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Dalai Lama to Open US Senate Session With Prayer.

The Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, will give the opening prayer on the floor of the U.S. Senate on Thursday, the first time he has done so, reports said.

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Robert Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey, said he and his committee also would host the Dalai Lama on Thursday afternoon. The Tibetan holy man is expected to meet with House leaders as well, The Hill reported.

Senate Chaplain Barry Black usually opens the Senate session with a prayer.

The Dalai Lama, who first visited the United States in 1979, has been in the country for a few weeks, sparking a controversy along the way.

President Barack Obama met with the spiritual leader in the White House two weeks ago — their third talk in recent years, the Washington Post reported.

China, which angrily objected to the meeting, calls the Dalai Lama, who fled to India after a failed uprising in 1959, a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” who seeks to use violent methods to establish an independent Tibet.

The Dalai Lama, 78, says he wants autonomy for Tibet and denies advocating violence.

During the White House meeting, Obama reiterated the U.S. stance against an independent Tibet but encouraged dialogue between the two countries.

“The president commended the Dalai Lama’s commitment to peace and nonviolence and expressed support for the Dalai Lama’s ‘middle way’ approach,” the White House said of the meeting, The Hill reported.

The Dalai Lama has appeared on Capitol Hill before for meetings with congressional leaders, and was awarded Congress’ highest civilian honor, the Congressional Gold Medal, during a 2007 ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda in an event attended by President George W. Bush.

In 2009, he focused on compassion in an opening prayer for the New York State Senate.

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By Cathy Burke

Quadriplegic Walks Again After Crying, ‘Jesus, Jesus, Jesus’.

“Grandpa” was healed of paralysis and now he’s telling everybody about the Jesus who saves. (IMB)

The old man is certain of two things: He can walk again, and Jesus made it happen.

Known in this ethnic Tibetan community only as “Grandpa,” the 71-year-old tells his story with a gleam in his watery brown eyes.

“Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,” Grandpa repeats, holding his palms together just under the nose of his weathered face and bowing his head as if in prayer. “I prayed to Jesus, and now I can walk.”

It began about 10 months ago, when Sonam Lhomi, an ethnic Tibetan, introduced the old man to her friends Eliza Ellis* and Alexis Frei,* student volunteers serving in Nepal.

At the time, the old man was confined to his bed, paralyzed from the neck down as a result of an avalanche in the mountains. For three years, Grandpa could not move his arms or legs. He was completely bedridden, requiring constant care.

Then Sonam, Ellis and Frei paid a visit to the man’s modest one-room home he shares with his wife. They came to tell the family stories about Jesus. When they realized the man’s condition, the three women offered to pray for him.

“I requested them to pray for me, and they prayed for me a lot,” Grandpa says. “The girls showed me [how] to pray to God, and then I prayed to God.”

Slowly, over a period of weeks, Grandpa began to regain his ability to move. First it was his arms.

“I kept praying and praying,” Grandpa says.

Then he could move his legs. Finally, he could stand and walk.

“I had no money, no medicine and no doctor,” Grandpa exclaims. “Jesus healed me!”

Today, Grandpa is a follower of Jesus. Once he regained the ability to walk, he started attending the Lhomi church in his community. His wife comes with him. Although she is not yet a believer, she sits outside the building and listens to the sermons. Grandpa hopes to be baptized soon.

Though it has been three years since he did any mountain trekking, Grandpa also hopes one day to hike again. He wants to return to his village, which requires a plane ride, a jeep ride and three days of walking.

“When I am strong, I will go to my village,” Grandpa says. “I will tell them what Jesus did for me.”

Until then, Grandpa can be found on the streets of his community in Kathmandu, practicing his calisthenics and guiding all who will listen—not to the summit of Everest but to the God who healed him.

Tess Rivers is an IMB writer.



Teens set themselves on fire, take Tibet burnings over 50: group.

BEIJING (Reuters) – The number of Tibetans who have set themselves on fire in protest at Chinese rule of their homeland has topped 50 after two teenagers burned to death in a southwestern corner of the country, a rights group said.

The pair, one an 18-year-old monk and the other a 17-year-old former monk, died on Monday after setting themselves on fire outside the Kirti monastery in Ngaba, a heavily Tibetan part of Sichuan province, the London-based Free Tibet group said.

Their protest brings to 51 the number of Tibetans who have set themselves alight since 2009, when the burnings first began, Free Tibet said in an emailed statement dated August 27.

At least half of them are believed by rights groups to have died, while scores of other Tibetans have been reported detained by security forces after protests that follow the burnings.

