The interesting paragraphs are in the middle... Malaysia Charges 3 Over Church Attacks
Posted: 29 January 2010 1939 hrs
KUALA LUMPUR : Malaysia said Friday it has charged three men over a church firebombing, the first suspects to be indicted following a spate of attacks on places of worship that have escalated ethnic tension.
Deputy public prosecutor Anselm Charles Fernandis told AFP charges were filed against three dispatch riders for setting alight the Metro Tabernacle Church in a southern suburb of Kuala Lumpur on January 8.
"The three have been charged with causing mischief by fire by burning the building in which the church was located and all three pleaded not guilty," he said.
The men -- named as Azuwan Shah Ahmad and brothers Raja Mohamad Faizal Raja Ibrahim and Raja Mohamad Idzham -- face up to 20 years in jail if convicted.
They are among 19 arrested over attacks on 11 churches, a mosque and two Muslim prayer halls.
"Sometimes I fear the callousness of my heart must be revolting to my LORD... ...so many disasters, so many heartaches, so much cruelty! "
With the news broadcasts, podcasts, live messaging, facebook pushes on my phone, tweets from twitter and tumblr status updates--and every other media or social network you may be connected to--I fear sometimes all the devastation, heartache and sorrow gets lost in the rush of info and we are interested in the informing of it all, but not the transforming of it all that will take place as we, God's people, pray and act as He leads us.
So... I just wanted to remind myself and anyone else listening or reading... let's be praying that God will use this for His purposes and use us too.
Remembering It's All About Jesus Who Died For the Haitians,
Ways To Pray For Those in Disaster (Compliled from several suggestions)
1. Pray that this disaster would not be wasted, that it would be used to point many to the Saviour.
Reflecting on the series of posts on our missions website entitled, Hidrances to Missions In Asia, I kept thinking the answers to these hindrances must be in really understanding and applying the Great Commission. I kept thinking of the phrase ... while you are going... while you are going... while you are going! It all starts there.
I wondered if one of the biggest hindrances to missions and why many Christians are hampered is the misguided foundational thinking about who should go and really what actually is "going"?!
Is "teaching, baptizing, and discipling" in the way we were commissioned a vocation of some sort with a decision necessary: to join or not to join?
Are we mistakenly thinking that we have participated satisfactorily in the Great Commission because we are giving money regularly? Does that kind of thinking keep some of us from sending our children or going ourselves to teach, baptize or disciple?
The verses say, 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nation…