways is a great site that can help you from K-5th grade on every single subject. Super Teacher is great for finding worksheets. Discover Education is a fantastic site that offers lesson plans written by other teachers on all subjects and grade levels.

Bible: There are some excellent sites out there for Bible time. CBH Ministries if great for the younger kids and offers a daily devotional. Garden of Praise offers some excellent Bible studies. Bible Study Planet and Creative Bible Study are great as well.

Basically, if you can use a search engine, you will be able to find what you need to “teach” any subject at any age. There are an abundance of resources out there that are just waiting to help you give your child the Christina Homeshcool Education they deserve and that you want for them.

Live Cam of Amazing Eagle Family

Animal instincts have always been amazing to me. I just think it is awesome to watch animals care for their young and their families. Our cat just recently had kittens and she is an amazing mommy cat. I love watching her care for a love her babies. It is so cool how she just knows what to do and when to do it. I makes me just marvel at all of God’s creation and awesomeness!

The last few days I have been watching a Bald Eagle family on a live cam that is just simply amazing. I do wish that I would have known about this earlier though because I missed the chance to see the babies being hatched.

Today I was watching and got to see the mommy feeding the babies. After she finished feeing them, she began to tuck them under her feathers and keep them safe. A bit later she looked up and began to squawk and there was daddy. It was amazing to see him fly up and land in the nest. The mommy sat for a few seconds then she left daddy to care for the babies while she went out.

The daddy then sits and watches over the little ones. After a few minutes he begins working on the nest and making sure everything is nice and secure. He starts to eat on the nice meal mommy had waiting for him and feeding the little ones a little while he eats. Then he sits with the babies while he continues working to make sure the nest is in good shape.

Watching these Eagles has brought Psalms 91 to mind, especially verse 4, "He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.

Anyway, seeing things like that just make me think about how amazing God truly is and I just wanted to share a bit.

If you would like to check out the live cam of the Eagle family, GO HERE!

The Hiding Place - Free Christian Audio Book Download

Christian Audio has a great new audio book to offer for download this month.  "The Hiding Place" is an amazing story about Corrie ten Boom, a heroine of the Dutch Resistance. She was an amazing person who helped many Jews to escape from the Nazis. Corrie ended up becoming one of the most amazing evangelists of the 20th century.

Go download your free copy now!!!

God's Word Stands Forever - Hide it in Your Heart

Isaiah 40:8 tells us that “The grass withers, the flower fades,

But the word of our God stands forever.”

I actually seen a poll of facebook today that put this post in my heart. It was asking “if the Bible were suddenly outlawed and you could only hide a single book of the Bible which book would you choose. It gave most of the books of the Bible to choose from.

In my personal opinion, I chose the Gospel of John. But then I got to thinking about God’s word always being forever and then felt that I should investigate further.

So let’s break down Isaiah 40:8 and what it all means.

“The grass withers, the flowers fade” is actually mentioned in verse 7 as well. This is just putting emphasis on this fact. Verse 7 says, “The grass withers, the flower fades, because the breath of the LORD blows upon it; surely the people are grass.”

“Word of God”, is talking about the promises that God has made us. It does not necessarily mean that there will always be a Bible on this earth but His promises His promises will always be no matter what.

“Stand forever”, mean that God will always be firm in His word and His promises. This means that God’s word, His promises, will be forever and it will not change even as the world changes around it, God’s word will not change and it will stand forever.

This got me to thinking about the Bible itself. I thought what if every Bible was taken from every single person and burned and there was not one left. How many people would “know” scripture, would there be those people like who Denzel Washington played in the movie, “The Book of Eli”?

I know that I would not be one of those people, would you? So, I have a challenge to set forth for you. I challenge you to start memorizing scripture and making sure you take time to read your Bible every single day! Not only will it help us in our daily walk with our Lord God, but it will also allow us to truly have His word hid in our hearts!  Psalm 119:11: "Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against you."

Deuteronomy 6:4
4 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one![a] 5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. 6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

2 Timothy 3:14-17:
14 But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15 and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Hope you have a Blessed Day!

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One Day Without Shoes 2011

One Day Without Shoes 2011 is happening on April 5th! Take this day and go without your shoes to help raise awareness for all those people around the world who don't have shoes!! It is something simple that we can all do. Many business's will allow their employee's to go without shoes once they know why. If you have to wear shoes to work, take 'em off the minute you get a chance! Do your part to help raise awareness!!

Adopted by God - Adoption in The Bible

In the book of Exodus we read the story of a Hebrew woman, Jochebed, who became pregnant during the time when Pharaoh had ordered that all Hebrew male infants were to be put to death. Jochebed did have a baby boy and feared for his life. So she made a basket that would float in the river and she put her baby boy in the basket in hopes that this would save his life. Indeed it did when one of Pharaoh's daughters found the basket and she later adopted him and called him Moses.

