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Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
The following article provides an excellent overview of the situation for Christians across the Middle East who, if current trends continue, are facing extinction. It also asks the pivotal question, why isn't the West outraged? For a decade the Middle East has been emptying of Christians by the hundreds of thousands as radical Islamic movements in the region become increasingly violent. Syria, Iraq, and Egypt are perhaps the best examples of this trend. ICC is actively working to raise awareness and bring assistance to many of these communities.
Thursday, November 7th, 2013
The loving adoption of orphans by Christians as an extension of Grace is a practice often unfamiliar in many Muslim cultures. The cultural differences can often lead to tragic outcomes. In this instance, the Christian quality of compassion was unfamiliar to Qatari police, who instead found suspicious a Christian couple's desire to love and raise an underdeveloped and seriously ill African child. When the ultimately passed to Glory, the couple was accused of killing her harvest her organs and other unconscionable acts. Perhaps what is most revealing is that Qatari authorities seemingly find it more reasonable that a couple would kill a small child to harvest organs, rather than offer the orphan a living home. While prayers were answered and he couple has been released, they are still scheduled to stand trial on the charges. Please pray that Matthew and Grace Huang will be vindicated and set free, and that and their children will be comforted by the Holy Spirit throughout this ordeal.
Sunday, November 4th, 2012
Christians in Iraq, Syria, and throughout the Middle East have been the killed, kidnapped, and driven from their homeland “by the forces of intolerant Muslim supremacism that were unleashed as a result of the so-called Arab Spring,” John Eibner, the President of Christian Solidarity International, told World Net Daily. “The biggest complication today arising from the threat of the eradication of Middle Eastern Christian communities is related to America’s alliance with Sunni Islamist states, such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Qatar and Turkey.”
Thursday, July 23rd, 2009
Christian minorities living in Muslim countries such as Egypt and Qatar are discriminated against for their faith.
Sunday, June 21st, 2009
Qatar has been making progress in respecting freedom of religion by allowing for construction of churches.
Thursday, February 12th, 2009
"It's a tremendous feeling of relief that we can breathe, worship, and pray in a place without fear and without disturbance."
Tuesday, September 30th, 2008
The construction of the second church in Qatar is a welcome development. Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries should also allow for freedom of religion for Christian minorities living in the region.
Saturday, April 26th, 2008
“It is a very brave decision by the Qatari authorities, and one we are very pleased about,”
Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008
Ethiopia stopped its diplomatic relations with Qatar. Many Gulf States are funding radical Muslims within Ethiopia. As the result, the country has become a scene of violence against Christians in its Muslim dominated provinces
Tuesday, March 25th, 2008
"The idea is to be discreet because we don't want to inflame any sensitivities. There isn't even a signboard outside the church. No signs at all,"
Sunday, March 23rd, 2008
This is an incredible story - 15,000 people attended the first service at the first church built in Qatar, which has a capacity for only 5,000 - and it is even more remarkable when you consider that Qatar has only recently begun allowing more religious freedom for non-Muslims.
Saturday, March 15th, 2008
As the number of expatriate Christians in Middle East increases, some of those countries are allowing for more Churches to be constructed.
Wednesday, February 20th, 2008
Following the construction of the first Church in Qatar, a debate has broken out between groups that welcome the construction of the Church and those that are opposed to the construction.
Wednesday, February 6th, 2008
"After over 20 years of making formal requests to the authorities, the government has finally granted the Christians land to build their own places of worship. The Catholic community were given the largest piece of land, because our presence here goes back down the centuries and also because our community is the largest, now numbering over 100,000 faithful,
Wednesday, September 26th, 2007
Qatars first Catholic Church will be inaugurated this February
Tuesday, March 27th, 2007
Work has begun on the construction of Qatar's first purpose-built church in the desert outside Doha, the country's capital.
Friday, November 4th, 2005
Qatar follows three other Persian Gulf countries in allowing the construction of a church. Churches are still not allowed in Saudi Arabia.