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3 years ago

Persecution in Pakistan: Pakistan continues to be the setting of numerous violations of religious freedom. This month, police kidnapped and tortured the sister of a Christian man who had eloped with a Muslim woman. The kidnappers tortured the young girl to get her to reveal the location of the legal team who was helping her family. Last week, ten Christian families fled their homes in a village in Punjab Province after local Muslims falsely accused a Christian of blaspheming Islam. Read more>> 

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3 years ago

Violence in Nigeria: Nigeria has been the site of much religiously motivated violence over the past few months. On June 7th, members of the radical Islamic Boko Haram sect shot and killed a pastor and church secretary near their church in Muslim-dominated northern Nigeria. In another part of northern Nigeria, armed Islamists entered a Christian community on March 27th and destroyed Christians’ homes, obliterated their churches, and drove them out of town. The Christians have yet to resettle into their homes. Read more>>  

3 years ago

Anti-Christian Rhetoric and Persecution in Iran: Since the arrests of more than 120 Iranian Christians in December and January, anti-Christian rhetoric among Iran’s religious and political leaders has intensified. Many Christians fear that influential religious leaders will instigate increased, oppressive efforts to counter the growth of house churches. According to an article published last week, “Iran’s radical Islamist theocracy has been a particularly egregious abuser of the fundamental freedom of religion or belief, detaining, torturing, and executing people based on religious identity.” A number of Christians remain in harsh prison conditions despite a lack of formal charges and trials. Read more>>

3 years ago

The faith of a Child: A little girl's Bible brings hope to her family as they flee for their lives.

The faith of a Child: A little Girl's Bible brings hope to her family as they flee for their lives.

Nine-year-old Leah's family received a letter early in the morning, one day, ordering that their family of "Christian dogs" was to leave their home within 24 hours or their house would be bombed. In spite of the danger, Leah insisted on bringing her precious Bible as her family flee's for their lives.

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Police in Pakistan torture the sister of a Christian who eloped [PRAY]

Police in Pakistan torture the sister of a Christian who eloped

Early in May, an influential Muslim family in a village about 25 hours north of Lahore invaded the home of Sajid Ashraf Masih. Sajid, a Christian, and his wife Saleha, a Muslim, had fled their village and eloped. In order to find the couple's whereabouts, several of Sajid's family members were kidnapped and beaten.

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3 years ago

Somalia - Nation's Largest Christian Library Destroyed

 

Christians struggling for survival and recognition in primarily Muslim Somalia have suffered another setback at the hands of al-Qaeda back militants.

 

Late last year, the most comprehensive Christian library in the nation was razed by members of the Islamic group, Fighters of Al-Shabaab. The building, which also housed an underground Bible college was completely destroyed and many of the books were burned.

 

 

The library, located on an unused farm along the Juba River in Luuq, was destroyed and theDestroyed Library in Luuq District militants brought Bibles, Christian books, and audio/video materials to the city center and burned them after the Muslim noon prayer.

 

There is also concern about the whereabouts of the man responsible for the library. "We have the information that the guardian of the library, who is a Christian man, fled the area hours after the library was found by the Islamists" says International Christian Concern (ICC) representative Jonathan Rocha. The man has not been seen since and local Christians fear he may have been harmed. "All of the Christians inside Somalia are converts from Islam, and, as you know, converting from Islam is a crime, according to Islam, which is punishable by death."

 

Somali Christians often bury their Bibles and other Christian materials to avoid persecution. Al-Shabaab has threatened to kill every Christian in Somalia and turn it into a hard-line Islamic nation. Somalia has not had a stable, functioning government in over 20 years, and the Western-backed government is constantly under threat from local militants.

 

3 years ago

Pakistan's 'Blasphemy' Laws Pose Growing Threat
Concluding a three-part series examining "blasphemy" laws in four representative Muslim countries, Compass News takes a closer look at the laws in Pakistan.
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3 years ago

Pakistani Muslims Kidnap Christian Girl over Brother's 'Affair'
In a village 25 miles north of Lahore, Maryam remains in captivity after her brother allegedly eloped with his Muslim girlfriend. The powerful Muslim family is threatening further retaliation if their daughter is not returned, whom they have also threatened to publicly shoot dead as an "honor killing."
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3 years ago

Somalia - Nation's Largest Christian Library Destroyed

 

Christians struggling for survival and recognition in primarily Muslim Somalia have suffered another setback at the hands of al-Qaeda back militants.

