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RESTRICTIVE COUNTRIES(2011)~CHRISTIANITY RESTRICTED/CONVERSION RESTRICTIVE~
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3 years ago
Police in Pakistan Torture Sister of Christian Who Eloped
Update On May 26th we prayed for a Christian family who had several members kidnapped, including two daughters and an uncle, after a Christian family member eloped with a girl from a powerful Muslim family. The Christian family sought justice only to have the local police assist the Muslim family in finding the couple's whereabouts.
3 years ago

Police in Pakistan Torture Sister of Christian Who Eloped
Update On May 26th we prayed for a Christian family who had several members kidnapped, including two daughters and an uncle, after a Christian family member eloped with a girl from a powerful Muslim family. The Christian family sought justice only to have the local police assist the Muslim family in finding the couple's whereabouts.
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3 years ago

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

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

Shouwang Church Crackdown: Beijing’s Shouwang church began meeting outdoors in April after authorities prevented its landlord from renewing its lease. Officials have now detained congregants and held church leaders under house arrest for twelve straight weeks. Police had members of the Three Self Protestant Movement (TSPM), the government-sanctioned church organization, “admonish” the detainees and tell them to leave Shouwang and join a TSPM church. Some church members and their supporters have petitioned the government to support true religious freedom and allow them to meet. 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

Shouwang Church Crackdown: Beijing’s Shouwang church began meeting outdoors in April after authorities prevented its landlord from renewing its lease. Officials have now detained congregants and held church leaders under house arrest for twelve straight weeks. Police had members of the Three Self Protestant Movement (TSPM), the government-sanctioned church organization, “admonish” the detainees and tell them to leave Shouwang and join a TSPM church. Some church members and their supporters have petitioned the government to support true religious freedom and allow them to meet. Read more>>

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>>

3 years ago

The Supremacy of Jesus Christ in North Korea
The coming reign of Kim Jong-Un, third son of Kim Jong-Il, looks to be a continuation of the terror of his father's regime. It is difficult for us to see Christ in the midst of this darkness, but for North Korean Christians, the supremacy of Christ is their hope, their strength, their joy.
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3 years ago
North Korea: Exposed
August 2011 Special Edition

Dear Donna Matthews,

One hundred and thirty-five years ago, Robert Jermain Thomas of Wales spent everything he had (his life) in his mission to bring the word of God to North Korea. As the boat that was carrying the Bibles he was smuggling was burning at a port in North Korea, he furiously tore open the crates and threw Bibles to the crowds on shore, all the while shouting "Jesus, Jesus!" With his shirt on fire, he finally leapt into the water with a last arm-full of Bibles and swam to shore where he was taken to his death by authorities.

North Korea, like the Middle East, is one of the last remaining strongholds where malevolent, hidden spiritual forces and their human tools fight tooth and nail against the Holy Spirit to keep out the light of Christ.

Yet the Lord will not be denied. He will have His bride and nothing will stop Him in His pursuit of her and His desire to be with her. The greater the pressure on His Church, the more it will grow in these places. The pressure causes believers to open their hearts and lives to God. Like a light under a clay pot, their "outer shell" breaks and His light shines through them. The darker the place, the more visible His light appears to all around. It is a spiritual law almost as sure as gravity.

I invite you to chain your heart this month to your brothers and sisters in North Korea and to join in the holy and precious work of being the hands, legs, and mouth of Christ to them. Work with us. Stand alongside us on the burning boat and throw Bibles to them as together we shout "Jesus, Jesus."

We will use your funds effectively, efficiently, and in prayer. . . I promise.


Jeff King
3 years ago

From Pentecost 

to Holocaust: 

The History of Christianity in North Korea


Trace the history of Christianity in North Korea from Korea's first Protestant martyr and the Pyongyang Great Revival to today's modern-day holocaust.

 

Click here to get the full story.

3 years ago
The Gulags:
North Korea's
Most Terrifying
Secret 

 

Get an inside look at North Korea's infamous prison camps, where an estimated 200,000 are imprisoned today. In the past three decades, these camps have claimed the lives of about 400,000 North Koreans.

