The January 2006 PNEUMA INFORMER
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What's New at www.PneumaFoundation.orgNew Articles, Links, and other FeaturesArticles from the PNEUMA REVIEW
New Featured Online Articles
- Numerous articles are available on the The Pneuma Review On-line Article Index. http://www.pneumafoundation.org/article_archive.jsp
- "The Colossian Heresy Revisited: Has the Prophetic Stream Lost Its Focus?" by Eddie L. Hyatt. In this guest editorial, Eddie Hyatt points us to Jesus as the antidote for wayward spirituality. From the Fall 2005 issue of the Pneuma Review. Online article added December 21, 2005. http://www.pneumafoundation.org/article.jsp?article=/article_0038.xml
- Book Review: Eddie Hyatt, 2000 Years of Charismatic Christianity (Charisma House, 2002). Reviewed by Raul Mock in the Fall 2003 issue of the Pneuma Review. Online article added December 21, 2005. http://www.pneumafoundation.org/article.jsp?article=/article_0039.xml
New In Depth Articles and ReviewsNew Guest Articles and Reviews
- Numerous articles are available on the Online Articles index. http://www.pneumafoundation.org/web_article_archive.jsp
- Prayer: "Why Fasting Is Relevant For Today" by Dave and Kim Butts. An introduction to the spiritual discipline of fasting with prayer. Added December 21, 2005. http://www.pneumafoundation.org/article.jsp?article=/FastingRelevant.xml
- Book Review: Thomas Oden and J. I. Packer, One Faith: The Evangelical Consensus Reviewed by Tony Richie. Added January 11, 2006. http://www.pneumafoundation.org/article.jsp?article=/article_0040.xml
New Links and Content Worth Noticing
- Visit the Guest Articles index for more reviews, sermons, and articles by guest authors. http://www.pneumafoundation.org/resources/guest_articles.jsp
- New guest article: "Online Evangelism in a Secular Culture" by Andrew Halloway. How can we use the internet to effectively introduce people to Jesus? Added Dec. 19, 2005. http://www.pneumafoundation.org/article.jsp?article=/WEB-secular.xml
- Web Exclusive Book Reviews: Preach the Word: A Pentecostal Approach by Aldwin Ragoonath. Review by Thomas G. Long: http://www.pneumafoundation.org/article.jsp?article=/Long-Ragoonath.xml
Review by Brian C. Stiller: http://www.pneumafoundation.org/article.jsp?article=/Stiller-Ragoonath.xml
Both reviews added December 20, 2005.
- Christian Leadership: "The Modern Day Warrior (Pressure is Pressure)" by Dan Reiland. This guest article asks how we are reacting to pressure today and guides us to see how to overcome it. Added Dec. 30, 2005. http://www.pneumafoundation.org/article.jsp?article=/article_guest0015.xml
Highlighting Some Great Content
- The Pneuma Foundation is pleased to be constantly adding content to our website as a resource to our members and friends around the world. We also add links to content that we are not able to republish ourselves, but may be of interest. Here are some examples of links added recently to "Links to Articles & Books" www.pneumafoundation.org/links_articles.jsp
- Legal Considerations: "Ten Deadly Lawsuits of the Church" by Stephen Chawaga (Your Church, May/Jun 2001). http://www.christianitytoday.com/yc/2001/003/8.55.html
- Telling the Story of Jesus: Blogging: A great tool for ministry" by Terry Wilhite. http://www.pastors.com/article.asp?ArtID=8959
- Christian History: "Erasmus's Revolutionary 'Study Bible'" by Edwin Woodruff Tait. The spiritual father of so many English Reformers died at the hands of the church he refused to leave (ChristianityTodayOnline). http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2006/102/52.0.html
- Christian History: "Whatever Happened to Christian History?" by Tim Stafford. Evangelical historians have finally earned the respect of the secular academy. But some critics say they've sold out. Not really (ChristianityTodayOnline). http://www.ctlibrary.com/6525
- "Do Full-Gospel Ministers Need Theology?" by Larry Taylor. From the Fall 1998 issue of the Pneuma Review. http://www.pneumafoundation.org/resources/articles/Theology01.pdf
