Sabtu, 18 Maret 2017

The earthquake that was my life until I found Christ

The earthquake that was my life until I found Christ

By Cathy Evangelista, Special to ASSIST News Service
Huntington Beach pier damagedROCHESTER, NY (ANS – March 17, 2017) -- My story begins in “Surf City,” Huntington Beach, Southern California, where I was living at the time.

On that fateful morning of June 28, 1992, my daughter and I were soundly sleeping, that was until at 4:57 AM, when apartment building where I was living, started to shake.
It grew stronger and stronger and for that minute, my daughter, Tiffany, and myself, had by now jumped out of our beds, and stood shaking between the bedroom door jam on the second floor, and we stood there until it had eventually stopped.
All of that short time, I was praying to myself: “Lord, please stop it. Please stop it.” I was so scared that my daughter and I were going to die!
As I said before, it was only a minute, but those sixty seconds seemed like a lifetime! After the earthquake had stopped, my daughter, who was only about 7-years-old at the time, ran out the door, down the steps to the ground floor, and began knocking urgently on a neighbors door. I followed her out.
Main Cathy and her daughterTiffany seemed much calmer than I, and I was still shaking, but I managed to recover enough to ask my friend if we could stay at her home for a few hours, and thankfully she said “yes,” and ushered us through the door. We stayed for a short time, but it took me about a week to get over the initial shock that I was in.
I had never started reading the Bible until that year. I knew of God, but I did not have a personal relationship with Him. So, for some reason, one Sunday evening of late summer that year late summer, I drove to Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa with my daughter. There were no cars in the parking lot and then I saw a little sign that said the church was holding its evening service at the Pacific Amphitheater, a huge rock venue just a few miles away, so we went there.
There were plenty of cars there and I found a parking space and I told my daughter, “Let’s go into the theater, and we can check it out.” It was a wonderful event, with a praise band leading the worship, and followed by a powerful message from Pastor Chuck Smith.
To make a long story short, I decided to start attending CCCM, and the first time I went there, I experienced so much LOVE! It was so powerful to me that I immediately I felt this was where the Lord want me to go on a regular basis.
You see, I knew about God, but I didn’t have a personal relationship with Him until the day I began attending the church. I was raised Catholic back in Ohio, and then I moved by myself to Southern California, where I lived in East LA with my biological mother, who never actually raised me. (I was raised by a stepmom and my biological father back in Ohio). I stayed for a time in East LA and worked as a certified nursing aid in a mentally locked up geriatric nursing home facility.
Chuck Smith speakingIt was while working there that I met and made new “friends”. When I was growing up into my teenage years, and after high school, I was what you would call a “goody two shoes”. I never got into trouble and, in my free time, I would just read books like the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books, and others I had in my own room.
But, back to East LA. As I mentioned, these new so-called friends” introduce me to marijuana and other street drugs. They also acquainted me with shots of whiskey and other hard liquor. I was never like that in Ohio, so this was a whole new world to me.
So in my new-found area of Los Angeles, I did smoke the marijuana and was then introduced to PCP (Phencyclidine), also known as Angel Dust and Sernyl. I tried it, and nothing happened the first time around. However, the second time, I took two “hits”, and I have confess that I have never felt so ill in all my life. It felt like my brain had exploded and I finally somehow fell asleep after taking the “hits”.
But, if that wasn’t bad enough, I discovered when I awoke from the daze I was in, that they had tricked me and told me that I had taken PCP, and then one of these so-called male friends, had apparently tried to rape me, but even in that state, I was able to beat him off! I learned later that I was yelling “help,” nobody came to assist me.
Life was, by now, spinning out of control and, not longer afterwards, I also was date-raped and by that incident I became pregnant. When an aunt of mine found out, she immediately took me to a nearby women’s hospital, and there I had a saline partial birth abortion. When the nurse said that I finished with delivering the baby, she asked me if I wanted to know if it was a boy or girl. I said “no.”
Cathy with son and daughter at Christmas useI began to realize that was not getting anywhere where I was living, and seeing how depressed I had become, my sister took me to Orange County, California, a much nicer area to live in. She is the oldest from my father side and I was not raised with her. She happened to stay with my Mom in California after my parents divorced back when I was three. She knew that I was in trouble, so she moved me right out of that place and I never looked back!
As I think back, I knew I that God was looking after me, even when I didn’t realize it. There is so much more to share, but I will leave it as it is right now. My life verse now is Joshua 1:9 that says, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” (NIV). That is a promise and I hold on to it.
Photo captions: 1) The Huntington Beach pier during one of the storms and earthquakes that hit the area. 2) Cathy Evangelista with her daughter Tiffany in 1986. 3) Pastor Chuck Smith speaking. 3) Cathy pictured a couple of Christmas ago with her daughter Tiffany, and son Dominic. 4) An older picture of Cathy.
older picture of CathyAbout the writer: Cathy Evangelista now resides in upstate New York with her husband Michael and son Dominic. She is retired from customer service after 30 years. She attended Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa (CCCM) back in the 90’s and was married there in 1995. She moved with her husband to upstate New York in 2006. She is an avid reader of the Word and loves to share the Gospel. She goes to a Calvary Chapel-affiliated church near where she lives and has recently joined the ASSIST News Service as an Editorial Assistant. Cathy can be contacted at: mevangelista@rochester.rr.com.
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Hausa, North in Nigeria