“Free Tibet has grave concerns for the well being of the hundreds of Tibetans who we know are in detention following protests,” Free Tibet Director Stephanie Brigden said.

Calls seeking comment to the government in Ngaba, known as Aba in Chinese, were not answered.

China has branded the self-immolators “terrorists” and criminals, and has blamed the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Dalai Lama, for inciting them.

Beijing considers the Dalai Lama a separatist, while he says he merely seeks greater autonomy for his Himalayan homeland, and denies supporting violence.

Activists say China tramples on religious freedom and culture in Tibet, which has been ruled with an iron rod by the Chinese since 1950. China rejects such criticism, saying its rule ended serfdom and brought development to a backward area.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Daniel Magnowski)



Two Tibetans set themselves alight in China.

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Two young Tibetans in a remote area of northwest China set themselves alight, state media and a rights group said Thursday, in the latest such protest against Chinese rule.

The men, both in their 20s, set themselves on fire Wednesday in Qinghai province‘s Chenduo county after leaving a letter calling for solidarity among Tibetans, the London-based Free Tibet said in a statement.

The official Xinhua news agency confirmed the incident, quoting local authorities as saying one man — allegedly a migrant carpenter from neighbouring Sichuan — was “seriously injured” and still unconscious.

The other victim, a herder, died, it added.

The report said authorities did not provide names or ages for the two, but Free Tibet identified them as Nyawang Norpal, 22, and Tenzin Kaldrup, 24, who died at the scene.

A local government official reached by AFP declined to comment while the Yushu prefecture police and government — which administers the area — could not be reached.

Radio Free Asia reported that the two carried Tibetan flags and called for independence for Tibet as well as the return of exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. It said one of the men, whose name it gave as Tenzin Khedup, was a former monk.

Since March last year, at least 40 people have set themselves on fire in Tibetan-inhabited areas of China in protest at repressive government policies, according to activists.

Last week in Qinghai — where a large number of Tibetans live — a middle-aged Tibetan man died after setting himself ablaze.

On May 27, two men set themselves on fire in front of the Jokhang temple, a renowned centre for Buddhist pilgrimage in the centre of Lhasa — the capital of the Tibet region. It was the first such incident to hit the city.

Tibetans have long chafed under China’s rule over the vast Himalayan plateau, saying that Beijing has curbed religious freedoms and their culture is being eroded by an influx of Han Chinese, the country’s main ethnic group.

Beijing, however, says that Tibetans enjoy religious freedom and have benefited from improved living standards brought on by China’s economic expansion.



China trip April 2011.

Work in China is hard, exhausting, scary, and rewarding.   In early April 2011 I traveled to China with 14 others. We brought in study bibles for pastors of the underground church and gospel tracts in Chinese.

Each of us brought in about 150 lbs of material. Getting through customs at the airport is a fairly simple procedure, you just walk through the nothing to declare line and pray that they do not pull you aside to look into your bags.

All 15 of us got through safely without our bags being checked thanks to prayer and God. Since we all tried to go through at different times we all have different stories. Here is mine. After getting all of my bags (5 in all ), I went to the nothing to declare line. The line ( ie. mass of people ) was large and moving slow because they were checking bags.

About ten minutes later I was about 30 feet from the officials but because there were so many people coming in behind us, the customs officials started waving through many people at a time to ease the congestion. This is when i got through.

After staying in a hostel, the next day we delivered our bibles to a contact that will distribute them to the underground church, and then we took a sleeper train 17 hours to our base city in Western China.

There we were broken up into sub teams of 2-4 people. Our missionary that lives and works out there gave us our orders and schedules for each sub team. Victor and I traveled south of our base city.

We left for city #1 the same day. It was about a five hour bus ride. We found a hotel to stay at and slept for a few hours before going out to place our tracts. Because we arrived at night and were new at this we placed about 200 tracts, or crumbs we called them.

On our best night we placed 700-750 crumbs in a city.   To go out crumbing you wear dark clothes with lots of pockets and /or a backpack. We went out into a city at 11:00 pm at the earliest and invested 3-6 hours placing crumbs.

This was hard because there were many people still walking around at all hours of the night. It was ok to be seen, just not seen placing a crumb. We would go to residential areas and place the crumbs at their doors or gates, and also under the metal doors of businesses.

We left early in the morning and took a bus to city #2. There we checked out the city and rested. The next day we stored some of our bags and took a bus to city #3. City #3  was a city in the mountains that an earthquake  triggered landslide killed about 1000 people including many kids in an elementary school. City #3 also had many Tibetans living there.