- "Pentecost and the Inside-Out Church" by Brian White. Living in the power of the Holy Spirit in our day-to-day lives. From the Spring 2002 Pneuma Review. http://www.pneumafoundation.org/article.jsp?article=inside-out_church.xml
- "Reconstructing Word of Faith Theology" By Derek Vreeland. Presented at the 30th Annual Meeting (2001) of the Society for Pentecostal Studies. Pastor Vreeland offers a defense, analysis, and refinement of the theology of the Word of Faith Movement. http://www.pneumafoundation.org/resources/articles/Reconstructing-DVreeland.pdf
- "Tongues - The Controversial Gift" by John Lathrop. A brief look at the controversial gift of speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives utterance. http://www.pneumafoundation.org/resources/articles/article_guest0003.pdf
- "Supernatural Physical Manifestations in the Evangelical and Holiness Revival Movements" by Paul King. Presented at the 32nd Annual Meeting (2003) of the Society for Pentecostal Studies. http://www.pneumafoundation.org/article.jsp?article=/article_0026.xml
- "The Ninth Hour" by Kevin M. Williams. Messianic teacher Kevin Williams shows that there is a tremendous amount of significance to the ninth hour. Be deepened in your understanding of the reality of First-Century life in this eye-opening article. From Pneuma Review Fall 2000. http://www.pneumafoundation.org/resources/articles/ninthhour.pdf
- "Biblical Healing" by Vincent Cheung. Bible teacher Vincent Cheung urges readers to go to the Scriptures for what they say about healing, apart from our preconceptions. http://www.pneumafoundation.org/resources/articles/healing-vcheung.pdf
- "How To Tell If Your Church Is Sick (While It Still Looks Healthy)" by Gil Cann. http://www.pneumafoundation.org/article_w10.jsp
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Reports from Around the World
Guinea-Bissau: when the spirits get angry
Mam Manga from Guinea-Bissau in western Africa is studying in a Brazilian Bible school. After graduating, she wants to return to her nation to serve Jesus. "My parents were not Christians, quite the opposite, practising ancestor worship. We had many idols at home, and people came to sacrifice to them. My brother studied in the capital, where he became a Christian. That caused an argument. I can still hear my father telling him 'You are no longer my son!' The family decided to beat my brother until he recanted, but God prevented it. Not long afterwards, my father fell ill, and became lame. Witch doctors said that the spirits were angry with him. His suffering made him open for Jesus, and when my brother spoke about his faith, my father, mother, four sisters and I all believed. Jesus soon healed my father, who could walk again. That day, he burned all the idols and asked my brother to forgive him - it was a wonderful day. I will never forget my father's last words when he died years later: 'Children, follow Jesus, and we will meet again in eternity.'"
Source: Adapted from Friday Fax 2005/41. Used with permission.
USA: "The Word from Geecheetown"
The language that gave us the song "Kumbaya" and the words yam, nanny, and gumbo now has a Bible to call its own. Gullah-speaking slave descendants welcome New Testament translation. Full story: http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2006/001/9.22.html
Source: By Nate Anderson, ChristianityTodayOnline
Palestinian Christians Facing Growing Persecution
Muslim violence against Palestinian Christians has increased over recent years. In February 2005, a group of influential Palestinian Christians wrote to Palestinian Authority (PA) president Mahmoud Abbas detailing 93 incidents of abuses against Christians since 2003, including murders and rapes. Some 140 cases of apparent land theft were also listed, in which Christians in the West Bank were forced off their land by a "Muslim land mafia" that operates in league with Islamist militants and is backed by corrupt PA officials. President Abbas has not responded and Christians are growing increasingly concerned for their security. They are exceedingly vulnerable, quite voiceless, and in desperate need of our solidarity and our prayers.