Hausa, North in Nigeria
The Hausa are almost exclusively Muslim and practice agriculture. Their widespread trading activities have contributed to making their language a lingua franca in much of West Africa. In earlier times the Hausa were organized in the Hausa States. Long the vassals of Bornu, the states were conquered by the Songhay in 1513 and by the Fulani in the early 19th century. In colonial Nigeria the traditional Hausa-Fulani social and political structure was largely maintained under the British policy of indirect rule. The Hausa remain a major force in Nigerian politics.
Ministry Obstacles
The Hausa may have only a partial understanding of who Jesus truly is. Pray they will increasingly understand that He is more than a prophet.
Outreach Ideas
Much sustained prayer is needed to prepare the way for the Gospel among the Hausa. Prayer efforts are needed both to prepare the way, and to sustain the workers.
Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the few followers of Christ among the Northern Hausa people, that they will grow deeply into the Lord's love and be firmly established in his finished work on the cross. Pray they will be joyful always, praying continually, and giving thanks in all circumstances. Pray they will be zealous to learn, and to be obedient.
Pray for the entire people group
Pray for peace in northern Nigeria. Pray for the Hausa tribes to increasingly be drawn to Isa (Jesus) as he is referred to in the Koran. Pray the Lord will reveal himself to the Hausa as he knows best.
Scripture Focus
"All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will worship before You." Psalm 22:27

 

People Name: Hausa, North
Country: Nigeria
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 406,000
World Population: 406,000
Language: Hausa
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: Complete
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

