8/19/14

Voice of the Martyrs, Prisoner Alert: Gao Zhisheng



Gao Released - Aug. 7, 2014

In 2007, he was arrested and spent over 50 days behind bars where he was tortured. “I was beaten so badly that my whole body began shaking uncontrollably on the floor,” Gao wrote in an open letter.

Gao last reappeared out of police custody in April 2010. He told the Associated Press that he had been shunted between detention centers, farmhouses and apartments across northern China. Security forces repeatedly abused him, beating him with electric batons, pistol-whipping him and holding burning cigarettes close to his eyes.

“Not only is it now extremely difficult for me to make my voice heard, but it is also extremely dangerous,” Gao wrote in an essay in 2009. “In the past three-plus years, the authorities invested a great deal of manpower, physical resources and funds, and employed the most merciless methods, to achieve their goal of silencing me.”

Christian human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng was released from prison on Aug. 7, 2014. His lawyer told BBC News that Gao has been “utterly destroyed” after three years in jail. He is emotionless, “basically unintelligible” and has lost teeth through malnutrition. Gao’s lawyer reported that Gao is “not capable of holding any conversation and there are many occasions where he’s just literally just muttering to himself.” He was first arrested in 2009, and released briefly in 2010 before disappearing shortly afterward. In 2011, state media said he had been jailed again for violating probation rules

Background:
Since 2005, Gao has been repeatedly arrested, imprisoned and severely tortured by Chinese authorities, mostly for his human rights work. In 2006, he and a group of prominent human rights lawyers created the Association of Human Rights Attorneys for Chinese Christians. That same year, Gao was sentenced to five years of probation for inciting “subversion of the state.” After serving three years in prison, Gao was supposedly released on probation but he disappeared for extended periods of time.

http://www.prisoneralert.com/pprofiles/vp_prisoner_195_profile.html#


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7/24/14

3/5/14

The Chosunilbo: N.Koreans Face Execution for Contact with Missionary. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwo5PAigk

12/12/13

Please pray

http://www.icommittopray.com/request/20/christian-girls-kidnapped-by-boko-haram-refugees/

12/10/13

Christmas Music

Some of my favorite CCM-style Christmas songs (in no particular order):

mercyme - God rest ye merry gentlemen
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWclsKV1vVw
derrick drover - God in the straw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNeQZ4fmzQs
sixpence none the richer - carol of the bells
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fb1tRCqZpxI
britt nicole - this Christmas
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBIVrkHP3a8
folk angel - o come Emmanuel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sghwe4TYY18 (great video to go along with music too)
amy grant - breath of Heaven (Mary's song)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOQRtYYERGo
kutless - Mary did you know, it came upon a midnight clear
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dX3HX3nd3H0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4xcqkbaR3g
demon hunter - the wind
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVAwcp68FDs
queens club - you're a mean one mr grinch
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiK-bzRN4yE
ivoryline - o Holy night
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nL_xVAMtzaI
barlowgirl - Hallelujah (Light has come), panis Angelicus
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SarPJv6rUiQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHQDIYk_3Gc
flyleaf - O Holy Night
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bl_YoDh312k
poema - jingle bells
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxgXTJaCP6s
august burns red - little drummer boy, carol of the bells
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHdFFz27Hsw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mX9uHwIlYfI
groovestlyerz - white christmas (remix)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVVCAqsVUow
randy travis - o little town of Bethlehem
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojggYPSuHoM
apologetix - Christmasnite
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P83c7jz9C7Q
(recently came out with updated Christmas album: http://apologetix.com/store/store.php)

6/3/13

Voice of the Martyrs Prayer Update for Week of June 3 2013

Vietnam—Pastor Beaten to Death in Prison
Sources: VOM Sources, Christian Solidarity Worldwide

Philippians 1:21

Vietnamese church leader Hau Nyak from Dak Nong province died in prison on March 17 after being severely beaten by police officials. Hau and his brother were reportedly arrested on March 15, one day after the arrest of Hau’s wife and sister-in law, and told to bring bail for their wives’ release. The reason for the women’s arrest is unclear, as police did not present an arrest warrant. On March 17, Hau’s brother heard the sounds of a violent beating coming from Hau’s cell. As Hau was removed from his cell, his brother-in-law saw that he was “completely limp, as if he was dead, with purple marks on his throat.” On March 18, police claimed that Hau had died from putting his hand into an electric socket. The local church community described Hau as a courageous and compassionate person who defended the church he helped to build and refused to pay bribes to officials.[/quote]

Iran—Pastor Arrested and AOG Church Raided
Sources: VOM Sources, Farsi Christian News Network

