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2007 Highlights

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2007 Highlights

Dear Friends and Partners,

Saudi Arabia MapAs the year 2007 comes to a close we would like to take this opportunity to reflect on some of the highlights of this eventful year, beginning with wonderful news about the Saudi woman we wrote to you about last month. We have just confirmed that the young woman, who was sentenced to 200 lashes and six months in prison for her own rape, has been pardoned by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. Please thank God and continue to pray for the Qatif woman as she will face many challenges in the months and years ahead. While the Saudi kingdom’s treatment of women remains unchanged, this is a small, but exciting victory with which to close the year.

Action

The Saudi woman was just one of many individuals on behalf of whom we intervened in 2007, including our continued advocacy on behalf of Egyptian Coptic Christians seeking refuge in Canada. Magdi Youssef, one of the refugees, was deported by Canadian authorities in 2006 to Egypt where he was tortured on several occasions, but One Free World International was able to bring him back to Canada in 2007 along with his family. Many others still face deportation and fear they will share the same fate or worse. The Ottawa Citizen carried an article about Coptic Christians in May in response to which the Ambassador of Egypt launched a fierce and unjustified attack against Rev. El Shafie. A lengthy exchange followed on the editorial pages of The Citizen, with Rev. El Shafie successfully challenging the Ambassador with the facts about the situation facing Christians and other religious minorities in Egypt.

Neeha Victim of Christian PersecutionWe also showed our solidarity with Montreal’s Jewish community after a small bomb exploded outside a community centre during Passover and asked you to intervene on behalf of human rights in Nigeria after a Christian teacher was killed by a mob for allegedly desecrating a Koran. These are just some of the cases that we have monitored or intervened in during the past year. Some of those on behalf of whom we will continue to advocate into 2008 are a Nigerian woman seeking refuge from deportation and separation from her Canadian-born daughter and a 4-year-old Pakistani girl who was raped at age 2 because of her family’s Christian faith and who is forced to live in hiding with her family.

Behind Enemy Lines

Troops AfghanistanA major focus for One Free World International this year was Rev. El Shafie’s mission to Afghanistan. In order to show his support for Canadian troops risking their lives daily and to express his thanks to Canada, Rev. El Shafie travelled to Afghanistan where he met with and encouraged the soldiers and presented five giant greeting cards signed by our members and partners, as well as several Canadian political leaders including Prime Minister Harper. Rev. El Shafie was interviewed about his mission by CTV’s Canada AM and a link to the interview, which also featured video footage of the mission provided by One Free World International, is available on our website.

The mission to Afghanistan was also part of a larger project One Free World International is pursuing to produce a full-length one-hour documentary about persecution of Christians. The video, titled Behind Enemy Lines, is being prepared in cooperation with a professional video production company. It will include footage from Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, and Iraq and will continue to be a significant part of our work in 2008.

Conferences

Price of Freedom ConferenceOur annual conferences took place in Winnipeg and Toronto this year with the theme The Price of Freedom. We paid tribute once again to Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan and showed footage from Rev. El Shafie’s mission. Our speakers included television hosts Bill Prankard and Willard Thiessen; His Excellency Alan Baker, Israel’s ambassador to Canada; the Honourable Jason Kenney, Secretary of State for Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity; Sister Gwen Shaw, President and Founder of End-time Handmaidens and Servants International; and our very own Rev. El Shafie.

OFWI TACFWe would like to thank everyone who participated in our conferences, from the worship leaders with their teams to all of our speakers and contributors. We would also like to extend our special thanks to our partners, Willard Thiessen and New Day Ministries in Winnipeg and Pastor Steve Long and Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship in Toronto, for their generous support and cooperation in making this year’s conferences a great success.

