Florin Ianovici – Rusalii cu Vasile Oprea la Evanghelizare

PAGINA Florin Ianovici PREDICI aici

PAGINA Vasile Oprea CANTARI aici

din 2012 la Evanghelizare

VIDEO by Fiti Oameni

O scrisoare primita de la Pastorul Saeed Abedini – cetatean american incarcerat in Iran

photo from http://www.theusreport.com/the-us-report/tag/pastor-saeed-abedini

READ LETTER IN ENGLISH here – Assemblies of God has posted the letter that Pastor Saeed Abedini has sent to his wife here. –http://ag.org/top/downloads/Abedini_Letter.pdf and read the article in english here – Please Pray for US Pastor Saeed Abedini, held in Iran since July 2012

Cand am auzit ca la Craciun au fost puse la mese tacamuri de Craciun la scaune goale ca un semn de aducere aminte a incarcerarii mele si a celor care sunt inchisi pentru Christos, mi s-au umplut ochii de lacrimi de bucurie. Am avut ocazia ca sa pot  impartasi aceasta cu alti prizonieri din inchisoare, si ei au fost socati de dragostea si suportul pe care noi crestinii il avem unii pentru altii in Isus. Le-am spus atunci cum in Biblie suntem toti considerati ca frati si surori (indiferent de rasa, culoare sau nationalitate) si ca noi trebuie sa suferim unii cu altii. Aceasta vine de la Domnul nostru.

Cuvantul lui Dumnezeu ne spune ca atunci cand suntem persecutati pentru credinta noastra, noi trebuie sa ne bucuram. Cand ma gandesc ca toate aceste incercari si persecutii sunt inregistrate pentru mine in ceruri, mi se umple inima de o bucurie de nedescris.

Biblia ne spune ca Bucuria in Domnul este taria noastra. Fara bucuria in Domnul noi nu putem trai. Este aceasta bucurie din viata noastra care ne da putere sa mergem inainte. Fara putere, noi nu putem continua lucrarea Domnului si fara bucurie, nu avem putere.

Eu am vrut intotdeauna ca Dumnezeu sa ma faca un om evlavios. Nu mi-am dat seama pana aici ca pentru a ajunge  oameni evlaviosi noi trebuie sa devenim ca si otelul calit sub presiune. Este un proces greu de cald si de rece pana se  obtine otelul. Procesul din viata mea pe care il traiesc astazi este ca intr-o zi mi se spune ca voi fi eliberat pe cautiune ca sa pot sa-mi vad familia si copiii de Craciun (toate au fost minciuni) iar in ziua urmatoare mi se spune ca voi fi spanzurat pentru credinta mea in Isus. Intr-o zi am dureri intense dupa bataile pe care le primesc la interogatii, iar in ziua urmatoare ei se poarta frumos cu tine si-ti ofera dulciuri. Aceste calde si reci nu pot sa te faca decat un om de otel care te poate face sa mergi inainte pentru inaintarea Imparatiei Sale.

Cand timp de 120 de zile esti pus sa dormi intr-o camera cu o lumina puternica care sta aprinsa continuu si care nu mai separa ziua de noapte si cand nu poti vedea lumina adevarata a soarelui decat cateva minute pe saptamana, atunci este momentul cand ai devenit manopera Sa si poti fi un vas care sa duca Imparatia Sa intr-un loc de intunerec unde sa poti sa impartasesti Evanghelia Pacii si a Vietii la o lume care moare. Si aici este locul unde inveti ca poti sa-ti iubesti vrasmasii cu toata inima ta.

Astept cu nerabdare ziua cand pot sa va vad pe toti aceia care ma sprijina prin rugaciuni si sa va pot imbratisa in bratele mele. Va multumesc pentru dragostea pe care mi-ati aratat-o.

Ce este in noi este mai tare decat ce este in lume si a biruit lumea.

Pastor Saeed Abedini, in lanturi pentru Domnul nostru Isus Christos

– traducere de A.C. –

Please Pray for US Pastor Saeed Abedini, held in Iran since July 2012 + read letter to his wife

photo from http://www.theusreport.com/the-us-report/tag/pastor-saeed-abedini

Assemblies of God has posted the letter that Pastor Saeed Abedini has sent to his wife here. –http://ag.org/top/downloads/Abedini_Letter.pdf

In the letter Pastor Abedini describes how his jailers tell him he will go free, and the next day they tell him he will hang. One day they beat him, and the next day they give him candy. Yet, despite these intense physical and psychological pressures Pastor Abedini looks to his faith in Christ as the anchor that keeps him going every day:

When for 120 days you are asleep in a room with one big light that is constantly lit and does not separate day or night and when you can only see true sunlight for a few minutes a week, that’s when you are becoming His Workmanship and you can be a vessel in bringing His Kingdom in a dark place and you are able to share the Gospel of Peace and Life to the dying world. And this is where you learn you can love your enemies with
all of your heart.