 

Late last year, the most comprehensive Christian library in the nation was razed by members of the Islamic group, Fighters of Al-Shabaab. The building, which also housed an underground Bible college was completely destroyed and many of the books were burned.

 

 

The library, located on an unused farm along the Juba River in Luuq, was destroyed and theDestroyed Library in Luuq District militants brought Bibles, Christian books, and audio/video materials to the city center and burned them after the Muslim noon prayer.

 

There is also concern about the whereabouts of the man responsible for the library. "We have the information that the guardian of the library, who is a Christian man, fled the area hours after the library was found by the Islamists" says International Christian Concern (ICC) representative Jonathan Rocha. The man has not been seen since and local Christians fear he may have been harmed. "All of the Christians inside Somalia are converts from Islam, and, as you know, converting from Islam is a crime, according to Islam, which is punishable by death."

 

Somali Christians often bury their Bibles and other Christian materials to avoid persecution. Al-Shabaab has threatened to kill every Christian in Somalia and turn it into a hard-line Islamic nation. Somalia has not had a stable, functioning government in over 20 years, and the Western-backed government is constantly under threat from local militants.

3 years ago
Honduras - Pastor Killed, Christians Worried

The murders of several prominent Protestant leaders in Honduras have led Christian workers to urge their government to improve protection for Christians in that country.

 

Pastor MarroquinThe most recent killed, Pastor Carlos Roberto Marroquin, was the sixth pastor and second considered to be a prominent leader in the Honduran Christian community to occur in the past several months.

 

Pastor Marroquin was shot to death by two men while walking his two Schnauzer puppies in his San Pedro Sula neighborhood. Investigators said the gunmen opened fire after Pastor Marroquin refused to hand over the dogs. Schnauzers can reportedly sell for about $500 in Honduras, where the minimum monthly salary is roughly $311.

Marroquín was the founding pastor of the Pentecostal Church of God in San Pedro Sula and a popular presenter on television and radio programs. He was also
president-elect of the Association of Evangelical Pastors in San Pedro Sula, the founder and president of the Christian Legal Fellowship and co-founder of the Latin American Network of Christian Lawyers.     

 

Police believe that the attack was nothing more than a robbery gone wrong, Christians fear the attack was a targeted assassination, part of an effort to target devoted Christian workers in Honduras. The Evangelical Fellowship of Honduras said in a statement that the pastor had received threats.

"Every day we do our work [we have to] trust in God and [be] prepared to go with Him," added Pastor Oswaldo Canales, president of the Evangelical Fellowship of Honduras in published remarks. 
3 years ago
Radical Islam Undercover in UK SchoolsUK Madrasa

Independent investigations by the BBC and Dispatches reveal that Islamic boarding schools in the UK are being used to train Muslim students in radical brands of Islam.

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3 years ago
slamic Jihad
Strikes Ethiopia

Christians in Asendabo, Ethiopia were devastated recently when Muslim mobs burned 69 churches and 30 Christian homes to the ground. The violence forced 10,000 believers to flee their homes.

 

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3 years ago

Secret Believer Killed by Extremists in Somalia
On April 18th, two members of the al-Shabaab Muslim extremist group stormed the house of a secret believer in southern Somalia. Finding Hassan Adawe Adan, a 21-year old recent convert to Christianity, they dragged him outside and shot him to death.
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3 years ago

More than 400 displaced Christians fleeing from their burned-out homes and churches have been welcomed with open arms and tears by fellow believers. "It was so heart-touching to see the love and family spirit among believers," shares an Open Doors co-worker.
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3 years ago

69 Churches Burned in Ethiopia,

10,000 Christians Displaced

Dear Donna Matthews,

On March 2nd, Muslims went on a rampage in an Islamic area of Ethiopia, beginning with an assault on churches in Asendabo.

 

ICC and others alerted the world and called on the Ethiopian government to intervene. Unfortunately, the local government did not intervene and the attacks continued for a week. When the smoke cleared, the damage was evident. The Muslims had burned down the homes of 30 Christian leaders, they had killed one Christian, wounded several others, and torched 69 churches, a Bible school, and a Christian orphanage.

One of the many wounded in these attacks was the grandson of a church elder who put himself in between the Muslim militants and his grandfather when they arrived to kill the elderly man. The Islamists attacked the young man with machetes - seriously wounding his head and hand and leaving him for dead. His family was forced to make a three-hour journey on foot to bring him to a hospital in a nearby city.

