Vietnam Authorities Move to Stop Protestant Christmas Events
Hundreds of Christians were denied celebrating this week at the National Convention Center in Hanoi. As police blocked the entrance, Christians began singing and praying in the square in front of the center. Police then moved in, striking some Christians with fists and night sticks in the melee that followed.
Jesus Christ is worth every sacrifice
Lee Joo-Chan (pseudonym), a North Korean pastor in his mid-forties now living in South Korea, has seen more death and pain in his life than any normal person could bear. His mother and brother were killed before his eyes, and his son was tortured almost to the point of death because of him. My family has paid the ultimate sacrifice for God. In honor of them, I serve the Lord Jesus with my whole heart. Even if it will cost my life too, Lee says.
What was once a Christian nation, and Pyongyang was called the Jerusalem of the East, today Christmas no longer exists in North Korea. Only the great leaders, Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong Il, are to be recognized and adored. Lee recalls that, at Christmas time we used to sing familiar Christmas carols such as 'Silent Night and 'Joy to the World'. Older North Korean Christians know these too. They sang these carols when they were young. Their parents were Christians at the time of the great revival in 1907. Now they are no longer allowed to sing them, because all Christian activity is forbidden.
North Korean Christians are very thankful for your prayers and ask for God's strength to get through the cold winter period as well as the opportunity to meet together over the Christmas season.
Father, as Christmas draws close, we join in prayer with our persecuted brothers and sisters in North Korea. As they are forbidden to openly celebrate the birth of Jesus they ask that we celebrate together with them in our hearts by first giving thanks for the generation of Christians who have continued to persevere in the faith, and for those who do not allow themselves to be indoctrinated by the ideas of the leaders. Through these saints, today You continue to live in the hearts of many North Korean citizens. We pray with our North Korean brethren as they ask for opportunities to gather together to celebrate the birth of their Lord and Savoir Jesus. Father, watch over these gatherings and shield them from watchful eyes that can harm them. Father, bless them with peace and joy as they fellowship together. Today, we also join in prayer asking for provisions as winter envelopes the nation; asking specifically for warmth, food and shelter. And lastly, we join in prayer with Christians in North Korea as they ask for a renewal in the thinking of all North Koreans, especially the leaders, who have been indoctrinated for so long. Father, fill their hearts and minds with You. Amen.
Believers in Uzbekistans autonomous region of Karakalpakstan are familiar with suffering for the gospel. Active Christians are regularly harassed, beaten and fined by the authorities. But in recent days, a cruel new tactic has emerged.
When Sister Aksulus husband died of a heart attack, local authorities took the opportunity to punish her for her Christian faith. The first blow came when the towns chief imam (Muslim leader) refused permission for a funeral procession to be held.
With courage, Aksulu went to the mosque to appeal. There she was told that she couldnt bury her husband until she agreed to inform the authorities about other believers in the town, and to publicly renounce her faith in Christ.
Refusing to comply, Aksulu returned home, and plead with local elders to help her bury her husband. After three days, several relentedarranging quietly for her husbands burial just outside the cemetery. Soon afterwards, security police summoned the elders and rebuked them, warning them never to do such a thing again. Local officials then went from house to house, warning, Whoever becomes a Christian will be punished like this. Your dead will not be buried!
Please pray fervently for Aksulu, and others like her, who are facing humiliation and discrimination in the midst of their grief and loss.
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When President Ben Ali fled Tunisia after a popular revolt of just a few days the news spread quickly throughout the Middle East,
that unpopular governments can be overthrown, and many of those in
power in neighboring countries wondered if they could be next wondered
what would happen next. The Middle East
is home to a Christian minority of over 14 million people, most of them
living under severe restrictions, if not under outright persecution.
What would a political reversal mean for them? This week we explore this
question in the country of Tunisia.
At a recent training session for underground prayer leaders in Somalia, believers shared their testimonies of how they came to know Jesus in spite of obstacles and persecution.
For the 9th year running, the "Hermit Kingdom" of North Korea has once again topped the Open Doors World Watch Listour annual ranking of the world's worst persecuting countries. In recent months, North Korea has also been featured in international headlines, with the worst escalation of violence and volatility between North and South Korea since the 1953 armistice.
Jesus Saves North Korean Christians From Despair
"Today we do not live for today. Today we live for tomorrow." This is one of the slogans the North Korean government used in the nineties to give hope and trust to the people. But as the years went by, tomorrow never came. In letters from North Korean secret church leaders they paint a very gray image of a country that looks forward every day, but never looks up. Christians also avert their eyes from reality and focus on tomorrow; but their tomorrow starts in John 14, where Jesus says that he will prepare a place for His followers.
Iran - Unrest Leads to Crackdown on Christians
Continuing unrest in Iran has led to a government crackdown on Christians and other religious minorities.
Since Christmas, anywhere from 100 to 600 Christian homes have been raided and ransacked and the homeowners have been imprisoned or interrogated.
The victims are often converts from Islam and have been detained without charges or access to lawyers and family members. The Iranian government is claiming that the Crhistians are having a "corrupting" influence on the Iranian society at large and must be kept from the general public.
with Christians, other Iranian religious minorities -- Zoroastrians,
Sufis and Sh'ia -- have also come under closer government scrutiny.
According to reports, these minority religions are growing because many
of Iran's citizens can no longer tolerate the rigid and violent form of
Islam preached by the government.
Chinese Police Prevent Easter House Church Worship
While millions of Christians around the world joyously celebrated Christ's resurrection this past Sunday, believers in one of China's largest house churches in Beijing faced another wave of government persecution.
Effects of "Blasphemy" Legislation in Indonesia
For their opposition to Pakistan's notorious blasphemy laws earlier this year, the separate murders of two high-ranking government officials helped awaken the international community to the injustices the laws wreak on religious minorities. In part two of this three-part series; Compass News reports on laws and similar legislation in Indonesia.
WE DO NOT HAVE TO KILL TO PROVE THAT WE LOVE OUR GOD . BECAUSE OUR GOD IS LOVE NOT HATE .
June 2nd, 2011
" Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven." Matthew 5:16
Sudanese Christian Woman Arrested for Evangelizing; Another is Attacked
On May 9, Hawa Abdalla Muhammad Saleh was arrested in an Internally Displaced Persons camp in . Authorities have accused her of possessing and distributing Bibles and promoting Christianity. Sources said she could be tried for apostasy, which carries the death sentence in . At the same time, in Khartoum a Christian mother of a 2-month-old baby is wounded and destitute because she and her husband left Islam for Christianity.
Algerian Christian Sentenced Beyond Prosecutor's Request
Despite lack of evidence, a judge in stunned the Christian community by sentencing Siaghi Krimo beyond what a prosecutor recommended. Krimo was given a prison term of five years for allegedly giving a CD about Christianity to a neighbor who subsequently claimed he had insulted Muhammad.