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Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
Christians face a rising level of religious freedom around the world, and especially in the Middle East. Two recent studies from respected research organizations, Pew Forum and Open Doors, have highlighted the massive scale of the issue. Many are pushing for the United States to make the protection of religious minorities a core part of foreign policy, which the administration says that it already is. The problem has been in the failure to back the rhetoric with action. While there are political issues involved, it is imperative that the positions that exist to protect religious minorities be quickly filled if the United States is to have any credibility behind its claims to be a defender of religious freedom.
Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
The war-torn country of Afghanistan continues to be among the most dangerous places to be called a Christians. Many Afghans believe that Afghanistan is 100% Muslim, so when they discover an Afghan that practices Christianity they immediately declare that person to be an apostate. Apostasy is considered a crime against Islam and in more fundamentalist interpretations of Sharia law, apostates are sentenced to execution. Please pray for the Afghan Christians in Afghanistan.
Saturday, January 11th, 2014
Looking forward into the New Year, Release International, an NGO that monitors Christian persecution worldwide has predicted that 2014 will be another rough year for Christians living in many countries. Specifically, the NGO singled out the countries of Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan as countries where Christians will most likely continue to face intense persecution. Please pray for the Christians living in these countries.
Wednesday, January 8th, 2014
A newly released study documents that more than 2,100 Christians were killed as “martyr’s” in 2013. The greatest increase was seen in Syria. With a reported 1,213 deaths, Syria alone eclipsed the global total of 1,201 from 2012. The report is intentionally narrow in its definition of “martyr” and tries to distinguish between Christians killed in the midst of broader conflict and those killed explicitly for their faith. Nine of the ten worst persecuting countries are Muslim-majority states. As a whole, the report finds that “Islamist extremism is the worst persecutor of the worldwide church.”
Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
A Muslim background believer (MBB) from Afghanistan has had his application for asylum rejected by the Dutch immigration services. According to Mohabat News, this Afghan Christian now faces the prospect of being deported back to Afghanistan where he will face death threats because of his conversion. Afghans who convert away from Islam are considered apostates in Afghanistan and are treated very harshly. Members of the Afghan parliament have even called for the execution of Afghans discovered to have converted both inside and outside of Afghanistan. Please pray for the safety of this brother.
Sunday, November 24th, 2013
In the coming years, the U.S. will withdraw its military forces from Afghanistan leaving the new South Asian government to rule itself. This means defending the freedoms of its citizens. Unfortunately, according to members of the Afghan parliament, Afghan Christians do not exist because Afghanistan is a completely Muslim country. The small but strong underground Christian community in Afghanistan is likely to face more struggles as the U.S. and other NATO forces leave Afghanistan. Below are some ways Christians can pray for these persecuted brothers and sisters.
Friday, September 13th, 2013
Facing certain death for converting to Christianity Pastor Obaid S. Christ and his wife fled from Afghanistan six years ago. On the day of his sister’s wedding in Kabul, he is in India without legal status, official recognition or an invitation to the wedding. Now, just footsteps away from one of the malls in New Delhi that mark the rise of the middle-class, he does not share their basic rights to rent a home, get a job, buy a cellphone, seek assistance from the police or visit a hospital for medical attention.
Friday, September 13th, 2013
With Christian persecution seeming to reach unprecedented levels across the world, it is difficult to know how or where to start when trying to pray for the persecuted. From Africa to the Middle East to Asia, Christians continue to suffer for their faith on a daily basis. Below are several current incidents of persecution Christians can take time to remember while praying for the persecuted this weekend.
Wednesday, September 11th, 2013
After discovering the growth of Christianity in Afghanistan and in Afghan populations living outside of Afghanistan, some of the country's parliamentarians have declared that converts to Christianity should be executed. Parliamentarian Nazir Ahmad Hanafi is leading this charge to stem the growth of Christianity and has blamed the presence of the United States in Afghanistan for the spread of Christianity among Afghans. Please pray for these brothers and sisters as they may face increased persecution for their new faith soon.
Monday, September 9th, 2013
Reports of Afghan refugees in India converting to Christianity in large numbers has prompted several members of the Afghan Parliament to call for the execution of all Afghan Christian converts for "crimes against Islam." The crime of apostasy, converting to a religion other that Islam, continues to be a hot button issue in Afghanistan as the country prepares for the US military drawdown. Reports of the underground church in Afghanistan growing have also prompted government and non-government leaders to rally support to persecute and head off the growth of what they call "a foreign religion." Please pray for the safety of Christians in Afghanistan as they face this tough time.
Monday, July 29th, 2013
Afghanistan is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for Christian converts from Islamic backgrounds. When a video of underground Afghan Christians was broadcast in 2009, over 100 Christians were forced to flee Afghanistan for fear of being executed by the Afghan government or family members. In response to the video, an Afghan member of parliament demanded the executed of all people exposed on the video to be Christians. Many of these refugees have found safety and freedom in India. A number of Afghan believers has set up a refugee church where fleeing Afghan Christians can find a community of believers to help support them in their time of need. Please, remember these persecuted Christians in your prayers.
