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Spiritual Bouquet Snowballs

August 12, 2011 by  
Filed under newsletter-lead, Persecution

Spiritual BouquetsDear Friends in Christ,

Praise God for friends like you. I was moved to tears at the response. And so was my family, friends and more importantly – Team CSF – across India. This has been more than any award, reward or position, we could want. Apart from the wisdom and knowledge that the goal is – Eternity in heaven. Compared to this, EVERYTHING else pales into insignificance.

Here is our final (few) lot of prayer offerings on this issue. But be assured, we will pray for EVERY ONE by name, during our quiet moments with the LORD – to bless you & give you life in all His abundance… Until we meet personally – in His presence.

Your Servant in HIS service – Joe

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Dear Bro. Joseph,

I have been a grateful recipient and silent reader of numerous emails & updates that CSF sends across each day for a long time. Though at times I have whispered a silent prayer for the work that you and your many volunteers take on, I have never really contributed materially to your various causes (time, money or resources). I was born n brought up in Mumbai but now live in Dubai with my wife and one year old daughter since the last 3 years.

I would have probably continued to remain a silent reader if I had not received the below email. Dear Brother – I can promise you that not just myself but scores of other ‘silent readers’ who don’t know you personally but are aware of the work that you do, are with you in your moment of suffering and are praying for you…and our Lord said – Where two or three are gathered (even a gathering in spirit across many miles) in my name, there am I in their midst”. Yes, we are with you and so is our Lord. Take courage and do not lose heart.

 There’s something I would like to share with you (heard at a sermon years ago)…There is not a single human suffering (physical, emotional, spiritual) that Jesus did not go through during His persecution. So, even though sometimes we feel that He cannot understand what we are going through, this is not true. He perfectly understands us when we suffer and holds us close because He Himself has been there & done it! Think about it –

Physical Suffering: The pain of the lashes, the burden of the cross, the falls on the way to Calvary and the crucifixion; Mental/Emotional Suffering: His own friends abandoning him, the abuses & insults with people even spitting on his face, stripped in public (humiliation); Spiritual: The feeling that even God has forsaken him!

When I think of this “Jesus Forsaken” who underwent so much suffering, I am forced to smile at the little suffering that I experience! He said – If they persecuted me, they will persecute you too.

 I will not say I know what you feel like, cause obviously I have not worked my heart out for close to 3 decades for the community (in fact I am just 3 decades old…30 years!), only to be treated like the way you are being. However, I am hoping this little note (well it’s quite a long one already) will give you the courage to fight the mindless slander being hurled at you and continue with your good work. Yes, I underlined & bolded the word fight on purpose ‘cause that is what you must do. You are right in that we must forgive our brothers & sisters and not judge them. However, please…please continue with the legal proceedings and with presenting the facts through emails like the one below, so no one is misled to believe the accusations made against you. I am also happy for you to share this email (or parts of it) if you feel it is appropriate with your many readers, so more of us “silent readers” come out to encourage and support you.

Meanwhile, we continue to pray for you all (especially your family) and also the people who are working against you that our Almighty Father may help them to change their ways for He can write straight on crooked lines and with Him, all things are possible.

God bless you!

Adrian P

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Dear Mr. Joe,
 
Greetings in Jesus’ Loving Name!! We are praying for you in W & W along with our partners across the country. ” When you are in Trouble for His sake, His Blessings will be Double”.
 
” Jesus Christ is Guiding & Guarding God”. “Mountains will not Move, God will Move us to Move the Mountains” ” Learning from Him, Earn for Him” (Poverty, Prosperity, Good Health, Bad Health, Protection, & Threaten etc) ” When you Search Him, He will do all the Re-search for you”
 
” Discouragement will give you Difficulties & Encouragement will give you Energy”. ” If you want to reach the Tower, you should have the Power – Prayer. ” Marah is Bitter, Mannah is Better” – May our Lord gives His Mannh to lead a better Life & Missions.
 
May God bless you and make you a blessing for entire CSF & to the Christian Communty in India. We are praying for you. May God bless you richly along with the family.
 
