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News: Persecution (2008-2009)
"The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church."
1st century AD
African Christians fear own government on 'jihad': "'This campaign will be another jihad in Sudan between the Muslim government in the north and the predominantly Christian and animist south. In Sudan when we say Muslims, we mean the government of the President Omar al-Bashir,' Racho explains. 'And when we say jihad in this situation, it's not an Islamic extremist group... it's the government of Sudan itself.'
"'...about 80 percent of the people in the south will support the referendum to no longer be a part of Sudan,' Racho says. 'The Christians in South Sudan... want a separate country and that they don't want to be a part of a genocidal Islamist government....'
"Sudan has been steadily in a state of civil war since the end of the colonial era in the 1956. Because of the government's actions in Darfur in February 2009, the International Criminal Court charged al-Bashir with five counts of crimes against humanity. United Nations aid agencies report that over 300,000 Sudanese were killed and 2.7 million Sudanese were left homeless in the last civil war."
Please pray for our Christian brothers and sisters in the Sudan. The burning, slavery, torture and killing that Sudanese Christians have faced is beyond our comprehension. May God give them the strength and endurance needed for the spiritual battles ahead! SeeSuffering with Jesus
Christian brothers poisoned in Pakistan: "The brothers had left their jobs as sanitation workers at the Ferozewala Pul Banquet & Marriage Hall because they were not receiving their wages. However, they returned when their employers promised them their outstanding wages.... They were also harassed by staff members who spoke offensively to them about their Christian faith and called them derogatory names. When the brothers finally demanded their due pay, they were threatened with dire consequences if they did not continue their work. The hall owner and hall manager then forced the three to drink poison.... Their family was only contacted when two of the brothers... were already dead. At last report, the third brother, Aakash Masih (23), was in critical condition."Please pray with me for these families and for others who face similar threats. See God's Comfort
El Shafie said that between 200-300 million Christians are being persecuted in the world, 80 percent of whom lived in Muslim countries: "Every three minutes a Christian is being tortured in the Muslim world, and in 2009 more than 165,000 Christians will have been killed because of their faith, most of them in Muslim countries, according to a human rights organization.... El Shafie, 32, was born in Cairo to a distinguished Muslim family of lawyers and judges. Through a Christian friend he was exposed at an early age to hatred toward the Christian minority in Egypt. He decided to convert to Christianity, wrote a book about it and as a result became an outcast and a victim of oppression. In 1998 he was arrested, imprisoned, tortured and condemned to death. El Shafie managed to escape, fled to the Sinai, where a Beduin family hid him for two months..." See Risking her life for Jesus
( Somalia) Christian Martyred: "On Nov. 14, the body of a 23-year-old Christian convert, Mumin Abdikarim Yusuf, was discovered.... On Oct. 28, members of al-Shabaab, an Islamic extremist group, detained Yusuf and searched his home for Christian materials.... In an attempt to gain evidence against Yusuf and to gain information about other Somali Christians, the extremists knocked out all of Yusuf's front teeth and broke several of his fingers. They then shot him twice in the head and dumped his body on an empty residential street. Since it is unknown whether Yusuf revealed information about other Christians during his torture, the underground Christians who knew him have relocated for their safety. Yusuf's Muslim family members are also in danger, as extremists have accused them of failing to report his conversion to Christianity.
"Pray for safety for the relocated believers. Pray that Yusuf's faithful witness will be a testimony to his Muslim family members and that they will turn to Jesus for their salvation."See Suffering with Jesus
My goal is God Himself, not joy nor peace;
Nor even blessing, but Himself, my God.
'Tis His to lead me there, not mine but His...
At any cost, dear Lord, by any road.
Christian from Muslim background martyred in Somalia: "The body of a 23-year-old Somali convert from Islam to Christianity, Mumin Abdikarim Yusuf, was discovered on the morning of November 14 in Mogadishu's Yaqshid district. ...members of al-Shabaab, an Islamic militant group, apprehended Yusuf and searched his home for Christian materials after a 15-year-old Muslim boy accused Yusuf of trying to convert him to Christianity." See Risking her life for Jesus
Thankful in Death as well as Life! (180 AD): "Their crime? They were Christians who refused to compromise or recant. They would rather die than deny their faith and betray the Lord they loved!...
"The proconsul Saturninus then read the decree [their sentence] from a tablet: 'Speratus, Nartzalus, Cittinus, Donata, Vestia, Secunda and the rest having confessed that they live according to the Christian rite, since after opportunity offered them of returning to the custom of the Romans they have obstinately persisted, it is determined that they be put to the sword."
"'We give thanks to God," said Speratus.
"Today we are martyrs in heaven; thanks be to God," added Nartzalus.
The China President Obama Didn't See: "...had Barack Obama wanted to understand something of the real China, his time would have been better spent here than at the various state dinners... photo-ops, and carefully managed town-hall events....
"Shouwang, founded in 1993 by pastor Jin Tianming, is one of the city's largest unregistered churches and counts around 800 regular members. But until last weekend, they had never once been able to meet in such large numbers in an indoor space in Beijing.
"Shouwang is what is known in China as a 'house' church, meaning that it is an unregistered entity in a country where all religious groups are supposed to report to the State Administration for Religious Affairs.... Life has never been easy for the underground churches, and recently it has gotten a lot harder. This is the result... of a state directive handed down in August....
"Pastor Tianming announced that 'some of our brothers and sisters are being held at their homes and have not been able to come to church. But we are all one body in Christ, so we will wait for them to start the service.' After another hour of singing and praying, the congregation suddenly broke into applause—one of the detained members had apparently talked his way out and arrived. The service got underway; by the time it ended a second detained elder had arrived. The previous Sunday, it was Pastor Tianming who had been detained....
"Now Mr. Obama is gone, after a visit that was conspicuous for its attentiveness to the sensibilities of China's leaders. In their quest for stability and 'harmony,' these rulers continue to roll back basic liberties. Shuttering underground churches is part of the trend.
"But freedom of faith is something not even history's most repressive governments have ever been fully able to snuff out: not the Romans in their suppression of the earliest Christians; not the communists in their efforts to substitute History for God; not Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong or Kim Il Sung, who attempted to substitute themselves for God. So while Shouwang has no place to meet this coming Sunday, the church will still be there, only more deeply steeled in its faith. This is the side of China—the one Mr. Obama opted not to see—that will ultimately determine its future." See Secret Document Reveals Chinese Government’s Campaign against Unregistered Churches
House church banned by authorities in Shanghai, China: "...more than 30 officials from four government agencies barged into the Wanbang Missionary Church in Shanghai.... After concluding that church members were meeting illegally, police officers banned the church and forbade the believers from meeting together in the future. The Wanbang Missionary Church has approximately 1,200 members and is considered one of the most influential urban house churches in the country....
"Pray that these believers will be encouraged to continue to meet together despite opposition...." See Scriptures on Persecution
Arrested for her faithful witness: [Pakistan] "Many of the local women work on the farm of Muslim landowner Muhammad Idrees, including Asia Bibi.... [On June 19] there was an intense discussion among the women about their faith, with the Muslim women telling Asia about Islam. Asia responded by telling them about her faith in Christ. Asia told the Muslim women Christ had died on the cross for our sins, then asked them what Mohammed had done for them.... She told them Jesus is alive, but Mohammed is dead.... Then some men came and took her and locked her in a room. They announced from mosque loudspeakers that she would be punished..." See The Loneliness of the Christian
Islamic extremists in Somalia hunting Christians: "Somalia's Muslim militants are hunting down converts to Christianity. According to Voice of the Martyrs Canada, Al-Shabaab members have murdered 14 believers since July 15." See Persecution
Suspects in attacks on Christians freed: "A Pakistani judge has released six more of the suspects in a series of attacks on Christians... and rights activists say the decision just adds to the victimization of the members of the religious minority.... Judge Toba Sek Singh recently released the suspects, who are accused of the murders of 11 Christians and with burning down more than 40 Christian-owned houses in Gojra."
