News: Persecution Today - 2002
See also Preparing for Persecution | Persecution Around the World |
Seeds of Persecution (the rising hatred for Biblical truth in the West)
"The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church." Tertullian, 1st century AD
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Doctors killed in Yemen: "Three American doctors have been shot dead and a fourth wounded at a missionary hospital in Yemen. ...The gunman has been named as Abed Abdel Razzak Kamel, an Islamist militant who told police he had shot them to 'cleanse his religion and get closer to Allah'. Yemen is seen in the West as a haven for Muslim militants, including members of the al-Qa'eda network." See and the next link:
Three killed, one injured in attack on Baptist hospital in Yemen: "Three Americans were killed and another wounded Monday, Dec. 30, when a lone gunman attacked a Baptist mission hospital in Jibla, Yemen.... More than 40,000 patients a year are treated at the facility.... The hospital provides free care and medicine to those who cannot afford it." Let's pray for God's precious missionaries who so willingly risk their lives and comforts to bring the light of God's Word to a darkening world -- and pray that God make our hearts as willing to suffer for His sake. Preparing for Persecution and 2 Cor 4:7
Church Bombing Kills Three Girls (Pakistan): "Four people have been detained following the attack. One is a cleric who told his congregation three days before the attack, 'it is the duty of every good Muslim to kill Christians.' ... 'you should attack Christians and not even have food until you have seen their dead bodies.'" See and
Ex-FSIN chief praises Hitler in speech: "A respected Saskatchewan Indian leader said Friday Hitler did the right thing when he 'fried' six million Jews during the Second World War.... David Ahenakew, a senator with the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN), a former chief of the organization and a former chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), said in an interview Friday the Nazi leader was trying to clean up the world during the war."
Preparing for Persecution
Dalits Trying to Escape India’s Oppressive Caste System: "The 'Dalits' or 'untouchables' are India's most deprived and repressed citizens. The Indian state of Tamil Nadu recently passed a harsh anti-conversion law aimed at keeping Dalits from escaping Hinduism.... Representatives of non-Hindu religions say the law is intended to make conversion from Hinduism nearly impossible." 2 Corinthians 4:7
354 churches disbanded and closed in Vietnam: "By Mid-October some 50 Christian pastors and elders in this province, had been arrested or 'disappeared'. Many others were missing as well, but their names were unavailable. The campaign was continuing to close the remaining 58 churches in the province....
"There were brutal campaigns to force people to give up Christianity, and to sign documents agreeing to give up the faith. Many fled this official terrorism and went into the forest or to Cambodia. However, this latest move against churches in Dak Lak is the severest persecution since 1975 when all churches were closed and all church leaders put in re-education camp for some six years." Please join in prayer for our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ. 1 Thess 5:25
Dossier reveals Iraq's torture regime: "Hussein and his sons, Uday and Qusay, are personally responsible for operating a regime of systematic torture and murder designed to crush any hint of dissent....
"Hussain Al-Shahristani, a former chief scientist with the Iraqi atomic energy organisation... said: 'I was arrested, tortured and kept in solitary confinement for over 11 years for refusing to work on the military nuclear programme. However, I was more fortunate than many of my fellow political prisoners. I did not have holes drilled into my bones. I did not have my limbs cut off by an electric saw. I did not have my eyes gouged out. My three children... were not tortured to death in front of me to force me to make confessions to things I had not done. Women of my family were not brought in and raped in front of me, as happened to many of my colleagues....'" Not unlike what happened in the Nazi and Communist prisons: See
Brainwashing and "Education Reform"
Baptist Preacher Imprisoned in Uzbekistan: "The church that met in [Pastor] Nikulin's home consisted of just seven people. Under Uzbek law, unregistered religious activity is illegal. Police had raided Nikulin's flat, threatening the Baptists and taking away religious books 'for expertise', saying that the books would be destroyed." Matt 10:22
Lebanon memorialize slain missionary: "So many people think my wife's death was a waste ... but we believe that coming here with the message of Jesus would never be a waste," Gary Witherall said during a eulogy... "It is a message worth laying our lives down for." Phil 1:20
Husband of murdered missionary worker 'forgives': "Gary Witherall told reporters that he and Bonnie knew the dangers when they arrived in Lebanon to what they regard as serving the Lord. 'God led us to Lebanon and we knew we might die,' he said....
"Witherall worked 'long hours at the clinic twice a week, mainly helping pregnant Lebanese and Palestinian women from the nearby Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp,' the [Missionary Alliance] added." This precious couple dared to face unthinkable hatred, not to serve themselves or America, but to offer their lives for God and poor Arab refugees." Luke 6:22
Holocaust survivors share memories: "...Then Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933. Within a short time, his mother lost her job and he was sent to an orphanage that cared for many Jewish children whose parents could no longer afford to feed them. Sommer's voice begins to crack as he describes what began on Nov. 9, 1938, in what came to be known as Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass....
"'The teachers made us go upstairs,' he says.... 'They came with torches, wearing brown uniforms. First they tried the front door. Then they tried the back. They were burning all the synagogues and they knew there was a synagogue in there. My teachers kept saying, `These are only children, these are only children!'''
As Biblical Christianity becomes increasingly intolerable to the rising global management system around us, we need to be alert and ready to stand against pressures to conform. John 15:20-21
Christians Not Tolerated (from the Voice of the Martyrs)"... acts of violence against Christians in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu have increased in light of recent legislation forbidding religious conversions.... 'Churches are being burned, including the church of our pastor. Other Christian buildings and schools are closed. The Hindus are very radical and won't tolerate Christians in their area. They want to convert everyone. When a Hindu converts to Christianity, he is cast out by the whole community (family, friends, neighbours)....
"...four Christian families were recently beaten in the streets and the young girls raped when they refused to take part in a Hindu festival in the state of Orissa. When the police were told, they did nothing.
"Pray for Christians facing a renewed onslaught from militant Hindus in India. Pray for strength and protection. Pray that the authorities will act to protect all Indian citizens. Pray for the salvation of those who persecute Christ in India."Matthew 24:9 and John 15:20-21
: "The government of Belarus is presently considering introducing a highly restrictive religion law that would drive Belarus back into Soviet era oppression, crippling the numerous small Protestant evangelical and non-traditional groups that have revived, or come into Belarus, since Perestroika and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Prayer and advocacy is requested....
Advocating for religious freedom
"If adopted as drafted, the new religion law will outlaw unregistered religious activity and only those religious communities that consist of more than 20 Belarusian citizens will be able to gain registration. This will threaten smaller groups and make the founding of new communities impossible. Also, the leader of any religious organisation will have to be a Belarus citizen. This is highly discriminatory and will cause serious difficulties for many religious groups after so many years of Communist oppression.... Denying faith communities the right to train leaders or have foreign staff would make continuing existence impossible." John 16:2
They sang in their cells despite persecution: "Three Gospel for Asia Bible school students in Bangladesh were sharing Christ in the village of Vasu.... Muslim extremists, angry to see a Gospel witness in their village, went to the police with false claims that the young men were terrorists. The students were severely beaten with bamboo rods and endured unthinkable torture. One of the police officers pierced a pin into the fingernail of one brother.... Even on that terrible day of beating, they had joy to share in the sufferings of Christ and are ready, if necessary, to give their lives for Jesus' sake. Please pray that they will stand strong in faith and that God will use them to bring thousands to faith in Christ." Luke 6:22-23
Preparing for the Underground Church by Pastor Richard Wurmbrand: "The Underground Church is comparatively unknown. We have it right next-door, but we are not ready to join it and we are not trained for it. ... Even if we do not pass through these tragic circumstances we have a duty to help and to instruct those who do pass through them ...
"We have to know how to resist brainwashing. Brainwashing exists in the free world, too. ... The methods vary, but brainwashing in my Romanian prison consisted essentially of this: we had to sit seventeen hours on a form which gave no possibility to lean, and you were not allowed to close your eyes. For seventeen hours a day we had to hear, 'Communism is good, Communism is good, Communism is good, etc.; Christianity is dead, Christianity is dead, Christianity is dead, etc.; Give up, give up, etc.' You were bored after one minute of this but you had to hear it the whole seventeen hours for weeks, months, years even, without any interruption. ... It is one of the worst tortures. Much worse than physical torture. But Christ has foreseen all things because with Him there is no time. Future, past, present are one and the same: He knows all things from the beginning. Communists invented brainwashing too late! Christ had already invented the opposite to brainwashing - heartwashing. He has said: 'Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.'" See
Brainwashing in Americaand
Brainwashing & How to Resist It.
