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Brother Youcef imprisoned again

Per Fox News Pastor Youcef  has been taken into custody in an Iranian prison again.

Bro. Jason DeMars of Present Truth Ministries reports the following:

He is currently serving the remaining 40 days of his three-year prison sentence. He was released on bail September 8, 2012, which was 45 days early. The Gilan court has decided that he must serve the remaining time of his prison sentence.”

Please remember our brother in prayer. The Bride’s united prayer of faith delivered Bro. Youcef before, and we know that it can deliver him again!

Fox News also reported that Bro. Youcef’s attorney has been imprisoned by Iranian authorities incarcerated for advocating Bro. Youcef’s case, and other human rights cases. Please remember him in prayer as well for all he has done for Bro. Youcef, and others.

*** UPDATE 01/08/2013 ***
Brother Youcef Nadarkhani was released from prison yesterday.
He will not be reruired to serve the final 30 days of his sentence.
Prayer changes things!

Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani

On October 12th, 2009 Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani of Rasht, Iran was taken into custody for charges of apostasy (“renouncing Islam“). He has constantly been under the threat of execution since that time. He has repeatedly been offered freedom if he will but recant his faith in Jesus Christ, but he replies,”I cannot”.

February 9th, 2010 – Voice Of God Recordings began covering the story of the imprisonment of ten believers in Iran on their blog (more reports with greater detail about Brother Youcef followed as they received further information).

Present Truth Ministries (founded by Brother Jason Demars of Minnesota) has covered Bro. Youcef’s story in great detail on their blog.

In October of 2010 the USCIRF (U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom) “(urged) the Obama Administration to Demand Release of Pastor Facing Execution in Iran for Apostasy“.

January 11th, 2011 – Voice Of God Recordings reported that Congresswoman Giffords (who had recently been shot in Tucson, AZ) had “embraced the efforts to help free Brother Youcef Nadarkhani and Brother Behrouz Sadegh-Khandjani in Iran. She brought the case before the United States Department of State, where they began efforts to halt the extreme persecution of these believers (when the situation with the believers in Iran came to her attention).”

Only recently has Bro. Youcef’s story gained high-pofile, global coverage (with detailed reports being picked up by Fox News, CNN, etc).

On September 30th, 2011 Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton released a brief statement on the U.S. Department Of State’s website condemning Iran for the continued violation of human rights (specifically mentioning Pastor Youcef in the following statement).

We are particularly concerned by reports that Christian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani is facing execution on charges of apostasy for refusing to recant his faith.”

In thinking of Bro. Youcef I am reminded of the words Martin Luther spoke on April 18th, 1521, “Unless I am convinced by proofs from Scriptures or by plain and clear reasons and arguments, I can and will not retract, for it is neither safe nor wise to do anything against conscience. Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me. Amen!

Please continue to remember Bro. Youcef and his family in your prayers. I know that God is more than able to deliver him, and restore him to his family. I pray that the leadership in our nation will be instrumental in quickly restoring his freedom.

Bro. Nathan

If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.” (Daniel 3:17-18)

And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?
Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever.
My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.” (Daniel 6:20-22)

Prayer Requests

“… your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask Him.” (Matthew 6:8b)

Brother Frank Prater (Pastor of Eagle Lighthouse Tabernacle in Ft. Smith, Arkansas) alerted us to an urgent prayer request for little Laurie McGuire. She fell into a fire, and is not expected to live. She is only ten years old. Please remember this little girl in your prayers. I know that our God is more than able to restore her completely, and I pray that His Presence goes to her bedside now.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1)
Also please remember Daniel (Nathan) Phillips in prayer. He is the son of Brother James & Sister Betty Phillips, and the grandson of Brother Willard Collins (Pastor of the Branham Tabernacle in Jeffersonville, IN). Over fifty percent of his body was burned severely last week, and the last I heard his situation was very serious.
“... Hezekiah’s prayer changed the opinion of God. Oh, my. I like that. Prayer changes things. It’s the most powerful force that God ever put in the hands of man, is a sincere prayer offered to God. Jesus said, “Whatever you ask the Father in My Name, that I’ll do.” Believe it. Try it once, and see if it isn’t true.
We serve a present tense God who is more than able to come on the scene in both of these situations for His Glory & their good. “Prayer changes things“.
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper 
and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” (III John 1:2)

*** UPDATE *** 


Update on little Laurie McGuire (per Brother Frank Prater): “… talked to a friend of the family. He said she would recover. She must have fallen backward into a campfire. She will need skin grafts. Thank you for your prayers, and praise the Lord for this testimony.”

The Passing Of A Friend

Kyle Matthew Stucky
April 29, 1983 – March 26, 2011

 Please remember the Stucky family in prayer during their time of loss.

“(Kyle M. Stucky) went to be with the Lord on the morning of March 26, 2011.

He was known for that cheeky grin and optimistic outlook on life. He was an incredible singer and musician. He was a diligent, gifted worker and gave his all, regardless. His family and his church family meant everything to him, but his relationship with Jesus was most important. He was also known for being half of a red-headed brother’s bond from birth – Cory’s twin. The battle is over, you’re finally free!