Jumat, 24 Februari 2017

North Korean Leader’s Half-Brother Dies Mysteriously in Malaysia

North Korean Leader’s Half-Brother Dies Mysteriously in Malaysia

Christian Journalist Who Visited North Korea, Available for Interviews
By Michael Ireland, Senior Correspondent, ASSIST News Service (www.assistnews.net)
KUALA LUMPUR/SEOUL (ANS -- Feb. 14, 2017) – A U.S. government source said on Tuesday it strongly believes that North Korean agents murdered the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Malaysia.
mi People watch a TV broadcast reporting the assassination of Kim Jong Nam 02 14 2017In the extraordinary case surrounding the mysterious death of Kim Jong Nam, the U.S. government says American authorities have not yet determined exactly how he was killed, according to an unnamed source, who did not provide specific evidence to support the U.S. government's view.
Reuters is reporting that a South Korean government source also had said earlier that Kim Jong Nam had been murdered in Malaysia. He did not provide further details.
Reuters stated that South Korea's foreign ministry said it could not confirm the reports, and the country's intelligence agency could not immediately be reached for comment.
Reuters said that in the United States, there was no immediate response to a request for comment from the Trump administration, which faces a stiff challenge from a defiant North Korea over its nuclear arms program and the test of a ballistic missile last weekend.
According to the news agency, Kim Jong Nam was known to spend a significant amount of his time outside North Korea and had spoken out publicly against his family's dynastic control of the isolated state.
In a statement, Malaysian police said the dead man, aged 46, held a passport under the name Kim Chol.
Reuters said Kim Jong Nam has been caught in the past using forged travel documents.
Malaysian police official Fadzil Ahmat told Reuters the cause of Kim's death was not yet known, and that a post mortem would be carried out.
"So far there are no suspects, but we have started investigations and are looking at a few possibilities to get leads," Fadzil told Reuters.
According to Fadzil, Kim had been planning to travel to Macau on Monday when he fell ill at the low-cost terminal of Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).
"The deceased ... felt like someone grabbed or held his face from behind," Fadzil said. "He felt dizzy, so he asked for help at the ... counter of KLIA."
In his statement to Reuters, Fadzil added Kim was taken to an airport clinic where he still felt unwell, and it was decided to take him to hospital. He died in the ambulance on the way to Putrajaya Hospital.
The U.S. government source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it was possible that Kim Jong Nam had been poisoned. The U.S. source said it could not be ruled out that assassins used some kind of "poison pen" device.
South Korea's TV Chosun, a cable-TV network, reported that Kim had been poisoned with a needle by two women believed to be North Korean operatives who fled in a taxi and were at large, citing multiple South Korean government sources.
Reuters said it could not independently confirm those details.
Secretive Family
The news agency said Malaysia is one of a dwindling number of countries that has close relations with North Korea, which is under tightening global sanctions over its nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches, the latest of which took place on Sunday. Malaysians and North Koreans can visit each other's country without visas.
It added that a phone call to the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur late on Tuesday went straight to an answering machine.
Kim Jong Nam and Kim Jong Un are both sons of former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, who died in late 2011, but they had different mothers.
Kim Jong Nam, the elder of the two, did not attend his father's funeral. His mother was an actress named Song Hye Rim, and Kim Jong Nam said his father kept his parents' relationship a secret.
Reuters said the portly and easygoing Kim Jong Nam was believed to be close to his uncle, Jang Song Thaek, who was North Korea's second most powerful man before being executed on Kim Jong Un's orders in 2013.
In an embarrassing 2001 incident, Kim Jong Nam was caught at an airport in Japan traveling on a forged Dominican Republic passport, saying he had wanted to visit Tokyo Disneyland. He was known to travel to Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China, Reuters said.
Koh Yu-hwan, a professor at Dongguk University in Seoul, said Kim Jong Nam had occasionally been the subject of speculation that he could replace his younger half-brother, the country's third-generation leader.
"Loyalists may have wanted to get rid of him," he said.
Reuters reports Kim Jong Nam said several times over the years that he had no interest in leading his country. "Personally, I am against third-generation succession," he told Japan's Asahi TV in 2010. "I hope my younger brother will do his best for the sake of North Koreans' prosperous lives."
His cousin, Lee Han-young, who defected to South Korea through Switzerland in 1982, was shot and killed by North Korean agents in Seoul in 1997, according to South Korea.
mi DANWOODING and DR. DAVIDCHO in North KoreaANS Founder Dan Wooding is one of few Christian journalists to have ever visited North Korea.
He said: “It was in 1994, that I was given another opportunity to visit of all places, North Korea. It was just after the death and funeral of Kim Il-sung, the country’s despotic leader.
“It came about when Dr. Dale Kietzman, the then Chairman of ASSIST, called me and said, 'Dan, you’ve been almost everywhere -- except North Korea. How would you like to go?'"
