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Operation Nehemiah gives a clarion call for unity and integrity Unprecedented gathering of over 75 Christian Leaders - the Who's Who of Indian Church. Bangalore, 3 Sept 2011 Arpit Waghmare: On September 2, 2011 a unique gathering took place at the Leela in Bangalore. While the environment in the country was rife with the action relating to the India Against Corruption movement, 51 top church leaders had quietly come together to discuss how the church at large can lead the way against corruption – not by fighting an external entity – but by becoming a model of integrity in the way the church runs itself. The group that gathered was representative of different denominations within the Christian community. There were 17 top church leaders representing some of the major churchdenominations such as – the Catholic Church, the Orthodox Church, the Church of North

India, the Church of South India, the Methodist Church, the Church of the Nazarene, the Apostolic Church Alliance, the Indian Pentecostal Church, the Assemblies of God, the Evangelical Church of India, and the Kashmir Evangelical Fellowship. Each of these denominations was represented by leaders who were bishops or above, or pastors who had churches with more than 1000 members. Apart from the Church representatives there were also 27 key leaders of important para-church organizations, some of which are – World Vision, Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI), Haggai India, Campus Crusade for Christ, ACTS, UESI, IEM, Bible Society of India, Interserve, CANA, IMA, Alpha India and the Lausanne

Movement. Each of these organizations, barring very few exceptions, was represented by their senior most leaders in India. There were also leaders from seminaries and theological institutions like SAIACS, SABC and TAFTEE and lay Christian leaders who are representatives of the community within the government namely Dr H.T Sangliana and Dr John Dayal. 25 of the participants were outstationparticipants, from cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Patna, Guwahati, Cuttack, Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai and Cochin. The event called “Operation Nehemiah – Salt and Light in a Corrupt Society” was conceived, managed and facilitated by a network of Christian Businessmen and Professionals called “Transition Network”

with the backing and the support of the Lausanne Movement. The speakers were thought leaders like Bishop EfraimTendero who is the National director of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches, composed of 20,000 Evangelical churches; Dr. Roberto Laver, a lawyer and banker with vast global experience with faith-based NGO’s and international development, who has served as Lausanne Senior Associate for Bible Engagement; Dr. Manfred Kohl, Special Ambassador for Overseas Council; and LT Jeyachandran, Director Asia Pacific for RZIM. The heart of the event comprised of deliberations among the distinguished participants facilitated by an expert in the “design thinking methodology.” The Page 12

Mangalore: Christians seek amendment to Cannon Law Mangalore, Sep 15: The fresh representation by Indian Christians governed by Cannon Law for relief by amendment of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Indian Succession Act was forwarded to Salman Khurshid, union minister of law and parliamentary affairs, recently, in order to amend Sec 494 IC which makes bigamy an offence. Under Sec 494 of the IPC, marrying again during the lifetime of spouse–having a husband or wife living—in which such marriage is void by reason of its taking place during the life of such husband or wife. This shall be punished with imprisonment of earlier description for a term which may extend to seven years, and shall also be liable to time. The exception, being this section, does not extend to any person whose marriage with such husband or wife has been declared void by court of competent jurisdiction. Canon Law is the person law of the Christians and is applicable to about a billion Christians around the world including India. However in India, Canon Law is not recognized especially with

regard to a decree of the Canon Law court declaring a marriage a nullity. The Indian Christian Marriage Act recognizes Canon Law to the extent of solemnization of marriages in the church. However, it does not recognize disso-lution of marriage which is also part of Canon Law. Muslims also have their personal law. Under the Mo-hammedan Law there is provision for nullity of ma-rriage and this is recognized under Indian Law. The Mohammedan Law is reco-gnized in India especially with regard to nullity of marriage. Expressing the word ‘Talaq’ three times renders a marriage null and this nullity entitles the spouse to remarry and such remarriage does not amount to bigamy. It’s a clear case of discrimination between Mus-lims and Christians on the subject of remarriage after the previous marriage is made a nullity under the personal law applicable to Muslims only. Under this representation, the Indian Christians seek an amendment with exception to

Jacobite, Orthodox groups dispute over church ownership

Sec 494 of the IPC as: this Section does not extend to any person whose marriage with such husband or wife has been declared void by a Court of competent jurisdiction, which will include the Ecclesiastical Court constituted under the Code of Canon Law applicable to Indian Christians. A case for amendment to be made to Sec 496 as IPC for the purpose of adding an exception to bigamy is necessary. Canon Law is the personal law of Indian Christians in the same way as Mohammedan Law is the personal law of the Muslims. In fact Canon Law governs over one billion Indian Christians in the world. This is a case where the Canon Law is in conflict with the Civil Law. The Christian Marriage Act Page 12

Two factions of the Malankara Syrian Church, disputing the ownership of a church in Cochin, Kerala, are yet to come to an amicable resolution despite efforts by the district administration. The members of the Orthodox and Jacobite Syrian Church are protesting over the ownership of St Peter's and St Paul's Church at Kolenchery. Tension erupted after the district court handed control of the church to the Orthodox faction on August 16. On Saturday, both the groups organised separate functions at the church although the police had advised against it. Trouble began when the Orthodox faction decided not to share ownership of the church with the rivals, preventing them from entering the premises. The Orthodox faction demanded that the Jacobite Church abide by the district court order. The dispute over the right to worship further led the head the Orthodox Church, HH Baselios Mar-thoma Paulose II to launch a hunger strike on Sunday. Not budging from its stand, the Jacobite faction under Catholicos Baselios

Orthodox Church leaders fasting at Kolenchery (Malankara Orthodox Church) Thomas I as well began a fast near the shrine. Both the groups rejected the district administration's proposal to keep the church open for prayers. The district collector meanwhile has sought the intervention of the mediation cell of the High Court to resolve the dispute. District Collector P I Sheik Pareeth told the court that the dispute had become a law and order issue and would worsen with more people joining the protests. A curfew was Sunday declared at the tension-gripped Kolenchery. "Our protest is not to gain power or property. We want

only the right to worship in the church," Fr Varghese Kallappara, spokesperson of the Jacobite faction, told media. The Jacobite Synod would meet at Kolenchery on Wednesday to decide on the future course of action. The Orthodox faction meanwhile said they would hold protest rallies at Piravom, Thiruvalla, Ko-ttayam and Pampady on Wednesday. “We will stick to the court ruling until a higher court orders otherwise,” a spokesman of the Orthodox faction told reporters. Both the factions have been at loggerheads for the last 52 years.

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Church demolition orders not to be enforced in Kandhamal

The Orissa government's demolition orders on churches in Kandhamal will not be enforced, a high-ranking official has assured Christians in the state. Rajesh Prabhakar Patil, the District Collector of Kandhamal, told a delegation of Christians that the order for demolition of churches was issued by his juniors and he would not authorize the same. About five churches had been covered under the order for demolition or halt to reconstruction on basis that it

was built on government land. The delegation, according to Agenzia Fides, had informed the district collector on their right to rebuild more than 230 churches and chapels that were destroyed during the anti-Christian violence in 2008. They also discussed on the continued harassment and intimidation of Christians, and on the compensation of victims who lost homes and property. The district collector reportedly has promised to

look into the issues raised by the delegation. The demolition orders were issued last month when Christians were marking the third anniversary of the 2008 violence. Christian families taking shelter at a resettlement colony in Nandagiri in G Udayagiri district received a notice for the reason that they constructed church on government land. "You are directed to leave the place and take away all things and demolish the church under construction within 30 days, or else, all things and properties shall be seized and the church under construction shall be demolished," the order states. Christians argue that the land where worship is being temporarily conducted was acceded to be gradually allotted for a church. The Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) had earlier in a petition to the Chief Justice of India called for restrain to the demolition order and pleaded for support to the victims.

CRS Forewarns US of Modi’s possible elevation to PM WASHINGTON: American lawmakers and policy planners are being primed for the return of BJP to power at the center , with its controversial regional satrap Narendra Modi possibly at the helm as prime minister, following what US analysts say is a "precipitous" decline in the Congress party's standing. A September 1 report by the US Congressional Research Service (CRS), a bipartisan and independent research wing of the US Congress that provides briefs for American lawmakers, has gone where forecasters fear to tread: boldly projecting a BJP resurgence. It has also forewarned Washington about the possible elevation to the PMO of Gujarat CM Narendra Modi , who was denied a US visa in 2005 for his alleged complicity in the 2002 riots. "Although still in some disorder in 2011, there are signs that the BJP has made changes necessary to be a formidable challenger in scheduled 2014 polls. These include a more effective branding of the party as one focused on development and good governance rather than emotive, Hindutva-related issues, and Gadkari's success

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi addresses the media after he appeared before the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team in Gandhinagar.

at quelling intraparty dissidence and, by some accounts, showing superior stra-tegizing and organizing skills as compared to his predecessors," the 94-page report notes. But it's not Gadkari, or the patriarch L K Advani or Sushma Swaraj who US pundits think is a shoo-in as the prime minister. "Among the party's likely candidates for the prime ministership in future elections is Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi,

who has overseen impressive development successes in his state, but who is also dogged by controversy over his alleged complicity in lethal antiMuslim rioting there in 2002," the report notes in a surprising long-term pro-jection . It adds that Modi has in the past been denied a US visa under an American law barring entry for foreign government officials found to be complicit in severe vio-lations of religious freedom. Page 15

