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Evangelism Study Bible Designed to Help Christians Confidently Share Their Faith

EvanTell Helps Believers Present the Gospel Clearly and Simply
DALLAS, Oct. 20, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — EvanTell, a ministry that trains and equips Christians to share the gospel clearly and simply, has brought a fresh perspective to the essential ingredient for evangelism – God’s Word — by publishing The Evangelism Study Bible.
The Evangelism Study Bible, coming October 27th from Kregel Publications, has thousands of notes, devotions, tips and other features that will help believers overcome fear and guilt and make them confident and joyful witnesses for Christ.
“Christians need to be taught how to share the gospel clearly and how to do so with an accurate and careful handling of the Scripture,” said EvanTell Founder and CEO Dr. R. Larry Moyer, the general editor and primary contributor to the study material in The Evangelism Study Bible.
“Sometimes, well-meaning Christians put believers on guilt trips and teach things that can be detrimental to their evangelism efforts. The Evangelism Study Bible is our way to give clear and biblical teaching about sharing the gospel and encourage people to do so out of grace, not guilt.”
Last year, a study by The Barna Group showed that although 73 percent of born-again Christians said they had a personal responsibility to share their faith with others, only 52 percent of them said they actually did in the past year. In Moyer’s more than 40 years of evangelism experience, he has found that the two biggest challenges Christians face in witnessing are fear and not knowing how to tell the Good News to unbelievers. The Evangelism Study Bible will serve as a resource to help believers overcome fear and learn how to share the gospel.
Reflecting back on the process of producing The Evangelism Study Bible, which took almost six years, Moyer commented, “I was reminded as we worked through the Bible how God’s love for the lost is seen throughout the Scriptures. At first, we were going to just do the New Testament, but we decided it was important to focus on the entire Bible because God’s heart for those who don’t know Him is seen in the Old Testament as well as the New.”
Each book begins with an introduction that focuses on its evangelistic themes and includes various features and study notes throughout the New King James text.
Moyer hopes that as Christians read The Evangelism Study Bible, their passion for spreading the gospel will increase.
“If their skills are enhanced, and believers consistently talk to the lost and not simply about the lost, the purpose of this Study Bible will have been achieved,” Moyer said.
EvanTell Vice President David Souther and Communications Coordinator Sarah Bowler served as contributors and associate editors on the project. An outside team reviewed The Evangelism Study Bible for style and accuracy.
It has been endorsed by influential spiritual leaders such as Dr. Tony Evans, president and founder of The Urban Alternative; Dr. Mark Bailey, president of Dallas Theological Seminary; and Dr. J. Paul Nyquist, president of Moody Bible Institute.
EvanTell, founded in 1973 by Moyer, focuses on training Christians to present the gospel — clearly and simply – and touches millions of lives each year through a wide variety of programs, materials and training. For more information, visit

The Trap of First Impressions

I was checking headlines, and emails getting ready for this morning’s service when I saw a picture of the cruise ship which departs from Galveston about 50 miles from here. My first thought was “what an ugly ship !” Its outward appearance didn’t appeal to me at all. It was kind of disappointing because I love boats, and ships and such.

My second thought was ” I bet its absolutely beautiful on the inside.” The ship’s designers were likely thinking more about capacity, than beauty. It was then that I was reminded that too often we do the same with people. If we cannot look past outward appearance, we will miss many, many people who are absolutely beautiful on the inside. The loss would be ours, not theirs. Think about it, would you rather marry someone drop dead gorgeous that treated you like garbage, or someone plainer who treated you like a king or queen ? Outer beauty fades, inner beauty can sustain you for a lifetime !  How many people who could help us have a happier, more prosperous life are we missing out of through this mistake ?Even worse, how many times EVERY day are we doing this ?

We must not forget, we are all made in God’s image. Maybe the person you are looking at had a rough night, or a rough life. Either way they could have more to teach us than we realize ! Maybe their designer (God) had other things on his mind than how “cute” he could make them.

In our world we place a lot of emphasis on making a good first impression, and we intend to expect the same from others. As Christians we stand to loose out on a lot if we fall into that trap !

