|Zprávy HCJB 19.4.2007|
|Virginský polytechnický institut zahrnut modlitbami z celého světa.|
| Zatímco média zuřivě komentují nejkrvavější střelbu v americké škole všech dob na Virginia Tech University v Blacksburgu, křesťané s celého světa zahrnují toto učiliště modlitbami.
Na synodním shromáždění v campusu v úterý 17. dubna řekl prezident George W. Bush: „Po celém Blacksburgu a ve městech celé Ameriky se otevřely domy služby Bohu a nesou vás na svých modlitbách. Lidé, kteří se s vámi nikdy nesetkali se za vás modlí; modlí se za vaše přátele kteří padli nebo jsou zraněni. V těchto modlitbách je síla, pravá síla.“
Bush mluvil na Římanům 12.21 „V těchto časech můžeme najít klid v milosti a ve vedení od našeho Boha. Písmo nám říká ‘Nedej se přemoci zlému, ale přemáhej v dobrém zlé.‘“
Rodiny postižených ve Virgina Tech také vyslechly guvernéra Tima Kainea, prezidenta Virginia Tech Charlese Stegera, promluvili představitelé muslimských, židovských a křesťanských komunit v kampusu. Tisíce přítomných na stadiónu recitovaly modlitbu Páně a uzavřely dojemným skandováním „Hokies, do toho.“
Podle Tonyho Arnolda z Campus Crusade for Christ, která má mezi studenty Virginia Tech asi 500 aktivních členů, smrt zasáhla tří z nich. „Tito tři naši známí byli zapojeni buď přímo v CCC nebo v sesterské organizaci Valor. O čtvrté studentce, která zatím oficiálně není zahrnuta mezi oběti, zatím nikdo nic neví a tak myslíme, že i ona musí mezi obětmi být.“ Obětmi z řad této misie jsou Matt La Porte, Jerrett Lane a Mary Read, kteří se zavázali být příští rok CCC vedoucími studentů.
Specialisté Southern Baptist pro pomoc při katastrofách jsou na místě spolu s poradci z Týmu rychlého nasazení Evangelijního sdružení Billyho Grahama. Terry Raines, koordinátor Baptistického všeobecného sdružení při Virginském misijním výboru dělá všechno pro zahájení upokojující kampaně po ukončení semestru.
„Za dva nebo za tři týdny se studenti začnou rozjíždět domů,“ řekl Raines. „Jeden od druhého se vzdálí, přeruší kontakt s těmi, kdo krizi prožili a také budou pryč od pomoci, která byla v kampusu pro ně vytvořena.“ S přihlédnutím k dlouhodobé potřebě pomoci studentům misijní výbor povolává dva své krizové kaplany, aby takové možnosti pro studenty, jejich rodiče a jejich domovské sbory vytvořili Zdroj: Baptist Press, Mission Network News, Religion Today
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| VIRGINIA TECH CAMPUS BLANKETED IN WORLDWIDE PRAYER
Sources: Baptist Press, Mission Network News, Religion Today
As the media frenzy following the most violent school shooting in U.S. history continues to blanket the campus of Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Va., Christians from around the world are covering the campus in prayer.
In a convocation service on campus Tuesday, April 17, President George W. Bush said, “Across the town of Blacksburg and in towns all across America, houses of worship from every faith have opened their doors and have lifted you up in prayer. People who have never met you are praying for you; they’re praying for your friends who have fallen and who are injured. There’s a power in these prayers, real power.”
Bush went on to quote Romans 12:21, explaining, “In times like this, we can find comfort in the grace and guidance of a loving God. As the Scriptures tell us, ‘Don’t be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.’”
The Virginia Tech family also heard from Gov. Tim Kaine, Virginia Tech President Charles Steger and representatives from the Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish and Christian communities on campus. The thousands in attendance at the coliseum and in overflow seating at the football stadium recited the Lord’s Prayer and closed with emotional chants of the school cheer, “Let’s go Hokies.”
Campus Crusade for Christ (CCC), which has about 500 active students involved at Virginia Tech, is reporting the deaths of three of its members, said CCC’s Tony Arnold. “Three that we know were involved with either CCC or with one of our sister affiliate ministries called Valor. There’s also another student who is not officially listed yet, but since no one has been able to reach her, we believe she must be among the casualties.” The ministry’s victims include Matt La Porte, Jerrett Lane and Mary Read who had signed up to be a student CCC leader next year.