Floods displace 14 lakh, maroon 2600 villages in Orissa

Tens of thousands of people have been affected by severe floods in Orissa that has submerged some 2600 villages across 19 districts. Official Sources informed that over 14 lakh people have been affected by the state's devastating floods with Cuttack, Puri, Ken-drapara, Jajpur and Sambalpur being the worst hit. The state government reportedly has evacuated some 60,000 people to safer places. The floods have claimed 22 lives so far. Continuous rains over

the past one week have forced the government to intensify relief and rescue operations. State authorities attributed the floods to overflowing rivers such as Mahanadi that has caused destruction to thousands of houses, crops and livestock. Media reported that the situation is likely to remain critical for the next two days as it would be difficult for excess water to be released into the sea. "The situation is critical as excess water from Mahanadi river will not be

released into the sea easily due to the full moon on Monday," special relief Commissioner P K Mohapatra said. Meanwhile, about 150 relief camps with free kitchens have been opened in Angul, Balasore, Bargarh, Boudh, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Jharsuguda, Mayurbhanj, Puri, Sambalpur and Subarnapur districts. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday took an aerial review of the affected areas. "We are taking all measures to mitigate the sufferings of the people affected by flood. After damage assessment we will also seek help from the Centre for the damage caused by flood," CNN-IBN quoted the minister as saying. Some 1,400 boats has been pressed into service for relief and rescue operations. A naval ship from Vishakhapatnam with a helicopter and relief material is set to join the operation on Monday.

Abuse victims sue pope at international criminal court Clergy sex abuse victims from several countries, including the United States, have filed a complaint against top Vatican officials, in-cluding the Pope, with the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague on Tuesday, and have threatened to go to Europe to gather more evidence. The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) and their attorneys from the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) have accused the Holy See of not reacting to rape, sexual assault and torture of young people over the years. The accusation is aimed directly at Pope Benedict XVI and three Cardinals, William Levada, current head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; Tarcisio Bertone, current Secretary of State of Vatican; and Angelo Sodano. Vatican officials “to-lerate and enable the systematic and widespread concealing of rape and child sex crimes throughout the world,” CCR representatives said. SNAP members from the United States, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands traveled to The Hague to convince the ICC to take action. SNAP and CCR officials are also planning to

embark on a European tour to demand local dioceses to help them get evidence of more abuse. The human rights organization, SNAP is constituted mostly of past victims, including 21-year-old Megan Peterson who spoke of her abuse publicly for the first time last week. “It’s important that the court understands that this is still happening and that they need to take this case seriously and do the right thing,” Ms. Peterson said. “I don’t want any more kids to go through what I went through.” “In this case, all roads really do lead to Rome,” said CCR Senior Staff Attorney Pam Spees. “These men operate with impunity and without accountability. They should be brought to trial like any other officials guilty of crimes against humanity.” The Vatican officials in question are also responsible for psychological torture of victims around the world, she added. Together with the charges SNAP filed 20,000 pages of supporting materials consisting of reports, policy papers and “evidence of the crimes by Catholic clergy committed against children and vulnerable adults.”

SNAP’s President Barbara Blaine said in a statement that the orga-nization is looking to prevent “even one more child from being raped or sexually assaulted by a priest” and that she hopes “the victims around the world will know today that they are not alone and that it is safe to speak up and report their abuse.” According to CCR, Church authorities in the U.S. admitted to sheltering close to 6,000 Catholic priests who were publicly accused of child molestation over the past few decades. As many as 20,000 sexually abusive priests still work as spiritual leaders, even after criminal charges against them were filed, the agency said. Yet according to estimates, the probability that the ICC will open an investigation is small. The court has previously received nearly 9,000 independent proposals for inquiries, and there has never been a formal inves-tigation based solely on such a request, said AP. Furthermore, the Holy See is not a member state of the court, meaning prosecutors have no automatic jurisdiction.


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Indians in US camps: Kerala seeks central help

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Illusory peace in Sri Lanka after 30 years civil war Sept 6, 2011: Peace and minority rights are illusory even two years after the end of a 30year civil war in Sri Lanka, the secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference said September 3. “Minority rights were not respected by the majority of the people. Most of them do not like to accept the multi-language, multireligion and multicultural solution even after three decades of war,” said Bishop Norbert Andradi. He was speaking at the Oblate priestsrun Center for Society and Religion (CSR) in Colombo. “We cannot simply bury the past and then expect to find true peace,” he said.

“We have to learn to deal with our past and our hurt. We need to learn from our mistakes. As a result, it has become a challenge to work for a sustainable peace in the country. “The attitude of welcoming different opinions and thinking of others is decreasing now.” He said: “We should question the relationship between the security forces and the politicians. Politicians try to take the law and order into their hands. So we should create a society beyond the political influences,” Andradi said in front of more than 250 rights activists, Christian priests and nuns celebrating the 40th anniversary of CSR.

Thiruvananthapuram, Sept 14, 2001 Kerala government has sought the Centre's intervention to help nearly 4,000 Indians, a majority of whom are Malayalees, reportedly working in "miserable" conditions in US military camps in Afghanistan. Some of those purportedly stranded in the camps told Malayalam television channels today over phone that there could be nearly 4,000 Indians in the US military camps in Afghanistan. The workers alleged they were cheated by a Chennai-based recruiting agency which first took them to Gulf countries and from there to Afghanistan. "We are living here in miserable conditions. We are forced to do all sorts of jobs. If we run away from the camps, we will end up in the hands of militants," one worker said. He claimed though some of them informed the Indian Embassy in Afghanistan about their plight, there has been no action so far. The workers alleged recruits were first taken to Dubai and Kuwait on visit visas and then sent to camps in Afghanistan. Reacting to the report, state Minister for Non Resident Keralites Affairs K C Joseph said the government viewed the matter seriously and wanted the Central government's intervention to save the Indians. “Chief Minister Minister Oommen Chandy will be writing to External Affairs Minister and Non-resident Indians Affairs Minister to ascertain the details and intervene in the matter," Joseph said.

Worship Festival on September 17 New Delhi: A day of non-stop worship, Festival of Holy Spirit, is being organised as part of Power and Glory Non-Stop Worship, on September 17, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at St. John Church campus, Mehrauli (Near Mehrauli Bus Terminal, New Delhi-30. Pastors P.K. Sam-kutty, Deepak Thakur, K.R. Abraham and S.P.K. Abraham will be ministering from the Word of God during the worship sessions. Many leading worship teams in Delhi Gospel Revival Ream, Gloria Sin-gers, Bethsaida Worship Team,Good News Team, Partnership Worship Team and Pastor Daniel George and team - will be leading the worship sessions. Entry to the worship festival is free, and lunch will be provided. More details are available at with the organizers, Pastor S.P.K. Abraham (9891143457), Pastor Mohan Masih (9211291441) and Bro. V.M. George(9911116027). E mail: powerandglory@gmail.com, vm.george18@gmail.com

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Karnataka boys beaten and arrested for having converted to Christianity

Mumbai, Sept 11, 2011 - It is a cause "serious concern" to see how Christians are "regularly" attacked in Karnataka by Hindu nationalists, while the authorities "turn a blind eye, because their political survival depends on these forces”, denounces Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), in the face of yet another case of violence and abuse against two Christians held responsible for

forced conversions. Bhasker Naik, 20 years, and Hemanth Naik, 22, from the village Mank (North Kanara district), worked for over a year in the town of Udupi, employed in a private company. About six months ago, the boys began to follow the sermons of Pastor Sadananda, of the Church of Christ Fellowship in Hire-bettu, and converted to Christianity. On 7 September the two returned to

their village, but some activists of the Bajrang Dal (ultranationalist Hindu youth wing), learned of their conversion, started beating them and insulting them, telling them to return to Hinduism. Faced with the refusal of Bhasker and Hemanth to deny Christ, Hindu activists reported them to Honnavar police for forced conversions. The inspector Venkatappa conducted a brief investigation, and arrested them. The two Christians are still in prison. “From May 2008 accuses Sajan George - when the BJP came to power in Karnataka, freedom of worship for the Christian community is under threat, even in private homes. Our places of worship are under constant control of fundamentalist forces, who systematically stop prayer services and beat pastors and faithful. While the police are increasingly available and hasty in arresting and imprisoning Christians. “

Pentecostal pastors and 11 Hindus requesting baptism arrested Five activists of the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) and the police tried to convince the faithful to file a false complaint against the pastor, on charges of forced conversions. The 11 rejected. Mumbai (AsiaNews) Sept 13, 2011 - Insulted, beaten and charged with false accusations of forced conversions of five Hindu activists by the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh). This is what happened yesterday in Madhya Pradesh to four Pentecostal pastors, and the wife of one of the 11 faithful. After a night in jail, they were released on bail today. It is the latest episode of aggression by Hindu nationalists against Pentecostal pastors. But Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) points out: "The situation is alarming for all Christians, Madhya Pradesh is a rogue state that does not guarantee any rights of the Constitution in this community." Pastors Ramesh, Balu and Ashok were driving to a prayer meeting attended by

20 other people. Of these, 11 were to have received the baptism ritual according to Pentecostal ritual. Suddenly, the RSS activists armed with sticks broke into the house, along with three local police officers. The pastors tried to explain what was happening, but the activists began to attack them accusing them of practicing forced conversions. After arresting the men and Sumantra, the wife of the rev. Ramesh, the police questioned the 11 baptized. Along with the Hindu group, the police tried to coerce the faithful to file false charges against Pastor Ramesh on charges of forced conversions. The group refused, saying they wanted to be baptized as believers in Christ. "The anti-conversion law of 1968 - says Sajan George serves as a pretext to intimidate Christians. A similar case

occurred last August 31 in Khargone district, where the pastor Veersingh Kalesh received threats while he officiated a service of prayer. " But the Hindu persecution in Madhya Pradesh against Christians also has other forms, as the president of the GCIC reports: "The state government (led by the BJP - Bharatiya Janata Party, the Hindu nationalist party, ed) abuse federal laws to harass the Christian schools, putting them under pressure, interfering with their management " In March, the government has attempted to carry out a survey on the Christian population in Madhya Pradesh: number of schools, churches and priests, financial situation, foreign income and any political patronage, details of Christians with a criminal record. Following protests, the survey was blocked.