With Prayers & Wishes
S R Kumar

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Dear Br. Joseph D
 
This mail I accidentally I picked up from the SPAM section…..And I was reading the contents….Yes, I too will pray for you and your ministry….Be strong and of good courage….May the Lord protect you and your family and the work you are doing.
 
In Christ.
 
Prince T
USA

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Dear Joseph Dias,

Greetings from Fr.Michael R from Manila, Philippines. With much interest and concern I read your letter and people’s response to your letter. Though I do not know much about problems you face but I sincerely express my full prayerful support to you. Jesus said ‘ I am the way, the Truth and the Life’. And Jesus’ way is life with full of challenges. Evil is so powerful that we need to become even more strong with the power of Christ. I sincerely pray for you for such grace of God.

Thank you for your news updates.

Yours sincerely in Christ,

Fr. Michael R

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Dear Joseph Dias,

I’m overwhelmed to read all the expressions of gratitude to God and appreciation  to you by various categories of our people. Keep up the good work. I too assure you of my prayers that God may strengthen you.

I give thanks to God for you and your excellent ministry to all, through this media.

Sr. Ventura F

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Dear Sirs,

Thank you for your prayers and we continue to keep you in ours.  May God continue to Guide and Bless You in all that you do for us.

Thank you and warm regards,

Maryann M

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Dear Mr. Joe Dias,

You have the courage to stand out and to inform everyone of the atrocities that are being carried out in India. The going will be tough but only the tough get going. The Lord and the people are behind you and certainly appreciate your efforts. Keep it up and continue doing good to others.

Best Wishes to you and family,

John D

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Dear Joe,

I sincerely pray for God’s protection over you and your family.  I always wonder at and admire the good work you carry out in the vineyard of the Lord.

The daily messages coming from the CSF enlightens us about almost every happening in our Christian Community all over India. And I can play my part at least by praying for the community.  May God bless you and give you strength in your weak moments.

God Bless,

Rosie R

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Dear Br. Joe,

May the Father, Son & the Holy Spirit  – Bless, Guide, Guard and Protect you and your family always !!!

I always wonder how you manage all these issues. When so many people are praying for you  I’m sure you will always succeed in all your deeds. Keep up the good work you are doing. May the Almighty Lord always grant you good health,  courage, strength, wisdom… And lead you always in his path.

All the best to you, your family and the entire CSF team.
TAKE CARE, GOD BLESS YOU !!!!
Warm regards + sincere prayers,

Peris family

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Dear Joseph  and Family,

May I also join the hundreds of people who pray for you.   Difficulties  purify our  intentions and thus they will  become success steps to victory.  If the Lord is with you, who can be against you?  Besides the Lord, you have many more people with you.  Keep it up.
With love and prayers

Fr. George K

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Dear Joseph Dias,

Thank you for sharing your quest for unity in the face malice being thrown on you. Your victory is  in not getting distrurbed at such  uncharitable things. Move on wih the Mission.God is the Provider and the Protector.
Warm wishes,

Jetti

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I am with you in praising the Lord…. HE is with you now and always.

 E Sebastian, BS

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My prayers are with you and the family.

AD

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Dear Brother Joseph

Greetings from Syro Malabar Church Commission

Prayerful wishes for your highly dedicated service to the community

Yours in Lord Jesus

VCS

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Dear Mr. Dias,

In the world of today, you have brought  the Christian Community  closer and together through the internet.
With warm wishes,

B

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Dear Brother

I have been praying for you & CSF and there is no doubt that the Lord will answer our prayers. Remember: If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.

Happy moments, praise God.
Difficult moments, seek God.
Quiet moments, worship God.
Painful moments, trust God.
Every moment, thank God.
When in trouble – Never say….God! I have a big problem.
Instead say – Hey Problem! I have a big God.

God Bless

Theresa D

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I am with you in your pain and sufferings and I assure you my prayers and spiritual support to you and your family.
We love you.

