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anonymous TROUBLING NEWS ACROSS THE EARTH! April 27, 2008 6:43 AM

THIS MORNING THERE WAS TROUBLING NEWS ACROSS THE EARTH.
Many countries are facing war, drought, famine and political upheaval. It is rare that the associated press or any other secular news agency will mention what is happening to Christians, so although I see how troubling the news is I do not see what is happening to our brothers and sisters. I have to go to Christian news agencies for that and to Christian organizations that deal with persecution and related issues.
Right now I am working on projects, presentations, and reports along with tests. I will be finished with the semester in three weeks and then I will make a real effort to find the news and to update you. I will also update you on my health issues, which is a long wait for me.
I ask that you pray for all countries and that in all the turmoil and trouble that Jesus will bring about good, and that Jesus will bring the very people, who are caught in the middle of all this trouble, to know Salvation and that they find help in the Lord.


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 November 25, 2009 2:27 PM

Osman Imin Freed from Chinese Prison!

Osman, a Uyghur house church leader, arrested in 2004 for alleged “illegal proselytizing” and “leaking state secrets”, was freed from prison on November 18, according to Compass News sources. Osman, originally held in a detention center, was later sent to a labor camp where he was forced to work 12 to 15 hours a day for two years.  Although authorities wanted Osman to serve 10- 15 years, they significantly reduced the term following international media attention.

Continue to pray for Alimjan Yimit another Uygher Christian who remains in arbitrary detention in the region. Details of how you can write Alimjan’s family and other persecuted Christians letters of encouragement can be found on the Open Doors website.

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 January 10, 2012 5:25 AM


Gao Zhisheng

Location: China
Arrested: February 2009

Since 2005, Gao has been repeatedly arrested, imprisoned and severely tortured by Chinese authorities, mostly for his human rights work. In 2006, he and a group of prominent human rights lawyers created the Association of Human Rights Attorneys for Chinese Christians. That same year, Gao was sentenced to five years of probation for inciting "subversion of the state." After serving three years in prison, Gao was supposedly released on probation but he disappeared for extended periods of time.

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 February 23, 2012 2:58 PM

Spiritual Openness Greater Than Ever in Tunisia
The Arab Spring revolution that swept across the Middle East began with revolts in Tunisia. Now, a year later, Tunisian Christians claim that spiritual openness has grown in unprecedented ways!
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 February 23, 2012 3:00 PM

Urgent Prayers Needed for Central Asia
The Spirit of God is at work in Central Asia where His church is growing in miraculous ways. But Satan is active as well and there is a spiritual battle being waged. As you read these stories of Christians living out the gospel in the midst of real life struggles of discrimination and persecution, join them by walking alongside in the power of prayer.
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 February 24, 2012 10:37 AM

Please Pray for Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani that God will reverse his execution for standing up for Jesus!
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 February 25, 2012 2:27 AM

Who will set Syria Free?
Syrian Christians brace themselves for civil war.

Who will set Syria Free?

Dear Donna,

Syria is facing a civil war and Christians are preparing for the worst.

Fundamental Islamic groups have orchestrated violent protests against the Syrian government. This could result in a new regime, even worse than that of the current brutality of President Assad.

If a change of power occurs…the revenge of the Sunnis could be more bloody than the over 8,300 deaths that have occurred since March 2011.

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.

Christians in dozens of countries around the world face the same complex dilemma where they cannot count on governments to protect them.

But they can count the prayers of the church and the power of God through His Word to see them through whatever battles are sure to come.

"Before I didn't see the importance of prayer," Leah* says from Syria. "I began to see how the people of God are coming together in fasting and prayers then understood what it means to be the body of Christ."

"My faith became stronger because I am not alone."

Would you please join Leah and millions like her who ask that you pray for their safety and courage?

Through your prayers and the delivery of Bibles, discipleship training and practical support, they can find that courage and security in Christ.

Thank you for supporting our brothers and sisters who live where faith costs the most.

 

In Christ,


Carl Moeller
President/CEO
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 February 28, 2012 4:08 AM

Who will set Syria free?

Who Will Set Syria Free

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.

