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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.  

Urgent Support Needed for Sensitive Intervention

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Dear Friends and Partners,

As we write, we are preparing a sensitive rescue mission in a very dangerous part of the world. You will recall the efforts that went into saving little Neeha and her family and Magdi Youssef, and the danger that accompanied those interventions and others we have carried out. Your prayers and support enabled us to complete those successful missions and the current operation will require every bit as much care, trust, and attention from our team at OFWI headquarters and support from you, our family.

In order to ensure the safety of all those involved, we regret that we will not be able to give further details until after the successful conclusion of this intervention. But in the meantime, we urgently need your help: we need your prayers and financial support for this operation without delay. The success of the mission and the lives of your brothers and sisters depend on it. Please pray for Rev. El Shafie and the success of this intervention and, if you are able, give generously to secure the success of this operation. We look forward to being able to provide a full victory report, but we need your confidence and support. Thank you for your faithfulness and love and we trust that we can count on you to help in any way you can.

In the meantime, you can take the opportunity to view Rev. El Shafie’s recent testimony before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in the United States Congress where he testified on March 21, 2012 about the experiences of religious minorities in Pakistan and Afghanistan. This opportunity follows on the heels of his testimony before the Subcommittee on Human Rights of the U.S. Congress in October last year. Click here for the video.

As we work on completing this critical mission and look forward to sending you a victory report, please pray:

• for Rev. El Shafie, that he would have the wisdom and boldness to successfully carry out this mission and for his personal safety throughout;

• for the victims, that they would be filled with peace, hope, and courage and, most importantly, strengthened in their faith in the midst of this trying time;

• for the local authorities, that we would find favour in their eyes and that no one would be able to prevent this rescue;

• that God would supply the resources, from the right people to all the material resources needed for the success of this mission; and,

• for all those involved in planning and executing this mission, that they would have the wisdom, understanding, and spirit of cooperation to be effective agents for rescuing God’s precious faithful ones.

ACTION:

The Bible teaches that faith without action is dead, so please take action urgently and send your financial support for this mission to:

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

Or by Direct Deposit to:

Bank: Toronto Dominion Bank Institution Code: 004 Transit Number: 12492 Account Number: 1249 5002036 (Canadian deposits); 1249 7200215 (U.S. dollar deposits) Swift: TDOMCATTTOR

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

Christians attacked during Christmas season celebrations

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Christians attacked during Christmas season celebrations
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Dear Friends and Partners,
As we in the West rejoice and celebrate the birth of Christ in peace and plenty, attending Christmas services and feasting with friends and family, our brothers and sisters around the world are under attack as they try to share in the celebrations.

On New Year’s Eve at least 21 were killed and more than 70 injured in Egypt when a bomb exploded outside the al-Qiddissin Coptic church in Alexandria where approximately 1,000 people had gathered to celebrate a New Year’s mass. The mass was coming to a close and worshippers were beginning to leave the church when the bomb, which appears to have been loaded with shrapnel for maximum carnage, exploded. Security was entirely inadequate and our sources indicate that in the aftermath of the attack there have been further attacks against victims in hospital and that authorities have attacked Coptic demonstrators.

Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak has condemned the attack, blaming foreign elements and characterizing it as an attack against all of Egypt. While his condemnation is welcome, his statement is a transparent attempt to avoid the responsibility of Egyptian authorities. We must not forget that such attacks are not uncommon in Egypt where Muslim extremism has deep roots and is gaining in strength. Only last January a similar, though less sophisticated, attack took place against worshippers leaving a Coptic Christmas Eve celebration. Moreover, it has been well-known that Al Qaeda-linked terrorist groups have made threats against Egyptian churches in the weeks leading up to the Christmas season. With this history of attacks and open threats, the origin of the attackers is of little importance and what matters is the dismal failure of Egyptian authorities to prevent the attack.
International leaders including the pope, U.S. President Barack Obama, and Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon have condemned the attack. President Obama called it a “barbaric and heinous act” that was “clearly targeting Christian worshippers”. Minister Cannon called it a “vicious attack” and called on “Egyptians of all faiths to work together to end sectarian violence”. While we appreciate Minister Cannon’s concern, treating the situation as “sectarian violence” reveals a serious lack of understanding of the issues which can only prevent any meaningful resolution. Clearly this despicable event is another example of an intentional campaign by Muslim extremists and their sympathizers to attack Christians and other minority communities. Unless the Canadian and other governments recognize these attacks for what they are and respond appropriately, the extremists will be able to freely continue their murderous attacks on defenseless minorities while the Egyptian government turns a blind eye and makes hollow statements for appearances.
Aside from Egypt, violence has also overtaken Christians in Nigeria this Christmas season where dozens were killed in several attacks by Muslim extremists on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. These attacks included the Christmas Eve killing of a Baptist pastor in his home and some members of the congregation who were in an adjoining church that was set on fire, as well as several bomb attacks, including one in the nation’s capital on New Year’s Eve.
In the midst of these attacks, Coptic Orthodox Christians will be celebrating Christmas on January 7. There is great concern that more attacks will take place in Egypt in the coming week. We must not sit back, comfortably enjoying the warm afterglow of our own Christmas celebrations while leaving our brothers and sisters to fend for themselves. We must stand up for our Egyptian brothers and sisters and for their right to live and worship freely in peace and security. In the midst of this Christmas season we have no excuse.

