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What happened in Texas on Sunday is heartbreaking.  We mourn because we lost part of our family, part of the body we share.  We grieve because the surviving part of our body in Sutherland Springs is suffering.  

“We … are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.” 
“If one member suffers, all the members suffer with it.” 2

ALL shootings and mass murders are tragic. But what happened in Texas happened to our family.  This is the body of Christ.

Our brothers and sisters in Sutherland Springs need our prayers and I know that you are praying for them.  They also need to be reminded that WE ARE ONE BODY and they are not alone. 

Please write them a letter or send them a card and share your heartfelt love and prayers...they need us.  Consider bringing enough cards or stationary to church this week so that everyone in your church or Sunday School can write a message of hope and love to our Sutherland Springs family.  

Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters.
Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself.
Remember also those being mistreated,
as if you felt their pain in your own bodies.

(Hebrews 13:1,3 NLT)

Please share this message with your church and friends who love Jesus and pray.
grace and peace,
brother Dominic  

Romans 12:5 NASB; 2 1 Corinthians 12:26 NASB
 

After five wars of genocide, the blood of 3.5 million innocent people cries out from Sudanese soil. 

The sound of each and every cry may be deafening in heaven, but on earth, it seemingly fell on deaf ears as the United States lifted economic sanctions on Sudan last week.  

When Sudan’s current president Omar al-Bashir came to power in 1989, he declared jihad (mass annihilation) on all non-Arab Muslims in the country.   Since then, his regime has murdered nearly 3.5 million people.  It’s estimated that more than one-half of his victims were Christians. 

In 2009, the International Criminal Court indicted Bashir and issued a warrant for his arrest for three counts of genocide, five counts of crimes against humanity (murder, extermination, forcible transfer, torture, and rape) and two counts of war crimes (intentionally directing attacks against a civilian population).  

But Bashir’s genocide against non-Arab Muslims continues to this day because the U.S. and other world leaders refuse to arrest and bring him to justice.  

Sudan recently hired a prominent Washington-based law and lobbying firm to help lift the trade embargo that the U.S. imposed on Sudan in 1997 because of the genocide and its state sponsored terrorism.    Before Sudan started lobbying the U.S. to lift the sanctions, Sudan’s air force was aerial bombing Christians and other non-Muslim citizens every single day in 2016! They were even using chemical weapons on innocent civilians in 2016!      

God who said, “I love justice”1 is grieved by the U.S.’ implicit approval and participation in this global mockery of life and justice.        

May all those who have the heart of God pray and grieve with Him for this on-going mass annihilation of life and disregard for justice.  

He has told you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justice, to love kindness,
And to walk humbly with your God?

(Micah 6:8 NASB)

Please share this post with your church and friends who love Jesus and pray.

grace and peace,
brother Dominic 

 

 


Special thanks to Faith McDonnell and The Institute for Religion and Democracy for these photos and their leadership in reporting and advocacy for life and justice in Sudan.   

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1Isaiah 61:8

I marvel that the Most High came to earth and touched the untouchables.  

It didn’t matter if they were untouchable because of their culture – Samaritans, vocation – tax collectors, disease – leprosy or their sin – prostitutes.  Jesus, being full of compassion, touched them. 

The spirit of the world draws us to the lives of the rich and famous.   But the Spirit of Jesus draws us with compassion into the lives of the least and last.

Maybe that’s why I was sad and thinking about Irfan Masih when I couldn’t sleep at 2:30 this morning.

Irfan wasn’t just an “untouchable” who was born into the lower caste that is responsible for cleaning Pakistan’s sewers.  He was a Christian and a son of the Most High God.  He was my brother.

Irfan died last month after rescuing three unconscious co-workers who were trapped in a sewer and overcome from breathing toxic gases.  After the rescue, Irfan also passed out from the gas and his brother physically carried him to the hospital ER.  

The ER was staffed with Muslim doctors who refused to treat or even touch Irfan because he was a Christian and covered with sewage.    Irfan died in the ER less than 30 minutes later as his brother frantically attempted mouth-to-mouth resuscitation in-between his hopeless cries for help.

 

Sewer cleaning jobs in Pakistan are reserved for Christians, Muslims are not even allowed to apply for them.   The Christians, who are oppressed and uneducated, are forced out of desperation to take these jobs – just as their fathers and grandfathers did before them.  

