Week of February 11th, 2018
WHAT IS CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION? – Christian persecution is any hostility experienced from the world as a result of one’s identification as a Christian. From verbal harassment to hostile feelings, attitudes and actions, Christians in areas with severe religious restrictions pay a heavy price for their faith. Beatings, physical torture, confinement, isolation, rape, severe punishment, imprisonment, slavery, discrimination in education and employment, and even death are just a few examples of the persecution they experience on a daily basis.
According to The Pew Research Center, over 75% of the world’s population lives in areas with severe religious restrictions (and many of these people are Christians). Also, according to the United States Department of State, Christians in more than 60 countries face persecution from their governments or surrounding neighbors simply because of their belief in Jesus Christ.
The Bible calls us to be a voice for the voiceless. Psalm 82:3 says, “Stand up for those who are weak and for those whose fathers have died. See to it that those who are poor and those who are beaten down are treated fairly.”
As Christians, we are called to take a stand for our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ. Hebrews 13:3 says, “Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.” Learn more about how you can help persecuted Christians.
AFGHANISTAN & NORTH KOREA – The rising persecution in Afghanistan “is a tragedy considering the efforts being made by the international community to help rebuild Afghanistan are failing to ensure freedom of religion,” stated Curry. “Reports of violence and human rights atrocities from North Korea are pervasive, while the situation faced by Christians in Afghanistan may be underestimated. It is hard for Westerners to imagine a second country could nearly meet the levels of persecution seen in North Korea, but Afghanistan has reached that level this year.”
Spain – Intercede for Steve Irvin as he teaches an intensive course in the Alliance seminary in Madrid this week. Pray also for Steve in his new role as seminary director.
Pray for Raymond Ebbett as he works with Spain Alliance church leaders this month in preparation for their annual conference at the end of February.
Continue to pray for swift processing of the paperwork to purchase an empty lot next to the Bethany House facility in Alicante. A family owns the property jointly, and there have been numerous legal delays in getting the papers in order for one of the heirs. Pray for a breakthrough and that the closing will occur soon!
Please continue to intercede for Maida Anderson, field office administrator, as she grieves the loss of her mother, who passed away unexpectedly in December. Pray for God’s comfort and peace during this difficult time.
Sunday, February 18th – Congregational meeting to approve the 2018 Budget.
English conversatonal classes started today. If you are interested in serving with us and making an impact on the lives of international students, please see Leticia Uy or Nate Parodi. The teaching time will be from 9 to 10:30 am each Sunday.
Wednesday night, February 14th from 7:30pm to 8:30pm – Please join us for this special time of prayer for our church and world
Baptism classes – If anyone is interested in baptism, please see Pastor Ed.
Pray for Pastor Sam Seaman & Ginny and for Pastor Joe Brown & Mary – For the health of Pastor Joe Brown. He and Mary continue to serve with our Mixed-marriage ministry each month. Pastor Sam Seaman will be sharing with us today.
English Worship Service begins at 10:45 am every Sunday. Please be on time. Kids Praise Ministry contunues to serve. Please be praying with us for these new changes.
CAIF NOW MEETING EVERY SUNDAY...