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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:

 

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.

 

PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS

*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.

 

FREEDOM FIGHTER

*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

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Quarter of a Million Military BibleSticks Deployed by Faith Comes By Hearing Since 2008

Stained glass window, U. S. Pentagon, honoring...

Stained glass window, U. S. Pentagon, honoring the Four Chaplains, USAT Dorchester, 1943 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ALBUQUERQUE, Feb. 11, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — Faith Comes By Hearing (FCBH) initiated their military outreach about five years ago at the request of a handful of active duty Marines and chaplains serving overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan. Needing a deployment-friendly version of the ministry’s standard BibleStick, military members advised FCBH engineers of the needed specs and the result was the creation of the Military BibleStick. Today, Faith Comes By Hearing is honored to announce they have shipped — free of charge — more than 250,000 units to chaplains serving every branch of the military for distribution to troops in pre-deployment briefings, counseling sessions, Bible studies, weekly chapels and upon direct request of service members.

 

More than 1,200 chaplains have participated in the project, with regular requests for more BibleSticks coming in every week. The small, portable, digital audio devices are so popular that the ministry is currently working to fill a backlog of requests for over 20,000 additional units.

FCBH raises funds for this project from a number of sources, which includes individual donors and on-air campaigns with Christian radio and TV stations. However, the single largest funding source has come from churches across the country that have partnered to generously support America’s troops with God’s Word in audio. More than 7,000 churches — across 120 denominations — have presented this project to their congregations, with many participating a second and third time.

 

The ministry’s church outreach currently is to raise funds for 12,000 additional BibleSticks by Easter in recognition of our troops twelfth year of deployment since 9/11.

 

“We continue to be amazed at both the number of requests from chaplains and the outpouring of support from grateful citizens wanting to do their part to provide our military heroes with the kind of peace and spiritual guidance that only comes from the pure Word of God,” states Troy Carl.

 

Carl is a vice-president at Faith Comes By Hearing and oversees the Military BibleStick project. He also has a personal perspective as the father of a West Point graduate who recently spent two years deployed.

“It’s very encouraging to see so many hard-working people financially supporting this outreach,” says Carl. “But more importantly, these are strong, patriotic Americans who get on their knees every day and pray for our sons and daughters who are in harm’s way.”

FROG Productions Launches ‘Broken Heroes’

Regions of the brain affected by PTSD and stress.

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A Moving Drama on Afghan War Vets to be Directed by George Lendeborg.

MIAMI, March 16, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — Noted writer, producer and director of films George Lendeborg has launched a website to promote his latest film “Broken Heroes” is a touching movie about veterans of the war in Afghanistan and their continuing fight against post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.

Many returning soldiers are battling the debilitating psychological condition on the home front but their stories have receded away from public knowledge, overshadowed by other domestic issues such as unemployment and rising prices. Broken Heroes, which is also written by Lendeborg, aims to raise awareness on the predicament these soldiers and their families are in and their faith in God that pulls them through in this war against a deadlier, more relentless enemy.

“Broken Heroes is a Christian movie about having faith in God, fully relying on Him. It is a touching story that we need to support,” said Lendeborg.

The story revolves around veterans Steve, Jennifer and Wilson whose war experience left them bitter, broken and resentful. For these three American soldiers the war ended in Afghanistan, only to begin again once they return home, this time against a deadlier enemy called post traumatic stress disorder. They struggle to face the enemy within and had to rely on each other for support. But they cannot win this alone. This time they realize that it is God fighting for them, which draws them closer to Him and to each other — a bond that is stronger than their shared experience on a foreign war has brought.

Principal photography on the film starts on June 1 this year. The project is being promoted through popular fund raising website www.kickstarter.com. Lendeborg looks to reach millions with the film through the Christian Film Production Company, he disclosed. For now, interested viewers may find information about the film on its website www.brokenheroes.net.

George Lendeborg may be reached through email at glendeborg@gmail.com and through the film’s website at www.brokenheroes.net.

Saddleback Adds Military Campus in Afghanistan

In my world there is no such thing as being caught up on your reading. That doesn’t mean I don’t try. This morning I was reading up on some Christian religious news when I ran into  this article on how Saddleback Church in Southern California, created a branch campus of their church for our military men and women at a base in Afghanistan.

My immediate reaction was that this was one of the greatest ideas I had heard of in a long time. I have the greatest respect for the chaplains that serve in our military. However providing these kinds of  efforts to take some of the workload off of them is something we in the church world should have done a long time ago.

I have loved the United States Military ever since I was a child. That love only grew in 1983 when I joined the Texas State Guard. That love for our military inspires me as a minister to try and meet at least some of their needs where God gives me the opportunity. That’s why as we get Compassion Church of Katy up and running “military ministries” is one area I would like us to be involved in.

Katy, Texas where we are planting our church is not near any large military bases. However what Saddleback and other groups are doing proves that we don’t have to be. Technology for one thing is opening many incredible opportunities for ministry. The Katy Area is also home to many veterans, and military families, so this mission field is probably a lot nearer to our doorstep than we think.

As we go about organizing our church, and then growing it I don’t want to reinvent the wheel. However their are others around the country who are doing things much like I would like our church to do. do. Let’s learn from their example, help them where we can and improve on it where we get the chance.