Wooding said: “Of course I was excited to visit this mysterious country and he told me to fly to Beijing, China, to meet up with Dr. David Cho, a North Korean-born pastor now living in Seoul, who had struck up a friendship with Kim il-sung, having known his mother, and Dr. Kietzman gave me the name of the hotel where he was staying.
He continued: “Being a journalist, it was to my great surprise that I was given a visa by the North Korean Embassy there and was able to join a small delegation of Christians led by Dr. Cho. I was on assignment for the UPI [United Press International] Radio Network who commissioned me to spend a week in this secretive land reporting for their network based in Washington, DC.
“When the three of us arrived at Pyongyang Airport in a rather ancient Russian plane, we were surrounded by North Korean TV cameras and reporters. I had one camera thrust in front of me and the reporter asked me in broken English, ‘Why have you come to North Korea?’”
Wooding said he realized, as a Christian journalist, that this was the chance of a lifetime, so he replied, “I have come to your country to share about the love of Jesus Christ.”
mi Dan on North Korean TVThe North Korean reporter looked rather bemused, so Wooding continued, “I am a Christian and would like to see if there are many Christians in your country.”
He added; “After arriving in our hotel room in Pyongyang, the capital, I turned on my TV and was shocked to see myself on the screen giving my interview, so I quickly snapped a picture off the TV, as I thought that no one would believe me that I’d just been on North Korean Television."
Wooding said that when they were checking into the hotel, he noticed a door slightly ajar, and saw men inside wearing headphones, and had reel-to-reel tapes whirring around that were apparently recording what was being said in the rooms of the few guests there, and also in the dining room. "Thia made us aware that we had to be careful what we said while in the hotel as it was all being recorded," said Wooding.
He went on to say, "Before I had left the States, I had a chat with Bill Clough, the then religion editor at UPI Radio, and he told me that when it came time to file my daily reports to one of his team in Beijing -- he would call me in my room -- if I suspected I was being listened to, I should just say to him, 'Say hello to Bill's mother in Amarillo," which meant, 'Don't ask me anything; just roll the tape.'. So, for the entire week,. I gave him this password and then gave my report, which, by the way, became stronger each day, I had thought that if they didn't like what I had said, all they could do was to deport me. However, I now realize that it could have been much worse than that, especially after later reporting on the many Christians from abroad who had been arrested and imprisoned in North Korea."
Dan in church in North KoreaDuring the trip, Wooding and the team were taken to a North Korean church in the capital city and joined in their Sunday morning service. “Again, we were surrounded by cameras and afterwards, we all wondered if this was a ‘real’ church, or if those taking part were actors. By the way, if they were actors, they did a good job,” he said. "It was quite an evangelical service."
Near the end of his time in the country, Wooding joined his colleagues in visiting the DMZ, which is a de facto border barrier that divides the Korean Peninsula roughly in half and It was created by agreement between North Korea, China and the United Nations in 1953.
"While there wewere taken around an Anti-American museum where we were told that America had 'started the Korean war.' The guide didn't seem to care if he offended us or not, but we all took it in our stride and just smiled politely," he said..
“I had been on the South Korean side of the DMZ before and I soon noticed that tourists from the south were photographing us there in the North, probably wondering what a group of Caucasians were doing in North Korea.”
Wooding concluded: “As our little group traveled around North Korea, we were each given a Mercedes to ride in, a driver, and we were accompanied by a ‘spy’ who peppered us with questions about life in the West. It was a trip that I’ll never forget and I still pray each day for the people of this troubled land, and especially for the suffering believers of North Korea. Maybe you could join me, especially as Open Doors in its yearly World Watch List, has again listed North Korea as the worst persecutor of Christians in the world.”
Media wishing to interview Wooding about his insights into this story, please call (949) 472-0974 or email assistnews@aol.com .
Photo Captions: 1) People watch a TV screen broadcasting a news report on the assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the older half-brother of the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, at a railway station in Seoul, South Korea, February 14, 2017. (Lim Se-young/News1 via REUTERS). 2) ANS founder, Dan Wooding pictured here with Dr. David Cho, a Korean pastor, during their visit to North Korea. They are standing by a huge statue of Kim il-sung in Pyongyang. 3) Dan Wooding on North Korean TV. 4) Dan Wooding in a North Korean church with some of his colleagues. 5) Michael Ireland.
Michael Ireland small useAbout the Writer: Michael Ireland is a volunteer internet journalist serving as Senior Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service, as well as an Ordained Minister who has served with ASSIST Ministries and written for ANS since its beginning in 1989. He has reported for ANS from Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Israel, Jordan, China, and Russia. Please consider helping Michael cover his expenses in bringing news of the Persecuted Church, by logging-on to: https://actintl.givingfuel.com/ireland-michael
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Lampung Pubian in Indonesia

