Holy Innocents

The Holy Innocents | Anglicans For Life
 
December 28, 2018
“A voice was heard in Ramah,
wailing and loud lamentation,
Rachel weeping for her children;
she refused to be consoled, because they are no more.”  Matthew 2:18
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Friday December 28, 2018 is The Feast of The Holy Innocents when the Church recalls the courage the Holy Family who escaped Bethlehem for Egypt as Herod gave the decree to massacre the Holy Innocents who are considered by some to be the first Christian martyrs.

Many Christians today are still fleeing their homes and churches. Hundreds of thousands of displaced Christians across numerous countries are without adequate food or proper shelter. In Nigeria just under 2 million people are internally displaced as a result of religious violence.

Please pray for these our suffering brothers and sisters who are enduring so many modern day atrocities as a result of their faith in Jesus Christ.  The Apostle Paul writes, “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.”  Galatians chapter 6

On this day of memorial, let us pause and reflect that every human life, including  the  lives of unborn children, are uniquely important and precious to God and loved by Him.  I commend to you the ministry of Anglicans for Life, a Christ-centered ministry that upholds Biblical principles concerning the sacredness of human life.

Lord willing, Brenda and I will participating in the National March for Life and the events connected to the Anglican Summit 2019 in Virginia.

Almighty God, our Father, you who have given us life and intended us to have it forever, grant us your blessings. Enlighten our minds to an awareness and to a renewed conviction that all human life is sacred because it is created in your image and likeness.  Help us to teach by word and the example of our lives that human life is precious because it is the gift of God whose love is infinite.  In Jesus name we pray.  Amen

Church of Nigeria Bishops…

The bishops of The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) speak about Lambeth 2020

September 2018

 

The House of Bishops of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) unanimously agree to the following statement regarding Lambeth 2020.

The House of Bishops of the Church of Nigeria reaffirm the Statement of GAFCON 2018 that the Archbishop of Canterbury should invite as full members to Lambeth 2020 the Bishops of the Province of the Anglican Church in North America and the Province of the Anglican Church in Brazil, and that he should not invite those Provinces that have endorsed by word or deed sexual practices that are in contradiction to the teaching of Scripture and Resolution 1.10 of the 1998 Lambeth Conference, unless they have repented of their actions and reversed their decisions.

In the event that this does not occur the Bishops of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) unanimously resolved that they will decline any invitation to attend Lambeth 2020 and all other meetings of the Instruments of the Communion.

 

URGENT PRAYER REQUEST

 
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‘We are not safe in our homes… Lord have mercy.’ Archbishop Kwashi
 
Please join us and pray for the Christian victims of the Fulani cattle herdsmen attack who have suffered terrible violence in Jos, Nigeria.
 
On Saturday June 30, 2018 Fulani cattle herdsman attacked 11 villages and killed 218 people and injured many in Plateau State, Central Nigeria. Over 300 people are now displaced. A large number of these refugees are women and children who are now living in displaced people’s camps in and around Jos.
Archbishop’s home attacked.
The home of the Anglican Archbishop Benjamin Kwashi (pictured above) was also attacked. The archbishop was at home when the raiders struck.
They seized nine cows and shot and killed a neighbor who challenged them by shining a flash light in their direction. Archbishop Ben Kwashi heard the raiders break into his compound and told everyone to stay indoors until they had left. They struck on Saturday June 30.
Adamu Dung who was killed in the attack.
Archbishop Kwashi said, ‘Adamu Dung was shot through the head because he flashed his light when he heard footsteps of cattle being rustled.
The cows were mine. Adamu was killed. He is no threat. He is an ordinary citizen struggling with life and doing every honest job to make ends meet. When I saw the widow and the house I could not help myself, my tears flowed freely and my heart shattered! I still carry the image of the house, the widow and the children. Adamu died, killed by rustlers in front of his house.’
Archbishop Kwashi
Archbishop Kwashi
Christians in Nigeria’s north face increased persecution and attack. Archbishop Kwashi has called repeatedly for the government to step up security to protect Christians under attack in Nigeria’s north.
The 2017 Global Terrorism Index, which estimates that more than 60,000 people have been killed across West Africa in clashes between ethnic Fulani herdsmen and settled farming communities since 2001. The Fulani attackers are mainly Muslims and the settled farmers are mainly Christians.
 The situation for the displaced Christians is serious
Archbishop Kwashi’s staff report that the camps are over  crowded with very poor sanitary condition.

Archbishop Kwashi meets displaced and grieving women
Many people sleep outside in the open with no blankets. This is worse for the children under the present climatic conditions of the rainy season.
  • Emergency food is in short supply. The displaced Christians have lost their homes and belongings. Even the camps have lost their supplies in the recent attacks.
  • Blankets are needed to keep the children and other displaced people warm and sheltered.
  • Urgent medications are required. Especially anti-malarial and cough medications due to the exposure to the cold and mosquitoes.
  • Clothing for the women and children is also needed, especially pregnant women and nursing mothers.
The Convocation of Anglicans in North America [CANA] is partnering with Katartimos Global to pray, raise funds and support Archbishop Kwashi and the displaced people of Jos.
Bishop Julian Dobbs said, ‘The situation is Jos breaks my heart.  I spoke with Archbishop Kwashi last week and pledged my full support to stand with him and those who are suffering.  I invite you to pray and financially support our brothers and sisters in Christ.’
Your prayers will help turn the tears of our brothers and sisters in Christ into praise and thanks to God. If you would also like to support financially, your gifts will provide the food and emergency supplies listed above.
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