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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Give to Caesar

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in Bible Study, Encouragement, Sermon, Uplifting Story |

By: Jonnathan Zin Truong | Facebook, Twitter This weekend at the Reinhard Bonnke, Gospel Crusade in Houston, Texas, Reinhard shared an awesome revelation on this scripture: “They brought the coin, and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?” “Caesar’s,” they replied. Then Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.” And they were amazed at him.” – Mark 12:16-17 Jesus said this as an answer to the Pharisee’s when they inquired about paying taxes. Reinhard expanded upon this scripture. He explained that the coins belonged to Caesar because it bear his image. Sounds simple enough… “So what belongs to God?” Reinhard asked. “Us! You and I because we bear God’s image!” he explained. “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” – Genesis 1:27 Give Caesar the coins which bear his image and give God the people, which bear His image. ‪#‎GospelCrusade‬...

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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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Mission: Jamaica

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in Encouragement, Prophetic Word, Testimony, Uplifting Story |

By: Jonnathan Zin Truong | Facebook, Twitter Last week my lovely wife, Olivia and I spent a full week in Jamaica. Before the trip I felt God’s urging to pack ten small travel bibles and asked Olivia to stop by the shop and pick them up. While at the shop, she was having a hard time finding the particular bibles I asked her to get and just as she was about to head to a different store, she found them and instantly realized that there were exactly ten left in the box. Confirmation, we both thought! While in Jamaica, we stayed at a nice resort to celebrate our 3rd year anniversary. While there, we left the bibles in our suitcase and began to ask God who He wanted us to give them to and when He wanted us to do this. As our week in Jamaica was coming to an end, we both were surprised that neither of us have felt God’s urging to give the bibles away nor felt the tug to “minister” the way you would expect “ministry” to look like. We began to think that we may have missed our opportunity. The entire trip, we purposed to love, honor and encourage the people around us, from staff members to guests. Loving them and trying our best represent God the best way we knew how. Friday, the day before we were going to leave, we booked another snorkeling excursion, which was included in the travel package. An hour before we were supposed to leave, both Olivia and I felt the nudge from God to buy a few gifts from the resort beach vendors and pay whatever they asked, which in some instances were 5-10 times more than we would have in the United States. God said to us both, bless them. So bless them we did. No haggling, no awkward negotiation, just us saying yes to whatever price they gave us. Oddly enough, even though we purposed not to haggle, the vendors began to offer us lower and lower prices for each item and even though we way over paid, we both found that their self haggling was interesting. Half way through looking browsing the items on each vendor’s table, God said to me, “Get the bibles.” and so we did. As I walked out with the first five bibles, all the vendors perked up and asked us if they each could have one, in fact some even asked for two or three. After satisfying the vendors desires for bibles, I leaned over to Olivia and asked how many we had left. She said none, we gave away exactly ten! After giving away the bibles, full fledged ministry kicked in. God began to give us both words of knowledge as we began to pray for the vendors. Quickly a small crowd began to gather around us as...

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