Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Execution Delayed

Execution Delayed
An Israeli press report is stating that Iran has put off the execution of brother Youcef. We are working to confirm this information. It states that Youcef was set to be executed today and that they have delayed it. But they have not said how long it has been delayed. Please continue to pray, tweet and contact your government officials.
If this is a fact then Iran has done two things; 1. They have acknowledged that he is under the death sentence for apostasy. 2. They have acknowledge that an execution order was signed.
But it only states that the execution was delayed not cancelled. We need to continue to earnestly pray. They did not announce that the execution was to take place today so they may execute him any other day since they state it was merely delayed. Please pray and pass the word to others to do the same.
So that you are aware of the grace of God, we can tell you that Youcef and his family are both doing well. They are remaining faithful to Christ and standing strong in Him. 

In Christ,

Jason DeMars
Present Truth Ministries
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Monday, February 27, 2012

The Persecuted Church


This morning the persecuted church is very much on my heart. The Lord had me up in the night praying for the situation in Iran with Pastor Yousef and His precious family and others. Here in the nation of Canada for the moment we live where there is freedom to practice our faith. We do see however that the enemy is trying to bring restraint on just what one can preach out their bible when it comes to certain topics. The love and fear of the Lord must be paramount in a person's life and the fear of man must be kept under our feet.

My heart is troubled for our brothers and sisters in China, Iran and many other places in the globe where they are suffering deep persecution for the gospel of Christ. What would it would be like to live in a country where anyone could pound on your door in the middle of the night and just haul you off to some unknown place and torture you. This happened to one precious woman in China as they tried to get her to denounce her brothers and sisters. Truly she was suffering the sufferings of Christ for her faith in Him. She did not relent and give in but with the grace of God she held ground.

Which brings me to the spirit of compromise that is so prevalent in much of the church today. Could we stand if persecution comes one day to our nation as it is in China or Iran. Years ago when first saved I heard a brother speak about persecution and all it did was scare me. Now I am mature and can look at it in new light. The bible tells us that all those that live Godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. We read about the sufferings of Christ. Do we even discern the Lord's body and move beyond our own needs to the needs of others? Are compassionate and understanding when one part of the body suffers for when one suffers we all suffer with them!

How is your relationship with Jesus? Is He your first love or have you over the years you have allowed other things to come between you and your Lord? Perhaps it is your work, another person, it could even be material things or your ministry. Do you have enough of the Word of God hidden in your heart to bring you through rough times? I am a firm believer in the need to memorize scripture and in retrospect would that I had memorized more when young and became a new believer. It is never too late to take the time to learn a scripture a week.

We must realize that the body is not just those in your group, your family, or ethnic background but it is truly made up from all the nations of the earth. Precious brothers and sisters who have heard the gospel and accepted the finished work of Jesus on the Cross. His blood was shed for you and me and for all mankind and we are seeing as we have seen through ages past that there are those that have and will continue to pay a high price for serving Jesus. They have seen that they are not of this world and that there is no price paid that will not be worth it in the end. They will obtain a better resurrection.

Let us turn our hearts towards the persecuted church, sit down with Father and hear Him. I know they are on His heart as He had me up praying for them in the wee hours of this morning. Ask Father God what is your part in this and He will show you. Let us stand with our brothers and sisters in the persecuted church today.

32And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:
 33Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions.
 34Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
 35Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:
 36And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:
 37They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
 38(Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
 39And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:
 40God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect. Heb. 11:32-40

Patricia Hamel
February 27, 2012

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Update: Execution orders may have been issued for Iranian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani

Update: Execution orders may have been issued for Iranian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani

(Source: American Center for Law and Justice)

Please pray for Pastor Youcef!
Photo: Present Truth Ministries

According to contacts in Iran, the execution orders for Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani may have been issued. Pastor Youcef's situation -- an innocent man convicted and sentenced to death for becoming a Christian -- has reportedly not been this dire since his story was first reported (for more on his case, click here).

It is unclear whether Pastor Youcef would have a right of appeal from the execution order. The head of Iran's Judiciary, Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani, must approve publicly held executions, but only a small percentage of executions are held public -- most executions in Iran are conducted in secret.

Please pray that the Lord will intervene and that Pastor Youcef will be freed from prison. Pray that Youcef and his family will remain faithful to the Lord in all situations. Pray that the Lord will be exalted through Pastor Youcef, whether in life or in death (Philippians 1:20).

Go to the Iran Country Report for more on the trials Christians in Iran face.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Standing In The Gap For The Sin Of Abortion

Standing In The Gap For The Sin Of Abortion

Sometimes we are so blind that we do not see our sin as God sees it. We can be grateful that He takes time before dealing with a nation to point out our sin and show us the way of repentance. Jesus is the answer to a nations sin issues and when we repent of our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness. The Lord is addressing the sin of abortion in the United States of America as we have heard tonight on a call to fast and pray sent out by Lou Engle of The Call.

