A Letter From Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani

via Present Truth Ministries,

“I have received a letter from brother Youcef Nadarkhani regarding his current condition, his thoughts about his persecution, and his response towards the burning of Qurans. I am very blessed by what he writes and am sincerely thankful for the testimony he is maintaining through the power of God.”

Read the full article and translated letter here.

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.