DT : daren & tiff

August 1, 2007

Pray for Korean Hostages in Afghanistan

Filed under: DEETEE, Pray — delephant @ 12:47 pm

This message comes from the National Council of Churches in Korea …  Please keep them in prayer

Dear Friends in Christ,

Warm greeting from Seoul,

As you have been informed, the 23 Koreans have been held hostage in  
Afghanistan by Taliban last July 19th, two of them were already  
executed, and the others are still detained under the threat of  
execution. NCCK AND Korean churches have been sincerely praying for  
their safety and the immediate release.

We sincerely ask you and Christians of your country to pray for their
health and their immediate reunion with their families. We believe
that our prayer and our various efforts will affect on the safe
release of those who are still detained.In Christ, Yours

Rev. Kwon, Oh-Sung

General Secretary

National Council of Churches in Korea

NEWS Update from ChoSun

Taliban Kill Second Korean Hostage

Shim Sung-min

Taliban killed another Korean hostage in Afghanistan after the latest deadline for negotiations expired on Monday. Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, a purported spokesman for the Taliban, told the Chosun Ilbo, AFP and AP by phone, “’Finally tonight at 8:30, we killed one of the Koreans named Sung Sim with AK-47 gunshots.” He claimed the armed group also killed one German hostage.The victim is presumed to be Shim Sung-min. The body of the hostage had been dumped in the Qarabagh district of the southern province of Ghazni, Ahmadi said. Shim is the second Korean killed by the militants after the Rev. Bae Hyung-kyu, who died last Wednesday. Shim recently quit his job and was preparing to go to an agricultural graduate school. He had told Japanese broadcaster NHK by phone on Sunday that he was with three hostages but did not know where.

Prior to the killing, the militants extended the deadline by four hours, saying that the Taliban leadership council, the group’s supreme decision-making body, would then decide on the fate of the hostages unless the Afghan government free Taliban prisoners in exchange for the Korean captives.

Shim Jin-pyo, the father of Shim Sung-min, 29, one of the kidnapped South Koreans in Afghanistan, speaks to the media after watching a television report about his son, in Seongnam, south of Seoul on Tuesday. Taliban kidnappers shot dead a male South Korean hostage on Monday, accusing the Afghan government of not listening to their demands for the release of Taliban prisoners. Shim sung-min is believed to be the victim./REUTERS

Fifty minutes after the initial deadline passed, a man who claimed to be a Taliban commander told the Afghan Islamic Express by phone that negotiations had failed completely and they would shortly kill Korean hostages. Ahmadi had earlier told AP, “It might be a man or a woman…We may kill one, we may kill two, we may kill one of each (gender), two of each, four of each,” unless Taliban prisoners were released.

Arabic news channel Al Jazeera reported that Afghan and U.S. forces were gathering near a highway where the Koreans were kidnapped.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai is to meet U.S. President George W. Bush at the presidential retreat Camp David on Aug. 5 and 6.



May 3, 2007

Pray for Kevin – Stuck in Office Texas due to Big Storm

Filed under: DEETEE, Family, Pray — delephant @ 8:16 am

Hey guys … Pray along for my bro, Kevin.

Just got news from his wife that Kevin is stuck at work in Texas cos of a huge storm. The storm is causing Flash Flood, so its not safe for him to leave work! Will update once he’s safely back home.

Please pray along!!!

 [Read the news article below on the Storm – news published 40 mins ago]


Texas storms claimed a second life this week when a woman was found dead Wednesday in a car submerged in southwest Bexar County. Bexar County officials were rescuing people from another car underwater at the same crossing when they noticed a second vehicle. When a firefighter broke out the rear window of the vehicle, they discovered the body of a woman in her 40s. She was not immediately identified.

On Tuesday, an angler was killed when he was struck by lightning in the Central Texas town of Cameron.

Ronald Jake Ingram, 23, of Cameron, was fishing in a stock tank with two others when a severe storm blew in and the fishermen decided to leave. Ingram was struck by lightning as he reeled in his fishing line and worked to untangle it from another man’s line.

Meanwhile, torrential rain fell in parts of West Texas on Wednesday, flooding at least two homes and briefly knocking out Odessa’s emergency phone system, officials said.

It was another day of warnings and watches for the National Weather Service, which monitored storms that fired up frequently across the state.

In Odessa, school administrators took precautions when a storm struck Wednesday morning. At LBJ Elementary, students were moved to the school’s hallways from portables and classrooms. First-graders sat in rows holding open books above their heads.

About 11 inches of water filled the basement of the Ector County Library during the storm but there was no major damage.

“Water came down Sam Houston so fast it went over the sidewalk and just poured down the air intake. It was a mass of water,” Jeaux White, head of technical services at the Ector County Library, said in a story for Thursday’s Odessa American. “It’s a recurring problem.”

Rocks and leaves washed onto roadways, vehicles stalled and trash bins floated away. No major injuries or deaths were reported.

Numerous streets and all underpasses were closed in Odessa because of the heavy rainfall, said Dale Childers, Odessa’s assistant fire chief. Some streets were covered with as much as 4 feet of water, he said.

“We had a tremendous amount of rain in a short period of time,” he said, adding that two homes flooded and more could be reported. “It’s not raining anymore, but we’re anticipating a redevelopment this afternoon. That’s what I’m afraid of.”

The county’s emergency management office issued a flash flood warning late Wednesday morning urging Odessa residents to stay inside and not drive.

Pat Vesper, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Midland, said radar estimates indicated parts of Ector County, which includes Odessa, received as many as 5 inches. Radar indicated as much as 7 inches of rain in counties to the west, he said.


October 3, 2006

Prayer Requests : Ps Julie Khoo & Team in Bangladesh

Filed under: DEETEE, GladTidings, Pray — delephant @ 8:36 am

PJKContinue to pray for Pastor Julie Khoo and the team that’s now in Bangladesh.

They left for Bangladesh on 2 Oct and will be back to Malaysia by 6 Oct.

The team that is in Bangladesh are there to minister in the Mega Youth Conference in Dhaka and will be ministering to 700 young people.

Today (3 Oct) Ps Julie Khoo will be speaking in the Morning Session and also Night Rally as well.

The Team with her will be doing a Creative Workshop in the morning.

Please pray along and pray for a powerful anointing as the team leads and minister to the young people of Dhaka. Keep on Praying.

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