Monday, April 18, 2016

Rest in Me A While

Rest in Me A While

My child, itÕs time for you to come away with Me and hide in my presence for a while. As you come to Me, donÕt come with an agenda and with all the things that you have to do. Come to Me and allow Me to reach deep into your heart, says the Lord. Allow Me to water the dry ground and to revive the dead leaves. I love you so much and I long to just have time with you, says the Lord. You are so precious to Me. I love you so much and I just want to pull you aside to show you how much you mean to Me. I want your heart and I want to flood you with my love. I donÕt want your works or even your striving. I just desire you. I desire to pour my blessing upon you and I desire to shower you with my love. Amen.

GPN - 04/15/2016

Dear Church,

If we take care of our character, our reputation will take care of itself. Proverbs 22:1

IMPORTANT: Pray for God's healing from head to foot for Mrs. D.B. (94) for the open sore legs, nausea, troubled intestines and deafness. Also for a miracle of healing for her daughter and son-in-law from skin cancer. Pray that they will accept Jesus in their lives.

IMPORTANT: Last Tuesday, my husband has left our house in a depressed state with only his Bible. He left a note behind, but I do not know where he is. Pray for God's protection and that he will be found soon. That he will receive God's healing and help. Mrs. I.L.

Mrs. N.B.(84) has fallen and cannot walk. She has a lot of pain. Pray for a miracle of God.

That I will find the man that God has for me (28). I want to meet this man in my life in the near future. Ms. A.H.

PRAYING HELPS! Mrs. C. is in a debt restructuring program. After prayer this week, the Lord helped her to pay her debt. PRAY: For God's blessing for a positive letter to the magistrate, so that everything will finally be over.

Pray for Ishaku, Musa and Hannatu, who have autism. Ask God for His divine healing upon them and to raise the necessary funds for their rehabilitation and special training. May God be glorified in them. Pray that they will know and accept Him as their Lord and Savior. Mr. Iliya L.

Suriname: Pray for recovery of the renal function of my wife. And for my daughter S., for healing of headaches and good school performance. And for myself, for healing of my physical symptoms and stress and urgent provision of finances. That our house, plot and store will be sold soon. And for God's blessing during my coming business trip. Mr. A.S.

Mrs. J.v.A. asks us to pray for God's jubilant breakthrough blessings in her life, now she has given a gift in faith for the work of the Lord.

I ask prayer for the restoration and God's peace in my marriage. For provision of finances and a place to stay, so I can attend the burial of my half-brother. And for provision in a permanent job through my agency. Mr. K.d.W.

My daughter D. was a Christian. After her divorce she no longer attends the church meetings, and started a relationship with a man. Pray for her return to God and for God's strength and consolation for me. Mrs. A.

For spiritual healing and deliverance from anxiety and fear for Mr. L.P.

My husband is forgetful, and if something is not going well, he blames me. Pray that the Lord gives me wisdom to speak the right words when he reacts angrily to that which is hard for him. Mrs. R.

I ask prayer for God's guidance in finding a Christian life partner and for a good end to my study. Ms. A.H.

There is a lot of jealousy at my work. Pray for me, that God provides insight and helps me to stay calm. Mrs. V.A.

Mrs. I.B. (66) is separated and is concerned about her children. Pray for the healing of her youngest son (27) of Down's syndrome and bowel problems. Her eldest son paid more attention to the youngest. And for healing for her friend, who is blind in her eye, and recovery in her social life.

Pray for my sister Riet, who has lost her husband three months ago. Pray for healing of her physical problems and that she will trust in the Lord in all things, who has everything in His hand. Mrs. B.

A sister from my church has mental problems and is very sad. She would also like to stop her heavy medication. Pray for her deliverance and healing in Jesus' name.

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Pakistani Islamic group demands execution of ‘blasphemers,’ including Asia Bibi

