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anonymous  April 30, 2008 3:50 AM

Attacker Shoots Two Pastors and Wife; One Pastor Killed - VOM Sources

On April 15, Pastor Vic Vicera, his wife, Beth, and Pastor Noli Saturnino were shot at when an unknown assailant stormed Pastor Vic’s home in Mindanao, Philippines, and started shooting. Pastor Vic was killed in the attack. According to The Voice of the Martyrs contacts, "Pastor Vic and his wife, Beth, and Pastor Noli were having a conversation early that evening. They were talking about their plans to minister in a Muslim tribal area, when suddenly the killer came in and started firing at them." VOM contacts added, "Pastor Vic got four gunshots, two at the upper part of the knees that went through his navel and two shots to the lower part of his knees, the bullets remained in his stomach. Beth, his wife, got two gunshots, one in her palm and one in her leg. Pastor Noli got one shot in his leg; the bullet went through his leg." Pastor Vic was killed, and Beth and Pastor Noli are being treated by doctors. Even though VOM contacts could not confirm the reason for the attack, they reported that Pastor Vic lived among Muslims who wanted him to join Islam, but he refused. Pray for believers in the Philippines who face persecution because of their faith. Pray especially for the family and congregation of Pastor Vic, who have lost a father and pastor. Ask God to heal Pastor Vic’s wife, Beth, and Pastor Noli. Pray the testimonies of these faithful believers will draw their persecutors into fellowship with Christ. Psalm 107:35, Psalm 23  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
anonymous  May 21, 2008 10:09 AM

Government Officials Confiscate Evangelist's Home - Compass Direct News

Government officials in Vietnam's Lao Cai province have confiscated the land and home of a former opium addict because of his phenomenal success as an evangelist. According to Compass Direct News, "Local Christians report Sua Yinh Siong of Lau Chai village, in Sapa district in the Northwest Mountainous Region, had long been a desperate opium addict, leading to destitution for him and his family. In 2004, after becoming a Christian, Siong broke from his addiction and his animistic past, taking down paraphernalia for ancestor worship and other spirit-related articles and burning them. His joy over his liberation soon spread to others, and eventually more than 200 families also decided to follow Christ." The Compass report added, " Earlier this month, Siong told other Christian leaders that government harassment had reached a crisis point - in April, local and provincial officials had confiscated his land, citing ‘illegal religious activities.' In the first few days of this month, Siong said officials evicted him from his home and threatened to destroy it." Pray for protection for Siong and his family and for their land and home to be returned. Ask God to use his testimony to draw more nonbelievers into fellowship with Him. Philippians 4:13
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anonymous  October 15, 2008 8:48 PM

October 15, 2008

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.”  Colossians 3:16

Dear Donna

Philippine Christians Fear Failed Pact Increases Risk of Reprisals*

Militant Islamists in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao have stepped up their attacks on majority-Christian villages following the failure of a peace agreement that would have enlarged an existing Muslim autonomous region there.

“The problem is that many people living in these areas don’t want to be part of a Muslim autonomous region,” a source in Mindanao who preferred to remain anonymous told Compass Direct News. “The closer you get to these zones, the more nervous people are,” he said. “The town of Kolambugan, where most of the fighting took place in mid-August, became a virtual ghost town for a while. It had a population of 25,000. But people are slowly returning to their homes.”

A Christian family from the area said many people were afraid to sleep at night because they kept hearing reports that they would be attacked at midnight. Read more about the ongoing violence in Mindanao. 

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 July 14, 2009 3:34 PM

Open Doors Enables Filipino Churches to Share the Love of Christ


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     The love of Christ extends to locals in need of medical treatment.

The crowds began to gather early. Word had travelled fast among the island communities—this was simply not an opportunity to miss!

Before long the lines stretched out beyond the shelters—hundreds of people all eagerly waiting their turn. The event? A two-day medical outreach initiative run by Open Doors in partnership with the local church in Zamboanga City, southern Philippines.

Showing the love of Jesus

Over 30 Christian health professionals volunteered to serve at the temporary clinic, all with a desire to express the love of Jesus to their communities in a practical way. “Our objective was for people to feel that we care and love them,” explains Sister Miriam, an Open Doors co-worker.

During the two-day mission, the medical team treated 727 people, more than half of whom were Muslims from the surrounding region. “I am afflicted with many illnesses, and I have no access to a doctor,” shared one Muslim lady. “I thought your clinic might only be for Christians, but when I came you did not show favoritism. I had a free checkup and you even gave me medicines. Thank you so much!”

Physical and spiritual care

Of course, the medical team was ready not only to provide physical care for the patients, but also to give spiritual counsel and support—and explain the Good News of Jesus to the many who asked to know more. “I can see your love for people,” said one Muslim patient. “Even though I am from a different faith, you still care for me. Now I want to know about the Bible and the God you are serving.”

Thank you for your gifts and prayers which enable our teams in the southern Philippines… and around the world… to keep sharing the love of Christ in such bold and courageous ways
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 September 22, 2011 12:09 PM

Two Philippine Christian Leaders Shot Dead
In the stillness of the evening, Jum woke to gunshots fired inside her home. Her husband, Mario Acidre, staggered into the bedroom, bleeding profusely. Rushed to the hospital he died shortly thereafter. Just eighteen days after Mario's shooting, another Christian leader, Nickarter "Boy" S. Gonzalo, was gunned down outside of his home.
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