THE DISPLACED NEED OUR HELP


Right now, more than 10,000 Ethiopian Christians who have been displaced by the violence are in critical need of food and clothing. ICC, in partnership with churches on the ground, is ready to provide emergency food relief packs of flour, rice, oil, and sugar or clothing, but we need your help.

For only $5, you can feed one Ethiopian Christian for a week or provide them with sufficient clothing.

Christians are in crisis as we speak. Will you please give generously to bring help to those in need? Just click here to give to our Community Rebuilding fund. Please type "Ethiopia" in the note.

 

Thank you,

Jeff King, President
International Christian Concern
3 years ago

Dear Donna,

Pakistan has suffered the loss of two of its greatest champions of religious freedom recently. Christians in Pakistan have become very discouraged. That's why we're asking you to take a momen to send a message of sympathy to the Pakistani Ambassador to the U.S., and a request to protect the Christian minority in the country.

The Governor of Punjab, Mr. Salmaan Taseer, was assassinated by one of his own bodyguards on January 4, 2011 in Islamabad. He was killed for voicing his support for Asia Noreen, a woman who has been sentenced to death for her alleged breaking of Pakistan's strict anti-blasphemy laws.

Less than two months later, suspected Islamic extremists murdered Mr. Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan's Minister of Minorities, for his outspoken opposition to those anti-blasphemy laws. Bhatti was the only Christian in the Pakistani Cabinet, and was a determined advocate for Pakistan's minorities.

Islamic fundamentalist groups had threatened Taseer and Bhatti for comments they made on the need to reform Pakistan's blasphemy laws. They both knew they were on a hit list, yet were unwilling to stop advocating for religious freedom for all Pakistanis.

Our main objective is to express our compassion and prayer for Pakistan. Messages that could be perceived as attacking the Pakistani government will likely cause harm to Christians in Pakistan. Therefore, there are specific guidelines that you must follow if you choose to edit the sample letter before sending it to Pakistani Embassy. If you are not willing to abide by these guidelines, then we ask you to forgo this way of communicating your compassion and prayer. Please…

  • Do not mention Open Doors in your message

  • Do not discuss Pakistan's Blasphemy Law in your message

  • Do not criticize Islam in your message

  • Do not sound antagonistic, use respectful language

Thank you for understanding the need for additional caution in this campaign and THANK YOU for taking action to express your love and support for suffering Christians in Pakistan. Please send a message to Pakistani Ambassador Haqqani today!

Advocating with you,

Lindsay Vessey
Advocacy Director
Open Doors USA

 

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3 years ago
Albino boy Burundi

The killing of a young albino boy in the small east African nation of Burundi is probably linked to witchcraft, authorities suspect.  

 

"The twelve-year-old albino was killed by four men with guns and knives. They cut off his left hand and fled away with it," said Kiganda district administrator Joseph Ntahuga.

 

This is the 14th albino murdered in Burundi since 2008. Officials believe that hunters work with witchdoctors in Tanzania, killing albinos and selling their body parts for use in witchcraft. Witchdoctors tell their clients that the body parts will bring them luck in love, life and business.  

 

Albinism, is a genetic condition that causes a person to be born with little to no pigment in the skin, eyes and hair. There are approximately 500 albinos in the tiny nation of Burundi and an estimate 170,000 in neighboring Tanzania.  

 

Kazungu Kassim, head of the national association of albinos, says albino killings continue in Burundi because severe punishment is not taken against the perpetrators.

"The solution is to sentence those responsible for albino killings to hang as it is done in Tanzania," he said.

 

53 albinos have been killed in neighboring Tanzania since 2007.

3 years ago

We invite you, as part of the worldwide Church to reach out and minister to the grieving family of Bhatti.
To demonstrate that the Western Church acknowledges Christians in Pakistan as members of their family--that Pakistani Christians are not alone--and to communicate that the stand and sacrifice of the cabinet minister has not gone unnoticed, we invite you to write a letter of encouragement, poem, note, or prayer to his grieving family

Please make sure to read our letter writing guide before you send your letter of encouragement to us.
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3 years ago

One Dead as Islamist Mobs in Ethiopia Destroy Church Buildings
Thousands of Islamic extremists set fire to 59 churches and at least 28 homes in western Ethiopia over the last week after Muslims accused a Christian of desecrating the Quran by tearing up a copy. The wave of destruction continues as Christians plea to the government for help.
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3 years ago


March, 10th, 2011

Dear Donna,

"Every word of God proves true, he is a shield to those who take refuge in him." Proverbs 30:5

Islamic Mob Burns Down Church in Egypt
What appeared to be a new spirit of cooperation between Muslims in Christians in Egypt during last months protests quickly changed on Friday after a local imam issued a call to "Kill all the Christians" during afternoon prayers.
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Burrial rights denied for widow's husband

World Watch Update:
Nigeria

Although secular by constitution, Nigeria's northern ruling elite give preferential treatment to Muslims while discriminating agains Christians. Since 1999, Muslim state leaders have imposed Shari'ah law in 12 of the country's...

