17 December 2017

News abroad & news at home

Sudan: Samaritan’s Purse Bible College Bombed

Samaritan’s Purse announced that a Bible school that they support, was destroyed on Wednesday, February 1, 2012, in the latest bombing raid to hit South Kordofan, an oil-rich Sudanese province that borders the newly created independent country of South Sudan.

At least eight bombs were dropped in the area of Heiban Bible College Wednesday during the school’s first day of classes, according to a statement by Samaritan’s Purse, Franklin Graham’s Christian humanitarian group, which supports the school.

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Iran: Concern over health condition of Pastor Farhad Sabokroh in prison

AHWAZ, IRAN (ANS) — Concern is growing in Iran over health condition of Pastor Farhad Sabokroh who was arrested together with two other Christian converts. They have now been in custody for over 40 days.

According to the Iranian Christian news agency, Mohabat News), family, relatives and a wide range of Iranian Christians within and outside Iran expressed their concern over the health condition of Pastor Farhad Sabokroh, who was arrested on December 23, 2011, with others in attendance at the Christmas service of the Assemblies of God (AOG) church of Ahwaz, where he was pastoring.

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Young Christian man murdered in Somalia

Compass Direct News has reported that Islamic extremists from the rebel al Shabaab militia in Somalia beheaded a Christian on the outskirts of Mogadishu in Janauray.

The CDN story said that the militants fighting the transitional government in Mogadishu murdered Zakaria Hussein Omar, 26, on Jan. 2 in Cee-carfiid village, about 15 kilometers outside of the Somali capital, they said. Omar had worked for a Christian humanitarian organization that al Shabaab banned last year. His body was left lying for 20 hours before nomads found it and carried it into Mogadishu.

Dan Wooding / Founder of ASSIST Ministries

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Rev Roy Patton Elected As Next Presbyterian Moderator

The next Moderator of the Presbyterian Church will be Rev Roy Patton (58), minister of Ballygilbert Presbyterian Church in Co.Down. Rev Patton will take up office on the 28 of May. Commenting on his election Rev Patton who has been minister of Ballygilbert for the last 17 years said, “I am humbled by my nomination as Moderator and am very aware of my own shortcomings and the responsibility of the office. However I know God will give me the strength to fulfil the task to which He has called me and I have the confidence of the support of my wife and the prayers of my congregation and wider church family and friends.”

Born on 1st July 1953, the son of a Monaghan farming family Roy was brought up in Ballybay, where his brother still runs the farm. In 1977 he graduated with a BA in History, Philosophy and New Testament Studies from Trinity College, Dublin and followed this up with a BD from New College in Edinburgh. He completed his training for the Presbyterian ministry at Union Theological College in Belfast in 1980. In his wider ministry Mr Patton has focused on mission, outreach and evangelism. This was first evident in his involvement with Nexus Ireland, a reconciliation programme run by the Presbyterian Church’s Youth Board and based at the Lucan Youth Centre outside Dublin. More recently he became convener of the Church’s Board of Mission in Ireland encouraging local congregation to be more mission minded in reaching out to their local community.

With little time for other interests Mr Patton describes himself as an armchair sports enthusiast with particular interest in rugby and football.

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Bishop Ken Clarke named new mission director of SAMS Ireland

Well-known Bishop Ken Clarke has been appointed as the new fulltime mission director of the South American Mission Society (SAMS) Ireland. He will take up the post later this year while continuing in his current role as Bishop of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh until the autumn.

He will remain in his diocese over the summer to help with the initiatives taking place in connection to the diocese’s theme of mission for 2012.

Bishop Clarke said he felt “immensely privileged” to have served as the diocese’s bishop for the last 12 years. “I have found many wonderful people who love their Church. We have a great team of clergy, diocesan staff and hard-working volunteers. With my wife Helen, I have experienced love and loyalty in Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh. We are thankful to God for the many friendships made here.”

“My links with SAMS Ireland stretch over most of my forty years in ordained ministry and I have served as Chairperson since 1993. This new post will be an immense but exciting challenge.”

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Mammoth Farewell at Martyrs Memorial

After concluding more than sixty-five years ministry at Martyrs Memorial Free Presbyterian Church just before Christmas last year, Dr Ian R. K. Paisley had a memorable and honourable Farewell Service at his beloved church.

More than 3,500 people took every available seat, dozens of worshippers sat on the stairs, scores of people stood throughout the three hour service and several ante-rooms were filled with the overflow congregation.

It was the largest attendance at any service ever conducted in the church.

For more than half an hour Dr Paisley gave an eloquent summary of his ministry, basing his remarks on the same text with which he commenced his ministry on the Ravenhill Road in 1946; “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2). The ‘Doc’ was in great fettle and in command of the ‘pulpit he loved’ as he gave God the glory for all that had been accomplished during his long ministry on the Ravenhill Road.