British nun now allowed to stay in India for as long as she likes

July 28, 2011 by  
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Sister Jacqueline Jean McEwan

Sister Jacqueline Jean McEwan with leprosy patients

July 26, 2011: The Home Ministry today allowed the British nun, whose visa was extended for one month, to stay in India as long as she likes.

Home Minister P. Chidambaram intervened to restore visa “without limit of time” for Sister Jacqueline Jean McEwan.

“The notice (for her to leave India) issued by the Foreign Regional Registration Office was a mistake, presumably based on the ground that complete documents had not been submitted,” Chidambaram said.

“Orders are being issued today. She can stay as long as she likes,” he added.

The 63-year-old Montfort missionary nun is popularly known as Mother Teresa of Sumanahalli in Bangalore.

The society, founded by Claretian Father George Kannanthanam in 1978, provides care for leprosy patients and other marginalized people in southern India.

She has been running a mobile clinic for leprosy patients since 1982 and has been a resident of Bangalore since then by renewing her visa every year.

Sister McEwan was asked to leave the country on the ground that she did not possess a valid visa.

– indian express

CHRISTIANITY DIDN’T INSPIRE NORWEGIAN NUT

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The place where the attack took place in Norway

The place where the attack took place in Norway

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments as follows:

Attempts to brand the Norwegian madman, Anders Behring Breivik, a Christian-inspired terrorist are wholly unpersuasive. Perhaps the most obnoxious piece on this subject was written by Stephen Prothero in his CNN blog: he actually thinks that “Christians have a responsibility to speak out forcefully against [Breivik], and to look hard at resources in the Christian tradition that can be used to such murderous ends.” It is telling that he does not direct us to repair to the teachings of Jesus, when, of course, we would have no problem directing him to Muhammad’s appeals to violence. If he expects a mea culpa from me, he should brace himself for disappointment.

Similarly inane is the religiondispatches.com column by Mark Juergensmeyer. “If bin Laden is a Muslim terrorist,” he writes, “Breivik and [Timothy] McVeigh are surely Christian ones.” Wrong. McVeigh was a self-described agnostic who boasted, “Science is my religion.” Breivik said he strongly rejects the teachings of Christianity and held that the religion of his upbringing, Protestantism, was “a joke.” His affiliation with Christianity was purely cultural: he opposed the ideology of multiculturalism that has overwhelmed Europe. So do the leaders of Britain, France and Germany. The famous Italian journalist, Oriana Fallaci, went to her deathbed fighting the incursions that militant Islam was making in Europe, and she was an atheist.

Susan Brooks Thislethwaite and Sally Quinn both engage in moral equivalency by associating radical Christianity with radical Islam. They fail to distinguish between the handful of Christians who murder—none of whom ever cite Jesus—and the legions of Muslims who murder, habitually invoking Muhammad. The ringleader of 9/11, Mohamed Atta, told his colleagues how to proceed: “Seconds before the target, your last words should be there is no God but Allah. Muhammad is his messenger.” There is no Christian analogue.

We now know that Breivik was “high on drugs” when he struck. No word yet on what those who want to blame Christianity for his actions were on.

Refugee Camps Overflow Because of Mass Exodus From Ethiopia and Somalia

July 26, 2011 by  
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Mozambique Refugees

Mozambique Refugees

Mozambique: The crisis in refugee camps continues to grow as more and more Somali and Ethiopian refugees flee across northern Mozambique borders. Drought, war and persecution particularly have Somali and Ethiopian Christians running for their lives to safety.

The boats arriving on the shores of Mozambique are full of refugees who often come with nothing but the clothes on their backs. So far, the number of refugees needing humanitarian aid is estimated at 600 with the number still climbing.

Food for the Hungry (FFH) has stepped up to help these refugees in Mozambique. FH is working with the Mozambique government and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Together, they are building an overflow refugee camp in the coastal town of Palma by setting up a kitchen station and clearing land.

This overflow camp is desperately needed since The Maratane Refugee Camp in Nampula already holds twice its normal amount. It went from 5,500 long-term refugees back in 2010, to over 10,000 today with the influx of asylum-seekers. So far, an additional 1,000 have been moved to the camp being constructed in Palma.

Refugees from Ethiopia and Somalia first started arriving in 2010 by boat, but the number of arrivals was not overwhelming. As long as the number of arrivals was around the number of departures, the camps could handle it.

