Praise and Prayer

Praise: Faith Blossoms in Mobile Amid Katrina's Challenges—Stella Lewis responded to the hurricane with a desire to help. Feeling blessed that she and her family were safe, she stopped by Moffett Road Baptist Church, a staging area for Alabama Baptist disaster relief work and site of a feeding unit, and asked what she could do. While unloading supplies from a truck, Richard Smith, a disaster relief volunteer from Etowah Baptist Association, noticed Lewis. Moved by her compassion, Smith asked if she was a Christian. "I told him I was not," Lewis said. "I was brought up in the church but through time had gotten away." Smith and Lewis went to the church's chapel, where he shared the plan of salvation and she found faith in Christ. "I told her we walk by faith and we're not perfect, but the bottom line is I want to see her in heaven," Smith said. Lewis spent several days volunteering her time on the feeding line, and now has a new motivation for serving. "When I look back at this tragedy, I'll also see and remember that out of this tragedy for me came an admission to myself that I had been putting off coming back to Christ," she said.

Baptist Press via
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Praise: Midwife in the Philippines Brings New Babies, New BirthsHilary Overton, 24, began her Glory Reborn Organization which provides free maternity care to the homeless and poor mothers in Cebu City, Philippines, in 2003. Since then she has delivered more than 400 healthy babies and helped many women with medical care. Expectant mothers are offered prenatal and postnatal checkups, vitamins, health teachings and a feeding program, as well as weekly prayer and worship sessions before their babies are delivered. Overton estimates that at least 200 women have accepted Christ through the ministry. "It's amazing to see the many lives that have been transformed not just physically but spiritually throughout the course of pregnancy and delivery, and how many little lives will be impacted to live for Jesus," she said. Overton launched the outreach three months after joining a Youth With a Mission trip to Cebu in June, 2000. She lived in Cebu for 15 months while working on her midwifery degree by correspondence through a school in New Mexico. Overton said Glory Reborn's name is based on 2 Corinthians 3:18, "It sums up the process of going from glory to glory after we are born again."

CharismaNow via MissionNet

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Pray: Muslims Burn Down More than 14 Christian Homes in Palestine—The homes of at least 14 Christian families in the village of Taybeh (northeast of Ramallah, Palestine, Israel) were torched by Muslims from the neighboring village of Dir Jarir on Sunday, Sept. 4. The Muslims also destroyed a store, a farm, and a gas station and vandalized cars and beat the villagers as they fled their homes. The extent of the damage was exacerbated by problems coordinating the Palestinian security forces and the Israel Defense Forces, which delayed their response by several hours. The violence began when a Muslim woman was killed by relatives after they suspected that she had been involved in a romantic relationship with a Christian man. When the family found out, they forced her to drink poison and then buried her without notifying the authorities. When the Palestinian Authority decided to investigate and planned to exhume the body, the family feared the relationship would be discovered. The attack was reportedly to avenge what they considered the dishonoring of the Muslim woman.

Voice of the Martyrs

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Pray: Police Jail Another Protestant Wedding Party in Eritrea—Eritrean police arrested a bridal couple along with their 18 wedding guests September 4, dragging them to jail because they are Pentecostals, authorities said. The seven women and 13 men were attending a private wedding ceremony in the home of the bride when Asmara police raided the house. Breaking into the traditional wedding tent of the groom, the police took him into custody along with his bride and their best men and bridesmaids. Jailed at Police Station No. 5 in Asmara, the 20 prisoners included two key leaders of the Hallelujah Church, as well as an evangelist in the Philadelphia Church. The church reportedly had taken careful precautions, as there were no noticeable Christian activities, but somehow police learned about the wedding and arrived just as the ceremony was beginning.

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