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.
Bridges is awarded the Excellence In Giving "Certified Transparent" non-profit report seal.
The non-profit transparency report can be found HERE.
(Sudan) - Working with Congressmen & others to release 2 more Christian prisoners in Sudan - a result of our long standing "trac5" relationship-based diplomacy.
Christian 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 their release)*
Abdel Flaviz Alkdgri - Director of Peace,Program of Disarmament/Demolition & Reintegration Commission (DDRC) Sudan
(Sudan) - A trip to Sudan directly resulting in the release of Christian prisoner Petr Jasek.
Christian Prisoner - 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.
(Geneva, Switzerland) - Bridges speaks on a panel at the UN, making a presentation on how to defeat radicalism.
(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.
Bridges publishes an updated 2nd edition of A Deadly Misunderstanding.
A Powerful Tool & Story
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.
A Revolutionary Translation
(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.
Hostages Released - Muslim/Christian War
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) - 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.
Christian Prisoner Released
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)
(Iran) - Worked with Iranian leadership to free the 2 Christian women sentenced for apostasy (Marzieh Amirizadeh & Maryam Rostampour).
Christian Prisoners Released
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.
(USA) - Engaged Pastor Terry Jones resulting in his decision to cancel the Qur'an burning ceremony in memory of 9/11.
Jesus Strategy Works
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.
A Deadly Misunderstanding Published
A blueprint to challenge the “Ideology of Terror” that threatens our way of life.
Hon. John H. Dalton ,70th Secretary of the Navy
This courageous and groundbreaking work represents the culmination of many years of tireless effort, painstaking research and travels to dangerous corners of the world.
Joe R. Reeder,14th U.S. Army Undersecretary
(Afghanistan) - The S. Korean government requests that Bridges come to the aid of the 23 Christian missionaries kidnapped by the Taliban. (completed by ICRD)
The Taliban Releases Missionaries
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.
Stopping A Genocide
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).
Ending A Civil War
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.
Stopping Guerrilla Warfare
(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.
Justice For Terror Victims
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.
(Congo, Kinshasa) - Prayer meetings with the Presidents: Joseph Kabila and Paul Kagame leading to the 2002 cease-fire and the Pretoria Accord.
A Prayer For Cease-Fire
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.
A Failed Attempt To Save Lives
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) - Assisting President Kufuor in a peaceful transition and a positive transformation of his country - becoming a beacon of hope in the region.
A Hope In The Region
Assisting a successful & peaceful presidential candidate’s transition of power & positive transformation of the country.
Ghana has had a remarkable recovery under President John Kufuor, Ghana is democratic, energetic, and economically growing.
Robert Rotberg,Harvard University
(Pakistan) Prayer meetings with President Musharraf which led to the release of over 20 Christian men imprisoned under "Sharia Law" charges.
Freedom For Sharia Law Prisoners
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.
A Former Communist For Jesus
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.
Ending A Conflict
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.
Prayer With A President
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
A Blueprint For Breaking This Logjam Of Dissension That Contributes To So Much Conflict Today.
Hon. James Baker III - Former Secretary Of State