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According the Britain's Minister for Faith Christian communities across the world, particularly in the Middle East, are in danger of becoming extinct due to targeting by Islamic extremists. From Egypt to Syria to Pakistan, Christian communities across the Middle East and South Asia have come under attack as extremists gain influence. In Pakistan, a church of 600 attendants was attacked by two suicide bombers shortly following a Sunday service. Around 130 Christians were killed as a result of this attack. Scenes of destruction like this are being faced by Christian in many of Christianity's ancient homelands. Please pray for these persecuted brothers and sisters.
A committee working on amending Egypt's 2012 constitution recently reported that it will be adopting a measure that would forever end constitutional restrictions against the construction of new churches. Under President Mohammed Morsi, very few churches were given license by the government to even repair damaged the churches sustained in riots. Hopefully this new measured will be the beginning of a new time in Egypt that is more religiously free.
A committee tasked with working on the suspended 2012 Egyptian constitution adopted a measure on Sunday that would bring an end to Constitutional restrictions that regulate the construction of new churches in Egypt. This development would mark a major change on Egypt's historical stance towards the construction of new churches and religious freedom. Please pray that this measure is written into law.
Christians affected by the October 20 drive-by shooting at a wedding in a Cairo suburb continue to recover both physically and emotionally. Several families lost loved ones, including several children that were killed in the attack on the church. Many of the victims have turned to their Christian faith to seek peace and recovery. One man who considered himself only a nominal Christian has found his faith renewed by the attack. Please pray for these persecuted Christians.
Christian communities across the Middle East and South Asia continue to endure ever increasing levels of persecution and religious intolerance. This has lead to the decline of many Christian populations in these countries. In Syria, one of Christianity's oldest homes, the Christian population has declined by 25 %. As the world continues to sit in watch this injustice continue, please remember to pray for these communities.
The Christian community in Bossangoa, CAR has taken shelter inside the local diocese; Christians cannot leave the premises without facing violence. In Bossangoa, as in much of the country, the government is powerless to prevent religious persecution. As ICC has continued to highlight, the Christian community has been increasingly subject to violent persecution at the hands of militant Islamic rebel groups. The report below details the latest developments in the situation. Reporting on the Bossangoa siege may be found at the 1:35 mark of the linked video report.
Suspected Islamic militants attacked and killed a pastor and his son, and firebombed their church yesterday in the northeastern Nigerian state of Yobe. Three northeastern states, including Yobe, are under a government declared military emergency in response to an Islamic uprising that has killed more than 1,700 persons since 2010. The Islamists' stated goal is to convert Nigeria into an Islamic state.
Morning Star News reports that a Sudanese woman was repeatedly tortured and abused by her own family after they learned of her conversion from Islam to Christianity. Family member kept her in isolation, while repeatedly beating her in a effort to force her to renounce he new found faith. When they were unable to overcome the strength of her faith, they chose to end her life. Family members began the process of burying her alive when miraculously police intervened. This is further evidence of the difficulties faced by those leaving Islam for Christianity.
Islamic leaders gathered by the Somali transitional government have issued a fatwa against the Islamic terrorist group al-Shabaab. Al-Shabaab is an Islamic extremist group with proven ties to al-Qaeda. As a part of the group's mission to establish a purely Islamic society in Somalia, it searches for and executes Christians living in Somalia. Will this fatwa help end al-Shabaab's reign of terror? Will it lead to religious freedom for Christians in Somalia? Probably not...
142 corpses have been discovered in a town located in northeastern Nigeria after suspected Boko Haram militants attacked. Boko Haram, an Islamic extremist group fighting to carve out a separate Islamic state in Nigeria, have also focused their brutality on Christians living in northern Nigeria. Church bombings and drive-by shootings are among the group's "go-to" tactics to terrorize Christians. Should this most recent incident of violence lead Christians to fear that a large-scale attack is coming?
Over the past week, clashes between Christians and Muslims living in the Central African Republic (CAR) have claimed the lives of an estimated 100 people. These clashes have also led many observers to fear that the conflict in CAR is becoming more sectarian every day. Christians leaders within CAR have denounced the violence and are calling on the international community to help bring an end to the bloodshed. Will the international community listen?
On September 13, as a Christian priest left an internet café on Tanzania's eastern Zanzibar Island, suspected Muslim extremist threw acid on the 60-year-old priest. According to reports, this is only the latest in a series of acid attacks taking place on Zanzibar. After throwing the acid, the extremist declared that Zanzibar was only for Muslims, not Christian before driving away on a motorbike. The priest, who was rushed to a hospital in critical condition, has survived the attack and is said to be in stable condition. Please pray for the recovery of this persecuted priest.
A Christian man and his two sons were killed in the latest night raid by Muslim extremists in Nigeria's Plateau state. According to reports, a group of ethnic Fulani herdsmen attacked the village of Gura Dabwam on September 3, killing Dauda Dalyop and his two teenage sons. This is the third reported attack on Christians in Nigeria's volatile Middle Belt Region in the past month. With no government protection, Christians will likely continue to suffer these heinous attacks. Also, the local government in Nigeria's northern state of Borno announced it intention to demolish 25 churches and Christian schools to make room for a new housing development. Christians in Borno are fighting this announcement, but it is likely that the demolition will take place anyway.
Elderly Catholic Priest Joseph Mwang'amba had acid thrown over his face and shoulders after leaving an internet café last week on Tanzania's island of Zanzibar. Tensions between Christians and Muslims has continue to remain high on the island that claims a Muslim population of close to 99%. Attacks against Christians on Zanzibar have increased over the past year, including an attack on another priest in February. The priest was followed to his church and shot in the head by two unknown gunman suspected to be connected to Islamic extremists. A mass text was sent to many Christian priests and pastors after the February murder from an Islamic extremist group taking credit for the murder and threatening further attacks.
