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Posted 5/11/17 at 6:41 PM | Mark Ellis

Unusual stars align for Trump to make peace in Middle East

Trump and Netanyahu

By Mark Ellis

It has been the most difficult challenge of the modern era in American foreign policy, one that has stymied the most seasoned and experienced statesman – how to bring peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

Now a real estate developer with scant foreign policy credentials may fall into an unusual opening to pull off the deal of the century, dwarfing in importance the skyscrapers bearing his name in Manhattan.

Trump is making preparations for his first trip abroad, where he will visit Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the Vatican – all vital repositories for three world religions. Will a peace deal be in the works during his visits?

“The opportunity arises because of the rapid emergence of an unusual strategic alignment,” writes Gerald F. Seib in the Wall Street Journal. Seib points to the fact that Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Israel “are strategically in sync with one another – and, simultaneously, on good terms with the new American administration.” FULL POST

Posted 5/11/17 at 6:34 PM | Mark Ellis

Demon-possessed woman tried to hang herself, but God brought deliverance

By Mark Ellis

A woman in northeast India was beset by illness for many months, but after Christian workers visited her village and prayed for her and her family, a spiritual battle ensued for her soul.

“Madhu directs a discipleship-mission training in a spiritually dark area,” Galen recounted on “The Global Story,” a weekly program by Global Disciples. “He went with the disciple-makers he was training to a village where he prayed with people and they shared the Gospel of Jesus.”

The team heard about a family that needed urgent attention. It seems a young married woman named Omana had been bedridden for five months. Her family spent lots of money consulting doctors and witchdoctors but the young woman continued to suffer.

Madhu’s team visited Omana’s home and told the family about Jesus. They knelt near the woman and prayed for Omana’s healing in Jesus’ name.

“After prayer, her behavior turned strange,” Galen recounted. “She was rolling on the floor, shouting and vomiting. And her family tried to restrain her. At one point, she fled from her bed!” FULL POST

Posted 5/11/17 at 6:29 PM | Mark Ellis

Iraq: Suicide bomber failed, found refuge in the arms of Christ

By Mark Ellis

Bolos* was recruited and trained by an extremist group and was dedicated to carry out their violent attacks, including blowing himself up as a suicide bomber.

At the same time Bolos started training with the group, he also happened to discover Christian television programming supplied by SAT-7 throughout the Middle East.

When his turn for a suicide mission arrived, he stepped forward to make the ultimate sacrifice that dedicated jihadists can make.

But strangely, his suicide mission didn’t go as planned. He accidentally survived the attack. Having failed his mission, Bolos knew he couldn’t go back and face his comrades, so he fled to a neighboring country.

Then God’s great love began to pursue him. Someone gave him a Bible. The words he read in the Bible confirmed the messages he had heard on the Christian TV programming. The Holy Spirit continued to draw his heart.

Then one day, convicted by the power of the Word and the Spirit, Bolos repented of his sins and surrendered to Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. FULL POST

Posted 4/26/17 at 7:27 PM | Mark Ellis

India: A demon caused her sister’s death, then came to live inside Hindu woman

By Mark Ellis

Pushpa and her husband Vijay* both came from a Hindu background. They worshipped numerous gods and entertained many spirits, which compounded a series of traumatic events that began in 2000, when they invited Pushpa’s sister to come and live with them.

“My sister was possessed with an evil spirit,” Pushpa recounted to Biglife.

Shortly after her sister arrived Pushpa was startled when an evil spirit spoke through her sister’s mouth saying, “I am going to kill your sister and come live inside of you.”

Within a short time, that is exactly what happened, according to Pushpa’s account.

“The evil spirit tormented me for 11 years. It was like hell on earth. My body would become very cold and I would get a shooting pain in my stomach. Even worse, I would lose total control of my body and begin to beat my children,” she recounted.

Pushpa’s husband was so frightened that he beat his wife, thinking that was the only way to conquer the evil spirit. FULL POST

Posted 4/26/17 at 7:23 PM | Mark Ellis

Call it a miracle: Woman gave birth in coma, woke up 3 months later to meet baby

Amelia and Santino

By Mark Ellis

A female police officer in Argentina delivered a baby while she was in a coma, then woke up and held her three-month-old for the first time.

Many are calling it a miracle of God.

Amelia Bannan was nearly six months pregnant when she suffered a serious brain injury in an auto accident November 1st.

She had a premonition about traveling that day. “Let’s not travel, if we get into that car it will just roll over,” she told a friend, according to El Pais.

When the car was hit from behind, Bannan suffered a skull fracture, but the baby survived. The other occupants of the vehicle were unharmed, according to El Pais.

Since the accident, the baby developed normally in the womb while Amelia lapsed into a coma caused by a blood clot in her brain.

In late December, Amelia opened her eyes, moved her hands and although she was not able to speak, began contractions.

Since she did not dilate, she underwent an emergency C-section on Christmas Eve. “He was born on Christmas Eve, it was a miracle,” her brother, Caesar, told El Pais. FULL POST

Posted 4/26/17 at 7:19 PM | Mark Ellis

Why does Verizon call Israel ‘Palestine?’