Islamists kill Somali church leader: "The day before the shooting, Sheikh Arbow sent his wife to visit Hussein's home and pretend she was interested in learning about Christianity. During the visit, Hussein read passages of the Bible with Arbow's wife and told her that she could visit regularly to discuss God's Word. Arbow's wife then confirmed to her husband the presence of Bibles in the home.
"The next day, Arbow visited Hussein along with some other Muslims. He requested a Bible from her. Hussein gave one to him and he revealed that he was looking for 'Christians who have defiled the Islamic religion.' Arbow then ordered her to show him the other Bibles that she owned. When she handed them over, he shot her three times...
"Thank the Lord for working through the life of Mariam Muhina Hussein. Pray that those who mourn for her will draw near to Christ for comfort. Pray for encouragement and strength for Somali Christians facing trials for their Christian witness." See Persecution
Beijing Public Security Officers Seize House Church Pastor Hua Huiqi: "Pastor Hua was returning home from 'forced vacation' in Shanxi, when five PSB officers immediately surrounded his apartment home. ...his wife, evangelist Ju Mei, received a phone call from Hua. Secretly from his cell phone, Hua told her that he had been forced into a PSB car on the highway....
"...a Beijing PSB officer named Ding Xu went to Hua's home to pick up some clothes for Hua. When Ju Mei asked him what had happened to her husband, and whether he was dead or alive, Officer Ding Xu refused to answer. He reportedly pointed to his police badge and said, 'Don't you know who I am? I have no obligation to answer your questions!' ... Hua's 79-year old mother, wife and daughter fear for Hua's safety; they identified one of the police officers who seized Hua as one of men who beat Hua severely in the crackdown leading up to June 4 of this year. Pastor Hua has been repeatedly arrested, beaten, and interrogated by PSB officials within the last two years..." See Chinese Government’s Campaign against Unregistered Churches
Persecution of Christians in England: "Ben and Sharon Vogelenzang.... who are members of an evangelical congregation, were arrested by police after getting into a discussion with the woman about the differences between Christianity and Islam earlier this year.... The woman, who has not been named, is said to have told them that Jesus is considered a 'minor prophet' in Islam while the debate also touched on the status of Mohammed.... Mr Vogelenzang denies calling the Prophet Mohammed a 'warlord'. It is unthat she used the word 'bondage about Islamic dress but denies deliberately causing offence." More information at Seeds of Persecution
Judge keeps Christian convert in Florida -- Muslim parents demand she immediately be returned home to Ohio: "Fathima Rifqa Bary, 17, an honor student and cheerleader, was raised in a Muslim family in Columbus, Ohio. She became a Christian four years ago as a result of her interactions with children at school. But Bary, a native of Sri Lanka, hitchhiked to a bus station and ran away from home July 19 because she says her family will murder her in what is known as an 'honor killing.'...
"In the Columbus area, where she lived, 'There is a densely populated group of Muslims with connections with radical Islam and al-Qaida.... She made a statement in open court that she loved her parents very dearly, but she also feared for her life. She did not want to go home. The judge did the right thing, acted in the best interests of my client,' he continued. 'She was shaking but she was very honest, and her statement was from her heart. She professed her faith in Christ.'"See Not Ashamed
2-month-old killed to stifle 'religious' dissent -- Reports cite victim being used for 'target practice': "'We are told, by some of the Lao Hmong survivors of the recent military attacks in Laos, that the LPDR (Lao Peoples Democratic Republic) soldiers of the LPA (Lao Peoples Army) used the… Lao Hmong girl, while she was still alive, for target practice.… [O]nce she was captured and tied up; they mutilated her little body and continued to fire their weapons, over and over… until her head just eventually came off after so many bullets severed her head.' The rest of the children, ranging up to 8 years old, remain missing and Vang's concern is that they likely would be tortured and killed by soldiers. ...the decapitated child's body was found next to her mother, also a torture victim of the soldiers.
"Unfortunately,' the ICC said, 'this level of brutality against women and children is not uncommon for Lao soldiers. It is standard procedure for soldiers to surround and isolate pockets of Hmong people and starve them out to be killed when they venture out to forage. ...
"'Let the international community not be guilty of the same by its silence in the face of a regime who... has reached the heights of sadism...'
"....the Hmong people of southeast Asia, many of whom cooperated with American forces during the Vietnam War, still are hunted and killed for actions of four decades ago." See Executed for Distributing Bibles
Pakistan: Eight believers killed: "On Aug. 1, a mob of angry Muslim extremists attacked Christians in... Punjab province, killing at least eight believers, including a seven-year-old child.... Dozens of homes and a church building were looted and burned. Reports indicate the violence resulted from rumors that Christians had desecrated pages from the Quran several days earlier at a wedding in a nearby village. This was the second attack because of such a rumor. On July 30, Muslim extremists attacked Christians, burning more than 50 homes.... [T]he attackers used a fuel that is particularly difficult to extinguish to set the fires."
These persecuted Christians are part of our family in Christ, yet today's churches seem sadly silent about such suffering. Please pray for God's strength and provision for our suffering brothers and sisters everywhere. See Biblical Unity
Christians beaten, accused of forcible conversion in Karnataka, India: "Hindu militants... barged into a tea stall attended by Sharada, the wife of Pastor Nagaraj, and questioned her about her faith.... The militants demanded to know how much money her family received for converting to Christianity and accused her and her husband of forcible conversion. They also threatened to burn her alive. Sharada was dragged to the police station where a complaint was filed against her. Pastor Nagaraj was also summoned to the station and upon his arrival was beaten by the militants while police looked on." Scriptures on Persecution
Christian orphanage workers beheaded: "Four Christians working in Somalia to provide services to orphans have been executed by beheading by al-Qaida-linked interests who told their families that is the penalty for apostasy. .....According to ICC, al-Shabaab, an Islamic extremist organization, claimed responsibility, and confirmed the Christians were killed when they refused to renounce their faith in Jesus."
False accusation: "...a Chinese court sentenced Christian bookstore owner, Shi Weihan,38, to three years in prison for 'illegal business operations,' and imposed a US$21,975 fine.... Shi Weihan operated a legal bookstore and only sold books with the government’s approval. His Holy Spirit Trading Company printed Bibles and Christian literature and distributed then freely to local house churches." SeeHis strength in my weakness
Muslims Persecute Christians: "On Saturday, a frenzied mob of three thousand Muslims stormed the tiny Pakistani Christian village of Gojra. Enflamed by (unconfirmed) charges that a Christian had burned pages of the Qur’an, the mob burned down fifty homes, burned eight Christians alive, and wounded twenty others. [Such false charges are common]Thousands of Christians fled the area. Last Thursday, enraged by the same report of blasphemy, another Muslim mob torched seventy-five Christian homes, along with two churches, in Koriyan, a village near Gojra.
"Muslims are not persecuting Christians only in Pakistan. On July 18, Muslims in Alexandria, Egypt kidnapped a sixteen-year-old Christian girl... Shortly thereafter her mother received a phone call: '...He introduced himself as Sheikh Mohammed, and said that my daughter is fine and will convert to Islam....'” See Chronology of Conquests in the Name of Allah
Muslim mob targets Christians for building church: "Hundreds of Muslims over the weekend tried to set a local Egyptian Christian's home on fire after he announced he would turn the structure into a church..."
Activists claim Christian executed in North Korea: "North Korea publicly executed a Christian woman last month for distributing the Bible.... Ri Hyon Ok, 33, was also accused of spying for South Korea and the United States and organizing dissidents. She was executed ... near the border with China on June 16... Ri's parents, husband and three children were sent to a political prison camp....
