By Blessen Varghese.
Five Women Missionaries Beaten Publicly For Sharing the Gospel
Five women were beaten publicly in Andhra Pradesh, India while sharing about the love of Jesus in a marketplace. The women, all leaders in the Gospel for Asia (GFA)-sponsored Women’s Fellowship ministry, had been sharing with store owners and shoppers when one man demanded to know what they were doing. The assault began with a powerful slap to the face of one woman and continued to the others, one of whom was isolated and surrounded by five men. Amazingly spared, they retreated to safety, thanking God for the honor of suffering for His sake. Excerpts taken from this site.
Former Us President Jimmy Carter to Visit North Korea To Free Missionary Kenneth Bae
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is preparing to take a trip to North Korea ‘very soon’ to try and secure the release of Christian missionary Kenneth Bae, according to South Korea’s leading news agency, according to leading Christian portal – christianpost.com Yonhap News Agency cited a broadcast from Radio Free Asia, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit news organization, as the source of the information regarding Carter’s purported trip to the North Korean capital of Pyongyang. Bae was prosecuted in April for hostile acts against (North Korea and began serving his sentence at a labor camp in May. It was revealed that in addition to visiting orphans during his trips to North Korea through his tour company, Bae apparently took part in evangelism activities. Click here to read this post on ChristianPost.com.
More Than 1,400 Children Gather in Desert to Pray in Egypt
Over 1,400 children gathered in the Egyptian desert on 17-19 July, 2013 asking God to change them and their nation. The event was held in a historic desert center for Christian prayer. Egyptian children as young as eight attended, leading worship and prayer. “Our vision is to have this generation praying and worshipping God, and to be filled with the Holy Spirit to be able to change the world,” the festival organizers said. You can read the complete story of these excerpts on this site.
Former WWE Star-Turned-Born Again To Release a Book on His Life
In a trailer of his book titled Wrestling with the Devil: The True Story of a World Champion Professional Wrestler – His Reign, Ruin, and Redemption, Luger talks about his earlier life that included money, fame, women and drugs and how it all came crashing down, before he found Jesus Christ.
This link gives you a glimpse of what the former wrestler went through and how he came to know our Lord.
You could also watch the trailer through this YouTube link.
Sudan Tracking Down Coverts to Christianity to Purge Out Christianity
Harassment, arrests and persecution of Christians have intensified since the secession of South Sudan in July 2011. Recently, a Sudanese Christian fled the country after authorities threatened to kill him for refusing to divulge names of converts from Islam.
The Christian, a native of Sudan’s Juba Mountains area, left the country last month after officials from the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) forced him to report to their offices nearly every day since raiding his home on February 23.
Meanwhile, In Omdurman, plain-clothes police officials on June 25 raided the offices of the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SPEC) in what church leaders called a bid to take over the property. Click here to read more.
Archaeologists Believe They May Have Unearthed Relics Containing the Cross of Jesus
Archeologists conducting excavations at the site of a church in Turkey have unearthed a stone chest containing a relic that may be part of the cross on which Jesus was crucified. The items were discovered during a large-scale excavation at the Balatlar Church, which was built in A.D. 660 near the Black Sea.
Professor Gülgün Köroğlu, an associate professor at Turkey’s Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University and excavation leader, told the newspaper the artifacts are linked to Jesus’ crucifixion. Excerpts taken from foxnews.com.
3,000-Year-Old Text Sheds Light on Biblical History
An archaeological discovery from Jerusalem that happened in 2012 may shed some light in the historical accuracy of the Holy Bible. A 3000-year-old text on an earthenware jug was recently dated all the way back to the time of King David. Although the jug was found in 2012, the research to date the seven letter inscription and the jug took some time and the studies are coming to light only recently. The jug shows that Hebrew existed as a written language in 1000 BC, which could have allowed Biblical recording of the Old Testament in real-time. Click here to view an interesting video on this find.
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