Friday, September 17, 2010

Friday's Fave Five and Voice of the Martyr's

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  1. It was sunny and nice here all week long. The humidity wasn't as bad as it has been. Still waiting on official Fall to come. :)
  2. I got to spend Sunday with my family. It was my Daddy's birthday and my sister's was the following Friday. So we had pizza and my Mama baked a cake for them. It was a lot of fun!
  3. My husband and I got to go out to our favorite hometown joint to eat. Hokie's BBQ,all by ourselves. My parents watched the boys for a little bit and they had a blast with them.
  4. Food Menu. Need I say more? I wasn't a big fan,but now I'm learning to love it! It makes life easier!
  5. It's Friday and tomorrow means COLLEGE FOOTBALL!! :-D Yep,we are some football freaks! Go Auburn Tigers! 
Hope your week was grand! Share with us your 5 favorites from the week!

I get weekly updates from Voice of the Martyr's. You will be heartbroken as you read them,but challenged and feel grateful. Here are the updates from today.

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weekly prayer updates
"Prayer is the pulse of life; by it the doctor can tell what is the condition of the heart. The sin of prayerlessness is a proof for the ordinary Christian or minister that the life of God in the soul is in deadly sickness and weakness." - Andrew Murray

"praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints" - Ephesians 6:18 
VOM-USA Prayer Update for September 17, 2010
On Tue. Sep 14 2010 at 02:27 PM Moderator wrote:
CHINA -- Churches Closed, Leaders Threatened -- ChinaAid Association

On Aug. 5 and 6, the Chinese government shut down three house churches in Wuhan, Hubei; Sanmenxia, Henan; and Changsha, Hunan, according to China Aid Association. The churches all belonged to the China Gospel Fellowship, one of the largest networks in China, with an estimated 5-7 million members. The churches were closed after church leaders received invitations to attend the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization, a 10-day conference to be held next month in Cape Town, South Africa. According to China Aid, the Chinese Public Security Bureau obtained a list of 200 Chinese invitees and threatened some of them not to attend the conference. Thank God for the faithfulness of these Chinese believers, and pray that they will continue to meet with one another for worship. Praise God for the way he continues to grow the church in China despite government restrictions.

1 John 4:18

IRAN -- Christian Prisoner’s Condition Unknown -- Farsi Christian News Network

Neshan Saeedi, a 27-year–old Christian, has not been seen since his arrest by government authorities in July, according to the Farsi Christian News Network. On July 24, Saeedi was at home with his wife and young daughter in the city of Ahvaz, Iran, when plainclothes security officers entered his house and arrested the family. Security officers searched the home and seized personal belongings, including a computer, CDs containing films of Christian seminars and teachings, Christian books, Bibles and family photo albums. The family was taken to the Chaharshir detention center in Ahvaz, where they were interrogated for several hours before Saeedi's wife and daughter were released. Officers threatened Saeedi’s wife, saying if the family continued its Christian activities their daughter might be taken away. The family was accused of threatening Iran's national security by participating in anti-government activities. They were further accused of being spies of foreign powers and of leading people to a pro-Israel ideology. The house church that Saeedi's family attended has stopped meeting out of fear for their lives and the possibility of further arrests. Government authorities are thought to be actively seeking the arrest of two of the house church leaders. Pray for Neshan Saeedi's physical, mental and spiritual well-being, and ask God to protect his wife, daughter and the other church leaders. Pray that God will grant courage and boldness to Iranian believers.

Psalm 23

SOMALIA — Christian Killed, Four Children Kidnapped — Compass Direct News

On July 21, Osman Abdullah Fataho, a member of an underground Christian movement in Somalia, was shot to death by al-Shabab militants in front of his wife and children, according to Compass Direct News. Christians said they think someone told the militants of Osman's faith. According to Compass Direct, the militants entered Osman's house and killed him before abducting his wife and four children. They later released Osman's wife on condition that she surrender her children to be trained as militant soldiers. Please pray for Osman's wife and children as they grieve the loss of their husband and father, and pray that the children will be returned to their mother.

Psalm 91:1–5

Pray for these Christians. I cannot imagine going through something like this. The American church needs to know what is going on with our brothers and sisters in Christ. We need to pray for them without ceasing. Thank you!


  1. Food menus DO make life easier. I'm glad you and your hubby got to go to Hoky's and eat out by yourselves. Every couple needs to do that sometimes.

    We are so blessed in America that we often forget to pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters. May we do a better job of lifting them up in prayer!

    By the way, thanks for listing my little blog on your blogroll - I'm honored!

  2. I'm looking forward to fall being here too.

    Thanks for the reminder to pray for those who are persecuted. Have a nice weekend!

  3. Yay for dates with hubby! And yes, menu plans are a BIG help for me, too.

  4. Spending time with your family AND some quality time with your hubby is precious, I agree. I got to do the same thing this week!
    Happy (belated) Birthday to your Dad!
    Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the nice weather. Fall will be upon us sooner than you think!

  5. Well, Fall is definitely arriving here. We had snow in some areas of the province yesterday. I'll borrow some of your nice sun please. :v)

    Hearing about those precious Christians really is a wake up call to us in North America. We are so spoiled here it can make us very apathetic. Thanks for sharing those stories and prayer requests.

  6. Thank you for reminding us all to pray for our brothers and sisters in other parts of the world.

    I love our weather here right now too--foggy mornings, sunny days!

    have a great weekend.

  7. Time with family AND a date night with your hubby?! That would just make the whole week for me (just add a little chocolate and it would be perfect!) :)


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