Global Spotlight: Kurds of Asia

Who Are The Kurds? – YouTube

History

The History of the Kurds: Every Year – YouTube

History of the Kurdish people – YouTube

Miscellaneous

Kurds From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“..(Kurdish: کورد‎, Kurd) are an Iranian ethnic group native to a mountainous region of Western Asia known as Kurdistan, which spans southeastern Turkey, northwestern Iran, northern Iraq, and northern Syria.[27][28] There are also exclaves of Kurds in central Anatolia and Khorasan. Additionally, there are significant Kurdish diaspora communities in the cities of western Turkey, in particular Istanbul, while a Kurdish diaspora has developed in Western Europe, primarily in Germany. Numerically, the Kurds are estimated to number between 30 and 45 million.[2][29]..”

Who are the Kurds?
9 October 2019 bbc.com
“..Between 25 and 35 million Kurds inhabit a mountainous region straddling the borders of Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Iran and Armenia. They make up the fourth-largest ethnic group in the Middle East, but they have never obtained a permanent nation state.

Where do they come from?

The Kurds are one of the indigenous peoples of the Mesopotamian plains and the highlands in what are now south-eastern Turkey, north-eastern Syria, northern Iraq, north-western Iran and south-western Armenia…”

Turkey

Turkey & Kurds: Explained in 70 seconds – BBC … – YouTube

Turkish-led forces film themselves executing a Kurdish captive in Syria By
Liz Sly
Oct. 13, 2019 at 5:33 a.m. CDT washingtonpost.com
“..The most gruesome and explicit of the videos shows Turkish-allied Syrian fighters pumping bursts of automatic fire into the body of a bound man lying on the side of a desert road as a gunman shouts to his comrades to take his phone and film him doing the shooting. Another trembling, handcuffed man crouches on the opposite side of the road as the shooting erupts. “Kill them,” one man is heard shouting.

..”

Turkey offensive: Battle rages for key Syrian border town
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A battle rages for key Syrian border town Ras al Ain as Turkey presses its military assault against Kurdish fighters in the region.

The capture of the town would be Turkey’s most significant gain since its invasion began on Wednesday.

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The Report Was About Turkey Bombing Syria. ABC Showed Video From a Kentucky Gun Range. By Heather Murphy
Oct. 14, 2019
Updated 7:48 p.m. ET nytimes.com

ABC News apologized for its error but did not specify how it had occurred.
“….A number of people on social media noted on Monday that the clip strongly resembled a video uploaded to YouTube in April 2017. The title “Knob Creek night shoot 2017” referred to an evening machine gun event held by the Knob Creek Gun Range in Kentucky…”

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“..An employee who answered the phone at the gun range on Monday but would not give his name, said that he was not sure who had shot the video. But he said he recognized it as having been taken at the facility.

News organizations have various systems for vetting footage to verify authenticity. Claire Wardle, executive director of First Draft, an organization that fights online disinformation, said that this sort of situation should be “relatively easy” to avoid by using tools like reverse-image search.

“ABC has a really good team that does this work,” she wrote via email. “But I assume that on a Sunday, when they were probably stretched for staff, they failed to do the necessary verification checks, and under the pressure that comes with breaking news, this got through.”

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US Connection

Did We Abandon The Kurds?

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How the US has betrayed Kurds throughout history – YouTube

A Brief History Of The US Backing Kurdish Fighters … – YouTube

Syria

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Prayer

*see 1 Thessalonians 5

Prayer for Kurds prayforkurds.com
Praying For The Kurdish People September 14, 2017 mem.org
“..With your support,
MEM can continue to use media to create life-transforming encounters with God’s love…”

Urgent: A Night of Prayer for the Kurds in Washington DC …

Trump abandoning Kurds could cost support of evangelical Christians theguardian.com
One of the president’s staunchest constituencies has stuck by him through many controversies but Syria may be a policy lurch too far
‘…“An invasion by Turkey into NE Syria would pose a grave threat to the region’s Kurds and Christians, endangering the prospects of true religious freedom in the Middle East,” tweeted the evangelical leader Tony Perkins, a Trump adviser.

