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India Hindu Militants Attack Christians For Singing Christmas Carols; Church Burnt Down

By BosNewsLife News Center, December 28th, 2006

Evangelical Christians in central and eastern India were recovering from injuries Wednesday, December 27, after Hindu militants attacked them for singing Christmas carols while elsewhere a church was completely destroyed, Christian leaders said.

Pastor James Ram reportedly said the troubles began at The Church of God in Jalanpur village in the central state of Chhattisgarh after church members and students of its Bible

school started a week-long Christmas program.

"They started on the 21th [of Dec- ember] distributing free gifts of New Testaments in several [nearby] villages. On [December] 23 they did this in their [own] village," the pastor said in a statement distributed by the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC).

But their activities were noticed by local militant Hindu groups. "On 24th at about noon [local time] some activists of the Bajrang Dal and the Dharam Raksha Sena [groups] burnt some of the Bibles in public in the centre of town..."


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China Jails House Church Christians; Suspends Prison Sentence Christian Lawyer

By BosNewsLife News Center, December 26th, 2006

Most, if not all, eight prom- inent house church Christians in China’s eastern Zhejiang province prepared to spend Christmas behind bars Saturday, December 23, after they were sentenced to prison sentences of up to 3.5 years, fellow believers said.

The People’s Court of Xiaoshan District in the provincial capital Hangzhou city sentenced the

believers late Friday, December 22 after an "almost 12-hour marathon pre-Christmas trial," said religious rights group China Aid Association (CAA).

They were accused of inciting violent resistance to the law after they protested the government’s destruction of a church. The seven men and one woman from Zhejiang were arrested after about 3,000 Christians in Xiaoshan, a prospering commercial suburb of the provincial capital Hangzhou, demonstrated against the demolition of their mega-church in July.


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Joe and Helen Roberts

Christians elated over cash award


BBC News, December 23rd, 2006

A Christian couple awarded £10,000 after being questioned by police about their views on homosexuality have spoken of their victory.

Helen and Joe Roberts, of Fleetwood,

Lancashire, were questioned after they tried to display Christian literature next to gay rights leaflets.

Retired carpenter Mr Roberts, 74, said he and his wife were absolutely elated about the out-of-court settlement.


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Group from India 'descended from Joseph' arrives in Jewish state

Right On: A miracle of biblical proportions


by Michael Freund, The Jerusalem Post, October 4th, 2006

In a few weeks' time, Sara Haunhar will at last fulfill a lifelong dream, one that she has been nurturing for over the past eight decades.

Together with her daughter Miriam, and some 216 other members of the Bnei Menashe of northeastern India,

the 84-year old widow will board a charter flight next month, and finally begin the long journey home to Zion.

It is a voyage that began many centuries ago - 27, to be exact - when the Assyrian empire invaded the Land of Israel and cast most of our people into the darkest recesses of the exile.


[ Read complete story ] [ BBC: Rabbi backs India's ‘lost Jews’ ]
[ ‘Lost tribe of Israel’ returns home ]

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Poll: Pentecostal beliefs influential worldwide

by Associated Press, The Jerusalem Post, July 8th, 2006

A new 10-nation survey of Pentecostal and charismatic Christians, considered the fastest- growing stream of Christianity worldwide, shows they are deeply influencing the Roman Catholic and mainstream Protestant churches and are poised to

make a big impact on global affairs.

The poll released Thursday by the Washington-based Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life found that "spirit-filled" Christians, who speak in tongues and believe in healing through prayer, comprise at least 10 percent of the population in nine of the 10 surveyed countries.


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Jewish culture is now flourishing in Birobidzhan Birobidzhan is the capital of the Jewish Autonomous Region

Russia's forgotten Jewish land


by Kate Goldberg , BBC News, July 8th, 2002

Some 5,000 miles (8,000 kilometres) east of Moscow, an elderly group of Jews are gathered around a dinner table, talking animatedly in a mixture of Russian and Yiddish.

It is an unlikely place for a Jewish community

- a small Russian town perched close to the Chinese border, further east than Siberia, further east than Mongolia.

Birobidzhan is the capital of the Jewish Autonomous Region, designated by Joseph Stalin in 1934 as the first official Jewish homeland.


