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          And the Last Word: Halloween Hank
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And now, the Last Word:
Bonus quote:  What if everything is an illusion and
nothing exists? In that case, I definitely overpaid for
my carpet.

Woody Allen
Dear Friends,
Our brief time in Kabul, Afghanistan was filled to the brim with times of united prayer with the international Christian
community and local believers in the city. We met with Koreans and Chinese, the international Christian fellowship
of those associated with the humanitarian organizations and also with a small group of nationals who follow the
Lord. It was such an anointed and blessed time in spite of its brevity and I believe that many were greatly
encouraged by the messages our ministry team of five brought to them. Thanks for standing in the gap for this
nation. It is at a crucial point in its history.

We arrived in Pakistan last night and will be facilitating two prayer seminars for local believers in Lahore and
Karachi. Will you please join us in prayer once again for His breakthrough? Pakistan is one of the most
geopolitically strategic nations on earth. We need to keep President Musharraf especially in our prayers. The
radical Islamists would like to eliminate him and have tried repeatedly to kill him. Three more attempts were made
on his life after he returned from his recent visit to the USA.

Also, the prayer movement needs to be greatly strengthened. It is growing through such initiatives as the Global
Day of Prayer which has drawn several thousand Christians of all denominations to pray together on Pentecost the
last two years. However, the real need is an ongoing united prayer movement that will cover the nation with 24/7
intercession every day and hour of the year. Only in that way will we begin to see the major transformation that
needs to happen here in the political, economic and religious realms.

The Lahore seminar begins Monday
(Oct. 30--Editor) and runs through Tuesday. We will then fly to Karachi and begin
the second seminar there, Nov. 2-4. May we ask you to pray for our team of facilitators and for all the
participants during this coming week?

1. Please pray for the breaking of oppression from caste that makes Christians afraid and unwilling to take initiative
spiritually. They feel nothing can ever be done through them. They are also a tiny minority in a sea of Muslims.

2. That believers would realize the authority they have in Christ and use it. There are many strongholds that need to
be dealt with, both within the church and outside it. Pray that they will become like David's mighty men of valor,
arising to take risks in faith and do exploits for the Lord.

3. For unity among all followers of Christ and all denominations in the nation.

4. For the discrediting and overthrow of radical elements that want to destabilize the nation and take over the
government. This would be a huge international security threat since Pakistan already has a full panoply of nuclear
weapons unlike Iran which is still developing its nuclear capability. Let's pray that the moderates will be able to stay
in power.

5.    For a supernatural breakthrough for the nation and the prayer movement this week and beyond.

Our team appreciates so much your supporting us in this way.

Warm greetings from Pakistan,
John Robb

    Dear Friends,
    John Robb of the International Prayer Council and his team have left Afghanistan and are now in Pakistan.
    If you feel so moved, you may aid the group's cause by adding your prayers to theirs.
    (Note: His message has been abbreviated..--Editor)

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From the depths I called You, Hashem, O Lord,
hear my voice, may Your ears be attentive to
the sound of my pleas. If You preserve iniquities,
O God, O Lord, who could survive? For with you
is forgiveness, that You may be feared. I put
confidence in Hashem, my soul put confidence,
and I hoped for His word. My soul (yearns) for
the Lord, among those longing for the dawn,
those longing for the dawn. Let Israel hope for
Hashem, for with Hashem is kindness, and with
Him is abundant redemption. And He shall
redeem Israel from all its iniquities.

Psalm 130
The Stone Edition Tanach
Mesorah Publications
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If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have
found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in
the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should
never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning.

C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)
Irish author and scholar
Deliver me from my own shadows, my Lord, from the wrecks and confusion of my days.

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)
Bengali philosopher, composer, artist and poet; Asia's first Nobel laureate
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May every soul that touches mine----
Be it the slightest contact----
Get therefore some good;
some little grace; one kindly thought;
One aspiration yet unfelt;
One bit of courage
For the darkening sky;
One gleam of faith
To brave the thickening ills of life;
One glimpse of brighter skies
Beyond the gathering mists---
To make this world worthwhile
And heaven a surer heritage.

George Eliot (1819-1880)
Pen name of Mary Anne Evans,
a leading Victorian era writer
Mary Anne Evans
There is nothing I can give you which you
do not have; but there is much, very much,
that while I cannot give it, you can take.

No heaven can come to us unless our
hearts find rest today. Take heaven! No
peace lies in the future which is not hidden
in this present instant. Take peace!

The gloom of the world is but a shadow.
Behind it, yet within reach, is joy. There is
radiance and glory and to see, we have
only to look. I beseech you to look.

Fra Giovanni (1445-1525)
Dominican and later, Franciscan priest;
Italian architect, archaeologist and classical scholar
From delusion lead me to Truth.
From darkness lead me to Light.
From death lead me to Immortality.

The Upanishads
(Part of the Hindu scriptures)
The holiday known today as Halloween is a mixture of Catholic and Celtic pagan holidays.
The name itself is a contraction of All Hallows' Day, (or All Saints' Day), which is observed on
November first. In Ireland, the name was All Hallows' Eve, which frequently was shortened to
Hallow Eve.

The Irish Celts in 5th century BC celebrated the official end of summer on October 31st. They
called the holiday Samhain, and it constituted the Celtic New Year. Legend says they believed
that on that one night, the spirits of those who had died the previous year returned to earth in
search of bodies to inhabit. To ward off such undesirable possessions, the Celts would
extinguish their home fires, dress in bizarre outfits and behave in loud and destructive ways,
in order to frighten away the spirits. Is the legend accurate as it's been passed down? Perhaps.

Regardless of what the Celts believed, Halloween customs were brought to America in the
1840s by Irish immigrants who were fleeing the deadly potato famine in their native country.
However, the practice of trick-or-treating most probably is an offshoot of the ninth-century
European custom of "souling." On All Souls' Day, Christians walked from village to village
begging for "soul cakes," square pieces of bread studded with currants. In return, the
"beggars" promised to pray for the dead relatives of the donors, to help release their souls
from limbo into heaven.

Today, some Christians view Halloween solely as a pagan holiday and therefore as a
destructive, even evil, celebration. The Religion Network suggests that the holiday is what
you make of it. When viewed as the eve before a day to honor all saints, it becomes a sacred
night, a night to reflect and prepare for the next day's holiness, not unlike Christmas Eve
or the Easter vigil. If this is explained to children at a young age, they will grow up with this
understanding integrated into their psyche. And if they get a bag of candy as well that night,
well, lucky them!--Editor
From ghoulies and ghosties
And long-leggedy beasties
And things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us!

Scottish prayer
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