Care for orphans and hurting childrenread more
OUR 3 A's
Advocacy is working through government leaders (US Congress, State Deptartment, and the White House) to change legislation, bring pressure on persecuting countries, or to secure the release of the imprisoned.
“Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body.” - Hebrews 13:3, NASB
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Pastor and 20 Believers from Government Sanctioned Church Detained in Central China
Members of a sanctioned church in China were detained and mistreated, including the pastor and his family. Pastor Zhang Xiaojie was tied up by police without reason. His family and church members gathered outside the police station in protest after the arrest. The Chinese have not given arrest notices to the families of any of the people being detained.
Pray that Pastor Zhang and the other church members will be returned home quickly
Christian Accused of Blasphemy in Pakistan to be “Made an Example”
Tariq Masih was beaten for possessing fireworks wrapped in pages of an instructional book on Islam. Masih, a Christian, apologized to his attackers, and was supposedly forgiven. However, his attackers revoked their forgiveness and have continued to further persecute him. An application for protection has been put in motion but there is still fear for Masih and his brother’s safety.
Pray that the law will protect the Masihs
Patriarch Laham explains how the war in Syria targets Christians. An analysis reveals that more shells are found in areas where churches and Christian buildings are located than anywhere else in the country. He asks that there be global condemnation of Syria’s war targeting Christians, but so far the loudest voice has come from the Pope.
Pray that other countries see this outrage and intervene
US Finally Recognizes Nigerian Islamist Groups as Foreign Terror Organizations
The victory seen in the US State Department recognizing Boko Haram as a terrorist organization has been somewhat tainted by the refusal to acknowledge that religion is the driving force behind their terrorist acts. The State Department also failed to recognize that the group has specifically targeted Americans, leaving diplomats and others more at risk. In spite of the short comings, it is a small victory toward getting the US government to recognize and stop persecution.
Pray the state department will see that these attacks are in fact motivated religious vendettas
Egypt: Fears Replace Christians’ High Expectations
The festival of St. George, held annually for a hundred years in Luxor, was cancelled by the Egyptian government for fear that the celebration would leave Christians vulnerable to attacks. The hope is that the recent political upheavals, from 2011 to the present, would result in an Egyptian constitution that ensures equality for all citizens, regardless of religious identity. The outcomes to date have not been as positive as many had previously hoped.
Pray that the Egyptian constitution would ensure equality for all citizens, regardless of religion
Christians Fear Rise in Persecution as Nepal Votes to become a “Hindu State”
Thousands felt victory when the Hindu royalists were deposed and Nepal became a secular state. Now, there is a major push by Hindu parties to reinstate the country as a Hindu nation. Christians, who for the moment enjoy religious freedom, would be in danger of vigorous persecution if Hinduism’s rigid caste system is put back into law.
Pray that the pro-Hindu party does not gain enough power to take away religious freedom
Support wives and children of imprisoned or martyed pastorsread more
Spread the gospel by supporting underground pastorsread more
Save women from abduction and sexual exploitationread more
Help rebuild communities devastated by persecutionread more
Other Projectsother projects
ICC is constantly monitoring the state of Christian persecution in countries around the world and looking for ways that we can act as bridge between our supporters and the persecuted church. Beyond the projects you see above, we are working in many other areas to provide practical assistance to our brothers and sisters in Christ. View our other projects page to understand more of our work and keep up to date on our current projects.