Rev- El Shafie

February Global Snapshot

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Watch Rev. Majed El Shafie's February Global Snapshot on YouTube. See all of OFWI's website and subscribe to our YouTube Channel. This month includes an update on:

  • Lifting of sanctions in Iran
  • Iranian & Jewish Community Event in Ottawa
  • Efforts to speak up for a rescue Yazidi girls in Iraq & Syria

Rev. Majed El Shafie Shares His Story on Fox News Radio

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Listen to Rev. Majed El Shafie share his powerful story on the Vipp Jaswal Report (Fox News Radio).  Rev. El Shafie was severely tortured and sentenced to death for his conversion to Christianity and bringing awareness to human rights violations related to religious persecution. Belonging to a very prominent legal and political family inEgypt, Rev. El Shafie had tried to work within the Egyptian system to reform the country’s human rights regime.  Hear Rev. El Shafie's powerful story of victory in persecution here.  

Maryam and Marzieh are safe and Rev. El Shafie is headed to Afghanistan

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Maryam and Marzieh are safe and Rev. El Shafie is headed to Afghanistan
Dear Friends and Partners, 

We would like to take this opportunity to give you some wonderful news: as a result of international pressure, Maryam and Marzieh, the Iranian Christian converts whose story of courage and dignity in the face of their persecutors has been an inspiration to all of us, have been acquitted of all charges and have left Iran.Please continue to pray for these courageous young women as they recover from their ordeal and adapt to a new culture and environment, that they will be able to use their story to glorify God and help improve the lives of their fellow Iranians. Please also continue to pray for the Iranian government and people, and especially for the Christians, converts and other minorities in Iran, that they would be able to freely exercise their faith without having to leave their families, homes, and country to escape persecution.

Update: Operation Horizon of Hope In the meantime, we recently sent an alert highlighting Rev. El Shafie’s upcoming return mission to Afghanistan. Rev. El Shafie will be leaving soon on this mission to encourage our troops, but also to meet with Afghan government officials in order to challenge the government about human rights issues in the country.

This mission is rapidly approaching and so we are re-sending the alert to encourage you that now is the time to send your letters and donations in order to make this mission a success. We must receive your cards and letters of support by June 15th in order to ensure that Rev. El Shafie can deliver them. Please stand with us and with our troops through your notes and letters, as well as your prayers and financial support for this important mission.

May 4, 2010 
Dear Friends and Partners,
You may recall that Rev. El Shafie travelled to Afghanistan almost three years ago to support and encourage our troops who are sacrificing their comfort and risking their lives on our behalf to help bring peace and freedom to the Troops AfghanistanAfghan people. He presented the troops with several cards signed by over 2000 of our friends and partners, including several members of parliament and the prime minister. The visit and your messages of support clearly meant a lot to the troops so before he left, Rev. El Shafie promised to return. He is now preparing to fulfill that promise by travelling back to Afghanistan where he will be visiting Canadian, American, and NATO soldiers.This is a critical time in the mission for Canadian troops. As they prepare to come home next year in accordance with the government’s decision, they will face great dangers. At the same time, questions over Canada’s role in the treatment of detainees by Afghan authorities have grown into a full-blown controversy. OFWI supports any necessary, legitimate, and democratic investigation into the detainee issue in accordance with Canadian law; however, we must not let this controversy overshadow the sacrifices our troops continue to make. After all, those who are demanding information and documents from the government are only able to do so because our soldiers once fought to defend our freedoms here in Canada as they are doing today in Afghanistan. The purpose of OFWI’s mission is not to get involved in the political debate, but to show our troops that we have not forgotten them and that we support and pray for them regardless of what happens on Parliament Hill.