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Christians increasingly wary after abduction of slain governor's son It was another shocking moment for many Pakistani people, especially Christian minority of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, when they heard the news on August 26, 2011 of slain Governor Salmaan Taseer’s young son Shahbaz Taseer’skidnapped in Lahore, Punjab’s capital, by anonymous gunmen. Still, Shahbaz Taseer is missing. Although, police is not certain about the motives behind the kidnapping, many believe that it is the sequence to intimidate and to be silent, the liberal voices that are against religious intolerance and the conservative practice and laws in Pakistan. Countless human rights activists are openly blame terrorist groups for the daylight kidnapping of ShahbazTaseer. As the year started, terrorists killed two prominent Pakistani politicians (one Muslim and other Christian) for their liberal views. The whole of Pakistan was stunned when two well-known Pakistani officials were

murdered in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, be-cause of their opposition to Pakistan’s controversial anti-blasphemy laws (known as blasphemy laws). From the time of induction, these laws have been widely misused against innocent people, especially against many Muslims and especially against religious minorities, including Christians, Hindus, Sikhs and Ahmadis (Islamic sect regarded as the non-Muslim by the state). Shahbaz Clement Bhatti, 42, Pakistan's Minister for Minorities Affairs, was killed by members of Tehreek-eTaliban Pakistan (TTP) in Islamabad on 2nd March, 2011. Mr. Bhatti, a Christian, had received numerous death threats from religious extremists before. Earlier, Salmaan Taseer, 64, Governor of Punjab province, Pakistan’s most populous province, was shot dead on 4th January 2011 by one of his police bodyguards, Mumtaz Hu-ssain, 26, in Islamabad. About 500 Mu-

slim clerics of Jamaat Ahle Sunnat Pakistan (JASP) had signed a statement condoning his murder. Taseer's daughter Shehrbano is a recent graduate working as a journalist for Newsweek in Lahore told a UK based journalist, Samira Shackle, "Very few people condemned my father's murder. Everyone was so petrified that they'd be next. That's how terrorists operate. We went ten steps back." Both Bhatti and Taseer (high-profile members of the ruling party) openly advocated the release of an illiterate and poor Christian woman, AasiaBibi, 45, from District Jail Sheikhupura, who was sentenced to death under Section 295-C of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) on 8th November 2010 for allegedly committing blasphemy against the Prophet Muhammad. Consequently, Islamists started an aggressive campaign against them and some Muslim religious leaders

publicly instigated their murder. General Muhammad Ziaul-Haq (1977-88) introduced these laws in the 1980 as a part of his Islamisation process. There are seven major clauses of the blasphemy laws which are specifically about the protection of Islam, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), Holy Quran, Muslim religious personalities; and against Ahmadis. The Section 295-B and C of PPC are the most controversial sections among all of them, which were inserted into the Pakistan’s criminal laws in 1982 and 1986. The former is against the defiling of the Koran and merits imprisonment for life while the latter is desecration against the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) carries the death penalty or life imprisonment. To bring harmony among all Indian religions, the British rulers introduced a blasphemy laws, Sections 295 and 295-A of Indian Penal Code in 1806

and 1927. It is interesting to note that between 1927 and 1986; only 10 blasphemy incidents were reported in the British India (Pakistan was part of that territory) and present Pakistan. Nonetheless, from 1986 to October 2009, over 1,000 people ended up on trial for blasphemy against defiling the Holy Quran or insulting the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Ac-cording to the State of Human Rights 2010, last year over 32 people were killed extra-judicially by mobs or individuals on allegations of blasphemy and 64 were charged under this law. There have been at least 51 cases where suspected blasphemers were either extra judicially murdered or died in jail. In the latest case this year, Shaukat Ali, 35, mysteriously died in Lahore Camp Jail on 17th July. On 11th November 2010, Imran Latif, 22, was shot dead in Lahore after being released on bail on 3rd November 2010. Two Christian brothers, Pastor Rashid Emmanuel, 32, and Sajid Emmanuel, 30, accused of blasphemy were shot dead on 19th July 2010 outside a court in Faisalabad city whilst in the police custody. On 1st August 2009, about three thousand charged Muslims attacked a Christian locality in Gojra city after an alleged desecration of Holy

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Quran by a Christian, Talib Masih, inKorian Wala village (about seven kilo-meters from Gojra), nine Christians were killed (seven were burnt alive including four women and two chil-dren), and around 150 homes and two churches were knocked down. Just, two days earlier, 50 homes of Christian community and two churches in Korian Wala village were also burnt down. In another incident on 30th June 2009, a Muslim mob attacked Christians in Bahmnivillage in Kasur (in Punjab province) for alleged blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad. Acid was thrown on nine Christian women and four children. About 57, Christian families were affected by the attack. In the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, about 97 per cent of the population is Muslim. The religious minorities represent only 3 per cent of the total population. Religious minorities have been facing continuing violence for a very long time, which is mainly, caused by the blasphemy allegations, which are often false, and the misuse of the other Islamic laws such as Hudood Ordinances and Law of Evidence. The minorities are generally living under constant fear. Many have the view that if they will make a fuss, they will be Page 12


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Grieving parents want more help, says report

A fresh look at how to cope after the loss of a loved one reveals that most parents today believe there aren't enough resources to help grieving parents or children, according to a new survey conducted by the New York Life Foundation and the National Alliance for Grieving Children. Researchers say nearly 80 percent of the more than 1,500 individuals surveyed believe there are not enough resources for surviving parents and there aren't enough resources to help kids who have lost their parents. Death tolls are inevitably rising with the increased number of severe storms, floods, tornadoes, wars in the Middle East and earthquakes happening across the globe today. The 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks ushered in renewed feelings of grief for those who lost friends

and family members a decade ago. Chris Park, president of the New York Life Foundation, says that there are all sorts of things, big and small, that we can do to make the path more manageable for those experiencing a significant loss. "Perhaps the number one thing we can do is just to be there for them,” he said in an interview with CNN. “When we asked parents what grief resource would be most valuable, greater societal understanding was their number one response. And don't be afraid to engage. Better than three in five of the parents in our survey strongly agreed that it's better to say something and risk upsetting them than to ignore their loss altogether." Surviving parents usually need practical help. Children also need to express their grief and will often turn to art, make-believe play or stories to share their

feelings. “Many children who lost parents on 9/11 connected with each other through the "Art for Heart" project in Manhattan, organized by then-16-year-old Ali Millard, who lost her stepfather, Neil Levin,” the report says. About 78 percent of the parents with children at home who lost a spouse or partner within the last 10 years report they think about their deceased spouse or partner every day, according to the new report. There were 91 percent of those surveyed that say the death of their spouse or partner is the worst thing that has ever happened to them. About 77 percent say it's incredibly hard to know the difference between "normal" kid behavior and griefrelated behavior. Dr. Patricia Johnson, a marriage and family therapist, says despite the gamut of emotions we feel, grieving for a loved one helps us cope and heal. “Death is inevitable, yet the loss of a close friend or family member always showers us with a range of emotions,” Johnson writes in a column for Focus on the Family. “One day we might desperately try to avoid the pain, anxiety and feelings of helplessness we feel when a loved one dies. Other days, we feel like life has returned to normal-at least until we realize that our life has changed irrevocably.” She said the intense, heart-breaking anguish indicates that a deep connection has been severed. Without a doubt, grieving is painful. But it is also necessary for both children and adults. As hard as it is, let the grief process take its course. There are common responses to loss, but there is no structure or timetable for the grieving process. Understanding grief and

its common symptoms are helpful when grieving. Recognizing the difference between trauma and depression is also beneficial, according to Johnson’s studies. “Besides understanding how stress can take a toll on us physically, emotionally and spiritually, we need to understand the practical guidelines to ease the process,” Johnson said. “These include taking care of our bodies, spending time with others and reaching out to the church community.” She says going forward doesn’t mean forgetting about the loved one who died. “Enjoying life again doesn’t imply that the person is no longer missed. Piecing together your shattered emotions doesn’t mean you, somehow, betray a friend or family member. It simply means that your grief has run its course.” The death of a loved one is a shattering experience with far-reaching implications. As difficult as the loss may be, it is possible to move forward with hope for the future. Family experts say try not to isolate for long periods of time after suffering a loss and tap into a support system of friends, family and church. Did you know? The five stages of grief, which represent feelings of those who have faced death and tragedy: 1. Denial: “This can’t be happening to me.” 2. Anger: “Why is this happening? Who is to blame?” 3. Bargaining: “Make this not happen, and in return I will ____.” 4. Depression: “I’m too sad to do anything.” 5. Acceptance: “I’m at peace with what has happened.” R. Leigh Coleman