Survivors include a son, Mathieu Stucky; parents, Michael and Jacinta Stucky;brothers, Cory Stucky and his wife, Michelle and Timothy Stucky; sisters, Sarah Griffith and her husband, David, Karen Pinkston and her husband, Stephen, Deborah Stucky, Emily Stucky and Christina Stucky; grandmother, Martha Vance; grandfather, Gale Stephens; nephews, Noah Griffith, Alex Pinkston and Ethan Pinkston; nieces,  Olivia Griffith and Isabella Pinkston; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.” *

Guestbook can be viewed at:

* Source:

8.9 Magnitude Earthquake (Japan)

(Friday, March 11’th, 2011

The magnitude 8.9 quake and 23-foot tsunami were followed by more than 50 aftershocks for hours, many of them of more than magnitude 6.0.” (USA Today)

…the biggest earthquake to hit the country since officials began keeping records in the late 1800s…” (Chicago Tribune) 

A tsunami warning was extended to a number of Pacific, Southeast Asian and Latin American nations, including Japan, Russia, Indonesia, New Zealand and Chile. In the Philippines, authorities ordered an evacuation of coastal communities.” (Chicago Tribune)

Waves are predicted to hit the western coast of the United States between 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. ET Friday.” (USA Today)

Please be in prayer for those affected by this disaster.

Please Pray For Sis. Claudia Quian


Praise Report (One Year Later) 

Click the link above for an update on Sis. Claudia Quian (02/16/2012)

Update On The Quian Family
Click the link above for an update on Sis. Claudia Quian (02/25/2011)

Click the link above for an update on Sis. Claudia Quian (02/14/2011)

Please remember Sis. Claudia Quian in prayer. She is the daughter of Bro. Jefte Quian (VGR Distributor in Chile). I have had the opportunity to spend some time with Bro. Jefte on several occasions, and he is a very precious brother, and a very dear friend of my wife’s family.

Bro. Jefte, and his family have suffered many hardships recently due to the major earthquake that struck their hometown, as well as the the aftermath of blackouts, violence, and aftershocks. Now doctors have diagnosed their oldest daughter (Sis. Claudia, who is only fifteen years old) with Guillain-Barre syndrome (which can cause paralysis, and respiratory failure).

What started as only some pain in her spine last Friday, has quickly turned into complete paralysis from her neck down.

Please remember Sis. Claudia in your prayers, as she is in desperate need of a  touch from the Great Physician. We know that in our darkest of hours is when Jesus comes and calls.

For more information visit the following link: VGR Prayer Request

We are going to believe with the Quian family that these symptoms are lying vanities (Jonah 2:1-10), and we know that our God is more than able to restore our sister’s physical health.

GOD IN HIS WORD (57-0323)
“You talk about a case of symptoms, he really had it. Why, if he looked this a way, it was the whale’s belly. If he looked that way, it was whale’s belly. Everywhere he looked was whale’s belly. There’s no one in here in that condition; I’m sure. But you know what he said? He refused to see any of it. He said, “They’re all lying vanities.” He said, “Once more will I look to Your holy temple.” That’s right.
You can’t hide a saint from his prayer. That’s the powerfulest weapon that man ever had…”

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” (III John 1:2)

Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies” (Psalm 103:3-4)

Three Year-Old Boy Kidnapped In Honduras

Please remember this little boy in prayer.

Click Here For More Details

I know I would want the Bride of Christ to unite in prayer if it was one of my little boys.

I cannot even imagine what he and his family must be going through, but we serve a mighty GOD Who is more than able able to return this child to his family safely and unharmed.

God bless you,

Bro. Nathan


Attack On Christians In Nigeria


More than two hundred have been reported dead, and over thirty injured in the attacks on the small town of Dogo Nahauwa, Nigeria last weekend.

… a machete-wielding Muslim group attacked a mostly Christian town south of the city of Jos“, reports

The attackers have been reported as being members of the Muslim Hausa-Fulani ethnic group.

Nigeria is the most heavily populated country in Africa (over 150 million people). The majority of this population is made up evenly between Christians and Muslims.

We don’t know if there were any Message believers in the town where the attacks took place, but please pray for the families of the Christians who lost loved ones, or have been injured during these attacks.

– Brother Nathan Bryant

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”

– Revelation 12:11

"… earthquakes, in divers places."


An earthquake registering 5.9 in magnitude shook Istanbul, Turkey this morning.

Over fifty have been reported dead, and over seventy injured as a result of the quake.

There have been dozens of aftershocks as high as 5.5 in magnitude.

Geologists state that the quake happened near the place where two major fault lines connect.

“… earthquakes, in divers places.”
St. Matthew 24:7b (KJV)

We have not received any reports of believers living in this area, but please pray for the families who have lost loved ones, and those who are injured, or have lost their homes due to this earthquake.

– Brother Nathan Bryant


Brother John Stemen’s Coronation Day

Brother John Stemen went on to Glory today.
Please keep the Stemen family, and Brother Stemen’s church in prayer during their time of loss.
For more details visit the ‘House Of Fellowship’ church web page link below:
– Brother Nathan Bryant
“Dwight Moody, you know what his testimony was, when he raised up, and said, “This is death?” Said, “This is my coronation day.” That’s the way I’d like to go.”
“Lives of great men all remind us, we can make our lives sublime, and, departing, leave behind us, footprints on the sands of time.”
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow