Zprávy HCJB 4.4.2007

 Podle průzkumu 75% neobrácených věří v Ježíšovo vzkříšení.
   Nedávný baptisty organizovaný průzkum překvapivě odhalil, že 75% amerických občanů potvrzujících, že nejsou „znovuzrozenými křesťany“ přesto věří, že biblická zpráva o zmrtvýchvstání Ježíše Krista je pravdivá. Méně překvapivé je, že tomu věří téměř 100% těch, kdo se považují za znovuzrozené. „Opravdu nás ale ohromilo, že 75% Američanů nepovažujících se za znovuzrozené přece věří ve zmrtvýchvstání,“ řekl Phillip Connor, manažer badání o misii Severoamerického misijního ústředí (CMR). Údaje byly shromážděny z náhodně vybraného souboru 1204 dospělých osob po celých Spojených Státech. Rozhovory byly prováděny firmou zajišťující průzkumy - Zogby International - na objednávku CMR. „Také je překvapivé, že 59% respondentů málokdy navštěvujících kostel a 39% těch, kdo tam nechodí vůbec, přesto věří ve skutečné vzkříšení Krista,“ řekl Connor. Zdroj: Baptist Press
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Source: Baptist Press
A recent Baptist survey surprisingly revealed that 75 percent of U.S. residents who say they are not “born-again Christians” still believe the biblical account that Jesus physically rose from the dead. A less surprising result of the study is that nearly 100 percent of those identifying themselves as born-again Christians believe in Jesus’ resurrection. “It really stunned us to learn that 75 percent of those Americans claiming not to be born again still believe in the resurrection,” said Phillip Connor, research missiology manager for the North American Mission Board’s Center for Missional Research (CMR). The data was collected from a random sample of 1,204 adults across the U.S. The interviews were conducted by the polling firm of Zogby International on behalf of the CMR. “It also surprised us that 59 percent of those who rarely darken the church doors, and 39 percent of those who never attend church, still believe in the literal resurrection of Christ,” he said.


Source: Assist News Service
Three women accused of being prostitutes who were snatched from their home and imprisoned inside an Islamic fundamentalist school in Islamabad, Pakistan, were released after being forced to “confess” their sins. The U.K.-based newspaper, The Guardian, reported that one of the three women, Shamim, who was also said to run a brothel, said at a press conference, “I apologize for my past acts and promise that in future I will live like a pious person.” After Shamim was released, she said she had only given the statement under duress. “I could only escape after telling reporters what they wanted me to say. Otherwise there seemed to be no power in the world, including President [Pervez] Musharraf, who could free us,” she said. Police appeared helpless to save Shamim, her daughter, daughter-in-law and 6-month-old granddaughter after they were snatched from their home and imprisoned inside Jamia Hafsa under guard by thousands of burka-clad women clutching bamboo staves. Critics claim the Muslim’s “anti-vice campaign” highlighted how little control Musharraf had over radical Islamic seminaries. “The ill wind of religious extremism, confined no longer to some forgotten nook, is threatening to rend the very fabric of society as we know it,” reported the Pakistan English daily newspaper, Dawn.


Source: Episcopal News Service
Bishop Leo Frade of the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida pledged on Saturday, March 31, to help resettle the 101 Haitian migrants who survived a three-week ordeal at sea to reach the shores of southern Florida last week. Jumping from a severely overloaded, dilapidated boat into the sea, many of the Haitians, including a 10-year-old and several teenagers, were exhausted and sick. One man died in the attempt. Eleven found to be critically dehydrated were treated in a local hospital. All were taken into custody by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Miami and are expected to be deported. “They were escaping misery and chaos in search of freedom and security,” said Frade. “They were in search of a home where they could live with human beings, work to provide for their families and assist those relatives that they left behind in Haiti.” Last year 769 Haitians were stopped by the U.S. Coast Guard after trying to enter the country from the waters of Florida, South Carolina and the Caribbean, reported the Associated Press. Haitian citizens caught in such patrols are generally deported.

* Staff members from the HCJB Global Technology Center in Elkhart, Ind., are working with OMS International to establish a satellite radio network based at 4VEH outside the city of Cap-Haitien that will deliver programs to FM stations nationwide. Downlinks have been installed in Tortue Island, Pignon and Beaumont, and at least two more are planned. HCJB Global Voice also helped partner World Gospel Mission with a small station in Port-au-Prince.


Source: Voice of the Martyrs
Despite opposition from Christian groups, the British House of Commons passed the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation Regulations) 2007 on Monday, March 19, without debate in the House. Two days later it was passed by the House of Lords after two-and-a-half hours’ debate. Only three of the 26 unelected bishops in the House voted on the bill. The law forbids any discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. While exceptions are made for churches and other faith-based organizations, they do not apply to churches or other religious organizations under contract with the government to provide services such as adoption and private education. Catholic adoption agencies are prepared to close rather than place children with homosexual couples, said Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor who has openly criticized Prime Minister Tony Blair and his government for the tactics used in passing the law. Blair has been firm in rejecting any religious exemptions to gay adoptions and has given church-run agencies 20 months to change their policies.


Sources: HCJB Global, The Gwinnett Daily Post
A former HCJB Global missionary, Sandy Schroeder, died Monday, April 2, at Gwinnett Medical Center in Atlanta as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident in nearby Lawrenceville, Ga., a day earlier. She was 51.

Schroeder was born Jan. 8, 1956, in Elkhart County, Ind., the daughter of Richard and Charlotte Jean Hostetler Schaffer. She was a homemaker and attended Lilburn Alliance Church in Lilburn, Ga.

Schroeder and her husband, Dan, had served at Radio Station HCJB in Quito, Ecuador, from 1993 to 1995. They also served at the HCJB Global Technology Center in Elkhart, Ind.

In addition to her husband of 31 years, she is survived by three grown children, Ben, Leah and Christy, and six adopted children, Laura, Peter, Eli, Emma, Sam and Katy.

Her brother, Jim Schaffer, said, “God had given Dan and Sandy an incredible gift of being able to raise these children [some with special needs] along with supplying Dan with a career that has been able to support the entire family.”

Schroeder was a passenger in the vehicle driven by her sister, Judy Renshaw, 59, a former teacher at Alliance Academy International in Quito. Renshaw of Snellville, Ga., suffered bruises in the accident.

Also in the vehicle were two of Schroeder’s daughters, but they didn’t suffer any serious injuries. Police said Renshaw ran off the road to avoid hitting another car, lost control and collided with an oncoming vehicle. Neither driver required emergency medical attention.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at Lilburn Alliance Church with Rev. Fred Hartley III and Rev. Bruce Bliss officiating. Visitation will immediately follow the service

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