Pakistani Islamic group demands execution of ‘blasphemers,’ including Asia Bibi

Following death threats, her security on death row has been ‘beefed up’
By Dan Wooding, Founder of ASSIST News Service
Asia Bibi in jail useISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (ANS – April 15, 2016) – Supporters of a Pakistani Islamic group demanded on Friday, April 15, 2016, the immediate execution of Asia Bibi, the Christian woman on death row, and all others convicted under the country’s harsh blasphemy law.
Media reports monitored by ANS, learned that small groups from the Sunni Tehreek party held demonstrations in several Pakistani cities warning the government against any attempt to amend the blasphemy law.
A statement from the party accused the government of seeking to change the blasphemy law to pave way for transforming the country into a secular and liberal state.
Thirsty for blood, the protesters demanded the execution of all those convicted of blasphemy including Asia Bibi, who was convicted in 2010. Her appeal was dismissed by the Lahore High Court in 2014, but the supreme court stayed her execution in 2015 and suspended the high court verdict.
Bibi was originally arrested under the blasphemy law after she had a verbal clash with Muslim women working at a farm harvesting berries in eastern Punjab province. She was accused of insulting the prophet of Islam, a charge she has repeatedly denied.
The situation boiled over when Asia had been asked by her fellow workers to go get them some water, and on the way back, she took a sip from a cup, and when the other women found out, they accused her of “defiling” the water as she was, in their eyes, an “infidel” and then she argued with them. She apparently told them that the person she worshiped, Jesus, was “still alive,” while the one they followed, Mohammed, was dead.
Pakistan Protestors support murdererThis resulted in her being beaten up, and then charged with blasphemy, a charge she is appealing.
Things got worse, when moderate Muslim Governor Salman Taseer of Punjab and minority minister Shahbaz Bhatti [the only Christian in the country’s cabinet] were murdered in 2011 after speaking in support of Bibi and calling for the reform of Pakistan’s blasphemy law.
Street protests escalated when news was released that Mumtaz Qadri, the bodyguard of Salman Taseer, was executed by hanging on February 29, 2016, for murdering his boss. Crowds rushed onto the streets of many of Pakistan’s main cities to call for the blasphemy laws not to be changed, and then a “shrine” to Qadri was quickly erected on the edge of Islamabad.
Fears began to grow over the security of Ms. Bibi, the first Christian woman in Pakistan sentenced to death for “blasphemy” following the execution of Qadri.
Mumtaz QuadriA senior Punjab government official confided to the Pakistan correspondent of Morning Star News ( that Ms. Bibi’s security had been ‘beefed up’ following intelligence reports that Islamist groups were conspiring to get her killed inside prison to avenge the hanging of Qadri. [Taseer had called the country’s controversial blasphemy statute “a black law” and demanded freedom for the Christian mother of two children and stepmother to three others.]
Speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak to media, the senior government source said that there was already a bounty on Asia Bibi’s head of approximately 50 million rupees (US$$471,000), and that now that Islamist groups were calling for her swift execution, the government was exercising extreme caution to protect her.
“The government is doing its best to keep Asia Bibi safe,” the official said.
Now the Christians are watching and praying to see if the government is able to do just that!
Photo captions: 1) Asia Bibi. 2) Supporters of Mumtaz Qadri take to the streets. 3) Mumtaz Qadri after his arrest. 4) Dan Wooding with his award from the BPCA.
Dan Wooding at home with his BPCA awardAbout the writer: Dan Wooding, 75, is an award-winning winning author, broadcaster and journalist who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, and is now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for more than 52 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. Dan is the founder and international director of ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS), and is also the author of some 45 books, the latest of which is Mary, My Story from Bethlehem to Calvary ( He has received a special award from the British Pakistan Christian Association for his reporting on persecution of Christians in Pakistan.
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Detained U.S. Evangelist in Turkey Released, ordered to Be Deported

