Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Do Good for Fellow Christians in Eastern Ukraine and Their Outreach Efforts in the Midst of War -- a Personal Prayer Item from a Missionary to Ukraine


This Is What A Pastor From Donetsk Told Me Today

(click on the headline above this for the full article.  Intro. is below). 

08/20/2014
Posted by Caleb Suko, missionary to Ukraine

Today I sat down with a pastor friend (name withheld for safety reasons) from Donetsk. He and his family fled the city over a month ago with hopes that they would soon be able to return. However, the situation has only deteriorated in the past few weeks and along with it their hope for a return to normal life in their home city.


Workers remove a body from a home that was shelled                                                                             just outside of Donetsk (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)



Please pray for Eastern Ukraine and if you’d like to help believers like Caleb's pastor friend and his church please go here.
To give by check, simply mail your check to us at:
ABWE

PO Box 8585
Harrisburg, PA 17105. 
Please make your check out to ABWE Foundation and include Ukraine Crisis Fund (0717401) in the memo line.


Ukraine Crisis Fund (click on hyperlink to give online)
Projected Start Date: August, 2014
Project Coordinator: John and Jacky Taylor
Country: Ukraine

Last updated 8/1/14

As fighting between the Ukrainian Army and Russian separatists continues to intensify, nearly 230,000 have become refugees in their own country and more than 1,000 people have lost their lives.

But those numbers tell only part of the story.

God is at work in Ukraine. As ABWE missionaries and national partners continue to minister to scared and desperate people, they are witnessing the power of the gospel change lives in the middle of turmoil. Dozens of Ukrainian soldiers have accepted our New Testaments and Christian literature. Several Ukrainian church plants have banded together to build relationships and provide food, clothing, shelter and Bibles to the displaced families pouring into their neighborhoods. Our teams are discovering that God is opening hearts that were once closed to the gospel.

You can help. As the chaos in eastern Ukraine increases, so does the need to share the gospel and demonstrate compassion to those in need. With your help, our teams will be able to:

· Help local church plants provide food, clothing and hygienic supplies for displaced families

· Hold worship and outreach events for Ukrainian soldiers

· Provide New Testaments and Christian literature to refugees and soldiers

Your support will help share the hope, peace and love of Jesus Christ with Ukrainians during these challenging times. Will you help?

For more information about this project please contact John and Jacky Taylor:
jtaylor@abwe.cc

Friday, August 8, 2014

It is Time for Conservative Christians to Put Down Mean-Girl Barbie and Start Idolizing True Heroes Like Dr. Kent Brantly and Missionary Nancy Writebol


Update (to God be the glory indeed): 

By Josh Levs and Jacque Wilson, CNN
updated 1:48 PM EDT, Thu August 21, 2014

Dr. Brantly's Statement: 




As for nurse Nancy Writebol, CNN reports: "Nancy is free of the virus, but the lingering effects of the battle have left her in a significantly weakened condition," her husband, David Writebol, said in a statement. "Thus, we decided it would be best to leave the hospital privately to be able to give her the rest and recuperation she needs at this time."

But Brantly passed along gratitude from the woman with whom he has shared a harrowing journey.

As she walked out of her isolation room Tuesday, Brantly recalls Writebol saying, "To God be the glory."



Samaritan's Purse's coverage of this answer to prayer

Ann Coulter's unrepentant post attacking Christian leaders who publicly rebuked her

LET HE WHO IS WITHOUT EBOLA CAST THE FIRST STONE ...August 13, 2014


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Years ago, I tired of Ann Coulter. Yes, she was fighting with all of the right people but her chosen weapons were cruel and counter-productive. Does one really think that a "culture war" can be won by calling those on the other side of the aisle every conceivable insult that you can muster with a gorgeous smile?

Ann Coulter was and is a bully. That is why I was only partially surprised by her latest insults directed at a missionary and a doctor who hazarded their own lives to treat people infected with the Ebola virus in the name of Christ. Thankfully, I think this is a wake-up call to all Christians who have been playing (cultural) house with Mean-Girl Barbie versus the personalities on the Left and enjoying every bit of her clever yet mean-spirited attacks.

For those catching up on this, here is what Ann Coulter said: 



Samaritan's Purse photo



Whatever good Dr. Kent Brantly did in Liberia has now been overwhelmed by the more than $2 million already paid by the Christian charities Samaritan's Purse and SIM USA just to fly him and his nurse home in separate Gulfstream jets, specially equipped with medical tents, and to care for them at one of America's premier hospitals. (This trip may be the first real-world demonstration of the economics of Obamacare.)

There's little danger of an Ebola plague breaking loose from the treatment of these two Americans at the Emory University Hospital. But why do we have to deal with this at all?


Why did Dr. Brantly have to go to Africa? The very first "risk factor" listed by the Mayo Clinic for Ebola -- an incurable disease with a 90 percent fatality rate -- is: "Travel to Africa."

Later she added:

Right there in Texas, near where Dr. Brantly left his wife and children to fly to Liberia and get Ebola, is one of the poorest counties in the nation, Zavala County -- where he wouldn't have risked making his wife a widow and his children fatherless.