Lampung Pubian in Indonesia
During the past several years, the Indonesian government has forcibly relocated three million Jawa people to the area of the Lampung Pubian. As a result of these changes, the indigenous peoples of this area are experiencing much bitterness and unrest. The Lampung Pubian greatly need help in the building of various social and public facilities. Better quality education and health care are needed as well.
Ministry Obstacles
The New Testament and other language-based tools have been produced but workers are needed to carry these resources to the people.
Outreach Ideas
Indonesian believers may be able to carry the Gospel message to the Lampung Pubian.
Pray for the followers of Christ
There are few if any believers among the Lampung Pubian today, but pray for those that will emerge. Pray they will be taught accurately in the Christian faith, and will be given shepherds that have been well prepared for the task.
Pray for the entire people group
Pray that these people will have improved educational opportunities for their children, and improved means to raise their standard of living.
Scripture Focus
"Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, and the very ends of the earth as Your possession." Psalm 2:8

 

People Name: Lampung Pubian
Country: Indonesia
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 110,000
World Population: 110,000
Language: Lampung Api
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: New Testament
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

 

12 Years in Prison

Prisoner
12 Years in Prison

Pastor Haile Nayzgi, the leader of the Full Gospel Church in Eritrea, was arrested on May 23, 2004, one year after Eritrea’s government shut down all evangelical churches in the country.

Pastor Haile has been in prison since his arrest even though he has never had a trial, been offered legal representation or even been charged with a crime. He simply disappeared into Eritrea’s prison system.

He’s not alone. Dozens of other Christians are imprisoned in Eritrea, and thousands more remain imprisoned in other nations around the world. The most important thing we can do is to PRAY for these believers and their families.

Invite your Christian friends to pray for Pastor Haile and other imprisoned believers around the world. Simply forward this email to Christian friends, adding a request that they join you in prayer.
Prayer Bands

Bomb blast kills 13 people and injures 85

Bomb blast kills 13 people and injures 85, including one Christian man in Pakistan

By Michael Ireland, Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News Service (www.assistnews.net)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN (ANS - Feb. 15, 2017) -- Six senior police officers and seven civilians were killed after a suicide bomb was detonated outside the Punjab Assembly in Lahore at 6pm Pakistan time on Monday (February 13).
mi Rescuers and officials gather at bomb bast site 02 15 2017The British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA) (www.britishpakistanichristiansassociation.org) reports a further 85 people were seriously wounded, including a Christian man named Suneel Masih (age 27) who was working as a sound engineer at a protest that was underway.
BPCA says it is believed that security forces were the main target of the attack and already Islamic extremism group Jamat-e-Islam has claimed responsibility for the detonation.
BPCA says that, apparently, a large group of chemists and pharmaceutical manufacturers were gathered in front of the provincial assembly to protest a government crackdown against the sale of illegal drugs. There was a significant presence of law enforcers in the area while the protest was ongoing. Up to 400 people had attended the protest.
Rescue services, including ambulances and fire tenders, reached the scene soon after the attack. An emergency was also declared in all hospitals of Lahore. However, the majority of the casualties were shifted to Mayo Hospital and Ganga Ram Hospital.
The explosion has raised the security risk status in Lahore to 'High alert' and schools and public buildings have seen a significant increase in security provision since the attack.
mi Ambar Saroya with bomb survivor Suneel Masih. 02 15 2017BPCA’s Lahore-based officer Ambar Saroya met with Suneel Masih to learn about the incident. Masih said: "It was a terrifying incident. I heard a large bang and the force threw me to the floor a few... moments later I realized I could not move my legs and had a severe pain in my back. I could see my blood spilling away and thought I was going to die.
"I could hear a cacophony of screams and people ran to assist the injured. I was bundled into a vehicle and taken to a local hospital. There I discovered I may never walk again and I pray that this will not be the case. I plead to Christians everywhere to pray for my recovery as I have two small children to raise."
Ambar provided food and flowers to victims and offered prayer to Christians and Muslims alike. Many Muslim's accepted Amber's prayers and expressed great thanks for his visit.
Ambar Saroy, BPCA's local officer, said: "This was the first time I have visited a hospital after a bomb attack. I could hear groans and screams of pain throughout Ganga Ram hospital it filled me with great terror. The man that carried out this lethal and devastating attack must have had no heart or mind -- he was just a killing machine. He should be condemned by all."
Wilson Chowdhry, Chairman of the British Pakistani Christian Association, said: "It is a sad reality of Pakistan that extremism is now pervading all elements of society, you cannot recognize an extremist -- there is no distinctive identification. This makes it hard for security forces to trace the terrorists in their midst especially suicide bombers in public spaces.
"However, investigative forces should be doing more to root out the problem before they have a chance for such devastation. It is remarkable that thousands of arrests took place after the Gulshan Park attack, rather than before the explosion occurred on Easter Day last year. This suggests that many of the perpetrators would have been known before the incident.
"Pakistan will not be able to win this war against terror by increasing and improving their security forces alone. They must start to address the madrassah education, extremist ideology promulgated by mosque, and the Islamic bias in their education system and national curriculum.
"The people of Pakistan have been brainwashed for long enough, and if peace is to ensue, greater focus must be placed in improving the next generation of citizens. Failure to act will not only continue the demise of the nation but will lead to anarchy in country that has already reached a nadir.
"I will continue to pay for the nation of Pakistan which desperately needs God's protection and peace."
Photo captions: 1) Rescuers and officials gather at bomb blast site (CNN) 2) Ambar Saroya met with Suneel Masih to learn about the incident (BPCA). 3) Michael Ireland
Michael Ireland small useAbout the Writer: Michael Ireland is a volunteer internet journalist serving as Chief Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service, as well as an Ordained Minister who has served with ASSIST Ministries and written for ANS since its beginning in 1989. He has reported for ANS from Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Israel, Jordan, China, and Russia. Please consider helping Michael cover his expenses in bringing news of the Persecuted Church, by logging-on to: https://actintl.givingfuel.com/ireland-michael
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Scorsese: Christianity is where I find meaning in life