The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) founder, Pat Robertson, described even more grave stakes in a broadcast on Monday.

“I believe … the president of the United States is in danger of losing the mandate of heaven if he permits this to happen,” Robertson said.

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Despite warnings from domestic and international allies, Trump’s move allowed Turkey to launch a ground and air assault on Wednesday against Syria’s Kurds, who had been a crucial American ally in the fight against the Islamic State…”

Prayer over the Kurds – YouTube

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Global Spotlight: Asia – Hong Kong

Geography

History

The Hong Kong Story (History of Hong Kong 1841 to 1997 ) – YouTube

History of Hong Kong – YouTube

How Hong Kong Changed Countries

The History of Hong Kong – YouTube

The Daily Conversation
Published on Jun 14, 2017
Its name means “fragrant harbor” in Chinese, but it could also mean city of change. This is the story of Hong Kong.

Hong Xiuquan: The rebel who thought he was Jesus’s brother 18 October 2012 By Carrie Gracie BBC News, Shanghai bbc.com
“..Originally, all Hong Xiuquan wanted was to be part of the establishment. A village schoolteacher, he immersed himself in Confucian scholarship for the civil service exam, but he just kept failing.

“He fell into what I suppose was some kind of depressive fit and he had a vision,” says Jonathan Fenby, who has written a history of modern China.

“He imagined he’d gone up to the skies and there he had met a very tall man with a long beard and thick belt who had told him to come back to Earth and eradicate the demons on Earth.”

Some time later he was given a Chinese translation of the New Testament by a Christian missionary.

“He decided on reading that, that the man he had seen up in the sky was the Christian God, that he, Hong, was the brother of Jesus, and that the devils he had to exterminate on Earth were the Qing dynasty, which was then ruling China and of course was not Chinese.”..”


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“..The Europeans brought Christianity which, for Hong, was a convenient alternative to the Confucian creed which had rejected him.

“Seeing that everyone in high heavens scolded him, Confucius escaped down to earth with the leader of the demons,” goes an account of Hong’s vision, set down in writing by a follower.

“The heavenly father then sent the angels to chase after Confucius, tie him up and bring him back to the heavenly father who was exceedingly angry and instructed the angels to whip him. There was plenty of whipping and Confucius asked for mercy repeatedly.”

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Famine and unemployment made peasants vulnerable to utopian thinkers
For the most part, China’s emperors had not bothered much with religions. Buddhism had become very popular at a time of upheaval in the 6th Century, but it appealed mostly to people at the bottom of society.

Christianity was one of the novelties which had come in with the colonial powers. They used gunboats to open China to trade, and shattered the image of order and invincibility cultivated by the Qing emperors. Vernacular translations of the Bible helped loosen the grip of the Confucian elites.

The Europeans saw Hong’s claim to be the brother of Christ as heresy, but he was not preaching for their benefit. He accompanied his spiritual message with a political one – a vision of equality and shared land ownership. This appealed to poor farmers, who were suffering from a sense of hopelessness, according to Guo Baogang of Dalton State college.

“Peasants have a very miserable life in the middle of the 19th Century,” he says.

“There’s a lot of famines and unemployment, most peasants have no land. So they’re very vulnerable to the utopian thinkers prescribing a perfect society as a way to escape from the existing society.”..”

Deep Thought: Was Jesus a “humanitarian”? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

Jesus’ Chinese Brother: Hong Xiuquan | Wookong

Protest

Hong Kong Withdraws Extradition Bill After Leaked Audio

Hong Kong’s huge protests, explained – YouTube

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Published on Jun 22, 2019

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Hundreds of thousands of Hongkongers have taken to the streets to protest a controversial extradition bill that could send Hong Kong residents to mainland China to be tried in court. Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, says the bill is meant to prevent Hong Kong from becoming a safe haven for fugitives. But its opponents fear that Hong Kong would be exposed to China’s flawed judicial system, which would lead to further erasure of the city’s judicial independence.