12 Nations of Particular Concern: "The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, an independent federal agency advising the Administration and Congress, today recommended that the Secretary of State designate Burma (Myanmar), the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, India, Iran, Iraq, Laos, Pakistan, People’s Republic of China, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Turkmenistan, and Vietnam as 'countries of particular concern' ....
"The Commission found that in China, particularly severe violations have actually increased in the past year. The Chinese government has intensified its violent campaign of repression against Evangelical Christians, Roman Catholics, Uighur Muslims, Tibetan Buddhists, and groups – such as the Falun Gong – that have been labeled as 'evil cults.' This campaign has included imprisonment, torture, and other forms of ill treatment." Please pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ.
Beaten in Bhutan: Peter and another Christian evangelist "are facing lengthy prison terms, fines and possible expulsion from Bhutan for their efforts to spread the gospel in the Buddhist kingdom.... The government official demanded that Peter leave his religion or face expulsion.... When Peter refused, he was restrained, and the officer beat him.... 'I knew Jesus was there with me during the beatings, and I felt no pain,' said Peter. 'I was happy and joyous despite the beatings, because I remembered the sufferings of Christ, and He suffered much worse than I did.'"
The Bible as 'hate literature'? "A prison sentence for quoting the Bible in Canada? Holy Scriptures treated as 'hate literature'? That could happen if a proposed bill is passed by Parliament, according to opponents who believe it would criminalize public expression against homosexual behavior."
Christian Converts Persecuted in Egypt: "Before his disappearance on May 7, Ibrahim had been living with... a Christian couple active in an evangelical Coptic church in Cairo. Since March, the couple and their three daughters have been subjected to repeated harassment by both security police and local Muslim extremists. ... the family received warning notes and dozens of obscene telephone calls, threatening to kidnap and rape their youngest daughter Sarah, 14. Repeated attempts were made by young Muslim men to convince Sarah she should run away, leave her faith and become a Muslim. Then on April 8, fanatic Muslims in the neighborhood managed to kidnap Sarah for four days. Although her parents located her and forced the captors to return their daughter, a similar attempt was made on July 28." Please pray for Christians who are willing to suffering for the faith rather than betray the God they love.
The Burnham's wonderful witness: "Martin always graciously offered to carry things for the Abu Sayyaf and other hostages. Martin was chained to a tree at night by an Abu Sayyaf guard. Every night for the whole year, Martin would thank the guard who chained him and wished him a good night...." Luke 6:22-23 For background information, see the first two links in Persecution.
Pakistan's Supreme Court Orders Release of Christian Facing Death Sentence: "Masih was arrested in Punjab province in 1996 after a neighbor complained that he made statements supporting British writer Salman Rushdie, who was condemned to death by Iranian leaders because his novel 'The Satanic Verses' was considered blasphemous to Islam. Masih was convicted in 1998 and sentenced to death, a decision that sparked nationwide protests by minority Christian groups....
"Minto produced evidence that the accuser had used the conviction to force Masih's family off of their land and then acquired the deed to it through a housing program...." This injustice illustrates the danger of neighborhood spies and anonymous accusations -- and the wisdom of the U.S. Bill of Rights. See Chart: Paradigm Shift and Your friendly community spies
Armed police guard church as Christians defy bombers: "After two attacks on Christian institutions near Islamabad last week, the Sunday morning services at St Thomas’s Church in the heart of the city’s business district were tense affairs yesterday. ... 'Attendance has dropped by almost 15 per cent because people are afraid,' the Rev Kamran Nadeem, a deputy pastor, said.....
"Rehma Sajid, a 25-year-old teacher, remembered when Islamic zealots stormed her Christian missionary school in the Punjab town of Khanewal in 1997, after setting fire to a nearby Christian colony. Several people died in the violence and more than 100,000 Christians were forced out of their homes." Let's pray together for our Christian brothers and sisters in Pakistan, remembering that we, too, must be ready to suffer for our faith. See John 15:20-21 and Preparing for Persecution
Pakistani school attacked: "Masked men armed with AK-47 assault rifles stormed a school for missionary children yesterday, killing six and wounding three in the latest attack on Christian targets in this overwhelmingly Muslim nation. Some 150 students, including 30 Americans and the mostly British staff at the Murree Christian School, were spared when as many as four gunmen fled under fire from a security guard...." Children in the missionary family Andy was visiting in Pakistan on Sept 11 attended this boarding school. We thank God for protecting the children but are sad that Pakistani helpers were killed. 1 John 3:1-3
Fatal bomb blast in chapel: "The assailants hurled grenades as staff were emerging from a church service... at the Christian Hospital in Taxila, [Pakistan].... 'Three were killed, two nurses and a paramedic.... Hospital administrator Clement Bakhshi said... 'I'm sure this is a sign of ongoing violence against Christians."...
"The Christian mission-run hospital treats around 200 patients daily, specialising in eye care." 2 Cor 4:7
Could it happen here? "Here's some of what's been happening at the University of Chicago: A car drove up to a Jewish student on campus and a passenger screamed: 'Death to Jews. Hitler should have finished you all off when he had the chance.' On a public listserve in the Humanities Department, a pro-Palestinian graduate student joked openly about Auschwitz. A Jewish senior was told by a university-appointed preceptor that he couldn't be 'bothered' reading her B.A. paper because it focused on topics relating to Judaism and Zionism. ... Such is life for Jewish students at a major U.S. university." If this is happening to Jews, it will happen to Christians as well. Both are becoming intolerable to our emotional, reactionary postmodern culture. See Preparing for Persecution and Romans 1:22-32
Christmas book banned from class: "Last December, Laura brought a book entitled 'The First Christmas' to school in response to a class assignment. The second graders were told to bring a book to class that represented their Christmas traditions. According to McCarthy, Laura was the only student to bring in a religious-based book and was told she could not share her book with the class." Brave children who have faced persecution
Sudan Government Attacks South - Aid Workers: (Reuters, 7-30) "Sudan has launched a major offensive against rebels in the south just days after announcing a breakthrough in talks aimed at ending their 19-year war, aid workers and rebels said on Tuesday. The rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement, which announced a deal with the government on July 20 aimed at ending the conflict, said more than 1,000 people had been killed since the government began its attack in Western Upper Nile region on Friday." Since Christians in the South began to seek religious freedom in 1983, they have been massacred, tortured and enslaved by the thousands. See chronology in Four Faces of Islam Let's pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ.
Christians Attacked and Killed by Islamic Fanatics in Nigeria: "Christians in a village outside Jos were roused from sleep by church bells at 5am on a morning at the end of June. When they began making their way to church thinking it was the bell for morning prayers, they were ambushed by Islamic militants from the Hausa and Fulani tribes. Four were killed and 20 injured. ,,,,,In a separate incident in Wase, Christians were attacked and killed and no church building was left standing. Farmland and crops were destroyed and all the Christians there were forced to flee to Langtan." 2 Cor 4:7
Kazakstan Christians persecuted and fined believers rounded up across former Soviet Union: "The seven or eight Protestants were rounded up in May after a female village resident received a Christian magazine through the post from Kiev. They were ordered to swear an oath on a copy of President Saparmurat Niyazov's 'spiritual book' Ruhnama renouncing the Bible and their faith in Jesus.... Human rights workers remain concerned that the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, did not bring the freedom many churches in the region had expected."John 16:2
Missionaries Arrested In China For Helping North Koreans Escape: "...the three missionaries were arrested in May, April and last November. It was thought highly likely they would be charged under Chinese law, he said. ... But activists in South Korea who help refugees flee the North say the flow will continue until there are dramatic changes in their poor, communist homeland." John 15:20
34 Chinese Christians 'kidnapped by evil cult': "Lightning from the East is notorious for trying to force underground Christians to convert, according to the Bangkok-based missionary body Asia Harvest, which monitors its activities. 'They specially target house church Christians. They often resort to kidnapping, beatings, torture, drugging, sexual entrapment and intense brainwashing,' the group said. There was 'credible evidence' that dozens of Christians had been murdered by the sect."Matt 24:24
Anti-Religious Campaigns: "The Soviet Union was the first state to have as an ideological objective the elimination of religion. Toward that end, the Communist regime confiscated church property, ridiculed religion, harassed believers, and propagated atheism in the schools....