Click here to get the full story.
3 years ago

China House Church Alliance Leader Sentenced to Labor Camp
Authorities this week sentenced Shi Enhao, deputy leader of the Chinese House Church Alliance, to two years of "re-education through labor" a sentence that requires no trial or conviction.
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3 years ago
Dear Donna,

While much of the Middle East and North Africa is undergoing change, one group especially is experiencing change for the worse: Christians. This is particularly true for Algerian Christians.

Mustapha Krim, the President of the Protestant Church of Algeria (EPA), was informed by police on May 22nd that all non-Muslim places of worship in Béjaïa Province, including the seven EPA churches he oversees, would be shut down. Algerian authorities based their decision to shut down the churches on the discriminatory Ordinance 06-03, which regulates non-Muslim worship. The EPA umbrella organization has been attempting to gain official recognition with the government for many years and finally obtained it this July. However, a total of 25 individual EPA churches have not been granted official registration although they applied through the appropriate channels. As a result, these Christian churches are still unprotected by the government and may be closed.

In addition to this attack on the Christian community, Algerian officials have also targeted individual Christians. Karim Siaghi was arrested in April on charges of proselytism and blasphemy. He was sentenced to five years in prison and fined 200,000 Dinar (approx. $2740 dollars.) in May. His crime: giving a Christian CD to his neighbor. Karim was freed when he appealed the harsh sentence, but he may be picked up by the police at any time to serve his sentence.

Open Doors is asking you to join with us to defend Algerian Christians from oppressive government action. Please take a moment to send a message to Algerian Ambassador Baali asking him to rescind Ordinance 06-03 and to overturn Karim Siaghi's sentence. Thank you for your prayers and support, and for taking time to advocate for Christians in Algeria!

Advocating with you,

Lindsay Vessey
Advocacy Director
Open Doors USA

3 years ago

The Closing of Algerian Churches Violates Guaranteed Freedom
Open Doors is asking Christians in America to help defend Algerian Christians from government actions by sending a message to Algerian Ambassador to the United States, asking that he rescind Ordinance 06-03 and overturn Christian, Karim Siaghi,' prison sentence.
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3 years ago

In Iraq Some Christian Children Simply "Don't Exist"
Dressed as Superman, 5-year old Jeener plays in the church building. Jeener is the eldest son of pastor Majeed and his wife Shilaan, but, under Iraqi law, this small "Superman" doesn't exist. His 10-month-old brother also is a "non-existent" Iraqi inhabitant.
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3 years ago

Persecution Intensifies in the "Stan" Countries of Central Asia
As global tension escalates Christian children have become targets of abuse and persecution in several countries in Central Asia. Stones are thrown, harsh words are spoken, and many are beaten by their schoolmates. In Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan new laws are being considered that would, in part; go so far as to ban children from being involved in religious organizations.
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3 years ago

Christmas in North Korea?
Christmas is a special time to reflect on the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. But in North Korea, most citizens do not know about Christmas or for that matter, God. The only deities are Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. People must worship only them. Christmas just doesn't exist or does it? In a recent report several North Koreans share their Christmas stories.
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3 years ago
Worldwide Demonstration Protesting Genocide in North Korea - December 9, 2011
Tomorrow the global community is taking a stand against the genocide that has been occurring for decades in North Korea. Several protests are scheduled in major world cities including New York where North Korean Defector Activist Ji Seong Ho will address an audience in front of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Mission to the UN. Open Doors has long stood as an advocate for religious freedom around the world, especially in North Korea, where basic human rights have been so brutally abused. Join in prayer that the global protests will bring awareness and an end to genocide in North Korea.
3 years ago

Arab Spring One Year Later
Almost a year ago a wave of revolutions started in the Middle East; but for many Christians living in these countries the future is uncertain. One Egyptian Christian pleads, "Please remember us in your prayers. We need to be one in Christ in this challenging chapter of our history. My wife and I want to stay here, but we know it will not be easy. Please, do not forget us and leave us alone."
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