I Have Found the Truth, says Son of Imam
The son of the second Imam at the greatest Mosque in Yaoundé, Cameroon, had to flee the country on July 9, in order to escape the wrath of his Muslim family. Since committing his life to Jesus earlier in the year, this Muslim Background Believer (MB has been beaten twice and left for dead by his own family.
Iraqi Christian Exodus from Mosul Continues Due to Unabated Violence
Mosul is now one of the most violent cities in Iraq with Christians and other minorities often targets of the violence. With the spotlight currently on Syria, Nigeria and Afghanistan; Iraq has been placed on the back-burner, notes Dr. Carl Moeller. But we as Christians in the West must continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in Iraq, who face extinction if we dont pray and advocate for them.
Five Mombasa Churches Damaged in Retaliatory Attacks
After the van of Muslim cleric, Aboud Rogo, was sprayed with bullets by unknown gunmen on Monday, August 27, the predominantly Muslim community in Mombasa, Kenya retaliated by vandalizing and looting various churches and religious centers.
Perpetrators of Turkey’s ‘Malatya Massacre’ Put on Trial: Nineteen suspects accused of inciting the brutal 2007 murders of three Christians in eastern Turkey went on trial in Malatya. With the court’s acceptance in June of a third indictment in the case, allegations against primarily military officials have finally been made public. This is first time that solid evidence against the military's role in the massacre has been presented. Read more>>
Suicide Bomber Kills 2, Wounds 46 at Nigerian Church: A suicide car bomber blew himself up outside a Catholic church in northern Nigeria on Sunday, killing himself and at least two other people and wounding 46, police said. "I was just coming out on my way to church and I saw a car speeding towards the church entrance. It hit the fence and there was a huge 'bang' and pieces of metal flew into the air," said Manan Yara, a housewife who lives opposite the church. Read more>>
Christian Students Massacred at Northern Nigerian College
Urgent prayer request - According to Open Doors sources, Boko Haram, an Islamist militant group, invaded the off-campus hostel of Federal Polytechnic College in northern Nigeria late Monday. Allegedly separating the Muslims from Christians, the assailants massacred up to 30 Christian students. The parents and families of the victims are in mourning and in “indescribable pain.” Please pray for them and the Christian community in Nigeria.
Muslims Offended by the Anti-Islam Film Vent Anger at Christians
In the same week that the US Ambassador was killed in Libya, a group threatened a Protestant Libyan church, saying, “Open the gate so we can burn your church, or else we will burn you.” From Africa to Asia, believers have been assaulted, churches burned, and websites hacked, yet there are glimmers of hope.
A Talibani assassination attempt on a 14-year old girl in Pakistan is causing Pakistan's citizens to question the government's ability to stand up to the Muslim extremists.
Malala Yusufzai, famous for speaking out against Islamic Muslim extremists and their restrictions on girls, was shot in the head on her school bus on her way home from school on Tuesday.
Malala rose to fame in 2009 during the Pakistani army's attempt to drive the Taliban from her home town of Mingora, Pakistan and the surrounding Swat valley. Yousufzai wrote a blog for the BBC under the pseudonym Gul Makai about the chaos of the time, including the fears of her classmates that their educations would be abruptly stopped. At a time when many Pakistani politicians seemed to be afraid to speak out against the violent and extreme group, Malala provided a clear voice calling for peace and equal treatment.
A Taliban spokesman, Ehsanullah Ehsan, claimed responsibility on behalf of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the Pakistani offshoot of the Taliban movement notorious for its restrictions of women's freedom and female education during the five years before late 2001 when they were in power in Afghanistan.
"She was pro-west, she was speaking against Taliban and she was calling President Obama her ideal leader," Ehsan told Reuters. "She was young but she was promoting western culture in Pashtun areas," he said, referring to the main ethnic group in north-western Pakistan and Afghanistan from which the Taliban finds most of its followers.
The Taliban had previously announced the girl was on their "hit list" because of her backing for "the imposition of secular government" in the Swat valley.
The attack has raised questions with locals, who have been assured the Taliban has been dismantled in the Swat area, as to whether the government really has control over the Taliban in their area..
"An attack on Malala in a highly secured area has sent a shiver down the spine of Swati people," said Fazal Maula Zahid, a member of Swat Qaumi Jirga, a local anti-Taliban group working for peace in the region. "We are holding urgent meeting of our jirga [tribal assembly] to chalk out a future strategy. We demand of the government to arrest the attackers or the confidence of the people in the government will greatly be shaken."
When a group is willing to murder a young girl for her idealism and hope for the future because it goes against their extremist Muslim views, they are nothing but terrorists. There is no doubt that the Taliban, in Pakistan, Afghanistan and where ever else it exists, are Muslim extremists terrorists. This does raise the question that if the United States claims we will not negotiate with terrorists, why does the current administration continue to negotiate with the Taliban and provide conciliation to a blatantly terrorist organization?
NORTH AFRICA: Fatima’s story
Fatima lives in north Africa and she is a Muslim background believer. Married, with four children, she became a Christian when a friend asked her if she wanted to get to know Jesus and was willing to change her life. But, her friend warned her, if she did, she would need to live out her new life in secrecy.
Fatima made that commitment. She started to attend a secret Bible study meeting and gradually her life began to change. She has seen real answers to prayer.
But her faith is lived out behind locked doors. Now, whenever Fatima shares in Bible study with anyone, she ensures the doors are locked and that her husband, Jamal, is out. He is opposed to her faith and has threatened to report her to her neighbours and the police. With no support from her husband, Fatima relies upon fellow secret believers to pray with and support her in her Christian faith.
In Fatima’s country, Open Doors is providing secret places for underground Christians to meet and experience fellowship without fearing for their lives.
Prayer Update Nigerian Christian Students Massacred
“I was asked to say my name. The next moment I was shot in the hand, and then slashed with a knife at the back of my neck. They must have thought I was dead because they left,” testified Elkanah. A total of 29 people, mostly Christian students, were killed and at least five injured in the October 1st attack. Previously, we prayed for the situation; today, join in prayer for the grieving families of each person who was murdered in the attack.
Christians Vow to Stay Despite Barbaric Student Deaths
A church leader in northern Nigeria shares his perspective just two weeks after the most recent brutal attack, “Despite these circumstances the church will hold on to God and will triumph; we are not going to retaliate. We want to display Christlikeness even when they hate us. We shall stay and fulfill our calling to the glory of our heavenly Father."
Christians Targeted in Nigerian College Massacre: The Islamist militant group, Boko Haram, invaded the off campus hostel of Federal Polytechnic College in northern Nigeria on October 1st and allegedly separated Muslim students from Christians and massacred up to 30 Christian students. The massacre is believed to be a reprisal attack after 156 people were arrested and accused of being members of Boko Haram in late September. Read more>>
Please pray for all Christians in Nigeria because many Christians are targeted that we do not know about. Not all persecution is publized! So pray for those Christians also who are unknown but faithful, and struggling with persecution issues also!
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