Praying for the Persecuted Church in Eritrea

based on the Open Doors 2018 World Watch List This northeast African nation was formed only in 1993 after 30+ years of war with Ethiopia.  Voters have only one political party, one state-controlled media, and a government run by a paranoid dictatorship.  While nearly half of the 5½ million citizens are Christian in this country …

Praying for the Persecuted Church in Pakistan

based on the Open Doors 2018 World Watch List Nearly 4 million (2%) out of 197 million Paki-stanis are Christian.  Since conversion from Islam is seen as a cause for family shame, the main source of danger for Christians often comes from their own family.  Further persecution comes from radical Islamic groups that flourish under …

Praying for the Persecuted Church in Sudan

based on the work of Faith McDonald and Open Doors 2018 World Watch List  Sudan, south of Egypt, includes the historic homeland of the ‘Ethiopian’ eunuch baptized by Philip (in Acts chapter 8).  Today, about 4½% of the population is Christian, and the remaining 40 million people are Muslim.  Under authoritarian President al-Bashir and his …

The Blue Sweater

A wonderful testimony from our diocesan communications director:

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One of the things I am learning as I continue on this Unexpected Journey is to look for patterns of side-affects as I go through chemotherapy. In the beginning, it was all unknown. What would be my side-effects?  I read up on what to expect, but not everyone experiences the same thing. There were so many variables. So I sort of gave up trying to anticipate what was coming and just live it out. Now that I have passed the halfway mark, patterns have emerged and I am beginning to be able anticipate what will probably happen in the course of the treatment and be ready.

One of the side-effects comes just a couple of days before I start the next treatment. The side-effect is what I guess you’d call the blues.

I’ve had times of feeling sad and even deep sadness and grief, but this was different. This was…

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Praying for Persecuted Christians in Afghanistan

based on Open Doors 2018 World Watch List Because Afghanistan is officially an Islamic state, the society is hostile toward Christians.  Only about 1 out of every 5,000 citizens are Christian.  They are unable to express their faith, even in private.  Converts experience loss of personal property and businesses, beatings, and even death at the …

Praying for Persecuted Christians in North Korea

based on Open Doors 2018 World Watch List The primary driver of persecution against the 300,000 Christians (1% of the population) in North Korea is the state.  For three generations, everything in the country has focused on idolizing the leading Kim family.  Christians are portrayed as hostile enemies who need to be eradicated.  Neighbors and …

“I Have Decided to Follow Jesus” — Two Incredible Stories

by Harry K. Zeiders Sunday we will be singing the familiar evangelistic song, "I Have Decided to Follow Jesus".  This week I happen to come across the fascinating tale of the originator of these lyrics; his name was Nokseng: He was a headhunting tribesman from northeast India in the 1800s who converted to Christ through the …

What do the ashes mean?  And why bother with Lent?

by Harry K. Zeiders Ash Wednesday begins the Christian season of Lent which lasts 46 days leading up to the celebration of Jesus Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday.  In biblical times, ashes — the result of humans burning something — were used as a cultural sign of: distress in the wake of traumatic stress — …