Read the full report here: http://www.worldevangelicalalliance.com/news/view.htm?id=153
Source: World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) Religious Liberty Prayer List
Revival in Bulgaria Again
Spiritual revival began in Bulgaria after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. God gave freedom to the Bulgarian people and millions heard the Good News. Yet, unfortunately while revival was long anticipated and prayed for, it was hardly expected at the rate which it appeared. As a result of the church's lack of preparedness, many congregations experienced sudden splits. Years have past as none of them have managed to launch a successful healing process for its congregations. So far, none of the churches which have experienced splits have reunited. However, in the beginning of the 21st century, God is starting something new in Bulgaria and we are here to report that Bulgaria is in revival again. Today, God is calling His people to gather in unity. This is not a humanly organized activity, but rather a divinely inspired ministry purposing complete unity within the Body of Christ. The Holy Spirit is moving again and thousands of people are being touched by the power of God like never before. This time, however, revival comes in Bulgaria through unity and spiritual inner healing for the broken hearted men, women and children of God. "For the LORD of hosts mustereth the host of the battle" (Isaiah 13:4).
Source: Adapted from Cup & Cross, Dec. 1, 2005 report. http://www.cupandcross.com
Pakistan: Systematic Persecution and Injustice
In mid-November at Sangla Hill (outside Lahore) a Muslim, during a financial dispute with a Christian, falsely accused the Christian of desecrating Korans. Exploiting this, Islamic clerics called Muslims to the mosques, inciting them to 'defend Islam' and attack the Christians. Over 2000 Muslims rampaged, burning churches and driving some 450 Christian families from their homes. The pogrom went unchecked with tacit support from local police and officials.
The earthquake has left Pakistan in great need of aid which is coming primarily from Western nations and Christian NGOs. The anti- Christian violence at Sangla Hill is therefore embarrassing Pakistan, with several groups calling for a High Court inquiry.
Also reported are hundreds of Christians in Sind Province being evicted and their homes given to Muslims displaced from Kashmir.
Please pray that God will redeem evil that good may come of it.
Source: World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) Religious Liberty Prayer List (RLP Bulletin 356, 07 Dec 2005)
Helping with Reports
Other News and Headlines
The PNEUMA INFORMER editor is looking for volunteers that could help gather and format reports for publication in this email newsletter. If you would be interested in helping with this, or if you have a one-time suggestion of an encouraging story or report of what God is doing in the world, please write to the INFORMER editor by using the email address found on the Contact Us page.
for Current News and Links
- Editorial: "Let Us Mourn For Ghorban" by J. Lee Grady. "I can't attend Ghorban Tori's funeral. But I will spread the word: Something must be done to stop the killing of Christians in Iran" (CharsimaNOW). http://www.charismanow.com/12-02-05
- Aid experts debunk post-disaster myths (Reuters AlertNet). http://www.alertnet.org/thefacts/reliefresources/112904062889.htm
- U.S. Accepts Iranian Christians for Resettlement Emergency resettlement approved for a family of four Iranian Christians left stranded in Turkey since an October deportation order (Compass Direct). http://www.crosswalk.com/news/religiontoday/1367256.html
- Belarus: Minsk church's land to be confiscated The courts of this Soviet government-holdout decide that the embattled charismatic New Life Church must lose its property (Forum18). http://www.forum18.org/Archive.php?article_id=700
- USA: Evangelical Top Ten Stories of 2005 (ChristianityTodayOnline). http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2006/001/8.18.html
- Uganda: "Deliver Us from Kony" by J. Carter Johnson. Why the children of Uganda are killing one another in the name of the Lord (ChristianityTodayOnline). http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2006/001/18.30.html
- USA: "Tongues Tied" By Deann Alford. Southern Baptists bar new missions candidates from glossolalia (ChristianityTodayOnline). http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2006/002/1.21.html
- Britain: Evangelicals demonstrate faith with a chequebook Evangelical Christians give nine times as much to charity as the average householder, donating more than 12 percent of their net income each year, according to a new survey (The Times, London). http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-1969368,00.html
- Britain: Supermarket chaplains tend their flock beside the frozen lamb Asda (near Manchester) has recruited 160 clergy from numerous religions to bring their ministry to the aisles (The Guardian, London).