"The government has authorized four state churches, one Catholic, two Protestant and one Russian Orthodox, but they cater to foreigners and ordinary North Koreans cannot attend. However, defectors and activists say more than 30,000 North Koreans are believed to practice Christianity secretly." See They Gave Him Their Lives
Christians beaten, accused of forcible conversion in Karnataka, India: "Hindu militants in the city of Chitradurga barged into a tea stall attended by Sharada, the wife of Pastor Nagaraj, and questioned her about her faith.... The militants demanded to know how much money her family received for converting to Christianity and accused her and her husband of forcible conversion. They also threatened to burn her alive.... Pastor Nagaraj was also summoned to the station and upon his arrival was beaten by the militants while police looked on."
Chinese Human Rights Attorneys Defend North Korean Refugees: "Li Mingshun is Chinese Korean ... [who] co-founded an underground seminary with a Korean pastor.... On April 11 [she] was escorted from her Qingdao home by case handlers from the Border Brigade.... The case handlers later demanded 100,000 yuan fine for her release, which Li Mingshun’s family members were unable to pay....
"The Chinese government supports the North Korean government, and considers all North Korean refugees illegal immigrants. North Koreans caught in China are arrested, detained and forcibly deported back to North Korea where they face harsh punishment, labor camp or death. Many Chinese house church Christians are actively involved in reaching out to the refugees, providing food, shelter and underground Bible training." See Martyrs who model faith and joy
North Korea threatens foreign Christians: "North Korea, busy in recent weeks launching test missiles, exploding test bombs and warning the world it will respond with a barrage of weapons should it be attacked, is not neglecting its assault on Christianity. The nation has responded to a campaign to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the world with a threatening fax sent to the Christian ministry Voice of the Martyrs. The organization confirmed an anonymous fax... [stating] that 'something very bad will happen to you' if the ministry continues a special Gospel project.
'"This fax is good news,' said Todd Nettleton, VOM's director of media development and the author of a book on the history of Christianity in North Korea. 'This means that (our) faxes are getting through, and they are being read." See She Dared to Save the Bibles
For Christians, Vietnam war rages: "...repression against Christians in Vietnam is decades old, and it was in 2004 that the U.S. State Department first added Vietnam to the 'Country of Particular Concern' (CPC) designation, the official 'watch list' of nations that commit serious religious persecution.... However, after negotiations with Hanoi, the CPC designation was removed as the communist authorities 'promised' to undertake religious reforms [as did China, but such political promises are quickly broken], including stopping forced renunciations of faith.... Today, however, the question remains whether Vietnam ever intended to honor such reforms and whether the State Department conveniently accepted Hanoi's dubious promises in order to gain trade, military and diplomatic relations. If the State Department did so, it is clear the Degar Montagnards - who were America's loyal allies during the Vietnam War - have been relegated to little or no importance." See Persecution
Al-Qaida-linked thugs now executing children: "An al-Qaida-linked terror group has been identified as the organization that dragged off three children of a Christian father in Somalia and executed two of them by beheading..... 'I watched my three boys dragged away helplessly as my youngest boy was crying,' said the mother, Batula Ali Arbow. 'I knew they were going to be slaughtered.' A short time later, 7-year-old Abdulahi Musa Yusuf, came running back to his mother, wailing and crying.... Now the killers continue searching Kenya's refugee camps to find the father, Musa Mohammed Yusuf, who was gone at the time....He was the leader of an underground church in Yonday village in Somalia before April when the family fled to a Kenyan camp." See Persecution
21 Human Rights Attorneys Experience Chinese Government Crackdown: "The Chinese government has launched a major crackdown against human rights attorneys, canceling or refusing to renew the licenses of at least 21 attorneys who have challenged the Communist government’s abuse of Chinese citizens.... ChinaAid has received reports of human rights attorneys who have been recently kidnapped, beaten, and tortured by officials for practicing normal legal defense work..." See Persecution
Christian Man Raped, Murdered for Refusing to Convert to Islam: "Pakistani police reportedly found the body of Tariq 'Litto' Mashi Ghauri — a 28-year-old university student in Sargodha, Pakistan — lying dead in a canal outside a rural village in Punjab Province on May 15. He had been raped and stabbed at least five times. 'They have sexually abuse him, torture him with a knife on his testicle and genitals,' Ghauri's brother, 24-year-old Salman Nabil Ghauri, said. 'They have tortured him very badly, and after that they have stabbed five times with a knife and killed him.'"
[These cruel murderers seem to be ordinary Muslim villagers, not radical extremists. They simply followed their human nature and their religious lessons concerning infidels] Persecution
Muslims attack Christians following blasphemy accusations in Pakistan: "On May 1, a mob of approximately 500 armed Muslims launched attacks on Christians in the village of Chak, Punjab province, after five local believers were arrested for blasphemy. [Such false accusations are common.] The Christian men were accused of breaking into a government-run primary school for girls a week earlier and smearing a page of the Quran with ink and gum.... The militants... vandalized homes and threatened believers with death....
"Pray that the arrested Christians will be released. Pray that the assailants will come to repentance and salvation. Pray that Pakistani Christians will know God's care and provision."See Persecution
Pastor Lou Yuanqi Released From Prison After International Attention: "...on April 24, Pastor Lou Yuanqi of Xinjiang [Western Uyghur Region] ...was released from prison.... Xinjiang authorities could not find evidence sufficient to continue his prosecution.... According to family members, Pastor Lou looked fragile, because of the horrible conditions he suffered in prison....
"Alimujiang Yimiti, a Uyghur Christian, was first detained on the charge of 'endangering the security of the state,' then was officially arrested on February 20, 2008 for 'suspicion of inciting secession and organizing people in stealing, spying, buying and illegally providing state secrets or intelligence to overseas organizations.' However, sources say the real reason for his detention is because of his Christian faith and witness among the Uyghur people....
"Wusiman Yiming, another Uyghur Christian, was sentenced to two years of re-education through labor in September 2007 for 'revealing state secrets' and 'illegal proselytizing.' ChinaAid sources say that he was, in fact, sentenced was because of his boldness as a Christian and a leader in the Uyghur church. Sources report that he has aged dramatically in the labor camp and his health is deteriorating due to harsh conditions."See Persecuted for sharing God's love
Molotov cocktail hits Christian mayor's car: "'It's in retaliation for the Passover festivities we held two weeks ago,' claimed one Bethlehem Christian leader.... 'There are many cases where Christians have their land stolen by the [Muslim] mafia.... They go to a poor Christian person with a forged power of attorney document, then they say we have papers proving you're living on our land. If you confront them, many times the Christian is beaten. ...there may be no Christians left in Bethlehem in 15 years." See Risking her life for Jesus
Taliban Executes Two Christians in...Pakistan: "On April 20, residents of ... Karachi woke up to find pro-Taliban messages chalked onto the walls of two churches. The messages included, 'Long Live the Taliban' ... and 'Embrace Islam or Prepare to Die.' The next day, the Christians residents staged a protest in the hopes of attracting the attention of the local government to provide protection. Officials, however, did nothing.
"The night of the protest, April 21, more than 100 masked terrorists invaded Taseer Town with automatic rifles.... The Taliban leaders shouted, 'You infidels have to convert to Islam or die. Why did you wash up warnings inscribed on walls of church and home doors? How dare you are to take out procession against Taliban?' The terrorists sexually assaulted several women and physically abused dozens more with clubs, iron rods, and whips. They set a number of homes on fire. When two Christians resisted, the militants killed them execution-style directly in front of their families." See Persecution and Hope in Christ
Orphanage burned, believers attacked in India: "An orphanage in Bargarh district, Orissa, India [first] torched by Hindu militants last August was burned to the ground a second time on March 20, according to a March 27.... The orphanage was placed under police surveillance following the August attack, during which a young teacher was thrown into the building and burned alive...."
