This is a letter I sent out… Thanks!
FROM THE DESK OF
REV. STEVE SCROGGS
1528 Orleans Ave.
Hendersonville, NC 28791
Dear Friends and Family,
I need your help. You have an opportunity to support the Cause of the persecuted around the world.
Reverend Majed El Shafie, President and Founder of One Free World International, was himself detained and severely tortured by Egyptian authorities after he converted from Islam to Christianity and began pursuing equal rights for Egyptian Christians. After he was sentenced to death, he was able to escape from Egypt by way of Israel and finally settled in Canada where he established OFWI in 2004. God has given him the responsibility of bearing a tremendous vision; a call for freedom, hope, and tolerance for religious differences and to promote human rights in this area.
Let me tell you about another Christian who chose Christ, even when it could mean her death. When Rifqa Bary received Jesus Christ as her personal Savior her life changed. For two years she hid her faith. When her Muslim family found out about her conversion, her life was in jeopardy. Rifqa made the choice to flee from her home in Columbus, Ohio to Orlando, Florida. Courtrooms, lawyers, accusations, testimonials, and the Department of Social Services turned her life upside down. Now she is back in Ohio. Rifqa’s home is here in the United States, but her life remains in jeopardy.
“The LORD replies, ‘I have seen violence done to the helpless, and I have heard the groans of the poor. Now I will rise up to rescue them, as they have longed for Me to do.’” (Psalms 12:5)
“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)
In the last year you helped us go to Pakistan with Rev. Majed El Shafie and One Free World International. On that mission we met with persecuted believers, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and other Heads of State concerning human rights violations like religious persecutions and Christian slave camps. The Lord was in fact, using that delegation to begin a foundation upon which governments and leaders would address laws which will allow for religious freedom to be enjoyed by people persecuted for their faith.
Now, after praying for the Peace of Jerusalem for years the Lord is sending us to touch the “Apple of His eye.” We are going as a part of an International delegation to facilitate an historic, first ever International Human Rights Conference on Religious Minorities around the issue of international religious persecution. This conference on December 14 & 15th of 2009 at the Hebrew University will mark the launch of OFWI’s human rights education work in the international sphere. More than that, it will bring together participants from around the world in the context of an inter-faith event. Our purpose will be to address and bring international attention to the increase in persecution of religious minorities and anti-Semitism that is taking place around the world. Our aim will be that of determining ways to cooperate in combating these threats to our most basic freedoms.
In mid-December, we will be taking parliamentarians, human rights victims, advocates, and church leaders from Canada and the United States on a mission to Israel where we will be meeting with Israeli leaders and officials. In addition we will be visiting sites with particular significance in the battle for religious freedom and against religious persecution and anti-Semitism.
This mission will provide an exciting opportunity for us to share with Israeli leaders about violations of religious freedom taking place around the world and to focus together on our common interest in conquering persecution and anti-Semitism. Your support is critical, either through your prayers or by assisting us in meeting the financial obligations of this mission (donation information is provided below). The world needs to know about our persecuted brothers and sisters and only together can we continue to share their story with those who have not heard.
Will you join me in this prayer? “Lord, will you bring our persecuted brothers and sisters out from the shadow of death to the shadow of life. We pray for their victory over the evil one; that they would carry the flag of the cross to the top of the highest mountains. The more they are persecuted, the more they may grow in the Lord.”
Will you join me in saying these words with Majed? “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.
Will you join me with financial support? Steven and I will be going December 10-17 to Israel through Canada. I believe your investments will come back to you through the Lord’s hand, “…some thirty, some sixty and some ninety fold.” Thank you for your crucial and immediate response as the time is near.
The time is now for the world to address the issue of persecution around the globe. Please pray and support Steven and me as we take the wisdom of God to the nations.
Because His Love is Eternal,
Rev. Steve Scroggs
Senior Pastor and Founder of Mountain Vintage Church
You may send your gifts through www.mountainvintage.org donate button or write to:
Mountain Vintage Fellowship
3867 Sweeten Creek Rd.
Arden, NC 28704