Crisis Response Teams - Bridges To Common Ground
 

Crisis Response Teams

Bridges team members & leadership have responded to many different crises and conflicts over a period of decades. We have identified this as a critical part of our mission moving forward. We plan to continue engaging leaders in various difficult situations around the world. Our approach is to focus on common ground and to become friends first. We do not force our agenda, opinions or wishes upon the people we meet with unless they explicitly ask for it from a place of personal friendship.​

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    Where We Have Worked

    Sudan, 2017 - Christians Prisoners Released


    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).

    A LETTER TO PRESIDENT TRUMP: We would like to inform you that there has been a positive communication between Mr. Osama Nabil Sobhi with former congressman Mark Siljander of Bridges (NGO) (VA) regarding the release of detainees in Sudan that was initiated by congressman Trent Franks, (AZ). **(resulting in the release of Pastor Hassan Abdul Rahim & Mr. Abdel Moneim Abdel Mawla)**

    Abdel Flaviz Alkdgri - Director of Peace,

    Program of Disarmament/Demolition & Reintegration Commission (DDRC) Sudan

    Sudan, 2017 - Prisoner Petr Jasek - Released


    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

    Central African Republic, 2015  - Hostages Set Free & Peace Treaty Signed


    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.

    Sudan, 2014 - Meriam Ibrahim Set Free


    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.

    Meriam & Her Baby (she had in prison) Recently Set Free.

    Bridges team members include: Dr. Jeff Burns, Todd Hendricks & Bob Aramony (pictured above)

    David Wilcox  plays "3 Brothers" for president Omar al-Bashir of the Sudan. (Song Included Here)

    Florida, USA 2010 - Qur'an Burning Day Cancelled


    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..."

    Iran, 2010 - Two Female Iranian Prisoners Set Free


    Iranian leadership was presented a 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.

    Sudan & U.N.  2009 - Female Flogging Avoided


    Prayer with Sudanese president who negated the flogging a UN employee, Lubna al-Hussein, for dressing in pants.

    Afghanistan/Taliban, 2007 - 21 Korean Missionaries Set Free


    ​Initiated the process leading to the release of 21 Korean Christian missionaries ultimately accomplished through ICRD (2)

    Sudan, Darfur 2006 - War & Genocide Stopped & UN Peacekeepers Deployed


    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, North/South War: (1997/2005)  Multiple prayer meetings with Sudanese leaders & the president leading to a successful peace treaty.
    • Congo, Brazzaville: (2003)  Worked with president and rebel funder to end conflict/rebellion
    • Congo Kinshasa (DRC) 2001-2003: 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: (2001-2002)  Private meetings with Saddam regime resulting in return of UN Weapons inspectors & attempted to avoid the war. However we were directed to “stand down” by elements in US government
    • Ghana: (2000)  Assisting a successful presidential candidate’s transition of power & transform country

    Pakistan, 2000 - Christians Released From Sharia Law Prison Sentence


    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”.

    Libya, 1999-2003 - Pan Am/Lockerbie Suspects & Denounce WMD's


    ​Private meeting with the Gaddafi regime led just weeks later to 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 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.

    Benin, 1997 - Spiritual Diplomacy, Ending Tribal Conflict


    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: (1995)  Facilitate a Muslim/Christian team that encouraged the successful Abuja Peace Accords

    Western Sahara, 1994 Ceasefire Agreement 


    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

    Secretary of State James Baker visits with President Abdelziz

     
     

    Testimonials

    “As a documentarian traveling with Mark Siljander to Sudan, I was given an extraordinary inside look into the world of Jesus-based relational diplomacy that Mark advocates for, and I saw up close and personal not only that it works, but how it works. Marks engaging personality makes it easy to forget that when you spend time with him, you’re talking with someone who has molded and shaped key events in the 20th and 21st century.”

    Aaron Daniel Taylor - Independent Film Maker, Author & Producer

    I am convinced that (this) approach can truly change enemies into friends.

    Dr. Tawfik Hamid,

    Islamic scholar, former member of Jamma'a Islameia, a terror organization; now lecturer, antiterrorism consultant & author of Inside Jihad.

    A Blueprint For Breaking This Logjam Of Dissension That Contributes To So Much Conflict Today.

    Hon. James Baker III - Former Secretary Of State

    I cannot overstate the importance of Mark’s strategic efforts to defuse the activities of radical Muslims worldwide. Many are convinced that he is on the cusp of what will prove literally to be the tipping point in realigning radical terrorist enemies.

    Hon. Edwin Meese,

    fmr. U.S. Attorney General and Fellow at the Heritage Foundation
     
     

    Implementing The Algorithm


    (1)  Bridges developed the “Trac5” model which augments and empowers traditional diplomatic, political, military & economic tracks of engagement. We do not claim it alone is solely responsible for outcomes. 

(2)  http://icrd.org/rp43/

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