Egyptian Elections and Impact on Christians
The Egyptian elections ushered in a strong majority for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt's new government. Though many Christians are accepting the situation and abiding by the outcome, some church leaders hold the position that this election was not sufficiently objective. Carl Moeller sent a message from Cairo earlier this week asking for our prayers. View Video. To learn specific ways you can pray for Christians in Egypt,
The Spirit of God is at work in Central Asia where His church is growing in miraculous ways. But Satan is active as well and there is a spiritual battle being waged. As you read these stories of Christians living out the gospel in the midst of real life struggles of discrimination and persecution, join them by walking alongside in the power of prayer.
Ongoing armed conflicts in north Burmas Kachin state have left as many as 40,000 Burmese refugees homeless on the China-Burma border without food, medicine or warm clothing!
The majority are Christians of the Jingpo minority group and about 25,000 have fled into China side of border with Burma to seek shelter and refuge. But, the Chinese local government refuses to help!
And, there appears to be little chance for a ceasefire of the armed conflict between Burmese government troops and the KIA that first broke out on June 9, 2011, leaving them without proper clothing or sufficient food to survive!
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China House Church Christian relief workers, working with ChinaAid, in the border camps said the refugees want to return to their homes in the mountains but cannot do so because of the fighting.
Their numbers are on the rise, and they lack food, medicine and basic living supplies. One camp reports they have over 400 children! House Church Christians in that area are trying their best to help them.
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Temporary shelter for the refugees The pastor of the Yingjiang church said:
"I feel extremely sad whenever I think about those solders fighting everywhere heedless of peoples lives, and farmers who cannot farm, and women and children who are being capriciously treated. It is troubling to see those refugees who do not even have adequate food and clothing.
We will try our best to help them, but what we can do is limited. Therefore, we call upon people around us and loving brothers and sisters to help these refugees and pray for them.
Who will set Syria Free?
Syrian Christians brace themselves for civil war.
Syria is facing a civil war and Christians are preparing for the worst.
Fundamental Islamic groups have orchestrated violent protests against the Syrian government. This could result in a new regime, even worse than that of the current brutality of President Assad.
If a change of power occurs the revenge of the Sunnis could be more bloody than the over 8,300 deaths that have occurred since March 2011.
Open Doors has been working around the clock to deliver whatever is needed to prepare Syrian Christians for difficult years ahead. In fact, 2011 was the best year ever in terms of our distribution of Bibles and Christian materials.
Christians in dozens of countries around the world face the same complex dilemma where they cannot count on governments to protect them.
But they can count the prayers of the church and the power of God through His Word to see them through whatever battles are sure to come.
"Before I didn't see the importance of prayer," Leah* says from Syria. "I began to see how the people of God are coming together in fasting and prayers then understood what it means to be the body of Christ."
"My faith became stronger because I am not alone."
Would you please join Leah and millions like her who ask that you pray for their safety and courage?
Through your prayers and the delivery of Bibles, discipleship training and practical support, they can find that courage and security in Christ.
Thank you for supporting our brothers and sisters who live where faith costs the most.
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Two weeks after a suicide bomber attacked Christians during a church service, leaving at least three Christians dead, a similar blast on Sunday killed nine additional people. Damian Babang, a parishioner at the church, had just completed a reading when he heard the explosion. "The next thing I saw was the ceiling of the church falling on us and cries of people struggling to get out of the church."
'Destroy All the Churches' Saudi Arabia's Poor Treatment of Christians: According to several Arabic news sources, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, declared that it is "necessary to destroy all the churches of the region." Elliot Abrams, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations responded in an article in The Atlantic: "The Grand Mufti's statement ought to be widely denounced around the world, and won't be--a scandal and a shame. Read more>>
A Nigerian playwright once wrote that only a mad man would want to lead Nigeria. Christian president Goodluck Jonathan is desperately trying to do this as he struggles to govern a deeply divided nation. Movements like Boko Haram instigate fear with their violent and deadly attacks on Christian communities and security forces. The church in Nigeria struggles daily to live out biblical commandments in the face of earthly realities.
Last week we prayed for Sudanese blacks and Christians caught in the "ethnic cleansing" attacks. Though Khartoum denied that it had bombed civilians earlier this month, Sudanese aerial strikes continued last week, aimed at church buildings and schools in Kauda, South Kordofan state. The United Nations estimates the conflict has made refugees of a total of 400,000 people, with some 300,000 in danger of starving. Pray that the government ceases its brutal attacks and that aid will reach those who are in desperate need.
Renewed Demands and Attacks on Churches in Khartoum
Given until May 8 to either register or leave the country, the half million southern Sudanese living in Sudan are now officially considered foreigners. Trapped in an impossible dilemma, they are struggling with the decision to stay amid renewed hostilities toward the Christian community, or to leave despite government regulations in Sudan making it almost impossible to return to the south.
Armed members of a militant Islamic group released Beatrice Stockly, a Christian social worker in Timbuktu, to Swiss diplomats last week. Amid the continuing chaos following a March 22 army coup, hundreds of northern Malian Christians have fled to the south, leaving everything behind.
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As tens of thousands of believers are forced from their homes by extremist Sunni Muslims in Homs, Syria, Open Doors responds to Syrian Christians pleas for help with emergency relief packages.
A bomb exploded on May 15th in Ambon, Indonesia, injuring 55 people, many of them Christians. Elsewhere in the country, fears of a government crackdown are growing among the Christian community following the election in April of a hard-line Islamic governor in Aceh Province.
Thanks to timely prayers, our Christian brothers of La Piedad were not expelled from their homes on May 20. Religious leaders and authorities in the community of La Piedad, in Las Margaritas, Chiapas had threatened Christians with expulsion because they had refused to participate in the May 3 "holy cross" fiesta which included alcoholic drinking. Tensions in the community remain high and they ask for our continued prayers for their protection as the threat is still present.
Future for Syrian Christians Appears Bleak
We do not have any future here; we are just staying to protect the flock as long as possible , a Syrian pastor said. Although thousands of Syrian believers are seeking refuge in neighboring countries, many are choosing to stay. Open Doors will continue to help these brave brothers and sisters, providing them with humanitarian aid and Bible distribution.
Last week Egypt voted for a new president; next month they are expecting another round in the election process. In a heart-felt letter an Egyptian Christian pleads for our aid; Brothers and sisters, we greatly need you to join with us in prayer during this very critical and unique time in Egypt's history! We are in unity and partnership with you for such a time as this.
Terror in Iraq is the Worst in Years
In an email to Open Doors, a contact in Iraq sent this urgent plea for prayer: Each hour the news gets worse. The violence is unbelievable; with scores of police and soldiers killed, we no longer have any security. Please pray for Iraq and the remaining Christians.