Washington Silent on Chinas Snub of Religious Freedom Envoy: Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook, Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, was denied a visa to China earlier this month. Washington was silent about the snub of the State Department official prior to the visit of Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping last week. The silence from Washington was deafening according to Open Doors Advocacy Director, Lindsay Vessey, "This is basically demonstrating to the Chinese government that religious freedom really isn't that important to this administration, that they're not willing to stick their neck out and speak publicly." Read more>>
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The number of young Muslims coming to Christ in Iran is growing. Although exact numbers are not known, there are reports of an increase in house church secret meetings. Even in the streets some are openly telling others that they are Christians. According to Middle East Open Doors staff members, the growth is 'explosive'; they even speak of a revival.
ChinaAid Releases its 2011 Annual Persecution Report
In its annual report, ChinaAid showed that Chinese government persecution of Christians and churches had dramatically worsened in 2011. This trend of worsening persecution has persisted for the past six years, the group said, adding that in 2011 the number of Christians detained for their religious beliefs had soared 131.8% from 2010.
A new government practice last year was targeting churches and individuals who were significantly impacting society, like Beijings Shouwang Church and leading legal activists such as constitutional law expert Dr. Fan Yafeng, who has been under house arrest since December 2010, and award-winning human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, who disappeared into official custody for 20 months before being sent to a remote prison in far western China in December 2011 to serve a three-year sentence.
The report also highlighted the worrying increase in the use of torture against detainees, citing a 33.3% increase over 2010 in the number of cases of abuse of all kinds, including torture.
"God is proving to me that He is hearing the prayers of the saints for this region," says an excited William Masolo, father to late Ethiopian pastor Francis Namukubalo. "For the first time since Francis' death we had a massive crusade in our village that lasted three days! Muslims did not interfere with the meetings and more than 30 people, including many Muslims came to the Lord!"
Open Doors Releases Midterm Congressional Scorecard for 112th Congress: Open
Doors is proud to publish the scorecard which is a midterm report on
how US federal legislators have prioritized international religious
freedom (IRF) during the first half of the 112th session of Congress.
Open Doors does critical work by shining a bright light on abuses of
religious freedom the world over," says Congressman Frank Wolf (VA), the
highest scorer on the current scorecard. To view how your
representatives scored and to send them a message go to: View Congressional Scorecard To learn more about this important advocacy tool go to: Protecting Religious Freedom
Open Doors Releases Midterm Congressional Scorecard for 112th Congress: Open Doors is proud to publish the scorecard which is a midterm report on how US federal legislators have prioritized international religious freedom (IRF) during the first half of the 112th session of Congress. Open Doors does critical work by shining a bright light on abuses of religious freedom the world over," says Congressman Frank Wolf (VA), the highest scorer on the current scorecard. To view how your representatives scored and to send them a message go to: View Congressional Scorecard To learn more about this important advocacy tool go to: Protecting Religious Freedom
Through key relationships with concerned congressional offices, ICC has been at the forefront of freeing dozens of imprisoned Christians, overturning oppressive policies, and enabling churches to worship freely.
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HAPPY EASTER WEEKEND, EVERYBODY!
Open Doors' Silk Road Services team often works in the most hostile environments. The ancient silk route from China to Turkey crosses through countries such as Afghanistan, Chechnya, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Here the gospel is struggling, but in the midst of these struggles there are many faithful servants who are determined to not just survive, but grow the church in Central Asia. Please pray for requests from our brothers and sisters living in the region.
Muslims Long to Have Peace with God
Besides doing good works during Ramadan in hopes that the bad things they have done in the past year will be erased, Muslims also try to win infidels to Islam. An Egyptian Christian shares, It brings tears to my eyes that most of my countrymen do not know that Jesus died and rose from the dead to give them freely, through simple faith, that peace with God they so long to have.