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August 18, 2009 second Pakistan update

On August 17, 2009, attorneys for ADVOCATES INTERNATIONAL (AI), the JUBILEE CAMPAIGN and the PAKISTAN CENTER FOR LAW & JUSTICE, following up on AI's August 11 press release, met with representatives of the Pakistan government to deliver a letter to the Ambassador of Pakistan requesting a transparent investigation and prosecution of all perpetrators involved in the recent burning of Christian churches, the dismissal of all pending blasphemy complaints on the grounds they are both unfounded and unconstitutional, and the abolishment of the Pakistan's blasphemy laws on the grounds that they are unconstitutional as applied, unworkable and counter- productive to any lawful purpose for which they were originally promulgated.

 

September 17, 2009 WAKE-UP CALLS TO PAKISTANI GOVERNMENT GO UNHEEDED WITH DEADLY RESULTS

Advocates International and Jubilee Campaign Plead with Pakistan to End the Unlawful Impunity, Police Brutality and Religious Persecution Caused by its Blasphemy Laws
Washington, DC— In the shocking light of the horrific police torture and falsely alleged “suicide” in police custody of a falsely accused Pakistani Christian, Fanish Robert, this past week in the Punjab Province of Pakistan, Advocates International and the Jubilee Campaign USA again join many other in the international community urging Pakistan to end the impunity, police brutality and religious persecution caused by its blasphemy laws by immediately suspending all blasphemy arrests and prosecutions and abolishing its unjust blasphemy laws.

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Staying within this one evangelical church is both advantageous and disadvantageous to developing a theological framework. As I remember, the word theology never came up as the church was more interested in how to apply Biblical standards to every day life. One year of high school Sunday School focused on the Evangelical Free Churches of America's Statement of Faith but we only focused on how to apply those theological statements to our lives and not how they came to be or why they mattered. Looking back over this time, the main thing that I notice is the emphasis on the individual and not the community.

Advocates International Joins Many in the International Community Urging Pakistan to End the Violence and Religious Persecution

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11  Advocates International joined many in the international community today, including the Jubilee Campaign USA, urging Pakistan to end the mob violence and religious persecution caused by its blasphemy and other so-called 'defamation of religion laws'.

Advocates Asia Prayer Calendar - Israel Saturday, September 19

Gregory Vijayendran continues with the following news from Israel:

2009 Advocates Asia Conference in Malaysia Friday, September 18

Gregory Vijayendran, coordinator of the Advocates Asia Prayer Calendar, shares on the coming 2009 Advocates Asia Conference in Malaysia on 27-28 November 2009:

“Let us continue to uphold the organizing committee of the next AA Conference to be held on 27-28 November 2009. According to an e-mail received from the organizers: ‘The theme for the Conference is “Living the Micah Mandate Today” based on Micah 6:8 (“What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God”). In particular the Conference will be focusing on the issues of Human Trafficking (including human organ trafficking) and Religious Liberty. There will be a variety of local and foreign speakers. We expect the sessions to be informative and personal with break-out sessions to formulate affirmative actions to be taken so that we can and will move beyond just talking at the conference.’
Praise God for Malaysian Christian lawyers’ heart of generosity, hospitality and sacrificial service for the rest of Asia! Pray for the organizing committee - for God’s continued anointing, leading and wisdom (James 1:5)…”

Message from Mats and Jennifer Tunehag Thursday, September 17

Mats Tunehag (Sweden), member of the Global Council of Advocates International, has willingly shared with us the latest update from his wife, Jennifer Tunehag, on her international work engaged against prostitution and human trafficking, developing international partnerships of churches and organisations and serving victims of prostitution and human trafficking. Jennifer’s report is focused on her work in Ukraine. The whole text of the update is available upon request to those of you interested. At the end of her message, Jennifer writes:
“Would you pray with us, and for us? As I invite you to pray, I also want to make you aware of a wonderful initiative of the Salvation Army. While we are in Kiev challenging and equipping churches there, YOUR church can be part of the International Weekend of Prayer and Fasting for Victims of Sexual Trafficking (September 25-27)! Their website offers some excellent resources to direct or enrich your prayer time. http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/trafficking”

“Christian Preacher Wins Right to Take Case to European Court of Justice” Wednesday, September 16

Andrea Minichiello Williams, Christian Concern for Our Nation, UK, shares:

“A Christian preacher (the Reverend Mahboob Masih - volunteer presenter on Awaz FM) has won the right to have his case referred to the European Court of Justice following an accusation that a state supported radio station aimed at the Asian community discriminated against him because of his Christian beliefs and views.
… The 37-year-old complained to an employment tribunal that he lost this position for reasons related to religion or belief and was thus the victim of descrimination based on his faith as a Christian. The station denied discrimination, arguing the tribunal has no powers to hear the case as Mr Masih was not an employee. In a ground-breaking decision, the Reverend Masih’s case will be referred for a preliminary ruling to the European Court of Justice to decide if volunteers are protected by anti-discrimination legislation. If upheld, the consequences for employers in their dealings with volunteers who are open about their faith could be very significant….

Prayer for Comfort Tuesday, September 15

Lourdes Pisciotti, Director of Administration of Advocates International, shares the following prayer request from the head office in Virginia:

“Greetings in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ! FYI - Norma (Pete) Bellett McKeeby, a retired employee/friend of Advocates International (worked/volunteered for AI for about nine years or more), was promoted to glory on Monday, August 31, 2009 after being in the hospital for a little over two weeks… Please pray for Pete's family.”

Prayer Request from Baasankhuu, Mongolia Monday, September 14

Baasankhuu (Mongolia), RLI – Mongolia, shares the following urgent prayer request:

Greetings from Mongolia in the holy name of Jesus Christ. I have an urgent prayer request to share with you. My father, who is 69 years old, has been diagnosed with gastric cancer /adenocarcinoma, mucosal/ and we need to go to Korea for further surgery. Please pray for healing and for our trip. May God guide, provide and comfort my family all through the time.”

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