[ Read complete story ] [ Photojournal: Birobidzhan ]
[ Birobidzhan - an illustrated history - website ]

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Focus On Israel: The Sanhedrin Reestablished (Part III)


by Dov Gilor, The Jewish Press, June 7th, 2006

The new Sanhedrin first met in Tiberius because it was foretold that it would be renewed there and would be relocated to Jerusalem. That is exactly what has been done. At first, the names of many of those ordained were withheld, to avoid strong public pressure on them to renounce their membership. Today, more and more names have been made public as understanding of the importance of the Sanhedrin increases. The rabbis believe that they are performing an important mitzva rather than searching for fame or honor. The attitude of some of their colleagues is proof that honor is not the goal.

There is also a concern that the increasingly "non-Jewish" and "anti-Jewish" rulings handed down by the Israeli Supreme Court underscore the immediate need for an alternative legal system based on Torah and Talmud. While, at least in one instance, an Israeli court deferred to a ruling of the new Sanhedrin, the long-term effect of a religious Sanhedrin is yet to be seen.

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Gavriel in Papua New Guinea with an indigenous Bible-translation team

Israel invites: Come Grow With Us


by Gavriel Gefen, Keren HaShlichut, September, 2006

Five years ago, I first met some of the protectors of the vision of the World Christian Gathering on Indigenous People. Later, I participated in and taught at both WCGIP 2002 in Hawaii and WCGIP 2005 in Sweden. This circle of relationships has had a profound impact on my life.

I am a Messianic Jewish Israeli. I am Jewish by birth, and Messianic by re-birth in the Messiah Yeshua (known by some as Jesus). I am Israeli, but was born in the United States. In 1973, my whole family came to faith in Yeshua. Ten years later, in 1983, we immigrated back to Israel as a family. I was seventeen years old. I later met my wife Tzofia in Israel. We now have four children and live in central Jerusalem.

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Their families drew strength and comfort from the faith displayed by Tibo, Riwu and Silva

Indonesia: Christian Executions Lead to Violence


by Jay Esteban, CWNews (Christian World News), September, 2006

SULAWESI, Indonesia-The execution of three Christian militants set off a stream of violence on the island of Flores, the executed men's birthplace. Christian mobs torched cars, looted Muslim-owned shops, and torched a prison, liberating hundreds of inmates.

At least five people were hurt, according to police and media reports.

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Christian tribes gather in Davao City, Philippines

Tribes Celebrate Faith & Customs


by Lucille Talusan, CWNews.com (Christian World News), September, 2006

DAVAO CITY, Philippines - In southern Philippines this week, Christians from some 200 tribes and 25 nations gathered to celebrate their customs and their faith.

It was a tapestry of God's creation as people from every tongue, tribe, and nation joined together at the Sixth World Christian Gathering on Indigenous People. The goal for the event was to uphold the role of indigenous people not only in the Church, but in nation building as well.

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Bnei Menashe immigrant giving thanks to G-d at the Western Wall

Bnei Menashe immigrants to settle in Galilee towns

by JPOST staff, The Jerusalem Post, September 27th, 2006

The group of 218 Bnei Menashe from northeastern India that is slated to make aliya in November will settle in the north of [Israel], with the bulk of the immigrants going to Upper Nazareth and some being directed to Karmiel.

They will join the nearly 1,000 Bnei Menashe already living in Israel, most of whom are concentrated in Afula, Nitzan, Jerusalem and Kiryat Arba. Another 7,000 are still living in India, waiting for the Israeli government to allow them to make aliya.

[ Read complete story ] [ Bnei Menashe: "Descendants of Israel" ]
[ Bnei Menashe: History ]

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Greek Orthodox Church in Gaza City, attacked by Islamic extremists

Terror group threatens Gaza Christians

by Khaled Abu Toameh, The Jerusalem Post, September 19th, 2006

A previously unknown group calling itself the Huda [Guidance] Army Organization threatened on Tuesday to target all Christians living in the Gaza Strip unless Pope Benedict XVI apologized for his remarks against Islam and the Prophet Muhammad.

"We will target all Crusaders in the Gaza Strip," the group said in a leaflet, "until the pope issues an official apology." The group also threatened to attack churches and Christian-owned institutions and homes.