Sr. Marion

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Dear Joseph,

Please don’t worry for any thing be brave, TRUST in GOD. He will do wonders in your family. We are there to support you with prayer.
Warm Regards

Richard D

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Hi Dias,

My strong advice to you is to surrender this situation completely to our Lord Jesus Christ, who went through such an excruciating pain through to His divine way to Calvery.  I have already offered this situation to His powerful judgement and forgive those who do not know what they are doing! I have myself gone through such an experience recently and have seen what God can do to those who trust in His power. Read Isa 41.10 and Page 70 of ‘Let’s Pray’ booklet from Tabor and rest you will see soon.

Love – John

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All the best dear Joe, shall keep you, your family and your dear CSF in prayer.

Warm affection,

Fr. Brian, SDB

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Hi Dias,

I request you to surrender this problem totally and trust in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Read Isa 41.10 to 13 as many times as possible and you will draw enormous strength to withstand this painful period.
God Bless You

Sathurine

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Dear Joe Dias,

Thanks for your email on this sour info… sorry to note the contents & dirty intentions of the wicked. Read Eph:6:10-18 & Ps: 91 as a  part of your daily devotion ….Remember we are not fighting people but evil unseen powers of darkness…!

I thank U always for the several free CDs you have sent to my doorstep , which I have also passed on to others who are blessed by it. Its easy for me to say sympathetic words, but I know how U feel at the moment.

I WILL INTERCEDE FOR U. GOD WILL GRANT U VICTORY. JUST CLAIM IT & ITS YOURS …………….IN JESUS NAME …..!
GOD BLESS. IN JESUS

Suzie

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Dear Sir,

Very sorry to hear that such things happened to you. This seems to be a problem of a great multitude, since it has caused much pain to your family, friends, yourself and many of the readers.

Forgiveness is divine but ignorance can be harmful. I feel you should speak to the people who are behind this. May be they have a reason behind their motives. So, the issue must be taken up with them, understand their problems, and find a suitable solution. Any misunderstanding can be solved if it is brought up and dealt with directly.

This is what I feel but if you do not approve, feel free to ignore this message.

Anith

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God is gr8

Keep moving . Show must go on

Sent from BlackBerry® on Airtel

Shashi D

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Dear Bro. Joe,

If God takes you to it, He will see you through it.  Take heart.  V R with you.

Celine

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Joseph Dias

I assure you of my prayers – which in Mother Teresa’s words, is more powerful than a bomb and yes leave room for the wrath of God. HE will lift you up

Anabelle D

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Don’t worry Brother Dias,

We all are there with you.
Regards,

Melwyn

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Dear Mr. Dias, 

Since I had not accessed email for the last three days I have been unaware of your sorrows.  So sorry for this.  With the Lord there is no time and every moment is now so here I am  to promise you the support of my prayer.  It is indeed noble of you to forgive your detractors.  The Lord is pleased with you for imitating him and following his teachings.  Please encourage your family members especially your wife and daughter.  What is false will not hurt them and the truth will surface someday soon.  With my community I hold you and yours in Prayer.
Sincerely,

Sr. Beatrice

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This is indeed depressing. Iam personally all for debate. I am against personal diatribe n roping in family.

Brian L

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Dear Joseph,

You and your family are in our prayers. Specially for your dedication and hard work. People who are hungry for power will go to any length to achieve it at any cost. It is very sad to see such slander. This gives outsiders an opportunity to take advantage of this situation and inflict more pain to our people, who are already faced with enough persecution. God will never abandon anyone who is doing his work. He will send his angels to guard you and your family – which you cannot even imagine or dream of.

In fact when you first started this work. My first concern and thought was the safety of you and your family. I lived in Mumbai and I know how life is in Mumbai. Yet you took the courage and initiative to do God’s work. God bless you.

Neville A

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Hai Mr. Joseph

May the peace of Jesus, the Prince of peace be with you and comfort you at this time of sadness. But have courage, no one can hide the truth, because Jesus is the Truth, Life and Way. My prayers are with you and go ahead as the Holy Spirit guides you.

Fr. Stalin R

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Dear Joseph,

Peace! Suffering is power; is strength. Trust in Jesus and pray for your enemies. You and your family are in my prayers.