But starting in 2011 when the worst drought in 60 years struck, that coupled with war and persecution led to a major movement of refugees fleeing Somalia and Ethiopia. To exert more control over the situation, the Mozambique government added restrictions on the movements of refugees outside the camps.

So far, Palma is still a temporary camp for overflow refugees. It is not ideal as the camp is near mosquito-infested swamps and lacks sanitary water. Food for the Hungry and the UNHCR are appealing for more aid including food, water, tents and sanitation.

Food for the Hungry exists to end physical and spiritual hungers in some of the most impoverished and critical areas of the world. The refugee camps in Mozambique easily fit the bill.

This pairing of humanitarian aid with evangelism encourages Christian refugees who have left everything they own. And it opens doors to minister the Gospel to the hurting and lost. Here is where the Christian community can step up and join the mission.

Please pray for refugees in the camps of Mozambique, that they would receive the aid they need and be able to work toward a better life. Pray also for perseverance for the church both in dangerous areas of persecution and in places of asylum. If you would like to have a hand in helping refugees both physically and spiritually, you can donate here.

Isaiah 58:6-7 says, “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?”

– mnn

Father Dan & Son Ben – Beautiful Anecdote …

July 26, 2011 by  
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Father Dan & Son Ben - Beautiful Anecdote

You’re so quiet, Son. What’s on your mind?” asked Ben’s father as he stopped at Ben’s room to tell him good night.

Ben put his hands behind his head and stared at the ceiling above his bed. “Oh, I’ve just been wondering if I should be a missionary.”

“You don’t seem very excited about the idea,” said Dad.

“It seems like such a hard job,” said Ben, propping himself up on one elbow.

“I have this feeling that I might not be any good at it. What if God calls me to do something I can’t do!”

Ben’s father thought for a moment, then reached over to Ben’s desk and picked up his baseball glove.

“What’s this?” he asked. Ben laughed.

Father Dan & Son Ben - Beautiful Anecdote ...

“Don’t be silly, Dad! It’s my ball glove.”

Dad walked over to the corner of the room. He propped the glove against the wall, found a baseball, and threw it at the glove.

Though the ball hit the centre of the glove, it rolled to the floor.

Father Dan & Son Ben - Beautiful Anecdote ...

Dad picked up the glove and looked at it in disgust. “This glove is a total failure,” he said, shaking his head.

Ben laughed and laughed. “Oh, Dad, you know it can’t catch by itself! It has to have a hand inside.”

Dan smiled at Ben. “You’re just like this glove,” he said. “God has a purpose for your life, Ben, just as there is a purpose for this glove.

You put your hand inside the glove to give it guidance and strength—-you give it power to catch the ball.

In the same way, God will give you power to do whatever He calls you to do.

Don’t worry, Son, God will never prop you in a corner and leave you alone.

It’s His mighty hand that does the work when you are willing to be used.”

Father Dan & Son Ben - Beautiful Anecdote ...

 

– fwd courtesy: samuel machado

Saudi releases two Indian Pentecostals

July 26, 2011 by  
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Riyadh Saudi Arabia

Riyadh Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – Two Indian Christians of a thriving Pentecostal house church in Saudi Arabia were back in their home country Sunday, July 24, after they were unexpectedly released by Saudi officials from an overcrowded prison, a church official confirmed to Worthy News. Vasantha Sekhar Vara, 28, and Nese Yohan, 31, who are members of the Riyadh-based ‘Rejoice in the Church of the Lord’ congregation, were detained in January while organizing a Bible study group in one of the apartments where their 70-strong church of mainly Indian expat workers gathered, Worthy News reported earlier. Both devoted believers soon received 45-days of “pre-trial detention” on charges of attempted Christian conversion, also known as “proselytizing”, the church said. They were later moved from the police station to a notorious central jail in Riyadh, the capital, where they were held for months without trial, Worthy News learned. Yet, “On July 12 they were released by authorities and send back to India,” said a church elder, whose name is known to Worthy News. Worthy News did not identify the official, citing security concerns as his church has come under pressure to halt its services. Additionally, homes of church members have also been raided by Saudi security forces, according to a witness and pictures seen by a Worthy News’ reporter.