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Visit: Lebanon's Voices - Personal Testimonies

Hizbullah criticism closes ‘Lebanon's Voices’ Web site

by Adinah Greene, The Jerusalem Post, September 10/11th, 2006

A Lebanese Web site sharing stories from the nation's people during the war and criticisms of Hizbullah will shut down in the next few days. Lebanon's Voices will close due to its organizers' fear of possible future threats, according to Seth Eisenberg who has been in contact with them.

Eisenberg was a key member in establishing Israel Voice's, a Web site sharing stories from citizens in the North to the rest of the world. When an article appeared about the site, he was contacted by an interested Lebanese man in the US.

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Canada Evangelist Arrested For Preaching Near Festival

by BosNewsLife News Center, Worthy News, September 8th, 2006

TORONTO/CALGARY (BosNewsLife) -- A Canadian evangelist in Canada's province of Alberta was due in court Thursday, September 7, on charges of "obstruction of justice, trespassing and disturbing the peace" during a theater festival where he preached and spoke with tarot card readers and other occult practitioners.

33-year-old Artur Pawlowski, who gave up a lucrative home-building business last year to start up The Street Church for especially homeless people, was detained August 16 when he and several others prayed and read the Bible near the Fringe Festival in Calgary, Alberta's largest city, fellow Christians said.

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US judge orders school to stop Bible distribution

Jerusalem Post
via Associated Press, St. Louis,
September 7th, 2006


A US school district must end a Bible giveaway program for fifth-graders for now, a federal judge in St. Louis has ruled in an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit.

The preliminary injunction adds another school to a long list of small-town schools that, since the 1950s, have either been forced or voluntarily stopped distributing the pocket-sized Gideons International Bible. The cases were often prompted by ACLU action.

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UK MPs find leap in anti-Semitism

by George Conger, The Jerusalem Post, September 5/6th, 2006

LONDON - Anti-Zionism has fueled an explosive rise in anti-Semitism in the UK, an All-Party Parliamentary Enquiry into Anti-Semitism is expected to report to Prime Minister Tony Blair on Thursday.

A draft copy of the report, quoted by the Guardian newspaper, finds that anti-Israel activists and Islamist extremists have used criticism of Israel as a "pretext" for fomenting hatred against Jews in Britain.

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More forced conversions in U.S. schools

by Joseph Farah, World Net Daily, September 6th, 2006

Last week I talked about the "forced conversions" that will soon be taking place in California's schools not just public, mind you, but private and religious, too.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a new law that effectively tosses out all sexual moral conduct codes at colleges, private and Christian schools, daycare centers and other so-called educational facilities across the state. In effect, we have a situation in the Golden State in which a form of paganism has become the de facto official religion of the state.

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Uzbekistan Church Leaders in Hiding amid Beatings and Deportations

by Stefan J. Bos, BosNewsLife, Budapest Worthy News, September 3rd, 2006

TASHKENT/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife) -- Fearing beatings, detentions and deportations "many" Uzbek Protestant church leaders and their families were in hiding Friday, September 1, as Uzbekistan celebrated its 15th anniversary of independence, Christians said.

Barnabas Fund, a well-informed international group supporting persecuted Christians in especially Muslim nations such as Uzbekistan, told BosNewsLife there is "a surge of anti-Christian activity" in the former Soviet republic, including reported cases of violence against Christian women and children.

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Malaysia: tension, appeasement and restriction
- Malaysians debate the religious freedom status of Muslims:
is it defined by the Constitution or the Sharia?

by Elizabeth Kendall, World Evangelical Alliance Religious Liberty Commission (WEA RLC)

via ASSIST News Service
, August 11th, 2006

AUSTRALIA (ANS) -- RLP 384 (June Update) requested prayer for a critical court case in Malaysia. Lina Joy (42), who was born Azlina Jailani to Malay parents, converted from Islam to Christianity when she was 26. The National Registry Department consented to changing her name on her ID card but told Lina she had to get a certificate from the Sharia Court to show she had permission to convert to Christianity, as Malaysian law required a Muslim's religious matters to be decided in a Sharia (Islamic) Court. However according to traditional Islamic Law apostasy (leaving Islam) is not a Muslim's right it is a capital offence.

