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Video & Transcript Of Malala’s Recent UN Speech

The speech that Malala Yousafzai gave to the United Nations on 12 July 2013, the date of her 16th birthday and “Malala Day” at the UN.

Dear friends, on 9 October 2012, the Taliban shot me on the left side of my forehead. They shot my friends, too. They thought that the bullets would silence us, but they failed. And out of that silence came thousands of voices. The terrorists thought they would change my aims and stop my ambitions. But nothing changed in my life except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born…

…I want education for the sons and daughters of the Taliban and all the terrorists and extremists. I do not even hate the Talib who shot me. Even if there was a gun in my hand and he was standing in front of me, I would not shoot him…

…let us pick up our books and our pens, they are the most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution. Education first. Thank you.

Full transcript of the speech can be found here.

A Father’s Prayer


 

[link: EerdWord]

恩典

或者,是因為每次聽到人說「恩典」兩個字,我就自然會「雞皮疫瘠」;
或者,是自己一生的經歷再沒有其他兩個字能形容得更透徹;
或者,我很久沒有被這樣平靜卻堅定有力的詩歌歌詞吸引過;
或者,祂要藉這樣美麗的旋律感動我;

我都覺得,你需要這首詩歌將你溶化於神的大愛中。

歌曲:恩典
收錄於:頌恩旋律【在恩典中敬拜】CD Worship (2013)
曲、詞:周敏曦
原唱:周敏曦
低音大提琴:許思頌
沙畫製作:梁振耀 (多倫多頌恩旋律)

Yes, (maybe) the worst sermon ever.

Wow, Paul casting a demon out of the slave girl is to deprive her of her spiritual gift?

I thought the Paul-was-having-a-heat-stroke-on-the-road-to-Damascus sermon I heard was bad enough when I was still with the Anglican Church of Canada…

Boy, was I wrong!

 

 

Philip Glass – Mishima (Dublin Guitar Quartet)

很久沒有被音樂這樣感動過。當聽到 第VI段時,我的眼淚,掉下來了。

Trust amidst Disagreement

Gorbachev on Thatcher:

Why is it that we were able to reach an understanding in the end? I believe one reason is that we gradually developed a personal rapport that became increasingly friendly over the years. Eventually we reached a degree of mutual trust.

Sometimes our outlook might be different, but our common need to look for a way out can bind us and help us build trust with one another. Friendship remains.

[NYTimes: Doing Business With the Iron Lady]

Jesus in the Middle East

A week ago, I learned from my friend Alan Yu’s FB page that “80% of Muslim conversion narratives reference to a dream. Not a dream about Jesus but meeting Jesus in a dream.”

And then today, I come across this:

Alarming reports have been coming in for years: Christianity is being expelled from the Middle East. According to Walter Russell Mead, more than half of the Christians in Iraq have fled the country since 2003. Today it’s happening in Syria. Swedish journalist Nuri Kino reports on a “silent exodus of Christians from Syria” in the face of “kidnappings and rapes.”

It’s a regional trend. Two years ago Caroline Glick reported that “at the time of Lebanese independence from France in 1946 the majority of Lebanese were Christians. Today less than 30 percent of Lebanese are Christians. In Turkey, the Christian population has dwindled from 2 million at the end of World War I to less than 100,000 today. In Syria, at the time of independence Christians made up nearly half of the population. Today 4 percent of Syrians are Christian. In Jordan half a century ago 18 percent of the population was Christian. Today 2 percent of Jordanians are Christian.”

That’s only half the story. At the same time that traditional Christian populations are being driven out, Muslims are converting to Christianity at what missionaries and other Church leaders describe as an unprecedented rate. Joel Rosenberg claims that “more Muslims are coming to faith in Jesus Christ today than at any other time in history.”

Read the rest here:

Jesus is certainly at work in this world, and in ways that you can’t even imagine!

What a friend we have in Jesus!

[link: first things]

小心你的大書包。

各位同學仔、同學女:

在一小小茶餐廳的窄窄通道間,左右都坐滿了食客。
在這時候,煩請不要背著你的大書包,在其中走來走去。

殊不知,你的大書包,也可變作兇狠異常的
血滴子。