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.
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.
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.
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)
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..."
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
Prayer with Sudanese president who negated the flogging a UN employee, Lubna al-Hussein, for dressing in pants.
Initiated the process leading to the release of 21 Korean Christian missionaries ultimately accomplished through ICRD (2)
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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
“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
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
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.
(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.