Covered Under the Supernatural Protection of God What exactly does super-natural protection involve? Are we all covered under God's hand at all times? I heard a story about a forest fire that destroyed a large area of forest. After the fire had burnt out, two park rangers hiked up the mountain to see the des-truction. Everything was charred. As one of the rangers came upon a log on the ground, he saw the remains of a bird perched on the log with its wings outstretched. It was kind of eerie looking so he took a stick and gently knocked the bird's burnt body off the log. When he did that, baby birds scattered out from under-neath the dead mother bird's outstretched wings. The mother bird instinctively knew the smoke rising high up in the tree would suffocate her babies, so she moved them close to the ground on the log and covered them with her wings. That is exactly how God feels about us. Psalm 91 says that God will

cover you with his feathers and under his wings you shall take refuge. Isn't it nice to know we have a protector who is willing to cover us and protect us from harm? But can we assure we will have supernatural protection under God's covenant in our time of need?

God promises super-natural protection to all who obey his word in the bible and follow his teachings re-gardless of what trials they are facing. We also need to have faith and believe that God will protect us even when it seems like the situation is hopeless and nothing

can be done. Just think how Shadrach,Meschach and Abendego must have felt as they were pushed into the fiery furnace.(Daniel 3) There was no way out! They had probably realized they would be burned to death and would soon be in heaven with God. But they

believed God would take care of them and I think that is what actually saved them. Believing and having faith that God will deliver us from harm is very important in receiving God's supernatural protection. How-ever,we also need to speak God's word(scripture)out of our mouths. Speaking God's word out loud is as powerful in the kingdom of heaven as shooting a bullet out of a gun on earth. Knowing God's word and speaking it builds a wall around us that cannot be penetrated. Below are some verses that are important to commit to memory so that you will have them me-morized and be able to say them when necessary. Let's face it, we don't always have access to our bibles when we are in trouble, so memorizing these is important. Deuteronomy 33:12 Psalm 91 Psalm 56:3 Philippians 4:8 Psalm 102:2 Romans 8:37


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Righteousness Exalts Nations

M K Babu

EDITORIAL There are evil people who fare very well in life just as there are righteous people who are suffering all kinds of troubles. In spite of this exception, the rule of God generally holds good: "He who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him." Those who seek God are rewarded by God. This rule is applicable to individuals, families, and even nations. If we examine history, we will quickly realize that nations and civilizations that heeded God's Word rose in prominence while those that turned their backs on God paid a heavy price for their rebellion. Countries like China, India, and the Arab world were once upon a time at the forefront of learning, discovery and prosperity. Judging by the advances they made in mathematics, medicine, natural sciences, these countries should have progressed by leaps and bounds and become superpowers by now. But that did not happen. The Enlightenment happened in Europe in the fourteenth and fifteenth century instead of arriving in India or China. In Europe, there was a renewed interest in the ancient literature and languages such as Greek. As a result, scholars desired to go back to ancient Greek texts such as the Septuagint. Consequently, fresh translations of the Bible of the Bible were made from the ancient languages. One of the most important factors that fueled Enlightenment in Europe is the belief that God the Creator made a universe that can be studied. We should understand that most of the world feared natural forces and worshipped these as gods. This renewed perspective about nature led Scientists to discover order and law in the universe. This search was aided by the rise of logic and reason at the expense of superstition. Objective truth was valued. These factors led to the birth of the scientific method. Old beliefs and dogmas were questioned. Every piece of knowledge had to pass the test of reason. These fundamental changes led to the Scientific Revolution and the rise of the modern world. The prosperity that most of the world is enjoying today is the result of Europe's scientific and industrial revolutions. Coupled with these knowledge revolutions came great changes that were brought about by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Emancipation of women, the abolition of slavery and slave trade, human rights, fine legal systems, civil societies based on equality, fraternity and justice - these are not the results of some secular humanitarianism. All these were crafted by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Countries such as India have gladly embraced science and technology. But at heart, our people have not imbibed a scientific temper. Our people work in airconditioned and computerized offices. But at the entrance of these majestic building, we find dangling lemons and chillies. No one is allowed to ridicule that! Any questioning of religious belief - however ridiculous or funny - is not tolerated. One can even be prosecuted for offending "religious sentiments." Unless India imbibes faith in a transcendent God, sound logic and reasoning, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ, her apparent success will not be permanent. Today, the developed West is ashamed of the Gospel and the Bible. They disregard and discredit their Christian foundations. Secular humanism, relativism and tolerance for every evil practice are the latest virtues. Material wealth, prosperity, good health, and the pride that these engender made these countries feel that they are the Masters of the Universe. Nothing - not even God - can do us any harm, they thought. God is not mocked. Ten years ago, who would have thought that the US would get neck-deep in debt and that her credit rating would be down-graded? Who would have imagined that there would be hungry children in every county of the USA? Did anyone even dream about a recession or job cuts? Did anyone imagine that China would gain an economic upper hand over the US? In Europe too there are fears of an impending unprecedented recession. God may not be pleased with the dictatorship in China. But God is certainly pleased with the 60 million (and growing) people of China who eagerly follow the gospel and pray for their country. The world might see China only as an economic or military threat. But God sees things differently. When churches are shut down or sold in the West, the underground Chinese Churches are exploding in numbers. Truly, righteousness exalts a nation. Sin will bring down any nation.

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God shapes us to be bold

Bold characters are fearless, daring, clear and distinct. Our natural instinct is to be fearful and obscure . Learning endurance through the training school of God ,transforms the cowardly and imprudent person into an audacious and sensible one. God picks up the feeble and discreet to shape them into bold individuals for the proclamation of His oracles. God places His elect in the midst of troubles at such a time when he or she ought to be involved in and fulfill God's will. Samuel, one of the great prophets of Israel, was chosen and brought into the house of the Lord in order to serve Him. He was chosen to minister before the Lord before Eli, when the word from the Lord was rare and visions were infrequent (1 Sam. 3:1). Hophni and Phinehas, the two worthless sons of Eli, had no fear of God, but indulged in adultery and robbery in the house of the Lord. Eli rebuked them but was not bold enough to kick them out of his house and service. They kindled the anger of God for He said: "Why do you kick at My sacrifice and at My offering which I have in My dwelling"(1Sam.2:29). Eli and his household came under God's curse because they despised God. God says : ..."those who honor me I will honor, and those who despise Me will be lightly esteemed'' (1 Sam. 2:30). It seems absurd that at such a time as this the boy Samuel was elected to serve God. The purpose of bringing him in his boyhood into the house of the Lord was to make him a daring and distinct prophet of God. What sprouts in the fire will not wither in the scorch. The boy Samuel was completely focused in obeying the commands of his master while ministering to the Lord. God wanted to impregnate him with the fear of God and caution him about the implications of being unholy and unworthy in the house of the Lord. God considered Samuel worthy enough to tell about the disaster that He planned to bring on the household of Eli. Samuel did not yet know the Lord, nor had the word of the Lord been revealed to him. He could not even recognize that it was God who was calling him, for he ran to Eli until he was instructed to respond to God by Eli. I wonder why God shared such a frightening word with the servant boy Samuel when He could have told that directly to the priest Eli. Samuel was afraid to tell the vision to Eli. Did God want to jeopardize Samuel's life? No.Rather He wanted to make him daring to share his vision to anyone. God was preparing him even to alert the king in the days to come. God wants His servants to proclaim His word boldly and faithfully. I remember an incident when I preached a sermon in a church that was in conflict. After my sermon, the pastor of the church appreciated the Word that came through me. He confessed his inability to speak this way though he had the same word from God. The reason behind this fear was that if few members of the congregation placed a complaint against him to the leaders, he would consequently be transferred to a remotearea. His children's future would be at stake. What a pathetic situation! Leaders are trying to shield the congregation and pastors. It seems like none of these belong to God! Let us sow seeds not weeds. Samuel was trained to speak boldly without hiding the vision; he was faithful till his last breath. He didn't even spare king Saul. Samuel warned him about his disobedience and God's judgment on him. He was bold enough to look him in face and say, "Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He has also rejected you from being king" (1Sam. 15:23). We must understand that such scary situations we go through are engineered by God in order to shape us into a bold character to be used for a larger purpose. Only a bold character can be obedient to God.

