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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.
Golden Valley Church missionary, Jean, has spent time teaching in the Berean Theological College in Siliguri, India. The College was begun through our late friend, Pastor Richard Maybery, of Father’s House Christian Fellowship, Cape Town, South Africa.
Jean spent four days teaching on the Holy Spirit, and together with many of the students, experiencing His fresh Presence, as He baptised, filled, and blessed them. Many spoke in tongues for the first time.
They were then involved in mission outreach by the churches together into their community over the weekend. The college is led by Rinki Gurung.
Here, as I sit in my Indian home in the village in the Jalpaiguri jungle area, surrounded by the tea gardens which are nestled in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains, I feel that I have entered into the joy of God’s promise as an open Heaven is over this place, saturated by the prayer of the saints who live here. They are first generation believers. Early in the morning I am woken by the cockerel crow, then children singing worship and pray heartily to the Lord before they begin their daily chores and study before school.
People struggle to have enough to eat and live. Living conditions are basic and work is very hard. Many people have body pain, especially in their weight bearing bones because they carry such heavy weights and nutrition Is scarce and insufficient. Villages I’ve visited for ministry trips are largely made up of straw houses. Not many people can afford bricks and corrugated roofs. Churches are decorated with delicately cut out paper streamers and flags and the worship is led mainly by drums, but I have seen a few guitars and one keyboard.
God’s work here is huge and people are added daily. We have just held the first conference in the new building. About 400 people attended and everyone was fed for two or three days. 200 people slept here on mattresses with blankets hired and provided. Many were under plastic roofs with straw floors. The glory of God filled the temple and people were touched mightily by God’s powerful presence. There was lots of dancing, singing and laughter as the Indian people love to celebrate. It was almost like the X-factor as various young people came forward to perform. Young pastors encouraged and inspired the people to receive more of God as the Holy Spirit moved amongst us. Powerful preaching brought down the manifest presence of God and there were signs and wonders abounding.
From JP November 2014