Joseph K, SJ

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My Dear Joseph,

Thank you very much for making us aware of what is happening in and around us. You are doing wondeful work!

With love and prayer,

Fr Ramesh F

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Thank you very much. May GOD our LOVING Protector bless you, lead you, guide you and uphold you ALWAYS.
With Greetings

Sr. Flora D

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Dear Mr. Joseph,

My prayers are with you and your family and also for Christian unity.

Gerard D

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Dear Joseph,

I am saddened beyond words to hear all these insinuations against you and your family and against the noble ministry you are doing for God’s Kingdom. But I am not surprised a bit. When we work for His Kingdom, the evil powers are doubly active. “If they have persecuted me, they will persecute you”. (Jn 15:20).

Cheer up Joe. And keep up the good work.  No power on earth can destroy what you have built up because it is for the glory of God. We are with you. God is on our side. “You will be hated by all because of my name, but the one who endures to the end will be saved” (Mt 13:13). God belss.

Fr Joe, SSP
London

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Dear Bro. Joseph Dias,

All people working for others have at times problems. How about Gandhi? He too like you had hurdles. It is the current opposite to your kite
that takes it up to the soaring height.  God is with you. We are all.

In the service of the Lord,

Ambrose A

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Thank you for the letter. Indeed it is important that all are aware of the situations. The remedy is already in your letter, “suffer quietly & offer it to the Lord”.

My humble prayers and good wishes for you
Praise the Lord

T Jose

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Dear Brother Joe,

I keep praying for you and for your CSF family. Keep trusting in God, and forgiving our enemies and blessing him too. That way we give glory to God and we do receive blessings from almighty.
Keep courage,

Shouri

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Dear Bro. Joe,

Prayer is the best gift we can give to you during these moments,

Neeta L
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Dear Mr. Joe,

Praised be Jesus Christ!

I magnify the Lord with you for it is HE who upholds the just! God will surely bless the work of your hands. If God is for you who can be aganst you!  Continue the good work your are doing for God’s people. Praying for you and your family.

Sr. Philomena ccr, ourladyps@rediffmail.com

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Dear Br Joseph

I will say with all the force at my command that your integrity, commitment and dedication to our victim communities in India and the extended suffering members of civil society are unquestionable, absolute and irreproachable.   But this is well known to all of us and also to God. We who have fought with your support will never desert you.

We are not weak vacillating creatures who will retreat from our purpose due to unjust and wicked men, be they ever so strong the one within us is stronger. Redouble your resolve, and once more recommit to your purpose unflinchingly.  Do not as Schuller writes surrender leadership to criticism or circumstances. Do not back down.  Weak men wait for opportunities, strong men make them and you are one of the strongest men I know.

In my prayers always

God bless

Derrick

The longer I live, the more I am certain that the great difference between the great and the insignificant, is energy – invincible determination – a purpose once fixed, and then death or victory.

Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton, derrickdcosta@yahoo.com

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Dear Mr. Joe,

Praised be Jesus Christ!

I magnify the Lord with you for it is HE who upholds the just! God will surely bless the work of your hands. If God is for you who can be aganst you!  Continue the good work your are doing for God’s people. Praying for you and your family.

Sr. Philomena, CCR

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Dear Br Joseph

I will say with all the force at my command that your integrity, commitment and dedication to our victim communities in India and the extended suffering members of civil society are unquestionable, absolute and irreproachable.   But this is well known to all of us and also to God. We who have fought with your support will never desert you.

We are not weak vacillating creatures who will retreat from our purpose due to unjust and wicked men, be they ever so strong the one within us is stronger. Redouble your resolve, and once more recommit to your purpose unflinchingly.  Do not as Schuller writes surrender leadership to criticism or circumstances. Do not back down.  Weak men wait for opportunities, strong men make them; and you are one of the strongest men I know.

In my prayers always

God bless

Derrick

The longer I live, the more I am certain that the great difference between the great and the insignificant, is energy – invincible determination – a purpose once fixed, and then death or victory.

Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton

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