- Bruce Wilkinson Quits Africa Disappointments prompt early retirement for Prayer of Jabez author (ChristianityTodayOnline). http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2006/002/8.76.html
- Pastor's leadership challenged David Yonggi Cho, pastor of Yoido Full Gospel Church, the world's biggest church, has withdrawn his promise to retire in February, and declared that he will carry on the service until 2010, sparking a controversy among some Korean Protestants (The Korea Times). http://times.hankooki.com/lpage/nation/200601/kt2006010617565710510.htm
- The Untold Stories of 2005 Top 10 spiritual trends of 2005 from J. Lee Grady (CharismaOnline). http://www.charismanow.com/01-06-06
- Israel: The current plight of Palestinian Christians "If they're not sitting on their suitcases, they've already left" (ChristianityTodayOnline). http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2006/103/42.0.html
- Russia: "Challenging Times for the Church" by Anneta Vyssotskaia. "The year 2005 has seen Russian government authorities continue the policy of supporting the chosen 'traditional' group of religious confessions while gradually marginalising the others. This subtle religious discrimination can be expected to worsen" (WEA RL Prayer Postings). http://www.evangelicalalliance.org.au/rlc/postings/postings.php?ID=542
- "Boston's Quiet Revival" By Rob Moll. Evangelical Christianity thrives in America's most Catholic city, at the heart of cold New England (ChristianityTodayOnline). http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2006/104/32.0.html
See other news to pray and praise God about in the Prayer Requests department below.
Report the News
We are looking for stories about what God is doing in the world, reports about the persecution of Christians, and information about significant trends and ministry opportunities. If you have a news item to report, please send an email to the PNEUMA INFORMER. http://www.pneumafoundation.org/contactus.jsp
Special Report from the Center for Spiritual Renewal
Scriptural Unity: The Hallmark of Revival
In the Center's three-step definition of spiritual renewal, the second step following spiritual integrity is scriptural unity. When believers get in right relationship with Jesus Christ, it follows that they will come together with other Christians in a spirit of unity. This will not necessarily be structural or organizational unity, but a "unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace" (Eph.4:3). We will be bound together by our love for Jesus Christ.
There can be no doubt about the fact that God is bringing His Body together in a way perhaps not seen since the early days of the Church. Racial, gender, generational, and denominational walls are coming down. Born-again believers all over the world are embracing one another and pooling their spiritual strengths and human resources to confront evil and promote righteousness. This is being accomplished because of a de-emphasis upon peripheral issues, but without any compromise of core doctrinal beliefs.
A vital part of the ministry of the Center for Spiritual Renewal is to help facilitate this spirit of unity that God is sending. Through the bringing together of national and international leaders in relational retreats and through the holding of interdenominational solemn assemblies, the Center is seeking to follow the leadership of the Holy Spirit as He brings scriptural unity to the Body.
Send Us Your Revival Reports and Comments
One of our strong desires at the Center is to spread the word of revival. Nothing is more spiritually inspiring and motivating than to hear how God is sending revival and renewal to his people. Hearing about the Spirit of God falling on individuals and groups creates a spiritual hunger and sparks a fervent hope in the hearts of believers.
If you are experiencing a move of God or know of a revival that is taking place, please send us that information. We will put it on our Web site so the news can be spread far and wide. Also, if you have any comments about the ministries of the Center or about how the Lord is speaking to you concerning some of these matters, please let us know. The line at the bottom of this page gives you information about how to contact us. We invite you to visit our Web site for reports centering on revival and spiritual renewal.
Source: The Center for Spiritual Renewal
is facilitating the Azusa Street Centennial that will take place in Los Angeles, April 25-29, 2006. For more information, go to www.azusastreet100.net
Thoughts to Ponder
"To be in the presence of God is to change."
Source: Richard Foster
"Never doubt in the dark what God told you in the light."
