Memorializing the work of Bridges, the "Toolkit" curriculum is launched - empowering others to do the same work. Tools & Templates to Equip Muslims & Christians - Together Inspiring Reconciliation with God & with Neighbor.
(Sudan) Partnering with Congressman Trent Franks, Congressman Tom Garret & Hardwired to release Christian prisoners including Rev. Hassan Abduraheem Kodi Taour and Abdulmonem Abdumawla. Many of these prisoners faced life in prison but were subsequently given a pardon directly from President Omar al-Bashir. (See also the pardon of Pastor Petr Jasek earlier in 2017).
(Sudan) Partnering with Hardwired (NGO) to release Christian prisoners including Petr Jasek (Czech) who was given 20 years to life in prison. Petr was released largely because of a long standing record of "friendship diplomacy " established by Bridges & its partners.
Former Congressman Mark Siljander has been in Sudan for the past week to make a personal appeal for Mr. Jasek on Hardwired’s behalf, which led to his release.
Tina Ramirez,Hardwired (NGO)
Bridges was invited to address world leaders at the UN - presenting the Jesus-centric strategy and sharing ideas about how to defeat radicalism. Sharing new common ground to resolve the conflicts between the Abrahamic faiths.
(Brussels, Belgium) - Days after the terror attacks at the airport, Bridges is asked to address the European Parliament about how best to respond to this growing threat. Brussels is still on lockdown from the terror bombing at the airport just days before. Bridges is able to present our ground-breaking ideas and Jesus-centric strategy to European leaders.
Bridges publishes an updated 2nd edition of A Deadly Misunderstanding. 10's of thousands of Muslims and Christians have been using this book. Messianic leaders in Africa, Missionaries and leaders around the world have shared their powerful testimonies about how this book has impacted them and their ministry. Originally published by HarperCollins, Bridges now owns and publishes this book.
Two Bridges board members, both a Muslim and a Christian work together to translate and publish a unique Qur'an with over 3000 Bible verses referenced in the footnotes. Gaining the endorsements of Muslim, Christian and secular leaders alike.
(Central African Republic) - The Bridges team takes two trips in response to the Muslim / Christian war in the region. The result of these trips was 3 hostages being released and a signed peace treaty. Two trips filled with powerful encounters with Muslim & Christian militia leaders to gain the release of 3 hostages taken by Anti Balaka forces, and worked with many of the 10 factions toward signing of a peace treaty. French citizens Claudia Priest, Father Gustave along with C.A.R. Minister of Youth & Sports Armel Sayo were set free as a result of the powerful message of reconciliation. Our quantifiable impact was also measured by the release of child-soldiers and sex-slaves held by these militia groups. We also provided 6000 meals to feed refugees in a Christian displacement camp.
(Sudan) - Bridges team members responded to the case of Meriam Ibrahim, hand delivering a note to the top government officials -directly resulting in the release of this Christian prisoner. Twice Bridges dispatched Peacemaker Dr. Jeff Burns as part of a larger team, to pray with the regime resulting in the release of Meriam Ibrahim. Meriam was imprisoned while birthing a baby in chains; she was sentenced to death for refusing to renounce her faith.
(Iran) - Worked with Iranian leadership to free the 2 Christian women sentenced for apostasy (Marzieh Amirizadeh & Maryam Rostampour). Iranian leadership was presented an alternate spiritual path to the court system that resulted in the release of two Iranians, Marzieh Amirizadeh & Maryam Rostampour, imprisoned for 255 days as “converts to Christianity”. They were charged with apostasy and blasphemy. If convicted they would have been executed.
(USA) - Engaged Pastor Terry Jones resulting in his decision to cancel the Qur'an burning ceremony in memory of 9/11. Pastor Terry Jones’ who gained international attention threatening to burn Qur’ans to memorialize 9/11 was offered an alternative he used to avert global riots and what President Obama said would "endanger our young men and women in uniform . .."
(Sudan) - Prayer with the Sudanese President to stop the flogging of a UN employee, Lubna al-Hussein, for dressing in pants. Prayer with Sudanese president who negated the flogging a UN employee, Lubna al-Hussein, for dressing in pants.