As long as Lina is officially identified as a Muslim she is legally compelled to marry a Muslim man in a Muslim ceremony and be subject to Islamic Laws, including Islamic family law. So Lina has been fighting for her rights. In 2001 the High Court refused to rule on her case. In September 2005 the High Court dismissed her appeal, so Lina's counsel is now challenging the decision in the Federal Court. The Federal Court ruling will clarify whether the religious freedom of Malaysia's Muslims is determined by the Constitution (which gives liberty) or the Sharia (which denies it). At the time of writing RLP 384, the decision was pending. Two months later, the decision is still pending.

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Brigitte Gabriels speech: a Lebanese woman tells the truth! made at Duke University

Hope For Today Ministries
, August 11th, 2006

"Im proud and honored to stand here today as a Lebanese, speaking for Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East. As someone who was raised in an Arabic country, I want to give you a glimpse into the heart of the Arabic world.

I was raised in Lebanon where I was taught that the Jews are evil, Israel is the devil, and the only time we will have peace in the Middle East is when we kill all the Jews and drive them into the sea.

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Prophetic Word:
‘Israel - First of all First Nations’

by Kenny Blacksmith, Gathering Nations international, August 9th, 2006

About eight years ago, in a dream I, Kenny saw Louise along with other First Nation and Inuit people armed with sickles, moving quickly, gathering and bundling sheaves of wheat. Suddenly, I recognized the landscape and the architecture of the buildings around us - we were in Israel. I then came to a huge gate, and I knew beyond the gate I would find a field ready for the harvest.

In anticipation, I knocked on the gate and out came a servant of whom I asked to see the master of the house. The servant left and the master of the house came out to the gate. I knew deep inside me this was the Messiah - Yeshua. I couldn't see his face but I could see his pure white garment. He asked me what I wanted, to which I replied, "Master, if you will, please open the gate that I may come in." He opened the gate, and said to me, "Come, I want to show you my garden."

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‘Live from Beirut’ - Arab-world Christian satellite TV from Lebanon

by Naji Daoud, SAT-7 Lebanon via Christianity Today, July 24th, 2006

Ten billion dollars in estimated losses, one third of the country's infrastructure reported completely destroyed, hundreds of casualties, 750,000 displaced Lebanese, hundreds of families without refuge sleeping in open air areas. This is but a brief description of the situation in Lebanon after 14 days of fierce bombing, which has destroyed what reconstructed after the end of civil war 15 years ago. Unfortunately, we are now seeing our dream of a beautiful Lebanon fading away, with little chance that it will ever come true.

Naturally this situation has affected our operation in the SAT-7 Lebanon Bureau. SAT-7 is the ten-year-old Christian satellite television station broadcasting throughout the Middle East. Due to the fighting, our staff morale is very low. In spite of all of this, most of our staff are still coming regularly to the office, even if they carry worried thoughts and distracted minds.

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Rewriting History Part Two

The recent First People's joint treaty of reconciliation with the Church will bring God's blessing to Canada, say First People's leaders.

by Marney Blom and Alicia DesMarteau, Christianity.ca,
July, 2006


From Grand Chiefs to mayors to members of Parliament participants from across North America assembled in Ottawa on National Aboriginal Day 2006 to attend the signing ceremony of the Covenant of the First Peoples of Canada (see the video on the Acts News Network).

"We've blamed the white man for broken treaties. We've blamed the government for broken treaties. We've blamed the Church for broken relationships," commented former Deputy Grand Chief Kenny Blacksmith, whose organization, Gathering Nations, spearheaded the event. "Now all of a sudden we have this treaty that we've entered into among ourselves. And so now [with] that treaty, the onus of covenant-keeping is on us. There is no one to blame."

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Jews and Arabs on the Same Side of the Fence

Israel Today, May 22nd, 2006

It was an unlikely coalition: Jews from an adjacent Jerusalem suburb banded together in a court case with residents of an Arab neighborhood who wanted to remain together on the Israeli side of the security barrier. The proposed route of the fence threatened to slice off a small enclave of the Arab neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber in East Jerusalem.

Arab residents sought the help of an Israeli human rights group to reroute the fence so the villagepartly in Israeli territory and party in Palestinianwould remain united. Rabbis for Human Rights, which opposes the fence in areas where Arab-owned land is expropriated, Palestinians are cut off from their fields, and villages are divided, took up the case.

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Neo-Pentecostal Church in Palestinian Refugee Camp Attacked

from ASSIST takes us to Jericho:

A building housing an Evangelical Christian ministry in Jericho was recently torched by Arab neighbors, apparently Muslims angered over the group's religious activities in the ancient biblical city.

