Love Phnom Penh

Between the months of October and December, there are major missions taking place across Cambodia. There is a children’s mission with over six thousand children and could be more. There are major Christian companies supporting this work. Much of the finance I believe is coming from the national Cambodian church and the leaders. The main objective of the festival is to bring the love of Jesus Christ into the hearts and the minds of the Khmer people, to show the love of God and take them from darkness to light. But in all great moves of God there is major opposition. Sadly, there is jealousy, backbiting and squabbling. As Paul the apostle said, we do not battle with flesh and blood but powers, principalities and wickedness in high places.

I am sending out a request that in your prayer times you will lift the people, the pastors and the leaders in prayer. The one thing the devil hates is when the saints of God come together in unity. The pastors and the leaders are working 24/7. I believe many of them are tired, but as in a race, they will push through to the final objective, which is the major event in the Olympic Stadium between 5 and 7 December. So as the body of Christ we must stand with these brothers and sisters and see the power of God which could change the face of Cambodia forever. Please share this with your family, your friends and al those in the body of Christ. All of us who understand Cambodia believe this is the most amazing event to hit the nation for many years. May all the glory go back to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Rev Ross Rennie

Aasia Bibi in Canada

We praise the Lord that press reports of Aasia Bibi’s resettlement in Canada with her family have now been confirmed by Barnabas Fund.

Please pray for the family’s adaptation to living in an unfamiliar culture and climate, separated from their relatives and having to learn a new language.

Wilson Chowdhry of the British Pakistani Christian Association has reported today that a video is circulating in which a man claims he is in Canada seeking an opportunity to murder Aasia. Please ask the Lord to protect her and her family.

Aasia Bibi Still Incarcerated

Over a week after the Pakistan Supreme Court upheld the acquittal of Aasia Bibi on blasphemy charges, she remains confined in a locked room and is being prevented from leaving Pakistan to join her daughters in Canada, where they have been granted asylum.

Quoting Aman Ullah, who spoke to Aasia Bibi by telephone yesterday, Aljazeera reported that she is frustrated and frightened, uncertain of when she will be able to leave Pakistan.

“The door opens at food time only,” said Ullah, and she is allowed to make phone calls in the morning and again at night. He said she usually calls her daughters.

Bibi’s husband is with her, he said.

We reiterate our request that you pray that Aasia and her family will now be reunited, be relocated to a place of safety and enjoy the Lord’s permanent protection.

Aasia Bibi’s Acquittal Upheld

The Pakistan Supreme Court has dismissed a petition seeking review of the court’s verdict acquitting Aasia Bibi on blasphemy charges.

Read a full account of the court proceedings by Dawn.

Qari Muhammad Salaam, who submitted the review petition, requested the court maintain the death sentence awarded to her by a trial court. Salaam had filed a case against Aasia Bibi and accused her of blasphemy.

The court said that the petitioner’s lawyer could not prove anything wrong with the court verdict.

Please pray that Aasia and her family will now be reunited, be relocated to a place of safety and enjoy the Lord’s permanent protection.

The Express Tribune reported on 25 January that Aasia’s daughters and their guardians have already migrated to Canada.

UKIP

Long-term readers of articles on this site will recall that Grace Missions has previously commended UKIP, particularly for its opposition to same-sex ‘marriage’. In 2014, we reported that Grace Missions Director Ross Rennie would be campaigning on behalf of UKIP in the run-up to the Newark by-election. We salute UKIP for being at the forefront of the campaign for the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union.

Recent developments have, however, prompted us to reconsider our continuing support for UKIP. The decision of UKIP’s leader Gerard Batten to appoint Tommy Robinson/Stephen Yaxley-Lennon as his adviser and what former leader Nigel Farage referred to as the party’s “fixation with the issue of Islam” have raised concerns that UKIP is drifting towards extremism. We cannot lend our approval to or be associated with these developments.

Grace Missions has always been unaligned with any one political party. We support policies that are in accordance with the principles of Scripture and oppose those that are not.

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