Message of the Synod Assembly on the pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelisation

Vatican City, 18 October 2014 (VIS) – This morning a press conference was held in the Holy See Press Office to present the Message of the Third Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, dedicated to the “Pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelisation” (5-19 October). The speakers were Cardinals Raymundo Damasceno Assis, archbishop of Aparecida, Brazil, delegate president; Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture and president of the Commission for the Message and Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Bombay, India. The full text of the message is published below:
“We, Synod Fathers, gathered in Rome together with Pope Francis in the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, greet all families of the different continents and in particular all who follow Christ, the Way, the Truth, and the Life. We admire and are grateful for the daily witness which you offer us and the world with your fidelity, faith, hope, and love.
Each of us, pastors of the Church, grew up in a family, and we come from a great variety of backgrounds and experiences. As priests and bishops we have lived alongside families who have spoken to us and shown us the saga of their joys and their difficulties.
The preparation for this synod assembly, beginning with the questionnaire sent to the Churches around the world, has given us the opportunity to listen to the experience of many families. Our dialogue during the Synod has been mutually enriching, helping us to look at the complex situations which face families today.
We offer you the words of Christ: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will enter his house and dine with him, and he with me”. On his journeys along the roads of the Holy Land, Jesus would enter village houses. He continues to pass even today along the streets of our cities. In your homes there are light and shadow. Challenges often present themselves and at times even great trials. The darkness can grow deep to the point of becoming a dense shadow when evil and sin work into the heart of the family.
We recognise the great challenge to remain faithful in conjugal love. Enfeebled faith and indifference to true values, individualism, impoverishment of relationships, and stress that excludes reflection leave their mark on family life. There are often crises in marriage, often confronted in haste and without the courage to have patience and reflect, to make sacrifices and to forgive one another. Failures give rise to new relationships, new couples, new civil unions, and new marriages, creating family situations which are complex and problematic, where the Christian choice is not obvious.
We think also of the burden imposed by life in the suffering that can arise with a child with special needs, with grave illness, in deterioration of old age, or in the death of a loved one. We admire the fidelity of so many families who endure these trials with courage, faith, and love. They see them not as a burden inflicted on them, but as something in which they themselves give, seeing the suffering Christ in the weakness of the flesh.
We recall the difficulties caused by economic systems, by the “the idolatry of money and the dictatorship of an impersonal economy lacking a truly human purpose” which weakens the dignity of people. We remember unemployed parents who are powerless to provide basic needs for their families, and youth who see before them days of empty expectation, who are prey to drugs and crime.
We think of so many poor families, of those who cling to boats in order to reach a shore of survival, of refugees wandering without hope in the desert, of those persecuted because of their faith and the human and spiritual values which they hold. These are stricken by the brutality of war and oppression. We remember the women who suffer violence and exploitation, victims of human trafficking, children abused by those who ought to have protected them and fostered their development, and the members of so many families who have been degraded and burdened with difficulties. “The culture of prosperity deadens us…. all those lives stunted for lack of opportunity seem a mere spectacle; they fail to move us”. We call on governments and international organizations to promote the rights of the family for the common good.
Christ wanted his Church to be a house with doors always open to welcome everyone. We warmly thank our pastors, lay faithful, and communities who accompany couples and families and care for their wounds.
There is also the evening light behind the windowpanes in the houses of the cities, in modest residences of suburbs and villages, and even in mere shacks, which shines out brightly, warming bodies and souls. This light—the light of a wedding story—shines from the encounter between spouses: it is a gift, a grace expressed, as the Book of Genesis says, when the two are “face to face” as equal and mutual helpers. The love of man and woman teaches us that each needs the other in order to be truly self. Each remains different from the other that opens self and is revealed in the reciprocal gift. It is this that the bride of the Song of Songs sings in her canticle: “My beloved is mine and I am his… I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine”.
This authentic encounter begins with courtship, a time of waiting and preparation. It is realized in the sacrament where God sets his seal, his presence, and grace. This path also includes sexual relationship, tenderness, intimacy, and beauty capable of lasting longer than the vigour and freshness of youth. Such love, of its nature, strives to be forever to the point of laying down one’s life for the beloved. In this light conjugal love, which is unique and indissoluble, endures despite many difficulties. It is one of the most beautiful of all miracles and the most common.
This love spreads through fertility and generativity, which involves not only the procreation of children but also the gift of divine life in baptism, their catechesis, and their education. It includes the capacity to offer life, affection, and values—an experience possible even for those who have not been able to bear children. Families who live this light-filled adventure become a sign for all, especially for young people.
This journey is sometimes a mountainous trek with hardships and falls. God is always there to accompany us. The family experiences his presence in affection and dialogue between husband and wife, parents and children, sisters and brothers. They embrace him in family prayer and listening to the Word of God—a small, daily oasis of the spirit. They discover him every day as they educate their children in the faith and in the beauty of a life lived according to the Gospel, a life of holiness. Grandparents also share in this task with great affection and dedication. The family is thus an authentic domestic Church that expands to become the family of families which is the ecclesial community. Christian spouses are called to become teachers of faith and of love for young couples as well.
Another expression of fraternal communion is charity, giving, nearness to those who are last, marginalized, poor, lonely, sick, strangers, and families in crisis, aware of the Lord’s word, “It is more blessed to give than to receive”. It is a gift of goods, of fellowship, of love and mercy, and also a witness to the truth, to light, and to the meaning of life.
The high point which sums up all the threads of communion with God and neighbor is the Sunday Eucharist when the family and the whole Church sits at table with the Lord. He gives himself to all of us, pilgrims through history towards the goal of the final encounter when “Christ is all and in all”. In the first stage of our Synod itinerary, therefore, we have reflected on how to accompany those who have been divorced and remarried and on their participation in the sacraments.
We Synod Fathers ask you walk with us towards the next Synod. The presence of the family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in their modest home hovers over you. United to the Family of Nazareth, we raise to the Father of all our petition for the families of the world:
Father, grant to all families the presence of strong and wise spouses who may be the source of a free and united family.
Father, grant that parents may have a home in which to live in peace with their families.
Father, grant that children may be a sign of trust and hope and that young people may have the courage to forge life-long, faithful commitments.
Father, grant to all that they may be able to earn bread with their hands, that they may enjoy serenity of spirit and that they may keep aflame the torch of faith even in periods of darkness.
Father, grant that we may all see flourish a Church that is ever more faithful and credible, a just and humane city, a world that loves truth, justice and mercy”.

