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Books & Praying for India

25 Sep

My book Shape Shifters arrived last week and so I have been busy finishing up the newly redesigned www.derekvreeland.com (thanks Dave-O!) in order to promote the book.

I have had to transition from author to salesman, which is no fun. When you self-publish, you are your own marketing department. I like the creative side to writing and publishing, but I don’t care much for the sales and marketing side. I feel a bit like a infomerical salesman when I am talking to people like the book. Oh well. All I can do is cast the vision for the book and hopefully it will sell itself. You can order copies from www.derekvreeland.com and amazon.com.

So if you read this blog, congratulations you have just joined my marketing department. Buy a copy of the book and then tell your friends.

I will be holding two book signings in October:
>>>Friday, October 3 at Word of Life Church in St. Joesph, Missouri &
>>>Thursday, October 9 at the Asbury Seminary Bookstore in Wilmore, Kentucky

Other speaking engagements and/or book signings will be posted on my website.

I have been reading J.P. Moreland’s Kingdom Triangle, an integrated approach to the Christian life integrating a Christian intellect, transformed soul, and the Spirit’s power. I have worked through his critques of naturalism (philosophical materialism) and postmodernism. So far, JPM is right on. I am interested to read his take on spiritual transformation, (which if you haven’t heard is the them of my book!).

One final thought….pray for India. Persecution in the Indian state of Orissa (and other states) is at an all time high. The Indian government and the world community seems to be turning a deaf ear to oppression of Christians in India. Christians make up about 2% of the congregation and yet they are being attacked, and homes & churches are being burned by Hindu radicals. They need our prayers for justice. An Indian-born member of our church told me that the local police are calling these church (and home) burnings “petty theft.” They claim that buglers are breaking in to steal from them and then burning their homes.

Here is a email I received from P.G. Vargis:

Respected brethren in the Lord Jesus Christ,

Greetings in the sweet name of our Savior who said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20

The nation of India is perplexed. The Church of God, irrespective of denominational difference, is attacked by the state governments, police, anti Christians – the enemies of the Cross. The national government, that is supposed to protect us, is a silent spectator. The enemy is determined to destroy us and wipe out the Church. One of their leaders boldly said after visiting Orissa that ‘Christianity was birthed and flourished with the death of Jesus Christ. But now it will die in India with the death of our swami.’

The effects of the violence in Orissa:

ð 14 of 30 districts affected

ð In 14 districts of Orissa, 300 villages attacked and Christians are reeling in pain

ð Over 4,000 houses destroyed

ð Over 50,000 people affected

ð Over 40,000 people are hiding in forests

ð Over 12,000 are in Government refugee camps. A further 1,000 in private camps.

ð 5 people missing

ð 45 confirmed dead

ð 10 Pastors/Priests/Nuns seriously injured

ð Over 18,000 men & women injured (most in the forests)

ð At least 56 churches attacked, and still counting

ð 4 Schools and colleges attacked

The violence spread to Karnataka and MP. Now even Kerala has been attacked.

What should we do?

Will this happen in other pockets too? What the church should do?

Let us pray for the heads of churches, Para churches, missions and heads of social work to come together and make stategies.

Facts speak.

But is any one hearing? How can they hear when they are filled with hatred?

Let us pray for those who are attacking us.

Let us pray for those who are suffering.

PG Vargis

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1 Comment

Posted by on September 25, 2008 in Life, Theology

 

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One response to “Books & Praying for India

  1. Vetri Pandit

    September 25, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    In India the Bajrang Dal & VHP are front organisations of right-wing party are carrying out merciless attacks on Christians and destroying Churches. The secular parties of India are demanding a ban on these terrorist outfits. Incidentally, these organisations raise majority of their funds from America and other western nations.

    Surprising is'nt it? Money from US, UK and Canada is used to kill humans and spread religious hatred and bring down Churches.

    The western nations should ban these organisations – Bajrang Dal, RSS & VHP (World Hindu Council) and freeze their funding sources.

     

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