Network News - October 27, 2017
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Network News - October 27, 2017

International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church
In Africa, North Korea, China, India, the Philippines, and other nations, Christians face worship restrictions, public humiliation, and social isolation. Many encounter violence; some face death. Church buildings are burned and vandalized. The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church is charged with raising awareness of such circumstances and lifting the most pressing instances of global persecution up in prayer. Held annually in mid-November, traditionally a month devoted to remembering the saints and martyrs of the church, the event is supported by prominent evangelical and humanitarian organizations including the World Evangelical Alliance, Open Doors, and International Christian Concern. (from Christianity Today)


If your church has never taken part in IDOP, it is probably good to start by looking at the materials available on the different Websites listed below. We have done it for many years now, and we've found it is best to choose one or two sites to work from. Otherwise, you have too much material to cover. Unfortunately, we never lack for stories of persecution. Each site usually has prayer guides, videos, bulletin inserts, and PowerPoint presentations available. Additional materials are also available. Some promote the date as November 5th, others the 12th, and some the 19th, but IDOP falls in November each year. Throughout the year, your church members can request emails to keep them updated with prayer requests so they can continue to pray. Also, the World Watch List is available to small groups to pray through and monthly magazines and prayer guides are available as well.
 


List of Websites with materials for IDOP 2017:
World Evangelical Alliance
The Voice of the Martyrs
Open Doors
Release International
Persecution.org

Download the Watch list here.


Cure for the IDOP Holiday Blues  by Jeff M. Sellers for Christianity Today

(This is part of an older article from Christianity Today, but it is still pertinent. Repeatedly, those who are being persecuted show strength, joy, and hope in the midst of what they are suffering. They do not want our pity. They want our prayers. They want to know that they are not alone. When they grieve, they want to know that others grieve with them. So, this article is a good reminder). 

For those of us living in climates of religious freedom, the topic of persecution may feel like something to avoid. So much unpleasantness: suffering, guilt (as we lack the level of commitment of those who are suffering), and a sense of helplessness to do anything about it.
And like Christmas or Easter, an element of obligation and routine may creep in as the season approaches. When the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church rolls around, a lot of things can get in the way of committing to pray—besides things to do and places to go, there's also compassion fatigue, or just plain old fatigue, and perhaps the sense that you're going to get cowed into something you're just not that into.
Those who regard Christianity as something more than a topic in the cafeteria of ideas, however, will hurt when other members of the body hurt. As a relationship with the God who was tortured to death, Christianity has persecution at its core. Hence the annual International Day of Prayer (IDOP), like Christmas or Easter, is something that is always with us, even if we recognize it officially but once a year.
Many churches observed IDOP on Sunday, but the observance actually lasts an entire week (November 13-20), with the call to prayer especially highlighted last Sunday and next. Numbers will be bandied about, such as the roughly 200 million Christians around the world who are imprisoned and/or tortured for their faith, or the 400 million whose religious liberties are violated, often costing them their homes and/or livelihoods. Exhortations to pray for the persecuted church will issue forth. And stories of persecuted believers will be told—many to choose from. The news service for which I'm managing editor, Compass Direct, relates a few of these stories every day, at least five days a week, year-round. And that continual shower of painful narratives represents a mere raindrop in the storm.
A different kind of story needs to be told; the kind that a Vietnamese pastor known as Silas recently told. Local authorities warned that if his church continued to meet without a permit, he could expect to see trouble. "Be careful," one official told him. "Watch out."
This was a threat as much as a warning. In Vietnam, as in many other Communist (and some Islamic) countries, governments commonly deny or delay church permits, then jail Christians for meeting without a permit.
Silas shot back: "I don't have to watch out or be careful; God will care for us." He went on to thank the official for the harassment and opposition that Vietnamese authorities had meted out, as it unified the country's Christians.
"Your persecution has made us stronger," he told the officer.
Moreover, the pastor told him that he loved him. "You can shut down our churches, jail us, torture us, it doesn't matter, because we'll still love you," he said. "We'll love you, because God loves you and wants to see you come to know Christ's salvation." Then he delivered the final, loving blow—asking the official if he didn't feel badly about mistreating Christians. Silas told him he suspected it was tearing him up inside.
The official stalked away.
Late one night, he came back. When the pastor heard him knock on the door, he assumed he was going to be hauled off to jail. But the official's manner was more like that of Nicodemus visiting Jesus, the pastor said; he needed to talk. He was depressed...