We got there early because it was a short distance, found a hotel and started walking around the city. ( partly to look for good places to go crumbing at night ) The path of the landslide was very large and they were building a memorial at the top of the slide.

We met many people there including some tibetans because the people were very friendly there. However while we were walking around about six plain clothes policemen stopped us and asked us a bunch of questions like “why are you here?”, “when are you leaving?”, and “why are you here?”.

One policeman even took my camera and started looking at all of the photos I had on it. They took us to a storefront to copy our passports and visas and then let  us go, but one of the officers followed us the rest of the afternoon.

We went back to our hotel to find that the hotel staff wanted copies of our passports and visas also. We had some dinner and then went to bed still planning on going out that night at 11:00 pm. At 10:30 pm however three policemen walked into our hotel room without even knocking. They started asking us the same questions like “why are you here?”.

They left shortly after that because we were telling them “we just wanted see the city where the landslide was” Because of this we decided to not go out crumbing that night, and we got the first bus out or town in the morning.

We went back to city #2 where some of our bags were and we checked into the hotel. Because it was a Sunday we decided to check out a church that was on the hillside of the city. Yes there was a church with a large red cross on it sitting on a hillside above the entire city!

Each local or city government in China operates  by some of their own rules so apparently this city is ok with non-registered churches being there.  Our taxi only took us so far and then we had to walk up a steep dirt trail to get to the church.

When we were close to the top we could hear the people praising God with Chinese hymns. We got there just as they were starting. The church was full of people but they made room for us. We sat through the entire service in Chinese and met the pastor and others afterwards.

We found out at this time that they were not a three self church but an  independent church. We used our phrasebooks to communicate. That night we continued our crumbing and left the next morning.

The next day was a grueling 13 hour bus ride over a high mountain  pass to a big city on the plains. The roads were bumpy dirt roads and on the way down they were building a brand new four lane highway complete with many tunnels and bridges.

Traveling down the mountain was like going through a large construction zone. One good thing about this trip is that we saw some spectacular  scenery that most people will never see. Especially after the new highway is compete because a tunnel cuts off the entire top of the mountain. When we got to city #4 we rested and the next night we invested our crumbs.

Going to our next city we had to take a bus ride to a city in between, then wait three hours in their bus station before getting another bus to city #5. While waiting in the bus station the government  officials were conducting a “job fair”. there were hundreds of chinese people inside and outside filling out applications for something, probably work.

After about two hours of waiting in the bus station, Victor decided to start handing out gospel tracts! A big no-no in the training manual. In about five minuets he handed out about 50 tracts. Everyone in the bus station was reading our tracts. After awhile we saw two men showing a police officer our tracts and pointing to us.

Did I forget to mention that they were building a brand new mosque outside the bus station. Well the police officers were to busy with all of the people coming to fill out job applications so they left us alone.

A half an hour later (what seemed to me like an eternity) our bus came and we left for city #5. In city #5 we rested and invested crumbs the next night.

Leaving early for city #6, our bus went over another high mountain pass with snow on it this time. City #6 was high in elevation and it was a tourist town.

There were old tall stone walls around the center of the city and all of the buildings were timber frame construction. There were many Tibetans living in the city as well. We rested and invested our crumbs the next night.

Our next three cities were in primarily Tibetan areas with some big monasteries in the towns. We found out at the bus station that the police were not letting any foreigners into those towns at the present time. They would not sell us any bus tickets into that area.

This is not unusual as the Chinese government closes Tibetan areas to foreigners all the time. We had to  backtrack to City #4, the large city on the plains. We invested crumbs there during the night and the next night we took a overnight train ride to our base city.

In the base city all of the teams got together two days earlier than planed. It was good to be all back together as one. We had a problem though, we still had over 30 boxes of crumbs to get rid of, with about 500 crumbs per box.

So we broke up into teams again, and for the next two nights we spread out into our base city and delivered  most of our crumbs into that city. We had about four boxes left which some of us had to invest in Beijing the night before we left for home.

On the train back to Beijing, the gospel was shared with at least five people using our Christian phrasebooks.

We came, we spread and shared the gospel, we brought in bibles for the underground church, and we had a lot of fun doing it. If this trip sounds interesting to you, I can get you in contact with people that do this once of twice a year.

This work is perfect for young adults and teenagers, although anyone can do it. Be sure to look at all of my pictures that I have with this. Thank you to all that were praying for me on this trip. I needed it.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all,

By allenradkte.

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