Friday, April 10, 2009

Terrorists lead people back to God

 




Dear Jorge,

It's often in the midst of suffering that people find God, and sometimes God even uses terrorists for the good. This week in our regular edition we published the stories of two people who were kidnapped by notorious FARC terrorists in Colombia. They spent six years in the jungle under humiliating circumstances. But Jesus met them right there.
American Marc Gonsalves recalls that he didn't expect to survive captivity until he felt God's presence in the midst of a life-threatening bomb attack by Colombian military jets. "I was physically shaking, and I just called out to God to protect us," he said. "The next morning I woke up and I felt different." A Colombian hostage gave him a Bible, which he often read and discussed with fellow hostage French-Colombian Ingrid Betancourt. After her release last year Betancourt said: "Without Jesus at my side I would never have managed to survive the pain. Being a hostage places you in a situation of constant humiliation... faced with this you can either allow yourself to become ugly and bitter, filled with hate and vindictiveness, or you follow the other path, that is shown by Jesus, who said 'bless your enemies'." Both captives consider their release a miracle.
This week we remember Christ in his suffering and humiliation. He gave his life to restore us in our relationship to God. Isn't that a miracle?

Be blessed and be a blessing!

Marc van der Woude
joelnews.org


S E R V I C E

You receive this e-mail as a former reader of Joel News at harvey_ethel@hotmail.com. If you prefer to not receive any future updates from us,
click on this link to sign off or send an e-mail to service@joelnews.org mentioning unsubscribe and your e-mail address in the subject line. Your request will be processed promptly.

The book of Acts is still happening today! Subscribe to our regular publication Joel News International, a weekly high-quality selection of the most inspiring stories on the advance of God's Kingdom in six continents: 
www.joelnews.org.




check out the rest of the Windows Live™. More than mail–Windows Live™ goes way beyond your inbox. More than messages