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Keep Up Your Support of the Ethiopian Christians Imprisoned in Saudi Arabia!

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

One of our staff went to the Saudi Arabian Embassy today to deliver a letter asking for the release of the 35 Ethiopian Christians we have been posting about. One of the Embassy employees said, "We have been receiving several phone calls about the Ethiopian prisoners." Thanks a lot for making the phone calls asking for the release of the Ethiopian prisoners! Please continue calling the Embassy and also sign our petition on behalf of the Christians. The phone number for the Embassy is: (202) 342-3800. To sign the Petition click here. God bless and keep up the awesome support!

Christian Charged With ‘Blasphemy’ In Pakistan Denied Bail

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Lift up Khuram Masih, a Pakistani Christian, in your prayers as he is imprisoned. He was wrongly arrested and accused of burning pages of the Quran, with his only witness being his Muslim landlord who initially made the accusation. Desecration of the Quran in Pakistan is punishable with a life sentence in prison. Unfortunately, the courts denied him bail as they feared retaliation from Muslim extremists.

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Chinese Officials Arrest ‘Underground’ Priests

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

The priests were apparently holding a meeting at a layperson’s home in the late afternoon to discuss the transfer of parish priests when about 30 policemen and government officials stormed the house and took them away.

University Student In Michigan Vindicated After Expulsion For Religious Beliefs

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

In a strongly worded opinion, the court reversed a district court decision in favor of the university and sent the case back for trial, saying “a reasonable jury could conclude that Ward’s professors ejected her from the counseling program because of hostility toward her speech and faith …”

Iranian Christian Asylum Seeker Burned By Employer In Turkey

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

 Mohabat News reported that Ranjbar said, "Then the employer and several other workers attacked and beat me before spilling hot water all over my body."

Over 3000 Muslims Attack Christian Homes And Shops In Egypt

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

 According to eyewitnesses, the perpetrators were bearded men in white gowns. “They were Salafists, and some of were from The Muslim Brotherhood,” according to one witness

Hindu Extremists Assault Students And Teachers Of A Christian College

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

The attack on the colleges of St. Joseph Anegal (40 km south of Bangalore) occurred on January 27. Reason for the assault, failure to display the Indian flag during celebrations for the national holiday. The extremists attack the university campus before the eyes of the police, who arrested without cause, the rector Fr. Melvin Medonca. The University is renowned for its commitment in the education of Dalits and tribals.

Christian Charged With ‘Blasphemy’ In Pakistan Denied Bail

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Young man accused after argument with his landlord.

Persecution of Christians Rising In Islamic Countries

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Keep our Christian brothers and sisters in Islamic countries in your prayers. There is an increasing possibility for the enforcement of Sharia Law in countries with overthrown governments from the “Arab Spring.” Islamist groups have been gaining power in these countries and Christians have been facing an increase in persecution. Keep them in your prayers as their religious freedom is diminishing. Pray for strength and courage during these trying times.

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In An Act Of Demonstration And Worship, Indonesian Yasmin Church Celebrates Mass In Front Of Presidential Palace

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Hundreds of members of a congregation denied the right to build its own church in Bogor demonstrated in the capital yesterday, calling on the president to do something to uphold the law. They complain about repeated acts of intimidation by radical Muslims, backed by Bogor mayor Diani Budiarto.

Chinese Dissident And Christian Zhu Yufu’s Subversion Trial Is Scheduled For Tuesday, January 31st

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Zhu was formally charged for subversion earlier this month and will be defended at the trial before the Hangzhou Intermediate People’s Court by the well-known Christian human rights lawyers Li Baiguang and Li Duiyong of the Beijing Gongxin Law Firm.

Muslim Leader Speaks In Support Of Persecuted Pastors

Monday, January 30th, 2012

A Muslim political leader opposes the decision of a Sharia court to expel pastors from Kashmir, India after they were  accused of converting Muslims to Christianity. The Christian minorities in Kashmir face increasing persecution from Muslims leaders in the area. 

Can Nigeria’s Christian President End Religious Conflict And Unite The Country?

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Many wonder if Goodluck Jonathan has what it takes to eradicate extremism

Atheists Launching Mob Attacks Against Christian Films Through IMDb

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Atheist groups in the United States are attacking the Christian movie Suing the Devil through the film site IMDb. Many are giving it poor ratings and posting anti-Christian comments on the site with the intent to “smear” and discredit this movie. Other popular Christian movies, such as Facing the Giants and Courageous, faced similar attacks. Pray that IMDb steps in and that God works through this attack campaign. Also, keep Tim Chey's, the film's director, words in mind when he said, “We have to show them love....Jesus said if they hate me, they’ll hate you.”