PAKISTAN: Christians brace for Sharia [Law] in Swat Valley: "In an effort to end a bloody two-year battle, the Islamabad administration struck a deal with Taliban forces surrendering all governance of Swat Valley in the North West Frontier Province. ... In the past year, more than 200 girls schools in Swat were reported to have been burned down or bombed by Islamic extremists.... After the peace deal and with guarded hope for normalcy and continued education for their children, most Christian families have returned but are reluctant to attend church."See Hope in Christ
Romance rumor leads to torching of Christian: "An Egyptian Muslim [Qasim] is charged with setting fire to a 25-year-old Christian, murdering the victim's father and wounding his younger brother over a rumor about a romance between the young Christian [Sabri] and the Muslim man's sister.... Qasim allegedly poured gasoline over Sabri and set him on fire as bystanders looked on in horror.... When Sabri Shehata, the father of the victim, arrived, he, too, was attacked by a group of Muslims who stabbed him with knives and daggers; one stab penetrated his back and came out of his abdomen below the rib cage, resulting in his death."
Remember, these are not "extremist" Muslims. They are committed Egyptian Muslim's living by Sharia Law. See Islam
Meeting Between Beijing House Church Leaders and Government Officials was Misreported: "...it is distressing that during her visit to China, Secretary Clinton seemed to discount a primary 'resource' for stability and overcoming crises: China’s own people – not just the ruling elite but the minorities, the house church Christians....
"...human rights conditions in China deteriorated in 2008.... The hand of the Chinese government seems open to U.S. T-bills, while showing a fist to its own people.... A nominee for the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize has been missing for three weeks now after being kidnapped from his home....
"The Secretary is quoted as saying that the U.S. and China will rise and fall together. This is an interesting thought. Will we fall with a deceptive regime who continues to terrorize innocent citizens...? See Preparing for Persecution
Three Christians Dead in Eritrean Prisons [Map of Eritrea]: "Mogos Hagos Kiflom was said to have died as a result of torture he endured for refusing to recant his faith, but the exact date of his death was unknown....These latest deaths reflect the Eritrean government's harsh treatment of believers. The Eritrean government targets Christians, often placing them in metal containers that are extremely hot during the day and cold during the night. Nearly 1,800 Eritrean Christians are believed to be under arrest because of their religious beliefs, held in police stations, military camps and prisons.... It is believed more than 28 clergymen are being held.
"Jailed Christians are routinely subjected to physical beatings and severe psychological pressure to deny their religious beliefs. Police and military authorities continue to demand the prisoners return to one of the three 'official' Christian denominations recognized by the government."
China reaches out to house churches; raids, arrests continue: "In recent months Chinese officials have attempted to build bridges with the Protestant house church movement even as police raided more unregistered congregations, arrested Christian leaders and forced at least 400 college students to swear they would stop attending such worship services.... Experts presented reports on the rapid development of house church networks, including the number of Christians, geographical distribution, cultural and ethnic make-up and connection with foreign Christians.... A month earlier, the chairman of the Three-Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM)... told a gathering of 200 Hong Kong church leaders of his desire to assist Chinese house churches and provide them with Bibles...."
That sounds like a trap. Any partnership with the TSPM would pressure House Churches to conform to government rules for Christianity. See She Dared to Save the Bibles
Egypt: Judge tells Christian: 'I would kill you' Reportedly threatens woman who chooses to worship Jesus: "A woman arrested at the Cairo airport because her identity card described her as a Christian has been threatened for her faith by the judge. ... [A]uthorities in Egypt deprived the woman's two children, ages 2 and 4, of food to try to coerce her to abandon Christianity and return to Islam."
"Multitudes of Christians have been attacked, and many killed, yet not one Muslim ever has been convicted in the attacks, he said. '...because Shariah law says the blood of the Muslim should not be shed for the blood of an unbeliever....'
"'In the last 10 years, more than 5,000 Christians have been massacred in Egypt.... Hundreds of businesses and homes first have been looted, then burned and destroyed. Churches have been burned and destroyed.' ... Coptic Christians in Egypt have been harassed, tortured and killed by Muslims for 1,400 years.'" See Islam
China: Hua Zaichen Dying, Request to See Imprisoned Wife Denied by Authorities : Hua Zaichen and Shuang Shuying are Christians and have been persecuted for years by the Chinese government, because of their family’s work in caring for the poor and oppressed and allowing persecuted Christians to stay in their home. Shuang Shuying’s imprisonment, and the authorities’ refusal to allow her a visit with her dying husband, is the latest in a series of attempts to intimidate the family into stopping their Christian activities." See Persecution
China: Communist court conclusions: Re-education Through Labor for Shu Wenxiang,Tang Huoyong and Xie Zhenqi: Official Facts of violation of the law and evidence: On March 14, 2007, [Shu] attended a gathering of the Chinese Gospel Fellowship at Tanmiao Village, Nanwan Township of Xinyang and was caught by the police who lectured and educated him. After that, he would not mend his ways [i.e. stop sharing the gospel]. ... December 2, 2008, he went together with Tang Houyong... to engage in illegal proselytizing.... On December 3, 2008, he was caught on location by... Domestic Defense Protection Squad. [Does that sound like America's new SWAT Teams or civilian national security force?]
"That gathering was attended by 45 people [Christians] from four places.... After an inspection of the site, the following items were seized by the authorities: 22 copies of the textbook 'Training in Ministering the Gospel to Children' designed for proselytizing for the children, seven optical discs, 15 pages of proselytizing series lessons and other illegal items. The above facts are proven by the confession of the party concerned." See Persecution
Sri Lanka: Anti-conversion law under review in Sri Lanka: "On January 6, an anti-conversion bill that has been proposed in various forms in recent years was again presented by the Buddist-led Jathika Hela Urumaya (National Heritage Party) to the Sri Lankan Parliament. The purpose of the bill... is to 'provide prohibition of conversion from one religion to another by use of force or allurement or by fraudulent means.' ...the bill, if passed, will introduce serious penalties for those found guilty of 'forcibly' converting people, including jail terms...."
The word "forcibly" can take on broad "convenient" meanings in the minds of those who despise Christianity! See Persecution and Three Sets of Meanings
China: Chinese government launches attacks against Christians during Christmas: "On Christmas Eve in Henan province, nine Christian women were arrested during a nativity play and are still being held by police. In Anhui province on December 22, officials arrested 19 students and two house church leaders and threatened to demolish their house church building. On December 21 in Xinjiang Autonomous Region, a house church was forbidden to gather and the pastor threatened with arrest." See When Iron Gates Yield
China:Christians in Earthquake Disaster Areas Raided by Police on Christmas Eve: "At about 3 p.m. on the afternoon of December 24, as the earthquake victims and the Christian volunteers for the construction of a building were taking a rest on the construction site, more than 40 policemen and an estimated 10 police vehicles led by Deng Changda, Chief of Security Section of the County Public Security Bureau, illegally raided the site... They beat, swore at and insulted the people at the scene without apparent reasons except to fight illegal Christian gatherings.... Finally, the police took away Li Zenggui, a local earthquake victim, and Christian volunteers Cao Gang.... They also seized Bibles, hymnals, televisions, motorcycles and many other items owned by the Christians. During the raid, the police refused to present documents to prove their actions were legal." That reminds me of Ohio's SWAT Team.