Counting the Cost of Following Jesus in the Middle East by Chad Herrington for the IMB
Rehan* was one of the few men I met in the Middle East who had ever asked me for a Bible. His unexpected request excited me. I had rarely seen anyone from his culture exhibit this level of spiritual openness. I presented him with a red English-Arabic Bible a few days later and explained it was a precious gift. Although we were short on time, he received it gladly and listened as I summarized the gospel.
Months went by before I was able to see him again. When our paths finally crossed, he told me how his family had been very upset with him when they found the Bible. They had taken it from him and hidden it. He and his family had since moved, and he no longer had access to that little red book.
I began to share the good news with him again, in more detail than our last brief visit. This time, I asked him directly if he believed. He said yes, he believed that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, and that no one comes to God except through him (John 14:6). He wanted to follow Jesus.

But What if I’m Killed?
Unfortunately, Rehan’s decision was going to be more complicated than that because persecution is very real and devastating in his culture. If someone is discovered to have changed his religion, he could lose his job, his home, his family, or even his life. In Rehan’s mind, the only way to escape these potentially traumatic consequences and persecution was to flee, to run away.
Rehan told me that the only way that he could follow Christ was to leave his entire family—his wife, unborn child, parents, and siblings—and move to another country. He would have to find work, a believing wife, and live far away from everything that he had ever known. He truly thought this was the only way for him to continue as a Christian.
As I listened, my heart broke for him and his family. This new believer was at a crossroads. He has to wrestle with the dual truths found in Scripture: while his allegiance must be to Jesus first (Matt. 10:32–33Luke 14:26–27), he must also not simply run away from his family (1 Cor. 7:12). Yet he knows that stepping forward as a Christian is the equivalent to stepping off a cliff. All his earthly security could be gone in an instant.
The truth is, I’ll likely never understand the weight of Rehan’s decisions. I’m a foreign worker from a religiously diverse country where people can, in theory, believe what they want without consequence. Yet when we’re called to disciple people in such dire situations, there are a few principles to keep in mind.

Look Up, Not Over
It’s important to teach new believers to rely on God and not the foreign worker for all the answers. Yes, God often uses us to give wise counsel, but we are fallible while he is not. Guide them to trust God by teaching them how to pray, how to listen to the Holy Spirit, and how to correctly read God’s Word.

Realize This is a Gray Area
We have to be very sensitive and wise when counseling believers in the face of persecution. Many times we want to give a hard and fast answer, but we don’t see a direct command for this in the Bible. There are examples from Scripture when Paul faced persecution (Acts 14:8–20) and others times when he fled (Acts 9:20–25). Truthfully, we’ll never have clear-cut solutions for every situation believers may face. We need to teach reliance on the Holy Spirit rather than on what we think could be a good idea.

Be the Body
Commit to pray with and for them regularly, and do your best to provide Christian fellowship. God strengthens and encourages Christians through the local body. Advise them to meet with you or with other believers regularly (if there are others). They can pray through the safety implications of participating in Christian fellowship.

Connect Them to Scripture
If they can’t keep a physical copy of the Bible, ask them if it’s safe to download one on their phone. There are different Bible apps in many different languages, such as YouVersion, that have the written and audio Word, as well as encouraging articles and videos.
*Name changed
Read the full article and others like it here.


48 Christians Die in 9-Day Massacre by Fulani Herdsmen by Diana Chandler with Baptist Press
PLATEAU, Nigeria (BP) -- Christian and human rights leaders in Nigeria are urging the government to protect villages from terror by Muslim Fulani herdsmen in the wake of a nine-day killing spree in Plateau State.