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Persecution of Christians Rising In Islamic Countries

Monday, January 30th, 2012

 "The Christian community in Syria has been hit by a series of kidnappings and brutal murders; 100 Christians have now been killed since the anti-government unrest began," the Jerusalem Post quoted the Pakistan Christian Post.

Two Coptic Christians Killed In Egypt For Refusing To Pay Extortion Money

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Presently over 4000 Copts are staging a sit-in in front of Nag Hammadi police headquarters until Ahmed Saber and his accomplices are caught.

Yasmin Dispute Not My Problem, Religious Minister Says

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

We posted a video earlier this week showing a Indonesian church praying in the face of a blockade of their church building. They have been denied access to their building since 2008, citing dispute over building permits. Read the attached story to learn more, including the Religious Affairs Minister's reaction to the entire situation and how to pray for our fellow brothers and sisters.

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Yasmin Dispute Not My Problem, Religion Minister Says

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Concerning the GKI Yasmin church dispute in Indonesia, Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali said that the "problem is a legal  matter and legal conflicts should be settled by law."

Overseas Chinese Christian Businesswoman Is Kidnapped, Tortured By State Security Agents, And Escapes

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Jenny Chen, who is in her 50s, was held by state security agents and denied food and water for nearly two days. About to go into shock, she was taken to a police hospital, from where she managed to escape and get on a flight to Los Angeles, arriving in the United States on Jan. 17.

 

Why Christians In Egypt Are Holding Their Breath, Part 2

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

"There have been low-level pressures on Egyptian non-Muslims for centuries, of course, but these began to especially intensify in the 1970s with the emergence of Political Islam."

Mickey Mouse’s Beard Becomes Test Case For New Egypt

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

One of the tycoon’s deepest fears was that an Islamist government would deny equal rights to Egypt’s Coptic Christians. He also worried that Islamists would impose moral restrictions: banning alcohol and beach bathing (undercutting the tourism industry); imposing a mandatory dress code; and restricting women.

Uganda Pastor Attacked by Muslims Heals in Israel and Shares His Amazing Story

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Remember the Ugandan pastor we recently posted about who was assaulted with acid for his success in reaching Muslims? We have an update that he is doing much better and eager to get back to Uganda to continue preaching the Gospel.

Click here to read more about his story and to be encouraged by his determination to reach a lost people.

Uganda Pastor Attacked By Muslims Heals In Israel

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

“I grew up studying Islam, but at age 18 I met some Christians who opened my eyes to the Christian faith. I soon converted.”

Former Muslim Extremist In Uganda Flees Wrath Of Ex-Colleagues

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Convert to Christianity faces death threats; father committed suicide over conversion.

Atheists Launching Mob Attacks Against Christian Films Through IMDb

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Within three days, the film's rating dropped from a near seven to a four on IMDb (Internet Movie Database), which is the largest film site on the Internet.  Anti-Christian comments such as “Christian propaganda,” “Christian-brainwashing,” “Christian idiots,” and “Eliminate Christians” permeated through the film's message boards.

Egyptian Judiciary Accused Of Collusion In Kidnapping And Forced Islamization Of Christian Minors

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Attorney Tawfik Kamel, who accompanied the Sabry family to Giza, said that on January 15 a man named Mohammad Ahmed Ibrahim phoned the family and said that Amira had been staying at his home in Boulaq El Dakrour for the last 38 days and asked for 200,000 Egyptian pounds for her return. "The family asked to speak to their daughter, and she spoke to her mother," he added.

The President Should Speak Out Against Religious Persecution

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

The U.S. president should speak up because such persecution is not merely performed at the hands of “outraged Muslim mobs,” but is institutionalized in many Muslim governments, including those deemed “U.S. friends and allies”—such as Afghanistan, where the last church was recently razed.

Massacre Of Christians In Turkey May Be Covered Up

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

"The court delivered such a terrible judgment, in which they went so far as to say that there was no “organization” behind this murder."

Crackdown on Hungary’s Churches Averted…For Now

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Keep an eye out for future developments in Hungary. The Parliament of Hungary recently attempted to pass a new law that would require church groups to re-register with proof that they existed 20 years ago. As a result, most religions currently registered would be de-registered. This includes most Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Hindu religions. Luckily, Parliament failed to process the law legally and the courts found it unconstitutional. Pray for Hungary as it is expected for Parliament to revisit this law.

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Is North Korea Doomed To Fail?

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Religious persecution in the country has been rife for ages and, following the death of Kim Jong-il, global Christian persecution organizations expressed grave concern that religious insecurity in the country would only get worse with the sudden and unexpected shift of power.

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