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3 years ago
Developing: Ethiopian Muslims Burn Down Five Churches, More Attacks Feared

Church Leaders Ask for Government Protection from the Ongoing Muslim Attacks
Washington, D.C. (March 3, 2011)-International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that in the past two days, thousands of Muslims have razed five churches and the homes of two evangelists in Asendabo, Ethiopia. Christian leaders are asking for protection after the Muslim attackers continued burning churches even after the federal police were sent to the town. 

The Muslims started the attacks yesterday after falsely accusing the Christians of desecrating the Qur'an. More than ten thousand Muslims shouted "Allah Akbar" (Allah is great) as they burned down five evangelical churches. The government sent the federal police force to protect the Christians after the Muslims burned down the first three churches. The Muslims overwhelmed the police force and burned down two more churches today.

Speaking with ICC, Christian leaders expressed their fear that Muslims will start killing the Christians unless the government sends more security forces to contain the Muslim attackers.

At the time of the writing of this report, none of the Muslim attackers have been arrested. The government officials detained some Christians and took them to the nearby Jimma town stating that they need to do that for their own security.

Ethiopia is a Christian majority country and was one of the first nations to accept Christianity. However, in the areas of the country where Muslims are the majority, Christians face attacks. 

"We urge Ethiopian government forces to send reinforcement to protect the Christians in the city of Asendabo from the Muslim attacks. We ask Christians around the world to prevent any further attacks by calling the Ethiopian officials in their countries and asking them to protect the Christians and their property," said ICC's Regional Manager for Africa, Jonathan Racho.

Please urgently contact the Ethiopian officials in your country and urge them to send more security forces to protect the Christians from the Muslim attacks.

Ethiopian Embassies:

USA 202 364 1200
Canada 416 482 6637
Germany 493077206
UK 020 78383897/020 7838 3898
3 years ago

Dear Donna,

Shahbaz Bhatti, a Christian brother and former Minority Affairs Minister for Pakistan, became the latest victim in the battle for religious freedom. While leaving his mother's home his car was ambushed; in the aftermath Bhatti's bullet-ridden body was pronounced dead.

Such an untimely loss of one so loved and respected by Christians and minorities throughout Pakistan, even the world.

A devoted advocate for minorities Bhatti was outspoken, bold and fearless in protecting their rights. In recent months Bhatti had defied death threats. He conceded that he was "the highest target right now" since the January assassination of Punjab Gov. Salman Taseer. He knew that his life was at risk but vowed to continue his work for the sake of the cross.




Watch the video of Shahbaz Batti and
listen to Carl Moeller's response


Brother Andrew knew Bhatti well. "I am deeply shocked," Andrew said. He continues,

"We lost a valuable human being, but not hope. God is still in Pakistan. He's building His Church and will finish His work, just as the Bible promises."

Our comfort comes directly from God's own voice.

"When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. Then I said: "LORD, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants..." --Nehemiah 1: 4-6a

Please join me in prayer, right now for all those affected by this tragic loss.

In Christ,



Carl Moeller
President/CEO
Open Doors USA

3 years ago
Eastleigh: Kenya's Battle with Radical Islam  Kenya

 An impoverished Kenyan city has   

 become a recruiting ground for   

 Al-Shabab, an Islamic extremist

 group out of Somalia that has  

 declared war on Christians. The  

 community has become known as

 a "little Mogadishu" due to Somali

 immigrants who are importing a  

 radical brand of Islam through  

 piracy and Saudi funds. 

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3 years ago

Somali Teenager Shot for Embracing Christ

When 17-year-old Nurta's family found out about her conversion to Christ, they tried everything to make her recant. At first they thought she was insane. Nurta's parents took her to the local doctor, who prescribed her medication.