Children starved to coerce mom to renounce Christ: "Authorities in Egypt are starving children ages 2 and 4 to try to force their mother to abandon Christianity and return to Islam.... [She] also has been sexually assaulted by police officers.... Egypt is one of the nations where Islamic Shariah law is formally recognized as the source of justice, and Christians have faced persecution in the nation for generations. ...since Egypt's constitution concludes laws derive from the Quran, persecution of Christians is not only allowed but endorsed by the government. 'In the last 10 years, more than 5,000 Christians have been massacred in Egypt.'" See Risking her life to follow Jesus
China: Urgent Call for International Attention of Three Christians in Prison in Xinjiang: "Alimujiang Yimiti, a Christian from the Uyghur minority, has been in detention for since January 12, 2008 for preaching Christianity. ... [He] is highly respected in the prison and is praised by people there. He insists on his innocence and adheres to his Christian beliefs. ...it appears the case is being delayed indefinitely." See Persecution verses
Nigeria. Six pastors killed, 40 churches razed in Jos violence: "The murderous rioting sparked by Muslim attacks on Christians and their property on Nov. 28-29 left six pastors dead, at least 500 other people killed and 40 churches destroyed, according to church leaders. More than 25,000 persons have been displaced.....What began as outrage over suspected vote fraud in local elections quickly hit the religious fault line... as angry Muslims took aim at Christian sites rather than at political targets. ...Yari died helping other Christians who repelled Muslim fanatics bent on burning down his church building." See Lawlessness
India. Going rate to kill pastor: $250 Rewards offered for murdering Christians, destroying homes, churches: "Hindu extremist groups are offering money, food and alcohol to anyone who murders Christians and destroys their homes. The violence is nothing new in Orissa, India, where India's Communist Party estimates that more than 500 Christians have been killed by Hindu mobs in Orissa since late August.... But now the stakes are even higher – and pastors have a bounty on their heads." See Persecution
China.House Church Leader Zhu Baoguo Sentenced to “Re-education Through Labor”: "...a house church leader in Henan province, Pastor Zhu Baoguo, was sentenced to one year of 're-education through labor,' accused of being an 'evil cult' leader. On October 12, 2008 five church leaders were detained during a church gathering of about 20 people.... His family and church members have not been able to determine where he is being held. According to his family members, Pastor Zhu suffers from heart disease." See Please pray for him
India. Orissa, the drama of the refugees: forced conversion to Hinduism or more violence: "...Hindu fundamentalists are believed to have attacked six more villages.... Ashok Singhal, president of the VHP, is also demanding, under threat, an end to the activity of proselytism on the part of Christians in India, and a return to the practice of Hinduism on the part of those who have embraced Christianity...."
Somalia. Stoning victim 'begged for mercy': "...the victim was a 13-year-old girl who had been raped [by three men].... Numerous eye-witnesses say she was forced into a hole, buried up to her neck then pelted with stones until she died in front of more than 1,000 people.... The witness said people crowding round to see the execution said it was 'awful'. 'People were saying this was not good for Sharia law, this was not good for human rights....' But no-one tried to stop the Islamist officials.... He said one boy was shot in the confusion." See Human Nature
India. Christians brace for gang-rape, slaughter: "Christians who have been persecuted by Hindu militants in 12 Indian states could face more bloodshed after another Hindu activist, Rashtriya Swayamsevak, was reportedly shot dead by Maoists this week. India's Communist Party estimates that more than 500 Christians have been killed by Hindu mobs in Orissa, 12 times more than official government claims of only 40 homicides. One official said he personally authorized 'cremation of more than 200 bodies' found in jungles after Christians were blamed for the death of Hindu leader....
"Mission Network News estimates 5,000 Christian homes have been burned, 200 churches ruined, 10,000 people remain in government-operated refugee camps, and tens of thousands are living in forests – many seriously wounded....
"...Jaspina was told by neighbors, 'If you go on being Christian, we will burn your house and your children in front of you.' She and her family were forced to eat cow excrement to 'purify'" themselves of Christianity. Other Christians were doused with gasoline and told to participate in conversion ceremonies or be lit on fire." See Hope, Hate & Human Nature
India. Soldier Protecting Christians Mutilated, Killed in Orissa, India: "A paramilitary soldier assigned to protect Christians from Hindu violence in Kandhamal district, Orissa was mutilated and killed by a mob in Sisapanga village on Oct. 13. The body of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) soldier was recovered from a nearby forest. He was believed to have been hacked to death by tribal people in the wake of the worst anti-Christian violence in the history of modern India....
"...the chief minister of Orissa admitted that at least 10,000 people are still in government-run refugee camps, and that tens of thousands are in the forests or have migrated to towns outside Kandhamal. 'The government has admitted 40 dead, though we have details of 59 men and women mercilessly killed in the seven weeks of unabated mayhem,' he said....
"Christians have been forced to reconvert to Hinduism, burn Bibles and prayer books, have their heads shaved and drink cow urine (for Hindu purification)." See Prayer
China. Persecution Intensifies After Olympics: "In Shandong province, Pastor Zhang Zhongxin was sentenced to two years of re-education through labor, and after the Olympics his appeal was denied. Pastor Zhang’s lawyer, Li Fangping, was refused permission to meet with him because authorities claim Pastor Zhang could endanger state security. ...29 house church leaders have been serving time in a labor camp and prisons in Henan province since July 9, 2007. They are accused of being 'evil cult' members." See When Iron Gates Yield
Somalia. Christian Aid worker beheaded for converting from Islam: "Anti-Christian violence spills into Kenya as Somali Muslims attack in Nairobi.... Five masked men emerged carrying guns, wielding Somali swords and dragging the handcuffed Mohammed. One pulled back Mohammed’s head, exposing his face as he scraped his sword against his short hair as if to sharpen it. Another recited the Quran.... Mohammed remained calm with an expressionless face, never uttering a word, said the eyewitness. As the chanting of 'Allah Akubar [God is greater]' rose to a crescendo, one of the militiamen twisted his head, allowing the other to slit his neck.... The video was later circulated secretly and sold in Somalia and in neighboring countries in what many see as a strategy to instill fear among those contemplating conversion from Islam to Christianity....
"Somali refugees to [Nairobi] Kenya include Nur Mohammed Hassan.... 'We are nowadays no better than our fellow Somali Christians inside Somalia who are killed like dogs when discovered to be Christians,' Mohammed Hassan said. '...The Muslims killed my sister in Mogadishu, and now they are planning to kill me and my family....Indeed the situation for the Muslim Christians in Kenya and Somalia is disastrous and horrifying – we are risking our lives for choosing to follow Christ.'" See They Gave Him Their Lives
Iraq: Church Leaders Plead for Help in Mosul: "Amid escalating violence against Christians, Iraqi church leaders have appealed directly to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki for increased efforts to curb the continuing attacks In Mosul. ... Church leaders said police efforts to curb violence were insufficient and more needed to be done to stabilize the city, from which an estimated 1,500 families have fled following recent killings of Christians." For background information, see "Seven Christians Killed in Mosul" -- and pray for God's peace and provision.
China: Son of Pastor Bike Zhang in critical condition after severe beating from PSB officials: "...the elder son of Pastor 'Bike' Zhang Mingxuan, was severely beaten by Public Security Bureau (PSB) officials while at home with his mother, Xie Fenglan, in Beijing on October 16. ... PSB officers entered their residence and secured the exits before severely beating Zhang Jian with iron bars for 25 minutes. As Zhang Jian lay bleeding profusely, his mother called an ambulance, but the receptionist told her that a higher government authority gave a directive not to dispatch any ambulance to rescue her son because he is related to Pastor Bike Zhang. "Zhang Jian’s mother then called her younger son, Zhang Chuang, who rushed to the house where he was also beaten by the same authorities. After some time, a personal friend of the Zhang family was able to take Zhang Jian to the Beijing Min Hang (Aviation) Hospital emergency room where Zhang Jian remains now. His doctor said Zhang Jian’s right eye may lose sight forever because of the severe damage resulting from the repeated beating.