At first Lam was determined to move forward with the bill. But after a series of massive protests, she announced she would “indefinitely suspend” the bill. But protesters aren’t accepting the suspension, and have started demanding its complete withdrawal. They’ve also begun calling for Lam’s resignation.

But this rise in tensions is about a lot more than a bill. To understand why this bill hits a nerve with Hongkongers, it’s important to understand Hong Kong’s relationship with China – and exactly how the bill would tip the scales in China’s favor…”

China’s reaction to Hong Kong protests – YouTube

Hong Kong protesters chant ‘Do you hear the people sing?’

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Published on Jun 16, 2019
A song from Les Misérables was heard on the streets of Hong Kong as hundreds of thousands of protesters rallied against their Beijing-backed rulers.READ MORE : https://www.euronews.com/2019/06/17/h…

Violence escalates as Hong Kong protests enter week 10 By Bethann FlynnAugust 13, 2019 mnnonline.org
“..Hong Kong (MNN) — As protests in Hong Kong hit the 10-week mark, some demonstrations have turned violent. Protests at the airport caused the city to ground all flights yesterday. What started as a cry of concern for extradition legislation has turned into a demonstration built upon years of frustrations…..

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“Pray for justice, pray for peace, pray for reconciliation, the city, the community is very traumatized, and also divided, as I said. And I really want to especially lift-up praying for reconciliation, and upholding of justice,” Tsui asks.

‘Sing Hallelujah to the Lord’: Unlikely Anthem Provides Cover of Legitimacy to Hong Kong Protesters ReutersUpdated:June 19, 2019, 3:23 PM IST news18.com
Although only 10 per cent of Hong Kong people are Christians, the popular hymn provides a cover of legitimacy to those protesting against the extradition bill since religious gatherings can be held without a permit in the financial hub.
‘..Hong Kong: The Christian hymn “Sing Hallelujah to the Lord” has emerged as the unlikely anthem of Hong Kong’s protests against an extradition bill that have drawn millions of people onto the streets.

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Hong Kong protesters sing Christian hymn, tidy streets as they appeal for freedom

Hong Kong’s Christian protesters come armed with hymns

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Published on Jul 22, 2019
Christians are playing an important role in Hong Kong’s ongoing protests, which aim to preserve the city’s freedoms and autonomy.

While the Chinese government has been accused of cracking down on religious freedom in the mainland, religious groups in the former British colony of Hong Kong are flourishing.

During the campaign against a now-dead extradition bill, Christians were among those taking to the streets.

Churches have become temporary support centers. The hymn ‘Sing Hallelujah to the Lord’ has become the unofficial protest anthem for Christians and non-Christians.

As clashes erupted between protesters and police over the weekend, some Christians tried to reduce tensions between the two sides by standing between them.

We talked to Christians during the most recent major protest. Watch our video to find out more.

Music

A cappella group Lasagna lead singing boom in Hong Kong Christy Choi

Published: 4:45am, 1 Jun, 2014 scmp.com
“..A cappella performers sing without accompaniment. “It’s not a very common type of music here in Hong Kong,” said Kim Lo Yee-tak, 29, one of the founders of the six-person group…”

Travel

Hong Kong Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia – YouTube

25 Things to do in Hong Kong Travel Guide – YouTube

Hong Kong Travel Guide | What To Do, Where To Go … – YouTube

Hong Kong Travel Guide – YouTube

TOP 15 THINGS TO DO IN HONG KONG – Travel Guide | 4K – YouTube

Hong Kong Travel Guide – Must-See Attractions – YouTube

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Global Country Spotlight: Asia-China

God in Ancient China

the Lost Tribes of Israel in Kaifeng, China【文章轉載】開封 … – YouTube
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Chinese recorded Jesus Birth Death and resurrection

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Published on Feb 5, 2017

The Star of Bethlehem a Comet in 5-BC and the Date of the Birth of … adsabs.harvard.edu
“..by CJ Humphreys – ‎1991 – ‎Cited by 24 – ‎Related articles
Presumably one of these sources recorded the star of Bethlehem and the ….. The latest possible year for the birth of Christ is given by the date of the death of … the Chinese Han shu, the official history of the former Han dynasty (206 BC – AD 9) …..”