By Mark Ellis

When American Mark Rosenblatt traveled to Israel and touched down at Ben Gurion Airport on April 5th, he turned on his cell phone and got a big surprise.

Rosenblatt received a text message from his cell phone carrier, Verizon, reading, “Welcome to Palestine,” according to Jewish News Service (JNS).

“I did a double take,” Rosenblatt told JNS. He traveled to Israel to visit his daughter, studying for her master’s degree at Bar-Ilan University.

“I was shocked that an American company was falling into some BDS rhetoric,” Rosenblatt, a high-tech consultant from New York, told JNS.

BDS stands for “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions,” a global campaign to pressure Israel to end their “occupation and colonization of Palestinian land and the Golan Heights, full equality for Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel, and acknowledgement of the right of return of Palestinian refugees.” FULL POST

Posted 4/26/17 at 7:11 PM | Mark Ellis

Sri Lanka: Radical Buddhist monks attack pastors, destroy churches, police fail to respond

Church destroyed in Sri Lanka

By Mark Ellis

Police are failing to respond to Buddhist aggression in western Sri Lanka directed against churches and in some cases are encouraging persecution of Christians.

When a mob led by Buddhist monks in Ingiriya assaulted the pastor of Kings Revival Church and three other church members on March 26th after a Sunday worship service, police failed to register the case, according to Morning Star News.

The attack occurred after the pastor left church and was hurrying home. It seems he had received an urgent phone call from a church member warning him that a van full of armed Buddhist monks were waiting for him at the top of a road.

The previous day at about 10 a.m., an unidentified person and two Buddhist monks had visited the pastor and questioned him about the legality of religious worship at his location.

During the confrontation, one Buddhist monk called two local officials who questioned the pastor. The officials demanded the pastor supply all church legal documents, threatening to take him to the police if he failed to produce them. FULL POST

Posted 4/20/17 at 7:01 PM | Mark Ellis

Hostile tribe’s chief died, was raised long enough to testify about Jesus

Men in traditional dress, Malaita

By Mark Ellis

The interior of Malaita in the Solomon Island chain had a long history of opposition to missionaries and other outsiders – sometimes violent resistance by the Kwaio tribal group.

In 1927, 13 government officials from the UK were massacred by the Kwaio as they attempted to survey the area for taxation purposes. The British government responded by sending a warship to shell that part of the island, which resulted in the deaths of 200 Kwaio.

Later, several Roman Catholic priests were killed by the group. In 1965 a Protestant missionary from New Zealand was martyred as he attempted to evangelize the Kwaio. Ten years later, a medical missionary and his son were also killed.

But God had a plan to reach the Kwaio using missionaries from Fiji in 1990, as told in the compelling book, Look What God is Doing, by Dick Eastman, president of Every Home for Christ (EHC). FULL POST

Posted 4/19/17 at 4:36 PM | Mark Ellis

Detroit doctor arrested for performing female genital mutilation on young girls

Girl in Egypt undergoes FGM

By Mark Ellis

A Detroit emergency room doctor has been arrested and charged in connection with performing female genital mutilation (FGM) on underage girls.

Doctor Jumana Nagarwala, 44, of Northville, Michigan is accused of performing the horrific procedure on girls ages six to eight. Dr. Nagarwala is on the staff at Henry Ford Hospital, according to WXYZ Detroit, an ABC affiliate.

According to a criminal complaint, Dr. Nagarwala performed the procedure on girls at a medical clinic in Livonia, a suburb of Detroit.

Some girls were transported from other states for the illegal procedure. FGM involves the removal or partial removal of the clitoris, known as a clitoridectomy. FGM is internationally recognized as a violation of the human rights of women and girls.

FGM is a religious and cultural practice usually associated with Islam. While there is no mention of it in the Quran, several sayings in the hadith attributed to Muhammad praise the procedure. FULL POST

Posted 4/10/17 at 6:13 PM | Mark Ellis

Broadcaster Norm Nelson of Compassion Radio passes to his reward

Norm Nelson

By Mark Ellis

Pioneering radio broadcaster Norm Nelson, whose huge heart took him to some of the most troubled places on earth, passed to his reward on the morning of April 10th, due to complications of dementia.

His beloved wife, Cher, posted the sad news on Facebook immediately after his home going: “And another warrior is welcomed home. At 9:31 PDT our Savior opened his loving arms and took The Rev. Dr. Norman Clark Nelson from his broken body and tortured mind to be forever in the presence of his Lord. Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

Norm’s resonant voice, as host of Compassion Radio’s distinctive boots-on-the-ground activist ministry, was heard daily across the United States, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East. Their humanitarian projects have been carried out in 30 countries.

Norm followed another pioneering radio broadcaster, his father, Dr. Wilbur E. Nelson, who founded the Morning Chapel Hour in 1944, “a daily program of songs and thoughts that lift the heart.” FULL POST

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