By Dan Wooding, Founder of the ASSIST News Service
LAKE FOREST, CA (ANS – January 28, 2016) – Here in the United States, the country has voting fever, as the various candidates from the two main parties jostle for attention, and point out the “faults” of their rivals.
And yet the Presidential election is still a long way away — November 8, 2016 — to be exact.
But I am glad to say that you don’t have to wait to cast your vote, but you can register it today on behalf of Persecuted Christians trapped in violent countries like Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Nigeria, the land of my birth, all of whom are being terrorized by groups like Islamic State (ISIS) and Boko Haram.
We, at the ASSIST News Service (www.assistnews.net), have the great privilege of bringing you, up-to-date news of our suffering brothers and sisters, who are daily paying the ultimate price for their faith in Jesus Christ.
But unlike the campaigns that daily get wall-to-wall coverage in our American media, and cost the candidates (and their supporters) millions of dollars, we run our “campaign” for Persecuted Believers, on a shoe-string.
In fact, our costs are minimal compared with those wanting to have the most powerful job in the world – President of the United States. And none of our ANS writers, including myself, receive a regular salary, but instead trust the Lord for our support. We call ourselves, “Media Missionaries.” Some of our correspondents often risk their own lives by bringing us these stories.
Here at ASSIST, we have a small office run by our volunteer administrator, Norma Wooding, my dear wife of more than 52 years, and our costs include a phone and Internet costs, but still we are running extremely low on funds, and so this is where you come in.
By supporting ANS at this time, you will be casting your vote for those that we daily feature — heroes like Asia Bibi, the courageous Pakistani Christian mother-of-five, who has been on death row for years, and is now appealing her death sentence for alleged blasphemy.
So I am asking you to today make a symbolic “vote” for ASSIST, by helping us continue our vital work with a generous donation (tax deductible in the US), and by doing so, you will be saying that you deeply care for those that need our help and you pray for.
All you have to do is log onto our website – www.assistnews.net – and scroll down to the place which says DONATE and put in your gift amount. If you prefer to send a check, please make it out to ASSIST and then mail it to: PO Box 609, Lake Forest, CA 92609, USA. (If you are sending a check, would you mind shooting me a short e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org with the amount, so I can pass on the good news to Norma.)
This is a wonderful way for you to “vote” for our brothers and sisters all over the world that have asked us to continue telling their stories, and by so doing, you will be making a statement that you really care about their plight.
Can I depend on you today? Thank you!
Photo captions: 1) Dan Wooding reporting for ANS from Tiananmen Square,Beijing, China. 2) Asia Bibi, pictured with her husband and two of her children. She is still on death row. 3) Norma and Dan Wooding on a joint reporting assignment for ANS.
About the writer: Dan Wooding is an award-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 more than 52 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. He is the founder of the ASSIST News Service, has worked as a senior reporter for two of Great Britain’s largest-circulation newspapers. Dan is the author of some 45 books, and has two TV programs and one radio show in Southern California. He has reported widely for ANS from various parts of the world, including North Korea.
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