Kim Jong-un met with Moon Jae-in for a Peace Summit on April 27 and announced that the 67-year-old Korean conflict is over. “I came here to put an end to the history of confrontation,” Kim Jung-un told Moon in a meeting on the border town of Panmunjom.
What was behind the Korean surprise? Most media outlets were unaware that Christians in South Korea had been fasting and praying for the peace summit. Pastors held an all-night vigil in the city of Paju, south of the North Korean border. And a group of Christian politicians held a fasting and prayer event in the National Assembly buildings in Seoul, according to Yonhap News.
“He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire. Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 42:9-10
God has worked this miracle. It is not the work of any politician. He has heard the prayers of his people on both sides of this conflict—and the prayers of the faithful around the world who felt North Korea’s pain. Continue to pray God will engineer a lasting peace in this part of the world, and open the doors wide for the gospel to flourish in a thirsty land.
North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in shake hands at a historic summit. (YouTube/BBC News)
“There will be no more war on the Korean peninsula, and a new age of peace has begun,” the two leaders said in a joint statement. Kim Jong-un, who has built the fourth largest army in the world—with 1.19 million soldiers—says he will now focus on rebuilding his country’s shattered economy.
North Korea’s persecuted Christians have also been praying for this moment—for years. They have been horribly persecuted. They have been forced to meet secretly. They have been routinely rounded up and sent to labour camps—or just shot on sight—because they did not worship Kim Jong-un as their god. For such a turn around by Kim Jong-un, required a miracle. Our God is a miracle working God, this story should be inspiration to us all to get on our knees and pray.
Victory of Brazil right-winger Jair Bolsonaro latest shock in global politics
The Wall St Journal: The rise of the right-wing firebrand is the latest shock in global politics as voters turn against the status quo, starting in 2016 with the Brexit vote in the UK and Donald Trump’s election in the US It also likely shifts politics in the world’s fourth largest democracy sharply to the right.
Mr Bolsonaro’s victory was the culmination of deep shifts in Brazilian society over recent decades, including the rise of evangelical Christianity. Mr Bolsonaro himself is a devout Christian baptised in the Jordan River. His middle name in Portuguese is “Messiah.”
Now comprising a third of Brazilians, evangelicals are on track to outnumber Catholics by 2035, according to pollster Datafolha. Bishop Edir Macedo, the billionaire founder of one of Brazil’s biggest evangelical churches who also owns the powerful TV Record network, endorsed Mr Bolsonaro shortly before the vote.
Before the results were known, but with much of the country now behind him, Mr. Bolsonaro said in a radio interview recently that he saw no reason to change or moderate his message. “I’m not going to become the little ‘peace and love’ Jair.” His name Jair means “He enlightens or one giving light”
I sincerely hope he lives up to his name.
The election of Scott Morrison as Prime Minister of Australia demonstrates clearly that God appoints our leaders and that prayer works.
The former Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull is a godless man. He came to power by being ruthless. God gifted him with intelligence, good looks, and he was born into wealth and privilege. From an early age, he told his peers that he would be Prime Minister, and even made the prediction he would achieve it by the age of 40. As a lawyer, Malcolm achieved wealth and prestige at an early age. His ambition to become Prime Minister at any cost was revealed when he first tried to get pre-selection for a seat in the Labour Government, unsuccessful, he then aggressively sought a seat in the Liberal Party, this time successfully. Finally, he got the top job by undermining the then Prime Minister, Tony Abbott. Is it any wonder then, that he would be, likewise, challenged by another, just as ambitious younger man, Peter Dutton. However, the outcome of the vote for a new leader was a complete surprise to everyone. Peter Dutton who caused the upset did not get the outcome he assumed was “in the bag”. The man of integrity got the job, the man people could trust, Scott Morrison a committed, outspoken Christian, who takes God’s command to love his neighbour as himself seriously, who spoke and voted against gay marriage though he loves the people who voted yes.
Watching Sky News in the lead up to the vote for our new Prime Minister, they interviewed political pundits on both sides of politics. I was blessed to hear the interview with Labour Party spokesperson, Graham “Richo” Richardson. He said, he was a good friend of Scott Morrison despite them being on opposite sides of politics. He told the Sky News interviewers that he was speaking to Scott just before he entered the Party Room for the vote. Graham said that he playfully told Scott that he would pray for the right outcome, and that Scott’s response was, “I have been trying to get you to pray all these years and now you tell me you are going to pray!” Neither of them expected Scott Morrison to emerge from the Party Room as the Prime Minister elect of this nation. God’s hand was clearly in control of the events and the outcome. He appointed Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia. Hallelujah!