Reports of Christian homes and institutions being targeted by Islamic militants in the Central African Republic have been released as the new rebel government fights supporters of the previous regime in the city of Bohong. According to some reports, over 3,500 houses have been destroyed in the violence. One Catholic Missionary worker has stated that out of all the houses destroyed, not one Muslim house has been torched. The missionary went on to say that young Muslims have been seen pointing out houses for destruction.
A Catholic priest on the island of Zanzibar has reported that he has become the third priest to have had acid thrown on him in just two months. Christians living on the island of Zanzibar have faced fits and starts of perfection over the past year, including the murders of two priests living on the island. Please pray for the persecuted in Tanzania.
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.
In response to Pope Francis calling on Christians to pray for peace in Syria, a priest in Nigeria has called on Christians living in the West African country to apply this practice to their country as well. Christians have faced intense persecution at the hands of Islamic extremists operating in Nigeria's northern states. Boko Haram, an Islamic extremist group attempting to carve out a separate Islamic state, has targeted Christians for church bombings and drive-by shootings aimed at terrorizing Christians living in the north. Please join these persecuted Christians in praying for peace.
Persecution Rises as Divisions between Christian and Muslim Communities in Central African Republic GrowThursday, September 12th, 2013
Reports of Christian persecution in the Central African Republic have risen dramatically since the country was taken over by a Muslim majority rebel group this past March. Many blame this development on the divisions that are beginning to grow between the Christian and Muslim communities in the Central African Republic. Please pray for the persecuted in this country and for peaceful dialogue to exist between Muslims and Christians as they continue to face this security crisis.
Attacks against Christian in northern and central Nigeria have continued to escalate in both number and brutality over the past weeks. Christian families living in Nigeria's central states have been slaughtered by Muslim extremists supposedly encouraged by the extremist group Boko Haram. Also, Christians living in the northern states have had to continue to live in a constant state of fear due to the potential of being targeted by Boko Haram as the group fights the government to carve out a separate Islamic state where it can impose its radical interpretation of Islamic law.
Last week, a group of Muslim extremists likely belonging to the ethnic Fulani herdsmen shot and killed 6 Christians living in a village outside of Nigeria's central city of Jos. Tensions between Fulani herdsmen and Christians have remained high for many years and outbreaks of violence between the two groups is not uncommon. In this case, a Christian family whose house was close to the edge of the village was raided by gunmen and the entire family was slaughtered including a 7 year-old boy. Please pray for peace in Nigeria's central states.
On August 24, 30 Christians gathered at the Church of the Living God in Asmara, Eritrea were rounded up and arrested by Eritrean authorities. The last known whereabouts of these Christians was a local police station where officials were demanding the members of the fellowship to recant their faith. Christian worship outside of the highly regulated government sanction Church in Eritrea is illegal. Christians caught doing so are often arrested and imprisoned in inhuman prison conditions in unofficial prisons sprinkled across Eritrea's landscape. Please pray for these persecuted brothers and sisters.
According to reports coming out Somalia, militants belonging to the al-Shabaab rebel group are suspected of killing one mother and abducting a child because the victims' Christian identity was discovered. The Islamic terrorist group has vowed to drive the underground church out of Somalia. Since making that promise, the group has terrorized any Christians it discovers. Please pray for the victims of al-Shabaab in Somalia.
Since control of the Central African Republic (CAR) was taken over by Seleka, an Islamic rebel group coming from the country's northern regions, Christian ministries have suffered. Bible translating ministries have faired no better. According to a report by Wycliffe Associates, the Bible translation organization have been looted and pillaged by Seleka militants. This new report coincides with reports from Christian ministries across the country being violently attacked. Are Christians no longer safe in CAR?
According to sources at Vanguard in northern Nigeria, the state government of Nigeria's Borno state plans to demolish about 25 churches and Christian schools. The local government says that the demolition is necessary to set up new housing estates, but plans for these new housing estates have yet to be produced. Leaders within the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) believe it is just another attempt by state governments in northern Nigeria to persecute the Christian minority.
Reports of violence between religious communities continues to flow out of Nigeria's northern states. Raids by Fulani Muslim herdsman is just one of many dangers faced by persecuted Christians living in northern Nigeria. Boko Haram, the Islamic extremist group attempting to carve out a separate Islamic state in northern Nigeria, is another. Will the international community start turning its attention to the suffering of Christians in northern Nigeria? Please pray!
Ever since the Islamic rebel group Seleka took over the Central African Republic by force five months ago, the country's Christian majority has suffered. According to reports by Human Rights Watch and other watchdog groups, Christians have been specifically targeted by members of the militant rebel group for abuse. Churches have been desecrated, pastors and priests have been killed and thousands of Christians have suffered unspeakable harm. Will the international community continue to ignore these abuses, allowing Christians to suffer isolated and alone?
Eritrea, considered one of the worst persecutors of Christians on the planet, has reportedly arrested and detained 30 Christians who had gathered for evening prayer at the Church of the Living God in the capital Asmara. These Christians are now being detained at a police station and are being asked to recant their faith or else face imprisonment. According to reports from Christians who have survived Eritrea's prison system, conditions are extremely inhuman. Human rights groups across the world have asked Eritrea to allow them to investigate the conditions of these prisons, but the government has continue to deny these groups access. Please pray for these persecuted brothers and sisters as they face persecution on one of its most extreme forms.
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