Source: V. Raymond Edman
"God wants to catch human beings up in the work that he is doing. He doesn't want to do it by-passing us; he wants us to be involved in his work. And, as we are involved, so we ourselves are being remade. He doesn't give us the Holy Spirit in order to make us infallible - blind and dumb servants who merely sit there and let the stuff flow through us. So, he doesn't simply give us a rule book so that we could just thumb through and look it up. He doesn't create a church where you become automatically sinless on entry. Because, as the goal and end of his work is redemption, so the means is redemptive also: judgment and mercy, nature and grace. God does not, then, want to put people into little boxes and keep them safe and sound. It is, after all, possible to be so sound that you're sound asleep. I am not in favor of unsoundness; but soundness means health, and health means growth, and growth means life and vigor and new directions. The little boxes in which you put people and keep them under control are called coffins. We read scripture not in order to avoid life and growth. God forgive us that we have done that in some of our traditions. Nor do we read scripture in order to avoid thought and action, or to be crushed, or squeezed, or confined into a de-humanizing shape, but in order to die and rise again in our minds. Because, again and again, we find, as we submit to scripture, as we wrestle with the bits that don't make sense, and as we burst through to a new sense that we haven't thought of or seen before, God breathes into our nostrils his own breath - the breath of life. And we become living beings - a church recreated in his image, more fully human, thinking, alive beings."
Source: N. T. Wright (suggested by MRD)
"The errors of the heretics ... force us to deal with unlawful matters, to scale perilous heights, to speak unutterable words, to trespass on forbidden ground [compelling] us to err in daring to embody in human terms truths which ought to be hidden in the silent veneration of the heart."
Source: Hilary of Poitiers (4th Century)
"The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet."
Source: Frederick Buechner (Daily Meditations, Harper and Row, 1992, p. 185)
Press Release from the Society for Pentecostal Studies
This article is now available on PneumaReview.com: http://pneumareview.com/press-release-from-the-society-for-pentecostal-studies
Resources You Can Use
Multi-lingual Evangelistic Films
Create International has been able to make their multi-lingual evangelistic films available to unreached people groups around the world. Recently, these presentations have been put into streaming video format on the Internet. Now you can view all of their evangelistic films produced for thirty different people groups in high quality, fast streaming video. They will also make the URLs of these movies available to anyone who wants to put them on their own websites or used them in cyber cafe evangelism. For links to the movies visit the Brigada Today newsletter that made the announcement:
Religious Liberty News
The World Evangelical Alliance offers a weekly newsletter on religious liberty. To subscribe to Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletins, simply send an empty email to join-rl-prayer.
Legal Considerations: Computer Use Policy
Download a free computer use policy for your ministry. In his article "Don't Get Burned" (Ministries Today Sep./Oct. 2005, page 20), attorney Thomas Gehring argues that a good computer use policy can help protect your church from lawsuits and theft of mailing list. Find the policy here: http://www.ministriestoday.com/computeruse.pdf
To complete the policy form, fill in the first blank with your ministry's name, and then abbreviate it with initials elsewhere in the document.
Get a Copy of WHERE THERE IS NO DOCTOR
Here is a free down load of the popular Missionary Emergency health Book Called; "Where There is No Doctor". http://www.healthwrights.org/books/WTINDonline.htm
Source: 2005/11/25 -- BRIGADA TODAY. Used with permission.
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Responding to Harsh Allegations
Would you be willing to respond to harsh criticism leveled at so called "neo-pentecostals" in this article by Alexander Novopashin? Novospashin claims that cult leaders are using tongues-speaking fits as mind altering events to turn those formerly enslaved to drugs into their cult slaves. Arguments like these are being used as a justification for the oppression of religious minorities. The full title of this translated report is: "SECTS AND DRUG ADDICTS: report of Dean of Saint Alexander Nevskii Cathedral, archpriest Alexander Novopashin, on international workshop 'Neo-pentecostal sects in Russia: threat of religious extremism'"
Read the derisive article here: http://www.lermanet.com/cisar/russia/2005_05_26.htm
If you are interested in responding, please contact Pneuma Foundation Executive Editor, Raul Mock, for more information.
More about religious persecution being brought against Pentecostal/charismatic believers in Russia and former Soviet states: "Russia: Radical restrictions for NGOs and religious groups"
From the World Evangelical Alliance Religious Liberty Commission.
