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China: Thousands of Christians Form New Blockade As Authorities Return to ‘Reconstruct’ Church

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that thousands of Christians in Wenzhou, China, have formed a new blockade to prevent government officials from starting demolition of the $4.8 million Sanjiang Christian Church. The news comes just two weeks after a previous standoff ended when authorities signed an agreement with church leaders promising to leave the church untouched. In exchange, church leaders agreed to demolish several floors of a nearby building used by the church as a care facility for the elderly.

Academics Express “Dread” Over Idea of Modi Taking Power in India

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

With India's national elections in full swing, exit polls indicate that the Hindu nationalist party BJP and their front man Modi are likely to form the center of India's next national government. Many inside and outside of India have expressed concern over Modi's human rights record, especially when it comes to religious minorities. A known Hindu nationalist, many fear that the persecuted of religious minorities like Christians will get worse under Modi's rule. In an open letter, India academics expressed "dread" over the idea of Modi taking power. Please pray for the future of India.

Indonesia: New Mayor Promises to End Standoff Over Church

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

The GKI Yasmin Church of Bogor, Indonesia was forced closed more than three years ago after radical Muslims led an aggressive campaign to force the church out of it's home. The local government caved to the pressure and sealed off the church building. Despite two rulings by the Supreme Court of Indonesia that the church has a right to operate, the local government continues to refuse to reopen the church. The forced closure of churches is an issue across Indonesia as radical Islamic groups, most commonly the Islamic Defenders Front, harass and intimidate congregations in certain areas. 

Bomb Threat Dampens Easter Celebrations in Indonesia

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

A possible bomb was discovered early on Easter Sunday at a church on the island of Borneo in Indonesia. Thankfully, the suspicious package was discovered by security before Easter celebrations began. At the turn of the century, widespread attacks over the course of several years on Christian homes and churches took place on islands across Indonesia, leaving thousands of Christians dead. Occasional bomb threats against Christian churches and communities are still relatively frequent in some areas.  

Two Pastors Stand Trial for Practicing Christian Faith in Bhutan

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

In the remote country of Bhutan, two Christian pastors are being tried in court for practicing their Christian faith. On March 5th, the two pastors were arrested by police and have been held in prison on unspecified charges. The official complaint against them is for holding Christian meetings without official permission. The constitution of  Bhutan provides for the freedom of religion, but Bhutan's recent actions in this case seem to show that the freedom of religion is limited. Please pray for these two pastors as they stand trial.

Police in Pakistan Arrest Alleged Killer of Christian Who Refused to Convert to Islam

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Police in Pakistan have arrested the Muslim man accused of killing his Christian co-worker after the Christian refused to convert to Islam last Wednesday. According to reports, the Christian had been working as a cleaner at a bank in Lahore. One of the security guards at the bank mocked the Christian's faith and invited him to convert to Islam. After weeks of inviting the Christian to Islam, the Muslim co-worker could no longer handle the Christian's refusal. On April 16, the Muslim co-worker gave his Christian counterpart one last chance to convert. When he refused, the Muslim co-worker shot him in the head. Please pray for the family of this Christian man.

Somali Lawmaker Assassinated for Allowing the ‘Christian West’ into Somalia

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Homeless and Estranged, the Plight of Iraqi Christians in Baghdad

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

“Every Friday is a Day of Death” for Christians in Cairo

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

China Attempting to Keep Tight Leash on Religious Activities

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

In this insightful article, UCA News explores the efforts being made by China's government to monitor and control the rapid growth of Christianity within its borders. It's now believed that as many as 40 million Chinese citizens are employed to report on their fellow citizens to the government, including reports of activities by Catholics and Protestants who worship outside of the confines of the government controlled Christian organizations. 

Christian Home Set Ablaze in Arson Attack in Bangladesh

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

According to report, a home belonging to a Catholic family in the village of Bhajati South was set ablaze last night in an arson attack. Fortunately, no one was injured or killed in the attack. This is the second arson attack on a Christian family in the area and Christians are demanding justice from the local authorities. Following the first arson attack, which took place on March 1, little has been done by the authorities to bring the culprits to justice. Is this the beginning of a larger assault on Christianity in Bangladesh?

Despite Persecution, China on Course to Become ‘World’s Most Christian Nation’ in 15 Years

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

In this article published on Saturday the UK based Telegraph reports that China is well on its way to becoming the "World's Most Christian Nation' in the next 15 years. As ICC has reported in the past, Christianity is growing in China at an explosive rate, despite the repression and persecution still being imposed by the officially atheist Communist government. Many of the most evangelistic Christians are members of the house church movement, an illegal movement of churches that refuse to register with the tightly controlled "Three-Self Movement" run by the government. For a Christian to attend one of these churches is to risk arrest or harassment by police and government sponsored thugs.

International Monitors Confirm 234 School Girls Still Kidnapped

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Pakistani Authorities Demolish Mostly Christian Slum on Edge of Islamabad

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

According to reports coming out of the Pakistani capital Islamabad, authorities have demolished a slum situated on the edge of Islamabad. Authorities have decided these slums are illegal and a haven for terrorists and extremists. Unfortunately, many of the slum's residents were Christians unable to find high-paying jobs due to discrimination against the religious minority. As Pakistan becomes more and more religiously intolerant, opportunities for Christians and other religious minorities continue to dry up. This grinding cycle of discrimination and poverty has left many Pakistani Christians seeking to exit Pakistan altogether.