Twitter Blocks New Faith Driven Consumer Campaign Supporting Subpoenaed Houston Pastors Minutes After Launch

After famously blocking Faith Driven Consumer’s #IStandWithPhil campaign earlier this year, Twitter is back at it again – blocking the group’s new petition drive #HoustonWeHaveAProblem at minutes after launch this afternoon

RALEIGH, N.C., Oct. 15, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — Faith Driven Consumer™, the group that emerged on the national stage last year with its #IStandWithPhil campaign that played a leading role in Phil Robertson’s return to Duck Dynasty, continues to serve as an advocate for more than 41 million consumers who spend $2 trillion annually.

Today, the group launched a major petition campaign,#HoustonWeHaveAProblem, using the website – demanding that the City of Houston immediately “cease and desist all bullying and other offensive actions” against a group of pastors who are victims of an aggressive harassment effort at the hands of the city government. The city is demanding that a group of pastors turn over any sermons – including personal correspondence such as emails – “dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor” as reported by Fox News.

Minutes after its launch, Twitter blocked the campaign—meaning that supporters cannot Tweet the petition.

“There is a deeply troubling pattern of censorship with social media companies when people of faith speak out. From Kirk Cameron, to Mike Huckabee, to our own #iStandWithPhil campaign earlier this year, faith voices have curiously been blocked during critical times as they seek to be heard. We are asking Twitter to immediately unblock thousands of people who have already flocked to our petition and want to spread the word from coast to coast,” said Chris Stone, Founder of Faith Driven Consumer.