Special Thanks

Finally, the One Free World International family would like to thank you for being partners in our work in 2007. Without your active participation, prayers, and support none of what we have accomplished would have been possible. As we enter the year 2008 we have many important projects some of which, like Behind Enemy Lines, require significant resources in order for us to accomplish our purposes. Our work is only possible because of your generous support. Please prayerfully consider making your year-end donation to One Free World International or committing to support our work on a monthly basis in the coming year (the address for your donation is included below).

We wish you a very Merry Christmas and richest blessings in 2008, and as we look forward to the New Year we trust that you will continue to support our work and take action on behalf of the persecuted church.

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.

"They can kill the dreamer, but they cannot kill the dream" in the Lord’s name.

Be with God and may God be with you.

One Free World International El Shafie Ministries

Passover Bomb at Montreal Jewish Community Centre

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Passover Bomb at Montreal Jewish Community Centre

Dear Friends and Partners,

Montreal Bomb Jewish Community Centre - Courtesy Canada.comWhile Canadians celebrate Passover and Easter during this spring holiday season, the Montreal Jewish community is once again jittery after a small bomb exploded in front of Ben Weider Jewish Community Centre on Tuesday night. The device, described as a crude bomb or Molotov cocktail, exploded at about 11 pm on the second night of the Jewish Passover celebration. Employees of the community centre heard the explosion but there was little damage and no one was injured. Police are investigating the incident.

For the Montreal Jewish community this incident took place just two days before the anniversary of the 2004 firebombing of the United Talmud Torah elementary school library and only a few months after a Molotov cocktail was thrown at the entrance of an Orthodox Jewish school in September 2006. B’nai Brith has indicated that anti-semitic incidents rose in 2006 by 70 % in Quebec and 12.8 % across Canada. Among the most important of Canadian values is the respect we have for each other’s differences and the strong conviction that violence and intimidation are not an acceptable way to deal with differences. Even though no one was hurt or killed in Tuesday’s explosion, we must make it clear as individual Canadians and as a nation that we do not tolerate hateful attacks on anyone’s beliefs.

Please PRAY:

• for the Montreal Jewish community as they celebrate freedom from slavery and oppression this Passover season, that they would experience peace and security and be able to celebrate free from fear and threats of violence; and,

• that the Canadian values of respect and tolerance would be established and God’s peace would penetrate hearts so that all Canadians can live together in peace and harmony.

ACTION:

The Bible teaches that faith without action is dead, so please take action and write (contact details are included below):

• to the Ben Weider Jewish Community Centre, expressing your concern and support for the Jewish community of Montreal. Let them know that we have not forgotten them and that we are thinking about them and supporting them even in the midst of our own Easter celebrations; and,

• to the federal and provincial Ministers for Public Safety, the Honourable Stockwell Day and Monsieur Jacques Dupuis, encouraging the authorities to make sure that the perpetrators of this cowardly and spiteful act will be brought to justice and to strengthen law enforcement agencies in order to ensure that such incidents or worse do not take place again.

Please remember to send us a copy of your correspondence at:info@onefreeworldinternational.org

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.

"They can kill the dreamer, but they cannot kill the dream" in the Lord’s name.

Be with God and may God be with you.

Rev. Majed El Shafie President and Founder One Free World International El Shafie Ministries

Sources: CTV.ca, CBC.ca, theStar.com

 

CONTACT:

Ben Weider Jewish Community Centre 5400 Westbury Avenue Montreal, QC   H3W 2W8 Telephone: (514) 737-6551 E-mail: info@ymywha.com

The Honourable Stockwell Day Minister of Public Safety House of Commons Ottawa, ON   K1A 0A6 Tel.: (613) 991-2924; Fax: (613) 995-1154 Email: day.s@parl.gc.ca Webform: http://www.psepc-sppcc.gc.ca/abt/electronic-en.asp

M. Jacques P. Dupuis Ministre de la Sécurité publique 2525, boul. Laurier, 5e étage Tour des Laurentides Québec, QC   G1V 2L2 Tel.: (418) 644-6826; Fax: (418) 643-0275 Email: ministre@msp.gouv.qc.ca