According to sources, the government of Nigeria's Borno state plans to demolish about 25 churches and Christian schools. The local government says that the demolition is necessary to set up new housing estates, but plans for these new housing estates have yet to be produced. Leaders within the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) believe it is just another attempt by state governments in northern Nigeria to persecute the Christian minority.
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On August 24, as Christians gathered for evening prayer, Eritrean authorities broke in and arrested members of the Church of the Living God. Included among those arrested are 12 women. Sources say they are held at Police Station 5 in Asmara and are under pressure to recant their faith.
The atmosphere in Sudan is becoming increasingly tense since President Hassan Omar al-Bashir has made it clear that the country is now a Muslim state in which Christians are not welcome. In response, Rev. Andudu Adam Elnail, a Sudanese bishop, wrote a letter to President Obama, calling on him to take action to save the lives of people living in the Nuba Mountains, Blue Nile and Darfur regions.
Whenever a country is in crisis, Brother Andrew challenges us to ask the question, "Is there a church?" In spite of tragedy and conflict in countries like Nigeria, Iran and Syria, the church is not only visible, but thriving!
It has been almost 70 years since the Korean War ended and the peninsula was divided into two nations. Some would describe North Korea and South Korea as polar opposites, similar to good vs. evil. Today, South Korea is home to the largest church in the world, the Yoido Full Gospel Church, with approximately one million members. In contrast, the most repressed church in the world lies just across the border in North Korea. As Satan would have it, no church would exist in North Korea, let alone the world. But there is a church in North Korea... and she is faithful!
At first glance one would not immediately see the work of the Lord in war-torn Central African Republic (CAR). Landlocked in the heart of Africa, the CAR was a seemingly peaceful nation, when compared to some of its neighboring countries. However, in March of this year, things drastically changed...
The United Nations' special rapporteur on human rights in Eritrea, Sheila Keetharuth, recently told the General Assembly that human rights abuses in Eritrea are causing "countless Eritreans to desert from their positions and flee the country". UN figures estimate that between 2,000 and 3,000 people are fleeing Eritrea every month despite a "shoot-to-kill policy" towards those attempting to leave.
Christians in Afghanistan Share Twelve Ways to Pray
In light of the plight of Iraqi Christians after American troops left, the impending withdrawal of the international military presence in Afghanistan in 2014 raises new concerns for the small community of believers in Afghanistan. With more than 30 million Afghan Muslims and only several thousand Christians, these faithful followers of Christ, and the country of Afghanistan, are in great need of prayer. Join Afghan Christians as they pray daily for God’s church in Afghanistan.
Thank you for all the support that you have expressed for Pastor B.K. through phone calls to the embassy, selfies and countless prayers for our dear friend. Pastor B.K. still remains in prison and is undoubtedly being tortured at the hands of the Kazakhstan government. Would you share Pastor B.K.’s story with at least five of your friends today? With your help, we can bring him home for Christmas. Read Pastor B.K.’s story here: http://ow.ly/rg6bx
Arrested: May 2013
Pastor Bakhytzhan Kashkumbaev of Astana, Kazakhstan, was arrested on May 17, 2013 after allegations were made that he had harmed the health of one of his church members. Until his retirement in October 2012 at age 66, Pastor Kashkumbaev led the Grace Church in Astana, a legally registered protestant church. In a long-running campaign against the church, state officials have accused the church of being involved in espionage, fraud, money laundering, distributing extremist texts and using hallucinogens in communion drink. More Info