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ANS – Hundreds of mobile text messages and emails were spread across Europe and the UK on October 31st prompting Christians to pray for Pastor Ferdie Flores of East Timor .

In Leicester , UK , 300 Christians gathered for the final rehearsal of “Christian Praise” and, during this annual celebration in the city, many paused to pray for the “doomed” pastor. Nearly three hundreds messages and prayers for Pastor Ferdie also appeared on the prayer website www.light-a-candle.org.

Although we now know that this information is inaccurate, ANS has learned that Pastor Ferdie and his family do constantly face the real threat of danger as they spread the Good News of the Gospel.

On the families’ missionary website updated in October 2005, Pastor Ferdie wrote of a terrifying ordeal that left one of the co-workers, Maria, so traumatized that it caused her to suffer a “breakdown”.

Pastor Ferdie said. “Few months back, we rejoiced for the breakthrough in Laclo, a village 12 km southwest of Manatuto. Four families with 10 of them follow the Lord in believer’s baptism. Since then we started to have a regular Bible study every Saturday.

“October 8, I and my family with two other believers went to Laclo for our regular Bible study. There about 25 believers gathered in one of the church member’s house. While I was preaching I noticed that there were people surrounded the house making noise trying to destruct our service. Just when I finished preaching and I heard a commotion. I went outside and saw people running away back and forth chasing each other. I noticed some believers lost their patience and was drawn to the rumble. While we are trying our best to pacify the situation, I feel terror is imminent. Jeannie then rushed our children to safety. In the next few minutes a mob appeared from every direction is coming towards us. As the mob comes closer I seated calmly and some hot tempered, furious catechists started to ask intimidating, long and tedious questions. I tried to answer the questions short and simple and try to evade discussion. In spite of this trouble the Lord is in control.. Finally the fire was subdued. It is a very long and horrifying day but praise the Lord the mob left us unharmed.

“The believers later told me that they already heard the rumor that some notorious fanatics are planning to beat me but they didn’t inform me about it. In the eyes of our companion the aborted horror is still obvious. Maria, our companion had nervous breakdown in the last few days. Jeannie also bore the trauma as well.”

The Website confirms that the rumors of his impending death are not accurate. For more information go to www.fbc-misawa.org/missionaries/Flores.htm.