"After Nazi Germany's attack on the Soviet Union in 1941, Joseph Stalin revived the Russian Orthodox Church to intensify patriotic support for the war effort. By 1957 about 22,000 Russian Orthodox churches had become active. But in 1959 Nikita Khrushchev initiated his own campaign against the Russian Orthodox Church and forced the closure of about 12,000 churches. By 1985 fewer than 7,000 churches remained active. Members of the church hierarchy were jailed or forced out, their places taken by docile clergy, many of whom had ties with the KGB....
"Attacks on Judaism were endemic throughout the Soviet period, and the organized practice of Judaism became almost impossible. Protestant denominations and other sects were also persecuted."
Preparing for Persecution
Rebels Force Churches To Close in Colombia: "In mid April, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia forced 11 evangelical Protestant churches in Arauquita, a town near Colombia's border with Venezuela, to suspend public worship services. ...some 2000 Christians are affected by the closures. Many of them are presently meeting in private homes for prayer and Bible study."
2 Cor 4:7
Nigeria's Defense Minister Says Muslims Plan to Wipe Out Christianity: Nigeria's Defense Minister, Lt. General Danjuma "lamented that thousands of Christians had been killed in northern Nigeria in the past three years, and thousands of others were forced to relocate to the southern parts of the country for fear of being killed by Muslim fundamentalists. ... He likened what is happening in northern Nigeria to what happened in Egypt and other North African countries, where he said Christianity flourished as a faith and was later wiped out by Islam." See Four Faces of Islam and Glossary of Islamic Terms
Free at last: "The Burnhams, like thousands of other missionaries around the world and millions since the time of Christ, gave up the comforts of home and careers that could earn them money and prestige and committed their lives to helping the less fortunate and sharing what Christians call the 'good news' of salvation through Jesus Christ and the promise of a home in Heaven.
"In a significant way, the Burnhams and the many others who similarly labor, are counter-cultural. They exchange the illusion of immediate gratification for something they regard as of greater value. Their rewards are not denied, although some are delayed and paid in a different 'currency'; missionaries see the people to whom they minister transformed and given a hope that transcends their circumstances...." Luke 6:22-23
Family grieves for dead missionary: "Relatives of a missionary who was killed in the Philippines after a yearlong hostage ordeal said Friday that they were numbed by the news but their religious faith would carry them through. 'The Lord will give us the strength to get through this,'' Paul Burnham, Martin Burnham's father, said at his home before dawn and within hours of his son's death.
"Martin Burnham, 42, and his wife, Gracia, 43, had been held hostage by Muslim extremists for more than a year. He was killed Friday and she was wounded during a rescue attempt by U.S.-trained troops who raided a hideout. ...Asked how the ordeal has affected his church, Varner said: 'It does take emotional energy, emotional strength. It has been a time of strengthening, learning our strength depends on God.''' 2 Cor 2:16
Korean Christians Treated More Harshly: "A former North Korean prison guard has revealed that Christian prisoners are 'treated more harshly than are other prisoners' and regarded by authorities as 'insane.'... [See
The UN Plan for Your Mental Health] A spokesman for WEF then asked for urgent prayer for North Korea's Christians. 'Pray for the spiritual and physical safety of North Korean Christians; many have lost their lives simply for owning a Bible, praying with Christian friends, or affirming their faith in the presence of other Koreans,' said the spokesman." This 2001 report is as relevant today.
Abu Sayyaf threatens to kill U.S. hostages: "There will be no more negotiations. It is up to the government to find the two (Americans). To find their dead bodies," said Sabaya in a radio interview that reached Manila. The group refused to release Martin and Gracia Burnham who were abducted in Dos Palmas resort in Palawan, southwestern Philippines on May 27, and nurse Deborah Yap in Lamitan, Basilan on June 2." 2 Cor 4:16
14 Christians Killed in Indonesia: "Assailants in black masks hacked, shot and burned to death 14 Christians, including a six-month-old baby, in the religiously divided capital of Indonesia's Maluku province Sunday, threatening a fragile peace pact. Carrying automatic rifles, grenades and daggers, about a dozen men yelling 'kill them all' stormed the mainly Christian village of Soya.... They set 30 homes and a Protestant church on fire, and went from house to house, shooting into those that were occupied...."(4/28) John 16:2
Berlin police: 'We did not advise Jews not to wear Jewish attire': "According to the report, police specifically advised against the wearing of skullcaps and the Star of David. Despite the denial, Army Radio's Igal Avidan insisted his report was accurate and that it was based on remarks made by the Berlin police spokesman, Lars Sunman, who was reported saying that the recommendation was 'a blow to freedom of religion, but the police cannot protect every single Jew.'" Preparing for Persecution
2 Cor 4:7
EU law 'could ban' ... the Old Testament (BBC News, 24 April, 02): "People who distribute stories about fictional children's hero Biggles ['a World War I flying ace'] or the Old Testament could be criminalised under a European anti-racism law.... Lord Scott told peers that a proposed framework directive for the harmonisation of EU member states' laws against racism and xenophobia 'would almost certainly cover Biggles'. 'It would probably cover the distribution of the Old Testament as well,' he said...
"Lord Scott was speaking during a debate on proposals for a Europe-wide arrest warrant. He said: 'If any member state creates offences on these lines ... and prescribes three years' imprisonment as a possible penalty, we in this country would be expected to extradite the accused under a European arrest warrant.' Categories of offences such as racism or xenophobia needed to be made 'much more specific'. Plans for a Europe-wide arrest warrant were agreed by ministers in the wake of the 11 September US terror attacks for introduction by 2004.....
"According to Lord Scott, the European Commission's proposals for an offence included 'public dissemination or distribution of tracts, pictures or other material containing expressions of racism or xenophobia'. 'So distribution of, for example, literature containing expressions of belief in race, colour, national origins etc as a factor determining aversion to individuals or groups would be a criminal offence,' Lord Scott argued." See Clinton's War on Hate Bans Christian Values. But remember, our God still reigns!
Indonesia's 50-year storm Island nation long-time home to Christian persecution : "From the Japanese occupation during World War II to the battle against Dutch colonialism, the Marxism of Sukarno to the right-wing anti-communist government of Suharto, the people of Indonesia have endured much suffering.... Yet the greatest fight in the history of Indonesia is being waged today – it is the battle between Christianity and Islam. The Muslims in Indonesia claim to be moderate and want to cooperate with the West, but you wouldn't know it from the bloodshed they have wreaked upon the Christians in Indonesia."
"Christian teacher faces death penalty in Pakistan: "The headmaster of a Christian school in Pakistan will be hanged if he is found guilty of blaspheming Muhammad. Parvez Masih has been accused of violating Pakistan's rigid 'blasphemy law,' which provides the death penalty for anyone who blasphemes against the Prophet Muhammad or the Koran. The teacher 'turned down an offer to drop all charges if he denied Christ.'" Phil 1:20-21Church in India faces increasing threats: "Most Christians understand the threat posed by Islamic fundamentalism around the world, but few are aware of a virulent strain of Hindu radicalism targeting believers in India. .. 'One month ago two of our staff members were beaten up while they were talking to students at the university,' says Ninan. 'They were taken to the police station and the police did the same thing... These are things that wouldn’t have happened a few years back.'... John 15:20
"Ninan believes false expectations were raised by the rally and mass conversion last year. 'It was a social movement,' he says. 'It was not a spiritual movement at all. It was people getting out of Hinduism for their convenience—this is not the type of Christian we want at all.”' John 2:24-25 and Four Faces of Islam
Nigerian State Gov't Implements New Anti-Christian Measures: "Life is about to get tougher for non-Muslims, especially Christians, in the northwestern Nigerian state of Zamfara... the first of Nigeria's 36 states to introduce shari'a law.... Christians in these states claim the move aims to wipe out Christianity." See Four Faces of Islam and Glossary of Islamic Terms
Chinese officials tell Christians to disband care home for elderly: "Chen Zhongxin, who is 70 and an informal Protestant pastor, runs the charitable home in Hai Chingluo village north of Beijing together with his wife. They take care of nine men and women in their 80s and 90s as well as a blind man and a disabled man...
