Lions Save African Girl From Abductors

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in Testimony, Uplifting Story |

Original Story: A 12-year-old girl who was abducted and beaten by men trying to force her into a marriage was found being guarded by three lions who apparently had chased off her captors, a policeman said Tuesday. The girl, missing for a week, had been taken by seven men who wanted to force her to marry one of them, said Sgt. Wondimu Wedajo, speaking by telephone from the provincial capital of Bita Genet, about 350 miles southwest of Addis Ababa (search). She was beaten repeatedly before she was found June 9 by police and relatives on the outskirts of Bita Genet, Wondimu said. She had been guarded by the lions for about half a day, he said. “They stood guard until we found her and then they just left her like a gift and went back into the forest,” Wondimu said. “If the lions had not come to her rescue, then it could have been much worse. Often these young girls are raped and severely beaten to force them to accept the marriage,” he said. Tilahun Kassa, a local government official who corroborated Wondimu’s version of the events, said one of the men had wanted to marry the girl against her wishes. “Everyone thinks this is some kind of miracle, because normally the lions would attack people,” Wondimu said. Stuart Williams, a wildlife expert with the rural development ministry, said the girl may have survived because she was crying from the trauma of her attack. “A young girl whimpering could be mistaken for the mewing sound from a lion cub, which in turn could explain why they didn’t eat her,” Williams said. Ethiopia’s lions, famous for their large black manes, are the country’s national symbol and adorn statues and the local currency. Despite a recent crackdown, Hunters also kill the animals for their skins, which can fetch $1,000. Williams estimates that only 1,000 Ethiopian lions remain in the wild. The girl, the youngest of four siblings, was “shocked and terrified” after her abduction and had to be treated for the cuts from her beatings, Wondimu said. He said police had caught four of the abductors and three were still at large. Kidnapping young girls has long been part of the marriage custom in Ethiopia (search). The United Nations estimates that more than 70 percent of marriages in Ethiopia are by abduction, practiced in rural areas where most of the country’s 71 million people...

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Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Encouragement, Testimony |

By: Jonnathan Zin Truong | Facebook, Twitter In 2010, when I was just returned home from a mission trip from Kenya with my best friend Patrick, my then girlfriend Olivia, now wife invited me to Lafayette, Louisiana to visit her grandparents, while there she also invited me to me to visit her stepfather’s mother, Miss Jane. When we arrived at her driveway, Olivia turned to me and said “Miss Jane is dying of stage 4 cancer. This is her third bout with lung cancer and now according to her doctors this strain of cancer was incurable.” She added, “If you feel led during our visit to please pray for her.” We visited for about 45 minutes and God begin prompting me to share testimonies of healing that I’ve personally were a part of. At the end of the testimonies, we asked Miss Jane if we could pray for her and she agreed. Olivia and I both prayed for her for her for healing, a move of God and that she feels and knows God’s love for her. After prayer we begin to make a way out of the house, and God prompted me to turned to her and say, “Jane, text me on Tuesday after your doctor’s visit when you’re 100% cancer free.” We left and made our way back to Houston, and on Tuesday while at work, Olivia called and asked me if Jane called our texted me yet. I answered “No.” and asked, “What happened?” Olivia joyfully replied, “Miss Jane is 100% cancer free, God healed her incurable cancer!” A few months later we visited her again. While at lunch, she asked if she could be completely honest with me. Of course I said yes. What she shared was hysterical! She said, “Boy, when you asked if you could pray for me and I agreed, I only did so only because you were dating my granddaughter, I had no idea God would or wanted to heal me. I thought you were crazy!” I confessed that I really didn’t know it was going to happen either and asked her what she thought now of the experience. She replied, “If it didn’t happen to me personally, I wouldn’t have believed it. Now I know Jesus loves and knows me.” Amazing that with three people praying with faith the size of three small mustard seeds, God still moved. Miss Jane has since passed away, but did not have a relapse or die from lung cancer. Please feel free to share this, or tag anyone in comments below that are dealing with any type of incurable or debilitating disease. God is still healing and is still on the throne....

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The Buddhist

Posted by on Feb 12, 2015 in Encouragement, Testimony, Uplifting Story |

By: Jonnathan Zin Truong | Facebook, Twitter After my salvation, my unsaved mother routinely invited me over to her place for home cooked meals. These meals quickly started becoming a demonstration of God’s goodness and love. One day I came over to her apartment for “lunch” and she introduced me to her buddhist friend saying, “This is my son Jonnathan that I told everyone at the temple about that heals through his God, Jesus Christ.” My mother’s friend said, “Jesus?” My mother answered, “Yes and if you allow him to pray for you, I know you will be healed.” She hesitantly agreed and I prayed for her, laying my hands on her knees and her back. After the prayer, I knew in my heart that she was healed but also knew she was upset I prayed to Jesus. I thanked her for allowing me to pray for her as my mom served my lunch. We all visited while I ate and as I got up to leave, my mother and her friend stood up to say their goodbyes. I stood watching her friend gingerly stand up, her eyes open, jaw drop as she started kicking, squatting and jumping. She screamed, “I’m healed! I’m 87 years old and never had pain in my body before last year when my knees started hurting and in a short time I was unable to stand up and walk around my house without sharp pain,” she added “You healed me.” I softly correctly her stating, “Jesus healed you because He loves you. All I did was pray and believe.” With tears streaming down her face the buddhist said… “Thank you Jesus!” She embraced me and asked me to stay a little longer to answer some questions she had. I agreed and moments later she accepted Jesus into her heart. After that day, each time I was invited over for a meal, my mother would have another friend from her temple waiting for prayer. About a quarter of my mother’s friends I prayed for received Jesus but everyone of them experienced God’s love, were healed and were touched by Him. Romans 2:4 states that it is the “Goodness of God” that leads people to...

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