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Posted 6/24/13 at 2:01 PM | Mark Ellis

Top Female Porn Star Finds Jesus

Brittni in 2010

By Mark Ellis

In 2010, Maxim Magazine named her one of the top female porn stars in the world. Little did they know, she was already on a rocky road to sanctification as a new creature in Christ.

Brittni, who used the professional name Jenna Presley, started dancing to earn extra money as a freshman at Santa Barbara City College in 2005. Two men approached her after one of her performances and asked if she would like to make “romance movies.”

“You mean porn?” she joked. They nodded affirmatively, but it was no joke. “I didn’t know what to expect,” she admits now. “At 18, I was only a baby. I was looking for love in all the wrong places.”

Brittni was insecure as a result of her upbringing in a home with a “verbally abusive” mother and passive father. For the first time in her life, she began to receive positive affirmation, and it felt good.

She traveled to L.A. and shot her first pornographic scene. “I felt so loved that day because they did my hair and make-up. I was told I was beautiful and that I was going to be a star. In the first few months it felt good.” FULL POST

Posted 6/13/13 at 3:02 PM | Mark Ellis

Drug dealer, released from prison, found Jesus at homeless breakfast

By Mark Ellis

Almost all of Josh Sourwine’s childhood friends in Ohio are strung out on drugs. After he was busted for dealing marijuana, cocaine and pills in his hometown and spent time in prison, he knew he needed change in his life.

“I was a mess,” Sourwine recalls. “I realized this is not the way I want to live my life.”

When he was 20, he had a raucous fight with a girlfriend that prompted neighbors to summon police. After authorities arrived, they charged Sourwine with unlawful restraint, because he had his girlfriend locked in the bedroom.

Later, they obtained a search warrant and unearthed his stash of illegal narcotics and money. “They found everything,” Sourwine recounts. “They found pills I didn’t even know I had.”

After Sourwine served time at the Mansfield Correctional Institute, he tried to chart a new course, but fell back to his former ways. “I was clean for a long time,” he says. “But then I started smoking pot and doing pills on the weekend.”

When his roofing job got slow in the winter, he started running drugs again. “I needed money so I resorted back to old habits,” he says. But one day, in a moment of quiet reflection, he thought, This is not how I want to continue living. I need to re-associate myself and get away from everything here. FULL POST

Posted 6/7/13 at 6:20 PM | Mark Ellis

Protests Spread in Turkey, Christian Ministry Calls for Prayer

Protesters in Turkey

By Mark Ellis

As protests spread to 61 of Turkey’s 84 provinces, Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan rejected criticism by the European Union over his government’s excessive use of force.

"Similar protests have taken place in Britain, France, Germany and bigger ones in Greece," Erdogan told reporters. His government is open to "democratic demands, but would not accept "terrorism, violence and vandalism.”

The protests started when a small group of activists attempted to stop the demolition of Gezi Park, one of Istanbul's last green spaces. About 50 people set up a camp among the trees. Riot police moved in with brutal force, using teargas on peaceful protesters. Three people have died since the protests began, 4,000 have been injured, and 900 arrested.

“The nation of Turkey is in an uproar,” says Joy Edwards, with Aslan International. Edwards is the daughter of Canadian missionaries in Turkey, ministering there for 26 years. “Over 240,000 people are protesting the government,” she notes. “It’s mostly young people looking for change.” FULL POST

Posted 6/5/13 at 7:24 PM | Mark Ellis

Son of Witchdoctor Found Jesus

Nhamo Chigohi

By Mark Ellis

In his village in southern Zimbabwe, people still seek help through witchdoctors, who offer a portal into the darkness of the supernatural realm. But one young man found healing in the arms of Jesus after his father’s gods proved impotent.

“In our country, people believe in God, but the way to reach God is done through dead spirits,” says Nhamo Chigohi, the son of a witchdoctor.

Nhamo suffered a painful infection and boil on his head, that rendered him unable to move from his bed. He spent many days listlessly, barely able to turn over, yet his father refused modern medical care. “He would not allow me to go to the hospital because he believed he could heal through witchcraft,” he notes.

Nhamo’s father called on his spirits – the spirits of lesser gods – but they could not heal the young man.

One day a team came from a neighboring village to show the JESUS Film. “I was warned by my father not to see any activity sponsored by the local church,” he says. When Nhamo’s father and mother left him alone, they warned him not to watch the JESUS movie on the evening it was presented in their village. FULL POST

Posted 6/3/13 at 3:29 PM | Mark Ellis

God used stalled car to lead Muslim to Christ

By Mark Ellis

Mounir is an Egyptian Christian living in Southern California. One day his car stalled on a busy freeway in Southern California. Upset by this unscheduled delay in his plans, he called the Auto Club for roadside assistance.

They sent a truck driven by Muhammad, a recent immigrant from Iran. Unable to get the car to run, Muhammad hoisted the car on the back of the tow truck.

As they rode together to a service station, Mounir asked, “So, how are things going in Iran?” Muhammad launched into a litany of problems and concerns plaguing his former country.

After listening for a bit, Mounir said, “I don’t really know much about this terrible situation, but the one thing I really DO know is that Jesus loves you.”

Mounir then shared his dramatic testimony with Muhammad. He told the young immigrant how Jesus appeared to him as he lay in bed at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Southern California after having his entire cancer-ridden colon removed.