The Living Bread Church, located in a Palestinian refugee camp on the edge of town, was deliberately set on fire in early June by neighbors opposed to the ministryThe fire marked the third time the building has been set ablaze in the past three years. Dunham arrived in Jericho three years ago to start a local church and has seen dozens of Muslims convert to Christianity despite the threats.

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Terminator Seeds: Monsanto moves to
tighten its grip on gIobal agriculture


from Hope Shand, etc group (formerly, Rural Advancement Foundation International), November, 1998

Biotechnology giant Monsanto stands on the brink of engineering a massive transformation of worldwide agricultural practices through introduction of suicide seeds - genetically engineered seeds that beget sterile progeny.

The owners of the patent for genetic seed sterilization refer to it as a "technology protection system," but critics have dubbed it "the Terminator." Advocates say it will spur investment in plant breeding worldwide, critics fear it will bring ruin to resource-poor farmers, destroy biodiversity and dangerously consolidate corporate control over plant genetic resources.

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Fresh lemon grass fields in Israel
become mecca for cancer patients


from Allison Kaplan Sommer, Israel 21c, April 2nd, 2006

At first, Benny Zabidov, an Israeli agriculturalist who grows greenhouses full of lush spices on a pastoral farm in Kfar Yedidya in the Sharon region, couldn't understand why so many cancer patients from around the country were showing up on his doorstep asking for fresh lemon grass.

It turned out that their doctors had sent them.

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The main Jerusalem road during the time of the Second Temple

Road to Temple Mount uncovered


by Etgar Lefkovits Jerusalem Post, March 31st, 2006

The main road that ran from Jerusalem's City of David to the Temple Mount during the time of the Second Temple has been uncovered by Israeli archeologists, those involved in the dig said Thursday. The road connected the Shiloah pool in the City of David to the Temple Mount compound.

The 2,000-year-old road was discovered adjacent to the Shiloah pool during ongoing excavations at the site, said Israeli Antiquities Authority archeologist Eli Shukrun. He is directing the dig together with University of Haifa archeologist Prof. Ronny Reich.

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Abdul Rahman, an Afghan man who converted from Islam to Christianity

Afghanistan: Case against Christian convert dropped


from Jerusalem Post (via Associated Press), March 26th, 2006

KABUL, Afghanistan

An Afghan court on Sunday dismissed a case against a man who converted from Islam to Christianity because of a lack of evidence and he will be released soon, an official said.

The official told The Associated Press that the case had been returned to the prosecutors for more investigation, but that in the meantime, Rahman would be released.

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More new churches start in
the UK than Starbucks stores


Wycliffe, March 29th, 2006

Research to be released at the upcoming Mission 21 conference on church planting reveals that more new churches are starting in the UK than Starbucks stores. This startling new data flies in the face of the image of the church as a dying institution with no relevance to modern society.

While 481 UK Starbucks branches have started since 1998, more than 500 churches have begun during the same period. As this figure is based on only 18 of the more than 400 denominations in the UK, many more churches may actually have opened.

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Arad, Israel: Sunday’s Meeting and
Wednesday’s Molotov Cocktails


RedHorse, March 24th, 2006

Today, Wednesday,

We saw the results of Sunday's meeting in full swing. When Eddie got to the Chess Club in the morning, he saw that during the night someone had thrown a Molotov Cocktail, (a bottle filled with flammable liquid which is lit and thrown at the area where the thrower wants to burn), at the outside wall of the Club. Although no one was there and no real damage was caused, this was definitely a very dangerous act, as it could have burned the place down again!

Eddie called the police who came quickly this time and investigated the situation with care ... This too is an answer to prayer, as we have seen in the past how sometimes they seem to take the side of the Religious in their fight with us, whom they call, "The Missionaries", and sometimes even refuse to take our complaints.

The biggest part of the story of today though, (Wednesday), is what happened this afternoon...I went to the Club to see if Eddie was there at about 4pm. He wasn't, but the police were there again, this time with a Religious guy who had thrown a few other Molotov Cocktails on the outside of the building, while many chess players were both inside and outside playing their games. Again, miraculously thank God, no one was injured and no real damage was caused.