"Pastor Bike Zhang... is currently unable to be contacted. It is assumed that he has been detained by authorities. Pastor Bike Zhang’s wife, Xie Fenglan, was kicked out of her legally rented apartment... after her elder son Zhang Jian was sent to the hospital. The family’s furniture was thrown into the street. Government authorities ordered all hotels in Beijing not host her....
"The brutal and unprovoked assaults on innocent civilians are acts of desperation and cowardice of a regime that has continued to ignore basic human rights and freedoms despite outcries from the international community. These reprehensible acts by the Chinese government should serve as a reminder to the international community that the Communist Party of China is only interested in self-preservation and will gladly sacrifice its own citizens’ freedoms in order to maintain its corrupt power.
"During the past 22 years, Pastor Bike and his family members have been arrested, beaten and evicted from their home numerous times because of their Christian faith, yet he and his family continue to serve the house church Christians in Beijing."
Christians continue to be terrorized by Hindu militants in Orissa, India: "Relief camps in Orissa have been targeted by militants attempting to poison water supplies. Six Christians became ill in a relief camp in the town of Raikia after drinking poisoned water and there have been reports of similar attempts in other state camps. Several reports of Christians being threatened with violence if they refuse to convert to Hinduism have also been received. As members of one Body, please remember India's Christians in your prayers." See Plight of Christians in Orissa
Christian family attacked and three killed in Mexico: "Three Christians in... Chiapas, Mexico were recently brutally killed by a neighbour....Antonio Gomez blamed his Christian neighbour, Pedro Gomez Diaz and family, for his 11-year-old daughter's stomach ailment and accused the Christian family of practicing witchcraft. After midnight on August 23, Gomez and seven of his friends entered the home of the Christian family and attacked them with machetes. Pedro, his wife Marcela and their oldest son, Rene were hacked to death. Six of the other Diaz children were seriously wounded.... Pray for the surviving Diaz family.... Ask God to give them comfort in knowing that Christ is victorious over death." See Persecution
Message from Orissa [India]: "God is in Control": "Juria Bardhan, Gospel for Asia's state leader in Orissa, India, knows what it's like to be hunted by anti-Christian extremists bent on killing him. During the past two weeks, he has seen dozens of churches burned to the ground. He has seen missionaries and Christians beaten and killed. But during all these horrific attacks, Juria has had one thought. 'We know the Lord is in control,' Juria said....
"The encouraging thing is that the attackers themselves acknowledge that Orissa used to be only 2 percent Christian, and now it's 28 percent Christian,' Juria said. 'They don't understand that by doing this, the church will grow by leaps and bounds, and this will cause thousands to come to Christ."See Suffering with Jesus
Compare such vibrant faith with America's willingness to trade our wonderful Father for today's most popular female deity -- the female god inThe Shack. Remember, ancient Israel thought it was perfectly all right to turn from their mighty Lord to Canaanite goddesses! So God' withdrew His protection, and they were conquered and exiled from their land. See America's Spiritual Slide
INDIA: Maoists say they killed Hindu leader: "Still blaming Christians for assassination, Hindu fanatics continue attacks.... A Maoist group today claimed responsibility for killing Hindu extremist leader Laxmanananda Saraswati and four of his disciples in Orissa state on August 23, saying that fanatical Hindus’ claims that Christians murdered him were 'lies.' The violence that has claimed the lives of least 36 people, most of them Christians, and destroyed hundreds of churches and homes continued over the weekend as Hindu extremists continued to blame Christians for the killing of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (World Hindu Council or VHP) leader. .. Indo-Asian News Service reported today that the violence had spread to three more districts of Orissa." See Persecution
ERITREA – Students Imprisoned in Shipping Container, [1,500] Bibles Burned: "Eight male students to whom God gave boldness to speak against the burning of the Bibles have been taken into custody in one of the metal containers that the military uses as prison cells for Christians ... which are extremely hot during the day and cold during night. Nearly 1,800 Eritrean Christians are believed to be under arrest because of their religious beliefs, held in police stations, military camps and prisons in 12 known locations across Eritrea. It is believed more than 28 clergymen are being held. Jailed Christians are routinely subjected to physical beatings and severe psychological pressure to deny their religious beliefs.
"Police and military authorities continue to demand the prisoners return to one of the three 'official' Christian denominations [Orthodox, Catholic and Lutheran] recognized by the government."
Just as in China! See Persecution & One World, One Dream - But what about Truth & Freedom?
Pastor Attacked, Churches Burned in Wake of Swami's Death: "...Christians are fleeing for their lives in India's Orissa state in the wake of the murder of a leading anti-Christian activist leader.... Swami Laxmananand Saraswati, a top leader of the VHP (World Hindu Council), was killed in an attack by 20 men, suspected of being Maoist rebels.... While Maost rebels are the major suspects, Hindu radicals are using the death as an excuse to increase their attacks on Christians in Orissa. The swami was an outspoken critic of tribals and lower caste Indians becoming Christians.... The swami's ultimate goal was to have India declared a 'Hindu nation'..." See Persecution
China plans crackdown on house church leaders and human rights: "At the height of the Beijing Olympics news has emerged of a secret directive heralding a nationwide campaign to crack down on four groups considered to be 'unstable social elements' by the Chinese authorities. According to a report from China Aid Association (CAA) the directive, issued by the Political and Legal Committee of the Central Committee of the CPC, targets house church leaders, petitioners [see next link], human rights defenders and political dissidents. It was issued to all law enforcement agents and bodies, and follows a speech on June 16 by Mr Zhou Yongkang, head of the Political and Legal Committee of the CPC calling for 'extraordinary measures' to be taken against unstable elements in China." See Brainwashing & "Education Reform"
Somali Christian shot and killed: "Twenty-eight-year-old Sayid Ali Sheik Luqman Hussein came to Christ from Islam in 2004 and had actively evangelized in the community in which he was working as a teacher. ...on July 8, two Muslim men approached Mr. Hussein and asked him if he faces Mecca when he prays. Hussein told them that, as a Christian, he does not have to face a specific direction to pray because God is omnipresent. The two Muslim men returned on July 10 armed with an AK-47 assault rifle and a semi-automatic handgun and shot Hussein to death. Hussein's wife went into premature labour and delivered a stillborn baby upon hearing of her husband's murder."
Please pray that God strengthen and comfort her -- and bring the murderers to repentance. Then read about the chaos in Somalia HERE
Persecution News - Somalia: "Somalia gained independence in 1960 with the union of British and Italian colonies. In 1969 General Siad Barre seized power and exploited clan rivalries to maintain control until he was finally deposed in January 1991. Since then, there has been no central government, with power claimed by guerrilla groups and militias based on traditional ethnic and clan loyalties. The country is considered the most lawless nation in the world. In June 2006, a coalition of Islamic groups referred to as the Islamic Courts Union (ICU) took control of the capital, Mogadishu, along with significant areas of the country. The ICU is intent on forced Sharia law on all Somalis....
"In many parts of the country, persecution of Christians is strong and many Christians have fled to neighbouring countries. A number of believers have been martyred, and others have been publicly named as targets for execution. However, there has been a noticeable increase in the number of Christians in Somalia. Even the government has had to admit that the country is not entirely Muslim. There are entire families coming to Christ, and they are making a difference for Him in their country."