PERSONAL BELONGINGS

It was not immediately clear if and when the released men would receive back personal belongings. “Saudi religious police and other police also confiscated Bibles and other christian literature as well as the church’s sound installation and instruments, such as guitars, during the [January] raid,” the elder explained recently in one of several conversations. “They even broke furniture, suit cases, and painted what I believe were Koran verses on the walls” of the apartment where the church met, he added. However, the elder called their release “a happy end” and “a result of prayers”, after Worthy News was approached by the church to publish their case. “The world should know about their plight,” the elder said earlier this year. “Praise the Lord, God gives us victory,” he added this weekend. Their freedom followed often difficult and frustrating negotiations, Worthy News established in recent months. Those involved in the talks described how the Christian men were “crying when we met each other in the prison facility.” The elder said in an interview with Worthy News that the Christians had been forbidden to openly pray or read the Bible. “Our brothers’ head hair was shaved and they looked very thin.” He said they didn’t receive enough food. Yohan was reportedly coughing amid concerns about Tuberculosis, but he was allegedly denied medical treatment.

BARELY SLEEPING

For months, the church official said, the two young men could barely sleep in the overcrowded jail. They were “the only known Christians there imprisoned for their faith,” in the detention facility. “The other inmates are criminals.” In India, Vara’s pastor, Ajay Kuma Jeldi, explained earlier that Vara had told him by telephone that he had been pressured in prison to convert to Islam, but had refused. “If I have to die for my God, I will die for him here,” Vara reportedly said. The return to India ended a long wait for families back in India, who the elder said were “very concerned about our brothers.” Pentecostal church members are often referred to as “brothers” or “sisters” in reference to Biblical teaching that those who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are children of God, the Heavenly Father. Despite threats of new arrests, the church elder said his congregation continues worshiping in different locations, and even baptizes new believers. “We have to continue to praise the Lord, what else can we do? This is a lively church. There is also an interest among people of other religions to attend our services.”

STRICT NATION

Rights groups say Saudi Arabia, a strict Islamic nation, has a long history of cracking down on Christians. In 2004, 28 Indian workers were reportedly arrested for practicing Christianity. The charges were eventually dropped, but in 2010 brought up again leading to the deportation of one worker, while another person was arrested, according to rights investigators. In another case, 16 Indian workers were allegedly arrested in February 2008, and then released after three days. In 2010, eight left the country of their own accord and three of the remaining eight were reportedly issued deportation orders and expelled. Saudi authorities have denied human rights abuses and recently urged political activists not to repeat pro-democracy demonstrations that have engulfed other Arabic nations. The Middle East nation of over 26 million people is officially 100 percent Muslim, but as in other Arabic countries, there have been reports of a growing interest in Christianity in Saudi Arabia, where many foreigners are Christians.

– Worthy News

Our Prayers and Action Worked, Sr.Jean Gets to Stay On

July 26, 2011 by  
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Sister-Jean-KennyBangalore: Sr Jean can cheer now: she has been given permission to stay on in Bangalore for one more month. In its advisory to the Foreigners Regional Registration Office, Bangalore, ministry of home affairs (MHA) official Dharkat R Luikang said UK national Jacqueline Jean McEwan, popularly known as Bangalore’s ‘Mother Teresa’, has been permitted to stay in India for one month starting July 25. “The matter is subject to the usual checks and nothing adverse,” the letter said.

The Sumanahalli Society off Magadi Road, where she had been working for leprosy patients for over three decades , wore a festive look: several inmates made a beeline to wish her. “We hope she remains here us for the rest of our lives. Without her, we are in the dark. Nobody would look after leprosy patients like her here if she’d left Bangalore on Monday,” said her close associate Mastan Saab.

Fr George Kannanthanam , director of Sumanahalli Society, said that Sr Jean will submit the necessary documents to the state home ministry and later to the MHA for further approval.”It feels great to be with my well-wishers, my own kith and kin, mostly those inflicted with leprosy. I will strive for their welfare. There is no meaning in going back to UK when my people are here,” she told TOI on Monday. MEA officials said while necessary endorsements will be made in her passport, if she wants to stay in Bangalore, she will have to give a fresh application as per ministry guidelines.