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Afghan man faces death for
allegedly converting to Christianity


Associated Press, March 19th, 2006

KABUL, Afghanistan An Afghan man who allegedly converted from Islam to Christianity is being prosecuted in a Kabul court and could be sentenced to death, a judge said Sunday.

The defendant, Abdul Rahman, was arrested last month after his family went to the police and accused him of becoming a Christian, Judge Ansarullah Mawlavezada told the Associated Press in an interview. Such a conversion would violate the country's Islamic laws.

Rahman, who is believed to be 41, was charged with rejecting Islam when his trial started last week, the judge said.

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First Peoples Summit, 2006

Covenant of the First Peoples of Canada


Northern Connections / Gathering Nations International, March 8th, 2006

The First Peoples Summit 2006 will be a follow up to the First Peoples Summit held on December 2-4, 2005 in Ottawa where some 90 First Nations, Inuit and Mtis pastors and leaders came together to pray, fellowship, worship and seek after the Father's heart. A timely and refreshing 'baptismal of love' was experienced beyond our understanding, imagination or expectation, propelling each one into a depth of being loved and released with a supernatural ability to express love, forgiveness and healing in Christ.

Reconciliation, healing, unity, identity, faith in God was restored and released with and in the First Peoples of Canada to truly embrace nations, the Church in Canada, and Canada as our homeland.

Reflection and dialogue was based on what the spiritual, social, economic, political life and relations were like long before the arrival of the 'Whiteman', before the Church and before governments were established in our lands? Did our people commit sin - idolatry, immorality, bloodshed or break covenants with one another?

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Allah, Understanding and Wisdom
by Lura Maiman Beckford

Messianic Judaism, March 6th, 2006

Is Allah the same God as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob?
Do Muslims worship the same God that Christian/Messianic believers worship?

Five years ago, I would have said, "No, Allah is not the same God." I have learned a few things since then and have realized there are some problems with that simplistic answer.

I was wrong in my understanding of the word Allah. When I came face-to-face with Muslims and Christian Arabs, I had a choice to make: dig in my heels and sit in my stronghold of misunderstanding, OR, change my mind and be able to witness to my Muslim neighbors and fellowship with my Arab Christian friends. What would Yshua do? Please read on:

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'Now I can see!'

"Now I can see!"


Wycliffe: Words for Life, March 6th, 2006

"I had this pain in my eyes; I was going blind," a Hindu woman told her friends in a Faith Comes By Hearing group in India. "The doctors said I needed an operation. It would cost 15,000 rupeesabout two years wages! ‘If you dont, youll go blind,’ they said. But that was an impossible amount."

She was desperate.

Then she was invited to join the listening group, and things changed. "Whenever I was with the group, the pain went away, but afterwards it returned. So gradually I began to believe in Jesus Christ."

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'No, we dont want dirty, filthy Quechuas sitting in our pews.'

"You dirty, stinking Quechua ..." Accepted!


Wycliffe: Words for Life, March 6th, 2006

When our key partners Faith Comes By Hearing started distributing Spanish Bible recordings among Quechua people in Bolivia, it was soon obvious that most of them did not understand. So FCBH produced Quechua recordings for them.

One year later, church leaders reported that tremendous changes were taking place.

In every village it was the same story. People had enjoyed listening to the Spanish recordings, in groups of 25 30. But when the Quechua recordings arrived attendance swelled to 85 115. Sometimes 90% of the village came to listen. Lives were transformed, drunkenness and domestic violence used to be common but now ceased; families were reconciled and there was peace in their homes.

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Natalie Amar, Melanie, Leo, Arlen, Donald Sinclair (Ambassador) and Russell, in Ofakim

2006 First Nations / Inuit Israel Gathering
by Joel Molin

Northern Connections, February 19th, 2006

Our team consisted of Inuit - First Nations - Mtis - Caucasians - Fijians - from the outer most ends of the world.

Canada's High Artic and Northern communities embraced with communities from the most southern ends of the world - Nuku, Fiji - and met halfway in the Middle East and gave thanks to Israel for the Word that has come forth out of Mount Zion.

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The oldest seed ever brought back to life

An Extinct Biblical Plant returns to Life


Israel Today, March 4th, 2006

Israeli scientists have germinated a sapling from a date palm seed that is nearly 2,000 years old! "We are interested in preserving very valuable species in the Middle East," Dr. Sarah Sallon, who heads the project, told israel today.

