Author Archives: Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
Sept. 29, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — On Tuesday, September 30, One Free World International (OFWI) founder, Rev. Majed El Shafie, will appear before Canada’s Subcommittee on International Human Rights of the House of Commons to speak about the persecution of religious minorities in Iraq. El Shafie traveled to Iraq in August, leading a delegation which included three Canadian Members of Parliament. At the request of United States Congressman Christopher Smith, El Shafie submitted a report about his trip to Iraq to the United States Congress on September 10th.
El Shafie’s testimony will coincide with VisionTV’s Human Rights Week, which will highlight his work with persecuted Christians and other religious minorities. Starting on September 29th, VisionTV and Executive Producer Moses Znaimer will present a week of documentary specials exposing mass atrocities, religious persecution and intolerance around the world. El Shafie and OFWI will be featured in the following VisionTV presentations:
GENOCIDE IN IRAQ: A ZNEWS SPECIAL
*Monday, September 29 at 9:00pm ET
*Wednesday, October 1 at 1:00am ET
This Znews special exposes the dire situation in Iraq and the grave injustices being perpetrated against Yazidi people.
*Monday, September 29 at 10:30pm ET
Award-winning filmmaker and accomplished foreign correspondent Martin Himel, along with human rights activist Rev. Majed El Shafie, travel to risky and previously inaccessible locations in Egypt, Iraq and Pakistan to explore some of the atrocities that Christians are facing.
*Monday, September 29 at 11:30pm ET
*Wednesday, October 1 at 11:00pm ET
This powerful film follows Rev. Majed El Shafie as he travels to Afghanistan and Pakistan seeking out those persecuted for their religious beliefs, and challenging their governments to change.
THE ZOOMER: ARE RELIGIONS RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN FANATICS?
*Monday, September 29 at 9:30pm ET
*Wednesday, October 1 at 12:30am ET
Conrad Black and Denis Donlon host a heated roundtable discussion on religious fanaticism with special guests Rev. Majed El Shafie, journalist/author/activist Tarek Fatah, Context TV-host Lorna Dueck, Air India victim activist Dr. Bal Gupta, Rabbi Yossi Sapirman, Rev. Damien MacPherson from the Archdiocese of Toronto, and former Islamist radical turned CSIS operative and now a professor at Seneca College, Mubin Shaikh.
“We are thankful for VisionTV and their willingness to support human rights around the world,” says El Shafie. “Remember that the persecuted Christians are dying every day, but they are still smiling. They are in a very deep dark night, but they have the candle of the Lord. The enemy can have a very strong weapon and a very strong army, but we have the Lord Almighty.”
El Shafie has a unique voice, having once been arrested, tortured, and sentenced to die in Egypt for defending human rights and fighting for freedom of religion and the rights of minorities. He regularly testifies before the U.S. Congress and the Canadian Parliament and Senate, and he’s a frequent guest on news outlets worldwide, including FOX News Radio, Glenn Beck, Mike Huckabee, Phil Valentine, Laura Ingraham, CBN News, CBC, Sun News Network, CTV News, American Family Radio and more. He now resides in Canada and fights for those persecuted around the world through his human rights organization, One Free World International. Pressuring governments, and challenging both world and spiritual leaders, he has not been afraid to put everything on the line to help those in need.
For more information on Majed El Shafie and One Free World International, visit www.onefreeworldinternational.org
By Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
In many parts of our country the only time people wear their best clothes is when they go to church on Sunday. Their lives the rest of the week they dress more for comfort, or to suit their occupation. They refer to their nicest clothes as their “Sunday best. Or their “Sunday going to meeting clothes. They wear their finest clothes to church out of respect and reverence. And this is not a bad thing.
Unfortunately too many people treat their faith the same way. They treat being Christian as something you take out and “wear” on Sunday. Sunday comes and they show up at church like clock work. They are dressed in the finest clothes they can afford. They may even shout amen louder than anybody. They put on quite a show because they want every body to see what a “good” Christian they are.
Let’s look at what Jesus had to say about such behavior. We find his teaching on the subject at Mathew 7:21-23, “ Not everybody who says to me Lord, Lord, will get into the kingdom of heaven. Only those who do the will of my father who is in heaven will enter. On the Judgment Day , many people will say to me, ‘Lord,Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name and expel demons in your name and do lots of miracles in your name ?’ Then I’ll tell them, ‘I’ve never known you. Get away from me you people who do wrong.”
