By Dan Wooding, Founder of ASSIST News Service
LAKE FOREST, CA (ANS – May 3, 2016) – I have lived in America now since 1982, and I can’t remember a time when there has been so much anger and hatred that is being stoked up by the rhetoric of some of those running for the Presidency of the United States.
Even today, some candidates are turning up the vitriol to record decibel rates, and we are seeing violence at political rallies, verbal attacks on immigrants and racial groups, and we even see many Christians are joining in, something which numerous believers in the Church find quite appalling.
Huge amounts of money, which would normally be given to churches and ministries, are being given to candidates, and consequently, many needy people around the world, especially those in countries like Iraq, Syria, and Nigeria, the land of my birth, who are all paying a terrible price for their faith in Jesus Christ, are not getting the help they so desperately need.
And we haven’t yet come to the actual main election for the Presidency.
You may have noticed that we, at ANS, do not run any domestic party political stories, and we do that for a reason, as we believe there is enough anger and hatred going around in the media, for us to contribute any more.
We have chosen, instead, to bring you news about our courageous brothers and sisters around the world who are being persecuted by terror groups like Islamic State (ISIS) and Boko Haram. We also bring you features about Christians who are making a huge difference for God’s Kingdom and who can inspire us.
However, because of our editorial policy, we like many other groups, are not getting the support we need to keep going. Our giving has almost completely dried up and I am sad to say that some weeks, we are receiving just one check as a donation to ASSIST. This, as you can imagine, makes it so difficult for us to pay the bills to keep going.
Things have become so difficult for us, that for several months now, my wife Norma and myself – we are both in our mid-seventies — have been dipping into our savings to the tune of $1,000 per month, to keep ASSIST afloat. Naturally, this can’t go on for much longer, or will soon have no savings at all.
So, my dear friends, I would like to ask you to consider helping us get through this challenging time, and by doing so, you will be saying “no” to anger and hatred, and “yes” to love for our brothers and sisters who risk all to following Jesus. After all, in the long run, this is a much better way for us to act.
All you have to do is to go to www.assistnews.net and then scroll down the page to where it says, DONATE, and put in the amount that the Lord has put on your heart. If you prefer a check, just make it out to ASSIST and then mail it to: PO Box 609, Lake Forest, CA 92609, USA.
For those of you who can help, I say a huge “thank you” for standing in the gap for us as we endeavor to bring you the news that you will certainly not read in the mainstream media, many of whom – but not all – appear to obsessed with stoking the fires of anger and hatred.
Can I count on you? I do hope so!
Photo captions: 1) Angry man. 2) Angry Americans. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images). 3) Horrifying sight of Middle Eastern Christians being publically hung by a terror group. 4) ISIS continues to kill hundreds of Christians. 5) Dan Wooding reporting for ANS outside the Kurdistan Parliament in Erbil, Northern Iraq.
About the writer: Dan Wooding, 75, is an award-winning winning author, broadcaster and journalist who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, and is now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for almost 53 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. Dan is the founder and international director of ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS). He is also the author of some 45 books, and has reported from all over the world for ANS, and his most recent trip was to Erbil, Northern Iraq.
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