A Deadly Misunderstanding - A Congressman' Quest To Bridge The Muslim/Christian Divide is published by HarperCollins. Many top political and religious leaders endorsed this book, including Muslims, Christians, Democrats, Republicans, Ayatollahs, Homeland Security Directors and even heads of state.
(Afghanistan) - The S. Korean government requests that Bridges come to the aid of the 23 Christian missionaries kidnapped by the Taliban. (completed by ICRD) Initiated the process leading to the release of 21 Korean Christian missionaries ultimately accomplished through ICRD (2)
(Sudan) - 18 trips to Sudan to pray with the President which resulted in a deployment of UN peacekeepers - ending the Darfur Genocide - millions of lives affected. Nearly a dozen visits to Sudan over 18+ months praying with President Omar al-Bashir, working directly with the U.N. secretary general and the U.S. envoy to Sudan, reversing his intransigence to deploy U.N. Peacekeeping Forces mitigating the “genocide”, mass rapes and 2.2 million displaced.
(Sudan) - Prayer meetings with the President & government leaders - resulting in a civil war ending (over 2 million people killed). Multiple prayer meetings with Sudanese leaders & the president leading to a successful peace treaty in a Muslim/Christian civil war that killed over 2 million people.
(Congo, Brazzaville) - Worked with the President & the rebellion funder to end the guerrilla warfare conflict with Pastor Ntumi.
(Libya) - Meetings with the Gaddafi regime which directly resulted in the release of the 1988 Lockerbie/PanAm bombing suspects - Justice for the 270 people who were killed. Private meetings with the Gaddafi regime started in 1999 and just weeks later the long sought release of the Libyan 1988 Lockerbie Bombing suspects. 270 men, women and children (189 Americans) were murdered on Pan AM flight 103. Gaddafi accepted responsibility for the bombing and paid compensation to the families. Our follow-up efforts over 1.5 years in spiritual diplomacy with Libya contributed to breaking down decades of resistance with the West and in 2003 Libya also denounced WMDs and their radical/militant agenda.
(Congo, Kinshasa) - Prayer meetings with the Presidents: Joseph Kabila and Paul Kagame leading to the 2002 cease-fire and the Pretoria Accord. Part of a team facilitating private prayer meetings of competing presidents, Joseph Kabila & Paul Kagame of Rwanda in Washington, DC leading to 2002 ceasefire and the Pretoria Accord establishing a Transitional Government of National Unity
(Iraq) - Meetings with the Saddam Regime resulting in him allowing UN weapons inspectors to come - in a failed attempt to avoid the war. Private meetings with Saddam regime resulting in return of UN Weapons inspectors... an attempt to avoid the war. However we were ordered to “stand down” by elements in US government who had self-interests in starting the war on terror.
(Ghana) - Assisting President Kufuor in a peaceful transition and a positive transformation of his country - becoming a beacon of hope in the region. Assisting a successful & peaceful presidential candidate’s transition of power & positive transformation of the country.
(Pakistan) Prayer meetings with President Musharraf which led to the release of over 20 Christian men imprisoned under "Sharia Law" charges.
Prayer meeting with President Musharraf led to release of over 20 Christian men imprisoned for "blasphemy" to care for their starving families left behind unable to work under “Sharia Law”.
(Benin) Established a prayer partnership with President Matthew Kereku, a former communist dictator - resulting in the tribal conflict ending. Established prayer partnership with President Matthew Kereku, a former communist dictator who later won in a free election. He was active in a Jesus-centric national transformation and unity process. He became a friend of the West and led a youth peace movement that help resolve tribal conflict in over 20 villages using a spiritual approach.
(Liberia) - Part of the Muslim/Christian team that encouraged the successful Abuja Peace Accords - ending a conflict that killed 200,000 people. Facilitated a Muslim/Christian team that encouraged the successful Abuja Peace Accords
(Western Sahara) - Prayer meetings with President Mohamed Abdelziz - resulting in the Western Sahara Cease-Fire Agreement - ending a conflict that killed 10's of thousands. Visiting the Sahara a team broke bread with President Mohamed Abdelziz. After prayer and scripture study the president committed to reinstate the 1991 Ceasefire with Morocco