Here’s the recent update from Maggie in South Africa. [Maggie is an important part of the pastoral team of Golden Valley Church, and is currently serving God with IRIS Ministries].
So I’ve been back in SA just over three months since my visit home. It took a couple of days to settle back in as I was a little disorientated but I soon found my rhythm again. So I probably saw the majority of those who are going to read this when I was in […]
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American Pastor Andrew Brunson has languished in prison in Turkey since October 2016, falsely charged with “membership in an armed terrorist organization” despite the Turkish authorities having no evidence against him. Pastor Andrew is a U.S. citizen from North Carolina who (with his family) has lived peacefully in Turkey since 1993.
The White House petition for Andrew has collected 19,005 signatures. We need to reach 100,000 signatures by March 8 on the White House petition concerning Andrew, or the petition will be disabled and archived.
The American Center for Law and Justice, Samaritans Purse, Pastor Saeed Abadini and many other organizations are backing this cause. In addition, Jay Sekulow of The American Center for Law and Justice is arguing for Andrew’s release before the UN today.
Click on the link for information about how to sign the petition and help this man who has spent 23 years in Turkey and never once had any trouble with the law.
PLEASE HELP ANDREW TODAY – ONE MINUTE OF YOUR TIME COULD CHANGE A MAN’S LIFE FOREVER
Next week we have David Silver from “Out of Zion Ministries” in Golden Valley Church, on Tuesday 14th February.
David has been a regular visiting speaker in Gloucester for a number of years, and we are pleased to host him here on this occasion.
He will be speaking on World Events in the Light of Bible Prophecy. The meeting commences at 7:30pm.
Rutie Ballestas from “Fruto del Espiritu” shared a presentation in GVC of her work in Columbia, helping farmers to grow and market unique, exotic fruits in place of their previous cocaine crops.
The Colombian Government and Guerillas recently came to an agreement for peace, and have carried out a joint mine-clearing operation. Agrarian reform and land restitution is underway. New crops are being encouraged.
The resulting juices are exported to the UK, where they are being used in the recreation industry.
More details are on their website: fruto.co.uk
Please guys, pray for Israel and for Benjamin Netanyahu! There’s something very urgent in the Spirit right now. If the church is going to partner with God in HIS purposes, then she MUST stand guard over the nation He has chosen and loved.
Netanyahu’s speech to US Congress yesterday was strategic and historic. Right now the nations are being given choices to make with regard to God’s people Israel which will affect both their long-term and short-term future. Prayer right now is essential.
“On your walls, Jerusalem, I have placed sentries; They must never be silent day or night. They must remind the LORD of his promises And never let him forget them.They must give him no rest until he restores Jerusalem And makes it a city the whole world praises”. Isaiah 62:6,7 GNB
It is 100 days from the 70th anniversary of the ending of the holocaust in the liberation of Auschwitz (27th January 2015) until the General Election in Britain on 7th May 2015. We believe this hundred days is vital for prayer, as the choice made by the British people this time round will significantly shape the nation’s destiny.
7/8th May also represents the 70th anniversary of V.E. Day – the triumph of the Allied forces and the end of the second world war in Europe.
Biblically 70 is a significant number, and stands for the completion or fulness of a period of time. I believe that this 100 days is essential for prayer and intercession for this nation. During the seventy year period since the liberation of Auschwitz there has generally been a sympathetic understanding of the horrors suffered by the Jewish people, which has spurred on the the foundation of the State of Israel and retained a basic acknowledgement of Israel’s right to exist peacefully within its borders.
Towards the end of that 70 year period, public opinion in many parts of the world has seen a slide into a more anti-Israel stance, and waves of antisemitism have hit the news headlines. There are some voices in Europe that would have us move the horrors of Nazism towards the Jews into the past, but without a constant awareness of history we are destined to repeat history’s mistakes. The famous quote of the poet and philosopher, George Santayana, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” remains an ever-present and sobering truth. We are coming out of a ’70’, where the significance of the treatment of the Jewish people has shaped history. What will the next 70 years produce? We are about to come to the close of a ’70’, where this nation has lived in the fruit of victory in WW2. What will be the fruit of the next 70 years?
The question before our nation as we move towards the next election of a Government is, “What stance will that Government take towards Israel and its people?”. God’s Covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, remains true; those who bless Israel will be blessed. This question may not form the significant percentages in the opinion polls on what are the key issues for Government, but it forms the top of the list for God’s opinion poll.
We believe that we have this hundred day season to pray and seek God for this nation’s future. That future is unbreakably tied to the next Government’s position towards Israel and whether it stands to bless or curse the Jewish people. Church, let’s pray for our Government to be.
This Sunday is “International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.” Golden Valley Church will be participating with a special service focusing on the nations where Christianity is being attacked and threatened.
In the past three years there has been a significant increase in the level of persecution directed at house churches in Iran, though there is an enormous spiritual hunger growing at the grass roots of the nation.
In northern Nigeria churches are being attacked, burned and bombed, and pastors and family members beaten and murdered. They ask for our support in prayer.
We are also grateful for Prince Charles’ recent speech on the persecution of Christians following Aid to the Church in Need’s, ‘Religious Freedom Report 2014’, (see below for link). In it he emphasises tolerance, respect, and humility. We plan to show this short video in our service.
The Bible is clear, “Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them. Remember those who are suffering, as though you were suffering as they are.” (Heb. 3:13 GNB)