"Some of them are extinct but may be able to be resurrected." Sallon, who works at the Louis Borick Natural Medicine Research Center in Jerusalem, said it is the oldest seed ever brought back to life. Until now, the oldest species to be revived came from a 1,200-year-old lotus seed that was germinated in China.

The palm seed was found at the historic fortress of Masada near the Dead Sea, where 960 Jewish zealots chose suicide over capture by the Romans in 73 A.D. "We managed to get a few of these seeds, and we planted them, and some six or seven weeks later a bud appeared," said Sallon.

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Gaza’s Tiny Christian Community Threatened With Violence by Julie Stahl

CNSNews.com, February 22nd, 2006

Extremists are threatening to blow up the Palestinian Bible Society in the Gaza Strip if the people who work there do not close up shop and abandon their ministry by the end of February, a Christian source told Cybercast News Service.

The threat appears to be the work of Islamic extremists who are determined to drive Christians out of the area. Arab Christians are taking the threat very seriously, said a Palestinian Bible Society information officer who asked not to be named.

There are only about 1,500 Christians living among an estimated 1.2 million Palestinian Muslims in the Gaza Strip.

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Peter Kwandibens and Pastor Keith Matthew prayed over the team

The Pas/OCN: Northern Connections’ Leadership Gathering
by Joel Molin

Northern Connections, January 17th, 2006

Northern Connections held their first Leadership Gathering at the Métis Hall, on the Opaskwayak Cree Nation (The Pas, Manitoba) - January 14th-15th, 2006.

Gathering our First Nations leaders from the four directions of Manitoba, they came, drawn by the Great Spirit to represent their community and be set apart for their appointment in the land in Israel.

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Jews Say 'Feh' to Darwin by Mariah Blake

AlterNet, January 4, 2006

The Orthodox Jewish community clashes over intelligent design.

On a recent Tuesday evening, Moshe Tendler, an influential Orthodox rabbi and Yeshiva University biology professor, ambled onto the stage at Kovens Conference Center in North Miami. A stately figure with a wispy white beard and heavy glasses, he surveyed the 300-strong crowd of scientists and intellectuals -- most clad in yarmulkes and dark suits with tallith tassels dangling about their waists -- and urged them to spread the word that Darwin was wrong.

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US REPORT: Israel unfair to Messianic Jews by NJ

Israel Today, Jerusalem, January 01, 2006

Bearing the Reproach - Ultra-Orthodox Jews protest against a Messianic congregation A US State Department report on religious freedom criticizes Israel for its discriminatory treatment of Messianic Jews, foreigners and minorities, but fails to demand change in the government’s treatment of minority groups.

For the first time, the "Israel and Occupied Territories" chapter in the 2005 International Religious Freedom Report listed complaints that Messianic Jews were denied entry to Israel and were harassed by anti-missionary organizations.

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Chinese Clergy, Officials Locked in Property Dispute by Anthony Kuhn

NPR All Things Considered, December 23, 2005

Catholic priests and police in a nothern Chinese city are locked in a standoff. Some 50 priests and nuns say the local government gave their property to a developer and that construction workers beat them. The dispute comes as ties between Beijing and the Vatican have shown signs of progress.

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First Nations pastor plans Jerusalem embassy by Myron Love

The Canadian Jewish News, December 22, 2005

WINNIPEG In the wake of a recent visit by Bnai Brith Canada and Israeli representatives to two First Nations communities in remote northern Manitoba, Winnipeg pastor Raymond McLean is making plans to move to Jerusalem and open a "First Nations Embassy" with himself as the first ambassador.

The Ahenakew affair was the catalyst for closer relations of late between Jews and native people, said Alan Yusim, director of Bnai Briths Winnipeg office.

After First Nations leader David Ahenakew praised Hitler to a reporter in 2002, saying the Nazi dictator fried six million Jews to prevent Jews from taking over the world, Bnai Brith contacted Manitoba First Nations leaders and educators and arranged for a First Nations mission to Israel.

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Palestinian Connection: A Tale of Mercy

Israel Today, December 13th, 2005

Israeli troops on a raid in the town of Jenin in Samaria shot a 12-year-old Palestinian boy who was carrying a toy M-16 assault rifle. The army said soldiers were caught in an exchange of fire, and they mistook the boy, Ahmed Ismail Khatib, for a terrorist.

