Posts tagged ‘Mission Network News’

July 6th, 2011

Update: Conflicting Reports over Iranian Pastor’s Apostasy Case

There are conflicting reports over Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani’s apostasy case, Mission Network News reports. The AFP reported over the weekend Pastor Youcef was no longer on death row. Now it seems like he is still facing the death penalty but his case has been returned to the lower court where he would be given an opportunity to recant his conversion. Todd Nettleton of the Voice of the Martyrs told Mission Network News, “The reports over the last 24 hours are that, in fact, the Supreme Court did not uphold the death penalty. They sent the case back to the local court in his area where he would have the opportunity to recant, and if he did that, then the death sentence would go away.”

Please continue to pray for Pastor Youcef, his family and friends, Iranian Christians, his persecutors and all those who have heard or would hear about his case. A word of encouragement for Pastor Youcef and all Christians who face death for simply believing in Jesus Christ. He said in Matthew 10:28:

And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. (ESV)

May God give strength to Pastor Youcef to withstand this pressure and the coming ultimatum. May he know he is His no matter his earthly fate in the hands of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

August 4th, 2010

Fast during Ramadhan and a Christian

Every Muslim must fast from dawn to dusk during the entire month of Ramadhan (Ramadan), the ninth month of the Hijr calendar (Islamic calendar, lunar), for 29 or 30 days because Allah commands it. This command was given because Allah said the Qur’an was revealed during this month and other prophets before Prophet Muhammad observed it. The sick, travelers and menstruating or expectant women are exempt but they are required to make up for the days missed. Children before the onset of puberty are also exempt.

What should Christians do during Ramadhan? We should pray for Muslims in our neighborhood, city, and country and around the world. We should also make an effort to meet those in our community.

Here is one way to prepare for this task. It is not too late to join your fellow Christians who pray for Muslim around the world during the month of Ramadhan. There is a booklet that has been in use for 19 years. 30 Days of Prayer for Muslim World gives overviews of Muslim populations in various countries, profiles of some unreached people groups and also contains testimonies of Christians of Muslim background. You can get copies for yourself or your church from Mission Network News here or World Christian here. These booklets are very helpful. May God use you mightily as you strive to live the Great Commission!

This year, Ramadhan is projected to start on Wednesday, August 11—at the sighting of the new crescent at dusk with fast beginning at dawn on the 12th—and the last day might be on Thursday, September 9.

I will be writing articles throughout the month, mostly utilizing the Qur’an and the Hadith, to show the CRACKS in the fast. Did God sanction it? Was he an all-knowing God? Stay tuned. May the Lord use you to open the eyes of your Muslim neighbor to the Truth!