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Many years ago, the late Walt Disney so succinctly captured the purpose behind his work, the cornerstone that inspired everything he touched, from film to animation to theme parks on both sides of the country. He said, "That's what we storytellers do. We restore order with imagination. We instill hope again and again and again."
And that is exactly what he did: Disney taught generations of Americans profound moral lessons. He gave them fantastical escapes from the hardships of reality and the doldrums of daily life. And all of it, as he famously said, "started with a mouse."
Somewhere along the way, though, that hopeful imagination has been lost. No longer is the fantasy Walt Disney described "restoring order." Nowadays, it seems, it's sowing disorder.
On March 19 at 7:00 a.m., Russian agents invaded the home of Pastor Dmitry Bodyu, the pastor of Word of Life in Melitopol, Ukraine. The agents confiscated all of the family's electronic devices, including their phones, as well as all of the family's papers and IDs. Then they took Bodyu, 50, and confiscated his passport.
According to Charisma News sources, the Russian agents only told the family that they were going to talk with him. Since that morning,Bodyu's family has not heard from him.
NBC News reported that Bodyu's wife, Helen, said his kidnapping took days to become public.
Anaheim (California) Vineyard began as a house church under the leadership of John Wimber and became the flagship of a denomination, the Association of Vineyard Churches, that has grown to include more than 2,500 churches on six continents with more than 500 in the U.S. Despite concerns raised by Vineyard USA, on Sunday, March 20, the church and its senior pastors, Alan and Kathryn Scott, announced in a "Family Update" from the church board and at its Sunday services that it is officially disassociating from the denomination.
Pointing out that Wimber's vision included the idea that each local church be self-financing and self-governing, Vineyard Anaheim's statement says its decision came in response to "the invitation and direction of the Spirit" (through scripture, counsel, prophecy, evidence of grace, and circumstance)" and that the church decided to "do what we have always done: take another step of faith and risk."
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