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Last World Trade Center survivor tells of meeting God in the Rubble Genelle GuzmanMcMillan insists that it is not fear that keeps her from returning to Man-hattan's ground zero. The Port Authority employee, now also an author, says that it is the ordeal of reliving how two hijacked planes 10 years ago sent the World Trade Center crumbling, burying her co-workers and herself beneath piles of rubble. As Guzman-McMillan lay buried alive for nearly 30 hours, the screams she heard in the darkness around her soon faded away. She was alone, she thought, and could think of only one thing to do – cry out to God. As Guzman-McMillan tells it 10 years later, Sept. 11, 2001, was just another normal day. Things were going great between herself and her boyfriend, she was happy with her job on the 64th floor of the WTC's north tower, and, despite her religious upbringing, she was getting along fine without God, having rejected Him long ago. Guzman-McMillan recounts her story of survival and salvation in Angel in the Rubble: the Miraculous Rescue of 9/11's Last Survivor, released last month by Simon & Schuster. Within the space of

240 pages, the Trinidadian native shares how she and her co-workers started to flee their office in the 110-story building and how she paused on the 13th floor to remove her high-heels. It was then, GuzmanMcMillan says, that her whole world literally came crashing down and her life changed forever. Despite being trapped for 27 hours in the rubble, believing that she was surely going to die, Guzman-McMillan told The Christian Post that she has no regrets about her decisions that day. "No, I have no regrets at all of what happened," the mother of four said. "It made me a better person. I have a deeper and closer relationship with God." G u z m a n McMillan, who lives in Long Island with her husband of nine years and their four children, did not always have such a relationship with God. Despite growing up in a Christian household, the 40-year-old woman says she never took what she had been taught very seriously. Asked to describe her life before the horrific events of 9/11, Guzman-

McMillan said she lived a wild life full of partying, drinking, and doing whatever she wanted. Although she did not have any kind of meaningful relationship with God, she knew enough about Him to realize that He was her one and only hope of getting out of the rubble alive. Trapped under concrete and steel with her right hand pinned under her body and

legs crushed beneath a steel beam, GuzmanMcMillan extended her left hand into the sliver of open space above her and found the strength to pray ... and pray and pray. Unsure of her eternal fate, GuzmanMcMillan pleaded for hours with God to forgive her of her sins and to give her another chance. "I said to Him, 'please, God, if you save me today ... give me a second chance, I

promise I will do Your will," GuzmanMcMillan told the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), adding that she was serious about the promises she made that day. Her hand still extended above her in the pocket of open space, Guzman-McMillan asked God to send her a sign that He had heard her plea. "Someone grabbed me by my hand and called me by my name, saying, 'Genelle, I've got you. My name is Paul," she recounted for CBN. "I was asking God for a miracle, for a sign [and Paul] held my hand so tight ... reassuringly," Guzman-McMillan told, adding that she was sure she was not hallucinating. Within minutes of Paul's appearing, Guzman-McMillan could hear rescue workers calling out for survivors. She remembers meeting the men who eventually pulled her from the rubble. But as for Paul, "I never got to meet him,” she told. Guzman-McMillan is convinced that this mysterious Paul was an angel sent by God to encourage her throu-ghout her ordeal, that he was the sign she had prayed for.

As she was removed from the rubble and taken to a hospital, she says she already felt a change. "I knew I was a changed person. I was just ... praising and glorifying God," she said. Not long after being released from the hospital, where she stayed for more than six weeks and underwent four major surgeries, Guzman McMillan said the only thing on her mind was getting baptized, one thing she had promised God that she would do. Another promise on her list was to marry her boyfriend, which she did on Nov. 7, the same day she was baptized. Guzman-McMillan, who has been a member of Brooklyn Tabernacle for 10 years, told that she knows God bro-ught her through that "heart-wren-ching" and "horrific" ordeal for a reason. "I think I'm here for a bigger reason and bigger purpose. My life today is a blessing. I [want] people to know about my experience, what I've been through and how I've over-come that ad-versity in my life," she told CP. "I want people to know that God is real ... that prayer works.”


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Even though the garden God had made for him was the most beautiful place there could ever be, Adam was lonely. Adam needed some company. So God reached into the ground again and took some more stuff from the earth. This time he made every kind of animal and every kind of bird. He brought them all to Adam to see what he would call them. It must have taken a long, long time to think up all those names! Luckily, he didn't call them things like 'Foo Foo' or 'Snuggems' or 'Pooky' or anything like that. Instead, he called them 'gerbils' and 'rabbits' and 'rhinoceroses.' And he called the birds 'eagles' and 'egrets' and 'ruby throated warblers.' Well, actually, we don't know WHAT Adam named them. He didn't speak English. But he named each kind, and that's important because people are the only ones that name things. Your dog knows what a squirrel is, but he doesn't call it a squirrel. He just barks at it! But naming things is one of the things that shows we are different from all the other creatures that God made. But even with all the animals around to keep him

company, God saw that Adam was still sad. Monkeys are fun to play with, but they don't have very much to say... and they have terrible table manners. So God made Adam fall asleep (he must have conked him on the head or something), and while Adam was sleeping, God took one of his ribs. God took Adam's rib and he made a woman from it. When Adam woke up, God brought Eve to him (that's what Adam named her later on), and Adam said, "At last! Here is someone like me! Her bones were made from my bones, and her body was made from my body. I will call her 'woman' because that means she was taken out of man." At last Adam was happy. And so Adam and Eve lived together in God's garden. And do you know what? They were naked and nobody cared... or thought it was funny!


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Christians increasingly wary after abduction ... easily accused of blas-phemy. A Pakistani Church leader Father James Channan OP said, “Our churches, hos-pitals and schools have been attacked and over 300 houses of Christians in Shanti Nagar, KorianWala, Sangla Hill and Gojra, etc. have been burnt by the fanatics.” It is evident that not only those who are accused of blasphemy have been killed but those who demand for changes in these laws are also a target of militants. If civil society raises its voice for changes against these laws, the Islamic parties hold protest rallies and send hostile messages to put pressure on the government so the regime should stay silent on these issues. In one of his violent messages on 9th January 2011, the General Secretary of Jamait-e-Islami (a political Islamic party), Mr. Liaqat Baloch, said that people should learn a lesson from Taseer’s murder. There is little doubt that it is hard to get justice in these kinds of cases. All the state apparatus, whether they are functioning under pressure or because of their religious feelings, act against the accused person. The most dangerous aspect of the laws is that the burden of proof is on the accused person not on the other way round. The well-known international human rights organization Amnesty International claims, “The blasphemy laws are vaguely formulated and arbitrarily enforced by the police and judiciary in a way which amounts to harassment and persecution of

religiousminorities.” These laws clearly contradict the basic principles of the Pakistani constitution, and the international protocols and conventions. Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ (UDHR) Article 18 categorically says, “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.” Despite continues demand of Pakistani civil society, international human rights organizations and international community in general; the state of Pakistan does not take any measures to follow international human rights standards regarding these laws. Minorities say that through these laws the state has institutionalized their persecution and have created a climate of vigilantism. Although these laws are broadly misused against religious minorities, they are also used against many Muslims to settle personal scores like property or business disputes. These laws are thus a danger to all Pakistanis, an affront to the rule of law and as well as against the concept of basic human rights and international law and equality among the citizens of the state that threatens Pakistan’s security and stability as a result.

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Mangalore: Christians seek amendment... empowers a Church Minister to marry Christians in the church. This marriage is primarily under Canon Law, but is legitimized by the Civil Law. The Canon Law is re-cognized under Indian Christian Marriage Act. However, the very name Canon Law provides for disso-lution of marriage by the Ecclesiastical Court. Mean-while, in contrast Canon Law which is the personal law applicable to Catholics is not recognized under Sec 494 of IPC, which deals with bigamy in so far as dissolution of the marriages under Canon Law is concerned. After the dissolution of marriage by the Ecclesiastical Court, marriages take place in the Church on the assumption that the marriage is dissolved. The result is that the second marriage permitted by Canon Law becomes a crime under Sec 494 of IPC. It is possible that under the Law relating to abetment, the priest who blesses the nuptials of the husband or wife who has married again in the Catholic Church can also be prosecuted along with the main accused – the spouse that has remarried. It’s not a hypothetical case, but is a present reality. Background of a case: Shanthi D’Souza nee Lobo was married to Godwin D’Souza, son of Casmir D’Souza on August 22, 1999 at Cordel church, Kulshekar, here. The church marriage was dissolved by the Ecclesiastical Court Bishop’s House under decree dated September 19, 2002. It held that the marriage no longer presents an obstacle to entering a new and valid marriage in the Catholic Church for Godwin Anthony D’Souza and Shanthi Lobo. On the strength of the Church Decree for nullity, Godwin was married again by the very same church minister at Cordel Church on July 6, 2003. As a result of the second marriage, two children were born. They are Sonia and Vineeth. Sonia is attending school. Shanthi Lobo has filed a private complaint dated July 29, 2010, in

the court of the First CJM Court, here. The complaint is filed under Section 200 of Criminal Procedure Code for the offence punishable under Section 494, 506, 420 of IPC. The complaint has been taken in file and an FIR dated September 11, 2010, has been registered. The court of the First CJM here, has enlarged Godwin on bail. However, the aged father Casmir D’Souza’s name has been fortunately deleted after enquiry by the police. About a hundred cases are similarly pending before the Ecclesiastical Court here and similar cases in Mumbai are nearly a thousand. One of the purposes of going to the Ecclesiastical Court is for one of the spouses to marry again. For Catholics, remarriage is not possible unless, in addition to dissolution under the Indian divorce Act, a second dissolution is decreed by the Canonical Court. If the case of Godwin becomes public and comes to the knowledge of both Christian and non-Christian lawyers, a spate of litigation of a new kind as stated above will result in the minister of the Church who blessed the nuptials of the second marriage running the risk of being prosecuted for abetment. Furthermore, a situation is likely to arise where the proceedings of the Ecclesiastical Court under Canon Law will come to a grinding halt especially when it is realized that the Church Decree will be a stepping stone for imprisonment under the Civil Law. Need for amendment of Sec 42 of Indian SuccessionAct: The discrimination arises in Sec 41 and 42 of Indian Succession Act. Section 41 states rules of distribution where intestate has left no lineal descendants, where an intestate has left no lineal descendants, the rules for the distribution of his property (after deducting the widow’s share, if he has left a widow) shall be those contained in section 42 to 48. Section 42 states that where intestate’s father is living, he shall succeed to the property.

