The Bloodbath Continues in Nigeria's Northeast
"Lord, where are you? This burden is too much for me to bear," lamented the widow of Silas Ugboeze, after losing her husband and a son in attacks on Christians in northern Nigeria. Following through with threats of violence if Christians did not leave predominantly Muslim northern Nigeria, Boko Haram, a Nigerian group that seeks to impose Sharia (Islamic law) has reportedly claimed responsibility for killing at least 44 people in four states over the weekend.
The Christian leader decried the Nigerian government's failure to protect Christians from the killings and accused some security agents of taking sides. He said, "The security agencies are polarized along religious lines. Even when the security agents have information (concerning security measures to be taken against Boko Haram), some of them pass the information to these criminals. This is because some of the security agents are more loyal to their religion (Islam) than to Nigeria as a nation."
Muslim Extremists Strike at Christians in East African Isles
Far from the world media's gaze, in the remote islands of Zanzibar and Comoros, off the eastern coast of Africa, church buildings are razed and Christians are ostracized and imprisoned for their faith.
Karnataka Most Dangerous State in India for Christians
"Battered and Bruised ," is how the Christian community was described in the Evangelical Fellowship of India's annual report. The Global Council of Indian Christians documented at least six anti-Christian attacks just between Christmas Eve 2011 and New Year's Day. In one instance, Christians were beaten with wooden clubs as they celebrated Christmas; at least 20 believers were injured in the attack.
God is Building His Church in Afghanistan
Some Afghani Christians have begun to share the Gospel with both boldness and wisdom, and as others see their changed lives and high moral standards, they are being drawn toward Jesus. Also, in this age of information many of the Afghani people are aware of what is happening in the rest of the world -ultimately leading them to ask questions.
This post was modified from its original form on 25 Jan, 5:00
The son of a martyed evangelist flees Somalia only to find that persecution has followed him to Kenya. His mother found him in a pool of blood outside a Kenyan church. His testimony is one of persistence in the midst of suffering.
John Casias, 76, and his wife, Wanda, 67, spent the past 28 years serving as Baptist missionaries in Mexico. On Tuesday, January 31, their earthly ministry was cut short when they were murdered at their home near Monterrey in El Cercado, Santiago, Nuevo Leon.
On Feb 11, Muslim attackers sneaked into a Seventh Day Adventist worship service in Tanzania. Taking offense to a song that advised believers "not to worship idols such as plants, trees, or stones," they attacked the worshipers and destroyed the shop where the service was held. Christians in the area are asking for our prayers as tensions remain high.
Militants from the Islamic extremist al Shabaab beheaded a 17-year-old Somali Christian near Mogadishu in October 2011. The militants, who have vowed to rid Somalia of Christianity, killed Guled Jama Muktar on September 25 in his home near Deynile, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Mogadishu.
The Islamic extremist group had been monitoring his family since the Christians arrived in Somalia from Kenya in 2008. The Islamic militants, who are fighting the transitional government for control of the country, knew from their observations of the family that they were Christians.
I personally know this family as Christians who used to have secret Bible meetings in their house, said one source. Based on talks with the boys parents and their neighbors, the source said al Shabaab members arrived at Muktars home at 6 a.m., when his parents were already at work at their retail space at the Hamarweyne market on the outskirts of Mogadishu. Neighbors informed the parents of the murder, and they hurriedly returned home and buried their sons body quickly, fearing the militants would kill them as well. They then fled to an unknown destination.
When the incident happened, the parents called to tell me that their son had been killed and that they feared for their lives, the source said. Since then, I have not heard from them.