|Zprávy HCJB 5.3.2007|
|Televizní vysílání do Iránu způsobilo, že v Belgii vznikl křesťanský sbor.|
|Zdroj: OneNewsNow.com. Texaský evangelista Sammy Tippit řekl, že Iránci žijící v jedné evropské zemi se obrátili ke Kristu na základě křesťanského televizního vysílání. Řadu let vysílá Sammy Tippit Ministries sídlící v San Antoniu televizní pořady do Iránu. Nedávno zakladatel tohoto vysílání zjistil, že se někteří z těch, kdo se na základě tohoto televizního svědectví obrátili ke Kristu, přestěhovali do Belgie, kde založili sbor. Tippet řekl, že „z Evropy volali do Texasu s ptali se ‚Můžete nám pomoci? Co máme dělat?‘ Protože tito iránští křesťané mají internetovou stránku v iránském jazyce Farsi, Sammy Tippit požádal tento belgický sbor o pomoc. „Tak jsme zkusili poslat jim materiály a vyslali je do jiných křesťanských iránských sborů, které jsou v Evropě,“ řekl Tippit. Při své nedávné návštěvě pak Tippit viděl zřejmý růst, ale také protivenství, kterým tito věřící musí čelit. “Bůh mezi místní muslimskou komunitou úžasně působí,“ řekl Tippit. „Ale jako ve všem tak novém ani zde zatím nemáme mnoho zralých křesťanů.“|
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| IRANIAN TV BROADCASTS LEAD TO FORMATION OF BELGIAN CHURCH
Texas evangelist Sammy Tippit says Iranians in one European nation are coming to Christ because of Christian television programming. For several years San Antonio-based Sammy Tippit Ministries has broadcast its television show into Iran. Recently the founder learned that some of those who came to Christ after watching the ministry’s TV show moved to Belgium where they formed a church. Tippet said these Iranian Christians “actually called to San Antonio from Europe and said, ‘How can we get help? What do we do?’” Since the ministry has a website that is in the Iranian language of Farsi, Sammy Tippit Ministries responded to the Belgian church group’s call for help. “So we’ve tried to feed them material and introduce them to other Iranian Christian groups that are in Europe,” Tippet said. After a recent visit, Tippet found steady growth but also saw how the believers are facing many challenges. “God is working incredibly among the Muslim community there,” Tippit said. “But everybody’s so new that you just don’t have a lot of mature believers.”
MILITANTS DESTROY TRAINING CENTER, CHURCH IN BENIN
Sources: BosNewsLife, Christian Aid Mission
Islamic militants in Benin destroyed a church established by Christ Power Ministries (CPM) in the latest attack against the indigenous evangelical mission group in the West African nation. On Friday, March 2, Christian Aid Mission, which supports CPM, confirmed the church was destroyed just three days after it was opened. There were no reports of injuries. About four months earlier militants also destroyed a CPM training center where more than 2,000 Christian workers, including 1,500 “disciples” and 650 children’s ministry workers were educated. CPM leader Claude Sossa suggested he had experienced the “devastating effect” of the apparent Islamic infiltration of his country “as 30 percent of Benin’s population is now Muslim” -- at least 10 percent higher than previous estimates. However Sossa, who oversees 130 church congregations, five mission schools and one “School of Discipleship,” reiterated that he wants to continue his work. “We have lost our [training] center after many years of work, but we continue to love those who destroyed it because Jesus died for them and I believe that many of them will come to the Lord,” he said. “The struggle continues.”
* HCJB Global Voice worked with the Council of Protestant and Evangelical Churches of Benin to help put a Christian FM station on the air in Cotonou in 1998. The station broadcasts the gospel in French, English and seven tribal languages. Partner ministry SIM also records programs in eight languages at the studios in Parakou. A nationwide FM network is being planned.
6 DIE IN MENNONITE COLLEGE BASEBALL TEAM BUS ACCIDENT
Sources: Evangelical News, Baptist Press
Six people died and another 29 were injured when charter bus carrying a baseball team from Bluffton University in Ohio crashed early Friday, March 2. The bus carrying the baseball team was attempting to turn when it crossed several lanes of traffic, crashed through a bridge railing and plunged down onto Interstate 75. The bus landed on its side, perpendicular to the highway’s lanes, at about 5:30 a.m. Officials closed I-75 in both directions for about five hours while crews removed the wreckage. The 35 people on board had been traveling nonstop from Ohio to Florida where the team was scheduled to play in a baseball tournament during spring break. Among the dead were the bus driver, his wife and four students. “This is a sad tragedy for the students, families, friends and Bluffton University campus community,” James M. Harder, president of the university, said in a statement posted on the school’s website. “We are asking for prayers of support during this time.” Bluffton is affiliated with the Mennonite Church USA.
2 UZBEK ‘UNREGISTERED’ PASTORS SKIP FIRST COURT HEARING
Source: Compass Direct News
Two pastors in Uzbekistan’s autonomous Karakalpakstan region face imprisonment for missing their first hearing this week. Salavat Serikbayev, 32, and Makset Djabbarbergenov, 26, did not make their court date on Monday, Feb. 26, in the regional capital of Nukus to face charges of leading an unregistered religious meeting. The pastors declined to make public the reason for their absence. Both pastors face imprisonment for the duration of their trial because they failed to attend the first hearing, said Serikbayev, pastor of Bethel Church in the village of Muinak. He and Djabbarbergenov were among 18 pastors detained during a January raid in the village of Kaskol-2 near Nukus. Protestant denominations, along with all other non-Muslim and non-Orthodox religious groups, have been denied registration in Karakalpakstan, essentially outlawing their existence. In 1999 Serikbayev spent four months in jail for his religious activities and said if he were arrested again, it would be especially hard on his wife and five children. Nonetheless, Serikbayev said he’s not worried. “Worrying is when you lose your appetite and can’t sleep,” the pastor said. “I’m just praying and asking God what His will is.”
LUIS PALAU FESTIVAL DRAWS 140,000 TO STADIUM IN FLORIDA
Source: Christian Newswire
One of the largest faith celebrations ever presented in Florida wrapped up the night of Sunday, March 4, following the two-day Tampa Bay Festival with Luis Palau at Raymond James Stadium. Organizers estimated the weekend attendance at 140,000. Evangelist and author Luis Palau joined with more than 550 churches, dozens of local and national business and nearly 10,000 volunteers to bring the event to the Tampa Bay area. In addition to Palau’s preaching, the event featured some of the country’s top Christian singers. “We were blessed by the Tampa Bay region in so many ways.” said Palau. “To look out on that great crowd and see such diversity -- such excitement to hear and share God’s love -- was a tremendous thrill and a tribute to all our Florida friends who worked so hard.” Palau’s next major U.S. festival is set for May 19-20 in Nashville followed by Dallas, Omaha and Atlanta. A major Hispanic festival is also set for mid-March in Monterrey, Mexico.
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