Operation Nehemiah gives a clarion call ... participants were segregated into table groups of 6 participants each supported by a facilitator and a scribe who documented the proceedings. Dr. Manfred began the proceedings by sharing his personal convictions on the meaning of excellence. He shared 7 areas where a person should aspire to excellence. As part of his talk he brought out the importance of ensuring that what one does and what one says are the same thing. Bishop EfraimTendero then exhorted the church to be “salt and light” in the society. Referring to Dr Chris Wrights talk in the recently concluded Lausanne Congress at Cape Town, he reminded the audience that the primary hindrance to the work of the Church was the Church itself – the idolatry of power, the idolatry of success, and the idolatry of greed. He then brought out examples how Christians like Mother Teresa have truly been the salt and light. Immediately after this session, the table groups had their first discussion on what are areas where the Church has done well, and areas where she has not yet succeeded. All groups reported the summary of their discussions. LT Jeyachandran then took up the matter of Corporate Confession in his talk. As part of his deep insight he referred to Biblical examples of Daniel and Nehemiah and shared with the group how a confession need not be limited to oneself, but can be done on behalf of the people one represents. This was followed by a time of public confession by the leaders. A confessional liturgy was used for this and selected leaders from different denominations led different parts of the liturgy. The liturgy used different styles of prayer and this period was interspersed with songs. The tone for the rest of the day was set through two videos covering the design and implementation challenges faced and methods used by two groups for two different projects. This brought about an atmosphere of collaboration within the participants who went about the rest of the day with a sense of unity and purposefulness. The remaining part of the event was spent in discussions among the tables on 4 main need areas, namely, 1 statement for integrity, 2. Reporting on corruption, 3. Investigating corruption, and 4.Reconciliation of the leaders. These subjects were divided among tables with two tables each discussing one topic. These deliberations went through two iterations of discussions and reporting. As a result of these deliberations, the groups came out with two drafts articulating a statement of integrity and 5 different projects covering all the areas discussed. Each of these projects had 3060-90 day timelines, with a designated champion and project team members.

The declaration draftscommunicated a sense of acceptance and regret for the failures of the church in the area of financial integrity and a commitment to envisioned practical steps of teaching, self evaluation, unity and caring. The 5 projects that came out had general themes covering the various aspects as below: 1. Facilitating communication, reporting and networking through a website.2. Pooling of ideas, collection of data and best practices to create standards. 3. Education and awareness, through forums. Towards the end of the event Roberto Laver brought in his expertise and summarised the days proceedings. He also articulated for the group the action points for the way forward. Mrs Grace Mathews from Lausanne ended the programme with a few words on behalf of the Lausanne Movement and also proposed the vote of thanks Based on the deliberations of the day and Roberto’s talk the following arose as action points as the way forward post the event. 1. To facilitate the implementation of the projects as envisaged by the participants 2. To formulate a drafting committee from within the participants and facilitate the finalisation of the statement drafts. 3 To facilitate an academic paper on the Christian stand on corruption in the area of money and property. 4. To facilitate the next event on the proposed date of 4th October 2012. The high quality of event organization drew appreciation from the participants The members of Transition Network were delighted to note the spirit in which the participants contributed to the proceedings. There was a sense of unity and denominational differences were set aside towards the common cause. The humility of the leaders in taking time to come and to cooperate with the event design and its limitations was noteworthy. The considerable accomplishment, in-telligence, expertise, knowledge and ex-perience of the participants was evident in the quality of the discussions that took place. There is a general agreement that the work has only begun, and that the Church in India has much to do in the coming days. The great news is that we have now started the process. God quietly but powerfully continues to sanctify His church – his bride – to show her blemish-less when He presents her to Himself… And those He has chosen as the shepherds of His people, gathered to offer themselves to His cleansing power, choosing His kingdom above their own, His glory above their own. O Lord may they be able to say like Nehemiah, “Remember me for this, my God, and do not blot out what I have so faithfully done for the house of my God and its services.”

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The clothing of a virtuous woman Henry Morris, Ph.D.

"Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come." (Proverbs 31:25) This testimony notes a vital aspect of the character of the virtuous woman eulogized in the final 22 verses of Proverbs 31. The writer composed it as an acrostic, with each of its verses beginning with the app-ropriate letter of the 22-letter Hebrew alphabet, probably suggesting thereby that one needs all the resources of human language in describing a truly ideal woman. She is industrious in providing clothing for her

family ("all her household are clothed with scarlet" and her own "clothing is silk and purple," because she "layeth her hands to the spindle"-Proverbs 31:21-22, 19). But more importantly, her spiritual clothing is strength and honor, more lovely even than beautiful garments. Two great apostles of the New Testament give similar testimonies. Peter exhorted Christian wives not to emphasize outward app-earance. "Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of

wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price" (1 Peter 3:3-4). Likewise the apostle Paul urged "that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works" (1 Timothy 2:9-10). Thus the exhortation of Scripture is for Christian women to be primarily concerned with their spiritual clothing--strength of character, honor, quietness of spirit, and good works. "Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised" (Proverbs 31:30). (C) Copyright Institute for Creation Research. Website: www.icr.org

Palestinians to apply for statehood at UN

Sept 13, 2011: A senior Fatah official insisted Tuesday that the Palestinians are determined to apply to the United Nations Security Council for

full membership as a state this month, refuting rumors that they were giving up on the move due to fears of an American veto.

Mohammed Shtayyeh, a senior Fatah official and a member of the PLO committee preparing the Palestinians' UN request, told a press conference Tuesday that the Palestinians will submit an official request for full recognition to the UN Security Council by September 23. "We are going to the UN and to the Security Council and we will ask for full membership for a Palestinian state in the borders of 1967," Shtayyeh said. He also stressed that during the discussions with the Mideast Quartet and the Europeans, no serious pro-

13 US report on religious freedom puts spotlight on anti-conversion law September 16-30, 2011

The U.S. State Department on Tuesday issued its annual report on religious freedom. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that violations of religious freedom embolden extremists, and said that Iran is among the worst offenders. While the Indian government generally respected religious freedom, some state and local governments limited this freedom by maintaining or enforcing existing "anticonversion" legislation and by not effectively prosecuting those who attacked religious minorities, the United States government said in its report on the status of religious freedom in India. Giving reasons to India's failure in countering communal attacks, the report said the country did not swiftly address communal tensions due to "weak law enforcement, lack of trained police, and overburdened court system." "The law generally provided remedies for violations of religious freedom; however, due to a lack of sufficiently trained police and elements of corruption, the law was not always enforced rigorously or effectively in some cases pertaining to religiously oriented violence," the report said. Despite government efforts to foster communal harmony, some extremists continued to view ineffective investigation and prosecution of attacks on religious minorities as a signal that they could commit such violence with impunity, the report said. Although there were no

reports accusing the national government of committing abuses of religious freedom, the report pointed that human rights activists criticized the government for alleged inaction regarding abuses committed by state and local authorities and private citizens. "Law enforcement and prosecution continued to be weak. This shortcoming was exacerbated by a low police to population ratio, corruption, and an overburdened, antiquated court system." The report noted that while the UPA Government continued to implement an inclusive and secular platform that included respect for the right to religious freedom, a few state and local governments con-tinued to be influenced by Hindutva. During meetings with senior government officials, as well as state and local officials, and religious community leaders, the report said US officials discussed religious freedom issues including reports of harassment of minority groups and missionaries, the 2002 communal riots in Gujarat, and the 2008 violence against Christians in Orissa and Karnataka. The report meanwhile specifically refers to lack of justice for the victims of Kandhamal violence. “While the pace of justice delivery in Orissa has been faster in other cases of communal violence, the speedy verdicts in Orissa have upset many Kandhamal victims who complain that the fast-track courts have acquitted offenders," the report said. Citing figures it went on

to point that Fast Track Court One had convicted 110 and acquitted 783 while Fast Track Court Two had 201 convictions and 484 acquittals. The US state report has come just months after U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) placed India on Watch List for continuous incidents of re-ligious violence and im-punity from such violence. The latest report documents major developments with respect to religious freedom in 198 countries and territories from JulyDecember 2010 The report designates eight states as countries of particular concern. They are Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Uzbekistan Shining a spotlight on violations of religious freedom around the world is one of our goals in releasing this report said US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “As we release this report, we reaffirm the role that religious freedom and tolerance play in building stable and harmonious societies,” Clinton said during the release of the report. “It is our core conviction that religious tolerance is one of the essential elements not only of a sustainable democracy but of a peaceful society that respects the rights and dignity of each individual.”

posal regarding renewal of negotiations had been brought before the Palestinians. According to Shtayyeh, Hamas leader Khaled Meshal expressed his support for the Palestinian UN vote, and noted that the move is part of a PLO strategy to carry out a

peaceful struggle toward independence. Despite Shtayyeh's statement, the Foreign Ministry maintains that the Palestinians' UN Security Council bid is just a tactical ploy to get support in the General Assembly to upgrade their status to a state

that isn't a full member. Full members can only be approved by the Security Council. The United States, which is a permanent member of the Security Council with veto power, has said it will veto the resolution.

