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RESTRICTIVE COUNTRIES~2011 CHRISTIANITY RESTRICTED~
4 years ago
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RESTRICTIVE COUNTRIES~CHRISTIANITY RESTRICTED/CONVERSION RESTRICTED~
4 years ago

Vietnam Authorities Move to Stop Protestant Christmas Events
Hundreds of Christians were denied celebrating Christmas 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.
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4 years ago

North Korea Church

“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.

4 years ago
an 19 2011 Greiving Christian widow denied burial rights for her husband

Believers in Uzbekistan’s 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 Aksulu’s husband died of a heart attack, local authorities took the opportunity to punish her for her Christian faith. The first blow came when the town’s 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 couldn’t 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 relented—arranging quietly for her husband’s 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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4 years ago

Number 9 on the World Watch List for 2010, Uzbekistan is a country that relentlessly persecutes churches across the country-especially those active in evangelism to indigenous Uzbeks...
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4 years ago
EGYPT-BOMB KILLS 21 OUTSIDE COPTIC CHURCH: At least 21 people were killed and an estimated 90 wounded on January 1st, when a bomb outside Church of the Two Saints, a Coptic Orthodox church in Alexandria, Egypt exploded as congregants were leaving a New Year’s Eve Mass celebration.  The explosion ripped through the crowd shortly after midnight, killing instantly most of those who died, and leaving the entrance-way of the church covered with blood and severed body parts. Read full story>>
TUNISIA~
4 years ago

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.
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SOMOLIA~
4 years ago

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.

3 years ago

For the 9th year running, the "Hermit Kingdom" of North Korea has once again topped the Open Doors World Watch List—our 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.

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3 years ago

 

Double Miracle for Iranian Secret Believer

Double Miracle for Iranian Secret Believer

When Iranian convert, Sarah, was shot in the neck by robbers some years ago, medics did not expect her to survive. But today, by God’s grace, Sarah is still living for Christ in Iran—ranked #2 on the new Open Doors World Watch List.

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3 years ago
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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.
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3 years ago

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.

 

Along 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.

3 years ago

Jesus saves North Korean Christians from despair

Jesus saves North Korean Christians from DespairDespite the grim outlook that hope seems to never come, secret Christians meditate on John 14.

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3 years ago

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.
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3 years ago

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.
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true christians love
3 years ago

WE DO NOT HAVE TO KILL  TO PROVE THAT WE LOVE OUR GOD  . BECAUSE  OUR GOD  IS LOVE NOT HATE .

3 years ago

June 2nd, 2011

Dear Donna,

"…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 Darfur. 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 Sudan. 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.
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3 years ago

Algerian Christian Sentenced Beyond Prosecutor's Request
Despite lack of evidence, a judge in Algeria 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.
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