 

Please pray:

• For courage and comfort for those who have lost loved ones and for the injured and their families in both Egypt and Nigeria; pray that they would be strengthened in their faith and reliance on God through these events; • that the attackers would appreciate the wrongfulness of their acts and be compelled to seek truth and forgiveness; pray that they would experience the love and forgiveness of God and in turn apply their energies toward spreading peace;

• For the Egyptian and Nigerian authorities, that they would take these threats seriously and truly appreciate how important it is for the well-being of their respective countries as a whole that they respect and protect the lives, security, and human rights of all their citizens regardless of their religion;

• For the Christian communities in Egypt and Nigeria, that in the midst of these difficult circumstances they would be filled with the love of Christ toward their Muslim neighbours and co-workers so that they would know the meaning of true love, forgiveness, and justice and be able to experience true peace through the Prince of Peace.
 

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

 

• In Canada, to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Minister Cannon, thanking them for Minister Cannon’s statement on the attack in Egypt and urging them to pressure the Egyptian government into protecting its Christian citizens; explain that this is not a matter of sectarian violence but another episode in a history of targeted attacks against Egypt’s Christian minority and it must be dealt with as such; encourage them also to take note of and address the attacks in Nigeria; • in the United States, to President Obama and the Secretary of State thanking them for President Obama’s statement on the events in Egypt and Nigeria and encouraging them to follow through and to pressure authorities in those countries to respect and protect the rights and security of their Christian citizens

• To the Egyptian and Nigerian ambassadors in your country, demanding that they bring all those responsible for these attacks to justice and that they protect their Christian citizens from further attacks by respecting and promoting international human rights standards; for the Egyptian government in particular, demand that the authorities provide sufficient resources to protect the Coptic community and prevent further attacks during the time of Coptic Christmas, on January 6 and 7.

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
 

CONTACT:

In Canada: The Right Honourable Stephen Harper Office of the Prime Minister 80 Wellington Street Ottawa, ON   K1A 0A2 Fax: (613) 941-6900 Email: pm@pm.gc.ca

The Honourable Lawrence Cannon Minister for Foreign Affairs 125 Sussex Drive Ottawa, ON   K1A 0G2 Tel.: (613) 992-5516; Fax: (613) 992-6802 Email: Cannon.L@parl.gc.ca Egyptian Embassy: His Excellency Wael Aboul-Magd Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt 454 Laurier Avenue East Ottawa, ON   K1N 6R3 Tel.: (613) 234-4931; Fax: (613) 234-4398 Email: egyptemb@sympatico.ca Nigerian High Commission: His Excellency Iyorwuese Hagher High Commissioner for the Federal Republic of Nigeria 295 Metcalfe Street Ottawa, ON   K2P 1R9 Tel.: (613) 236-0521/3; Fax: (613) 236-0529 Email: chancery@nigeriahcottawa.com

In the United States: President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 Tel.: 202-456-1111; Fax: (202) 456-2461 Webform: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

Secretary Hillary Clinton U.S. Department of State 2201 C Street NW Washington, DC  20520 Tel.: (202) 647-4000 (Main switchboard) Webform: http://contact-us.state.gov/cgi-bin/state.cfg/php/enduser/ask.php?p_sid=F5OZZa6i&p_lva=&p_sp=&p_li