Now as most of us know, Moses went on to be an extremely faithful servant of the Lord and he done many wonderful and amazing things with God's help and Blessings! Then in the book of Esther we hear about a beautiful young lady that was adopted by her cousin and became a queen. But she was more than just a queen, she was a very important queen who God used to help save the Jewish people.

We also must not forget about our savior, Jesus Christ, who was raised by Joseph, His mother's husband. Although the scriptures do not say that Joseph actually adopted Jesus, Him and fathered Him. The most important adoption of all is the adoption that God offers us into His family.

The only thing that we have to do to be adopted into the most Royal, amazing and loving family of all is to give our hearts to Christ, believing and trusting in Him alone for salvation and eternal life.

If you have not been adopted by God, please feel free to email for more info or you can go right here to get more info as well.

If you are recently adopted into God's family by accepting His gift of Salvation, then you may still have doubts about it. Actually it is normal for many long time children of God to go through periods of doubt. This book is an excellent book and recommended highly for that "needing to know for sure" thing!

If you are needing more information on adopting a child into your own family and want to know just what God has to say about it, then check out this book.

Soul Surfer to Hit Theaters

This is a movie that I can not wait to see.  This movie is based on a true story about a teen girl who loved to surf and thought she was born to do it.  Then a shark attack leaves her with an amputated arm and a bunch of questions.  This inspiring movie shows her trials during her recovery.  The love of her parents and the support of her church youth leader help her to return to the water and surf once more.

Watch the trailer.  The trailer alone brings tears to my eyes!

If you enjoy inspiring movies like I do, a couple of my other favorites are Facing the Giants, Fly Wheel and Fireproof. They are all amazing movies with a great lesson in life and faith in each one. Check them out if you have not already done so!

VOM-USA Prayer Update for April 1, 2011

Here is this weeks prayer update email that I receive.  Please pray for those who suffer in Christ's name!

On Wed. Mar 30 2011 at 12:14 PM Moderator wrote:

NORTH KOREA--Gospel Balloon Launches Threatened--VOM Sources, AFP

In February, North Korea warned the South Korean government to stop allowing the launch of balloons that drop “propaganda” leaflets into its country. North Korea even threatened to open fire on locations in South Korea from which the balloons are launched. Some activists use balloon launches to drop political leaflets in North Korea, but VOM uses similar methods to send the gospel into North Korea. Because of North Korea’s threats, some South Koreans are now refusing to allow VOM partners to launch balloons from their neighborhoods. “We’ve decided to prevent the leaflet launch as it would make our hard life harder,” one of the district chiefs told AFP news agency. The balloon team asks for prayer that they will reflect Christ well as they continue to seek ways to send Christ’s message of hope into North Korea.

John 17:18

PAKISTAN--Cause of Christian Prisoner’s Death Questioned--VOM Canada, VOM sources

A Christian serving a life sentence on blasphemy charges has died under suspicious circumstances in Lahore. Qamar David, who was imprisoned in June 2006 after a business rival accused him of insulting the Prophet Muhammad, died on March 14, 2011. Initial autopsy reports seemed to confirm prison authorities’ claims that he died of a heart attack, but Qamar’s family believes he was killed. He was reportedly threatened and beaten regularly by prison guards and inmates during his almost five years in prison. Qamar’s son told VOM contacts that the family was too scared to attend the hearing at which the medical reports were announced.

Also in Lahore, 40-year-old Shaheen Bibi, a Christian mother of seven, was recently freed from her Muslim captors after being kidnapped last August. Shaheen had been drugged, raped, sold into marriage, and threatened with death if she did not convert to Islam. On March 6, a team managed to rescue Shaheen from her captors. She reported that at least 10 other women were in captivity with her. Thank God for her release. Pray that God will equip Pakistani Christians to be bold and gracious witnesses in an environment of severe opposition. Also pray for the repeal of Pakistan’s blasphemy law, which is often used against Christians.

Isaiah 61:1

SUDAN--Violence Precedes South Sudan’s Secession--Assist News Service

Violence has increased in south Sudan since the Jan. 9, 2011, Referendum on Southern Self-Determination. In February, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) clashed with forces of northern opposition figure Gen. Akhor, leaving 200 dead. Another 50 were killed in fighting between the SPLA and forces of Gabriel Tanginya, who is backed by Islamic Khartoum. In the north-south border region of Abyei, 100 Misseriya Arab militiamen and other Khartoum-backed forces massacred police and civilians. On March 2, 1,000 members of the militia attacked another Abyei village, killing 33. The violence has caused the displacement of 45,000 southern Sudanese--mostly women and children. Both the north and south are preparing for conflict. Please pray for the war-ravaged, predominantly Christian people of south Sudan.

Isaiah 66:12.