Militants murder Christian before crowd in Somalia

via Mission News Network,

“Somalia (MNN) — As if in answer to the capture of 300 Al-Shabaab members in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, last month, the attacks on civilians have gotten more extreme and more public. The latest attack came last Friday when Islamic extremists brutally murdered a Christian in the city of Barawa, in broad daylight. Voice of the Martyrs USA spokesman Todd Nettleton explains, ‘In this case, it is a 25-year-old man named Farhan Haji Mose. He apparently became a Christian in 2010, out of a Muslim background.’ Extremists tracked him for six months to confirm his Christian activity before capturing him and dragging him to an impromptu trial. Nettleton says the man was accused of apostasy and then beheaded before a crowd. The execution was a warning to Gospel workers. ‘The goal of Al Shabaab is to create fear, to create control. What better way to do that than to show publicly what happens to somebody who leaves Islam to follow another faith?’ There’s more on this story plus prayer needs at MissionNetworkNews.org.”

Read the entire article here.

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Dasharound Results

For everyone keeping score at home, here are the results from the 2012 Berean Academy Dasharound.

TOTAL AMOUNT PLEDGED:  $2,519.05
TOTAL LAPS RUN:   1,182 + laps
Most Laps:  Edwin Chacko (5th Grade) – 88 laps
Most Sponsors:  Benjamin, Bennett & Olivia – 17 sponsors

Russell the wonderdog brought in $100, but only because his master and Mrs. Gitchell carried him a few laps.  He definitely needs to work on his training regimen for next year 🙂

Egypt’s church transitions into new leadership

Via Mission News Network,

“Egypt (MNN) ― Egypt has a new Coptic pope to help guide Christians through increasingly perilous times.

After the death of Pope Shenouda III, the mechanics ground into motion picking his replacement. On Sunday, a blindfolded 6-year-old reached into a glass bowl (symbolizing God’s hand in the choice), and picked the name of the pope-designate, Bishop Tawadros.

This new patriarch comes at a time when Christians are grappling with a wave of sectarian violence, new Islamist domination of politics, and internal pressures for reform. Voice of the Martyrs USA spokesman Todd Nettleton explains, ‘There were some who thought Pope Shenouda was too involved in the political process. In fact, there were some who thought he was too close to President Mubarak and to the government during that time period.’ ”

Read the entire article here.

Veteran’s Day Activities

Sunday, Nov. 11th is Veterans Day!  Berean Memorial Church would like to help in supporting our troops.

Porter’s Army Navy Store is hosting a Celebration for Veterans on Saturday, Nov. 10th in Irving.  They will have family entertainment, music and food for the Irving community and are sponsored by the Irving City Parks.  Porter’s also collects and ships various items needed by our troops who are serving overseas.  Plan on joining in the fun and celebration of our men and women in uniform.

Berean Memorial Church will be collecting donations of items for Porter’s to send.  If you are able to contribute, please bring items to church this Sunday or to the BCA office by Thursday, Nov. 8th.  Flyers are available on the back gym table by the Veterans Display and in the BCA office.

Below is a list of items needed:

Letters, Bath Net Sponge, Batteries

Nuts, Disposable Razors, Eye drops/Lip Balm

Granola/Power Bars, Apririn/Tylenol, Playing Cards

Full Size Candy Bars, Cold Medicine, Shampoo/Conditioner

Peanut Butter Crackers, Beef Jerky, Foot Powder/Deodorant

Trail Mix, Tooth Paste/Shaving Cream, Flavored Bottle Water Packets

NEW IN PACKAGE/TAGS PLEASE:

Towels, Wash Cloths, Pillow Cases, Sweat Pants, Sweat Shirts, Solid T-Shirts, Black or White Tube Socks, Boxers, Travel Pillows, Ear Plugs

If you cannot join in or donate items, please remember these troops in your prayers!