Khandwa Diocese and Christian Communities Submit Memorandum to the President of India

July 26, 2011 by  
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The Khandwa diocese in Madhya Pradesh

The Khandwa diocese in Madhya Pradesh

It is in solidarity with the Hunger Strike that began on 25th July 2011 in Delhi, Christians at Khandwa district held a peace rally to demand scheduled caste status for Dalit Christians and Dalit Muslims.  The rally started at 1.30 p.m. on 25th July 2011 at the center of Khandwa town, Kevalram Petrol Pump circle and reached the Collectorate at 3.00 p.m.  About 500 lay people, pastors, priests, religious, and youth participated in the peace rally.  On behalf of all the Christian communities, the bishop of Khandwa Diocese, Most. Rev. A.A.S. Durairaj submitted the memorandum to our Honorable President of India through the District Collector.     We hope and pray that our peace rally, hunger struggles, and other peaceful efforts may impel the Union Government to take appropriate steps to include Dalit Christians and Dalit Muslims in the Schedule Caste list and uphold the principles of Secularism and Freedom of Religion.

An Update of the Afghan Christian Refugees Community

July 26, 2011 by  
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afghan_studentsPlease find below a brief report from Pastor Obaid S Christ, who has been taking up the cause of Afghan Believer Refugees, especially in New Delhi, India.

1. Situation of Believers in Afghanistan

2. Our situation in New Delhi

3. A Miracle

4. An urgent request to save a life

5. World Magazine

6. The Afghan Embassy

7. Distribution of Tracts (One family of 8 members were saved)

8.  There is plenty of harvest

9. Nine Baptisms 

10. The UNHCR Office shifted

11. Groceries and Stationeries Distribution

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1. Situation of Believers in Afghanistan

As our community is in regular contact with some of Afghan believer brothers and sisters in Afghanistan and other countries we have received very discouraging news from some believers in Afghanistan, it is painful to see that our brothers in the first line of battle are discouraged. I have talked to some Afghan Christian Leaders in Afghanistan, they were sharing their testimonies that how the Afghan Government is taking and keeping all records of their movements, sittings and activities, that all foreigner brothers and sister have left them and do not want to meet them because of the security situation, they are carrying all these suffering, persecution and pain on their shoulders and there is no one to give a hand or take their hands, it was very painful to hear all this, and my request is that please kindly and seriously pray for them and lets think how we can encourage them.

2. Our situation in New Delhi

Our situation and status in Delhi is the same, there are still many brothers and sisters whose UNHCR Applications are closed, they are underground, hiding from the Indian Police and there is no response on their reopening from the UNHCR, New Delhi Office.

We had some great achievements in the past months, as Aman Ali and Rahimullah whose applications were rejected were called by the UNHCR Office for Appeal Interview and we pray that they may get the refugee status, but we have 7 applications still closed which means that the lives of 12 people (7 applications) are in danger, they are facing deportation and if deported execution will be waiting for them. Please pray for these brothers and sisters and please kindly help us and guide us how to save their lives with the help and power of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

3. A Miracle

One widow sister who has recently accepted the Lord Jesus Christ received a deportation order from the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs on 24 June 201l, the police came to her home and warned her that she should leave India on 27 of June 2011, otherwise they will arrest and put her in the Detention Center from where she will be deported to Afghanistan. I contacted the EFI Office and sent emails to the UNHCR Office on 24 and 27th June to help her, and it was unbelievable and a miracle that the UNHCR Office reopened her closed refugee application on 27th Afternoon and received a certificate from the UNHCR Office that would let her to stay in India and be protected by the UNHCR office, it was such a big encouragement for her in the Lord and also for us, praise God for this.   

4. An urgent request to save a life

Sahar who is a 5 years old child and whose photo is attached with this email has bones cancer (orthopedic cancer), her family has recently moved to India, the family has 8 members, father, mother, three daughters and three sons, the family has spent all their. Financial strength on Sahar’s treatment in Afghanistan and they are struggling with the different aspects of their life in India now. I kindly request you to pray for Sahar’s health and God’s providence for her treatment.

5. World Magazine

The World Magazine has published an article on the issues of Christian persecution, beheading of an Afghan Christian and the general situation in Afghanistan, they have interviewed me. I am getting very good response from brothers and sisters from different parts of the world that people are praying for Afghan Christians.

6. The Afghan Embassy

One Afghan Christian asylum seeker, who is working as a daily wage hospital interpreter in Delhi, has helped one of his Muslim friends who had cancer, his Muslim friend did not have money in hand and the believer brother helped him financially by paying a loan for his treatment. , but when the treatment was done, the Muslim friend told him that you are a pagan, I don’t return your loan, Allah give me reward if I hurt or mistreat a pagan. The believer brother asked the police to help him, but his Muslim friend went to the Afghan Embassy and the General Secretary of the Afghan Embassy warned the believer brother that the Embassy will come with the Indian police to his house and deport him to Afghanistan, his Muslim friend also warned him that he will kill the believer brother’s brother-in-law and brother in Afghanistan.