Detained U.S. Evangelist in Turkey Released, ordered to Be Deported

David Byle is declared a ‘danger to public order’
By Dan Wooding, Founder of ASSIST News Service
David Byle doing evangelism in TurkeyISTANBUL, TURKEY (ANS – April 15, 2016) -- Turkish authorities have released a U.S. evangelist, David Byle, who was detained last week and ordered to be deported, sources said.
According to Morning Star News (, Byle was declared by Turkish authorities to be “a danger to public order,” when taken into custody on April 6, 2016, after asking him to report to the immigration office in Istanbul regarding his application for a residency permit.
However, Byle, 46, was released on Thursday (April 14, 2016) after a judge overturned the order to detain him for 30 days.
“Praise God, I was released from the deportation center this afternoon, and just arrived home,” Byle wrote on Facebook. “Thanks to all who prayed and did advocacy for me, also to my tireless lawyer and most of all to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
Byle, said Morning Star News, had been told his application for a residency permit had been denied; he was immediately taken into custody and then transferred to the Fatih police station in Istanbul. Police held him for two days before transferring him on April 8 to a holding center for foreigners awaiting deportation, the sources said.
Byle’s wife, Ulrike, said he was told when he arrived at the immigration center that there was no deportation order against him. Normally the center would have no authority to imprison someone without a deportation order, but because Byle was taken there under police custody, immigration officials had the authority to hold him for 48 hours.
The next day, Byle’s attorney informed him that the immigration department had filed a deportation order against him upon direct recommendation from the Ministry of the Interior, which had claimed in a report to the department that Byle was a “danger to public order” and a flight risk. There was no indication of what the “danger to public order” accusation was based on, Byle’s wife said.
Byle was also informed that the government had filed a “no-reentry order” forbidding him from coming back into the country once deported. It is unclear when the order was filed or the length of time the order is valid. Finally, and of particular concern to Byle and his family, authorities claimed that because of the alleged potential danger he posed to Turkey, the government had the “right to supervise” him for 30 days – meaning they could hold him for a month without filing charges against him.
“Ulrike Byle said the thought of her husband being a flight risk or a danger to the country was laughably absurd,” said Morning Star News, adding, “I feel it’s funny.”
Byle is known for being mild-mannered, polite and calm. He has no criminal record, and Urlike Byle said she thought he had been detained because of his evangelistic activities.
Morning Star News went on to that that the arrest took place days before Byle was set to teach a class to a group of Turks on how to tell people about the gospel, though there was no public indication of a link between the arrest and the scheduled training.
David Byle with family after his releaseByle is part of a small number of Christians in Turkey, and an even smaller number of expatriate Christians, who openly evangelize in the country. A ministry leader at U.S.-based International Christian Response (ICR), which provides aid to persecuted Christians, said Byle lives in a sacrificial way totally immersed in his mission.
“He’s a very bold person, and I look up to him,” said the leader, who requested anonymity. “I wish there were more people like him.”
The organization Byle co-founded, the Holy Book Information Association, also known as the Bible Correspondence Course in Turkey (BCC-Turkey), normally focuses on educating the Turkish public about the Bible. This alone is controversial in Turkey, and Byle also conducts “street evangelism” outreaches. These outreaches have garnered the most attention from the government, which at times has identified Christian missionary activity as a security threat.
“Police first arrested Byle for street evangelism on April 25, 2007, in the Beyoglu District of Istanbul after officers said people complained about aggressive evangelism, especially on the part of a South Korean missionary worker,” said Morning Star News. “Byle said police charged him with ‘forceful missionary activity’ and disturbing the peace.
“Authorities kept Byle in custody for two nights. Before releasing him, they made him sign a document stating that if he wanted to continue doing public outreach, he would need to have some sort of work permit or else be deported. The demand for a work permit was perplexing, since it appeared they were requiring him to obtain one from a Turkish sponsor for an activity they told him was illegal.”
The news service said that a prosecutor dropped the first charge on May 8, 2007, because Byle’s literature did not insult other religions and because “missionary activity” is not a crime in Turkey. On Nov. 1, 2007, a judge threw out the final charge of disturbing the peace. After the final charge was dismissed, Byle wrote a letter to the Ministry of the Interior inquiring about the document he was forced to sign. He never received an answer.
Police detained Byle a second time on Nov. 18, 2009 in the Pendik District of Istanbul, along with several members of a BCC street evangelism team. While in custody, Byle was made to give a written statement about what he was doing, and then he was released. In February 2010, police told Byle his upcoming application for residency would require further investigation, and less than a month later, on March 9 at 10:30 p.m., two plainclothes police officers arrived unannounced at his door and took him into custody for deportation. Officials in the Pendik District had filed a report of charges into a confidential record system but never through the court system for prosecution.
Byle retained a lawyer, who was able to temporarily block the deportation order until an Ankara court granted a decision in April 2011. It found that because he had never been found guilty of committing any crime, and because he was conducting activities in accordance with the constitution of BCC, which the government approved, the Ministry of the Interior had tried to deport Byle in violation of the law. It ordered the deportation order be cancelled.
Since his first arrest, Byle has been plagued by problems with Turkish authorities, including a five-year court battle for residency that ended, seemingly, in January 2015, when a court ruled that the government had not shown significant evidence that he was “a threat to national security and public morals” or that he had ever even committed a crime.
Upcoming Challenges
Turkeys presidentMorning Star News said that if a court grants a temporary injunction against the deportation order, Byle will be thrown into a legal battle on three fronts, his attorney said. The first battle will be against the deportation. The second battle, over the detention order, has been won for now. The last will be against the reentry ban. If the court refuses to grant the injunction, and if the reentry ban remains, Byle will be forced to leave Turkey, and his wife and five children will eventually be forced to follow.
According to Ulrike Byle, her husband was not mistreated in jail. After guards at the detention center became aware of potential safety issues that Byle might face from suspected Islamic State (IS) members held in the detention center, he was moved to another floor.
Byle has been jailed or detained several other times by Turkish authorities and he dealt with this term of incarceration by preaching to other detainees and finding ways to get donations from others of much needed clothing for those held with him. He also planned to start teaching Turkish and English to other detainees.
The arrest came at an “awkward time for the Turkish government,” said Morning Star News. “Four days before the arrest, the government opened the Diyanet Center of America, a sprawling 15-acre site complete with a 20,236-square-foot mosque, fellowship hall and Turkish bath, all paid for with state money, which touts itself as the biggest Islamic campus “in the Western Hemisphere.”
The ministry leader at ICR said the opening of the center and Byle’s detention indicated religious freedom in Turkey is a “one-way street.” Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, presided over the opening, telling a crowd of Muslims, “We should struggle against hate and prejudice, which are our common enemies, in cooperation with U.S. citizens of different beliefs. Together with the U.S. people, we should demonstrate to whole international community the true face of Islam.”
Maybe the treatment of David Byle has actually revealed “the true face of Islam” to the world.
Photo captions: 1) David Byle doing street evangelism in Turkey. 2) The Byle family after his release (Facebook). 3) Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. 4) Dan Wooding.
Dan WoodingAbout the writer: Dan Wooding, 75, is an award-winning winning author, broadcaster and journalist who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, and is now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for more than 52 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. Dan is the founder of the ASSIST News Service (ANS), and the author of some 45 books. He also has two TV shows – “Windows on the World,” (with Mark Ellis), and “Inside Hollywood with Dan Wooding,” which are both broadcast on the Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network ( -- and a weekly radio program called “Front Page Radio”, which originates from the KWVE Radio Network (, based in Santa Ana, California, and is carried across the United States.
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ISIS is the biggest evangelist in the Middle East

