But not everyone is happy with this decision. The article goes on to say,
"I think it's a bad idea," said Dick Paasch, 69, from Billings, Montana. "The Chinese Revolution ... in the years 1958-1960, there were something like 26 million people starved to death. Why would we want to celebrate something like that?
"I think the Chinese have come a long way since then, but I certainly wouldn't celebrate the revolution," he said.
Representatives for the building say it won't incur any extra costs to use the colored floodlights, so taxpayers won't have to pay a dime. But tourists thought it would have been better if the building would have stayed white this Wednesday.
"It seems a little out of place in New York City, an American city, having communist colors," said Cathy Crismore of Lancaster, California. "That doesn't seem right."
The Voice of the Martyrs has covered the Christian persecution that happens all the time under the communist regime of China and would ask today that you would remember China in your prayers and especially those who are serving Jesus in that nation.
China is a restricted nation with 7.25% of the population as Christians. There are more Christians in prison or under detention in China than in any other country. The house church movement (unregistered churches), which comprises approximately 90 percent of China's Christians, endures unimaginable persecution, yet stands on its commitment to preach the gospel, no matter the cost
To learn more about China as a restricted nation, click here.
Today's good news comes from our friends at Compass Direct. Click here for the full article.
JAKARTA, Indonesia, September 29 (CDN) —Christians have won a court battle restoring the right to worship in their building in Depok City, West Java. Court in West Java rescinds mayor’s order revoking permit.
Court in West Java rescinds mayor’s order revoking permit.
Lately I have been really meditating on Matthew 10:32-33 which says, "Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven." So, as I read today's excerpt from the best selling book Extreme Devotion, I thought what amazing faith this woman had to endure such torture for Christ, and yet not deny Him. All I can say is WOW...
Blandina was a servant who was so filled with God’s power that those who took turns torturing her day and night finally gave up. In fact, her torture seemed to make Blandina’s faith stronger. She boldly proclaimed her faith, saying, “I am a Christian; we will not be ashamed.”
Blandina was persecuted during the reign of Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (A.D. 161–170). It was during this time that the Christians kept strict records of their sufferings. They hoped to encourage other believers who would follow with the true stories of endurance.
Blandina was hung on a post, yet she endured, serving to encourage
those who witnessed her torture. Having survived this scenario, she was
then put into an arena with lions along with a fifteen-year-old
Christian boy named Ponticus, who was encouraged by her example.
Blandina did not show despair before the animals but was “rejoicing and
exulting at her departure as if invited to a wedding supper.”
Twice Blandina was thrown before starving lions that would not touch her. Thus, she returned to prison unharmed. She was eventually “torn by the lions, scourged, put into a net and tossed about by a wild bull, and placed naked into a red-hot metal chair.” Yet she lived and encouraged all near her to remain steadfast in their faith. Blandina was eventually killed with a sword after her torturers were unable to make her deny her faith.
Although unrelated to Christian witness, there are situations we can’t seem to escape that are painfully challenging. Raising a difficult child at home. Laboring beside a difficult coworker. Enduring a difficult living arrangement. There are times when we think we can no longer bear the strain and we are tempted to just give up. No matter what the circumstances, God gives us the endurance and the strength to do whatever he calls us to do. God asked Blandina to endure torture. He may prod us to seek help in our parenting, confront our coworker, or undertake some other seemingly impossible task. Injecting the name of Jesus, we can be his witness. Regardless of our scenario, God is with us, giving us patience and even joy. In what areas do you need this extreme endurance that comes only from our gracious God?
Last week I told you about our pal Glenn Penner at our sister ministry The Voice of the Martyrs Canada, and I asked you to pray for Glenn because he has been diagnosed with a pneumonia. A few days ago Glenn's wife, Denita, shared on his blog that he wasn't doing very well so they admitted Glenn to the hospital so they could treat him there and so he could be watched more closely.
Denita needs your prayers too, because she shared with us that she feels helpless during times like these. So please, remember both Glenn and Denita as well as those others who surround the Penner family.
One other thing I should mention is that Glenn has requested today on his blog that he would appreciate not having comments sent to him about trying different diets. He said, and I quote, "I also find such comments of little comfort as I struggle to check my emails a couple of times a day. It is very frustrating to have to deal with multiple unsolicited health advice, regardless of how well-meaning it is. It is too reminiscent of Job’s friends."
Thank you for your prayers and let's thank God for Glenn's honesty. I love that about Glenn, as well as his sense of humor.
To keep posted on the latest, please visit Glenn's blog.
“In the month of March, Sandul…studied that (Tortured for Christ) book. She is really encouraged. Last month when she traveled for Faisalabad for [a] court hearing, secretly she gave that book (Torture for Christ) to her father Gull Sheer and said to him, ‘Please read it in jail. This is a unique book,’” VOM contacts said.
When Sandul’s family visited her in prison during Ramadan, the recent Muslim holiday, Muslim women told her to join them in their prayers and fasting, she refused telling them, “I am Christian I pray to Jesus Christ why should I say prayers with you. I will not do that.” Even though Sandul has faced some challenges in prison, she told her family her faith in Christ is strong. “When I feel lonely, I talk with God during the prayers, in the presence of God I feel strengthened and peace in mind. I am happy that this way God fulfils his words: ‘I am with you.’” Sandul said.
Sandul and her father Gulsher were arrested in October 2008 and charged with violating section 295-B of the Pakistani legal code, the “blasphemy" law.” Sandul was falsely accused of ripping pages from the Quran. Following their arrest, a large crowd of Muslims attacked Christian families at a church, throwing stones and firing guns. They were shouting, “Kill Gulsher and his daughter Sandul.” Sandul and her father, Gulsher Masih, were arrested after a mob from the local mosque surrounded their house. Loudspeakers from different mosques broadcast accusations that Christians had disgraced the Quran, calling Muslims to attack and burn their homes. The angry crowd threw stones and set fire to Sandul's home. Christians believe Sandul and her father were targeted and arrested because they were aggressively winning villagers to Christ.
VOM is continuing to support Sandul’s family and encourages you to pray for Sandul and Gulsher as they remain in prison. Pray for their release and for the false charges to be dismissed. Ask God to encourage other believers in Pakistan who are unashamedly standing for Christ. To send letters of encouragement to Sandul and Gulsher go to www.prisoneralert.com