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Global Spotlight: Asia-Singapore

Singapore country profile bbc.com

“..Singapore is a wealthy city state in south-east Asia. Once a British colonial trading post, today it is a thriving global financial hub and described as one of Asia’s economic “tigers”. It is also renowned for its conservatism and strict local laws and the country prides itself on its stability and security…”

Movies

-Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians crazyrichasiansmovie.com
Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
PG-13 | 2h | Comedy , Romance | 15 August 2018 (USA) imdb.com
Crazy Rich Asians (film) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“..The film received positive reviews from critics, with praise for its performances, screenplay, and the production and costume design. It is the first film by a major Hollywood studio to feature a majority Asian American cast in a modern setting since The Joy Luck Club in 1993.[3] As of October 2018, the film had grossed over $236 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing romantic comedy in a decade.[4] A sequel is in development. ..”

5 Must-Visit Food Places In Singapore As Mentioned In Crazy Rich Asians guide.michelin.com
“.. Salivate over these lip-smacking food references in the novel-turned-Hollywood movie on the lifestyles of the rich and famous in Singapore. .

The romantic comedy, which stars Constance Wu and Henry Golding, is also a watershed film. It features an all-Asian ensemble cast that includes actors from Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines and the US — a first for a major Hollywood film since The Joy Luck Club (1993)….”

WATCH: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ actor Nico Santos greets fellow Filipinos (philstar.com) – August 6, 2018 – 12:37pm

“…
Santos joins the all-Asian cast of “Crazy Rich Asians” as fashion designer Oliver T’Sien.

“As a Filipino actor, I’m very proud to be a part of the cast of this big Hollywood movie,” Santos says in the video.

“Crazy Rich Asians” also stars Filipino actress Kris Aquino and opens in Philippine cinemas in August 22.

Rated PG by the MTRCB, “Crazy Rich Asians” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Entertainment Company.
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Places to visit in Singapore

Gardens

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Global Country Spotlight: Asia~Iran (Persia)

Iran warns Israel, U.S. of ‘devastating revenge’ Reuters Videos 11 hours ago (9.24.18) yahoo.com
“.. The deputy head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards warns the U.S. and Israeli leaders to expect a “devastating” response from Tehran, accusing them of involvement in an attack on a military parade in the city of Ahvaz. Ryan Brooks reports. ..”

Western Leaders Set Stage for the Fall of Iran

Israeli News Live
Streamed live on Sep 22, 2018
Iran comes under Terrorist attack, according to Iranian officials this is a plan by Western leaders including Israel according to their narrative.

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almasdarnews.com/article/syrian-govt-accuses-us-coalition-of-evacuating-isis-from-deir-ez-zor/

rt.com/usa/439094-pompeo-venezuela-actions-pressure/

Expert: Iran Regime About to Collapse

U.S. Relations

-Iranian Americans

Why Are There So Many Iranians In Los Angeles? [Becoming Iranian-American, Pt. 1] | AJ+

Iranian In L.A.: More Than Just A Stereotype [Becoming Iranian-American, Pt. 2] | AJ+

Between Iranian And American [Becoming Iranian-American, Pt. 3] | AJ+

Billy Graham – Is the handwriting on the wall, America?

Thousands in Iran Find Jesus Through Internet Evangelism billygraham.org.uk
“..“This is an Islamic country!”

Over the past few days, news and social media have been flooded with reports of unrest in Iran. The images we see involve thousands taking to the streets in protest at their government, whilst thousands more march in support.

Billy Graham wrote a short excerpt about Iran in his book, Just as I am.

On our return to the United States, we had a stopover in Tehran, the capital of Iran, where I visited the shah. As I stepped out of the car at the hotel afterward, I was surrounded by an angry group of students. Why, they wondered, had I, a well-known Christian, gone to see the shah? I did not know much about religion in Iran; I did know, though, that in addition to Islam there were still some Nestorians in the country, survivors of an ancient form of Christianity dating back many centuries. ..”