"The home's troubles began on Feb. 21, the same day that President Bush arrived in Beijing for a two-day visit, when Chen tried to hold a Christian 'thanksgiving' celebration, as he described it, under a tent outside the home. More than 40 people attended, he said, including neighbors and migrant workers who had heard by word of mouth about the planned services...."
Chen was fearful about the weeks ahead. "We certainly can't move," he said. "Where will the old people go? Who will look after them?" Isaiah 43:2-3
Nigerian State Gov't Implements New Anti-Christian Measures: "Life is about to get tougher for non-Muslims, especially Christians, in the northwestern Nigerian state of Zamfara, as new measures are rolled out to enforce Islamic (shari'a) law, first adopted two years ago. .. Zamfara was the first of Nigeria's 36 states to introduce shari'a law, in January 2000. One-third of the country's states have followed suit. Christians in these states claim the move aims to wipe out Christianity. In these 12 northern states, Christian programs are not allowed on state radio and Christian religious studies are banned. Application for permission to build churches has become difficult." See Four Faces of Islam
Sudan jihad forces Islam on Christians: "Villagers in several areas of the northeast Upper Nile region say that when women are captured by government forces they are asked: 'Are you Christian or Muslim?' Women who answer 'Muslim" are set free, but typically soldiers gang-rape those who answer 'Christian' then cut off their breasts and leave them to die as an example for others.
"Sudan's holy war against the south was reaffirmed in October by First Vice President Ali Osman Taha. 'The jihad is our way, and we will not abandon it and will keep its banner high,' he said....Sudan's military continues to decorate and promote known war criminals such as Commander Taib Musba, who in the mid-1980s killed an estimated 15,000 unarmed, civilian, ethnic Uduk Christians.
"In 1986, Musba entered the Uduk tribal capital of Chali and declared to its Christians: 'You are all going to convert from Christianity to Islam today, because here is what's going to happen to you if you don't.' Musba then killed five church leaders in front of the gathered villagers. When they refused to convert, he began killing unarmed men, women and children. Some were herded at gunpoint into a hut then run over by a 50-ton, Soviet-made tank. He also herded groups of about a dozen people into a hut, where he asked the first person 'Do you renounce Jesus Christ?' Anyone who refused was killed by a three-inch nail driven into the top of the head.'"
May God give us the same kind of courage, strength and determination to suffer rather than betray our Lord.
Phil 1:20 andMatt 24:9
What about the Burnhams? "The kidnap-murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was an awful, brutal and evil act. But the wall-to-wall coverage of his abduction and death raises questions about media double standards. Pearl, you see, wasn't the only American being held hostage by foreign thugs with suspected ties to the al Qaeda terrorist network. Since May 27, 2001, Americans Martin and Gracia Burnham have been imprisoned by the Abu Sayyaf, violent Islamic guerrillas in the Philippines who have ties to Osama bin Laden. The kidnappers have beheaded at least 13 of their hostages -- including naturalized American Guillermo Sobero last year.
"Like Pearl, the Burnhams pursued their careers in a faraway land. Like Pearl, they nobly accepted danger in pursuit of a higher calling. But unlike Pearl, the Burnhams are not glamorous journalists. They are Christian missionaries ....As Gracia Burnham's sister noted after the '48 Hours' special aired: 'We appreciated CBS giving their kidnapping attention and that they got the facts straight. But I was disappointed that they included so little about our faith. I had told them, 'You cannot tell this story without telling about our faith, because that is what gets us through every day.'" Phil 1:20-21 and 2 Cor 4:7 See also Mainstream Media
Daniel Pearl murdered for being Jewish: "..Pearl identified himself on the videotape of his execution as a Jew and read 'a seemingly coerced statement,' declaring 'We, as Americans cannot continue to bear the consequences of our government's actions, such as the unconditional support of the state of Israel.' Given the virulent strains of anti-Semitism that flourish throughout Pakistan, both statements seem calculated to imply that Pearl was an Israeli spy, thus creating a climate of public acceptance for his murder within Pakistan." Jer 5:21-24
Have we shamed the face of Jesus? (Voice of the Martyrs): "How many of our brothers and sisters must be beaten, tortured, burned or decapitated, before we realize that Christians and Muslims DO NOT serve the same God? We love the Muslims. Many of our co-workers put aside their own safety to reach them for Christ. We print special literature in their languages; we produce and broadcast special programs into the Middle East. We are willing to give our own lives to win the soul of a single Muslim. But.... we will not prostitute the gospel for a politically correct peace. Should any of us do otherwise?" See Phil 1:20-21 and Preparing for Persecution
Chinese Christians Detained: "Chinese police have detained 47 Christians after breaking up a prayer meeting in a village near Beijing, a human rights group said Friday..... The reported detentions came the same day Chinese President Jiang Zemin said in a joint press conference with President Bush that China's people have freedom of worship." Phil 1:20
China Prepares to Execute Christians: "The first five people listed above have been sentenced to death by the Jingmen City Intermediate People’s Court in the central province of Hubei, China....They were tried with 12 others who were sentenced to between two years and life imprisonment. All 17 were arrested in April 2001 and accused of leading or being members of a ‘heretical religious organisation’ called the 'Huanan Church' ('South China Church')....
"Gong Shengliang and and his niece, Li Ying were convicted of 'using a heretical organisation to undermine the implementation of the law'.... Gong Shengliang was also charged with 'rape', a charge often brought by the Chinese authorities against detained leaders of banned religious groups.... Amnesty International is concerned that the five men sentenced to death may have been tortured to force them to confess. ...
"Among those who claim they were tortured by police are three young women.... In letters to their families, which have recently been made public, they claim that they were tortured during interrogation in an apparent attempt to make them confess to having had sexual relations with Gong Shengliang...." Let's pray for these courageous brothers and sisters in Christ. They help us understand what it means to walk with Jesus and share His suffering. John 15:20-21 We, too, may one day face this choice: risk our lives or betray our Lord. Hard to believe? See UN Declaration on Tolerance. This is the time to "count the cost" and prepare our hearts. Phil 1:20-21
Global Management. President Bush Meets with Chinese President Jiang Zemin: Question: "President Jiang, if I may, with respect, could you explain to Americans who may not understand your reasoning why your government restricts the practice of religious faith, in particular, why your government has imprisoned more than 50 bishops of the Roman Catholic Church? ...
Jiang Zemin: "I want to explain that since the founding of People's Republic of China, all our constitutions, various versions, have provided for the freedom of religious belief. In China there are many religions which include Buddhism, Catholicism, Protestantism, Islam and a typical Chinese religion, Taoism. And their religious faiths are protected by our Constitution. I don't have religious faith. Yet this does not prevent me from having an interest in religion. I've read the Bible, I've also read the Koran, as well as the Scriptures of Buddhism. I often have meetings with the religious leaders in this country. For instance, when we are about the celebrate the new year or during holiday season, I would have meetings with them and exchange views.
"Whatever religion people believe in, they have to abide by the law. So some of the law-breakers have been detained because of their violation of law, not because of their religious belief. Although I'm the President of this country, I have no right interfering in the judicial affairs, because of judicial independence."
Of course, China's laws forbid religions that fail to conform to the government policies. There is no religious freedom. Christians who worship God outside the controlled 'Three-Self" churches become "law-breakers." Certain Biblical teachings are banned; the people must put their hope in Communism, not eternal life with God. But communist leaders prefer to hide their hatred for Biblical truth. So, to save face before a watching world, they hide behind their cruel laws and condone torture to gain written "confessions" from the innocent. With no evidence, they execute their victims for politically correct crimes (such as rape) that were never committed. See Brainwashing and "Education Reform" and read about "confessions."
China scorecard by Jesse Helms: "It has become a custom for the Chinese leaders, just prior to an American president's visit, to take long-overdue actions — and here they go again: the Beijing government released Hong Kong businessman Lai Guangqiang after having jailed him for "smuggling" Bibles into China. This fakery — pretending that Communist China might, at long last, be relenting on its religious persecution — did lead a few critics to hope the Beijing regime was at last getting set to adopt a more permissive approach.