I was painfully aware that our own nation is not exempt of this sin and also needs to come to a place of repentance and that laws need to be speedily changed to protect the unborn lives that are so dependent on the decisions we make. The laws we make do affect the generation to come and those thereafter and the sins of the fathers are visited on the children to third and fourth generation and some sins even to the tenth generation. What are we doing about our sin? What are we doing as the body of Christ in prayer and intercession? Are we calling on the Lord and repenting for the lives of those whose blood has been shed and like Abel's blood is now crying up from the ground? God sees it all! He knows it all and nothing is hidden that will not be revealed.

We want our nation spared the natural disasters and yet do we deserve that our nation be spared? This is a soul searching question but one that needs to be asked. Are we asking the Lord to also change the hearts of those that are pondering abortions in the near future? Even this next week abortions are scheduled and yet we forget and these lives hang in the balance. Could we by our prayer change the hearts of many of these mothers? Can we change the heart of a nation through prayer, fasting and intercession? Yes we can!!! We have been called for such a time as this to make a difference, in the lives of others. Do you believe the Lord wants to use you to pray, stand in the gap and repent of the sin of abortion in our land?

The unborn are crying out as they are taken to the slaughter. Doctors that perform these abortions are murdering children. Mothers and Fathers who have abortions are killing their children and so many later live with deep regret troubling them each and every day of their lives. I know of one woman who suffered mental illness because of the abortion she had in her early life.

Let the Lord tenderize your heart to the cry of the unborn. Let Him stir you to stand in the gap. Let Him allow you to see sin as sin and not call it otherwise. The Lord saw the blood of Abel crying out and He sees the blood of each and every child that has been shed. Abortion breaks the commandment of the Lord that says, you shall not kill. In having an abortion you are committing murder.

Father God will most surely forgive you for having had an abortion and cover this sin in His precious blood. He is a loving and forgiving God. He is merciful to those that repent. Let us also repent of not carrying this burden and passing it off for others to take care of. Let us pray for our leaders that they hear the Lord and have their eyes opened to see. Let us cry out and spare not that the fear of God and a spirit of repentance come upon the people of our land and see if the Lord will again show our nations favor.

Now is the time to repent of our sin! Now is the time to hear Him! Now is the time to not delay but come quickly to Him in repentance! Now is the time for tomorrow may be too late! Now is the time to hear the voice of the Lord as He is speaking to many in the nations. God is raising up youth with a standard. He is raising up prophetic voices among our youth today that will go far beyond that which we have done for the Lord and will walk fearlessly speaking the whole counsel of God. Let us pray for these youth that God will raise them up with His fire in their bones and that they will speak without fear of man. Let us pray everywhere without doubting what the Lord will do for a nation that walks in repentance and fear of the Lord. Let us watch and pray, and repent of our sin. 9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

February 24, 2012
Patricia Hamel

Urgent call to fast and pray for the United States of America - Lou Engle - The Call

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

PRAYER ALERT: Final Verdict for Pastor Youcef....Death

Urgent Prayer & Action: Final Verdict for Pastor Youcef... Death
(Iran)—According to a FOXNews report today, the final verdict has been handed down on Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani's fate—death.
As Youcef's supporters all around the world feared, the Iranian trial court has decided that he will be executed on the charges that he left Islam to convert to Christianity.
Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani's family and supporters are asking for urgent prayer by Believers worldwide, on his behalf, and for people to contact their legislators to ask for intervention.
Follow the link for more information:

Saturday, February 18, 2012

The Esther Call Prayer Initiatives


Dear Friend of TheCall,

We are quickly approaching the March 17th launch of the Back To Life Movement, where 39 women representing 39 years of legalized abortion in America will set out on a 21-day prayer walk covering 250 miles from Houston's largest abortion facility to Dallas, Texas. On April 6, 2012, Good Friday, thousands of women will greet these walkers at TheEstherCall, a
historic all women's solemn assembly crying out for the heart of America to be awakened in mercy. For more information, please visit    www.TheCall.com.

We are asking our friends for immediate prayer coverage for the Back to Life team and TheEstherCall. At this time we are launching two pre-call prayer initiatives:

  • TheEstherCall National Prayer Wall: Help us build a Nehemiah Prayer Wall around this historic prayer gathering. We are immediately asking individuals, churches, or para-church ministries to sign up for a specific hour of prayer and mobilize others in your network to sign up as well. Sign up is available at:  WeJoinIn.com/TheEstherCall.
  • 21-Day House of Prayer: Starting March 17th, the Dallas House of Prayer will host a special 21-day house of prayer preparing the city to receive TheEstherCall with Back to Life. If you are in the Dallas area or would like to travel down on your own accord to participate, please email:  estherprayer@hozdallas.com.

The grace period for abortion is coming to an end, just as it did with slavery. Our hearts are gripped. Someone must stand in the gap. We believe 2012 is the year for women to arise with great leadership and confidence, letting their voices be heard in heaven and on earth. Would you please consider contending with us in prayer as God moves your heart leading up to TheEstherCall?

