By Dan Wooding, Founder of ASSIST News Service
LAKE FOREST, CA (ANS – November 16, 2017) — It is that time of year again. The holidays are upon us, and here, in the United States, a really special event, Thanksgiving Day, will take place next Thursday (November 23, 2017). It is a time when families get together to share a special Turkey meal and catch up with each other’s news.
The hustle and bustle has already begun as tens of thousands prepare to fly home to be with family and friends, honoring old family traditions, as well as making new ones.
I am sure that you are reflecting on what you are thankful for this year, and Norma and myself are no different. We are thankful to the Lord for the privilege of knowing Him, for our two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six lovely grand kids, all living in the UK.
We are also grateful to God for being able to share with you the many stories about our suffering brothers and sisters through the ASSIST News Service (www.assistnews.net ).
We are especially thankful that the Lord put it on our hearts to begin the news service more than 25 years ago, and that you, our faithful friends, are praying daily for those that we feature on ANS.
I recently read that some 100,000 Christians die each year for their faith, and that works out to be about 11 believers who are killed every hour for the “crime” of following Jesus Christ in countries like Afghanistan, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Syria and Pakistan. It is a sobering thought for those of us living in freedom, but we can play our part in easing their pain.
And now there are deep concerns that persecution may have finally come to the United States, following the November 5, 2017, mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, when 26 people were killed by a crazed gunman, including the pastor’s daughter, and a further 20 others injured.
My pledge to you is that, wherever our brothers and sisters are suffering for their faith, we will continue to bring you their stories, so you can pray for them and help alleviate their pain, whenever possible.
So, this Thanksgiving, would you consider making a special gift to ASSIST to help our unique news service continue with our mission of informing the world about our persecuted brothers and sisters.
All you have to do, is go to www.assistnews.net and then scroll down the page to where it says DONATE TO ASSIST NEWS, and there enter the amount (tax-deductible in the US) that God lays upon your heart. If you prefer a check, just make it out to ASSIST and mail it to PO Box 609, Lake Forest, CA 92609, USA. (If you are sending a check, could you send me an e-mail at email@example.com about your special Thanksgiving gift, so I can tell Norma, our volunteer administrator, the good news.)
Your gift will immediately be used to allow us to continue our “media ministry,” and you will know that you have made a powerful difference in the lives of those who live in places where faith costs the most.
Proverbs 11:25 says “…he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” Think about whom you have been able to bless this year, and continue to bless through your donation. Norma and I give thanks for all you have been able to do every day of this past year.
I want you to know how much we appreciate your faithfulness and prayer support over the year, and we thank you in advance for standing with us again and allowing us to bless those who suffer so much for being a Christian in the many hot spots of the world.
Photo captions: 1) A North Korean woman being tortured for her faith in Jesus. 2) Give Thanks! 3) Dan Wooding with Michael Little of CBN with a North Korean soldier at the DMZ. 4) Dan Wooding reporting from Tiananmen Square in Beijing.
About the writer: Dan Wooding, 76, is an award-winning author, broadcaster and journalist, who was born in Nigeria, West Africa, of British missionary parents, Alfred and Anne Wooding, who then worked with the Sudan Interior Mission, now known as SIM. Dan now lives in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for some 54 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. Dan is the founder/president of the ASSIST News Service (ANS), and is also the author of numerous books. He has a weekly radio show and two television programs, all based in Southern California.
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