URGENT:Prayers needed for missionary family in Philippines!

Posted: November 23rd, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Spirituality | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Last night, there was a massacre of people, including women in the Philippines.  The LA Times picked up the story and are reporting at least 30 people dead.  One of the men where I work is close friends with a missionary family there, and here is the email .  Please PLEASE pray for God’s protection for them!  Please pray for the families of those who died, and please pray for those Muslim families to come to the knowledge and belief in Christ so His glory will be known!

Dear praying friends,

We are used to sporadic and senseless violence in the areas where we work.  Last week when I drove to spend time with our underground believers I found out about a looming, politically related conflict between two warring clans in the same Muslim people group.  This morning the unthinkable happened.  To lessen a potentially violent reaction to a candidacy registration, some delegates from one clan sent their women representatives with the hope that the other side wouldn’t harm the ladies.  This morning at approximately 9:30 am, one clan ambushed and kidnapped a contingent of over 40 people on their way to the capitol of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao.  No one survived.  The women were raped and beheaded and were members of a prominent and powerful family.  Lawyers, family members, body guards and media personnel were also massacred.

This is only a few kilometers from where we have our oldest and most established ministry!  Presently our staff are hunkered down at our school with my orders to evacuate as soon as possible.  The problem is that it is night and no one can travel safely after dark.  Hopefully there will be public transportation available tomorrow or one of our staff in a nearby city will try to run the gauntlet and pick them up.

For those of you who don’t live here it may be hard to understand the gravity of this situation.  In the culture where this happened revenge is considered a virtue.  Everyone expects an indiscriminate and unprecedented blood bath.  This is worse than the wars and kidnap threats we have endured in the past.  Much, Much worse.

This effects everything.  Our school will probably have to shut down for the rest of the school year.  No parents will send their children to school when by virtue of them being a distant relative of one of the clans become targets of a blood feud.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SAFETY OF THE PGC STAFF AND THE BELIEVERS FROM THIS CULTURE!

PLEASE PRAY FOR WISDOM TO MAKE WISE DECISIONS THAT ARE MOST EFFECTIVE FOR THE SAFETY OF THE PEOPLE AND MINISTRIES WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR.

PLEASE PRAY THAT JUSTICE WILL BE DELIVERED TO THE GUILTY (EVERYONE KNOWS WHO IS BEHIND IT) AND THAT THE INNOCENT WILL BE PROTECTED.

Thank you for standing with us,

Tom


Please don’t send China “our gospel”

Posted: March 2nd, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: My Thoughts, Spirituality | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

I heard an ad on the radio the other day that bothered me, and I can’t get it out of my my mind.  Maybe writing it out will be good therapy for me.  Maybe I’m off base a little on it, but it irritates me none the less.

The ad was more a fund raising promo.   The radio station was raising funds to build a church in China.  Now, at first, this sounded like a great idea to me.   Their culture seems to me to be less financially able to support a large church building project, so why not send a few bucks their way to help them out, right?   I guess I’m not very educated on what the government of China allows as far as open Christian worship, but apparently they don’t have a problem with the church this group is trying to put up.

The radio host threw some numbers out like “10,000 people come to know Christ EVERY DAY in  China, won’t you help provide a place of worship for them?”

Give me a break!  If they are truly having that many converts every day, why mess it up by sending them “our gospel”?   Obviously they are doing something right.  Last I heard, the church in China was underground and under severe persecution.  Sounds a lot like the New Testament church to me.

Why send them “our gospel” of big churches with big budgets?  It doesn’t appear to me to be very affective in our culture.  Something deep inside me screams, “Don’t do it! Don’t ruin what they have by injecting them with what we have. We should be learning from them!”

I’m not blasting people with big, beautiful churches; after all, many of the temples were extravagant places of worship.  Just let’s not be so eager to say we can improve on what they are doing.  Let’s not try to make them like us.  Instead encourage them in their race to be like Jesus, even if they way they get there looks a little different than how we are.

Peace and God bless,

- chris mooney