For the call,

Britainie Nelson
Dallas House of Prayer
Special Event Prayer Coordinator


Friday, February 17, 2012

Steven Woodworth Files Motion For Parliament to Study Canada's 400 Year Old Law On Definition Of Human Being

Steven Woodworth MP for Kitchener Centre needs to be commended on his filing a motion for
Parliament to  review Subsection 223(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada that states that children
are not human beings until complete birth. This archaic law definitely needs changed without delay.
Let us pray for this to go forth and that any committee chosen would have wisdom in studying this law
and that our Government has the wisdom of God to bring forth this change.

Visit his website link below.


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Right To Home School

We have sent this letter to the Embassy of Sweden, Ottawa concerning the article below.

Dear Sir,

It has come to our attention by www.HSLDA.org. about the right to home school in your nation of Sweden.  We support  the right of the Himmelstrands and other families in Sweden who want to home school." Eyes are upon your nation as to how you handle this and other cases.  Parents need to have the freedom to choose the education of choice for their children.


Patricia Hamel


Swedish Homeschoolers Urgently Ask For Help From Homeschooling Families in the USA by Jeremiah Lorrig

 The Right To Home School

This article drew my attention this morning.  Recently I know of one in our own Nation of Canada
who has gone through a battle with the secular system in her right to home school her child. We are
admonished in the Word of God to train up our children in the way they should go.  That way is
God's way.  Yet, we put our children in a secular school and wonder why they come out at the
end of that schooling tainted by the world.

I am not saying home schooling is for everyone but there are many good home school programs
and children have graduated from these programs with more skills to help them in this world
than that which they received in the secular system.  Do...we want our children taught things that
are contrary to the Word of God.  Of course not!  I do recall in high school myself having a history
class many times a week that taught us evolution and it was taught in depth.  Thankfully it did not
sink in, perhaps because I had a foundation of at least going to Sunday school till I was twelve.

We have seen God taken out of our schools, school shootings and many lives destroyed. It is with
sadness we remember the shootings at Columbine High School and only a week later one
in Tabor, Alberta with the loss of precious young lives.

The secular system who has removed prayer from the schools and does not want the Lord
mentioned has had sadly lacked the ability to protect our children and instil good values into them.
We are told in the Word of God, woe to those that call evil good and good evil.  Plainly there are
Christian parents who do NOT want their children tainted by an ungodly world system.  As parents
we are responsible before the Lord to train up our children in the way they should go and that did
not say to turn them over to the government to do our job.

 So...it is with this thought that we are posting this article about the battle in Sweden that a
family is having in the right to home school. Pray for them and let us be praying fervently
for our children daily that the Lord keeps His hand on their lives for His glory.

 Prayerfully we need to ask our Heavenly Father what He wants for our children and whatsoever
 He says to you do it with all your heart!

Patricia Hamel

Swedish Homeschoolers Urgently Ask for Help from Homeschooling Families in the USA
by Jeremiah Lorrig : Feb 16, 2012 : HSLDA.ORG
"Swedish families are now fighting for their basic rights and are looking for support from other freedom lovers abroad. I am asking all of my fellow citizens to join me in supporting the Himmelstrands and other families in Sweden who want to homeschool." -Michael Donnelly
(PURCELLVILLE, VA)—Amid increasing persecution in Sweden, beleaguered homeschool families look to the United States for help.
One homeschool family, the Himmelstrands, chose to homeschool their three children for years before they were denied permission from their municipality in 2008. Now the Himmelstrands face fines in excess of $26,000 (US).
Swedish Homeschool AssocJonas Himmelstrand, president of the Swedish Association for Home Education, appealed yesterday to the supporters in the United States and around the world, "We ask our fellow home educators to email the Swedish authorities on a mass scale about the situation in Sweden. We want to let Swedish officials know that their actions have drawn international attention. Please write to the Swedish Embassy in your country on our behalf." (Photo: Swedish Association for Home Education)
Although it is likely that there are fewer than 100 homeschoolers in the country of 9 million, Jonas says the persecution "is against all international conventions on human rights."
Homeschoolers in the United States have started to respond. The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) and the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) have filed a brief in a Swedish appellate court on behalf of the family. Michael Donnelly, HSLDA's Director of International Relations, explains the gravity of the Swedish, "Homeschooling is legal in the United States and in many other countries only after decades of tumultuous legislative and legal conflicts. Swedish families are now fighting for their basic rights and are looking for support from other freedom lovers abroad. I am asking all of my fellow citizens to join me in supporting the Himmelstrands and other families in Sweden who want to homeschool."
Home School Legal Defense Association is a nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children and to protect family freedoms. Visit us online at www.HSLDA.org. Click on the source link for more information on how to help.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Urgent Prayer Needed! Earthquake in Phillippines

Urgent Prayer Needed!

Earthquake in Dumaguete (spelling?) Epi Centre is Cebu I just received a phone call from our son in Ft. MacMurray and a friend has just called from the Philippines to say there was an earthquake and a tsunami warning.  They are in their house but there is no where to go.

Please pray.

He just called back to say the power is out in the town.  Around 2pm there

Time Correction.

Actually it was a little earlier at 11:49 am as our son was not looking at the clock.


February 6, 2012