Churches

Pastor Hormoz Shariat, Ph.D.- “The Billy Graham of Iran” – YouTube

Travel

WALKING STREETS OF IRAN 🇮🇷 (Met Local Girl)

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Iran Attacks Oil Tankers…Truth or Fiction?

Comment
“..Sounds like another Gulf of Tonkin lie to me…”

Weather

🇮🇷 Iran’s Water Crisis | People & Power

What the Media Won’t Tell You About Iran

Rick Steves’ Iran
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Global Country Spotlight: Thailand in Southeast Asia

15 Things You Didn’t Know About Thailand

25 Interesting Facts About Thailand samujana.com

“Do you think you have Thailand all figured out? You might be in for a surprise once you finish reading this list of some of the most interesting facts about Thailand.

Thailand is a land of surprise (and beautiful beach resorts)!…

1. Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country that was never colonized by an European country. In fact, in the Thai language, the name of the country is Prathet Thai which means “land of the free.” Very fitting!..

4. You’re lucky that you know Bangkok as “Bangkok.” Its real name is one of the longest names of a place in the world, made up of Pali and Sanskrit root words: Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit. What does that name mean? It means “City of Angels, Great City of Immortals, Magnificent City of the Nine Gems, Seat of the King, City of Royal Palaces, Home of Gods Incarnate, Erected by Visvakarman at Indra’s Behest.”..

12 Incredible Facts About Thailand – YouTube

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7 Facts about Thailand – YouTube

Prayer Requests

Deep Thought Vlog: Thailand Cave Rescue

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How Did Boys Get Stuck In Thailand Cave? | ABP News – YouTube

Thai cave rescue update: How did the Thai soccer team end up in the cave? By Rachel Russell PUBLISHED: 10:37, Sun, Jul 8, 2018 | UPDATED: 14:34, Mon, Jul 9, 2018 express.co.uk
“..The group became trapped on June 23 when they started exploring the caves after going on a picnic following football practice.

The group had been missing for nine days before they were found huddled inside the cave and survived by drinking water dripping off the stalactites above them…”

-Good News Update!!

6 Heartbreaking Details Revealed About The Thai Soccer Boys Who Were All Rescued From A Flooded Cave Jill Zwarensteyn,YourTango 16 hours ago (7.10.18) yahoo.com
“..Following their soccer practice on June 23, the boys and their assistant coach, Ekkapol Chantawong, were hiking inside the cave located in the northern region of Thailand’s Chiang Rai Province when it began to flood, leaving them stranded deep inside the cave. …

As of Tuesday, all 12 boys were successfully rescued as was their coach.

…Due to the dangers of flooding inside the cave, a sign at the cave’s entrance warns any visitors to not enter during the region’s rainy season, which falls from July until November.

Although technically the boys entered the cave on June 23, the fact that it was on the cusp of July still meant that the threat of rain and flooding was a possibilit..

2. It took 10 days to locate them in the cave.

When the boys were finally located inside the cave by the rescue divers, they were three miles from the cave’s entrance. Due to the extensive size and numerous passageways inside the cave, it took divers as long as ten days to find the soccer team…

6. One of the divers died trying to rescue the boys.

Navy SEALs who rescued Thai soccer team from cave almost didn’t make it out, military officials say By Matt Gutman,
JULIA JACOBO
Brandon Baur

Jul 10, 2018, 8:53 PM ET abcnews.go.com
“.. The system, which had pumped hundreds of millions of gallons of rainwater out of the cave over the past 18 days, gave out soon after rescuers extracted the coach and the four Thai Navy Seals who had volunteered to stay with them. Thai SEALs and support teams, who were carrying air tanks from the third to the second chamber of the labyrinthine cave, soon noticed the waters rising. The third chamber filled, then the second and then the first, as crews scrambled to avoid the kind of cave flooding that had trapped the soccer team on June 27, according to Thai military sources. ..”