Jesus goes on to compare those who hear his words, or even teach his words, but do not put his words into practice, to someone who builds their house on quicksand.
The word of God is not there just to guide us on Sundays. We should use the word of God to guide or lives every day of the week. As I have said before “ Our actions should call us a Christian, before our words even get a chance. Scripture should saturate every aspect of our lives. Our faith should always be on display through everything we do and how we speak. We should treat those around us as Jesus himself would. There is an old saying “actions speak louder than words.” Never has this been more true than in our Christian walk.
If you spout scripture, but act differently you will not only sow contempt for yourself, but God’s word as well. So don’t be a Sunday only Christian. Let God’s word, not today’s latest fad guide your action throughout the day. Let your example of God’s word in practice speak for itself. Example is a very powerful ministry. Be constantly ware and alert lest you show the world the wrong example.
Mission Group Urges Christians to Set Aside Sept. 29-Oct. 5 for Focused Prayer.
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 25, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — SIM (www.sim.org), the global mission organization of which SIM USA (www.simusa.org) is a part, is encouraging Christians around the world to set aside Sept. 29 to Oct. 5 and pray (www.praytoendebola.org) that God would stop the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa.
SIM encourages prayer specifically for the people of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, where the Ebola outbreak has been most severe. According to the World Health Organization, nearly 3,000 people already have died from Ebola, and more than 6,200 probable, confirmed and suspected cases of the disease have been reported. Experts say infections from the Ebola epidemic could soar to 1.4 million by mid-January.
“Our aim is that prayers will be raised continually throughout the entire week on behalf of those infected and affected by the Ebola virus,” said Joshua Bogunjoko, international director of SIM. “Though we are troubled by this outbreak, we do not despair. Though we grieve, we are not without hope. For two millennia, the church has prioritized the sick and marginalized. We are called to do no less today.”
The infection and death rates continue to rise in the region. SIM urges prayer specifically for healthcare workers, grieving families, church and government leaders and protection for those who otherwise come in contact with the deadly disease.
SIM USA (www.simusa.org) had two of the three American missionary workers who contracted Ebola in Liberia and were evacuated to the U.S. for treatment.
SIM asks individuals and churches to particularly set aside Sunday, Oct. 5, as a day for focused prayer in stemming the tide of Ebola. The group asks Christians to pray individually, in groups and as church bodies for God to break the grip the deadly disease has upon the people of West Africa.
“We know that when Christians unite in prayer and call upon God, he acts,” Bogunjoko said. “We have witnessed countless examples of God answering the prayers of his people — from seemingly every day requests to world changing events. This is no different. We hope millions of Christians around the world will join us as we ask God to deliver us from this horrendous Ebola outbreak.”
The latest updates on SIM’s role in the Ebola epidemic in Liberia are available at www.simusa.org.
By Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
As a Christian leader with a world-wide following I hear almost daily about people in various parts of the world who are being persecuted for the faith. To be persecuted for being a Christian is just as much a danger in today’s world as it was in the first century church. People who are undergoing such hardship for their faith are constantly in my prayers, and they should be in yours also. Just in recent weeks as many as a million and a half Christians have been driven from Iraq alone into Syria to avoid being murdered just for being Christians.
But what was the first century church told when they faced the same struggle ? Let’s look at what Jesus says shortly after the commissioning of the 12 disciples. We begin by looking at Mathew 10:16-17 “ “ look I’m sending you as sheep among the wolves. Therefore be wise as snakes and innocent as doves. Watch out for people because they will hand you over to councils, and beat you in their synagogues.” So the danger of persecution has existed since the first 12 people were set apart to spread Christ’s message ! Notice that Christ advise them to be wise. People, some people will try to trick Christians into dangerous places and situations. Those who know me, know that I was a military policeman in the state guard, did search and rescue with the Coast Guard Auxiliary, and was a chaplain with the fire department among other things. I have seen many people in crisis, or facing danger. I have seen the same thing that Christ is saying here. When being persecuted for your faith, like any crisis the last thing you want to do is act upon the panic you so naturally feel. You need to keep your wits about you, and be hyper aware of your surroundings.