"Such hopes were of course false — it was merely fantasy land all over again. Indeed, several explosive documents came forth detailing the Chinese government's strategy to crush religion in China. A document dated October 2001 blew the cover of the highest levels of the Chinese government. Another document exposed tactics such as monitoring, infiltration, outright force and coercion of church members by spies planted in the congregations. This issue is close to President Bush's heart but has fallen into a favorite trap of U.S. diplomats — e.g., the sad routine of having a "dialogue" with the Chinese government." See Matt 10:16 and Changing China
Chinese Church Member Martyred: "...the Public Security Bureau (PSB) informed family members of sister Zhong Ju Yu last summer that she was beaten to death while imprisoned in Hubei Province. 'The family was given the equivalent of $8,000 and threatened with arrest if any family member shared news of the death with the public.'
"Zhong Ju Yu was arrested during a round up of South China Church members last May. At that time 63 church members were jailed. Another 500 are now being monitored closely by the PSB.
"...another South China Church member—Xuequei Gu—was possibly martyred last fall while imprisoned in Hubei Province. Gu was arrested September 20th 2001 and was last seen being taken away in a prison van on October 10th. Family members haven’t heard from him since that day. South China Church leaders say they have received information that Gu was severely beaten and died from injuries sustained during his torture.
"VOM has yet to receive word on the fate of Lai Kwong Keung... a member of evangelical “Church in Hong Kong,” known elsewhere as the “Little Flock,” said to be the fastest growing church in China, with 500,000 members. In May 2001, Mr. Lai was one of a group of three arrested by the Chinese authorities for allegedly “using an evil cult to undermine law enforcement.” It is alleged they were caught smuggling more than 30,000 Bibles into China. If convicted, Li faces a death sentence." John 15:20-21
Anarchist website targets Christians: "The American Family Association is likened to Afghanistan's fundamentalist Taliban movement at the website infoshop.org, which describes itself as 'your online anarchist community.' Also listed is the Family Research Council, whose Washington, D.C., address is detailed with the comment: 'We don't advocate that you do anything to their lovely building.' The groups are spotlighted, along with the Christian Coalition and Promise Keepers, on a page offering "practical advice for the free person who wants to stop religious hate groups from running your life.' It invites visitors to 'join us as we kick some dirt into their graves, burying their hideous fascism once and for all.'"
The Taliban is on the run. "Sayed [Abdullah] wants the world to know what Taliban enforcers did to him because they thought he was a Christian. ... [O]nly after the Taliban's fall is its practice of harsh, systematic torture becoming clear. Behind closed doors here in Kabul, in the southern city of Kandahar and elsewhere, the Taliban enforced its Islamic code with a brutality only hinted at by its public actions. Non-Muslims were a common target....
"[Sayed] passed the next week or so in the closet-size cell. No one spoke to him. The floor was wet, and it was dark all the time. There were swarms of bugs -- on the floor, on the walls, on him... His feet were battered and swollen from the beatings and the shocks. All his toenails were blackened. The toilet was a bucket on the next cell's floor. When they let him out to use it, he had to crawl there. ... They beat him like meat on a slab, chanting: '"God is blessing us. God will reward us.' ...
"The beatings continued every few days for a month, until Sayed was ready to sign. He wrote and wrote and wrote. Names of friends living in other countries. Made-up names. Made-up stories about spreading Christianity, about foreign money and shadowy networks of conversion-crazed preachers. Anything they wanted to hear. Anything to make the torture stop....''They were animals,' Dr. Osman said." [See the resemblance to Communist brainwashing and torture in Brainwashing and "Education Reform"]
"He will not try to replace his library, which the Taliban burned. He can't bear the sound of the word 'book.'" This result illustrates the effectiveness of the conditioning process described in Huxley's Brave New World
Execution imminent for church leader sentenced to death in China: "The leader of an evangelical house church network in China's Hubei province may be executed by the government Jan. 5, a Christian worker in East Asia says. Gong Shengliang, 46, was convicted and sentenced to death Dec. 30 after a secret trial in Jingmen City. His niece, Li Ying, 36, also was given a death sentence suspended for two years. ...
"The Chinese government labels a group a cult solely on the basis of whether or not it has registered with the government's Three-Self Patriotic Movement church, he said. No theological standards are used to distinguish a group from orthodox Christianity. Gong's 50,000-member South China Church 'and all the other house church networks in China have refused to register and so are labeled cults,' he said. "This then allows the government to deal with them as they like." ...
"The truth of the charges against Gong cannot be assessed because the trial was conducted in secret and the government has made no information available to the public. ...The sentences against Gong and his niece came after a Communist Party conference on religious affairs in early December 2001 that called for tightened control of all religions."
Christmas crisis averted in Indonesia: "Near the cities of Poso and Tentena in central Sulawesi, village after village was wiped out, Christians were murdered, homes turned to ashes, and churches burned to the ground. 'Yes, everything was burned, the house was burned, it's gone, there's nothing left,' said one villager.
"While danger still lurks, many believe they are safer now that government troops have arrived, a direct answer to prayer according to some Christians. But jihad troops are still on the island. Men armed with machetes search cars, looking for weapons or people who may be hiding. ... Meanwhile, more than 50,000 Christians will spend Christmas in the woods, make-shift homes or refugee camps, waiting and praying for peace.
"A local pastor gave this advice to the persecuted Christians in Sulawesi. 'To all our friends in Tentena: love our enemies, don't hate them. If we do that, then what we're hoping for both our Christian friends and our Muslim friends, will happen.'" John 15:20-21
Christians a 'hate group': "Much of the manual prepared by President Bill Clinton's attorney general, already used to indoctrinate an untold number of law enforcement agencies in this state, has stirred disquiet in the ranks of the West Virginia Family Foundation.... Under 'hate group ideology' identification, for instance, it is written, 'Homophobia recently has been added to their agenda.' ...The same section identifies some hate-mongers as those who 'blame the federal government, an international Jewish conspiracy or communism for most of this country's problems.'
"What disturbs McCoy and people like him most is the next sentence: 'Some groups include apocalyptic Christianity in their ideology and believe we are in, or approaching, a period of violence and social turmoil which will precede the Second Coming of Christ.' Unless Reno and Sheridan can show otherwise, McCoy takes this to mean anyone with a literal interpretation of the Bible, especially in regard to scriptures on prophecy, is part and parcel of a hate group....
"Under motivation, the manual says hate crime offenders feel led by 'a higher order,' and, in parenthesis as examples, God is grouped with Adolf Hitler and the Imperial Wizard.... McCoy said the lumping of hate crime law opponents with Nazis and Klan groups is advocated by homosexuals in a book, 'The Overhauling of Straight America.'"
"Another catch phrase which has crept into the vocabulary of hate crime law advocates is 'domestic terrorism.' An 8-hour course, billboarded on the West Virginia State Police Academy, is titled simply 'Domestic Terrorism,' and topics advertised are 'philosophies of hate and anti-government groups,' and threats such people pose."
Despite U.S. Appeal, Christians Remain in Saudi Jail (They need prayer): "Saudi Arabia has refused a U.S. appeal to release more than a dozen Christians accused of practicing their faith. The Christians were arrested in a series of raids that began in July in the Saudi city of Jedda. ...The last round of arrests took place in November. Seven Ethiopian nationals were rounded up as they left a prayer meeting in a Jedda. The practice of any other religion but Islam is banned by Saudi law. Over the last decade, Saudi authorities had allowed private prayer but have cracked down on non-Islamic practice during the current Muslim fast month of Ramadan." Luke 6:22-23
Christian Persecution In Sudan: Peter, a nine-year-old Christian boy from the Sudanese Dinka tribe, was sent to the market by his mother to buy tomatoes. But he never returned to her. Police officers of the Muslim government grabbed Peter, threw him onto a truck, and drove him to Fau, a children's 'cultural cleansing' camp, where he was beaten brutally until he renounced his religion and was forcibly 'converted' to Islam.
"Eventually escaping from this camp, Peter made his way back to his mother. He was one young soul who had the opportunity to tell his story.... Sadly, thousands of other Sudanese children are not so fortunate. The slave traders dress kidnapped Christian children in red tunics so that those who run away can be more easily found. Today, Sudanese women and children are being bought and sold into slavery, some for as little as $15." Matthew 10:16-22
and Preparing for Persecution
Urgent prayer needed for Indonesian Christians:
"Over 50,000 Christians are in terrible peril," writes Missionary Dr. John Dekker . "The Islamic Jihad are attacking, and the situation is critical. Unless there is a miracle, many lives will be lost. I have just talked with Christian leaders in Tentena, and they are crying out for help. They are desperate for food, medicine, and PROTECTION. They are completely surrounded and request our prayer support. Please bring this situation to the attention of as many intercessors as possible as these Christians are in imminent danger. If the Jihad terrorists break through, there will be great massacres. The Jihad are well-organized and well-equipped.