The killing of at least 48 Christians in several villages in mid-October, including women, children and the elderly as they slept, is part of a continuing assault on Christians by Fulani herdsmen who have joined forces with terrorist groups, Morning Star News reported Oct. 25, based on personal accounts from pastors and congregants.

"In the past few weeks, our people have been attacked by Muslim Fulani herdsmen who are collaborating with armed terrorists to invade our communities," Morning Star quoted Moses Tsohu, a member of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) in Zanwrua village. "These attacks are being carried out daily. Every blessed day we witness the invasion, killing of our people and the destruction of their houses."

In addition to the killings in the attacks on 13 Christian communities, nine people were wounded, churches were destroyed or abandoned, and 249 homes were ruined, Morning Star reported from villagers' accounts. Some of the attacks occurred during dusk-to-dawn curfews and with security forces stationed nearby.

Yakubu Pam, northern chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has urged Nigeria's federal government to intervene, or the herdsmen will likely consume minority ethnic groups in the north. In an Oct. 17 media statement, Pam condemned the attacks in the Bassa local government area especially where women, children and the elderly were attacked as they slept. The herdsmen killed 29 Christians in Bassa during a curfew intended to restrict movement, Pam said.

Maj. Gen. Anthony Atolagbe, commander of a special security task force in Plateau, was investigating how the attack took place, the digital news site Today.ng reported Oct. 17.

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), a grassroots non-governmental organization, repeated a longstanding cry for Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari to declare armed Fulani herdsmen as terrorists.

"We condemn in very strong terms the persistent denial of the reality of the armed Fulani terror campaign across the country by the current administration of President Buhari," HURIWA said in an Oct. 17 blogpost. The government has "failed to take concrete, verifiable and legal based actions to put to an end to the spectacles of blood curdling terror attacks of armed Fulani herdsmen." HURIWA accuses Buhari of lacking zeal in stopping the armed herdsmen because of his Fulani heritage.

The Global Terrorism Index described armed Fulani herdsmen as terrorists as early as 2014, blaming them for nearly 1,250 deaths that year alone, a sharp increase over the 80 deaths they were blamed for in 2013.

The herdsmen have arisen in an ages-old dispute with Christian farmers for land rights. Among the herdsmen's deadliest attacks in Nigeria, the Fulani killed 300 Christians in Benue in February 2016 and killed 200 Christians in Nasarawa in March 2017, it was widely reported.


Job & Ministry Opportunities
Senior/Lead Pastor - Capital City Baptist Church
Capital City Baptist Church is prayerfully seeking a full-time Senior/Lead Pastor.  Send resumes ONLY to Ray Torrez, Chairman of Search Team. 
Deadline: December 29, 2017 

Annual (Senior) Adult Conference
Cande Ackler sent a report from the recent 11th Annual Adult Conference with a request for the 12th Annual Conference:
First Baptist Church of Orangevale has hosted this meeting for the past eleven years, and 2017 was one of the best we have had.
During the three days, we had a barbecue on Sunday afternoon followed by music led by John McDaniel and the worship team from Orangevale, and a presentation by Dr. Carl Morgan, Director and Curator of the Woodland Museum of Biblical Archaelogy.  Dr. Morgan also spoke on Monday and Tuesday mornings.  Early sessions on Monday and Tuesday included a presentation by the California Highway Patrol of their “Age Well Drive Smart” program for drivers age 65 and older.  The Senior Ombudsman from California Department of Motor Vehicles provided invaluable information for the senior driving community.  On Tuesday morning, representatives of First Call Hospice presented great information about the concepts involved in hospice care for patients of all ages approaching the end of life.
The conference was well attended  by representatives from seventeen churches, with 83 on Sunday evening, 64 on Monday, and more than 40 on Tuesday.  Of course great fellowship occurred during the lunches after each morning session.
Orangevale has enjoyed hosting the past eleven years of conferences, but is seeking another church to host the meetings in 2018.  Any church group interested in hosting may contact Richard Ackler, Senior Adult Ministries Coordinator at First Baptist Church of Orangevale, at (916)601-6017, or email acklerri@surewest.net.