2 Corinthians 4:16–17

Pastor Robert Asserian, of the Assemblies of God church in Tehran, was arrested and taken to an unknown location on May 21, after a large detachment of Islamic Security agents raided the church and arrested everyone present. Security agents first raided Pastor Asserian’s home, confiscating many of his belongings. They then searched the church, seizing books, documents and some equipment. The arrests and raid are thought to be in retaliation for the church’s refusal to close its doors after Islamic officials offered to release Pastor Farhad and his wife (arrested in December 2011) if the church would close. A source from the church said, “The pressure has become unbearable; the government authorities constantly threaten the church leaders and their families with imprisonment, unexplained accidents, kidnapping and even with execution. We cannot go on like this.”[/quote]

Nigeria—Pastor Murdered by Muslim Militants
Source: VOM Sources

Psalm 34:18

On May 14, Pastor Faye Pama, Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Borno State and Senior Pastor of Rhema Assembly Church, was murdered by Boko Haram militants. The attackers reportedly followed Pastor Pama to his home in Maiduguri after he left a Bible study at his church. The gunmen dragged Pastor Pama out of his house and shot him to death in front of his 17-year-old daughter as she pleaded for his life. Pastor Pama was a husband and father of four children, ages 19, 17, 11 and 6. He served in ministry leadership for more than 26 years and believed that Muslims could be won to Christ only by showing them love, rather than through fighting. The Muslim militant group Boko Haram has reportedly killed more than 4,000 people since 2009.[/quote]

Colombia—VOM Project

Pray for widows and fatherless children who will be ministered to at the Life Center Safe House during their grieving and healing process. While at the Life Center, widows are trained to become the financial provider for their family and children attend school and church on a regular basis. They also help with chores around the home and are enrolled in a counseling program to help them deal with the loss of their fathers.


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3/23/13

Voice of the Martyrs Prayer Update for Week of March 22, 2013

Pakistan--Christian Neighborhood Destroyed in Riot
Source: VOM Contacts

Romans 12:12

A mob of about 3,000 people looted and burned a Christian neighborhood in Lahore on March 9 after a man in the neighborhood was accused of blasphemy. The riot forced 200 families to flee. Mosque loudspeakers began to broadcast news of the blasphemy charge at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 8, and a mob of extremists appeared in the neighborhood at 9 the next morning. Terrified Christians fled their homes, remembering a 2009 riot in Gojra, Pakistan, in which eight Christians were killed, many more injured and at least 40 homes destroyed. As in Gojra, police in Lahore apparently stood by while the mob destroyed at least 175 homes in the neighborhood over a five-hour period. The man accused of blasphemy is in police custody.

Senegal--Brazilian Christians Remain in Jail After Conversion Complaint
Source: VOM Contacts

1 John 5:14

Two Brazilian Christians remain in prison in Senegal on charges of kidnapping and child trafficking. The Christians operated a home for street children, many of whom were members of Quranic schools that force their pupils to sleep on the streets. The home provided food, shelter and education to about 17 children. After one of the youths told his father he had become a Christian at the home, the boy's father made accusations against Pastor Jose Dilson Alves Da Silva. Legal efforts and intervention by Brazilian diplomats have so far had no effect. "This is a prayer subject for all of us," said VOM's field worker in Senegal. "The only person who can solve this problem is the Lord."

Turkey--Murder Conspirators Released on Bail
Source: VOM Contacts

Colossians 4:2

All but one of the 14 men arrested in a murder plot against Pastor Emre in Izmit have been released on bail, pending the investigation and trial. According to VOM's field worker for the region, "Christians have to work harder than most people to get justice in Turkey, a country where victims need lawyers to push the justice system to pursue justice." Pastor Emre has already offered forgiveness to the conspirators.

Laos--VOM Project

Pray for eight young Khmu women who are receiving training in biblical studies and in tailoring. The young women are daughters of pastors, ministry leaders and PSP workers. Some of their families have been directly persecuted, and many of them see opposition to Christianity in their villages.



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12/7/12

PrisonerAlert Update: Please pray for Eva Abdallah

 prisoner
Please pray for Tanzanian Christian prisoner Eva Abdallah. She has been summoned from her prison in Bagamoyo to appear before the High Court in Tanzania's capital. She is to appear Monday, Dec. 10 before the court in Dar es Salaam.

http://www.prisoneralert.com/pprofiles/vp_prisoner_220_profile.html

12/1/12

Genius: The Movie Trailer


http://www.facebook.com/GeniusTheMovie
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http://www.geniusthemovie.com/

If you think you know everything there is to know about John Lennon, think again. Genius will open your eyes.

From the Producers of "180" movie.

Coming December 8, 2012.

11/28/12

Car Crash Survivor Believes He is Alive for a Reason

Antonio believes he survived horrific car-wreck injuries for a reason.
http://video.answers.com/car-crash-survivor-believes-he-is-alive-for-a-reason-517515654