Embassy of Egypt: His Excellency Sameh Shoukry Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt 3521 International Ct. NW Washington DC  20008 Tel.: (202) 895-5400; Fax: (202) 244-4319 Email: embassy@egyptembassy.net

Embassy of Nigeria: His Excellency Adebowale Ibidapo Adefuye Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 3519 International Court, NW Washington, DC  20008 Tel: (202) 986-8400; Fax: (202) 362-6541 or (202) 775-1385 Webform: http://www.nigeriaembassyusa.org/contact.shtml

Highlights of Previous Year

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"We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed;We are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed." 2 Corinthians 4:8-9

2010 Highlights

 Dear Friends and Partners,

We at One Free World International hope that you have had a wonderful, peaceful, and joyful Christmas and would like to take the time to wish you a very happy, healthy, peaceful, and prosperous New Year! As we look forward to the New Year, we would also like to take the time to reflect on some of the highlights of the year that is coming to a close and thank you for your prayers and support through 2010.

Alerts

Every year and again throughout 2010 your response to our alerts is remarkable. Never forget that your prayers and letters are invaluable in keeping our brothers and sisters around the world on the minds of our policy-makers. They also keep the pressure on foreign governments to change their policies and respect international human rights standards.

The year got off to a joyful start hot off the heels of little Neeha’s rescue as we all Neehashared and rejoiced in the fact that Neeha and her family were finally able to freely celebrate Christmas in peace and without fear. Her story was carried by CTV’s W5 program in March and can be viewed at http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/WFive/20100311/w5_saving_neha_100311/. Just after the success of her rescue, highlighted in our 2009 year-end alert, we were appalled to hear of the massacre that occurred in the town of Nag Hammadi, Egypt on Coptic Christmas Eve. Six Coptic Christians and one Muslim security guard were killed as Muslim extremists attacked worshippers leaving Christmas Eve services by shooting at the crowd with an automatic rifle from a moving car.

We were able to share some good news as well, when Maryam and Marzieh, two Iranian Christian women imprisoned for their faith were finally released. Some of the other situations we brought to your attention were focused on Pakistan where massive flooding left large parts of the population devastated and vulnerable. Minorities such as Christians, Hindus, and Ahmadiyya Muslims were doubly victimized, however, as they were in some cases refused aid because of their religious beliefs. Several weeks later we also noted the Pakistani case of Asia Bibi, a Christian mother who was sentenced to hang for blasphemy when a dispute erupted with local Muslim women over a cup of water after she refused to convert to Islam. Her appeal is pending and we continue to monitor the situation.

Missions and Other Activities

In one of our most significant undertakings of 2010, OWFI assembled a human rightsAfgan women tortured and abused by husbands delegation including Mario Silva, a Canadian Liberal member of parliament, and returned to Afghanistan on a fact-finding mission from June 25 to 30. While in Afghanistan, Rev. El Shafie and the delegation had the opportunity to meet with victims and hear firsthand their stories of wife abuse, child sexual abuse, and religious persecution. They were also able to confront government and opposition officials about the government’s role in perpetuating abusive laws and OWFIhuman rights violations. Our team also had the opportunity to meet and encourage Canadian soldiers, fulfilling Rev. El Shafie’s earlier promise to the troops that he would return. They presenting the troops with new cards of support, like those we took on our first mission in 2007, which were signed by some 2500 Canadians, including Prime Minister Harper and several Canadian members of parliament as well as many of you.

Rev. El Shafie At the end of November Rev. El Shafie had the opportunity for the third time to testify before the Canadian Parliament’s Subcommittee on International Human Rights (video of his testimony is available here scroll down the page for Meeting 35), this time about what he discovered on his mission to Afghanistan. He focused on the abuse of Afghan women and children and about the government’s murderous campaign against converts to Christianity. In the context of this rare opportunity OFWI hosted a reception, in collaboration with Mario Silva, where we presented our concerns directly to the Canadian people, including members of parliament and senators, human rights advocates, members of different religious and ethnic groups, and concerned members of the public.