Faith Driven Consumer’s new #HoustonWeHaveAProblem petition campaign reminds everyone that “pastors have been at the very center of American society since even before our founding as a nation, and they remain an integral part of the lives of untold of millions of Americans today,” that “our First Amendment protects freedom of speech and religion” and that “we…live in a society that values equality, including the notion that everyone has the right to publicly express deeply held beliefs without fear of persecution or reprisal.” Signers at desire that “the City of Houston, in their quest to provide protection for LGBT citizens, to equally and explicitly acknowledge and ensure the equal rights of people of faith to live and express openly their deeply held religious beliefs.”

Read the full petition at

About Faith Driven Consumer
Faith Driven Consumer™ leads a movement of more than 41 million Americans, 17% of the adult population, who spend $2 trillion dollars annually. The group educates, equips and motivates Faith Driven Consumers to action in the marketplace of goods, services and ideas—offering resources for making more faith-conscious decisions, including reviews of companies and entertainment products. Recognized for its #IStandWithPhil, #OpenZilla, #FlipThisDecision, #IStandwithHobbyLobby and #NoahMovie campaigns, the organization continues to serve as an advocate for people whose faith informs their daily decisions in the marketplace. For more information go to:

Former Virginia Lt. Governor Nominee Launches National Movement to Protect Rights of Christians

NORFOLK, Va., Oct. 15, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — Bishop E.W. Jackson, Harvard educated Attorney, Minister and last year’s Virginia Republican Nominee for Lt. Governor has launched a national movement to protect Christians from “growing hostility, discrimination and anti-Christian bigotry.” He has produced a video addressing the issue:

As a first step, today Jackson officially launched the UNITY PETITION FOR RELIGIOUS AND CIVIL RIGHTS. This effort is inspired by increasing concern that pastors, churches and Christians who believe marriage is a union between one man and one woman, face violations of their First Amendment rights.

He points to incidents involving Christian business owners who ended up in court and in the national news because they refused to participate or provide service for same sex ceremonies. Elane Photography of New Mexico was ordered to pay $7000 in legal fees to two lesbians who sued to force them to photograph their gay ceremony. Says the Bishop, “The First Amendment rights of Christian citizens are being trampled to validate same sex relationships. The subpoena of Pastors’ sermons by the gay Mayor of Houston this week is just another example of the gross violations of Christians’ Constitutional Rights.”

The fight to protect marriage is unifying Christians in “an unprecedented way,” says the Bishop. “The Unity Petition is gaining support in Catholic and protestant communities and bringing together traditional black Pastors, Hispanics and evangelicals.”

Every signer is asked to take the “Pledge to Vote.” Christians are being urged to vote for candidates who uphold traditional marriage, the sanctity of life, the First Amendment right of religious conscience and “the Judeo-Christian values which are the foundation of our nation.”

The effort is being sponsored by STAND, and supported by a Coalition of organizations called “Christians Vote.” The petitions will be presented to the new Congress as a message that Christian voters have had enough and expect their rights to be protected.

Province IX bishops study self-sustainability in the Philippines

This article from the Episcopal News Service is worth reading by anyone interested in how churches can work with their community on economic development issues. It shows how the church and businesses in the community can work together and both come out stronger.

It also shows the down-side of the “Not invented here” attitude. As this article shows we can all learn from each other. Not only did the Province IX bishops learn much from what they saw in the Philippines, but we in the U.S. and the rest of the world could learn a lot from them as well.


Like the Episcopal Church in the Philippines, we should look for new and unique ways to reach out to, and build the communities we serve.


Province IX bishops study self-sustainability in the Philippines.

Missionary to Capitol Hill Celebrates 20 Years of Ministry to Top Government Officials

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — On October 9, 2014, Rob Schenck (pronounced “Shank”), an ordained evangelical minister who did his doctoral work in theology of church and state and is founder of Faith and Action in the Nation’s Capital, will celebrate 20 years of continuous ministry to America’s top elected and appointed officials in Washington, DC.

In the summer of 1994, Schenck relocated to Washington from his native Buffalo, New York, to organize the National Community Church on Capitol Hill. So he could turn his full-time attention to ministering to members of Congress, White House officials, and federal judges, Schenck soon recruited Rev. Mark Batterson to take over the new church planting.

