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Map reflects the 30 most recent Persecution Reports. Click HERE for the Map Legend.

 

Doctors Try To Save Remaining Eye Of Ugandan Pastor

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Another pastor, close friend of victim of acid attack, is also ambushed.

Persecution in Turkey

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Please lift up the country of Turkey in your prayers. The country is 99% Muslim with less than 1% Christian. The government only recognizes three minority religions in the country: Greek Orthodox Christianity, Armenian Orthodox Christianity, and Judaism. People are able to practice these religions, but with restrictions attached. Proselytizing to Muslims is illegal, conversion is frowned upon, and religious and moral instruction is imposed in schools. Physical harm is always a threat to believers in Turkey and anti-Christian propaganda is common. Please pray for strength over Turkish Christians. Pray that the hearts of the Turkish people would be softened towards people of religious minorities. Pray that the minorities facing persecution show love towards their persecutors. Most importantly, pray that God moves and makes himself known among the country of Turkey.

Click here to learn more about the status of persecution in Turkey.

More Than 30 Christians In China Detained And Fined

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

"The police and government officials... confiscated all the items at the meeting site, including a computer, Bibles and other books, CDs and other material. They transported all the Christians to the Wusu Public Security Bureau and locked them up in the detention center, all without going through any of the legally required procedures to notify family members."

Video of CNN Report on Extremist Islamic Group in Nigeria

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Check out the video below. It's a report from CNN about the rise of an extremist Islamic group headed by Ibraheem El-Zakzaky in Nigeria. The report gives a glimpse into the radical views of this group as well as their negative feelings towards the West. We've reported on multiple occasions of instances where radical Muslims acted in violence towards Christians in Northern Nigeria. In fact, thousands of Christians in the area have been killed at the hands of these extremist groups.

It is important to point out that the video does interview one leader in the Muslim community who condemns the actions and beliefs of El-Zakzaky. He speaks out against the extremist views of the radical groups and explains that they are not what Islam stands for. Watch the video to learn more about the different extremist groups in Northern Nigeria. Pray for all Nigerians, Christians and Muslims, as they live among these radical groups.

Click here to watch the video.

Why We Serve

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

‎"If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.”

1 Corinthians 12:26

 

We at ICC, and as a group of believers in Christ, want to take this verse to heart in how we work and how we live out our lives. We are called to help those who can't help themselves and to show love to all people. Please pray that all believers live out this practice in love and acceptance. Also, click here to learn more about why we serve the persecuted church.

 

"Open your mouth for the mute,

for the rights of all who are destitute.

Open your mouth, judge righteously,

defend the rights of the poor and needy."

Proverbs 31: 8-9

 

Indonesian Red Cross Refuses To Remove Cross From Logo

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Some experts suggest that the demand to change the PMI symbol stems from the PKS's desire to link the Indonesian Red Cross to the Islamic Red Crescent.

Cuba: Catholic Dissident Barred From Religious Activities

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Caballero Batista has told CSW that since the beginning of the year, police and state security agents have surrounded their family home each Sunday, preventing them from attending Sunday mass at the Jesus Christ Redeemer Church in the Pueblo Nuevo neighbourhood of Holguin City, located in Eastern Cuba.

Iranian Pastor’s Execution May be Delayed

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

“An Israeli press report is stating that Iran has put off the execution of brother Youcef... It states that Youcef was set to be executed today and that they have delayed it. But they have not said how long it has been delayed,” Present Truth Ministries reports.

Arab Spring Brings the Decline of Secularism in Tunisia

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Throughout the Middle East, long-standing dictators just ousted in the Arab Spring are being replaced by more oppressive forms of governance, even in the Arab world's most liberal country, Tunisia.

Egypt court dismisses Sawiris insulting Islam case

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

“A court in Egypt has dismissed one of the two complaints brought against a billionaire Coptic Christian tycoon which accuse him of insulting Islam,” BBC reports.

Iran: Detail of Christian detainees in Shiraz

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Farsi Christian News Network reports on the police raids on Christian homes in Shiraz, Iran on February 8.

Islamists Solidify Control over Egypt’s Parliament

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Christians Fear Enactment of Sharia Law

Egypt’s newly elected upper house votes Islamist as speaker, solidifying Islamic control

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

“Egypt’s newly elected upper house of parliament picked an Islamist as its speaker on Tuesday, consolidating control by the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party over the two legislative chambers,” AP reports.

Court Stops Eviction Of Churches Meeting In New York Schools

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

"Churches that have been helping communities for years can once again offer the hope that empty buildings can’t."

The Status of Persecution in Bangladesh

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

"Bangladesh is a Parliamentary Democracy that promises its citizens the right 'to profess, practice, or propagate any religion' in Article 41 of its constitution. Religious freedom exists but is steadily being eroded by Islamist pressure and a legal system which gives no safeguards to religious minorities." Religious minorities are also facing killings, rape, torture, attacks on centers of worship, forced conversions, and other terrible acts of persecution. Please pray for Christians and other religious minorities in the Asian country of Bangladesh as they live among these horrors.

