By Jonathan Clark
Turkish pastor’s wife denied visa to stay in country
On June 5, a Turkish pastor’s wife was denied a visa to stay in the country after having lived there for 10 years. Joy Subaşıgüller and her husband have three children, and the family is appealing the denied visa so Joy can stay in the country.
The Worldview spoke to Claire Evans of International Christian Concern about the family and how Joy’s husband is very active in a local church in Ankara.
EVANS: “They’ve been part of a very small church in Ankara for 6 1/2 years. Because Turkey has this long track record of whenever they see a Christian leader or particularly a Christian foreigner being active in a local church they cite national security reasons which basically means nothing because they don’t explain it. That’s basically what happened to Joy. Her visa was denied. She was told, ‘You need to leave Turkey within ten days.’ She filed an appeal so she’s still able to stay in Turkey until this is worked out.”
Evans said the family asked that people speak about their case loudly and publicly so that there is enough pressure on the Turkish government to give Joy the visa that she needs so their family can continue to minister in Turkey for Christ Jesus.
You can send a letter to the Turkish Ambassador Serdar Kilic, 2525 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20008 or email him at email@example.com or call (202) 612-6700. Please bcc me at Adam@TheWorldview.com. Be polite and concise.
Most of all, pray fervently that the Lord would work this situation out for this family and give them perfect peace.
When facing being removed from the people he was ministering to, the Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 2:17-19, “But we, brethren, having been taken away from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavored more eagerly to see your face with great desire. Therefore, we wanted to come to you—even I, Paul, time and again—but Satan hindered us. For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?”
Chinese forced abortions and sterilizations on women
The Chinese government is taking drastic measures to cut the birth rates of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in the country through birth control and abortion in what some experts are calling “demographic genocide.”
An Associated Press investigation found the Chinese government has forced sterilization and abortion on hundreds of thousands of minority women.
Cuban homeschooling pastor released
Praise God! Cuba has released Pastor Ramon Rigal who was imprisoned for more than a year for homeschooling his children. His early release, originally scheduled for 2021, comes as Cuba frees prisoners to combat the spread of the coronavirus, reports HSLDA.
The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom issued a statement on the case: “The Cuban government must immediately cease harassing this couple and allow all Cuban parents, including the Rigals, to raise their children pursuant to their own faith.”
Psalm 146:7 says the Lord is the one “who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry. The LORD gives freedom to the prisoners.”
Supreme Court ruled in favor of religious schools
On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of religious schools by striking down Montana’s Blaine Amendment which prohibited public funding from going to educational institutions controlled by churches.
The court ruled that Montana could not exclude religious schools from a program that also funded private secular schools.
Trump asked Supreme Court to nullify Obamacare
Last week, the Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to nullify Obamacare arguing that the law is invalid because Congress removed the penalty for noncompliance with the law’s individual mandate in 2017.
The Affordable Health Care Act is also known for its coverage of contraception and abortion and forcing religious groups to cover such practices.
Isaiah 10:1 says, “Woe to those who decree unrighteous decrees, who write misfortune, which they have prescribed to rob the needy of justice, and to take what is right from the poor of My people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless.”
12 states reverse re-opening due to COVID-19
Nearly a dozen states are halting or reversing their reopening plans as COVID-19 cases are increasing again, reports Fox News.
Many states are closing bars and suspending indoor dining with some states still mandating face masks for those in public. The states include Florida, Texas, California, Colorado, and Washington.
S&P 500 stock market rebound
The S&P 500 stock market index rebounded on Tuesday for its biggest quarterly percentage gains since 1998.
The index dropped 20 percent during the first quarter of 2020 in the face of coronavirus lockdowns, but the second quarter comeback brought the index up by over 19.95 percent. The rally comes after the easing of lockdown restrictions as well as monetary stimulus.
Worldview kids bless their local police departments
Inspired by the example of Carolyn Reese Brooks in Euless, Texas outside Fort Worth who had 5 large Domino’s pizzas delivered to her local police department, Jessica Royal in Helena, Montana wrote me at Adam@TheWorldview.com. She said, “Because of the Worldview Monday broadcast, Thomas, our 15-year-old, made coconut cookies and Laurissa, our 9-year-old, made cream puffs for our police department. Thank you for the encouragement to do this!”
And here in San Antonio, Texas, my 10-year-old son Honor made his chewy oatmeal chocolate bars and my 5-year-old son Valor made a batch of brownies which my bride Amy and my daughter Mercy helped deliver to our local police substation. I wrote a big poster-sized card which had a picture of our family glue-sticked inside.
It said, “Dear San Antonio Police Officers, In light of the social and racial unrest across America, as well as the pressure to cut or defund police departments, we wanted to thank you for your dedication, service and willingness to put your own lives in harm’s way. While there are certainly bad apples in every barrel of society, 99.9% of police are the GOOD GUYS who have a passion for protecting citizens, ensuring our safety, and delivering law and order.
“The McManus Family will pray Psalm 91 protection for you. ‘I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge, and my fortress, my God in whom I trust. His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will see the punishment of the wicked. If you make God your dwelling, the Lord will not allow any harm to befall you. When you call upon God, He will be with you in trouble, deliver you, and honor you.’
“Our children made these goodies to thank you for your service. – Adam & Amy McManus”
The police officers thanked them and said they were glad they worked in Texas because the citizens appreciate them here.
11-year-old Washington boy tithed money from apple orchard work
Shala in Tieton, Washington wrote me and said, “My 11-year-old son, Caleb, and I have been listening to The Worldview in 5 Minutes for over a year now. We enjoy the Christian perspective and encouraging stories featured in the news broadcast. We also enjoy listening to Kevin Swanson’s podcast. My husband and I homeschool Caleb along with his three younger siblings.
“Caleb was inspired to give $25 of his own money, which he tithed from his first paycheck, from working for his grandparents on their apple and pear orchard this summer. He keeps the sprinklers free of weeds and clogs which is a cold, wet job, until the heat of the summer sets in. We matched his gift for a total of $50. Thank you for all you do!”
8 new donors gave $775! Listeners have given $74,520.20
As you know, last month we had a goal of raising $60,000 by June 30th to keep The Worldview in 5 Minutes on the air! Listeners had already helped us meet and exceed the goal, giving $73,745.20.
The last 8 gifts came in.
Our thanks to the new donors including Janice in Bedford, Virginia who gave $25 as well as Aaron in Dekalb, Illinois and Shala and Caleb in Tieton, Washington – both of whom gave $50.
We are grateful to Este in Cottonwood, Arizona, Debra in Stevensville, Michigan, and Ethan in Albuquerque, New Mexico – each of whom gave $100.
And we praise God for the generosity of Cody in Tremont, Illinois who gave $150 and Allen in Providence Village, Texas who gave $200.
Those 8 new donors gave $775.
Ready for our final grand total? Drum roll please (drum roll sound effect) Our final grand total is $74,520.20 (crowd cheering sound effect)
Blessings to each of you who made it possible to not only reach our goal, but exceed it dramatically to ensure that The Worldview in 5 Minutes is fully funded for the next fiscal year.
And that’s The Worldview in 5 Minutes on this Thursday, July 2nd, in the year of our Lord 2020. Subscribe by iTunes or email to our unique Christian newscast at www.TheWorldview.com. Or get the Generations app through Google Play or The App Store. I’m Adam McManus (adam@TheWorldview.com). Seize the day for Jesus Christ.