“LIVING AND SHARING THE GOSPEL”
JANUARY 29, 2017
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China: 6 Christian Women Face Charges for Holding Bible Study
Veronica Neffinger | Editor, ChristianHeadlines.com 1/20/17
Six Christian women were arrested by government authorities in China for holding a Bible study.
China Aid reports that the women were taken into custody on Jan. 10 after authorities broke into the church where they were holding a Bible study around 10:30 a.m. The women were charged with holding an illegal religious meeting.
A pastor of the church where the women were meeting told China Aid:
“We rented a room in the county for regular gatherings. The religious affairs bureau posted a notice, accused us of illegally [gathering], and threatened to ban our church. We did not stop the gatherings; on the contrary, we kept on meeting. The officers from the government departments came and took away our doormat, but we managed to get it back. After about 30 or 40 minutes, they simply walked in and began to grab our chairs. The [Christian] brothers tried to stop them, and the officers began to shove us away and beat us up. They took our stuff away in the end.”
Each woman has been sentenced to 10 to 15 days in prison for organizing and participating in unauthorized religious activities.
Persecution of Christians has been increasing in China, and it has now become risky for Christians in most places in the country to meet to worship or hold Bible studies.
God has given us two hands, one to receive with and the other to give with.—Billy Graham
Prayer for the Week
Dear Heavenly Provider, thank you for your promise to provide for my daily needs; convict me when I fail to give as I should; show me the life-changing power of generosity.
from Joseph Tkach, GCI President
On January 19, GCI’s Board approved my appointment of Dr. Greg Williams to the office of Vice President. I felt it important to appoint Greg to this position to coordinate the 2018 move of our Home Office from Glendora, California, to Charlotte, North Carolina. In this new position, Greg will continue as Director of Church Administration and Development (CAD) and will add oversight of media and our educational programs, both throughout the move and once we have relocated. In his expanded responsibilities, Greg will be working closely with me and Mat Morgan on personnel and other issues as we work as a team to tackle the increased work load (due to the move), seeking a smooth transition.
By way of clarification, I note that the Vice President serves at the discretion of the President of the denomination, for the duration of projected assistance, and is not seen as filling a permanent position. In any case of emergency, the Vice President would serve as Interim President, reporting to the Board which would be led by the Vice Chair, who presently is Russell Duke. That said, we do not anticipate any emergencies, and I am in good health, but as a ministry of Jesus Christ we feel it is important to have a secure plan for the unforeseen future, and to best organize leadership for the present ministry. I will continue to give oversight on the move to Charlotte, and will be continuing my church visits, President’s letters, and Speaking of Life programs as we progress through this important move to North Carolina.
Thank you for your prayers for leadership during these eventful times. I appreciate the assistance that Greg has provided already with both GCI-USA (via CAD) and with our international leadership. We look forward to continued growth as we serve our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Our fellowship with Christ must be continually renewed and we must abide in Him by living faith, moment by moment,and not live on old memories and experiences.–A. B. Simpson
†† Pastor’s Corner ††
Pastor David Perry & Jonnie
Yesterday, Jonnie and I had the wonderful privilege of seeing an awesome movie Hidden Figures. I had read a little about it, but wasn’t prepared for it to touch my life the way it did.
I grew up on a farm in east central Illinois. All through my grade school and high school years the only interaction I had with African Americans/Blacks was through Major League baseball: watching the Cubs Ernie Banks, Billy Williams and Fergie Jenkins. I was pretty much oblivious to the awful struggles of our dear brothers and sisters in the south and in other areas of our country. Then I went to college and met some awesome African American students. Still I wasn’t as aware as I should have been of the past and present struggles of our brothers and sisters as I should have been. It was only when I was hired full time as a pastoral assistant, and moved to serve churches in Charleston, S. Car. and Savannah, Ga., that I came to learn and understand more regarding what it was like to be African American / Black in the USA. I began to learn even more as I moved to pastor our church in Indianapolis, especially through the many Black History Month presentations in February. What a blessing it has been and is to have so many awesome and lovely African Americans /Blacks as part of my family.
“The movie HIDDEN FIGURES tells the incredible – untold until now – true story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.” (review from: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/hidden_figures)
“It’s a story of struggle and willpower, but not of individual glory. Set in 1960s Virginia, the film centers on three pioneering African American women whose calculations for NASA were integral to several historic space missions, including John Glenn’s successful orbit of the Earth. These women—Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughan—were superlative mathematicians and engineers despite starting their careers in segregation-era America and facing discrimination at home, at school, and at work.” (www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2017/01/hidden-figures-review)
GO see this important movie – learn about the struggles of African-Americans and the beginning of our space program. ~ Pastor David