Saturday October 1, 2011

This morning my Pastor called me to meet him at his office at 12 noon to pick up the Jesus Culture concert tickets for my friends and I. I was not sure how to get to his office so I decided to take a taxi, though afterwards I think I wish I hadn’t done that because the taxi driver flirted with me and even tried to ask me out. Oh, I felt so uncomfortable!

I mean I seriously wouldn’t mind going on a date but I would never go out with someone I don’t know and especially not with a non-Christian. My standards are much higher than that! Oh, how I need to keep being patient for the right person that God has for me and continue to keep my eyes focused on Jesus with a pure heart.

After I got the concert tickets I arranged to meet with Berta to give the ticket to her since she will be traveling with my friend Ana’s church. Then I went to the grocery store to get some things I needed and then I spent the rest of the day at home. When I got home I spent some time with the Lord because this morning I slept in too late to do it before I left to do my errands. My friend Eva came over to my apartment from 4:00 – 8:30pm to hang out. It was nice to spend some time with her today.

I was also curious to know more about this Christian Pastor in Iran so I looked it up more on the internet today. I found a very good website on his situation and it is very accurate website as well. It is the American Law and Justice website. They are Christian’s lawyers. The American Centre for Law and Justice was founded in 1990 with the mandate to protect religious and constitutional freedoms, they engage legal, legislative, and cultural issues by implementing an effective strategy of advocacy, education and litigation that includes representing clients before the Supreme Court of the United States and international tribunals around the globe.

Here is their website: http://aclj.org/

Please pray for Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. He was born into a Muslim family, He became a Christian at the age of 19 and he is currently a Pastor of a very strong church of 400 people. He is 34 years old, he is married and he has two young sons (ages 7 and 9). He is currently on trial and facing a death sentence in court because he refuses to renounce his faith in Christ.

For the past ten years Pastor Youcef has been a Pastor in a network of house churches. He was previously imprisoned in December 2006, the charges being apostasy (leaving Islam for Christianity) and evangelism (spreading the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ), but he was released two weeks later.

On October 12, 2009, Pastor Youcef was placed again at the prison in Lankan and he has been there since that time. The reason why he was placed back in prison was because he protested against his sons learning about Islam in school (at that time the government decided that all children including those from Christian families should be taught about Islam). Youcef went to the school and protested this based on the Iranian constitution, which allows for freedom to practice religion. As a result, the secret police called him before the political tribunal in Rasht, Iran and arrested him. At first he was charged for protesting but later the charges changed to apostasy and evangelism to Muslims.

Pastor Youcef’s trial has been back and forth since his imprisonment. His wife was even put in prison for a time but then she got released. Currently he is on trial and has been asked to recant his faith in Christ in court but each time he told them that he cannot do that. The Muslim attorney that is working to help him had to say this about his client “Physically he looks weak but emotionally his belief in Christ is keeping his spirit high.”

Here is more of his full story on this website here:

http://presenttruthmn.com/the-ministry/youcef-nadarkhani/

Right now there is a death sentence hanging over him but there is something we can do to help him and that is to pray and sign this petition on the American Law and Justice website. Here is the link to their website where you can sign the petition. They need at least 100,000 people to sign it before they can bring it to the Secretary of State Clinton and the U.N. (United Nations).

http://aclj.org/iran/christian-pastor-youcef-nadarkhani-story-aclj-fight-save-life

The Bible tells us that we need to be praying for our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ and since my Mom told me about his story it has been on my heart to pray for them more. I really believe in my heart that we need to be praying for Pastor Youcef, his attorney, the judges and many other people working on his case.

I am so encouraged to see Pastor Youcef’s strong faith in Christ and his courage that he has to not back down no matter what. We need to pray for his release and also for God’s glory to be known that He alone is God in that court room. Thank-you for signing the petition and for your prayers!

About Andrea

I am from Whitby, Ontario. I have lived in Romania for 9 years as a missionary but I am currently in Canada on a sabbatical break at this time. I have also lived in South Korea for a year and I have also been to Russia, Uganda, Albania and the Czech Republic on short-term mission trips. In 2012, God also gave me an amazing opportunity to go to Mozambique for the Harvest Mission School with Iris Ministries as well. I love children, reaching out to people who are in need and vulnerable, I have a passion to fight against the injustice issue of human trafficking and to simply share the love of Jesus wherever I go. I also love cats too and I have a cat of my own named Minnie!
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