Church Burned in Latest of Zanzibar Attacks
Arsonists in Zanzibar burned a church on Feb. 19; just two days after gunmen killed a priest there. Recent clashes with Islam have left believers in the otherwise peaceful Eastern African nation of Tanzania concerned over the future of religious freedom.
Bloodbath in Nigeria
On March 18, a series of bomb-explosions rocked a luxury bus terminal in the Christian-dominated Sabon Gani district of Kano. Although initial reports indicate approximately 22 died, it is feared that the actual number of killed or injured may be more than 60. On Feb 22, 13 factory workers in Kano were asked why they did not attend the Muslim evening prayers. When the men revealed that they were Christians, the accusers shot and killed them. Please pray as the persecution and violence continues to rise in Nigeria.
Victims of Gombe, Nigeria Attack Remain Full of Faith
On February 22, two suspected Boko Haram gunmen opened fire on Christians gathered at a family home, killing six men and injuring eight others. Last week, Francis Maina shared with Open Doors from his hospital bed, "They want to deter us from our faith in Christ! They cannot succeed. This incident draws us closer to Christ."
Indigenous Christian Musician, Husband Killed in Northern Colombia
A Colombian couple, Elizabeth Chaparro, 31, and her husband, Eliud Landero, 33, were shot to death in their home on March 7. Their names were allegedly on a hit list kept by an anti-Christian militia.
Garissa—The Other Face of Kenya
Airport speakers blast Christian music, taxis play Christian radio stations, local TV channels broadcast Christian shows…this is Nairobi, the political and cultural hub of Kenya. Outside the capital, however, towards Garissa and the Somali border, the face of Christianity looks very different. Most of Garissa’s Christians relocated there for work. Abdi Welli was one such believer; in February, he was murdered.
Goodluck Jonathan’s Amnesty Gamble
Over a month ago, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said he would not negotiate with the militant Islamic sect Boko Haram. On April 17, Jonathan changed his position, formally inaugurating a committee to explore the possibility of amnesty in exchange for the end of a four-year uprising that has killed thousands of Nigerians.
"Let the children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God." Mark 10:14
"One day my father was preaching, my mother was singing, and my sister and I were playing, when these illegal groups came and took my father," said David. "When I saw these people for the first time, I was afraid; my heart was filled with terror. I had never seen people dressed in black with weapons, small children with guns; I was very afraid. When they took my father, they told me they were going to kill him."
David is from Colombia, a country where Christians face a great deal of violent persecution. This comes as a surprise to many, since Colombia has such a prevalent Catholic population. However...
Leave Jesus, or Go Unburied!
When a local Kyrgyz believer was dying of cancer, he was visited by three Moldo (Muslim leaders) from the local mosque. "If you do not leave your faith in Jesus," they told him, "we will not allow your family to bury you in the local cemetery." He responded emotionally, telling them to go away.