Scorsese: Christianity is where I find meaning in life

By Mark Ellis, Senior Correspondent for ASSIST News Service
Scorse at FullerPASADENA, CA (ANS -- February 15, 2017) -- Academy Award winning director Martin Scorsese spoke at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, California, recently after a private screening of his new film Silence, the formidable saga of Jesuit missionaries in 17th-century Japan based on the novel by Shusaku Endo.
At the screening, Scorsese reflected on his years-long struggle to make the film and its impact on his Christian faith.
“Where do I go to find the meaning of existence and the meaning of life? For me, it’s Christianity,” Scorsese told Brehm Center Director Mako Fujimura (who served as a consultant to the film) and Kutter Callaway, an assistant. professor of theology and culture at Fuller.
Without the love and compassion inherent in Christianity, there is little hope for humanity, he said. “This is the real saving grace of our world, of our species, really,” he declared.
Scorsese has been thinking about the book and the film project since 1989. “Reading over the last 20 years I’ve found authors apologizing for a Christian attitude, another one saying, ‘This seems disturbingly Christian.’”
Neeson in Silence“Is that getting into the politics of it, or does it mean that compassion and love for each other is wrong? What is going to happen if we don’t have that? The species is over,” he said.
Many years ago, as a student at Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx , Scorsese’s admiration for a young priest caused him to seriously consider entering the priesthood, but that gave way to a passion for cinema.
“If you haven’t given your life to the calling, if one is not clergy, how does one express and live a true Christian life? How does one live out Christianity in daily life? How does one do it?” he asked.
Scorsese says faith should flow into every aspect of life. “We don’t make religion something that’s foreign, separate from life, that’s the key,” he noted.
Photo captions: 1) Martin Scorcese at Fuller Seminary's Brehm Center. 2) Liam Neeson plays Father Ferreira in Silence. (Kerry Brown/Paramount Pictures). 3) Mark Ellis.
Mark EllisAbout the writer: Mark Ellis is Senior Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service (www.assistnews.net), and is also the the founder of www.GodReports.com, a website that shares testimonies and videos from the church around the world to build interest and involvement in world missions. Previously, Mark co-hosted a TV show called "Windows on the World" with ANS Founder, Dan Wooding, aired on the Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network (http://hsbn.tv/), which is now co-hosted by Dr. Garry Ansdell, Senior Pastor of Hosanna Christian Fellowship in Bellflower, California.
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