ISIS is the biggest evangelist in the Middle East
Recently, I met with one of the biggest Christian leaders in the Middle East and I asked him about the effect that ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood was having on the Church. 
What he said stunned me. He told me that ISIS is the great evangelist while he is merely the baptizer!
He told me that ISIS is turning an unprecedented number of Muslims to Christ as the average moderate Muslim does not want to be associated with their horrible brutality. 

On July 7-9, in Silver Spring, MD, ICC is hosting a conference where we are gathering those who want to connect with and pray for persecuted Christians, and reach their persecutors with the Gospel. This year's focus is on the disappearing church of the Middle East. We call this conference, "The Bridge."

Who's Coming to the Bridge? 
  • Organizations that serve the persecuted  
  • Politicians that fight on behalf of the persecuted 
  • Churches and missions pastors that want to serve the persecuted and reach their persecutors
  • Laypeople who care about touching, healing, and fighting for the persecuted and praying for the persecutors 
This is not a conference about ICC but a conference about persecution, open to the whole body of Christ.
I want to let you in on my secret agenda with this conference. It has been my hope for many years to use the example and message of the persecuted Church as a tool for revival for the Church in the West. 
With that being said, please spread this email around to friends and fellow church members and promote it through social media. 
Also, please pray that the Lord uses this conference for His purpose and that His Spirit would visit, convict, and break our hearts for what breaks His.
You can find all of the details at Early bird registration, student discounts, and group rates are available. 
Jeff King
President, International Christian Concern (

Lampung Abung in Indonesia

Lampung Abung in Indonesia
The Lampung Abung people are known as mountain dwellers, and have a unique history as headhunters. The majority make their living as rice farmers. After they harvest the rice, the best fields are then used to plant pepper. The other important source of livelihood for the Lampung Abung is fishing. The Lampung Abung live in traditional communities known as tiuh, in which each clan has its own permanent house. Currently, every Lampung Abung is theoretically a Muslim. However, the Lampung Abung also have strong beliefs in spirits. They often call a dukun (shaman/healer/occultist) to heal the sick or cast out demons.
Ministry Obstacles
The island of Sumatra does not provide ready access to Christian workers.
Outreach Ideas
Christians need to find ways to minister to the physical and material needs of the people, and in the process, share what they know about the goodness of Christ.
Pray for the followers of Christ
There are few if any followers of Jesus Christ among the Lampung Abung. Pray the Lord will be calling many of these people to a personal relationship with himself, and will build a holy church among them, zealous to honor him with their lives.
Pray for the entire people group
The main need of the Lampung Abung is improved farm management, especially with the goal of raising more export-quality pepper. Pray for an improving standard of living, with employment opportunities for all who need employment.
Scripture Focus
"Do you not say, 'There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest?' Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest." John 4:35

People Name: Lampung Abung
Country: Indonesia
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 195,000
World Population: 195,000
Language: Lampung Nyo
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: None
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

Alive: In The Steps of the Gunmen

Alive: In the Steps of the Gunmen

In April 2015, 148 lost their lives in a terror attack on Garissa University that targeted Christians. The university's dean walks ICC through the attack.