Besides Rev. El Shafie and Mario Silva, other speakers at the reception were Justin Trudeau, and Toronto immigration lawyer Chantal Desloges. The keynote speaker was the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister for Citizenship and Immigration. Minister Kenney acknowledged that the Canadian government can and should re-double its efforts to use Canada’s influence to help the women, children, and Christians of Afghanistan and he invited OFWI to continue bringing these issues to the government’s attention both in parliamentary and other public fora.

Special Thanks

 As always, we would like to give special thanks to our OFWI team, those partners and volunteers who work anonymously behind the scenes, sacrificing their time, sleep, effort, finances, and even putting their lives in danger, to ensure that the work moves forward.

Finally, the OFWI family would like to thank all of you for being partners in our work in 2010. Without your active participation, prayers, and support none of this would have been possible. We undertake our work by faith, knowing that it is the call of the Lord and it must be done, making great sacrifices and trusting that He will provide. Our educational events, advocacy, and particularly our fact-finding and rescue missions require tremendous resources and are only possible because of your generous support. Please prayerfully consider making a special year-end donation to OFWI or committing to support our work on a monthly basis in the coming year (OFWI’s address and banking information are included below).

To all of our friends and partners we wish the richest blessings in 2011! As we look forward to the New Year and all the challenges that lie ahead, we trust that you will continue to support our work, both in prayer and financially, and by taking action with us on behalf of our brothers and sisters around the world who continue to suffer injustice, abuse, and persecution because of their beliefs. Together we can work toward a world where everyone can live in peace and freedom, seek truth, and worship according to their conscience and beliefs.

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

A Christmas miracle for Neeha and her family!

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A Christmas miracle for Neeha and her family!
Dear Friends and Partners,

At this Christmas season, we would like to rejoice with you in some wonderful news. After Neeha Free At Lastthree years of much hard work on behalf of little Neeha, we are thrilled to be able to report that One Free World International has finally succeeded in bringing her and her family to safety in Canada.

As we have reported several times before, Neeha was only two and a half years old when the son of her father’s employer brutally raped her and left her at the side of the road to die. These horrific events took place simply Christian Family Hiding Place Pakistanbecause her father, who was Christian, refused to give in to pressure from his Muslim employer to convert to Islam. Since then the family has lived for several years in hiding and in the constant fear of being discovered by the employer’s family or Islamic extremists.

On his latest visit to Pakistan, Rev. El Shafie succeeded in the extremely dangerous mission of bringing the family to Canada and Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney has granted them a Rev El Shafie and Neeha on the flight to safetyspecial ministerial permit. Immigration lawyer and OFWI partner Chantal Desloges worked tirelessly on this case and was instrumental in ensuring that all the paperwork was properly completed and Pastor Steven Long and Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship provided invaluable support and assistance in this matter. As a result, for the first time ever, Neeha and her family are finally able to freely celebrate Christmas in peace and without fear.

Neeha arriving in CanadaAs you celebrate Christmas this year, we hope that you will rejoice with Neeha and her family and in the part that you played in this wonderful Christmas blessing. Rev. El Shafie put his life on the line to rescue the family, but without your continued prayers and support for him and for our ministry this miracle would not have been possible.

Finally, we hope that at this season of celebration and reflection you would remember all the Christians in Pakistan and in so many other countries around the world who have no alternative but to celebrate Christmas in the midst of persecution and fear. Pray for them and thank God that as long as people have the courage to stand up for their beliefs, regardless of the consequences, hope and faith will endure and keep alive the dream that one day there will be peace on earth and goodwill to men.

Please pray:

• that Neeha and her family will be able to adjust to their new surroundings in Canada and that their new circumstances will allow them to heal and lead to a new beginning for the entire family; and,

• that all Pakistanis, regardless of their religion or beliefs, would be able to live and worship in freedom and equality and that the people of Pakistan would experience true peace and harmony that can only come from the Prince of Peace.

ACTION:

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

• to Minister Kenney, thanking him for his invaluable gift to Neeha and her family and wishing him a special Christmas blessing.

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.

One Free World International

El Shafie Ministries

CTV Covered the story: http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/WFive/20100311/w5_saving_neha_100311/

CONTACT:

The Honourable Jason Kenney Minister for Citizenship and Immigration Citizenship and Immigration Canada Ottawa, ON   K1A 1L1 Tel: (613) 992-2235; Fax: (613) 992-1920 Email: Minister@cic.gc.ca