By Christy Barritt
Global Prayer Vigil for Saeed Abedini
A global prayer vigil for Saeed Abedini has been planned for this Friday, September 26.
The event falls on the second anniversary of Abedini’s imprisonment in Iraq. Abedini is the Iranian-American who was arrested because of his faith while building an orphanage in the Iraqi city of Rasht. He was sentenced to eight years in prison on charges of undermining national security through his Christian activities in the country.
The prayer vigil, which was organized by Saeed’s wife, Naghmeh, will happen globally at 12:00 noon in front of state capitols and other government buildings across the world. Organizers ask participants to specifically pray for Saeed’s release and that Christians will stand together to intercede for Saeed and on behalf of persecuted Christians around the world.
Walmart Customer Shows Kindness, Goes Viral
When a cash-strapped young mom tried to price match four boxes of diapers at a Walmart in South Dakota, the store employee told her they could only discount one package of the product.
The stay-at-home mom, who was on a strict monthly budget, could only afford to buy the single discounted box.
Carol Flynn was standing nearby and saw what happened. She jumped out of line and bought all four boxes for the young mom, even though it cost her more than $100.
Another customer in line, unbeknownst to the women, captured the whole thing on video with his phone. He said he was speechless at the heartwarming act of generosity. He posted the video online, and it’s now gotten more than 31,000 likes on Facebook.
Pro-Life Voters at All-Time High
According to a poll from Rasmussen Reports, those who consider themselves pro-life are “at an all-time high” among U.S. voters.
Among the 1,000 people surveyed, 44 percent identified themselves as “pro-life,” versus 48 percent who self-identified as “pro-choice.”
In 2012 Rasmussen found that only 38 percent of voters were pro-life. In 2013 that percentage was at 43.
Another recent Gallup poll showed that 58 percent of people in the U.S. believe either that abortions should be legal in only a few circumstances or illegal in all circumstances.
Recently state legislatures have enacted laws aimed at increasing the heath and safety standards of abortion clinics. Still, state level debates over abortion regulations continue across the country.
Woman Loses Job Over “Blessing”
A Kentucky woman filed a lawsuit against a bank, claiming that the company fired her for saying, “Have a blessed day.”
Polly Neace said she received notice of an ethics violation, alleging that several customers had complained about her use of, “Have a blessed day.” The complaint also said she talked to one customer about salvation. The notice went on to forbid her to discuss her faith with customers or coworkers.
Neace said that no one ever complained to her personally about the alleged offenses. As time passed, Neace began saying, “Have a blessed day” again, and she was fired from the bank. Later Neace filed a complaint with the Equal Opportunity Commission.
The bank released a statement, saying that it holds its employees “to high ethical standards when interacting with customers and co-workers and take violations of these standards very seriously.”
Christy Barritt is an award-winning author, freelance writer, and speaker living in Chesapeake, Virginia. She and her husband Scott have two sons.