"...we must pray that the hand of the Lord will stop these disciples of bin Laden from doing their evil deeds. Please call on your friends and churches everywhere to begin praying now that the Lord will intervene...."
50,000 Christians Surrounded by Islamic Jihad Forces (Sulawesi, Indonesia): "'They are desperate for food, medicine and protection. They are completely surrounded and request our prayer support. If the jihad terrorists break through [local defenses] there will be great massacres.' ...According to the contact, the jihad forces are well organized and well equipped -- sometimes better equipped than the army....
"Intercessors across the United States and around the world are being asked to pray. 'Please bring this to the attention of as many intercessors as possible. Call your friends, prayer groups and churches and ask them to pray, as these Christians are in imminent danger,' said Lindner." Please pray that:
- Indonesia's president, Megawati Sukarnoputri, will have wisdom, courage, and backing to be able to prevent the carnage. So far a strong militant Islamic element has hindered the government's full response to this entire jihad crisis.
- The Indonesia military will have courage, weapons and orders to stop the jihad attackers.
- Christians in peril will stand steadfast in their faith.
- God will intervene.
Pakistan Arrests Suspect in Church Massacre: "Police in Pakistan arrested a member of an extremist Islamic group Thursday, calling him a leading suspect in orchestrating a church massacre in which 16 people were killed.... The gunmen burst into St. Dominic's during Protestant services of the Church of Pakistan, spraying the congregation with gunfire. The 16 dead included the minister and a Muslim police guard. ...President Pervez Musharraf has ordered stepped-up security at all Christian churches in Pakistan.... Pakistan is 97 percent Muslim. Christians constitute a small portion of the remaining 3 percent." Matt 24:9 and The Pashtun - The brutal warriors of the Taliban
Christians slaughtered at Pakistan church: "Bearded gunmen slaughtered a congregation of Christians as they worshipped in their church pews yesterday, leaving at least 16 dead and many more wounded.... Local newspapers received a fax claiming responsibility by an unknown group, 'Lashkar Omar,' or 'Army of Omar,' possibly a cryptic reference to Afghanistan's leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar.
"In the southwestern city of Quetta, meanwhile, a bomb ripped through a passenger bus, killing at least three persons, including two soldiers, and wounding 25 others... Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf said the attack on the church was the work of 'trained terrorists.'
"Christians, who make up about 1 percent of the population in this overwhelming Muslim nation of 145 million, have been fearful of attacks by militant Islamists ever since the Sept. 11 suicide attacks on New York and Washington. It raised inevitable fears of yet another front emerging in the war on terrorism, in which Pakistan has backed the United States and severed previous close ties to Afghanistan's Taliban government....
"Leaders of Pakistan's Islamic parties claimed the church massacre was part of a conspiracy to slander Muslims.
Qazi Hussain Ahmed, leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, said, "Some terrorist with some negative agenda has done this to blame Muslims. It is a conspiracy.' ... Such statements are accepted without question by a generation of young Pakistani militants who idolize Mullah Omar and the Saudi-born Osama bin Laden.... A group of 10,000 such Pakistani 'holy warriors' have been camped for two nights near the Afghan border... Armed with assault rifles, rocket launchers and even anti-aircraft weapons, the group is led by Sufi Mohammed, who preaches that Pakistan, like Afghanistan, should be a strict Islamic state." Prov 8:36
Indonesian Christians Need Help in Face of More Attacks: "Last year, Muslims calling themselves 'jihad warriors' attacked several Christian villages in the Maluku Islands of Indonesia. Many times, the Christians fought back valiantly to gain time for women and children to escape. Greatly outnumbered and outgunned, the Christians who were unable to escape were either hacked to death with machetes or captured and Islamized. All of the survivors, including men, women and children, have been forced to convert to Islam under the threat of the sword....
"...Central Sulawesi is now home to over 79,000 refugees of which 19,500 are being sheltered in Palu. .... Christian Aid is asking Christians in the U.S. and worldwide to help provide urgently needed food, clothing, housing, and medical treatment for the refugees. Help is also needed to assist with the 5600 Christians still held by the jihad warriors. Donations may be made online at www.christianaid.org." Matt 24:9
Saudi Arabia Is Again The World's Worst Persecutor of Christians. But Turkmenistan Is Causing "Great Concern" With Its Anti-Christian Activities: "Turkmenistan has moved to fifth place on the Open Doors World Watch List of worst persecutors of Christians, behind Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Laos and China, causing "great concern" to persecution watchers around the world." Matt 24:9
Christians persecuted in Islamic nations - Abuse, forced conversion, torture – even in 'moderate' Muslim countries: "Christian sources in the kingdom said at least 15 Christians from Africa have been arrested in Jedda over the last few months for conducting non-Islamic services in private homes. Three of them are said to have been tortured in prison...." Matt 24:9
Christians Jailed In Saudi Arabia Ask for US Help: "Fourteen Christians legally working in the country have been arrested since mid-July in raids on their homes.... One 12-year-old, whose father was taken, appealed for help from the international community by email... '[I am] begging for your help and support for my father, Dennis Moreno-Lacalle, who had been interrogated last August 29...by the three government policemen,' wrote Jedidiah John. 'Our house was ransacked and one Bible and some musical instruments [were] confiscated...We went already to the prison, but these people in the prison keep...hiding him. Please, have mercy for us here...Please, please help.'" John 13:34
Christians in Pakistan fear reprisals in wake of military action (Scroll to the relevant title): "With the prospect of military action by the United States in neighboring Afghanistan, the minority Christian community in Pakistan fears reprisals. 'The situation is very tense,' said Victor Azariah, general secretary of the National Council of Churches in Pakistan. The NCCP issued a statement following an emergency meeting, urging the U.S. to 'exercise restraint and prudence,' fearing that an attack would put Pakistan's Christians in 'real danger.'
"'From our experience, anti-Western protesters here always single out Christian targets to give vent to their anger,' said Azariah. He urged Christians to avoid any provocation of Muslim fundamentalists by debating military options. Mark 13:10-11
Christians face hanging if guilty: "EIGHT foreign aid workers on trial in Afghanistan for allegedly preaching Christianity could be hanged if found guilty, Taliban Chief Justice Mawlawi Noor Mohammad Saqib said yesterday. ...Diana Thomas and Peter Bunch from Western Australia are on trial in Kabul with two Americans and four Germans. 'We will punish them according to the laws they have broken. If they have broken the law and should be hanged then we will punish them like that,' Mr Saqib said." Luke 6:22-23
Christians Jailed In Saudi Arabia Ask for US Help: "Fourteen Christians legally working in the country have been arrested since mid-July in raids on their homes. They remain in Saudi custody; but the exact whereabouts of most are unknown. A fifteenth was deported after being tortured to the brink of death.... At least seven of those who have been arrested have families who are dependent on them. Two have newborn babies at home. In Saudi Arabia, women are not allowed to drive, which has left the wives of those arrested at a loss to shop and care for their families....
"One 12-year-old, whose father was taken, appealed for help from the international community by email... '[I am] begging for your help and support for my father, Dennis Moreno-Lacalle, who had been interrogated last August 29...by the three government policemen,' wrote Jedidiah John. 'Our house was ransacked and one Bible and some musical instruments [were] confiscated...We went already to the prison, but these people in the prison keep...hiding him. Please, have mercy for us here...Please, please help.'" John 13:34
Saudi Arabia Is Again The World's Worst Persecutor of Christians: Terry Madison, US President and CEO of Open Doors with Brother Andrew said, "The situation for Christians has deteriorated sharply in Turkmenistan. The country has developed into a state where its president, Sapurmurat Niyazov, is venerated like a god. And because Christians do not look at the president this way (like a god), they are under close surveillance, facing arrest, imprisonment and deportation. In addition, almost all churches in Turkmenistan have been closed, confiscated or demolished." John 15:20-21 and Eph 6:10-18
Christians in Laos are forced to drink blood and renounce faith: "Christians in the isolated communist state of Laos are being rounded up, imprisoned and forced at gunpoint to renounce their faith as part of a widening crackdown on their religion. In some villages, Christians have been coerced into proving the renunciation of their beliefs by practising animist rituals, including sacrificing animals, drinking blood, rice wine and whisky and speaking to the spirits." Matt 24-9
Christian Martyrdom - Now, in Afghanistan: "Twenty-four Christians, including two Americans, are in danger of dangling to their deaths at the end of construction cranes – Afghanistan-style punishment for spreading the Gospel. The Christians were employees of Shelter Now International, operated by the German-based Christian group Vision for Asia, whose staff have been distributing food and water and assisting needy Kabul street children.