The Afghan Embassy has good relation with the Indian Government; they can arrest and deport people as they had deported one believer sister in the past and she was killed in Afghanistan, the Embassy give warning to individuals, they misuse their diplomatic rights and shelter. Please pray for this believer brother and please give us your legal advices what to do?

7. Distribution of Tracts (One family of 8 members were saved)

We have distributed more than thousand Dari and Pashtu Gospel tracts to hundreds of Afghan Muslims in New Delhi; we are receiving very good response from the people. One family of eight members who has received one of these tracts, have contacted us and they are coming to the Afghan Church regularly, please pray and support this ministry as India is the best place for Afghans to receive the Gospel now, there are plenty of opportunities to distribute tracts and share the Gospel. 

8.  There is plenty of harvest

During the past three months, 32 new Afghan Christians have come to India, and they have joined us, please pray for all of them as they are learning the Bible growing in the Lord.

9. Nine Baptisms

Nine Afghan Christians were baptized on 23rd of July 2011 by our church; please keep them in your prayers as they have started their journey walking with the Lord.

10. The UNHCR Office shifted

The UNHCR Office has shifted to New Building which is a remote area and it is very difficult to get there, their new address is:

B/16 Vasant Vihar, New Delhi, India.

11. Groceries and Stationeries Distribution

We have received some donation (groceries, school stationery and etc) from different individuals, we distributed a one month groceries packages (14) to 14 families, we distributed school stationery to 35 children , helped one teenager girl with her school admission last week, and we are regularly distributing the monthly school fee for 50 children.

This was a short summery of God’s blessings and our prayers request, our community is very encouraged and really helped by all of you, we request to keep praying for us.

The CSF strongly protests and condemns the Norwegian killings of innocent

July 26, 2011 by  
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Anders Behring Breivik seen through the window of a police car

Anders Behring Breivik seen through the window of a police car

The CSF strongly protests and condemns the Norwegian killings of innocent and injuries to many by Anders Behring, now come to be known for his anti-Islamic views. He must be punished with the maximum punishment possible under the law. Here below is how Anders Breivik claims the goals of Indian Hindu nationalists were identical to Justiciar Knights, which needs to be condemned by all secular-minded civil society citizens.
 
Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik hailed India’s Hindu nationalist movement as a key ally in a global struggle to bring down democratic regimes across the world. ‘2080: A European declaration of independence’ lays out a road map for a future organisation, the Justiciar Knights, to wage a campaign that will graduate from acts of terrorism to a global war involving weapons of mass destruction — aimed at bringing down what Breivik calls the “cultural Marxist” order. India figures in a remarkable 102 pages of the sprawling 1,518-page manifesto. Breivik’s manifesto says his Justiciar Knights “support the Sanatana Dharma movements and Indian nationalists in general.” In section 3.158 of the manifesto, he explains that Hindu nationalists “are suffering from the same persecution by the Indian cultural Marxists as their European cousins.”

Appeasing Muslims

The United Progressive Alliance government, he goes on, “relies on appeasing Muslims and, very sadly, proselytising Christian missionaries who illegally convert low caste Hindus with lies and fear, alongside Communists who want total destruction of the Hindu faith and culture.” Even though Hindus who are living abroad “get an eagle’s view of what’s happening in India, Indian Hindu residents don’t see it being in the scene.” Breivik’s manifesto applauds Hindu groups who “do not tolerate the current injustice and often riot and attack Muslims when things get out of control,” but says, “this behaviour is nonetheless counterproductive.” “Instead of attacking the Muslims, they should target the category A and B traitors in India and consolidate military cells and actively seek the overthrow of the cultural Marxist government.” “It is essential that the European and Indian resistance movements learn from each other and cooperate as much as possible,” he concludes. “Our goals are more or less identical.”

Lists Hindutva Websites

Breivik lists the websites of the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the National Volunteers’ Organisation, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad as resources for further information. The manifesto pledges military support “to the nationalists in the Indian civil war and in the deportation of all Muslims from India.” This is part of a larger campaign to “overthrow of all western European multiculturalist governments” and evict “U.S. military personnel on European soil.” India is one of several countries — including Russia, the Philippines, China and Thailand — where Breivik hopes his successors will fight.

