Celebrating a Bold Faith in India

A widow in India is being remembered following her death from a heart attack for her bold faith — a faith that led her to help numerous women in jail — including one of her guards — find freedom in Christ.

Vani, a 31-year-old mother of an 8-year-old daughter, spent 15 days in jail roughly 10 months ago for sharing her faith. During her time in jail, Vani shared her faith with more than 70 women — 14 of whom became Christians. Even her jailer encouraged her to continue sharing her faith after witnessing a dramatic change in several other prisoners who accepted Jesus.

“She was really sweet,” said a VOM field worker who met with Vani earlier this year. “She had a lot more wisdom than her age suggested.”

Vani was jailed after being charged with kidnapping and forcing a child to convert to Christianity. She also was charged in connection with an incident when she helped a teenager and introduced her to other believers. Vani was arrested after the girl’s parents reported her to police.

While in jail, she stayed in a small, windowless cell with about 30 other women, all of whom slept on their own simple mat on the cell’s concrete floor. Vani prayed and read from the Scriptures daily during the jail’s recreational time in its courtyard. She also baptized the new believers in jail.

“She was always telling the girls, ‘If you have a problem, just pray and God will help you,’” a VOM field worker said.

From Voice of the Martyrs –

She was a top Las Vegas prostitute…then she met Jesus

Ten years ago, Annie Lobert founded “Hookers for Jesus,” an organization dedicated to helping women leave the abusive, demeaning prostitution industry.

In that time, she has been praised by press across the spectrum for her work, and even more for having the strength to leave the industry — despite financial, physical, and psychological threats and beatings.

Now, in her new book “Fallen,” Lobert talks in great detail about the childhood abuse and neglect that led her to become a prostitute — first by choice, then by force. Leaving little out, she explains how she became one of the most profitable prostitutes in Las Vegas over her 16 years in the industry, only to find herself bereft of money, friends, and family when things got hard.

After years of assaults by an ex-boyfriend and former pimp, Lobert went on to another abusive relationship, and watched her sister die of a genetic disorder. After nearly dying from cancer herself, Lobert became addicted to cocaine to help deal with the stress of helping her boyfriend launch a corporation. Even going back to prostitution couldn’t help that failing business.

Out of options, Lobert turned to Christ for the first time in more than a decade. Over several years, He opened her eyes to love, and care, and compassion – and eventually, to a new life that included a husband who encouraged her to marry as a virgin in Christ.

In a recent interview, Lobert discussed this and more with LifeSiteNews:

LifeSiteNews: What is Hookers for Jesus, and how does your ministry help sex-trafficked women?

Annie Lobert: Hookers For Jesus is an outreach on the Las Vegas strip to sex trafficking victims and sex industry ladies that I started in 2005. The main point of the outreach was to let ladies know that they are loved by God and if they needed any resources to help them in their lives, we were available to connect.

In 2007, we established our non-profit and later developed Destiny House, a home for women to heal emotionally, mentally, and spiritually from their pasts but to also help them establish their new lives outside of the sex industry….

From Life Site News –

Greatest Persecution of Christians Begins in 2017

This video discusses the coming Christian persecutions to America and warns the Saints of GOD to prepare. Persecution of Christians has begun. Seek the Kingdom of Heaven, not the things of this world. Various Christian groups and news sources are cited in this YouTube presentation.

Why Muslims Are Converting To Christ In The Face Of ISIS Atrocities

Atrocities by the Islamic State (ISIS) are softening the hearts of Muslims to Christianity, and evangelistic techniques and technologies are proving effective, but locally-based missionaries say the main reason for the spike in conversions in the Middle East is simply that former Muslims are finding God is real.

In war-torn areas of Syria and Iraq where ISIS is fighting to establish a caliphate, Muslim refugees to neighboring countries, Internally Displaced People and people remaining at home are learning about Christ from native aid workers, podcasts and broadcasts.

Tent churches among refugees are sprouting like mushrooms. For people who have suffered such deep loss, seeing that they can pray to a personal God whom they can call Father has been the critical factor.

“You can see the tears in their eyes when we pray – that God would care,” said the director of one ministry working in the region. “It’s the connection that makes a huge difference.”
Muslims who were previously taught to pray by rote to Allah, who by Koranic definition was unknowable, can feel the difference of having a relationship with God through Christ.

“They see that God can give you strength, can heal you,” said the director. “They say that things have changed, that they have a peaceful attitude towards those ‘who have done this to my kids, wife, or husband – I can pray about it and give it to God.’”

Former Muslims, who once prayed five times a day as a duty, say they don’t quite know how to describe the difference.

“They say, ‘Now with our relationship with God, we see a huge difference; something has changed in our life,’” he said. “You can see it on their faces. They say, ‘Every time we pray, there’s a difference.’”

The soul-crushing loss of loved ones, home and country that people have suffered at the hands of ISIS has helped open Muslims to the gospel. Another ministry director said Syrian and Iraqi refugees are more open to the gospel than at any time in history because of atrocities by ISIS.

“Absolutely,” he said, “because ISIS is saying that the things they are doing come from the Koran.”

Tailoring evangelism to the Muslim worldview has also played a part, and one way of contextualizing the gospel for Muslims, ironically, involves the Hebrew Scripture. Middle Eastern Muslims are familiar with the blood sacrifice and prophets of the Old Testament, and Christian workers build bridges with those references.

They talk about why Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son, animal sacrifice, and the meaning of blood in ancient times, Moses and the saving blood smeared on doorposts in Egypt, and then Jesus’ shed blood.

“So we go from the Old Testament to the blood of Jesus that saves us; 99 percent of the people I know will use this method,” the ministry director said.

From Prophecy News Watch –

Rising Number of Muslims Report Dreams of Jesus

By Michael Carl – WND.com –

“I was in the desert alone, lost. As far as the horizon, there was nothing in sight but sand. I felt the sand on my bare feet. Then I saw something extraordinary. In the midst of that barrenness, an immense wooden cross emerged from the earth, rising up with sand spilling from it back to earth.”

So begins a dream narrative posted by Bosnian Muslim teenager Emina Emlonic. A dream about Jesus.

It continues: “I felt then a spectator in my own dream, and the sight of the cross gave me neither fear nor joy. But I was a curious and began moving, almost floating, towards it, the most magnificent … thing I’d ever seen or imagined, and as I came closer to the cross, I suddenly saw a man walking toward me: a broad-shouldered, long-striding man, with a dark complexion, long hair, and wearing a white robe.

“And just as suddenly I ceased to be a witness to my dream. I was in it, walking toward the man walking toward me. I knew him immediately. He was Jesus. Without knowing why, I fell to my knees. He stood over me and touched my face with his right hand.”

Posted at the Catholic Thing website, such accounts of encounters with Jesus through dreams and visions increasingly are being reported, according to Pastor Frank Costenbader, founder of Manifold Hope Ministries, publisher of the Isa Dreams website.

Isa is an Arabic name corresponding to Jesus that is found in the Quran.

 
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