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.
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Syrian Christians brace themselves for civil war. 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.
Last month, two suicide bombers drove their car into the worship service of the Jos Church of Christ in Nigeria (COCIN). Open Doors confirmed the killing of least four people and injuring of over 40 church members. Among the dead was a young girl, whose exact age remains unknown.
The Islamist sect Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the bombing. They forced their way through the churchs security checkpoint, after ignoring the guards posted at the entrance who signaled for the car to stop. Security opened fire on the trespassers, shot dead one suicide bomber and injured the second one before the bombs went off, killing the second assailant as well.
sound of the explosion was heard all over the city. Although the
bombers aimed to drive into the church, the bombs were detonated 15
metres before it crashed into the building. If the suicide bombers had
succeeded in their primary intentions, the roof would have collapsed on
assembly, killing many more. Nevertheless, it caused
excessive damage to the structure including the more than 30 cars that
were ruined in the blast.
The Church of Christ in Jos has a large number of state employees on their membership including the Governor of Bauchi State, Jonah Jang. Church leaders consider this a strong motive for the attack.
Thanks for praying with us through the World Watch List countries so far.
This week is a very special week. All over the world, millions are gathering to pray for North Korea during North Korea Freedom Week.
Once again, Open Doors is joining with many organizations as well as you, our supporters, to continue to pray for North Korea.
Because of this, our focus for the 5 Minute Challenge this week will again be North Korea.
We will resume our normal 5 Minute Challenge focus next week.
Thank you for joining with us this week to lift up the people of North Korea in prayer. You can pray for North Korea HERE.
faced increased hostilities in Sudan over the past few weeks,
culminating in an attack on a Christian compound in Khartoum by a throng
of Muslim extremists armed with clubs, iron rods, a bulldozer and fire.
The assailants set fire to the Gerief West Bible School and the Sudan
Presbyterian Evangelical Church building; also damaging three other
places of worship and other buildings in the same compound. Also damaged
were a clinic, a home for the elderly, classrooms and living quarters.
Authorities held the mob back about a kilometer from the compound, but
the assailants dispersed and found their way back early in the
afternoon. All the Bible schools office equipment, library books and
students personal belongings were destroyed by fire. Some students,
staff and members of some of the churches were beaten.
Source: Compass Dirrect News
in this Buddhist nation have been awaiting a decision on whether they
will receive official recognition, but it appears they will first see a
measure against fraudulent conversion that the prime minister
acknowledges is essentially designed to deter evangelism.
leaders said they were distressed with the governments notion of
Christians and Christianity, which they said was far from true. No
evidence of such allegations has come to our knowledge, but still we
will never try to defend anyone who indulges in unethical conversions,
said a Christian leader from Thimphu on condition of anonymity.
Bhutan Minister for Home and Culture Minjur Dorji told Compass that his department has yet to decide whether Christians could be recognized officially. There is no legal provision for that, he said. Its not in the constitution, and not in the Religious Organizations Act.
The 11-page indictment against Pastor Ilmurad Nurliev alleges many things his wife and church members vigorously refute. Among other things, it accuses Ilmurad of being a drug addict who needs treatment. His wife told Forum 18 that Ilmurad has not touched drugs since he became a Christian in 1999. It also alleges that the Nurliev family lives off the tithes of the church members, but Ilmurad works as a barber and Maya works in a factory.
The indictment alleges that Pastor Ilmurad extracted money from five church members. Two women and three men testified against him. The two women came to church meetings a few times and one gave a small amount of money. Two of the men are not known to the church members and the third man is Pastor Nurlievs former school teacher who later became an alcoholic and was helped by Ilmurad with clothes and crockery. Since 2007 he has not attended the church neither did he give any money. Church members insist that the whole case has been fabricated to stop Ilmurad Nurlievs Christian activities.
Christians seriously injured during a savage attack near Hanoi on Nov.
13 have been evacuated to an undisclosed hospital in Ho Chi Minh City
after several hospitals in the region refused to examine and treat them.
The attack on a church leaders worship service of an Agape Baptist
Church (ABC) house church in Lai Tao village, Bot Xuyen commune, My Duc
district, left one woman, evangelist Nguyen Thi Lan, with her pelvis
broken in two places and with badly damaged internal organs, according
to doctors who recommended emergency surgery. Yet previously doctors at
three area hospitals had told her and two other seriously injured
Christians that they were fine and dismissed them, said Pastor Nguyen
Cong Thanh, head of the ABC. When doctors in Vietnam learn that
religious motives play a role in violence, commonly they do not dare to
treat or even examine the victims of persecution.
Nguyen Thi Lan
is a recently retired Communist Party official who converted to
Christianity only last year. Within that short time she had led some 50
people to the Christian faith, angering a fellow villager identified
only by his given name, Khoan. Khoan and his son led a gang into her
house and beat several people, leaving pastor Nguyen Danh Chau
unconscious and destroying property, sources said. Doctors diagnosed
internal injuries to the kidneys, liver and perhaps other organs of
Nguyen Danh Chau and admitted him for hospital treatment. Nguyen Thi
Tac, who had been hit with a steel shovel on her chest and stomach as
well as her back, was also still in considerable pain but was not
admitted for hospital treatment. I pray that you will patiently endure
your suffering for Jesus sake without bitterness, Nguyen Cong Thanh
told the victims. Know that the blood you spilled is now joined with
Christs blood in suffering.
The people of Russias North Caucasus region have seen much violence already, but no end is yet in sight. A week does not go by in Ingushetia without civilians being killed and maimed in terror attacks and assassinations. The churches in this region are generally quite small and vulnerable. Please pray for Christians in this volatile area that they may experience Gods protection and encouragement, so that they will be strengthened to share the Gospel with many who have never had the opportunity to hear it.
Pray that God will reveal Himself unto many Muslims in this region, either directly through dreams and visions, or through other means like Christian radio and television programs, Scriptures and Christian literature.