Sunday, July 28th, 2013
Today is according to many the period of the largest persecution of Christians in history. Estimates range as high as 100-200 million who face persecution in some way. The persecution is not just on the sidelines of local ethnic disputes but is often the direct action taken against people specifically because of their religious beliefs.
Tuesday, June 25th, 2013
A June report for this year details that despite a population of 31 million, Afghanistan is home to less than 5,000 indigenous Christians and even less churches—zero, to be exact. As Christians continue to face immense persecution as a result of the incorporation of Shari'ah Law into that of the Afghan constitution and hostilities held by the Karzai regime toward religious minorities, believers in the battle-torn nation suffer honor killings, harsh imprisonment and arbitrary detention, and even summary execution by the Afghan state. The central Asian nation was recently categorized as the third most hostile nation on the earth toward Christianity by an international faith-based NGO.
Thursday, February 21st, 2013
Ruya Ivaz Ali, a 19-year-old girl from Afghanistan who converted to Christianity from Islam, was recently granted a residency permit in Russia, the Voice of Russia reports. There are severe penalties under Afghan law, including imprisonment and potential execution, for Afghans who convert from Islam to Christianity. It’s likely that Ruya would have faced a cruel punishment if she had been forced to return to her homeland.
Sunday, September 16th, 2012
Despite great persecution, including imprisonment or death for converting to Christianity from Islam, the church continues to see growth in Afghanistan. In this report, Mohabat News lists cases of persecution in the country over the past several years and reports that the “growth of Christianity in Afghanistan has caused Afghani Muslim clerics to consider it a threat.” ICC has long been involved in defending and supporting Afghan Christians through both advocacy and assistance.
Tuesday, July 31st, 2012
A U.S. State Department report on religious freedom expresses concern over whether or not the newly elected Islamist government in Egypt will respect the freedoms of religious minorities. The report also criticizes Afghanistan for trying non-Muslims in Islamic courts and Pakistan for issuing death sentences for blasphemy.
Monday, May 7th, 2012
“A growing number of Afghans, including politicians, are embracing Christianity and meet in ‘house churches’ despite death threats and attacks by Islamic militants,” BosNewsLife reports.
Thursday, March 29th, 2012
Mohabat News reports on the growth of the Afghan church.
Monday, March 19th, 2012
“New video of civilian protests shows a cross being burned and anger running rampant [in Afghanistan],” the Blaze reports. Click here to view video.
Thursday, March 15th, 2012
"Resentment against the West and Christians is growing stronger, even though no direct threats have been made against individuals," sources told Asia News. International media have shown Afghans protesting by burning crosses and Christian symbols.
Sunday, February 19th, 2012
“Islamic law is increasingly used by authoritarian governments and extremist forces in the Muslim world to acquire and consolidate power, experts say, which is becoming an increasing threat to religious minorities, especially Christians,” the Christian Post reports.
Wednesday, February 8th, 2012
“The Arab Spring uprisings that toppled secular dictatorships have unleashed long-suppressed freedoms that have allowed Islamic parties to gain a share of political power they have been denied for decades. Their rise is creating near-panic among ancient Christian communities that dot the Muslim world and predate Islam by centuries,” The Washington Post reports.
Friday, January 20th, 2012
A Christian widow and three of her daughters were denied refugee status by the UN in New Delhi, India for the second time last month despite fears that being deported to their homeland may mean imprisonment for apostasy.
Friday, January 13th, 2012
A Nepali Christian writes to encourage the persecuted church in Iran and Afghanistan.
Thursday, December 29th, 2011
“Despite long-term U.S. military occupations aimed at establishing representative governments in Iraq and Afghanistan, Christianity now faces the real threat of eradication in those countries because of severe and persistent persecution of Christians there, according to the chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom,” Catholic News Service reports.
Wednesday, December 21st, 2011
There has been an increase in Islamic persecution of Christians around the world. This report summarizes some of the incidents of persecution in November 2011.
Sunday, December 4th, 2011
“The mandate of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is to determine which of the world's huddled masses comes to the U.S. as humanitarian refugees. And predictably, this U.N. body is favoring Muslims. Christians from Muslim lands are being refused refugee status,” World Net Daily reports. “This is occurring despite the fact that in their home countries, under the Shariah, Christians face persecution and many times certain death for their religious beliefs.”
Saturday, December 3rd, 2011
“Libya's Moammar Gadhafi, Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and Saddam Hussein of Iraq each were horrible human rights violators, but ironically enough, offered a measure of protection to Christians. In contrast, nations under Shariah will look more like Saudi Arabia and Iran, where leaving Islam for any other religion is a punishable offense,” writes Carl Moeller, the president and CEO of Open Doors USA.
Monday, November 28th, 2011
“The U.S. Army has removed a cross that was prominently placed on the front of a chapel located at the remote base of Camp Marmal in Northern Afghanistan,” The Christian Post reports.
Wednesday, November 16th, 2011
Hundreds of Afghan Christians remain on the run from religious-based persecution that targets them at home and abroad.