Responses from Readers
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- Pastor Samuel in Italy writes: "I want you to agree with me on the following: I applied for Italian citizenship in May 1999.The normal time for such is 2 years. To date my application has suffered neglect and opposition. Finally, in December 2004, I was approved for citizenship and in April 2005, my decree was posted to government office in Rome instead of Ferrara where I reside. I pursued the decree until I found out recently that this office requested that my decree be suspended. The ministry of internal affairs has again the final decision and the office in Ferrara is handling the matter. I need prayer." Reference Number: 90021497
- Pray for believers in India: Violence against Christians in India is escalating in frequency and severity. When the Hindu nationalist BJP controlled the federal government, Hindu activists anticipated national anti-conversion laws. Now that Congress controls government the Hindu nationalists are taking matters into their own hands, trying to silence Christians through violence and intimidation. Police are often very reluctant to intervene, as they are mostly Hindu in the midst of a Hindu majority, all living in fear of Hindu militants. India is in great need of prayer that Indians, especially those with authority, will reject violence and embrace peace, liberty and justice.
Source: World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) Religious Liberty Prayer List
- Please pray for the Pneuma Foundation webteam as they chart the future of the pneumafoundation.org site. There is a need to re-evaluate how future upgrades and development will take place due to the availability of our volunteer webteam. Please pray that God will direct our new course, effectively communicating the story of Jesus and offering an interactive resource that builds the worldwide Pentecostal/charismatic community.
- Pray for believers in Uzbekistan: The religious intolerance and official control of all religious minorities including Christians has escalated since the May 2005 political uprising in Andijan. Ethnic Uzbek churches suffer most, being persecuted by the state authorities and Muslim nationalists.
The Full Gospel Church "Resurrection" in Andijan is continually persecuted, along with their pastor Bakhtier Tuichiev who was severely beaten at Christmas. A group of Christian lawyers in Taskent is helping believers speak out about persecution, and is working on getting the church 'Emmanuel' in Nukus, Karapalkastan, re-registered after its closure by the authorities. Charities with Christian workers are under pressure, with many being closed for no stated reason. Uzbek Christians want the world to know about their persecution and ask for prayer. They also believe it is impossible to stop the process of spiritual revival.
Source: World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) Religious Liberty Prayer List
- Pray for believers in Laos: Please pray for six families who, after becoming believers in Christ a few months ago, were verbally ordered by the chief and police of the village where they have lived, to relocate to another village because they do not want any Christians living in their village of Nongthorn, Lowngam district, Saravan province, Laos. Pray for their safety, that they will continue to be courageous, and that their faith will remain strong in the Lord.
In addition, pray for several missing Lao Christian leaders and their wives who are missing for no apparent reason. They have disappeared with no trace of their whereabouts.
Source: Christian Aid Mission Missions Insider (Vol. 7, No. 1, January 17, 2006)
- Pray for Christians in southern Sudan and northern Uganda: On 21 November, 12 civilians died in North Uganda when fighters from the blasphemous terror militia, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), attacked a mini-bus and burnt its occupants alive. Only three days earlier, LRA rebels had ambushed and killed five other civilians. LRA violence has affected relief work in both North Uganda and South Sudan. On 21 November, LRA rebels killed civilians in South Sudan, as well as mine clearance workers earlier in the month. Over the past year remnant LRA soldiers have killed primarily for food, water, weapons and 'juju' (occult charms). The mini-bus attack seems to have been simply terror or sport. The Sudanese People's Liberation Army (SPLA), the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Ugandan army (UPDF) are co-operating to hunt down the LRA and put a stop to their terror. Please pray that through ending LRA terror, God will secure peace and justice for the predominantly Christian, war-ravaged, traumatized populations of North Uganda and South Sudan. Pray that Joseph Kony, the LRA's spirit-medium leader, will be brought to justice very soon.
Source: World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) Religious Liberty Prayer List
- Congratulations to Mike and Mary Dies on the birth of their baby boy, Nicholas James, born December 1. Mike Dies is the book and periodical reviews editor for the PNEUMA REVIEW.
- Pastor Samuel, in Italy, writes: "I praise the Good Lord the Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit whom we serve for sparing my life on Saturday 18th of November at about 5 am Italy time as I got involved in a car accident that spared myself and my car with a little damage. None was killed, another car was totally destroyed and the wrongdoers fled after causing the accident for negligence or willfully. I was helped out of the car alive, sound though shocked." Reference Number: 90021425
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