Kidnapping of Christian Girls in Pakistan Highlights Vulnerability of Religious Minorities

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

According to recent reports, over 700 Christian girls are abducted, sexually assaulted, forced to convert to Islam and then married to their abductors every year in Pakistan. This practice, which is only added by the lack of government attention, highlights the vulnerability of Christians and other religious minorities in Pakistan. Many of these victims are never allowed to return to their families due to backward and abusive legal systems stacked against them. Most telling is the fact that these women are forced to stay with their captors throughout the trial process if they or their families bring charges. This fact leaves the victims open to physical abuse at the hands of their captors. Please pray for these abducted women.

Assad Visits Recaptured Christian Village as Syrian Civil War Rages On

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Syria's president marked the Easter holiday with a visit to the recently recaptured Christian village of Maaloula. Maaloula has changed hands several times throughout the Syrian civil war and President Assad is using this recent victory as an opportunity to spread new propaganda. While touring the villages Christian heritage sites, Assad claimed that he intents to protect Christians and their places of worship. Whether these these statements are anything more than propaganda remains to be seen. Christians on the other hand fear direct association with Assad, fearing reprisal attacks from rebel groups still operating across the war torn country. 

Nigerian Leaders Call for Peace Following Boko Haram Easter Week Frenzy

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Christians in India Pray for Peaceful National Elections

Monday, April 21st, 2014

During Easter Sunday, Christians across India took time to pray for India's national elections. Backing no particular political party, Christians prayed that the elections would be peaceful and that the best leader for India's future would be elected. Many Christians fear that current frontrunner, BJP, will take power in India following these elections. BJP has traditionally run on a Hindu nationalist platform and states where that party holds majority, Christians tend to suffer. Please pray over the results of this election. 

Ugandan Father Fatally Beats Daughter for Christian Conversion

Monday, April 21st, 2014

China: Trial of Arrested Pastor Postponed Indefinitely

Monday, April 21st, 2014

 Pastor Zhang Shaojie of the Nanle County Christian Church was arrested back in November after local authorities launched a crack down his congregation. Initially, nearly two dozen Christians were arrested in the crackdown. Most have been released but church members continue to be harassed, intimidated, and blocked from meeting at their church. Meanwhile Pastor Shaojie's trial has now been indefinitely postponed as he remains imprisoned. 

Pakistani Christian Murdered for Refusing to Convert to Islam

Monday, April 21st, 2014

A young Christian man working as a road sweeper in Lahore, Pakistan was shot and killed after refusing to convert to Islam. According to various reports, a co-worker of the young man had been attempting to forcefully convert the Christian to Islam. When things began to become more aggressive, the Christians explained his faith in Christianity. Shortly after this explanation, the Muslim co-worker shot him in the head. Incidents like this are indicative of the level of religious intolerance Christians in Pakistan face on a daily basis. Please take time to pray for them today. 

Villagers Attack New Christians in Vietnam at Behest of Local Authorities

Monday, April 21st, 2014

In some areas of Vietnam, becoming a Christian can be a dangerous undertaking. As recently as last month newly converted Christian families in Northwest Vietnam were beaten and driven from their village by an angry mob. The mob was accompanied by local authorities who directed them to raid the Christians homes and attack Christian families. While the government of Vietnam claims to allow religious freedom, in practice the government actively works to suppress the growth of Christianity. 

Christians in Pakistan Demand Government Seriously Look Into Abuse of Blasphemy Laws

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Pakistani Christian organizations are currently criticizing a statement made by the ex-president of Pakistan. According to recent reports, the ex-president called on religious scholars to look into the abuse of Pakistan's controversial blasphemy laws and to find ways to check the misuse of the laws. Many Christian organizations believe these statements have been made with no real intention of change, but just to appeal to the Christian minority in Pakistan during the Easter holiday. 

“Happy Resurrection Day,” Saeed’s Easter Sunday Sermon from an Iranian Jail Cell

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Boko Haram Claims Responsibility for Easter Week Bus Bombing

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Malatya Massacre: Seven Years Later Justice is Still Waiting

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Friday, April 18th marked the seventh anniversary of the brutal murders of three Christians at the Zirve Publishing house in Malatya, Turkey. On April 18, 2007, two Turkish men, Necati Aydin and Ugur Yuksel, and one German national, Tillman Geske, were brutally tortured and killed at the Christian publishing house in eastern Turkey. The five men responsible for their murders have not been convicted and are currently out of prison.

School Girls Continue to be Held by Radical Islamic Terrorists

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Pakistani Boy Shot for Discussing Easter Traditions with Muslim

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Pakistani Christian Sunny Hyder was shot and killed by a Muslim co-worker after discussing Christians traditions practiced during the Easter holiday. According to Sunny's father, Sunny and his co-worker had engaged in religious debates that ultimately led the co-worker to shot and kill the young Christian man. According to ICC's sources in Pakistan, Sunny's co-worker took exception to Christians believing in the resurrection of Jesus and invited Sunny to convert to Islam. Sunny's refusal to convert to Islam and his openness in discussing religious topics likely led to his death.  

Christians in India Observe Good Friday Amidst National Elections

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Christians across India are observing Good Friday by attending church services remembering the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. Attendance at these services is good despite national elections that could see Hindu nationalists take control of the country. As Christians remember the sacrifice of Jesus, they look forward to a future India that could call on them to make larger sacrifices to follow Jesus' teachings. 

Recognizing the Power of Christ: Nigerian Official Calls on the Lord for Protection

Friday, April 18th, 2014
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