He uses the work of historians K.S. Lal and Shrinandan Vyas to point to the threat posed by Islam to Europe, saying their work has established that millions of Hindus were killed in a genocide during 1000-1525 AD. N.S. Rajaram, another historian, is quoted as saying India’s “political class have been so debilitating that they continue to live in a state of constant fear.” Breivik’s manifesto envisages that this future organisation would hand out a “multi-cultural force medal,” which would be awarded for “military cooperation with nationalist Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish and/or atheist forces (non-European) on Hindu, Buddhist or Jewish territory. These efforts must be directed against Jihadi or cultural Marxist forces, personnel or interests.”

The medals would include a “Liberation of India Service Medal,” which would be awarded for “assisting Indian nationalist forces to drive out Islam from Indian territory.” Breivik’s Indian-made combat badges, revealed by The Hindu as having been contracted to a workshop in Varanasi, were the first in this series of battle decorations. His manifesto acknowledges that lives will be lost in the war, and calls for the organisation to “provide and subsidise a standard edition of the Justiciar Knight tombstone” for those who fell in battle. Since a “European tombstone carver, preferably specialised in traditional tombstone architecture, is likely to charge more than 5000-10000 Euro in order to create the stone,” Breivik suggested that “producers in low-cost countries should be contacted for the task of creating one or multiple stones in the future.”

He acknowledged that this “might sound hypocritical considering the fact that cultural conservatives in general oppose Indian or Chinese membership in [the] WTO and the fact that we generally prefer in-sourcing as many industries as possible. However, conserving our funds is a central part of our struggle.” Even though Breivik’s Knights would fight shoulder to shoulder with Hindu nationalists, his vision for their rights in a post-revolutionary Europe is limited. The manifesto envisages the creation of a “servant class,” made up of non-Muslim individuals from Bangladesh, Pakistan and India. “During their stay,” the manifesto envisages, “they will work 12 hours a day for the duration of their contracts (6 or 12 months) and are then flown back to their homelands.” “These individuals,” it goes on, “will live in segregated communities in pre-defined areas of each major city.”

Deck of Cards

July 25, 2011 by  
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Deck of CardsIt was quiet that day, the guns and the mortars, and land mines for some reason hadn’t been heard.
The young soldier knew it was Sunday, the holiest day of the week.
As he was sitting there, he got out an old deck of cards and laid them out across his bunk.

Just then an army sergeant came in and said, ‘Why aren’t you with the rest of the platoon?’
The soldier replied, ‘I thought I would stay behind and spend some time with the Lord.’
The sergeant said, ‘Looks to me like you’re going to play cards.’

The soldier said, ‘No, sir. You see, since we are not allowed to have Bibles or other spiritual books in this country, I’ve decided to talk to the Lord by studying this deck of cards.’

The sergeant asked in disbelief, ‘How will you do that?’

‘You see the Ace, Sergeant? It reminds me that there is only one God.
The Two represents the two parts of the Bible, Old and New Testaments.
The Three represents the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost.
The Four stands for the Four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
The Five is for the five virgins there were ten but only five of them were glorified.

The Six is for the six days it took God to create the Heavens and Earth.
The Seven is for the day God rested after making His Creation.
The Eight is for the family of Noah and his wife, their three sons and their wives –
the eight people God spared from the flood that destroyed the Earth.
The Nine is for the lepers that Jesus cleansed of leprosy. He cleansed ten, but nine never thanked Him.

The Ten represents the Ten Commandments that God handed down to Moses on tablets made of stone.

The Jack is a reminder of Satan, one of God’s first angels,
but he got kicked out of heaven for his sly and wicked ways
and is now the joker of eternal hell.

The Queen stands for the Virgin Mary.
The King stands for Jesus, for he is the King of all kings.

When I count the dots on all the cards, I come up with 365 total, one for every day of the year.
There are a total of 52 cards in a deck; each is a week – 52 weeks in a year.

The four suits represent the four seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.
Each suit has thirteen cards — there are exactly thirteen weeks in a quarter.

So when I want to talk to God and thank Him, I just pull out this old deck of cards
and they remind me of all that I have to be thankful for.’

The sergeant just stood there.

After a minute, with tears in his eyes and pain in his heart, he said,
‘Soldier, can I borrow that deck of cards?’

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