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3 years ago
PASTOR IN INDIA TRAUMATIZED AFTER ATTACK: Pastor Hari Shankar Ninama, 65, was praying in a home in Ambarunda, Peepal Khoont, Pratapgarh district for an 8-year-old boy’s recovery from illness on Feb. 1 when at least 10 Hindu extremists arrived on motorbikes and stormed in, he said. The assailants beat him and, putting him on one of their motorbikes, took him outside the village, where they stripped off his clothes and struck him.  Full story>>
3 years ago
PAKISTAN-GOVERNOR WHO SUPPORTED REPEAL OF BLASPHEMY LAW MURDERED: The governor of Punjab Province, Salman Taseer, was gunned down by one of his police bodyguards on January 4th in Islamabad. Taseer had openly criticized the blasphemy statutes and vowed to try to repeal the “black laws” in parliament. He recently visited Asia Noreen (Bibi); the first woman sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan and promised that he would recommend a presidential pardon for her. Read full story>>
Read article on the blasphemy laws and their affect on Pakistani society>>
3 years ago
SOMALI MOTHER OF FOUR SLAUGHTERED FOR HER FAITH: Asha Mberwa, 36, was killed on January 7 at 5:15 p.m. in Warbhigly village by Al Shabaab Islamic extremists who had arrested her outside her house the previous day at 8:30 a.m.  She died when the militants cut her throat in front of villagers who came out of their homes as witnesses.  Asha was murdered because the extremists confirmed her conversion to Christianity.  She is survived by her children – ages 12, 8, 6 and 4 – and her husband, who was not home at the time she was aprehended.  Read more>>  
3 years ago

In front of villagers who came out of their houses to witness the event, Islamic extremists killed 36 year old Asha Mberwa because of her faith in Christ. Radical al Shabaab insurgents have embarked on a campaign to rid the country of its hidden Christian population.
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INDIA
3 years ago

Join Dr. Carl Moeller as he visits one of the most oppressed countries on Earth. Visit the" Undercover with Persecuted Christians" website today for updates on the documentary and get a free copy of “Strong in the Storm.”
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3 years ago

At least 21 people were killed and scores were wounded on Saturday (Jan. 1) when a bomb planted outside a church exploded.
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3 years ago

“Christmas is coming, but peace does not exist in Iraq. Pray for us to have a peaceful Christmas. God is so good, and I love Him so much,” pleads Martha an Iraqi mother who has suffered through the recent carnage and attacks on Christians in Baghdad.
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3 years ago

Rev. Wilson Augustine, 26, is recovering from burns after six young Muslim men beat him with clubs and belts and set him on fire last month. Area Christians said they found the evangelist unconscious with burns on his head, hand and arm at a nearby bus stop.
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WORLD COUNCIL OF CHRISTIAN INDEPENDENT CHURCHES~
3 years ago

Two years after the Maoist assassination of Hindu nationalist leader Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati and the ensuing violence that killed more than 100 people and 4,640 houses, 252 churches and 13 educational institutions, Christians in India's Orissa state are still facing pressure to revert to Hinduism.

 

According to an investigation led by human rights activists, "Despite the state administration's claim of normalcy, a state of lawlessness and utter fear and sense of insecurity" is prevalent among the Christians in Kandhamal district who experienced anti-Christian violence in 2008.

In Bodimunda village in Tikabali, a pastor was forced to convert to Hinduism by threats against his elderly mother who could not escape any violence because she is unable to walk. Hindu nationals have also banned any vehicle from transporting Christians or their belongings.


"We are not allowed to bring in provisions or medicines," said an anonymous local Christian, "nor are we allowed to buy anything from local shops; since we do not have any shops of our own, we are struggling to survive."

Christians are forced to display pictures of Hindu gods to protect their families from retaliation, and the local authorities do little to prevent the violence. Many Christians in the area believe that local officials colluded with local Hindu nationalists against them.

These examples show that two years after the Dalit Christian population in Orissa was falsely accused and terrorized for the murder of Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati, they still face daily fears of reprisal and violence.

3 years ago

Nurta Mohamed Farah, a 17-year-old girl in Somalia, who converted to Christianity from Islam, was shot to death last week in an apparent “honor killing.”
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3 years ago

Pakistani Christian woman Asia Noreen (Bibi) is asking for our prayers particularly after a hard-line Islamic Imam declared late last week that anyone who kills Noreen will be paid $6,000 if the government doesn’t put her to death.
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HATE CRIMES/EXTREMISM~2011~CHRISTIANS WHO ARE VICTIMS OF HATE CRIMES~
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