In the midst of threats and persecution, God's true Church grows stronger! See Victory in Christ
"Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for "so they persecuted the prophets who were before you." Matthew 5:10
Christian Girls Kidnapped, Forcibly Converted by Muslims inPakistan: "Two preteen Christian girls, Saba Younis and Aneela Younis, were kidnapped by Muslims.... Two days later, the kidnappers filed for custody of them... stating that they had converted to Islam and that their father, Younis Masih, no longer had jurisdiction over them. ..they had been forcibly married to local Muslim men...." Let's pray for those hurting families. See Victory in Christ
BELARUS: Baptism Banned, Pastor Fined: "The court verdict notes as evidence of wrongdoing that 'at meetings they read the Gospel, discuss questions of religious faith, sing songs and conduct religious rites.'.. All three communities point out that the state's actions violate the Belarusian Constitution." See Persecution
China: Hua Huiqi evicted: "Beijing activist and house church leader Hua Huiqi has been evicted from his home amid rumours that officials want to keep him away from next month’s Olympic Games. Public Security Bureau officers used a hammer to break into Hua’s rented flat and threw the family – including Hua’s 90-year-old father, Hua Zaichen – into the street with their furniture. Hua’s brother sustained serious injury to his eye after officials beat him.
"Hua’s elderly mother, Shuang Shuying, remains in Beijing’s women’s jail, serving a two-year sentence on disputed charges of ‘damaging government property’. Officials have told Hua she will be freed if he gives up his human rights work and church activities....
"Meanwhile, in Shandong, Pastor Zhang Zhongxin has been sentenced to two years’ ‘re-education through labour’ for taking part in ‘cult activities’... a wide range of church activities, from preaching to training." See When Iron Gates Yield
President of Chinese House Church Alliance forced to live on streets for meeting with American Congressional Delegation: "Pastor Bike Zhang, chairman of the Federation House Church and his wife, Xie Fenglan, were forced to leave their home in Chaoyang District byBeijing PSB officials. The couple was able to find shelter in the home of a friend, Niu Bei until officials again found the home and forced the Zhangs to leave. Zhang and his wife were forced to move into a hotel. ... on July 14 Tongzhou PSB officials threatened the owner of the hotel to evict the couple or face incarceration. The couple then decided to find residence in Changping, but were stopped by police officials while on their way and taken to the Town Government office. Police proceeded to interrogate the couple... without food, drink, or rest. ... Xie Fenglan collapsed due to the stress of the torture but was not taken to the hospital until 11:00am. The couple was released... stopped at a local hotel ... officials again drove the couple out of the hotel.... Zhang begged the PSB officials to allow his sick wife to stay in the location and rest overnight. The officials rejected this plea....
"When asked why the couple was being expelled from Beijing, officials responded, 'Because Bike Zhang met the Americans, and destroyed the harmony of the Beijing Olympic Games.'This egregious treatment of one of China’s most respected and well-loved house church leaders is... shocking..."See Persecution
Pastor Zhang Zhongxin Sentenced to Two Years Re-education through Labor: "Authorities accused him of cult participation in the 'the whole scope of the Church'... preaching the Gospel to the northwest, Tibet and other places for missionaries, and pioneers sermons." See Sharing the suffering of Jesus
Christian Family Ostracized: "Jasveer Basu and his family are 'troublemakers and spoilers of unity,' according to their fellow villagers. How were they causing trouble? By choosing to follow Christ and tell others about him. Jasveer has served as a Gospel for Asia native missionary in Assam, India, and he was thrilled when his family recently decided to follow Christ. Jasveer's other relatives and many in the village where they live were not so happy. When they learned of the family's decision to follow Christ, they became hostile." The reaction sounds a little like UNESCO's Declaration on Religion
Father of Chinese American Girl Remains Detained in Beijing PSB Custody: "...a prominent house church leader and Christian publisher, Shi Weihan, has been held in detention for the past three months by the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau on the grounds that he is a 'dangerous religious element.'...Despite having held Mr. Shi beyond the time legally allowed, absent formal charges or a court hearing, the PSB still refuses to allow his family or attorney to see him. Claiming an ongoing investigation in what they are calling 'a complex case', they have managed to hold the owner of a legally registered Christian bookstore in an undisclosed location without giving any assurances that he is receiving his needed diabetic medicine." See Persecution
China: 9 House Church Christians in Henan Detained for Helping Quake Victims: "...approximately 6 PSB and RAB officials disrupted the house church meeting and forcefully detained 7 of the participants. Police officials did not state the reason for the detention. During interrogation, police officials questioned the members as to who would be taking donations to the earthquake disaster area. One woman and her child were released, however the other 6 remain in detention under a charge of sending money to a disaster area in the name of a house church." See When Iron Gates Yield
Pastor Martyred in Jharkhand, India: [Scroll down to title] "Pastor Letaro Horo was killed by a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Hindu militant group in the village of Burju.... The militant, Durgan Mundu, invited Pastor Horo to his home to pray for healing for his family members. When Horo closed his eyes to pray, Mundu sliced his throat with an axe, killing him instantly. Pray that those who mourn for Pastor Horo will find strength, courage and peace in Christ. Pray that God will raise up other cross-bearing disciples to continue His work in India."
Education. Muslim threats force out disabled teacher with dog: "Hurd... reported a student threatened to kill his dog. He said the threat came from a Somali student who is Muslim. Minnesota has a large Somali population, mostly Muslim, and they have been involved in issues over their religion in the past.... Islam forbids its adherents from touching dogs.... 'The last time I checked this is the United States of America!!!!!'" See Tolerance as a Tool for Transformation
Persecution. Sri Lanka - Pastor Killed, Wife Seriously Injured in Attack: "Pastor Neil Edirisinghe, of the House Church Foundation, was gunned down by two assailants outside his home in Ampara, Sri Lanka. According to a report by the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL), Pastor Edirisinghe was engaged in the Lord’s ministry in Ampara for many years. The attackers also shot his wife in the stomach. At last report, she was in the hospital in critical condition. Their 2-year-old son who received a minor injury in the attack is also suffering from trauma.”
Christian Doctor Falsely Accused of Blasphemy in Pakistan: "Rafique shook the hands of his Muslim friends present but refused to shake Sardar's hand, saying, 'It's my insult to shake hand with a Christian.' Some weeks later, Rafique was angered when Sardar stopped him from setting up his shop stall in front of his clinic. He then filed a case against Sardar falsely accusing him of 'humiliating the prophet Muhammad.' When local Muslims heard of the charges, they used a loudspeaker to demand the killing of Dr. Sardar, calling him a "kaffir" (infidel). ... He has been detained in a local prison. His family has fled to an unknown location in fear of further violence. ... Pray for God to comfort and encourage Dr. Sardar.... Pray that his family will rely on the Lord to strengthen and protect them (2 Corinthians 1:8-9). Pray for Christians in Pakistan as they serve the Lord amidst severe opposition."
[Western China] Christian faces possible execution for ‘Subversion of National Government’: [If the link doesn't work for you, try http://chinaaid.org] "Alimujiang Yimiti, a Uyghur Christian and father of two, may soon face execution. Officials charged Alimujiang last September with 'illegal religious activities' and took him into custody this January, accusing him of 'Subversion of the National Government and endangering national security', a crime punishable by death. ... He has told officials many times during interrogation that as a Christian he loves and supports the Chinese government, something many young Uyghurs struggle with as Han Chinese culture becomes increasingly dominant in [largley Muslim] Xinjiang....
"Alimujiang simply wants the freedom to quietly express his faith, a right guaranteed to him in the Chinese constitution. Currently however, it is illegal... to own a Uyghur Bible. He is also unable to attend services at any Three Self Church in Xinjiang due to articles in the Xinjiang constitution that contradict China’s national constitution. Neither can he pray with foreign Christians....
"His arrest, totally unexpected, has shocked friends and family who describe Alimujiang as an honest businessman and loyal citizen of China. Two companies of Alimujiang’ s former employment were closed due to suspicion of ’foreign religious infiltration.'"
Hindu extremists assault Christian family: "Hindu extremists in a village in Madhya Pradesh who have harassed and threatened local Christians beat the grandparents and aunt of a 15-year-old girl last weekend when the Christian family refused to allow the group to rape her.... The intolerant Hindus – who have threatened to kill other members of the community unless they stop worshipping Christ – got hold of Saket’s parents and sister while they were still outside and beat them with rods, sticks and stones, breaking his mother’s nose."