Southern Baptist disaster relief specialists are onsite along with counselors from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s Rapid Response Team. Terry Raines, disaster relief coordinator for the Baptist General Association of Virginia mission board, is also making efforts to begin healing efforts after the school year ends.
“In two to three weeks the students are going to disperse to go home,” Raines said. “They’re going to be away from one another who have shared this experience and they will be away from the crisis care support network that’s in place there on campus for them.” With students’ long-term needs as the focus, the mission board activated two of its crisis care chaplains to develop resources that will be given to students, their parents and their home churches.
3 CHRISTIANS MURDERED IN TURKISH BIBLE PUBLISHING HOUSE
Sources: Voice of the Martyrs, Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Compass Direct News
At approximately 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, three Christian men were found murdered in a Bible publishing house called Zirve in Malatya, Turkey. Five young Muslim Turks, all 19 to 20 years of age and claiming to be motivated by both “nationalist and religious feelings,” admitted to entering the publishing house and slitting the throats of the three Christians who were found with their hands and feet bound and marred with multiple stab wounds.
Two of the victims, Necati Aydin, 36, and Ugur Yuksel, 32, were Turkish converts from Islam. The third man, Tilmann Geske, 46, was a German citizen. The deceased were all members of the Malatya Kurtulus Church. The assailants were captured, and one remains in critical condition after jumping from the office’s third-floor window in an effort to escape police. Turkish government leaders were quick to denounce the murders and promised a full investigation.
Pastor Ihsan Ozbek, chairman of the Alliance of Protestant Churches in Turkey, led a press conference broadcast live from Malatya, boldly accusing the nationalists. “Yesterday Turkey was buried in the darkness of the Middle Ages,” Ozbek declared, comparing the nation’s ongoing conspiracy theories and missionary phobias to the witch-hunts of the Middle Ages. “We know this will not be the last [martyr]. But with all our hearts we wish it would be the last.”
Aydin is survived by his wife, Semse, and a son and daughter, both preschool age. Geske’s wife, Susanne, has two sons and a daughter, ages 8 to 13 years. Yuksel was engaged to be married within a few months.
61+ CHINESE BABIES KILLED IN MASSIVE FORCED ABORTION CAMPAIGN
Sources: China Aid Association, Christian Newswire The China Aid Association has learned that a massive forced abortion campaign is taking place in China’s Guangxi and Shandong provinces. More than 41 women who were pregnant with second children were forcibly injected with drugs to induce abortions on Tuesday, April 17, and another 20 were injected the following day, killing more than 61 unborn babies. One Christian woman, Linrong Wei, who was seven months’ pregnant, was dragged into the hospital from her home by 10 officials from the Population and Family Planning Commission in Baise City, Guangxi. At about 6 a.m. the following day she gave birth to a stillborn boy because of the injection. Wei reports receiving three injections, one to induce the birth and two others to kill the baby in her womb. Wei’s husband, Yage “James” Liang, formerly pastored a church affiliated with the state-sanctioned Three-Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM) before becoming a house church pastor a year ago. In Shandong province other pregnant women who already have a child are facing increasing pressure from the local family planning office to have abortions.
BIBLE BECOMES ACCESSIBLE TO MOBILE PHONE USERS WORLDWIDE
Source: Evangelical News
In March the American Bible Society (ABS) became the world’s first Bible society to launch an international direct-to-consumer mobile Internet site for delivering the Bible to mobile phone subscribers. ChristianMobile, creators of VirtualBible, the first-ever Bible delivered to a mobile phone by way of a premium SMS-text message, facilitated the implementation of ABS’s direct-to-consumer mobile Internet site (http://absbibles.com). The service enables mobile phone users in more than 130 countries to purchase and download the Bible on their mobile phones by simply logging onto the site with a mobile phone. “Through this creative technology, people can read the Bible’s messages of inspiration, strength, courage and hope on their cell phones wherever they are, whenever they wish,” said John Cruz, ABS’s vice president for Bibles.com.
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