In the depths of his fear and concern over his health, Mounir awakened to see a bright light enter his hospital room. It was Jesus, the one known as Issa in the Quran!

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Posted 5/30/13 at 2:17 PM | Mark Ellis

Mom Loses Baby in Pounding Surf, Photographer Captures Rescue

Craig Brashier
Searching for baby (1st of 5 photos)

By Mark Ellis

A skimboarder saved a baby’s life after a large wave knocked the child from her mother’s arms May 25th at a Southern California beach, according to witnesses.

“I was at Aliso Beach shooting photos of my son Connor skimboarding,” says Craig Brashier, who caught the rescue with his camera. “It was pounding down there and lots of the skimmers were going down hard.”

“Suddenly, out of the corner of my eye I saw three skimboarders throw their boards to the side and charge north up the beach. I wasn't sure what was going on but I started taking pictures,” Brashier says. He used a 300mm telephoto lens to capture the images.

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The young mother had her back to the waves when she got hit. “Apparently a lady was not paying attention to the surf while holding her baby and dropped her when she got hit by a wave from behind. The backwash instantly engulfed the baby and swept her back into the ocean,” Brashier recounts. FULL POST

Posted 5/29/13 at 2:33 PM | Mark Ellis

Talban kidnap young disciple of Christ

Aman Ullah (second from left) with friends

A 16-year-old Christian convert from Islam, Aman Ullah, was kidnapped by the Taliban on May 25th in Peshawar, the heart of Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province near the Khyber Pass.

“We don’t know which of the 32 different Taliban groups operating both in Afghanistan and Pakistan is responsible,” says John Taimoor, president of Messianic Muslims. “My team, workers and disciples from Muslim backgrounds are facing pressures from many sides and physical persecution,” he says.

The young kidnap victim had only come to Christ a year ago, but had already memorized the books of John and Ephesians in the Bible. His goal is to memorize the entire New Testament, since he had already memorized the Quran as a young person, according to Taimoor.

“He is very dear to me,” Taimoor says. “Aman Ullah means ‘peace of God’ in Arabic, Persian, Urdu and Pushto languages,” he noted. “He is a diamond, very dedicated and brilliant. He was outgoing; he made public statements and gave his testimony.” FULL POST

Posted 5/29/13 at 2:28 PM | Mark Ellis

China: Noted church leader close to death in prison due to lack of medical attention

Pastor Gong

By Mark Ellis

Pastor Gong Shengliang, imprisoned leader of the South China Church (SCC), an evangelical house-church with more than 50,000 members, is close to death due to a lack of medical care, according to his daughter.

“My father was arrested because of his faith in Jesus Christ,” wrote Pastor Gong’s daughter, Gong Huali, in an open letter to Chairman Xi Jingping. A copy of the letter was received in the U.S. three weeks ago by Dr. Samuel Chao, president of China Ministries International.

The SCC was banned in 2001 after the government labeled it an “evil cult.” During the government’s crackdown, hundreds of church leaders were arrested, more than 500 church leaders had their homes and property seized, and thousands of SCC members were persecuted, fined, and beaten.

In 2001, Pastor Gong was sentenced to death in a secret trial for “using an evil cult to undermine the enforcement of the law,” Due to international pressure he was not executed. FULL POST

Posted 5/23/13 at 6:38 PM | Mark Ellis

Underground Catholic Lost Everything in Chinese Labor Camp, But Gained Faith

Bob Fu

By Mark Ellis

He was once a presiding judge of the intermediate court in an affluent city on China’s east coast. But he became a beaten prisoner imprisoned for 11 years due to his involvement in the underground church.

“That’s the story of brother Li JF, a dedicated Catholic brother in the underground church,” says Bob Fu, founder and president of ChinaAid Association. “He was imprisoned not because of corruption or criminal activities but because he provided free legal advice to the weak and vulnerable,” says Fu.

“Li could easily have gained a fortune if he chose to continue his comfortable legal career; he could have avoided arrest, beatings, and torture by staying silent in the face of injustice. But he chose a different way because his ears heard the Voice behind him: ‘This is the way; walk in it.’” (Isaiah 30:21.)

In a letter to Fu after his release in April, Li wrote, “I lost everything but gained my faith in God!” In the letter he described how his health was destroyed during his incarceration, his wife divorced him following government threats, and his daughter disappeared. FULL POST

Posted 5/23/13 at 2:32 PM | Mark Ellis

Tell Me What You Felt

By Mark Ellis

Daddy, tell me what you felt like

when you lost your only son

Oh daddy

tell me how it felt

when they arrested him that night

Tell me what you thought

to see your only son on trial

Did you turn your eyes away

as they flogged his back and sides?

Oh daddy

I know the slurs and mocking

must have driven you insane

then they marched him up a little hill

with soldiers at his side

Could you bear to watch

his outstretched body on a tree?

Oh Daddy

You heard the sounds of pounding

as they nailed his hands and feet,

raised him up for all to see

in shame and agony

Daddy, tell me what you felt like

when you lost your only son

He kept his eyes upon you

You had to look away

Through searing pain and heartache

He finished everything that day

Darkness covered Golgotha

so briefly

Oh Daddy

Your love has made a way.

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