I am looking forward to the day to see all of you who are behind me with your prayers and to embrace you in my arms. Thank you for the love you have showed me.

What is in us is stronger than what is in the world and it has conquered the world. 

Christian Post reports on the plight of US Pastor Saeed Abedini, who was jailed during a 2009 visit to Iran to see his parents.

Abedini, 32, grew up in Iran, before converting to Christianity at the age of 20, and marrying an American woman in 2002, which helped him gain U.S. citizenship. Along with his wife, Naghmeh, and their two young children, the pastor has traveled back and forth between Iran and the U.S. a number of times in the past few years, helping create a network of underground churches, which provide a safe haven for Muslims who have converted to Christianity.

During one such trip in 2009, Abedini was detained by Iranian officials and interrogated for his conversion. While he was released with a warning against engaging in any more underground church activities, in July 2012, he was once again arrested while working on a non-sectarian orphanage project.

An American pastor currently held in Iranian prison is facing a grim future after it was announced that his case was recently transferred to a judge accused of human rights violations and infamous for the number of people he has sentenced to death.

The ACLJ says the minister was arrested for „his previous work as a Christian leader in Iran,” and that he faces the death penalty for trying to convert Muslims to the Christian faith. Currently, Abedini is facing trial at the Evin Prison in northwestern Tehran, described by the persecution watch group as one of Iran’s most brutal prisons – reports allege that he has been beaten by guards and inmates.
Read more at http://global.christianpost.com/news/us-pastor-saeed-abedini-faces-notorious-hanging-judge-in-iran

Hudson Taylor – Missionary to China for 51 years, in the 1800’s and Friend to Spurgeon

1st photo from http://www2.wheaton.edu/bgc/archives

  1. Information and photos in this post (unless otherwise noted) are from Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hudson_Taylor
  2. You can read works by James Hudson Taylor at Project Gutenberg – http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/authors/t#a25841
  3. You can read Charles Spurgeon’s recounting of his first meeting with Hudson Taylor here – http://www.spurgeon.org/s_and_t/totkc.htm
  4. Hudson Taylor MOVIE in CHINESE here – http://youtu.be/NUuzuP3hAmU
  5. Hudson Taylor MOVIE in SPANISH here – http://youtu.be/WopRAnD0z3o
  6. See a MOVIE on the life of Hudson Taylor at the bottom of this post

Some Hudson Taylor quotes:

  • All God’s giants have been weak men, who did great things for God because they reckoned on His being with them.
  • I have found that there are three stages in every great work of God: first, it is impossible, then it is difficult, then it is done.
  • It is not lost time to wait upon God!
  • A little thing is a little thing, but faithfulness in little things is a great thing.
  • „All at once came the thought – If you are simply obeying the LORD, all the responsibility will rest on Him, not on you! What a relief!! Well, I cried to God – You shall be responsible for them, and for me too!”
  • If this is a real work for God it is a real conflict with Satan.
  • At home you can never know what it is to be alone – absolutely alone, amidst thousands, as you can in a Chinese city, without one friend, one companion, everyone looking on you with curiosity, with contempt, with suspicion or with dislike. Thus to learn what it is to be despised and rejected of men – of those you wish to benefit, your motives not understood . . . and then to have the love of Jesus applied to your heart by the Holy Spirit . . . this is worth coming for.
  • Devotion to GOD is still a voluntary thing; hence the differences of attainment among Christians.”
  • Nearness to GOD calls for tenderness of conscience, thoughtfulness in service, and implicit obedience.
  • Satan may build a hedge about us and fence us in and hinder our movements, but he cannot roof us in and prevent our looking up.
  • Some are jealous of being successors of the Apostles. I would rather be a successor of the Samaritan woman, who, while the Apostles went for meat and forgot souls, forgot her water pot in her zeal to spread the good tidings.
  • There are three great truths, 1st, That there is a God; 2nd, That He has spoken to us in the Bible; 3rd, That He means what He says. Oh, the joy of trusting Him!
  • When the heart submits, then Jesus reigns When Jesus reigns, there is rest.

The life of James Hudson Taylor

James Hudson Taylor (Chinese: 戴德生) (21 May 1832 – 3 June 1905), was a British Protestant Christian missionary to China, and founder of the China Inland Mission (CIM) (now OMF International). Taylor spent 51 years in China. The society that he began was responsible for bringing over 800 missionaries to the country who began 125 schools and directly resulted in 18,000 Christian conversions, as well as the establishment of more than 300 stations of work with more than 500 local helpers in all eighteen provinces.

