Berean Academy 2012 Graduation and Awards Ceremony

A small set of photos of the 2012 graduation and awards ceremony is now online.  The gym lighting (especially in the evening) is not too friendly for cell phones, so we apologize for the photo quality.  We hope to have some better-quality photos available online in the future.

Thanks to everyone who supported Berean Christian Academy this year and to everyone who attended the ceremony.

Iranian Government Tracks Christians

via VOM weekly prayer update,

The Ministry of Intelligence has ordered the leaders of a Christian church in Tehran to submit the names and national identification numbers of its members to authorities. Viewed as an attempt to deter Christians from attending church, the order will reveal the identity of Christian converts and enable security authorities to record detailed information about Christians. Although this most recent restriction will make church attendance riskier, previous restrictions have failed to decrease the rate of Christian conversions. Last February, the Ministry of Intelligence banned Farsi services at the only two churches holding Farsi services on Friday, when most people are off work. Pray that this most recent restriction will fail to hinder the spread of the gospel in Iran.”

Visit this page to review the history of Christian persecution in Iran.  You may use the interactive map to view similar summaries of other nations (requires the Flash player).

Berean Christian Academy Aloha Day

Today is Aloha Day, last day of the 2011-2012 school year.  Our students are excited, looking forward to the Hot Dog picnic!  The Awards and Graduation Ceremony will be tonight in the Berean gym at 7 pm. 

The school year will begin again for K4 – 6th grade on August 27, 2012.  Call the office, click on the Academy website, or check out the FaceBook site for Berean Christian Academy Alumni & Friends.

 

Peddling For Proclaimers

via Mission Network News,

“USA (FCBH/MNN) ― Eight years ago, Faith Comes By Hearing (FCBH) developed the Proclaimer, a solar-powered digital playback device.

The project came about because of the high illiteracy rates around the world that prevented the poor from having access to God’s Word in their own heart language.

Enter: Troy Love, a police officer from Columbus, Indiana, and a former Marine. He first heard of the Proclaimer during a presentation at his church in 2010 and decided to raise funds and awareness for FCBH listening groups by riding his bike across the country.

In September 2010, he completed a six-week journey that took him from San Francisco, California to Yorktown, Virginia. That ride generated over $67,000.

Now he’s back: this time pedaling from Key West, Florida to Bar Harbor, Maine, with a goal of $90,000.  Together, these events will bring awareness of the needs as he speaks in churches and makes more appearances. The end goal between the two rides: $157,000, which would cover the cost to establish 1,000 Faith Comes By Hearing listening groups.”

Read the complete story here.  This is a great segue into a reminder of our own Jim Duncan, who is once again riding in the Bike For Bibles event this August.  Please visit Jim’s sponsor page and make a donation or leave a message.  Thank you.

Manini’s Overcoming Faith

via Voice of the Martyrs Canada,

“Manini Digal was just an ordinary teenager living in Orissa, India. But everything changed for her in August 2008, when Hindu mobs attacked village after village, targeting the Christians in their wake. The militants were seeking revenge for the death of a Hindu leader – a crime that was blamed on Christians even though Maoists accepted responsibility.

Manini’s father, mother, and grandfather were attacked before the young men set their attention on Manini. She was beaten, gang-raped, doused with kerosene and set on fire.

Eventually, Manini was brought to Indore, Madhya Pradesh, by a VOM partner so that she might receive better medical treatment. The recovery process has been slow and difficult. She has had several surgeries and continues to carry the physical and emotional scars of her attack.”

Read the entire story (and a link to a video interview – select ‘reports from India’).

Pastor Youcef’s Attorney to be Jailed for Representing the Persecuted

via ACLJ,

“Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani’s Iranian attorney has been convicted for his work defending human rights and is expected to have to begin serving his nine-year sentence in the near future.

As we have previously reported, Pastor Youcef’s attorney, Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, was sentenced to nine years in prison and banned from practicing law or teaching for ten years by the Iranian government, essentially for representing individuals like Pastor Youcef.”

Read the entire story here.

Marriages That Glorify God

Todd Wright grew up at Berean, attended the academy, youth clubs, and church all his life before moving to Mansfield. He recently published a book titled Marriages that Glorify God. It is available on Amazon (print and Kindle versions) and Barnes and Noble.

Author Bio: D. Todd Wright has worked in the field of community mental health for twenty years and has been a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas for eighteen years. He serves as the executive director of a large company providing community mental health services and is the founder of Wright Ministries, with a mission to bring glory to God through the building up of believers. Wright Ministries works to support pastor-teachers, church leaders, and youth pastors with the spiritual development of the local church. They work with individuals, singles who are considering marriage, couples, and parents to mature as believers and bring glory to God through marriage and parenting. Todd and his wife Fonny, a mental health professional and Licensed Professional Counselor, have counseled individuals and couples as well.

Young Mother Jailed For Blasphemy in Pakistan

via persecution.org,

5/1/2012 Pakistan (BosNewsLife) — There was concern Tuesday, May 1, over the situation of a young Pakistani mother who local Christians said has been ‘falsely accused’ of ‘blaspheming’ Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.

Shamim Bibi, 26, was detained February 28 at her home in Khichiwala village in Pakistan’s Punjab province and has since been held behind bars, explained The Voice, a group providing legal assistance to ‘persecuted Christians’ in Pakistan.

Police in the provincial Bahawalnagar district charged Shamim, a mother of a five-month-old girl, after neighbours accused her of uttering remarks against the Prophet Muhammad, rights investigators said.

In Pakistan, such an act is punishable by life imprisonment or death under internationally criticized blasphemy legislation.

Her husband, Bashir Masih, and other family members have reportedly said that the young woman was ‘trapped in the case’ by relatives who opposed her devotion to Christianity and refusal to embrace Islam.”

Read the full story here.