Schenck arrived in Washington with the blessing of a hand-full of churches and some 300 financial supporters. Twenty years later the organization he built with his twin brother and fellow minister, Paul (now a married Roman Catholic priest) has grown to a network of more than 200 churches and 30,000 supporters spread across the country. The ministry operates out of two buildings located immediately behind the Supreme Court, a block from the U.S. Capitol, and ten minutes from the White House.

Over his two decades of missionary service, the Schenck and his brother established the National Memorial for the Pre-born and their Mothers and Fathers, Washington’s largest annual indoor pro-life gathering, opened the National Ministry Center where Bible studies, prayer meetings, and other Christian functions are held, formed the National Pro-Life Center to inspire and educate lawmakers and jurists on the sanctity of life, and erected the only Ten Commandments monument fully visible in the nation’s capital city.

Schenck’s most memorable experiences include leading a suicidal congressman to forgiveness in Christ, extending an evangelistic invitation to a room full of federal judges, and doing emergency chaplain work in the aftermath of a fatal shooting at the Capitol building and following the 9/11/2001 terrorist attack at the Pentagon. Apart from his regular duties, one of the honors he has found most meaningful is officiating numerous funerals at Arlington National Cemetery.

Schenck is currently working on a memoir of his 20-year odyssey for publication some time next year. Beginning October 9, Faith and Action will feature a 20-year retrospective on its website,, and on its Facebook page, Faith & Action. Over the next several months Schenck will also post “Memorable Moments of Ministry in Washington” at his website,

2014 Pornography Survey of Christian Men: Shocking New National Survey Reveals High Levels of Pornography Use and Rampant Extramarital Affairs Among Christian Men

LYNCHBURG, Va., Oct. 7, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — A new national survey of Christian men reveals shocking statistics pertaining to high rates of pornography use and addiction, plus rampant sexual infidelity amongst married Christian men. The 2014 survey was commissioned by Proven Men Ministries (, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping men break free from pornography, and conducted by Barna Group among a nationally representative sample of 388 self-identified Christian adult men.

The statistics for Christian men between 18-30 years old are particularly striking:

  • 77% look at pornography at least monthly;
  • 36% view pornography at least daily;
  • 32% admit being addicted to pornography (and another 12% think they may be).

The statistics for middle-aged Christian men (ages 31-49) are no less disturbing:

  • 77% looked at pornography while at work in the past 3 months;
  • 64% view pornography at least monthly; and
  • 18% admit being addicted to pornography (and another 8% think they may be).

Even married Christian men are falling prey to pornography and extra-marital sexual affairs at alarming rates:

  • 55% look at pornography at least monthly; and
  • 35% had an extra-marital sexual affair while married.

“These statistics knock the wind right out of you. They also confirm what we already know; that there definitely is a problem with pornography and affairs among Christian men and that they are starving for the church to step forward with solutions,” according to Joel Hesch, who sponsored the survey and is the founder of a non-profit biblically-based organization named Proven Men Ministries.  Hesch adds, “The purpose of the survey was not to point fingers, but to get a better grasp on the scope of the problem in light of ready access to pornography in this Internet era.”

Hesch continues: “It’s abundantly clear that pornography is one of the biggest unaddressed problems in the church.” In fact, these alarming statistics are not limited to those who nominally consider themselves Christian.

Those who identify themselves as born-again Christians have similar struggles with pornography and affairs:

  • 95% admit that they have viewed pornography;
  • 54% look at pornography at least once a month;
  • 44% viewed pornography at work in the last 90 days;
  • 31% had a sexual affair while married;
  • 25% erase Internet browsing history to conceal pornography use; and
  • 18% admit being addicted to pornography (and another 9% think they may be).

What’s the solution?

Proven Men has put together a powerful resource for churches to help Christian men regain their dignity and sexual integrity. After breaking free from his own 20-year sexual addiction, Joel Hesch formed Proven Men Ministries and has devoted the past 15 years to helping men around the world find freedom from pornography or sexual addiction through a biblically-based system he created, known as the Proven Path for Sexual Integrity, including a 12-week course of study, a leadership guide and a book on sexual integrity—all available on Amazon. Our website also has free resources.

