Praise and Prayer

Praise /Pray: Woman Who Declined Cancer Treatments to Give Unborn Baby Life Dies-Diagnosed in Aberdeen, Scotland, with a potentially fatal form of skin cancer, Anna Radosz declined to take her child's life in an abortion so she could save her own, and declined the chemotherapy treatments that could have helped her. Six months into the pregnancy, Radosz was given the bad news that she needed treatment to combat a malignant melanoma. She steadfastly refused to take her child's life to advance her own health and last November gave birth to her son, Oscar.

But the selfless act cost her own life and the 27 year-old woman died in mid-May. She had given birth to Oscar prematurely at 36 weeks into pregnancy, waiting as long as she could to give him the best chance of life but ending the pregnancy as quickly as she could to begin receiving cancer treatments. However, the cancer had spread to other parts of her body and the chemotherapy came too late to help her.

Praise/Pray: Death Threat Opens Chance to Preach-Gospel for Asia (GFA) missionary in India's Uttar Pradesh State, Daya Marandi, who received death threats from an anti-Christian extremist group, is no longer in immediate danger. He joyfully reports that the death threat turned into an opportunity to share the gospel with nearly his entire village at one time. In late May, Maramdi was threatened with death if he did not immediately abandon his work and leave Uttar Pradesh. The extremists also threatened to harm the 60 members of Daya's church unless they each agreed to return to their former religions. GFA leaders in Uttar Pradesh responded to the threats by contacting the police, meeting with the police superintendent who was familiar with Daya's ministry. He ordered his local officers to protect the missionary and had a plainclothes officer attend Sunday services at Daya's church. When word of the death threats spread throughout the village, the people became curious and wanted to know what the Christians were doing that had raised the ire of the extremists. That Sunday, nearly every person in the village attended Daya's church. These people who heard the gospel preached are now defending the missionary against the extremists. "Praise the Lord! Once again, God has taken what man meant for evil and used it for His own good purpose," said Gospel for Asia President K. P. Yohannan.

Christian Newswire, Gospel for Asia via MissionNet

Praise: Polish Man Wakes from 19-Year Coma, Talks and Expected to Walk Soon-A Polish railway worker has astonished his doctors by waking spontaneously after 19 years and talking about memories of his time in a "coma," the Associated Press (AP) reported recently. Jan Grzewski was injured at work and while he was hospitalized, his doctors found cancer in his brain and predicted he would not recover. After his doctors concluded nothing more could be done for him, Mr. Grzewski's wife, Gertruda, cared for him at home, moving his body and feeding him by hand. "I would fly into a rage every time someone would say that people like him should be euthanized, so they don't suffer," she told Gazeta Dzialdowska, the local daily paper in the northern city of Dzialdowo. "I believed Janek (an affectionate nickname) would recover, AP reported." Cases such as Mr. Grzewski's are being used around the Western world as arguments for euthanasia by dehydration or withholding of nutrition for those in what is often called a "permanent vegetative state." Poland, however, a strongly Catholic country, continues to hold out against international pressure to soften restrictions on euthanasia. In March this year, a poll by Polska Grupa Badawcza found that a majority of Poles support strengthening the law protecting human life. Gertruda noticed last year that he was trying to speak and Grzewski was returned to the hospital for further treatment. After regaining his ability to speak, Mr. Grzewski told his relatives that he has memories of family gatherings while he was supposedly "comatose," at which they spoke to him, trying to elicit a response. Mrs. Grzewska, her husband's doctor said, did the work of an entire intensive care team, turning him every hour to prevent bed sore infections. "I cried a lot, and prayed a lot," she said. "Those who came to see us kept asking, When is he going to die?' But he's not dead."Grzewski's prognosis is positive and his doctors expect him to be able to walk soon. "At the start, his speech was very unclear, now it is improving daily."

Pray: School Employees Reprimanded for Encouraging Sex-School employees in Boulder, Colo., have been warned that their actions were unwise when they required students to attend an assembly where they were told to have sex and experiment with drugs.

"I'm going to encourage you to have sex, and I'm going to encourage you to use drugs appropriately," Joel Becker, a Los Angeles clinical psychologist told students in April. "And why I am going to take that position is because you're going to do it anyway. "... Now, what is healthy sexual behavior? Well, I don't care if it's men with men, women and women, men and women-whatever combination you would like to put together," Becker continued.

"The panel discussion was a completely irresponsible and dangerous invitation to Boulder High students to have sex and take drugs," sophomore Daphne White told the board. While White's mother, Priscilla, was reading excerpts from the panel, the school board president asked her to stop because the language was inappropriate for the meeting, The Post said. "But it was at Boulder High School," Priscilla White said. "If they can listen to it, I think you can listen to it."

Board members opened an investigation, and employees who were involved in planning the assembly were verbally reprimanded, and the superintendent admitted that mistakes were made. The superintendent also said that as a result of the controversy, students will not be required to attend future events. Also, panel speakers will be more carefully vetted in the future, a district spokesman told The Post.

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