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PRAISE THE ALMIGHTY 14 Over 800 poor Christians evicted from slum colony in Pakistan

Pakistani Christian women in tears after being evicted from their homes located in the slum of Ittehad colony in Lahore, Pakistan, on September 10, 2011. Over 800 poor Christians in Gaju Matta slum were forced out of their homes with only a day's notice. LAHORE, Pakistan – Over 800 poor Christians in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore have been forced to live on the roads with no immediate hope of having a shelter of their own after local authorities demolished their homes located in a slum early Saturday morning, with the Christians claiming that they were given just a day’s notice to vacate the land. Residents of Gaju Matta slum in Ittehad Colony, located along the Rohi Nullah, said they had been living on the land since 1998,

when they were forced out of their previous dwelling in the Sabzazar area to make way for a housing society. The Kachhi Abadi (slums) regulations state that no slum can be demolished without providing alternate housing to the dwellers. Any settlement of over 40 houses built before 2006 qualifies as a Kachhi Abadi, and the Gaju Matta slum fulfilled that criterion with over 150 houses. However, on Saturday the Nishtar Town municipal authorities reached the locality with bulldozers and

started demolishing the homes of the poor Christians, claiming that they had orders to make way for an alternate road to the nearby fruit and vegetable market. “We were in the process of dragging out our belongings when the bulldozers arrived…the authorities did not even give us time to pack our stuff properly and started demolishing our homes,” Pervaiz Masih, a resident, said. However, army bunkers and a church located in the area were not demolished after the residents said they would

not tolerate desecration of their church. “We let them destroy our homes but they will have to demolish the church over our dead bodies,” Rani, a resident, said. “We built the church with our own hands over the last seven years,” she added. As the bulldozers tore down houses and moved towards the church, some women gathered in front of the building while others took shelter inside, weeping and chanting slogans. Their protest forced the authorities to postpone the demolition of the church, at least for now. Another resident, Naseer Masih, said, “The government should have stopped us from settling here in the first place or relocated us, but they did no such thing and we are being displaced again.” After the operation, residents sat on their salvaged possessions with tears in their eyes. Sitting on a small stool, a young girl, Fauzia, said, “We are Pakistani, and are loyal to it, but if they don’t want us here they should just throw us out of the country.” Other residents also said that they were Pakistani and the government should provide them with basic

September 16-30, 2011 housing. They expressed their helplessness as they expect to spend indefinite nights under the sky since most cannot afford rents. The poor Christians also expressed their concern for the safety of their belongings, saying the Punjab government would be held responsible if their possessions are ruined because of rainortheyarerobbed. A visible perturbed Naseer said, “If we had been given a month or two’s notice and been allotted an alternate location, we would have been able to make alternative arrangements.” Ittehad Colony President Salamat Pardesi said the residents had sought a meeting with the area’s top official, Model Town Assistant Commissioner Irfan Memon, and he had promised to meet them on Friday but then they were told that he had gone out of the city. “We asked for some time to shift our belongings but an official came to the colony the same day and told us our houses would be destroyed at 8am on Saturday,” he said, adding, “We were just given a day’s notice…if there was a forewarning we would have asked for more time and an alternate location. We were already relocated from Sabzazar under similar pretexts.” Police official Muhammad Saeed claimed that the residents had been warned to vacate the area a few weeks ago. Residents, however, deny that they had been issued any official notice other than the oneday warning. no legal status and was “They are lying…if

we had received the notice a week ago we would have surely made alternate arrangements,” Pardesi said. Memon said the operation was conducted to clear the Rohi Nullah of illegal settlements to construct a road to aid traffic to a fruit and vegetable market located near the area. He said the residents had been informed at least three times last month to relocate but they had not heeded the warning, adding that the settlement had situated on irrigation land. Memon said that there was no resettlement plan for the residents since it was an illegal settlement, however, he said residents had been asked to file an application for the consideration of the authorities’ concerned. The official did not say why the government had not made any plans to relocate the Christians before demolishing their homes even though the regulation clearly states that no slum can be demolished without providing alternate housing to the dwellers. On Sunday, a large number of Christians gathered outside the residence of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in Model Town and protested against the demolition of their houses. The protesting Christians demanded that the government relocate them to another area and ensure permanent housing for them. The government is yet to come up with a settlement plan for the poor Christians and until then they have to live on the roads.


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World Evangelical Alliance confirms dates for next General Assembly

From Left: Rev. Joong Seon Park; former CCK President Rev. Kwang Seon Rhee; WEA Secretary General/CEO Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe; CCK President Rev. Ja Yeon Kiel; WEA North American Council Board Member Rev. Dr. David Jang; and Rev. Jae Cheol Hong. (WEA)

The World Evangelical Alliance together with the Christian Council of Korea (CCK) have confirmed the dates for the WEA General Assembly, which will be held in Seoul, South Korea in 2014. A delegation of top

leaders from the Christian Council of Korea, the largest alliance of churches in South Korea, visited WEA's world HQ in New York from September 9 to 10, 2011 to discuss as hosts the preparations and to confirm the

date of the global gathering. The WEA GA will take place from October 27 to 31, 2014, at the Asem Hall Coex Convention Center in Seoul. The WEA, the largest body of evangelicals worldwide representing over 600 million evangelicals, holds its general assembly every six years to conduct its business, train leaders, promote mutual learning and partnerships, build synergy, and cast a vision for impacting the world. The last WEA GA was held in October 2008 in Pattaya, Thailand. CCK President Ja Yeon Kiel led a delegation from South Korea which included former CCK President Rev Kwang Seon Rhee, as well as Rev Jae Cheol Hong and Rev Joong Seon Park. The four Korean evangelical leaders met with WEA’s CEO/Secretary General Dr Geoff Tunnicliffe and a WEA leadership team to firm-up the details.

Erdogan: Recognizing Palestinian state is an obligation

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left) pays a visit to the tomb of the late former President Anwar al-Sadat's in Cairo with Egyptian army commander General Hassan al-Roweny.

CAIRO - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Edogan told a meeting of Arab League foreign ministers in Cairo on Tuesday that the recognition of a Palestinian state was "not an option but an obligation." In a speech that will buttress his image as a regional leader, Erdogan also condemned Israel's stance, saying the "aggressiveness" of its policies "threaten the future of the Israeli people." "The recognition of a Palestinian state is the only right way. It's not an option, but an obligation. God willing, by the end of this

month, we will have the opportunity to see Palestine in a very different status at the United Nations," Erdogan said. "It's time to raise the Palestinian flag at the United Nations. Let's raise the Palestinian flag and let that flag be the symbol of peace and justice in the Middle East. Let's con-tribute to securing well deserved peace and stability in the Middle East." Arab states will push for a fully fledged Pales-tinian state at the United Nations next week. The Palestinians decided to seek United Nations

recognition of statehood after years of negotiations with Israel failed to deliver the independent state they want to establish in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, areas occupied by Israel in the 1967 Middle East War. Erdogan, who has seen his popularity rise in the Arab world for his position against Israel, said the Israeli government's policies were an "obstacle to peace". Turkey has downgraded its ties with former friend Israel over the 2010 killing by Israeli commandos of nine Turkish activists on a Turkish aid flotilla bound for Gaza. "Israel will break away from solitude only when it acts as a reasonable, responsible, serious and normal state," Erdogan said. "While Israel is trying to secure its legitimacy in our region on one hand, it is taking irresponsible steps which unsettle its legitimacy on the other," Erdogan said. The Turkish prime minister was visiting Egypt at the start of a North African tour aimed at cementing Turkey's standing in the region following the "Arab Spring" uprisings

“We will be meeting from October 27 to 31 with delegates from across the world, as well as with the churches in Korea,” said CCK President Kiel. “The issue of world unity will be discussed at the General Assembly.” President Kiel added that CCK hopes to invite a small team of WEA leaders to Korea in November next year to discuss the planning progress. “I hope that the WEA GA in 2014 can reconfirm Christ as the foundation for worldwide churches and the churches in Korea,” said President Kiel. Speaking about the challenges of preparing for such a large-scale event, former CCK President Rev Rhee added: “For CCK to hold this event successfully I feel there is a great need to give a lot of prayer. Doing this kind of work without praying is very difficult to accomplish.” Rev Rhee added: “With the Korean churches as well as with all the worldwide