You might wonder how you will know what to say when confronted by those who would persecute you for your faith. Take strength then from what Christ says at Mathew 10:19 “ Whenever they hand you over, don’t worry about how you will speak or what you will say, because what you can say will be given to you at that moment.” Think of this, how will Christ through the Holy Spirit give you the words to say if he is not there with you. The answer of course is he will be there with you ! Remind yourself of this repeatedly. The persecution you encounter is not proof that God has abandoned you, but rather proof of your love of Christ and devotion to him. Persecution like any struggle is hard. If you are currently experiencing persecution for your faith, it is likely the hardest struggle you have ever had to face. But know that God is aware of your circumstances, and makes his strength, wisdom, and abilities available to you !
Thinking about the refugees around the world who have been forced from their homes due to their faith reminds me of what Christ predicted in Mathew 10:23 “ Whenever they harass you in one city, escape to the next, because I assure that you will not go through all the cities of Israel before the Human One comes.” Christ is telling us here that there will always be a place for those being persecuted for their Christian faith to run to. His people may be moved from one place to another, and this may cause them great grief, and struggle. However, there will always be another “city” where his people will be found.
How will it all end ? Lets look at Jesus’ promise at Mathew 10:22-23 “ Everyone will hate you on account of my name. But who-ever stands firm until the end will be saved.” Now Christ knows that some will be taken from this world due to their faith. But he is saying that those who suffer for their faith, have proven their faith. That they will enjoy the everlasting life that the Lord’s true servants all receive. In other words, the persecuted will reign in the end !
NEW YORK, Sept. 22, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — Redeemer City to City (CTC) and Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) are pleased to announce a strategic partnership to provide a seminary education in New York City. This advances the vision of RTS to provide graduate theological education globally and that of Redeemer Presbyterian Church and its founding pastor, Dr. Timothy Keller, who started CTC to prepare ministry leaders, pastors and church planters for New York and cities internationally.
“The Bible calls us to take the gospel to the nations, but the nations of the world are pouring into the cities on a history-changing scale,” says Dr. Keller. “This massive migration is both a significant opportunity and challenge. Even in parts of the world where Christianity is growing rapidly, the national churches have difficulty reaching their own greatest urban areas. We are thankful for this new partnership with RTS, through which we hope to prepare leaders for ministry in New York and the other great global cities of the world.”
CTC will work with RTS to provide a seminary program in New York City that will prepare ministry leaders “in the city for the city.” This Redeemer City Ministry program will involve RTS providing a two-year Master of Arts (Biblical Studies) at a newly approved extension campus in New York City, complemented by a subsequent year of practical training provided by CTC.
“RTS is thrilled to collaborate with Redeemer City to City and with Tim Keller to prepare a new generation of ministry leaders and establish an RTS extension in New York,” says Dr. Ligon Duncan, chancellor & CEO of RTS. “I have known and admired Dr. Keller for many years. I count him as a friend and I am deeply grateful for his ministry and vision for planting churches in New York and in other major metropolitan centers around the world. The board of RTS and I are pleased to partner with CTC to offer a rigorous program of graduate theological study in NYC.”
You can obtain more information on the Redeemer City Ministry from RTS at rts.edu/seminary/redeemercontactus.aspx and CTC www.redeemercitytocity.com. Links are available on both websites to receive more information. Applications for the program will be received by RTS beginning November 1, 2014. The program startup is scheduled for early fall 2015 in New York City.
Redeemer City to City was started in 2001 by Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan and has helped start over 300 churches in 45 cities. The President of Redeemer City to City is Dr. John Hutchinson.
Reformed Theological Seminary was founded in 1966 and is one of the largest seminaries in the country, with campuses in Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston, Jackson, Memphis, Orlando and Washington D.C., in addition to RTS Global Education which offers three 100% online MA degrees.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Sept. 19, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — Rev. Moise Mamy and seven others in an Ebola education delegation were killed by villagers in southern Guinea on September 16 or 17, 2014. Government officials and news reporters were among those who died. Mamy was a member of the Eau de Vie (Water of Life) Ebola awareness team, a ministry of Compassion and Mercy Associates (CAMA), the relief and development arm of The Christian and Missionary Alliance (The Alliance).
Mamy was a fervent evangelist and district superintendent of the Alliance church among the Mano, the people group of his ethnic origin. He was also the executive secretary of Eau de Vie and cofounder of Hope Clinic, a CAMA-initiated medical and surgical facility that provides treatment for villagers in southern Guinea who otherwise would have no access to medical care.