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 February 29, 2012 3:48 AM

Washington Silent on China’s 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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 February 29, 2012 6:37 AM

Presidential Pledge for Religious Freedom: The Presidential Pledge for Religious Freedom asks each candidate to commit to making domestic and international religious liberty a priority in his or her administration. We are eager to have all candidates sign on to this important pledge. You can help this effort by signing a petition that urges all candidates to sign the pledge. Take a moment to sign the petition now. To learn more please go to www.pledgeforreligiousfreedom.com

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 March 01, 2012 8:56 AM

Update on Nguyen Van Ly

On Feb. 19, 2007, Father Nguyen Van Ly was arrested in Hue, Vietnam for distributing material "harmful to the state." In March, he was sentenced to eight years in prison.

On March 15, 2010, Father Nguyen was released on medical parole after he suffered three debilitating strokes. He spent 16 months convalescing before the government demanded he return to complete his sentence.

Seriously ill and weak, Father Nguyen was rearrested on July 25, 2011. He remains in prison.

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Nguyen Van Ly
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 March 02, 2012 3:38 PM

Zhang Huamei

Location: China
Arrested: November 2009

On Nov. 25, 2009, Zhang Huamei and four other Linfen-Fushan church leaders from Shanxi Province were sentenced to criminal detention for two to seven years, according to China Aid Association. The five church leaders were accused of "gathering people to disturb the public order," because they organized a prayer rally on Sept. 14, the day after 400 military police raided the church's grounds. During the raid, more than 30 believers were seriously wounded and 17 buildings were destroyed.

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 March 15, 2012 2:18 PM

Arab Christians Astonished Over Destruction of Graves
Christians in the Arab world are angered that Muslims have destroyed graves and stones in a Libyan Christian cemetery. "It is a shame; an unbelievable act," says a Christian Arab. "I know I should pray, but I find it difficult and hard to do. These kinds of acts make me so angry." Please join in prayer for Christians in the Middle East as they deal with this disturbing news and seek to forgive those who have caused this pain.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 March 15, 2012 2:19 PM

Another Church in Jos, Nigeria Hit by Suicide Bombing
Two weeks after a suicide bomber attacked Christians during a church service, leaving at least three Christians dead, a similar blast on Sunday killed nine additional people. Damian Babang, a parishioner at the church, had just completed a reading when he heard the explosion. "The next thing I saw was the ceiling of the church falling on us and cries of people struggling to get out of the church."
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 March 29, 2012 3:56 AM


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

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 March 29, 2012 4:07 AM

USCIRF Identifies World’s Worst Religious Freedom Violators: The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), released its 2012 Annual Report and recommended that the Secretary of State name the following nations “countries of particular concern” or CPCs: Burma, China, Egypt, Eritrea, Iraq, Iran, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam.  “It’s no coincidence that many of the nations we recommend to be designated as CPCs are among the most dangerous and destabilizing places on earth,” said USCIRF Chair Leonard Leo. “Nations that trample upon basic rights, including freedom of religion, provide fertile ground for poverty and insecurity, war and terror, and violent, radical movements and activities.”  Read more>>  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 March 29, 2012 4:15 AM

Presidential Pledge Signals Candidate Commitment to Religious Freedom: Sign our petition asking candidates to sign the Presidential Pledge for Religious Freedom at this link, Presidential Pledge Petition  Open Doors USA President, Carl Moeller, urges all candidates to sign the Presidential Pledge for Religious Freedom. “Open Doors would love to have the pledge signed by every candidate. Far from being a radical, divisive political document, this pledge lays out a position that our Founding Founders rightly agreed is a basic American value.” Read more>>  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 April 05, 2012 7:08 PM

Facebook Evangelism Reaches Thousands
Thousands in the Middle East are becoming "friends" on Facebook because of a youth TV program Open Doors helped develop. The interactive program, Connect with Me, follows a group of young people and addresses subjects that teenagers and young adults across the Middle East can identify with, such as fear, forgiveness and unemployment.
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 April 05, 2012 7:10 PM

Aerial Bombing Continues in Nuba Mountains - Update
Last week we prayed for Sudanese blacks and Christians caught in the "ethnic cleansing" attacks. Though Khartoum denied that it had bombed civilians earlier this month, Sudanese aerial strikes continued last week, aimed at church buildings and schools in Kauda, South Kordofan state. The United Nations estimates the conflict has made refugees of a total of 400,000 people, with some 300,000 in danger of starving. Pray that the government ceases its brutal attacks and that aid will reach those who are in desperate need.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 April 09, 2012 3:18 PM


Northern Nigeria

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 church’s 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.

The 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 the Learn More and Pray 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.

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