Taylor was known for his sensitivity to Chinese culture and zeal for evangelism. He adopted wearing native Chinese clothing even though this was rare among missionaries of that time. Under his leadership, the CIM was singularly non-denominational in practice and accepted members from all Protestant groups, including individuals from the working class and single women as well as multinational recruits. Primarily because of the CIM’s campaign against the Opium trade, Taylor has been referred to as one of the most significant Europeans to visit China in the 19th Century. Historian Ruth Tucker summarises the theme of his life:

No other missionary in the nineteen centuries since the Apostle Paul has had a wider vision and has carried out a more systematised plan of evangelising a broad geographical area than Hudson Taylor.

Taylor was able to preach in several varieties of Chinese, including Mandarin, Chaozhou, and the Wu dialects of Shanghai andNingbo. The last of these he knew well enough to help prepare a colloquial edition of the New Testament written in it.

His youth

Taylor was born in Barnsley, Yorkshire, England, on 21 May 1832 the son of a chemist (pharmacist) and Methodist lay preacher James Taylor and his wife, Amelia (Hudson), but as a young man he moved away from the Christian beliefs of his parents. At seventeen, after reading an evangelistic tract pamphlet entitled „Poor Richard”, he professed faith in Christ, and in December 1849, he committed himself to going to China as a missionary.[citation needed] At this time he came into contact with Dr Edward Cronin of Kensington—one of the members of the first missionary party of thePlymouth Brethren to Baghdad. It is believed that Taylor learned his faith mission principles from his contact with the Brethren.

Taylor was able to borrow a copy of China: Its State and Prospects by Walter Henry Medhurst, which he quickly read. About this time, he began studying the languages of Mandarin, Greek, Hebrew, and Latin.

In 1851, he moved to a poor neighbourhood in Kingston upon Hull to be a medical assistant with Dr. Robert Hardey, and began preparing himself for a life of faith and service, devoting himself to the poor and exercising faith that God would provide for his needs. He practised distributing gospel tracts and open-air preaching among the poor. He was baptised by Andrew John Jukes of the Plymouth Brethren in the Hull Brethren Assembly in 1852, and convinced his sister Amelia to also take adult baptism.

In 1852 he began studying medicine at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, London, as preparation for working in China. The great interest awakened in England about China through the civil war, which was then erroneously supposed to be a mass movement toward Christianity, together with the glowing but exaggerated reports made by Karl Gützlaff concerning China’s accessibility, led to the founding of the Chinese Evangelisation Society, to the service of which Hudson Taylor offered himself as their first missionary.

His Work in China

Taylor left England on 19 September 1853 before completing his medical studies, arriving in Shanghai, China, on 1 March 1854. The nearly disastrous voyage aboard the clipper Dumfries through an Easterly passage near Buru Island lasted about five months. In China, he was immediately faced with civil war, throwing his first year there into turmoil.

Taylor made 18 preaching tours in the vicinity of Shanghai starting in 1855, and was often poorly received by the people, even though he brought with him medical supplies and skills. He made a decision to adopt the native Chinese clothes and queue (pigtail) with shaven forehead, however, and was then able to gain an audience without creating a disturbance. Previous to this, Taylor realised that wherever he went he was being referred to as a „black devil” because of the overcoat he wore. He distributed thousands of Chinese Gospel tracts and portions of Scripture in and around Shanghai.

Scottish evangelist, William Chalmers Burns, of the English Presbyterian Mission began work in Shantou, and for a period Taylor joined him there. After leaving he later found that all of his medical supplies, being stored in Shanghai, had been destroyed by a fire. Then in October 1856, while travelling across China he was robbed of nearly everything he owned.

Relocated in Ningbo by 1857, Taylor received a letter from a supportive George Müller which led to Taylor and his co-worker John Jones deciding to resign from the problematic mission board which had sent them, and instead work independently in what came to be called the „Ningpo Mission”. Four Chinese men joined them in their work: Ni Yongfa, Feng Ninggui, Wang Laijun, and Qiu Guogui.

In 1858, Taylor married Maria Jane Dyer, the orphaned daughter of the Rev. Samuel Dyer of the London Missionary Society, who had been a pioneer missionary to the Chinese in Penang, Malaysia. Hudson met Maria in Ningbo where she lived and worked at a school for girls which was run by one of the first female missionaries to the Chinese, Mary Ann Aldersey.

Because of health problems, in 1860 Taylor decided to return to England for a furlough with his family. The Taylors sailed back to England aboard the tea clipper Jubilee along with their daughter, Grace and a young man, Wang Laijun, from the Bridge Street church in Ningbo, who would help with the Bible translation work that would continue in England.