“Many places accepted [the awareness team's] teaching,” wrote Jon Erickson, an Alliance international worker and close friend of Mamy, with whom he cofounded Hope Clinic, “but some villagers had heard a rumor that the [bleach they were distributing], which kills the Ebola virus, was actually the virus itself.” In the ensuing chaos, the team members were attacked and killed. The BBC reports that the bodies were recovered from a septic tank at the local primary school.
Mamy is survived by his wife, Nowei, and five grown children.
The Alliance in the United States comprises more than 2,000 churches, mobilized to fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18–20) by living out the fullness of Jesus Christ in personal experience and building His Church worldwide. Seven hundred U.S.-based Alliance workers serve in 70 countries.
CAMA shares the hope of Jesus Christ in word and deed through development projects, medical care, microenterprise initiatives, and disaster relief. Forty-five U.S.-based CAMA workers serve in 13 countries.
Mission Group to Review Crisis Response Policies and Safety Procedures
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 19, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — SIM USA (www.simusa.org) said today it is saddened by the recent attacks on Ebola aid workers and journalists in Guinea and plans to review its crisis response strategies in light of the attacks.
According to published media reports, at least eight Ebola aid workers and journalists were killed in Guinea because of fear surrounding foreign workers who are attempting to control the spread of the deadly disease. Crowds have also reportedly turned back aid workers in other areas of West Africa where the outbreak has been the most severe.
“We at SIM are deeply saddened by the recent attack in Guinea that took the lives of people who came to offer assistance in the face of the Ebola crisis,” said Bruce Johnson, president of SIM USA. “We are praying for their families and for the people in Guinea as they work through the aftermath of this atrocity.”
At this time, SIM does not plan to relocate staff in the area. It will review its crisis response policies to ensure that its staff is safe and secure.
According to the latest report from the World Health Organization, nearly 2,500 people have died as a result of the latest Ebola outbreak, with nearly 5,000 probable, confirmed and suspected cases.
SIM had two of the three American missionary workers who contracted Ebola in Liberia and were evacuated to the U.S. for treatment.
SIM’s ELWA 2 Ebola Treatment Center in Monrovia has experienced increasing survival rates as a result of consistent and quality medical care supported by prayer. Dr. Jerry Brown, SIM’s Liberian medical director, reported that 40 of the 69 Ebola patients in its care center are in stable condition and showing signs of survival.
The latest updates on SIM’s role in the Ebola epidemic in Liberia are available at www.simusa.org.
SIM (www.simusa.org) is an international Christian mission organization with a staff of nearly 3,000 workers from 70 nationalities serving in more than 65 countries. In addition to medicine, SIM serves on every continent in areas of education, community development, public health and Christian witness. While SIM stood for Sudan Interior Mission when it was founded 120 years ago, it is now a global mission known as SIM (pronounced S-I-M).
PENSACOLA, Fla., Sept. 16, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — Family Rewards USA has announced the beginning of a program that will enable Ministries, Churches, Christian organizations and individuals to grow both spiritually and financially.
Family Rewards has developed a witnessing tool called the Bible belt. The Bible Belt is designed to reveal that believers are living out their faith in Jesus Christ.
They will provide encouragement to those who are lost and have a need for hope and the assurance of God’s love and saving grace, members believe that wearing the Bible belt can lead others to God and He will put them on the path to salvation.
The program aims to play a large part in the spreading of the good news and the gospel of Jesus Christ. Family Rewards USA believes God is still at work, transforming lives and increasing the residents in His kingdom.
In order to spread their message, Family Rewards USA invites all believers, ministries and individuals who live by the true living word, to partner with them by displaying a professionally made banner on their website or blog.
Family Rewards USA has implemented a tracking system that determines which banner an order came; Family Rewards USA will use this information to credit that banner with $29.98. Ten percent (10%) of the profits will be donated to the Wounded Warriors.
Family Rewards USA is not in the business of selling belts; it is in the business of selling Jesus Christ the Lord and Savior. The organization invites everyone to become a member.
There is a one-time payment of $99.95 to become a member. All members will receive three practical and useful gifts: the Bible belt, a $50.00 gift certificate and 500,000 ways that members can save money on their daily purchases.
When the Bible belt is worn, it prompts people to ask what’s that belt, you answer by witnessing to them is. The gift certificate can be shared with family or friends and the more the savings are used, the more the member will save.
Everybody wins: the ministries, members, Wounded Warriors and especially Jesus. Family Rewards USA’s overall goal is to encourage everyone to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and live a sprit filled life.
For information, please visit www.familyrewardsusa.org.