Sunday, December 11, 2005


Jesus said: "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." (Matthew 5. 44)

[Sunday 02.10 GMT, Ekklesia] As the deadline set by the unidentified captors of four Christian peacemakers passed with no further news last night, the anxious vigil of families, friends and supporters across the world went on – and the lobbying to have them set free continued. [Picture via CPT. Others here]

The Rev Alan Betteridge, a friend of the abducted Dr Norman Kember, also a member of the Baptist Peace Fellowship, said yesterday: "My worry is, how do the captors extricate themselves from this, without losing face?"

He continued: "Either they lose face if they free them, or they are really out on a limb if they execute them. Somebody has to find a way to let them out of this."

However, Mr Betteridge, a retired minister from Coventry, said he was still hopeful "because of the concerted voice from the Muslim world". [full story and links here]

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