Azumah said, “Muslims have the right to accept or reject [the gospel], but they must have the opportunity to hear it,” and that the inadequate Christian outreach to the Muslim world “is the greatest omission of the Great Commission.”
Azumah pointed out that may Christians consider evangelizing Muslims to be a waste of time, but pointed out that “…if Saul could become Paul then there is nothing and no one the Holy Spirit cannot reach.”
Moderator the Rt. Rev. Dr. Ubon Bassey Usung spoke on ‘The Urgency of Evangelism And Missions’, based on Matthew 24:3-14 and 2 Thessalonians 3:6-10, and made application saying:
“For every Presbyterian, it would be disastrous if we allow ethnic dichotomies [to] distract us from evangelism and mission. We have to stop the in-fighting and quarreling that cause us to lose grounds and members to others and even to the kingdom of darkness. We should rather unite and go out and bring souls into the kingdom of God. It is important however for all Christians to note that true witnessing is not the conversion of members from one denomination to the other; rather, non-Christians should be targeted, preached to and persuaded to repent and believe in the saving grace of Jesus Christ.”
Additionally, the church this month is opening Hope Waddell University in Ohafia, Abia State. Spokesman the Rev. Kalu Eme wrote, “…that the university project [is] in line with the church’s tradition of deliberate involvement in the education sub-sector as a vehicle for the emancipation of mankind and the overall development of the society.”
Erne added, “it is in this regard that the church set up one of the foremost educational institutions in Nigeria – the Hope Waddell Training Institution – which was founded…in 1895.”
As a kickoff to their 2008 convention, the Democratic National Committee on 24 August held their first ever “interfaith gathering” at the Colorado Convention Center including speaker Ingrid Mattson, president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).
ISNA is suspected of having worldwide ties to terrorist groups, is an unindicted coconspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terror funding case, and is supported by the Muslim Brotherhood, a radical organization that calls on Muslim organizations in America to dedicate themselves to "a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and 'sabotaging' its miserable house by their hands ... so that ... God's religion [Islam] is made victorious over all other religions."
On Sunday 17 August 2008, a Muslim mob stormed a church service in Cipayung, East Jakarta, forcing Christians to flee and then erecting banners in the street declaring a ban on “churches and religious services.”
While church members were celebrating the nation’s Independence Day at the service, the angry assailants arrived at the Pentecostal Church of Indonesia in Pondok Rangon village, Cipayung, at 9:30 AM shouting “Allahu Akbar!” or “God is greater!”
Some in the mob were neighbors, but the majority were not local residents, according to pastor Chris Ambessa. Local officials made no effort to intervene or prohibit the illegal banners.
Ambessa has been in a dispute over his house church. Previously, Cipayung officials had ordered him to dismantle the second floor of his home. On 13 July, the officials ordered him to cease religious activity for an indefinite period following neighborhood protests against his house church. Neighbors had demanded that Ambessa completely demolish the building.
The recent military successes of coalition forces in Iraq have forced al-Qaida fighters into their last stronghold in northern Iraq, which includes Christian communities where their gunmen frequently threaten the residents with death if they do not convert to Islam.
As a result, many Iraqi Christians have fled to Lebanon where they face squalid living conditions and receive no protection from the Lebanese because they are considered illegal immigrants regardless of their status as refugees fleeing religious persecution.
Haining went to Budapest, Hungary in 1932 to work as the matron of the Church of Scotland-run girls' home where 400 mostly-Jewish girls studied. Ordered by the Church to return home after Hungary joined the Nazi Axis, she chose to stay in Budapest with the girls and was reported to have used her leather luggage to resole the girls’ shoes.
In 1944, Haining was betrayed to the Gestapo by a Nazi school employee, and was charged with working among the Jews and with weeping when she saw her students forced to wear yellow Stars of David on their clothing.
Haining was sent to Auschwitz and died two months later when she is thought to have been killed in the concentration camp’s gas chambers.
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