World’s leading cave divers came together to save trapped Thai boys By Bani Sapra, CNN Updated 9:26 AM ET, Tue July 10, 2018
“..Thirteen foreign divers joined five Thai Navy divers for the initial rescue Sunday. The team of international experts included the two British divers who originally found the boys on July 2, Richard “Rick” Stanton and John Volanthen. ..

…Alongside volunteers, countries sent their own contingents to to Thailand. Seventeen Australian police divers, 36 US military Pacific Command personnel, and six rescue specialists from Beijing joined the rescue efforts…

“This is a Thai-led, multi-national rescue operation, and what’s fantastic is that you see the US here, the Australians, the Chinese, the British divers, obviously,” she said. “It shows that when militaries train together, it’s for this — it’s for the real world.”

Other volunteers living in Thailand also pitched in to help, including Israeli diver Rafael Aroush. International companies also offered equipment and expertise… ..

US billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk flew in to Thailand Monday with “kid-size” submarines which he suggested could help to bring the boys out….


Thailand cave rescue mission abcnews.go.com

There’s a reason that the soccer team rescued from a cave in Thailand was so tough and resilient By Matt Blomberg Jul 11, 2018 | 12:25 PM | Mae Sai, Thailand latimes.com
“..At least three of the rescued boys and their assistant coach, Ekapol Chanthawong, are stateless — members of ethnic minorities seen as easy prey for nefarious actors looking to sweep children into the drug trade.”..

-Prayers Answered

Thailand Cave Rescue: Parents of Rescued Compassion-Sponsored Boy Say “Thank You” blog.compassion.com
“..One of the boys* is a Compassion beneficiary, and our photojournalist in Thailand had a chance to interview his parents…”
Thai-Burmese church members say boys’ rescue were answered prayers
Updated Jul 11; Posted Jul 11 nj.com
“..Martha Hla also said she was worried about the situation, and was hoping they will make it out safely. She believed God would show a miracle.

Kahmiya Win also praised the diver who died while trying to help the boys and their coach. “It’s sad that one passed away. But he…gave his life helping others.”

Rev. Powell said some of the Thai and Burmese at the church have experienced religious persecution for being Christians in their homelands.

“Most of them who come here are already a part of the body of Christ,” said Rev. Powell. “So they come and want to serve, and they just want to do God’s work. They are praying people.”..”
R.I. locals react to successful rescue of trapped Thai soccer team By Kevin G. Andrade
Journal Staff Writer
Kevprojo
Posted Jul 10, 2018 at 7:42 PM Updated Jul 10, 2018 at 9:53 PM providencejournal.com
“..Morgan said that she had been following reports in both Thai and U.S. media, which provided similar coverage and were equally celebratory when 12 boys of the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach were rescued, after being trapped in a flooded cave in Chiang Lai.

Cameron Hummel, a student of athletic training at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, just returned from a ministry trip in the Chiang Mai region of Thailand.

“People were talking about it,” said the Barrington native. “For the most part you go about your daily life there and then get updates in conversation…

Religious organizations also involved themselves in the celebration, with Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence sending out a tweet of gratitude.

“All the boys are out of the cave in Thailand,” Bishop Tobin tweeted. “Many prayers answered. Praise God!”..”

Thai cave rescue: Churches across Thailand celebrate answered prayer by Rachel Phua // July 10, 2018, 6:50 pm saltandlight.sg
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Churches sowing in prayer

Pastor Janepiriyaprayoon, 48, the associate pastor of Mahapawn Bangkok Alliance Church, said that his church had been praying for all concerned, especially for one of the boys named Adul Sam-On.

The pastor said that boy is a believer from Myanmar. The 14-year-old has been under the care of a local Thai church which has supported him since he was seven. According to a report by Agence France-Presse, Adul speaks English, Thai, Burmese and Chinese, and he was the only one able to talk to the British divers when they discovered the boys.

“We believe God used Adul to be involved in a significant way, by communicating in English to the rescue team,” said the pastor. Mahapawn Bangkok Alliance Church and other churches in Thailand have been constantly praying for Adul and his family, he added. ..”

-Volunteer Tribute

Volunteers pour in to help Thai boys stuck in cave abcnews.go.com

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