Click here to learn more.

American Girl, 14, Gets Death Threats For Defending Marriage

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Sarah received death threats following her appearance before the state of Maryland's legislature and defending traditional marriage. Such threats indicate the growing intolerance towards views shared by Christians.

Pakistani Muslims Employ ‘Blasphemy’ Threat In Land Grab

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Attempt fails as influential Islamic family intervenes on behalf of Christians.

UN Committee Condemns Vietnam’s Persecution Of National Minorities

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

At a recent UN convention, concerns about abuses of political and economic rights suffered by ethnic and religious minorities were expressed. Several experts cited violations such as expropriation from ancestral lands, forced population displacement, restrictions on the rights of freedom of movement and expression, violence, arbitrary arrests and religious persecution.

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Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

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Iran’s Christian pastor alive, execution looming

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

“The Christian pastor sentenced to death in Iran last week for leaving Islam and converting to Christianity was confirmed alive as of early Sunday,” Fox News reports.

Iran: Another Christian Convert arrested in Esfahan by security authorities

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

“Security authorities of the Islamic Republic have started a broad systematic series of arrests in different parts of Iran, especially in Esfahan in an attempt to counter the growth of Christianity and the house church movement,” Mohabat News reports.

Syria: Christians Afraid To Go Out At Night, Ask For Prayer

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

“Damascus Christians seem to have the fewest difficulties; in contrast, many Homs believers have fled what has become a war zone,” said Dr. Carl Moeller, president and CEO of Open Doors USA.

Church Head in Unprecedented Meeting with Turkish MPs

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

"Greek Orthodox patriarch expresses concerns for Christians in Turkey," Compass Direct News reports.

Seminary to raise Christian clerics may open in Turkey

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

“The Turkish government is not opposed to opening of a seminary to raise Christian clerics provided it is subsumed under the authority of the Higher Education Board (YÖK),” PanArmenian.net reports.

Suicide Bomber Kills Three Christians At A Nigerian Church

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Lao Officials Unlawfully Confiscate A 37-Year-Old Church Building And Ban Worship Gathering

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Although religious freedom and religious assembly to practice one’s religion are guaranteed by the Lao constitution and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights as ratified by the Lao government, authorities have refused to recognize the existence of Christians and churches in Savannakhet province other than seven.

School Censors Second Grade Student’s John 3:16 Message

Monday, February 27th, 2012

 The student's Valentine’s Day messages were censored for fear that students receiving the child’s gift might not be comfortable with his religious message. But the Supreme Court has ruled that students cannot be prohibited from exercising their First Amendment rights simply because someone might be offended.

Learn More About Our Available Senior Regional Manager Position

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Are you interested in working for ICC? We are still looking for someone to fill the role of Senior Regional Manager (SRM).

The SRM works as a regional manager monitoring news, creating new sources, initiating and managing projects, and writing about persecution in their region.

The SRM will also manage our other regional managers. We are looking for someone with extensive international ministry experience who has managed staff, and can write, and do project management.

Missionaries and missions pastors are a natural fit. As always, we ask that you pray over ICC during this search and spread the news on the available position.

Will you please forward this to Christians you know who might have these skills?

Click here to learn more about the position, qualifications required, and information on how to apply for the position. As always, we ask that you pray over ICC during this search and spread the news on the available position.

Learn About the Persecuted Church in Mauritania

Monday, February 27th, 2012

"Christian persecution [in Mauritania] has increased in recent years. Churches were reportedly forced to close in 2006. In June 2009, an American aid worker was killed by an Al-Qaeda network for missionary activity. Additionally, although unreported, Christian converts are occasionally arrested for their faith and threatened by Islamist groups, according to local churches. Due to the difficulty of attaining information from the country, and the importance of protecting Christian converts, very little is publicized about the oppression Mauritanian Christians face. However, persecution is significant enough that Mauritania was placed as the world’s eighth worst country to be a Christian in Open Door’s 2010 World Watch List." Please pray that Christians in Mauritania are emboldened, that the government has a change of heart in how it handles people of a minority religion, and that God reaches this African country.

Click here to learn more.

Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani Still Alive but Execution Remains Imminent

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Please continue praying for Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani of Iran. We've heard as of Sunday that his is still alive, however, his execution is still imminent. He is currently imprisoned and sentenced to death for apostasy. We have seen a large wave of pressure from the world directed towards Iran for its decision to sentence Pastor Youcef to death. Many believe it is this pressure that's keeping him alive. The ACLJ has a petition going around calling for Pastor Youcef's release as well as a Twitter campagin to raise awareness. Click here to learn more about Pastor Youcef and how you can help him through the work of the ACLJ.

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