But serving the needy in some deadbeat town in Texas wouldn't have been "heroic." We wouldn't hear all the superlatives about Dr. Brantly's "unusual drive to help the less fortunate" or his membership in the "Gold Humanism Honor Society." Leaving his family behind in Texas to help the poor 6,000 miles away -- that's the ticket.


Today's Christians are aces at sacrifice, amazing at serving others, but strangely timid for people who have been given eternal life. They need to buck up, serve their own country, and remind themselves every day of Christ's words: "If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you."


There may be no reason for panic about the Ebola doctor, but there is reason for annoyance at Christian narcissism.


Oh and did I mention the title of her piece? Check this out and tell me if it makes you ask God to keep your emotions in check:




So, were Dr. Brantly and Mrs. Writebol narcissistic idiots?

Check out what Dr. Brantly has written in response to contracting Ebola while serving in Africa: 

One thing I have learned is that following God often leads us to unexpected places. When Ebola spread into Liberia, my usual hospital work turned more and more toward treating the increasing number of Ebola patients. I held the hands of countless individuals as this terrible disease took their lives away from them. I witnessed the horror firsthand, and I can still remember every face and name.

When I started feeling ill on that Wednesday morning, I immediately isolated myself until the test confirmed my diagnosis three days later. When the result was positive, I remember a deep sense of peace that was beyond all understanding. God was reminding me of what He had taught me years ago, that He will give me everything I need to be faithful to Him.

Now it is two weeks later, and I am in a totally different setting. My focus, however, remains the same—to follow God. As you continue to pray for Nancy and me, yes, please pray for our recovery. More importantly, pray that we would be faithful to God’s call on our lives in these new circumstances.

Read the rest of Dr. Brantly's statement here:
Dr. Kent Brantly: I Thank God for His Mercy


After you read the entirety of both pieces, I want to ask you:

Who do you think is the narcissist? 

Who is playing the fool 
(or as Ann calls it, the idiot) 
and who is the wise? 

and after you answer those questions, I want to ask you one more thing.  

Are you willing to stop playing with Mean-girl Barbie?

And embrace true heroes of the Gospel?  

They are not acid-tongued but doers of good 
in the name of Jesus and unto His glory.

Let's praise God for

source
Dr. Kent Brantly


source
and SIM missionary Nancy Writebol

and pray that they will beat this Ebola virus, not only in Africa but in their own bodies



Here is a reaction piece from Dr. Albert Mohler I thought you would like:  
Are Christian Missionaries Narcissistic Idiots? — A Response to Ann Coulter


On Saturday (08/09), I came across Russell Moore's piece which is just amazingly insightful and puts the whole Ann Coulter cult of personality into perspective for Christians.  Take the time to read it. It is excellent! 

Dr. Russell Moore is the president of the Southern Baptist's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission


As I find these, I can't help but share them.  Here is a history lesson on the Early Church and an epidemic that they ran toward rather than from as did their pagan counterparts.  Check out this quote which brings it all home:  

The truth is, Coulter and Trump and others are peddling an anti-Christ message that calls us to care for ourselves and ignore the pain around us. That is neither Christian nor Conservative and it is high time that Conservative Christians said “no” to this kind of rhetoric and join the ranks of followers of Jesus throughout the ages who would run into the disease-ravaged cities instead of running away to save themselves. After all, if one seeks to save his own life, he will lose it. Jesus said that too. Maybe THAT is the real sickness in America. Not Ebola or Christian doctors trying to help the least of these in Africa. -- Alan Cross

The full piece is here:
More on Ebola from Ann Coulter: The Bankruptcy of “Save Yourself” Christianity


Caleb Suko is a friend and missionary that I met through Google+. Who says nothing good comes from the internet! Anyway, he chose to address Ann Coulter from a missionary's perspective. Needless to say, I love it. Click on his name and find out about this missionary to Ukraine and his upcoming trip there.  

Ann Coulter You Owe An Apology! An Open Letter 
by Caleb Suko, missionary to Ukraine























Wednesday, August 6, 2014

If It Bleeds, it Leads, Then Why All of the Attention on Gaza and So Little, if Any, on the Slaughter of Christians throughout the Islamic World?

I just contacted my two senators (www.senate.gov) and my representative (http://www.house.gov/). I am looking to add the White House (www.whybother.gov -- just kidding, www.whitehouse.gov). Will you join me? Here is what I sent to give you an idea of what to say (put it in your own words and be respectful, please):

Dear Congressman/Senator:
Israel's actions get round the clock coverage as they react to rocket fire, etc. in self defense. Meanwhile, across the Islamic world Christians are forcibly displaced; their churches turned into mosques, looted or burned; their women raped, whole ancient communities emptied and men crucified, killed by the sword, shot or forced to renounce their faith and become Muslim and hardly a word from Western media, Hollywood types or politicians.

Have you spoken out? Why not change the conversation from Israel in Gaza to Islamic extremism's threat vs. ancient Christian populations in the Middle East? Are Palestinian lives more valuable than Christian ones? Is Israel more of a threat to peace than is the ISIS? In interviews, are you directing the media's attention to the obvious genocidal behavior vs. Christians?

My vote may very well hinge on this very important issue. Thanks for you kind attention.

William Smith, pastor, Christian, constituent and voter

Here is a great summary of the carnage going on that the news media and politicians tell us so little of:  


World Ignores Christian Exodus from Islamic World