Hesch adds, “We are now taking the Proven Path directly to churches with the goal of helping 1 million Christian men experience freedom and victory from pornography and sexual addiction.”

Hesch puts out this call for action to pastors and all Christian men:

“If these statistics break your heart like they break mine, then it’s time to join with me and other Proven Men around the nation in taking a stand to reverse the tide and reclaim sexual integrity for yourself and for each man in your church or community.  Together we can change the world one man, one family, and one church at a time.”

To find out more about how you can be a part of the solution, visit our website at

The full survey results are located at *The media and church community may cite to these statistics or findings by using the following citation:  2014 Christian Porn Survey (conducted by Barna Group).

SonSet Solutions to Become Independent, Nonprofit Ministry

Move Allows Organization to Cultivate New Ministry Opportunities While Still Serving Technology Needs of Reach Beyond
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Sept. 29, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — The board of trustees of Reach Beyond ( announced today that SonSet Solutions, its technology division based in Elkhart, Ind., will become a new independent nonprofit ministry effective Jan. 1, 2015. The move will allow SonSet Solutions to pursue new ministry opportunities while continuing to serve the technology needs of Reach Beyond.
Photo: Engineers at SonSet Solutions prepare a 100-kw shortwave transmitter for use at the Reach Beyond-Australia international broadcast facility in Kununurra, Australia.
For nearly 30 years, SonSet Solutions (formerly HCJB Global Technology Center) has been the technology division of Reach Beyond, providing radio technology, broadcast equipment and other engineering services to help spread the gospel to unreached people around the globe. Reach Beyond and SonSet Solutions believe the move will multiply the impact of both organizations.
“As technological developments continue to emerge at a mind-boggling rate and shape the world around us, it is more imperative than ever that Christ’s followers seize the capabilities available to us for communicating the message of new life in Jesus Christ,” said David Russell, executive director of SonSet Solutions. “The move by the board of trustees of Reach Beyond will help strengthen the church and engage more believers in God’s work.”
Established in 1986, SonSet Solutions also provides critical assistance to ministry partners who are communicating the gospel, often in difficult-to-reach locations. This includes expert advice and training for various communications technologies, the design and manufacture of quality equipment, such as transmitters, antennas, the SonSet® fixed-tuned solar-powered radio and water well development tools. It also includes troubleshooting help, repair and installation services, mentoring for technology students and research into emerging media technologies.
“The world we live in today is not the same as it was 20 or 30 years ago,” said Wayne Pederson, president and CEO of Reach Beyond. “Being flexible and innovative are key components to helping us reach those who have never heard the name of Christ. This move will help Reach Beyond and SonSet Solutions focus specifically on our unique missions. It will make us both stronger and more nimble as we tell the world about Christ.”
SonSet Solutions’ original mandate was to develop high-powered broadcast tools for the cooperative missions initiative “World By 2000.” In partnership with international ministry organizations like TWR, FEBC and SIM, the goal was to bring Christian radio programs to all the world’s major language groups. Other technical developments led to a highly effective ministry thrust known as “radio planting,” which is responsible today for more than 450 community Christian FM stations owned and operated by national partners.
The newly independent ministry currently works with more than 100 different ministries each year, enabling technology-dependent efforts and initiatives to grow and thrive.
“Our passion to see the name of Christ boldly proclaimed throughout the earth is what brings us together with many individuals and organizations,” Russell said. “Our love for technology and an ability to harness the tools it provides for the cause of Christ is what sets us apart.”
Additional information about SonSet Solutions and its new status is available at
For 82 years the passion of Reach Beyond (formerly HCJB Global) ( has been to make disciples of Christ. Using mass media, healthcare and education, and working with partners around the world, Reach Beyond has ministries in more than 100 countries. The gospel is aired in more than 120 languages and dialects. Thousands of healthcare patients are meeting Jesus. Local believers are being trained as missionaries, pastors, broadcasters and healthcare providers.

Majed El Shafie to Testify Before Parliament of Canada; Featured on VisionTV’s Human Rights Week

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:



*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.



*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


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