Laos: "...officials in Laos arrested 15 Hmong Christian families... a day before a court sentenced nine area Hmong church leaders to 15 years in prison for conducting Christian ministry and meetings.... Authorities also arrested at least seven families from Fai village three miles away.
Arrests and Prison Sentences for Hmong Christians in
'"It seems they are rounding up all Hmong Christians from Vietnam to send them back to Vietnam.... What will happen to them is greatly feared....' In total, 58 Hmong Christians were arrested.... 'Pray that those detained will be released. Pray that the nine church leaders who are in prison will know God's strength at this time and that their imprisonment will result in the advancement of God's kingdom (Philippians 1:12-14). Pray God will fill the heart of the Laotian believers with peace beyond comprehension as they bring their needs to the Lord and rejoice in Him (Philippians 4:4-7)." See Suffering with Jesus
Christians Killed by Muslims in Ethiopia: "Muslim militants killed at least two Christians and wounded dozens more on March 3, 2008, in the town of Nensabo... The militants attacked the Christians, including women and children, while they were attending a worship service.... Among the wounded were a police officer and a Christian whose hand was cut off by the attackers. Reports indicated that the attack was part of a plan... to wipe out Christians from the Muslim-dominated region. The plan included destruction of churches and attacks on Christian groups involved in missionary work."
China: 70 House Church Leaders detained in Shangqiu City, Henan Province: "...at 12am in the morning [2-18-08), a Bible training held in the house of brother Xue Weimin was attacked by more than 20 policemen.... 80 believers were taken by more than 10 police vehicles and detained. 10 were released... The other 70 are still detained under the charges of 'making use of a cult to violate law enforcement'. 20 of them are detained in a detention center, while 50 are detained in prison (39 sisters and 11 brothers). All blankets, foods, air conditioners and furniture were confiscated by the police. ... 3 minors whom were released on 29th from Huocheng County, Xinjiang Province were detained again by PSB of another county."
China: 11 Minors in Xinjiang Province Detained By PSB Officials for Attending Bible Study : t 9:00pm PSB officials disrupted the gathering and detained the minors along with Ms. Fun Jun 41, owner of the house, and Ms. Lu Lanxiang-42. The children, ages 16-17, were brought to the Qingshuihe township PSB office in freezing weather and were not allowed to bring adequate clothing. Sources close to CAA say that 16 year old Lou Nan, daughter of pastor Lou Yuanqi, who pastors the house church, is one of the detained. Pastor Lou Yuanqi was not present during the detention of the other members. Pastor Lou was detained on October 20, 2002, along with 3 other pastors for organizing the House Church. All 3 pastors served 32 days in detention where they were severely beaten by guards and inmates daily.....The 13 members now detained are being held by Qingshuihe township PSB officials under the charge of “illegal religious gathering”. Family members have been denied visitation. The condition and wellbeing of the church members remains unknown."
21 Major House Church Leaders Sent to Labor Camp [China]: "...house church leaders were sent to labor camp at the same time recently by the Linyi City Re-education through labor Commission. The leaders were detained on Deceber 7, 2007 when they gathered together for leadership training with 249 other leaders in Hedong District, Linyi city, Shandong. ... They have been accused and labeled as 'evil cult' members, an arbitrary charge to any non-registered house church by the PSB....
"28 US House of Representatives from the House Committee on International Affairs have drafted a resolution condemning the religious persecution and arbitrary detention situation in China."
"They will fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you. For I am with you,' says the Lord, 'to deliver you.'" Jeremiah 1:17-19
Spurned Love Sparks Violence in Nigeria: "Five church buildings were destroyed, several people injured, and the homes of a number of Christians burned.... On the evening of February 1, Patience Yusuf met with an unidentified Muslim man outside her home upon his request. The man told her that he wanted to befriend and marry her but Yusuf refused him. The man begged her 'in the name of God and his apostle, Muhammad,' to become his girlfriend. Yusuf again refused, saying: 'You are pleading in the name of a person I do not know. Jesus I know, but Muhammad I do not know.' The man left and later that night told friends and neighbours that Yusuf had blasphemed against Muhammad.... She escaped to the local police station for protection but the mob followed her and demanded that she be killed.... When the police refused to give her up, the Muslims attacked the officers and burned down the station. Shortly afterwards, hundreds of armed Muslims rioted." See Prayer
Ten Killed, Churches and Homes Burned in Muslim Riots in Northern Nigeria : "Pray that the Lord will fill Christians with His peace and strength as they recover from this brutal attack. Ask God to comfort those who have lost loved ones. Pray that Christ will be exalted through this tragedy and that people in this area will continue to be drawn to Him (Phil. 1:20)." See Persecution
China Aid 2007 Persecution Report [China]: "In 2007, the known religious cases in which house churches were persecuted by the government covered 18 provinces and one municipality directly under the jurisdiction of the Central Government.... A total of 415 church leaders were arrested....
"Because of 'Operation Typhoon No. 5,' a total of over 100... foreign Christians were arrested, interrogated and expelled from the country. Most of these were Christians from the West.... Some of these foreign Christians were not missionaries, but had their own secular professions in China. However, as they preached the Christian belief or were associated with local Christians and churches, they were persecuted by the government. This is the largest persecution operation of expelling foreign Christians since the early 1950s when the CPC drove out all of the foreign missionaries....
"Concern is that in 2009, after the Beijing Olympics, that the persecution on churches and Christians will escalate and the human rights condition will seriously worsen." See Brainwashing & "Education Reform"
Orissa Christians Told to 'Convert or Die' (India): "The ultimatum issued by the Hindu extremists has forced some Christians to abandon their religion altogether.... 'I am forced to convert to Hinduism whether I like or dislike; I cannot say further and my life is in danger,' Promond Digal... told GCIC.... Christians who have converted to Hinduism expressed their helplessness about changing their religion.... 'They were forced to drink mixed water of cow dung, ghee and perform the Hindu ritual.'... Orissa state is often noted as the site of the 1999 slaying of Australian missionary Graham Staines and his sons – Philip, 10, and Timothy, 8 – who were burned to death as they slept inside their vehicle after a Bible study class."
Christians Attacked by Hindu Militants in Chhattisgarh (India): "The militants beat several believers and local villagers present, injuring at least 80 people.... On January 17, a mob of Hindus attacked a missionary health camp in the Dhamtari district. The militants accused the Christians of participating in a conversion ceremony and beat and injured at least a dozen believers...."Pray that their faithfulness will be a light that draws others to Christ." See Prayer
Most violent ever from Christians since independence (India): "With more than 800 attacks around Christmas time in Orissa state, the number of attacks on Christians in 2007 crossed 1,000 for the first time since India’s Independence in 1947. At least 200 incidents of anti-Christian attacks, including four murders, had been recorded before violence erupted in Orissa’s Kandhamal district that killed at least four Christians and burned 730 houses and 95 churches.... while four Christians were confirmed dead, at least six were seriously injured and numerous others are missing who are presumed killed by Hindu extremists in the rampage that began in Kandhamal on Christmas Eve."See They Gave Him Their Lives
Churches and Convents Bombed inIraq: "Four churches and three convents were damaged in coordinated bombings in Iraq on January 6... At least six people were injured, one of them seriously, in the explosions. Pray for Iraqi Christians as they deal with the effects of this attack. Pray for healing for those injured. Ask God to enable Iraqi Christians to be joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer as they suffer for Him (Romans 12:12)." Prayer
House Church Demolished byMuslim Extremists: "There was a baptism service held on Saturday early morning. Eight youngsters and three couples were baptised. Though it was a secret service, the news somehow leaked out. ... The church building was leased from a believers family without any rent.... Pastor Mildad and family ... face death threat." See Persecution
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