Friday, December 16, 2011

Help us Celebrate Freedom this Christmas

By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries

LAKE FOREST, CA (ANS) -- Dear ANS friends: As we celebrate Christmas around the world, we also celebrate freedom. Yet for many of us, the two ideas are not necessarily synonymous.

In fact we enjoy so much freedom that we don’t give a second thought to the liberty we enjoy during this special season. But for many people around the world, such freedom is just a dream.

Thousands of Christians in Iran are afraid to openly celebrate the birth of our Savior. Young men such as Abdol-Rahman Mohammad have fled their homeland leaving behind their entire family as they seek asylum in other countries rather than face persecution or death.

In some countries such as Myanmar, whole villages of Christians face brutal treatment by a militant government that is systematically performing the ethnic cleansing of Christian tribal peoples such as the Karen, Shan and Kachin.

And believers in Plato state Nigeria live in fear after witnessing brutal killings of fellow Christians. Many victims were literally burned alive as Moslems dealt out their hatred.

These are just some of the alarming stories carried by ASSIST News Service in recent months. It is essential that these stories are told. It is imperative that the world’s press is fed these stories and can bring them to public attention. It is our duty to our brothers and sisters in Christ that we champion their cause and lift them up in prayer.

Over the Christmas holiday, ASSIST News will remain vigilant and carry the torch to expose suffering and gain freedom for persecuted Christians everywhere. With your help, we can provide news to some 2,600 media outlets around the world several times a day via Twitter, email, RSS, audio and video. The stories filed by our experienced team of writers are widely used by Christian media and are often picked up by secular media too.

None of the ASSIST News reporters receive a salary, they are media missionaries. So would you please help us continue to get the word out to the media by making a special gift this Christmas? What better Christmas gift could you give than hope? As you support ANS, you help to make freedom for persecuted Christians a reality. We urgently need your gift today!

All you have to do is go to our secure site -- -- and then click on “Where Needed Most” or designate your gift for the support of Dan and Norma Wooding. (We are blessed when friends like you stand with us in this way.)

If you prefer to send a check, just make it out to ASSIST (tax deductible in the US) and mail it to ASSIST, PO Box 609, Lake Forest, CA 92609, USA.

All of us at ASSIST wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Dan Wooding

Dan Wooding, 70, is an award winning British journalist now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for 48 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. He is the founder and international director of ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS) and was, for ten years, a commentator, on the UPI Radio Network in Washington, DC. He now hosts the weekly “Front Page Radio” show on KWVE in Southern California which is also carried throughout the United States. The program is also aired in Great Britain on Calvary Chapel Radio UK and also in Belize and South Africa. Besides this, Wooding is a host for His Channel Live, which is carried via the Internet to some 200 countries and also provides a regular commentary for Worship Life Radio on KWVE. You can follow Dan Wooding on Facebook under his name there or at ASSIST News Service. He is the author of some 44 books. Two of the latest include his autobiography, “From Tabloid to Truth”, which is published by Theatron Books. To order a copy, press this link. Wooding, who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, has also recently released his first novel “Red Dagger” which is available this link.

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