|Zprávy HCJB 25.2.2008|
|Mercy Ships odpovídá na volání liberijské prezidentky o pomoc|
| Již po čtvrté se flotila Mercy Ships vrátila do západoafrického přístavu Monrovia v Libérii, aby poskytovala naději a uzdravovala zástupy lidí žijících v jednom z nejubožejších koutů světa. Liberijská prezidentka Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, která osobně požádala o návrat nemocniční lodi řekla, že v době, kdy Libérie přebudovává systém zdravotní péče zničený dvacetiletou občanskou válkou, „loď Africa Mercy poskytuje nepostradatelnou péči nemocným.“ The Africa Mercy zajistí během svého 10měsíčního pobytu v Libérii asi 7000 lékařských zákroků a změní tak životy mnoha mužů, žen i dětí, kteří by jinak na nedostatek lékařské péče doplatili i smrtí. Don Stephens z Mercy Ships řekl na adresu podporovatelů tohoto projektu: „Díky vašemu slitování, modlitbám a darům může posádka Africa Mercy poskytovat nutnou lékařskou pomoc zdarma. Také školíme a cvičíme liberijské lékaře i badatele a rovněž pomáháme při stavbě a rekonstrukci nemocničních zařízení, čímž přispíváme tak k celkové obnově. Děkujeme vám, podporovatelé Mercy Ships!“ Zdroj: Evangelical News, Assist News Service
*HCJB Global Voice spolupracuje s ELWA – misií založenou SIM v Monrovii v Libérii v roce 1954 za účelem rozhlasového šíření evangelia na území Libérie a vůbec západní Afriky. Vysílač byl dvakrát zničen občanskou válkou – poprvé v roce 1990, pak v roce 1996. ELWA začala opět vysílat v roce 1997 malým FM vysílačem za podpory HCJB World Radio. V roce 2000 přišel od HCJB krátkovlnný vysílač o malém výkonu, takže vysílání je opět slyšitelné v celé oblasti. ELWA vysílá v 10 jazycích a plánuje další rozšíření tak, jak budou prostředky.
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| MERCY SHIPS ANSWERS LIBERIAN PRESIDENT’S CALL FOR AID
Source: Evangelical News, Assist News Service
For the fourth time, Mercy Ships has returned to the West African port of Monrovia, Liberia, supplying hope and healing to thousands of people who live in one of the poorest regions on earth. Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who personally requested the return of the hospital ship, said that as Liberia rebuilds a health care system ravaged by 20 years of civil war, “the Africa Mercy offers an indispensable bridge by responding to individual medical crises.” The Africa Mercy is projected to provide 7,000 procedures during her 10-month stay in Liberia, transforming the lives of men, women, and children who are suffering and even dying for lack of sufficient medical help. Mercy Ships’ Don Stephens said, “Thanks to your compassion, prayers, and generosity, Africa Mercy’s crew will provide those desperately needed medical services free of charge. We will also train and mentor Liberian clinicians and scientists as well as support construction and renovation of health facilities to provide ongoing healing. Thank you, Mercy Ships supporters!”
* HCJB Global Voice works in partnership with ELWA, a ministry founded by SIM in Monrovia in 1954, to air the gospel across the country and West Africa. The radio station was destroyed twice by civil war, first in 1990 and again in 1996. ELWA most recently went back on the air in 1997 with a small FM transmitter. Then in 2000 HCJB Global Voice provided a low-power shortwave transmitter, again enabling the station to cover the entire region. ELWA broadcasts the gospel in 10 languages and plans to add more as resources become available.
2 MUSLIM CONVERTS TO CHRISTIANITY BEATEN IN ETHIOPIA
Source: Voice of the Martyrs
On Sunday, Feb. 10, Jemmal Abdo, 30, and his wife, both Muslim converts to Christianity, were beaten and chased out from a mosque where they both worked in the capital city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Two months ago, Jemmal and his wife both came to faith in Christ. Soon after their conversion, one of Jemmal’s friends saw him talking with Christians and told the imam of the mosque. On the day of the attack, Jemmal and his wife were interrogated in the mosque during a meeting called by Muslim leaders in an attempt to persuade the couple to recant their faith. The couple refused to do so, even after the leaders offered them higher positions and salaries if they denied Christ. The couple was then beaten and dragged out of the mosque. Jemmal and his wife were able to flee to a new location for safety.
* Staff members at HCJB Global-Australia’s studios record Oromo language programs that air to 28 million speakers in Ethiopia and Kenya via FEBA Radio’s shortwave facilities.
PARENTS CLAIM CHINESE POLICE KILLED GERMAN STUDENT IN BEIJING
A German student studying at Beijing University may have been killed by Chinese secret police because of his contacts with an underground church, according to the conservative German newspaper, Welt am Sonntag (World on Sunday) in an article published Monday, Feb. 18. Twenty-four-year-old student Bernhard Wilden from the German city of Cologne died Dec. 23, 2006, under suspicious circumstances. His parents, Regina and Gerhard Wilden, doubt that he committed suicide as suggested by Chinese police investigators. Officials said at the time that Bernhard, who studied Sinology (Chinese studies) died because he jumped from a fire staircase of a high building in Haidian, Beijing’s main student district. However, his parents told the newspaper that two days before his alleged suicide he called them, saying he felt “threatened” and that he wanted to return home. The next day, Bernhard allegedly also wrote them an e-mail, saying he had been “closely monitored by Chinese secret police.” His parents described their son as someone for whom “suicide was unthinkable because of his faith” in Christ. They said he was apparently killed because of his close ties with an underground Chinese house church that was not recognized by authorities.
UNION UNIVERSITY CELEBRATES REOPENING AFTER TORNADO
Sources: Baptist Press, Evangelical News
A standing-room-only crowd of 1,500 people gathered in Union University’s G.M. Savage Memorial Chapel on Tuesday, Feb. 19, to reunite for the first time since a tornado battered the campus two weeks earlier. “Out of the rubble across this campus,” Union President David Dockery said, “I am praying that we will see renewal in the lives of dozens, and hundreds, of students, staff, faculty, administrators and trustees.” The service, held on the eve of Union’s return to classes on Thursday, Feb. 20, featured singing, Scripture reading, prayer and a devotional message from Dockery. Union students were returning to campus after a two-week break from class during which university personnel worked to make the campus operational again. “The Miller Tower clock that has not moved for 336 hours will move again as we start afresh,” Dockery told the crowd. “We start afresh because of God’s grace, His providence and the hard work and determination of His people.” The tornado caused about $40 million in damage to the campus.
POLICE DETAIN, DRAG, ASSAULT CHRISTIAN LEADER IN INDIA
Source: Assist News Service
Police in the Baliguda area of India detained Rev. Asit Kumar Mohanty, state coordinator of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), on Wednesday, Feb. 20, on charges of interfering in the judicial process. GCIC National President Sajan George said that he was told by Mohanty that the police dragged him more than 500 yards and also tried to assault him. George said Mohanty was harassed because he was following up on cases of continued oppression and forced conversion of Dalit Christians at gunpoint by Vishwa Hindu Parishad (World Hindu Council or VHP) and other radical groups. Mohanty was released three hours later. “Some lawyers, seemingly belonging to Hindutva groups, had lodged a complaint against Mohanty,” George said in media reports. “Language is the most powerful instruments of communication. We can communicate messages of love, peace and joy powerfully through language. Unfortunately, even negative messages of hatred, communal suspicions and war are also passed on through Language.” He concluded that the “voice of the oppressed Christian is often muzzled and snuffed out by the fundamentalist’s language of false propaganda and hate.”
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