Israel apologized for what it described as a tragic mistake. The boy was rushed to an Israeli hospital where doctors fought for his life, but he died two days later. Then, in an incredible gesture of reconciliation, the childs family decided to donate his organs to Israeli children!

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From Rasta to Disciple by Mike Rimmer

Cross Rhythms, October 16, 2005

Reggae gospel singer, JUDY MOWATT, talked to Mike Rimmer about her years with Bob Marley and the reggae superstar's deathbed conversion to Christianity:

Judy Mowatt on Bob Marley's deathbed conversion

When she became a Christian in the mid-’90s amidst a wave of other successful reggae artists finding Christian faith like Papa San, Stitchie, Chevelle Franklin and Carlene Davis. After her performance, I ask her what she thinks Marley would have made of her conversion. It was here that she made my jaw drop!

She shared, "When Bob was on his dying bed, his wife Rita called me on the phone and said to me that Bob was in such excruciating pain and he stretched out his hand and said, ‘Jesus take me.’ I was wondering to myself, ‘Why is it that Bob said "Jesus" and not "Selassie"?’ But I never said it to anyone. Then I met a friend of mine and he said his sister, who is a Christian, was a nurse at the hospital where Bob was before he passed on, and she led him to the Lord Jesus Christ. So when Rita saw him saying ‘Jesus take me’, he had already received the Lord Jesus Christ in his life."

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Three Believers talk about the Gaza Pullout by Aviel Schneider

Israel Today, October 09, 2005

Israel Today editor, Aviel Schneider, spoke to three leaders in the Body of Messiah about the Gaza pullout:

Neve Dekalim before and after the evacuation

David Parsons, public relations director of the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem:
The withdrawal wasnt easy to watch. Families of several generations were uprooted. The settlers need our prayers, and as Christians, we will help the nation get through this.

Meno Kalisher, Israeli pastor of Jerusalem Assembly House of Redemption;
The enemies believe that Allah and Mohammad have won the war, but biblically, I know that God is always right. When Jews are forced to withdraw from their Land, it is only because they have a problem with God. I do not believe in political problems, but rather in spiritual problems.

and Naim Khoury, Palestinian pastor of the First Baptist Church of Bethlehem.
From a biblical perspective, I believe Israel should not have left that area.

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Original Peoples, Common Interests: First Nations chiefs visit Israel by Paul Lungen

The Canadian Jewish News/Temple Israel, Boston, September 09, 2005

A forest fire has spread across Manitoba reaching south to Oklahoma and even as far away as Brazil.

Although no trees were actually destroyed in the conflagration, Rev. Pastor Raymond McLean believes the vivid imagery is the best way to describe the widespread interest in a recently completed aboriginal mission to Israel.

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First Nations of Manitoba: "Remembering the Holocaust of Our Peoples"
by Joel Molin

Northern Connections, Manitoba, May 05, 2005

The Present, where Prophecy meets History.

The Jewish Nation, a people group who have kept detailed written accounts of their history and culture, somehow knew in their spirit that accurate records of events in their lives needed to be recorded for the generations to come. Stories of tremendous victories, losses, decisions made - both good & bad - and the consequences that followed them.

Embedded into their writings were prophetic words that told stories of what the world would experience in the coming future, concerning their nation and the world around them. These prophetic writings came by inspiration from the Creators Spirit, whereby the writer relates events in picture stories and by declarations, long before the events would come to pass.

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Turin shroud ‘older than thought’

BBC NEWS, UK, January 31, 2005

Tests in 1988 concluded the cloth was a medieval 'hoax' The Shroud of Turin is much older than suggested by radiocarbon dating carried out in the 1980s, according to a new study in a peer-reviewed journal.

A research paper published in Thermochimica Acta suggests the shroud is between 1,300 and 3,000 years old.

The author dismisses 1988 carbon-14 dating tests which concluded that the linen sheet was a medieval fake.

The shroud, which bears the faint image of a blood-covered man, is believed by some to be Christ's burial cloth.

Raymond Rogers says his research and chemical tests show the material used in the 1988 radiocarbon analysis was cut from a medieval patch woven into the shroud to repair fire damage.

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