Urgent Need: Preschool Teacher Interns
Teachers needed wot tork with the preschool program at Lake Tahoe. Teachers must be studying or have a dregree in Early Childhood, Child Life, Child Development, or Human Development and Family Studies. You need 12 semester hours in any combination fo these types of classes to qualify as a preschool intern. Round-trip air fare, housing, food money,a nd local ministry-related transportation provided plus a $500 monthly stipend. 

For more information: Debbie Wohler Reasoner-Internship Coordinator: 530-448-9359 (Eastern Time) or debbie@fbctahoe.com, Jayme Blanton, A+ Director: 530-583-1534 (Pacific Time) or jayme@fbctahoe.com, Pastor Scott Capshaw: 530-583-7458 (Pacific Time) or scott@fbctahoe.com  

Live-In Home Health Care Helper
A pastor from Suisun whose parents live in Sacramento needs to find 24/7 live-in assistance for his mother and her husband. Please contact Pastor Richard Guy from Grace Baptist Church of Suisun. His number is 707-290-3200.

Children's Ministry Volunteers
New Seasons church has a need for temporary/short term volunteers in their children’s church ministry.
Trained, experienced volunteers with proper clearances, and pastor approval preferred.
For more information contact Pastor Ron Jackson – 619-540-9294 or pastorron@newsesonws.com

Youth Leader Internship
Our church is seeking to fill a vacant position for Youth Leader Intern immediately, and we are reaching out to other churches and Christian organizations in the area with hopes of finding the right person (or couple) for the job.  We are a small-town conservative church, and our active Youth Group currently consists of 8 – 15 students at our Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday gatherings.  The position will require about 15 hours of work each week.  We will offer a salary of $750 - $1000, along with a generous budget for Youth activities.
We hope you would be willing to share our description with anyone who you feel would be a great addition to our team at FBCW.   Please respond and we will send the application as a pdf file, or interested parties may contact the church at 530-795-2821 orfbcw@fbcwinters.org to schedule an interview.  Thank you in advance for your assistance.
In Christ,
Pastor James  Allen  and the FBCW Stewardship/Personnel Committee

Unique Mission Project Opportunity: Supporting Seminary Students and Persecuted Christians in Myanmar
What your church can do:
1. Show a five-minute video in your service about the ministry
2. Have 1-2 leaders/contact persons to lead this project in your church who can explain the importance of this project and what it is accomplishing and who can oversee the sell of the bracelets used to raise the money as well as forward the money to The Church on the Rock in Canada. (See below for more details). (If you are near the Sacramento area, we can provide a leader/speaker to coordinate with your church if you are willing to let us come and share).
3. Commit to sell at least 100 bracelets. (They are really beautiful and are hand-made by the families in Myanmar).
4. Contact Claudia Wreyford at 916-944-2225 with any questions or to adopt this project in your church.
The Church on Cypress in Carmichael has partnered with The Church on the Rock in Canada for many years. We need churches who, as part of their mission activities, would be willing to join us in supporting the mission churches in Myanmar. This project provides financial support for a lay pastor seminary (training 70-90 men from 15 outlying villages) as well as aiding Christian families being persecuted there. 
The families are making Kumihimo (braided) Bracelets which will then be offered for sale through churches here in the US. 100% of all monies collected go to the mission in Myanmar. There are no administrative costs. All work here is done by volunteers. 
We currently have 1,000 bracelets ready for sale, we just need your help by including this as one of your mission projects.  Here are links to both the informational video available for your use and to pictures/information on the Myanmar Mission activities:
Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjJOvrW90So&feature=em-upload_owner
Click here: Myanmar Mission Pictures Or:https://goo.gl/photos/kYjMkiEmcWw9QHqU6 

Youth Mission Projects Needs
As part of the Ignition Conference at the end of December, the students will have the opportunity to help with several service projects in our area from 1:15 pm to 4:45 pm on December 29th. If you have a special project that you think it appropriate for students to help with, please contact the SRBN office to let us know.