Rev. El Shafie is inviting a delegation of Members of Parliament from both major parties to join him in this mission. In addition to encouraging the troops, Rev. El Shafie and his delegation will meet with Afghan officials to discuss their progress in the area of human rights and to stress the importance of ensuring equality and the human rights of all Afghan people both now and after Canadian troops leave. Support Our Troops Sign OFWI would like to give you the opportunity to participate in this mission. Once again, we are asking our friends and partners across the country to sign one of six cards of support and appreciation for the troops that are currently circulating. Also, some of you may not have the chance to sign the large cards, so we would like to give you the opportunity to send personal cards or letters of support which Rev. El Shafie will deliver to the troops together with the joint cards. Simply prepare your card or letter and send it to One Free World International marked “Operation Horizon of Hope”, making sure we receive it by June 15th.

Finally, as you know, OFWI is fully supported through the voluntary donations of our friends and members without whose support none of our work would be possible. Please join us by participating financially in this important mission so that we can make it a reality. Your donations are important and will have a lasting impact on the Afghan people by encouraging our troops and through the contacts Rev. El Shafie will be able to make. Please note that your donations are not tax deductible because OFWI has chosen not to seek charitable status so that we can pursue our goals freely, without the limits placed by law on charities.

Canadians can disagree about whether we should be in Afghanistan and OFWI does not take a position on this question. However, the reality is that Canadian soldiers are on the ground risking their lives daily on behalf of peace and freedom for the Afghan people and for Canadians. These brave men and women are doing their jobs and need and deserve our support.

Please pray:• for all the details of this mission to come together smoothly and for Rev. El Shafie’s safety throughout the mission;

• for the government and leadership of Afghanistan, that they would commit wholeheartedly to human rights, democracy, and equality and that they would have the strength of will and political leadership to implement these goals effectively for the benefit of all Afghan people;

• that the troops would be encouraged and uplifted by Rev. El Shafie’s visit; and,

• for the continued safety and protection of the troops who will then stay behind on the battlefield while Rev. El Shafie returns home to the safety of Canada. Pray particularly that the troops would have unusual wisdom and compassion in dealing with the Afghan people whom they are trying to help and that they would have supernatural discernment and intuition in order to prevent attacks by the Taliban that could harm them and ordinary Afghan people.

 
ACTION: 

The Bible teaches that faith without action is dead, so please take action urgently and:

• send your card or letter of support to the Canadian troops by June 15th to:

    One Free World International     c/o Operation Horizon of Hope     20 Bloor Street East, Box 75129     Toronto, ON     M4W 3T3

• send your financial contribution by cheque to the above address or deposit it directly to:

    Bank: Royal Bank of Canada     Institution Code: 003     Transit Number: 5452     Account Number: 1008507 (Canadian deposits); 4003232 (U.S. dollar deposits)     Swift: ROYCCAT2

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

OFWI Confronts Pakistani Cabinet Ministers Over Human Rights Concerns

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OFWI Confronts Pakistani Cabinet Ministers Over Human Rights Concerns

 Dear Friends and Partners,

Pakistan Human Rights MeetingLast month Rev. El Shafie traveled to Pakistan for high-level meetings with Pakistani officials to discuss human rights issues and confront them with evidence of abuses in their country. This was a tremendous opportunity for OFWI to invite a delegation of North American politicians and religious leaders to join us to effect real change in Pakistan on behalf of religious minorities and oppressed and exploited women and children.

This mission was the result of more than 2 years of hard work, involving several trips to Pakistan and presenting evidence to the Canadian parliamentary Sub-Committee on Human Rights. After we finally persuaded the Pakistani government to meet with us, they still tried to cancel our meetings at the last minute, but our persistence finally paid off.

Pakistan Human Rights MinisterOur delegation met with the Cabinet Ministers responsible for Foreign Affairs, Human Rights, and Minority Affairs. During tense meetings overshadowed by security concerns, Rev. El Shafie denounced Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws. These vague and draconian laws are used by Muslim extremists to intimidate and oppress religious minorities and settle personal scores and petty disputes, ruining the lives of entire families and often resulting in the death of the victim. Rev. El Shafie also demanded authorities protect minority girls and prosecute those who rape and forcibly convert them. He presented evidence obtained by OFWI of labour camps where Christians and other minorities live and work as modern-day slaves in appalling conditions and discussed human trafficking which is a serious related problem in Pakistan.