He travelled extensively around the British Isles speaking at churches and promoting the needs of China. At home in the East End of London he also ministered at Newgate Prison. During this time he became friends with Charles Haddon Spurgeon, who pastored theMetropolitan Tabernacle and became a lifelong supporter of Taylor.

On 25 June 1865, at Brighton, Taylor definitely dedicated himself to God for the founding of a new society to undertake the evangelisation of the „unreached” inland provinces of China. He founded the China Inland Mission together with William Thomas Berger shortly thereafter. In less than one year, they had accepted 21 missionaries and raised over £2,000 (about £130,000 in 2007 terms).

PHOTO below: On 26 May 1866, after more than five years of working in England, Taylor and family set sail for China with their new missions team „the Lammermuir Party” aboard the tea clipper Lammermuir. A four-month voyage was considered speedy at the time. While in the South China Sea and also the Pacific Ocean the ship was nearly wrecked but survived two typhoons. They arrived safely in Shanghai on 30 September 1866. The Lammermuir Party included 16 missionaries and the Taylors’ four children.

Return to China

The arrival of the largest party of missionaries ever sent to China—as well as their intent to be dressed in native clothing—gave the foreign settlement in Shanghai much to talk about and some criticism began for the young China Inland Mission. The party donned Chinese clothing, notwithstanding—even the women missionaries—which was deemed semi-scandalous at the time. When other missionaries sought to preserve their British ways, Taylor was convinced that the Gospel would only take root on Chinese soil if missionaries were willing to affirm the culture of the people they were seeking to reach. He argued, from the example of the Apostle Paul, “Let us in everything not sinful become like the Chinese, that by all means we may save some.”

In 1869 Hudson was influenced by a passage on personal holiness from a book called „Christ Is All” by Henry Law that was sent to him by a fellow missionary, John McCarthy. „The Lord Jesus received is holiness begun; the Lord Jesus cherished is holiness advancing; the Lord Jesus counted upon as never absent would be holiness complete.” This new understanding of continually abiding in Christ endured for the rest of his life. At the time, he was quoted by fellow missionary Charles Henry Judd as saying: ”Oh, Mr. Judd, God has made me a new man!”. Photo below left – Hudson Taylor 1893

 His wife Maria died of cholera in 1870, weeks after she gave birth to a son who survived for only 2 weeks. Her death shook Taylor deeply, and in 1871, his own health began deteriorating further, leading to his return to England later that year to recuperate. In 1871 Taylor was married to Jane Elizabeth Faulding who had been a fellow missionary since 1866. During the winter of 1874 and 1875 Taylor was practically paralysed from a fall he had taken on a river boat while in China. In this state of crippling physical hindrance, Taylor confidently published an appeal for 18 new workers to join the work. When he did recover his strength, Jennie remained with the children, (including a new son and daughter, Ernest and Amy, as well as the orphaned daughter of fellow missionary George Duncan) and in 1876 Hudson Taylor returned to China and the 18 requested missionaries followed him.

Taylor returned to England in 1883 to recruit more missionaries speaking of China’s needs, and returned to China, working now with a total of 225 missionaries and 59 churches. In 1887 their numbers increased by another 102 with The Hundred missionaries, and in 1888, Taylor brought 14 missionaries from the United States. In the US he travelled and spoke at many places, including the Niagara Bible Conference where he befriended Cyrus Scofield and later Taylor filled the pulpit of Dwight Lyman Moody as a guest in Chicago. Moody and Scofield thereafter actively supported the work of the China Inland Mission of North America.

Due to health issues, Taylor remained in Switzerland, semi-retired with his wife. In 1900, Dixon Edward Hoste was appointed the Acting General Director of the CIM, and in 1902, Taylor formally resigned. His wife, Jennie, died of cancer in 1904 in Les Chevalleyres, Switzerland, and in 1905, Taylor returned to China for the eleventh and final time. There he visited Yangzhou and Zhenjiang and other cities, before dying suddenly while reading at home in Changsha. He was buried next to his first wife, Maria in Zhenjiang near the Yangtze River.

There is much more information on the life of Hudson Taylor, including a very detailed outline of chronological event at Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hudson_Taylor Photo below from http://wheaton.edu of China Inland Mission with Hudson Taylor in the middle (with the long beard)

The film – Hudson Taylor’s life

Hudson Taylor pioneered missions to the interior of mainland China. From his arrival in Shanghai through the death of his beloved wife, you’ll experience an honest look at a growing Christian whose quotes are still heard today, „God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply.” ; Running Time 85 minutes, A Ken Anderson Films Presentation.

alternative – HudsonTaylor English

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