"The Taliban says that's not all they've been doing. ... they confiscated at least 7,000 Christian video and audio tapes, computer disks containing the story of the life of Christ and books on Christianity, all in the local Pushto or Dari languages.... The Taliban then displayed a confiscated Holy Bible as evidence that those arrested were guilty of spreading Christianity, a state crime." Mark 13:10-12
Russian Missionary Kidnapped: "...a missionary named "Dema" had just returned home in a car driven by another driver July 24 when six masked gunmen in two cars pulled in beside them.... Dema ran a drug rehabilitation center on the outskirts of Ishevsk [in the state of Udmurtia] as part of the ministry of Works of Faith.... Udmurtia is a region known for its association with Satanism. Udmurtia in the Tatar language literally means "married to death." God's people are involved in a spiritual war. We need to wear the Armor of God.
Church Harassment in Eastern China Worsens: "Christian leaders in both the unofficial house churches and the registered 'Three Self' churches in eastern China confirmed in June that their situation has become more difficult....
First, the continuing government attacks on the Falun Gong cult has caught some churches in the same 'net.' The situation for Christians is compounded because authorities have a related campaign against 'heretical sects and cults' -- which often includes unregistered house church Christians.
" Second, the mobilization of the Public Security Bureau to crack down on crime in a 'Strike Hard' campaign has resulted in an increased number of arrests. Three, Nanjing seminary head Bishop Ding has intensified his campaign of 'theological construction' to impose liberal theology on pastors, teachers and seminary students in the Three Self state-controlled churches. Four, the drive to force house churches to register continues unabated.
"In Shanghai, watchfulness by local 'street committees' combined with information 'tips' by some Three Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM) workers in the main city churches forces most house churches in central Shanghai to limit the number of their members to 50."
Notice the return of official surveillance and neighborhood "snoopers" -- friendly neighbors who watch and tell on their friends. This is the nation just given the honor of hosting the 2008 Olympics. "...these kings’ hearts shall be bent on evil, and they shall speak lies...." Daniel 11:27 (This is true of most power-hungry rulers who set their hearts against God)
More Than 200 Churches Destroyed in Kaduna, Nigeria: "294 churches have been burned in Kaduna city of northern Nigeria during Muslim-Christian clashes since the Kaduna state government decided to adopt and implement the Islamic legal system last year. The violence has also left thousands of Christians homeless and dramatically increased the number of widows and orphans....
"The situation in Kaduna is pathetic," said Pastor Ladi Thompson, the MI spokesperson. "In spite of government and CAN's (Christian Association of Nigeria) effort so far, the devastation is so much that not up to 10 percent of it has been addressed. Many children are now orphans, women are now widows, many children's education has been disrupted, their schools having been destroyed or their parents killed. These people have no roof over their heads anymore, and they are roaming the streets.'" Mark 13:10-12
Christians in Laos are forced to drink blood and renounce faith: "In some villages, Christians have been coerced into proving the renunciation of their beliefs by practising animist rituals, including sacrificing animals, drinking blood, rice wine and whisky and speaking to the spirits.... The Christian minority, which numbers only approximately 60,000 out of the mainly Buddhist and animist population of 4.5 million, has been threatened with withdrawal of aid from funds provided by international agencies...." Matt 24:9
Five Christians On Trial in Nigeria: "...two priests and three church members are currently facing trial for assisting two Christian girls who escaped from arranged marriages.... Bishop Nyam told Compass the girls ran away from their home after sensing that their father was going to marry them to Muslims, meaning the girls would be forced to change their faith to Islam....'Sharia [Islamic law] is spreading everywhere ... and Christians here are becoming frightened.'" Eph 6:10-18 (last line)
China's House Churches Under Renewed Pressure: "Thirty-five house church Christians were arrested in Inner Mongolia and 15 were sent to labor camps after police raided a worship meeting being held on May 26 in Dongsheng....In Shanghai every Sunday, Public Security Bureau officers block a sidestreet to try and prevent Christians from assembling in a house church led by Xu Guoxing, who was released last year after serving three years in labor camp.... Under interrogation, the believers made it plain they are under no compulsion to go, but do so out of love for God and love for their brothers suffering persecution." Matt 24:9
World Ignores Atrocities in Sudan: "One should ask the question why an organization of 36 Protestant and Orthodox denominations – known for urging the return of Elian Gonzalez to communist Cuba – does not cry out in protest when Muslim militiamen pierce and padlock the lips of black Christians so that they may not talk about the horrors they have seen and endured?
"What horrors? How about crucifixion, enslavement, beheadings, systematic genocide with the aid of helicopter gunships and bombers of Soviet, Chinese and Libyan provenance? How about the mass rape of boys and girls?" Matt 24:9 See also Conforming the Church to the New Millennium
Blood spills as oil flows: "Talisman [a Canadian company] Energy's operations in the Sudan are directly funding the genocide that is being waged against Christians in the south of the country." Matt 24:9
French Religious Groups Under Attack from Gov’t, Media: "As The Washington Times notes, even some media outlets in France have joined the campaign which seems to be driven by an anti-American paranoia promoted by anti-religious socialists. For example, one popular journal recently called the growing presence of groups such as Baptists, Adventists, and Jehovah’s Witnesses, an American “Trojan horse invading France.” Matt 24:9
Cuban Churches Face Dilemma: "Four evangelical churches.... can join three officially sanctioned denominations in a state-approved project to construct a single worship building for churches now meeting illegally in apartments -- or risk the government closing them altogether." Sounds like China, doesn't it? Changing China- Communist Strategies Enforce Solidarity
Martyrdom of Liu Haitao Confirmed in China - Young Christian Dies from Police Beating: " Central government officials have expanded the powers given to local police to stop, search and interrogate suspects, and more martyrs are to be expected. Matt 24:9
White House: No-pray zone. "Secret Service boots out students who asked God to bless president."
Christian woman recalls horror of forced conversion to Islam.
Report details global religious persecution. Matt 24:9
Practicing Faith Under Fire: "Courageous Christians in Indonesia, North Korea and the Sudan are facing hardships of biblical proportions for their beliefs – including slavery, imprisonment and execution." Matt 24:9
OBITUARY: Richard Wurmbrand, the Romanian pastor who endured excruciating persecution for his faith in Communist prisons the founded Voice of the Martyrs, has gone home to His Lord. To see God's victory through suffering, read another account of his tortures: The Romanian Reverend vs. the Beast of the Apocalypse
Brunei Christians Suffer For Government 'Cult' Fears. "Authorities are Concerned that Subversive Elements will Bring Instability... Seven Christians -- including two converts from Islam -- were arrested in December and January because of their suspected participation in a well-organized prayer program in Brunei, a small Southeast Asian Muslim sultanate on northern Borneo island ... Yunus Murang, one of three Christians arrested in mid December, has been sentenced to two years in prison for illegally importing and possessing Indonesian Bibles...." Matt 24:9
3 Million Sudanese Face Starvation: " Now, 3 million more Sudanese in the mostly Christian south are at the brink of starvation.... because the severe drought in Sudan is being compounded by the genocidal policies of Sudan's Islamic National Front against the Christian south. The regime destroys crops, kills livestock and even requires conversion to Islam for food." Matt 24:9
Underground Christians Keep Faith in a Hostile North Korea: "they would whisper Christian hymns from memory and offer prayers that, if overheard, could get them killed." Please notice that in His Word, we post hymn verses and melodies. Memorize them. Sing them to God and yourself when you can't sleep or drive your car. Let them keep your mind in His presence -- praising Him for His gift of Life and peace. Mark 13:10-11 See The Triumph of the Cross
World Ignores Atrocities in Sudan: "'The Sudanese church has interpreted the cross as the sign of victory.' Is there a more powerful message the church could preach as it commemorates Christ's passion? Those who burn to death, get raped, mutilated, tortured, enslaved and murdered in southern Sudan are for the most part Anglicans, Presbyterians, Methodists, Lutherans and Catholics, and they deserve the concern of their brethren in the developed world." They are our brothers and sisters in Christ. Let us pray for them!