Pakistan Human Rights MeetingIn the presence of our delegation, including a member of parliament, church leaders, and a media professional, the Pakistani officials admitted they could not deny Rev. El Shafie’s evidence. They promised to work toward shutting down the slave camps and invited Rev. El Shafie to return to revisit the issue. In the meantime, Rev. El Shafie informed the Pakistani officials that we would be urging the Canadian government to link our development aid to improvements in these areas. Rev. El Shafie also discussed at length the situation of minorities in the Swat Valley, where the government had entered into a peace agreement with the Taliban extremist group and where all-out war has since broken out between government forces and the Taliban. Before leaving Pakistan the delegation met with leaders of Pakistani religious minorities and held a press conference during which Rev. El Shafie criticized the Pakistani press for failing to address these issues.

Pakistani Media to Report on Human RightsPakistan is at a cross-road. How it deals with these issues will determine its future and the safety and prosperity of its people. We were pleased with the discussions but we must continue to keep pressure on the Pakistani government to ensure concrete results. OFWI will continue to monitor the situation in Pakistan and will not let up until we have proof that the Pakistani government has indeed taken effective measures to protect its minorities.

This mission was a remarkable opportunity and, like so much of our work, we must step out in faith and request your assistance after the fact, trusting in your continued prayers and faithful support. An undertaking like this requires a tremendous amount of time, input, and financial resources that we simply do not have, even though we take care to keep our expenses to a minimum. As a result, we are asking you to participate with a special gift. We have determined that if every one of our friends and partners contributed only $20 in addition to your normal support, this would allow us to settle the expenses incurred in this operation so that we can continue to pursue freedom and equality for religious minorities in Pakistan and elsewhere.

Please pray:

• for the people of Pakistan, that they would be able to live in peace, harmony, and mutual respect for each others’ religious differences and have the freedom to worship, share, explore, discuss, and even change their beliefs, openly and without fear;

• for Pakistani authorities and the government, that they would have the courage to stand up for religious freedom and human rights and the wisdom to build up and strengthen their country by encouraging the active participation of their minorities as full citizens;

• for the religious extremists, that they would recognize the futility and evil of their actions and experience true peace through the Prince of Peace so they can turn their attentions from tearing down their country toward building it up; and,

• for protection for the OFWI team as we continue to make interventions such as this one in countries where the security situation is compromised.

ACTION:

As you know, the Bible teaches that faith without action is dead, so please take action and:

• write to your Pakistani embassy (contact details are included below) demanding that the Pakistani government respect and uphold the human rights of their citizens and that they would start by:

• neutralizing and then repealing the Blasphemy Laws, • protecting minority girls and fully prosecuting those who rape and forcibly convert them, • shutting down the slave labour camps and helping victims to develop the skills to earn a living, and • strengthening the country’s borders against human traffickers and weapons and drug smugglers. Advise them that you have been informed of the situation by One Free World International and that you will continue to monitor the situation in Pakistan and expect to see significant improvements in all of these areas. • help us by sharing the burden of this operation and sending your special contribution of $20 or more today to enable us to meet the financial obligations of this mission by:

• mailing it to:

One Free World International 20 Bloor Street East, Box 75129 Toronto, ON M4W 3T3

• or depositing it directly to our account at:

Bank: Royal Bank of Canada Institution Code: 003 Transit Number: 5452 Account Number: 1008507 Swift: ROYCCAT2.

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

CONTACT:

In Canada:

His Excellency Mian Gul Akbar Zeb High Commissioner of Pakistan to Canada 10 Range Road Ottawa, ON   K1N 8J3 Tel.: (613) 238-7881; Fax: (613) 238-7296 Email: parepottawa@rogers.com

In the United States:

His Excellency Ambassador Husain Haqqani Embassy of Pakistan 3517 International Court NW Washington, DC   20008 Tel.: (202) 243-6500; Fax: (202) 686-1534 Email: info@embassyofpakistanusa.org