WEA churches we need to pray together for the success of this gathering.” Dr Tunnicliffe said, “We are very grateful for the visit of the leaders of CCK to our office in New York City on September 9. We are also very thankful that both CCK and WEA leaders have agreed on the dates of the next General Assembly to be held in Seoul in 2014. It is our belief that this General Assembly will not only be historic but also by God’s grace and the empowerment of His Spirit will profoundly impact not only the spiritual climate of Korea but of the nations of the world.” In a previous statement on the WEA GA 2014, Dr Tunnicliffe said that Seoul would be an "ideal location" for the event. “The dynamic church in Korea will provide a strong foundation in prayer, as well as logistical support and assistance in obtaining visas

for all our delegates. In addition, Korea’s advanced technological capacity will facilitate our efforts to broadcast the main sessions of the Assembly globally,” he said. WEA is the largest global evangelical body with a network of churches in 129 nations and an alliance of 100 international organisations. The CCK, the largest alliance of churches in South Korea, has within its membership 69 denomi-nations and 20 Christian organisations that together represent over 12 million Christians in the world’s se-cond largest missionary-sending country. Dr Tunnicliffe said: “The 2014 General As-sembly will provide a sig-nificant and historic moment for the leaders of the global evangelical movement to engage in Kingdom work.

Billy Graham reflects on the end of life

The world’s most famous evangelist has written a book on finishing life well. Billy Graham, 92, preached to millions of people during his lengthy ministry career but has been less active in recent years due to ill health. In his latest release – his first for five years – Graham has penned ‘Nearing Home: Life, Faith and Finishing Well’.

In the text, Graham shares his personal experience of growing older, but also teaches some important lessons on how to view our time here on earth. He says the Bible makes it clear that God has a specific reason for keeping us here. “The best way to meet the challenges of old age is to prepare for them now, before they arrive,” says Graham. “I invite you to explore with me not only the realities of life as we grow older but also the hope and fulfillment – and even joy – that can be ours once we learn to look at these years from God’s point of view and discover His strength to sustain us every day.” Graham's publisher, Matt Baugher, vice president and

publisher at Thomas Nelson, calls Nearing Home one of the most important works Graham has ever written and one of his most vulnerable. “Time catches up to all of us,” Baugher says. “At his age, with all that has come before, he is in a unique position to guide all of us on what it means to finish well in this life. God bless Billy Graham.” Graham has preached the Gospel in person to more people than any other person in history. According to his staff, as of 1993 more than 2.5 million people have stepped forward at his crusades to accept Christ as their personal Saviour. As of 2008, Graham's lifetime audience, including radio and television broadcasts, topped 2.2 billion.

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CRS Forewarns US of Modi’s... US officials have told this correspondent in back-ground conversations that should Modi become PM, Washington's travel ban on him will become in-fructuous. However, the report says Modi will face impediments on his drive to the top, noting that despite his clear political and economic su-ccesses in Gujarat, he "con-tinues to be haunted by the 2002 Ahmadabad riots, a topic he has never fully addressed in public." It also projects that although Modi is a safe bet to win a third term in 2012 state elections, "his aspirations to be the BJP's prime ministerial candidate face significant obstacles, not least the likelihood that Muslims and liberal-minded Hindus would represent an anti-Modi bloc at the

national level, and BJP's key ally in Bihar, Nitish's JD(U), could be expected to abandon the alliance in protest." In contrast to the upbeat assessment of BJP prospects, the CRS report says even before major corruption scandals broke in late 2010, the Congress-led UPA was under considerable criticism for "drift and ineffectiveness." While not directly pit-ching Modi against Rahul Gandhi, the CRS report suggests that could well happen. It says "Congress figures' support for the future leadership role of Sonia Gandhi's youthful son has resulted in the corresponding undermining of Singh's political authority.”


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Miss Universe thanks God for the way He made her

Leila Lopes from Angola has thanked God after she was crowned Miss Universe at the 60th anniversary of the beauty pageant on Monday night. When asked what physical trait she would change about herself, Lopes said: “Thank God I’m very satisfied with the way God created me and I wouldn’t change a thing,” on Tuesday, the day after winning the Miss Universe crown. “I consider myself a

woman endowed with inner beauty. I have acquired many wonderful principles from my family and I intend to follow these for the rest of my life,” continued Lopes. The 25-year-old new Miss Universe is from Benguela, Angola. Lopes said she hopes that earning the crown will help her effort to eliminate war and impo-verishment from her country, and stated that her knack “to motivate people” aided her win.

Born February 26, 1986, Miss Angola’s full name is Leila Luliana da Costa Vieira Lopes. A business management student in the United Kingdom, she was crowned Miss Angola UK in October 2010. Lopes is an official representative of the Angolan community in the UK and has vowed to help fight AIDS and poverty. “I’ve worked with various social causes. I work with poor kids, I work in the fight against HIV. I work to protect the elderly and I have to do everything that my country needs,” said Lopes, answering questions Tuesday morning. “I think now as Miss Universe I will be able to do much more.” Lopes responded to questions about her appearance, denying that she has undergone plastic surgery, and offering beauty tips that included wearing sunscreen, getting plenty of sleep, and drinking water. The contest was held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and included 89 women from all over the world.

Logos Hope welcomes two millionth visitor

Operation Mobilisation's ministry ship, Logos Hope, has welcomed on board her two millionth visitor. Local businessman Maha Vishnu stepped onto the ship in the port of Penang in Malaysia on September 3. He was greeted at the top of the gangway by Captain Tom Dyer, Director Gian Walser and cheering members of the crew, made up entirely of Christian volunteers. The 12,000 ton vessel was launched two and a half years ago to replace Logos II, which went into re-tirement after more than two decades of bringing the directed by Alex Kendrick, Gospel to the world. "Courageous" is distributed Logos Hope picked up by TriStar Pictures and where Logos II left off, marketed by Provident Films and AFFIRM Films. "'Courageous' follows the lives of five different fathers and their families, and their discoveries about what fatherhood is about. As they interact with the gangs in the local community, they realize that most of the kids that get Justin Bieber recently made what would be considered a involved in gangs don't have rare comment coming out of their dads involved in their Hollywood by rejecting colives at all. Then, through a habitation. personal tragedy, one of the According to OK! mafathers comes to realize how gazine, the pop star sensation important his role as a father is. responded to a question about So he begins to work with the living with his girlfriend, other men in trying to figure Selena Gomez, saying, "I think out how to be a great dad. that comes after marriage." There's more action in this The comment was made movie than anything we've Thursday during Fashion's done before. You're going to Night Out party in New laugh, cry and be challenged," York. His statement comes says Stephen Kendrick, the as cohabitation is becoming more prevalent in the United producer. With action, drama, and States. According to the humor, the fourth film from Census Bureau, it has nearly Sherwood Pictures embraces doubled since 1990. Last year, the number of God’s promise to "turn the opposite-sex unmarried hearts of fathers to their couples living together rose children, and the hearts of 13 percent from the previous children to their fathers." Souls will be stirred, and year, to 7.5 million. “Cohabitation is increahearts will be challenged to singly becoming the first be...COURAGEOUS!

Christian Movie "Courageous" set to release by Sept 30

travelling around the world, including the UK, where it welcomed 15,000 visitors in London alone. The ship is stocked with 5,000 Christian and educational books available for purchase by locals wherever it is docked, a vital opportunity in areas where resources are scarce. Mr Vishnu was joined by his wife Malina, six-year-old son Mahvandra, and fouryear-old Trishikia. He was presented with a bag of Logos Hope merchandise and a voucher to spend in the onboard ship fair. The family were treated to a personal tour of the ship by Captain Dyer and met

some of the 400-strong international crew. Not expecting the special treatment, Mr Vishnu commented, “I think I am the luckiest person!” The one millionth visitor milestone was passed last year when Francis Mulbaha stepped on board in Monrovia, Liberia. The vessel is scheduled to remain in Penang until September 27, after which it will sail to other ports around Malaysia before docking in the Philippines at the end of the year. The ship is in urgent need of skilled engineering staff to join the crew and help keep it in operation.

Justin Bieber says no to cohabitation

"Courageous," the muchawaited follow-up to the highly successful Sherwood Pictures' produced film "Fireproof," is set to pre-miere on September 30, 2011. The

film, produced by Stephen Kendrick, tells the story of five fathers who discover the true meaning of fatherhood as they go through life's most difficult challenges. Starring and

coresidential union formed among young adults,” the National Center for Health Statistics said in a 2010 report. For Bieber, he's not looking to move in with anyone unless marriage vows are said. But once he marries, he's not planning on delaying plans to expand his family.

"[B]y 25 or 26, I want to see myself ... start looking for a family," the 17-yearold artist and self-identified Christian told Women's Wear Daily at the New York party. “I definitely want to be married by 25," he added. "I want to be a young dad.”


PTA Sep 16-30, 2011