Blue Flower

CD-Sml Praying Child Header
   
Good News Update 116                                   16 December 2014

 All Our Thoughts and Prayers
 
 

Today we woke to the horrific news that the Martin Place siege has ended in tragedy.  Police, who stormed the café just after 2am, have confirmed that two of the thirteen hostages and the hostage-taker died with four others hostages and one policeman injured.  How do we respond?

 

Yesterday, as the events began to unfold Mike Baird, the Premier of New South Wales, issued this statement"All my thoughts and prayers are with those members of the public affected by the situation in Martin Place". 

 

2e785116-2f40-4f5b-a1cd-c75ac3ad09e0.jpg
 

This morning, an article in the Sydney Morning Herald reported on how the thoughts and prayers of the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition and the Governor-General are with the families who lost loved ones. This theme was taken up by secular news commentators right across Australia.

  

We are witnessing that in a time of national tragedy many of our leaders and even atheistic news commentators look to God.  This we believe is rooted in the Judeo-Christian beliefs and values upon which our country was built.

 

31a653aa-56b1-4d3a-8215-09aeafb23b6b.jpga3279ec4-142f-40d6-af64-a8fe9de3df8e.jpgThe first hostage who was killed was Tori Johnson, 34, the manager of the Lindt Café. He was fatally shot as he was wresting the gun from the hostage-taker. His heroic lunge to grab the weapon made it possible for some of the hostages to flee to safety.

 

The second hostage killed has been identified asKatrina Dawson, 38, a devoted mother of three and a highly regarded barrister.  She was tragically killed trying to defend her pregnant friend. 

 

Both gave their lives so that others could live.  Sacrifice for others is one of the great virtues of our society that points to the influence of the Jesus Christ, 


 "who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good" (Titus 2:14).

 

The 50-year-old hostage-taker, Man Haron Monis, was known to police as a self-styled preacher of the Islamic State who was on bail for being an accessory to murder and other offences.  This included writing disturbing letters to families who lost sons or daughters serving with the Australian Defence Force in Afghanistan.  Again how do we respond? Please watch this 3-min video.

 

 

Thoughts and Prayers  - Canberra Declaration
Canberra Declaration on the Sydney Siege

 

 

Islamic State and other jihadist groups would respond to such situations with hatred, vengeance and violence. Again we can thank God that Christians have the example of Jesus to follow.  As He was dying a cruel death that He did not deserve, He prayed, "Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing" (Luke 23:34).  

 

117edb54-e14b-42b4-9707-3be02f7bd39a.jpgWe also thank God for a response that is going viralunder the Social Media hashtag 'I'll Ride With You'.

 

A young Sydney woman, Rachel Jacobs, appears to have inspired the campaign.  She had posted a moving Facebook status about her encounter with a fearful Muslim woman early in the day. 

 

Many everyday Aussies are now responding to Muslims in love at this time by offering to accompany Muslim people on public transport.  

  

Please continue to keep your thoughts and prayersfocused on this situation.

 

  • Pray that the response of love would have great impact on many all around the world - especially those young men who are in danger of being drawn into radical Islam to take part in jihad.  
  • Pray that this situation will move Australians to look to Jesus as the answer for Australia. Our DESTINY is linked to our prayers.  


As the people of God, let us follow the example of Jesus and "not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good" (Romans 12:21).

 

Yours for doing what is good,

 

David Rowsome and Warwick Marsh


e1c1fa76-fdb7-479b-8393-9666b73e2400.jpg

P.S. We are delighted to tell you that $10,300 of our $21,000 target for The Sophie Scholl Appeal has been raised in the past week. Could you help us reach our goal by Christmas? 

 

Please donate today (click the button and you will be taken to the donate pageof the website).

 

 

   

 Canberra Declaration also on

 
Facebook and Twitter and now Instagram 
 
ic_fbk_22.png       Follow us on Twitter  

 

............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
The Canberra Declaration is the work of many people and organisations.
The administration of the initiative is being supported by Australian Heart Ministries.
 
Your help would be greatly appreciated. 
 
Please click here to donate.
 
big thank you to those who have already contributed! 
Every donation makes such a difference.