Upon hiring, Christians are required to swear on their Bible that they will always be a sewer cleaner.   They’re hopelessly bound to this multi-generational cycle of oppression and virtual slavery.

Our compassionate God in Heaven hears their cries, just as He heard His people cry when they were oppressed and enslaved by Pharaoh thousands of years ago.   And, He who touched the untouchables is saying to us, “follow Me” and “go and do the same”.*

Please ask God to comfort Irfan’s family and pray for the strength and relief for our brothers and sisters in Pakistan. 

grace and peace,
brother Dominic

* John 12:26; Luke 10:37  
Source: WorldWatch Monitor and BBC News

I'm writing to you with a heavy heart on behalf of our Christian brothers and sisters in Nigeria who are facing starvation and need our help.
In Nigeria, 1.8 million people (many of them Christians) have been driven from their homes because of Islamic violence.

The Christians were even driven from the government displacement camps where they were persecuted. They now live in the makeshift tents pictured above with multiple families living in each tent.

The Nigerian government is now also discriminating against the Christians and denying them food and aid - they’re only helping Muslims.

Our brothers and sisters are literally eating leaves off trees.

We are now working with one of our most trusted partners to immediately provide food packages to 15,000 Christian families (approximately 75,000 people).

Each family will receive a package containing 50 KG of beans and 100 KG of maize plus a small amount of cash to purchase other necessities like cooking oil and soap.  

The cost per package per family is $123 and one package should sustain a family for two months or more.   The project budget is $1.8 million.

100% of all funds donated will be applied to the project without any deductions for overhead, fundraising or other organizational expenses.

As I wrote in a recent post titled: God is Calling for Compassion in Nigeria, this crisis is the greatest known humanitarian need in the body of Christ today. 

This project is truly about saving lives.

Please join us in supporting this compassionate work and DONATE NOW.

As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ.

And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you. Thank God for this gift too wonderful for words! (2 Corinthians 9:13-15 NLT)

Please forward this email to your friends who love Jesus.

 

grace and peace,
brother Dominic

Last month I sounded the alarm about Prime Minister Modi’s Hindutva (fascist) background and agenda.  Since then, I’ve been asked, “why did the modern Indian democracy elect Modi to be their prime minister?”

The official party line attributes Modi’s election victory to his reputation for economic success. It is true that when Modi was Chief Minister of Gujarat, he economically transformed his state by recruiting 100’s of global companies to invest 100’s of billions of dollars in his state.

However, political analysts recognize that Modi’s victory was also driven by India’s powerful upper caste who are fearful of losing their elite status as India transitions into a modern economy.  They’re counting on Modi to preserve their dominance by aggressively oppressing and persecuting the lower caste.

India’s Christian Dalits Are the Lowest of the Low

India’s socio-economic hierarchy is still defined by its caste system.  The Dalits who are also known as India’s “untouchables” make up the lowest caste.    There are an estimated 250 - 300 million Dalits in India, including almost 50% of India’s 29 million Christians. 

Dalits do not have the right to own property and they sustain themselves by eating leftover food disposed of by the higher castes.  Many are bonded laborers including working as manual scavengers who are responsible for removing human excrement by hand from upper caste sewers and dry toilets.   These practices continue to this day even though they were outlawed with India’s Independence. 

Hindu Dalits receive welfare and other affirmative action-type benefits for education and employment.  They also receive a special protection status against discrimination, exploitation, and violence.   

But Christian Dalits aren’t eligible for any of these benefits or protection, just because they’re Christians.  Most of the violence against Indian Christians is reportedly against Dalit Christians.  

The caste system is so deeply entrenched in the soul of Indian culture, that even the upper caste Christians discriminate against their Dalit brothers and sisters!      

Dalit Christians are among the lowest-of-the-low in India’s lowest caste.  And Dalit Christian women are at the very bottom of this ungodly evil system because they’re also discriminated against because they are women.  They are among the most severely oppressed and vulnerable people in India.

Here in the West, WE CAN’T EVEN IMAGINE what life is like for our Dalit Christian brothers and sisters. 

Please pray for Prime Minister Modi and the governing Indian authorities, that our Indian brothers and sisters would be allowed to lead quiet lives in all godliness and dignity. 

First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.  (1 Timothy 2:1-3)

Please share this message with your church and friends who love Jesus and pray.

grace and peace,
brother Dominic 
 

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