Folding Machines Available Free
The Church on Cypress, Carmichael, is giving away two folding machines. The big one folds newsletters, bulletins, and possibly tri-folds. Both have manual adjustment, and instructions are included for the smaller one. For more information or to request them, please contact Melissa Burgess at 916-972-8200 or admin@churchoncypress.org

    


Many Christian movies are in theaters or are coming to theaters this fall and next spring! It's exciting to see family-friendly movies in theaters and movies with a meaningful Christian message! Here is a list of the ones we know about:


Let There Be Light in theaters October 27
The Price of Fame in theaters November 7
Genesis Part 1: Paradise Lost in theaters November 13 only
The Star: The Story of the First Christmas in theaters November 17 
Alien Invasion in theaters January 11, 2018
Tortured for Christ in theaters Spring, 2018


Calendar
October
28  Wills & Trusts Seminar - Rancho Cordova
     
http://www.csbc.com/events/wills-trusts-seminar-rancho-cordova

November
1   Minister's Wives Planning Meeting
     11:30 am at SRBN office, bring your lunch (no onions please)
     for more information or to RSVP, please contact Terrie at the SRBN office, 916.863.5426

5   International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted (IDOP)

7   Minister and Staff Lunch
     12 pm to 1:30 pm, bring your own lunch
     Roseville Baptist Church, 1301 Coloma Way

8   HR Bootcamp for Churches - Free
    
First Baptist, Stockton
     http://www.churchwest.com/bootcamp

8   Digital Revolution Outreach Summit
     8:30-11:30 am at Sheraton Grand
     1230 J Street, Sacramento

      https://climb.eventsmart.com/events/digital-revolution/

10    SRBN Youth Leaders Meeting
       
El Camino Baptist Church, 6 pm

11    2nd Saturday Outreach
        www.thegracenetwork.org
        10 AM - 1st Time orientation

December
1-2  Disaster Relief Roundtable for Cal Blue Caps
      More details: http://www.csbc.com/events/dr-blue-caps

5   Minister and Staff Lunch
     12 pm to 1:30 pm, bring your own lunch
     Roseville Baptist Church, 1301 Coloma Way

9   2nd Saturday Outreach
     www.thegracenetwork.org
     10 AM - 1st Time orientation

28-30  Ignition Student Conference
          Sacramento Convention Center
          Learn more: https://www.studentignition.com/

January
27      Church Music Workshop - North
          http://www.csbc.com/events/church-music-workshop-north 

February
16-19   Winter Youth Retreat Week 1
            
http://www.csbc.com/events/winter-youth-retreat-2018

17        Clinicas para Escuela Biblica de Vacaciones - San Jose
            http://www.csbc.com/events/clinicas-para-escuela-bíblica-de-vacaciones-en-español

23-25     Winter Youth Retreat Week 2
              http://www.csbc.com/events/winter-youth-retreat-week-2

24         State VBS Clinic at El Camino Baptist Church
             
2805 El Camino Ave., Sacramento

24         Clinicas para Escuela Biblica de Vacaciones - Manteca
             http://www.csbc.com/events/clinicas-para-escuela-bíblica-de-vacaciones-en-español-1



 

Announcements

SRBN Youth Leaders Meeting

Friday, November 10, 6 pm
(2nd Friday of each month)
El Camino Baptist Church
2805 El Camino Ave., Sacramento

For more info: Gregory Horton
415-684-4549, kazuma4321@hotmail.com

Donation of Turkeys Needed for Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinners

For His Glory Church is looking for free turkeys. We are serving FREE Thanksgiving Dinner and Free Christmas dinner again this year to families who otherwise won't have a dinner on those days.

If you can make a donation of any kind we appreciate it.
Tax deduction.
916-396-1890


 

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