U.S. Christians Risk Long Jail Terms For Sharing Faith In Gulf State: "Bu-Melha cited an article of a 1987 federal law that provides for a 5-10 year prison sentence for anyone convicted of abusing Islam or luring Muslims to other religions." Let us pray for them! Matt 24:9
Christian Prisoners Treated More Harshly Than Are Other Prisoners and Regarded as Insane: "A former North Korean prison guard has revealed that Christian prisoners are... regarded by authorities as 'insane.' ...a woman was kicked repeatedly and left with her injuries unattended for days because a guard overheard her praying for a child who was being beaten." Luke 6:22-23 Yet, this underground church lives by five self-giving Biblical principles. May God imprint them on our hearts as well -- in preparation for the rising hostility toward Him and His truth:
Our persecution and suffering are our joy and honor.
We want to accept ridicule, scorn and disadvantages with joy in Jesus' name.
As Christians, we want to wipe others' tears away and comfort the suffering.
We want to be ready to risk our life because of our love for our neighbor, so that they also become Christians.
We want to live our lives according to the standards set in God's Word
U.S. religious freedom commission urges stronger action in Sudan. Please pray for persecuted Christians.
Baptist prisoner's family pressured to convert to Islam in Turkmenistan: "They banned her from believing in Jesus Christ... They insisted she give her children over to the school... They then issued the threat to confiscate her home if Baptists continue to meet there and to revoke the family's registration in the village." Matthew 24-9 See Preparing for Persecution
The Myth Of Mental Illness. "The disease approach denies the spiritual dimensions of the whole thing. People in the church may be afraid to take a different stand...." While organic dysfunction can effect the mind and behavior (as in the various forms of schizophrenia), it is now also used to justify sin and condemn Christian values which produce genuine guilt. See also The UN Plan for Your Mental Health
U.S. missionaries arrested in Dubai. Jesus said, "If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.... for they do not know the One who sent Me." (John 15:20-21) May we be encouraged by their willingness to lay down their lives for Jesus and those He loves.
More Churches Destroyed in Northern Nigeria ["...you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake." Matt. 24:9]
Sudanese Christian's courage fuels escape from atrocities.
For Deng, life forever changed one day in 1990. The [Sudanese] government sent militia to his village of Arkeyna. Before they left, the whole village was burned, and his father was killed. Deng, his sister, his mother and three brothers were taken as slaves....
Persecution Forces Nigerian Christians to Flee to Cameroon
In Sudan There's a Genocide Going On: "...by manipulating foreign food aid, the government brought 2.6 million southern Sudanese to the brink of starvation in 1998. About 100,000 people in fact died of hunger. Other abuses include burning and raiding southern villages, followed by 'enslaving and raping thousands of women and children, kidnapping and forcibly converting Christian boys.'" Please pray for persecuted Christians in the Sudan.
Land of the Pyramids Hinders Christian Outreach: "Christian girls have reportedly been abducted, then forced to marry Muslim men. Other Christians have been verbally abused, falsely charged with crimes, beaten, and even killed.... Through all this, however, native ministries continue to share the gospel with the Muslim majority.... Please pray that the light of the gospel will burn brighter here, drawing the lost to the only begotten Son of God."
Christians Attacked in Sri Lanka While Praying
Bill would urge peace, relief efforts in Sudan
Founder of French Seminary Speaks Out On Pending Legislation to Outlaw Evangelical Christian Work: "...someone came on our Bible college campus and put a rag down one of the student's gas tanks and lit it on fire. Four cars blew up. ...some of the students have not been able to get bank accounts. We wanted to build a church on our own property, our Bible college property, and the government refused us..." [John 15:18-21 explains why.]
U.N. Feminist Policies Undermine Traditional Families. To understand the international feminist movement's hatred for Christianity and Biblical values, read chapter 9 in Twist of Faith.Christian Aid Responds to Horror in the Moluccas
Christian Aid Responds to Horror in the Moluccas
Panel examining Indonesian persecution
China's House Churches and Government Religious Policy
Seven Christians in Brunei Detained for 'Cult' Activities
Vietnam's Protestants Describe Conference as 'Miraculous'
Saudi Arabia Once Again Leads the World in Christian Persecution...As Well As Oil Production
Egypt Acquits All Muslim Murder Suspects
Taliban Vow To Execute Afghans Who Convert
Scores of Chinese Churches Closed in Revival Province
Christian Youth Work Under Attack in China
French Legislation Threatens Religious Freedom
Protestants Resist 'Regularization' in Vietnam
Christmas Church Bombings in Indonesia Meant to Provoke War
Christmas Miracles in Indonesia
Global Persecution of Christians Continues Unabated
Arafat’s terrorism threatens Christians. "...everyone knows about the Palestinian Authority leader's war against the Jews and Israel. But very few people know about his war against Christians and Christianity. In one of the most cynical ploys in Arafat's long and nefarious career, he has transformed Beit Jalla from a once-peaceful and prosperous village into a nest of terrorist gangs whose sole purpose is to provoke a massacre of that town's Christian residents."
Christians facing 'genocide' in former Burma
Some 165,000 Christians Will Die for Their Faith This Year
Turkmenistan Launches Torture, Intimidation Campaign
Oppressed Christians cry out to God for relief governments won't give
Prayer request: "A massive Hindi festival is taking place right now in India. 45 million Hindus are expected to attend the festival of Kumbh Mela." For Christians, it's a time of increased hostility and persecution. One church has been attacked already. They need our prayer. Thank you.
Forced Conversions To Islam Continue in Indonesia
On December 23 we posted the prayer request below. On Christmas eve we heard that the bomb threats became reality. See Indonesia church bombs kill 14. and Christians killed for refusing Islam. Such attacks on faithful Christians in Indonesia are not new. Please click on link below, prayerfully ponder the picture of one of the burned churches, continue to pray for God's precious persecuted people in Indonesia, and read the latest letter from a faithful disciple: "Today I also went to church for celebrate Christmas eve. But now churches all over Indonesia has been attack by bomb threat...."
Nun hacked to death in church rampage
Persecution in Nigeria
Laos Seeks To Abolish Christianity. The communist government has wants to shut down churches and eliminate Christianity in the Southeast Asian nation. Yet, "despite persecution, the Christian church in Laos has more than doubled in size since 1997....
"We see this persecution as natural," the source inside Laos told Baptist Press. "We're not praying that the government will change. We're just praying that they (Christians) would have moments during this persecution when they can have fellowship with other believers, maybe in jail. Pray for God to give them an extra measure of His grace during this time."
Persecution linked to the United Nations (May 2000): When the United Nations declared Luang Prabang, Laos, a World Heritage City many local people felt proud of the honor. Now the world would celebrate their local history. What's more, they would receive the international as well as local funds needed to restore the old Buddhist temples, cultural relics and spiritual traditions. But since the government views Christianity as a threat to their culture, it is now "forcibly removing Christians from this area using the United Nations as an excuse....
"The authorities approach a village and block the entrances and exits. They then determine who is a Christian in the village. Those they find are forced to recant their faith in Jesus or compelled to leave their villages. They are denied their possessions and livelihood...." ( The Voice of the Martyrs Magazine, November 1999)
A world blinded by the deceptive promises of globalist leaders has little appreciation for Memorial Day, American sovereignty or the freedom God gave us in America. The United Nations has planned changes that will change all the rights and freedoms we take for granted. Some of the new rules, regulations and "responsibilities" will be announced at the Millennium Summit ( September 6-8). For a preview, you may want to see the preparatory report from the UNA-UK Millennium Hearing.
Remember, the mastermind and official UN reformer behind Kofi Annan is Maurice Strong. (See the last part of World Heritage Protection" - UNESCO's War Against National Sovereignty) To understand the meaning behind nice-sounding UN terms such as Human Rights, read Trading U.S. Rights for UN Rules