Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Another day at the office

I've just got back from the offices of Release International where I work as a volunteer on a Tuesday doing a bit of admin and whatever is needed.

For those of you who don't know, Release International, is an organisation which supports persecuted Christians and their families around the world and you can find out more here.

Today I sent a few emails, stuffed a few envelopes, opened the post and met Rose. Rose is the niece of Haik Hovsepian who was the leader of the Evangelical Christians of Iran. He was martyred for his faith in 1994 and in particular for speaking out about the wrongful imprisonment and death sentence of a zealous Christian convert, Mehdi Dibaj. Although Mehdi was released, Haik disappeared soon after and his body was found twelve days later. He had been stabbed to death. All this and more we saw on a DVD called 'A cry from Iran' which was produced by Haik's two sons to tell their father's story and that of other Christians in Iran still being martyred and persecuted for their faith. It was incredibly moving especially sitting next to Rose.

Find out more about the DVD here and please pray for them.

Sunday, 24 February 2008

Catching up

I felt I couldn't let February slip by without even one post. I had intended to update this every week but you know how great good intentions are...

Anyway I'm taking the opportunity of sending you off elsewhere. That's the beauty of the internet so here goes.

We had a fantastic service this morning with Mat Wilson on this BMS Sunday. He challenged us all to get involved in a number of ways with the work of BMS World mission.

I also met Hope Somerville for the first time and if you haven't checked out Jonathan's blog there's a gorgeous picture of her there.

There's a concert this coming Saturday in aid of Hope UK at the church at 7.00pm.

I was also given a leaflet for Women's World Day of Prayer at St. Andrew's Church, Burnt Ash Lane in Bromley at 10.30am.

Our very own dear Hazel is holding another Card Sale in aid of Tearfund - pray her health holds up - and I know from experience you'll be guaranteed a warm welcome, as well as the opportunity to buy some fabulous cards, so please do support her on Saturday 8 March from 10am-12noon and 2-4pm.

Continue to pray too for Youssef and Hie-Tee and I've put here a link to CBN news report a while back which reports on the amazing growth of the church in Algeria.

That's all for now but I hope to be back before April!