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anonymous PERSECUTED, BUT NOT FORSAKEN. May 20, 2008 8:16 PM

WE are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed but not in despair; Persecuted, not  forsaken; struck down but not destroyed--

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 April 19, 2012 11:39 AM

Open Doors Provides Spiritual and Practical Support to Syrian Christians
The outlook for Christians in Homs remains desperate even after UN negotiators agreed on a cease-fire. Ninety per cent of Christians have fled the city, although a few pastors have stayed on and continue to hold services to a dwindling congregation.
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 April 24, 2012 3:51 AM

Week of Prayer Vital During ‘North Korea Freedom Week’: As North Korea celebrated the “Day of the Sun” (the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Kim II Sung) Open Doors was calling for prayers, asking Christians to celebrate a Day of the Son through constant intercession for persecuted believers.  “North Korea is the worst nation in the world as far as persecution of Christians. In fact, they've been on the Open Doors World Watch List for ten years in a row and for good reason," says Jerry Dykstra of Open Doors. With all this in mind, Open Doors is making the annual North Korea Freedom Week a week of prayer. From April 23 to 29, Open Doors is asking believers to pray with them for the many needs in North Korea--from Christians' safety to leaders' salvation. You may sign up anytime this week, April 23-29, to receive pray alerts for North Korea.  Sign up here to join in prayer for North Korea. Read more>>

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 April 24, 2012 3:55 AM

Nigerian Suicide Bomber Targets Churches On Easter Sunday: Churches celebrating Easter services were the targets of a suicide bomber who killed at least 38 people in Kaduna city in northern Nigeria. Security personnel at one of the church buildings blocked the bomber, believed to belong to the Boko Haram Islamic sect, who then decided to detonate his explosives in the street at a nearby motorcycle taxi center. Dozens of people were injured in addition to those killed. The bombs damaged  church buildings, homes, hotels and vehicles.  Read more>> 

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 April 24, 2012 4:19 AM

Advocate for Religious Freedom with Your Elected Officials: Take a moment to review how your elected officials scored on key issues in The Midterm Congressional Scorecard for International Religious Freedom for the 112th Congress  Go to your state page, click on the names of elected officials and you will be able to send pre-written letters (thanking them or encouraging them to do better) based on their scores. Let your representatives in Washington know that religious freedom is important to you. Your letters make a difference!

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 April 28, 2012 7:42 AM

North Korea - Finding God in Dark Places
"It is a miracle I am still alive. I thank God for that." Now living outside North Korea, three former prisoners share their dramatic stories on how they found God in a country filled with spiritual darkness.
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 May 03, 2012 6:06 PM

Kidnapped Swiss Christian Freed/Unrest Continues in Mali
Armed members of a militant Islamic group released Beatrice Stockly, a Christian social worker in Timbuktu, to Swiss diplomats last week. Amid the continuing chaos following a March 22 army coup, hundreds of northern Malian Christians have fled to the south, leaving everything behind.
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 May 11, 2012 7:40 AM

Glimmers of Christ's Light in Darkness of Saudi Arabia
In Saudi Arabia, where conversion to another religion from Islam is a capital crime, the Internet is making an impact, leading to both conversions to Christ and increased persecution.
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 May 24, 2012 3:41 AM

Prayer Update
Thanks to timely prayers, our Christian brothers of La Piedad were not expelled from their homes on May 20. Religious leaders and authorities in the community of La Piedad, in Las Margaritas, Chiapas had threatened Christians with expulsion because they had refused to participate in the May 3 "holy cross" fiesta which included alcoholic drinking. Tensions in the community remain high and they ask for our continued prayers for their protection as the threat is still present.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 May 30, 2012 5:11 AM

Update on Youcef Nadarkhani

7 May 2012

Greetings from your servant and younger brother in Christ, Youcef Nadarkhani.

To: All those who are concerned and worried about my current situation.

First, I would like to inform all of my beloved brothers and sisters that I am in perfect health in the flesh and spirit. And I try to have a little different approach from others to these days, and consider it as the day of exam and trial of my faith. And during these days which are hard in order to prove my loyalty and sincerity to God, I am trying to do the best in my power to stay right with what I have learned from God's commandments.

I need to remind my beloveds ...

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Youcef Nadarkhani
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 May 31, 2012 6:23 AM

Future for Syrian Christians Appears Bleak
We do not have any future here; we are just staying to protect the flock as long as possible…,” a Syrian pastor said. Although thousands of Syrian believers are seeking refuge in neighboring countries, many are choosing to stay. Open Doors will continue to help these brave brothers and sisters, providing them with humanitarian aid and Bible distribution.
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 May 31, 2012 9:59 AM

Brother in Egypt Asks for Our Prayers
Last week Egypt voted for a new president; next month they are expecting another round in the election process. In a heart-felt letter an Egyptian Christian pleads for our aid; “Brothers and sisters, we greatly need you to join with us in prayer during this very critical and unique time in Egypt's history! We are in unity and partnership with you for such a time as this.”
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 May 31, 2012 1:52 PM

Election of Hard-Line Islamic Governor in Indonesia Followed by Closure of 17 Churches: The election of a hard-line Islamic governor in Indonesia’s Aceh Province last month appears to have opened the way for a crack-down on the minority Christian community. Emboldened by the April 9 election of Zaini Abdullah of the militant Aceh Party, hundreds of Islamists demonstrated on April 30, demanding area church buildings be not only sealed but demolished.  Police Chief Bambang Syafrianto suggested that the Christians be given three days to tear down their church buildings, and that an enforcement team would be formed to demolish them if they failed to do so.  Read more>>

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 June 04, 2012 4:15 AM

Chechnya - Learn More and Pray

The people of Russia’s 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 God’s 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.

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 June 07, 2012 9:00 AM

Lives Changed, Communities Transformed, Hope Restored
Unprecedented amounts of food and Christian materials were distributed in North Korea. A record number of Bibles and other biblical literature went into India. During the short window of time when there were no checks at the Libyan border with Egypt, more Bibles reached Libya than in the previous 42 years.

The year 2011 was historic for Open Doors. Worldwide over 3 million Christians received Bibles and Christian literature, over 263,500 received Bible training and 172,000 benefited from development projects. Due to the sacrificial giving of supporters, countless lives were changed, communities transformed and hope restored. Read the full report… then praise God and give thanks!
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 June 14, 2012 5:42 PM

Lao Police Arrest Pastor for Spreading Faith
A 53-year-old Lao pastor remains behind bars after Lao police arrested him on Wednesday, June 6, for encouraging others to convert to Christianity.
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 June 14, 2012 5:45 PM

Just Released - 2012 Global Prisoner Lists
Arranged by regions of the world; last week we prayed for prisoners in the Middle East and Africa, this week join in prayer for prisoners in China.
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 August 29, 2012 3:51 AM

Syria Christian Refugees in Lebanon Fear Islamist Rebels: The rebellion in Syria,led by the Sunni Muslim majority, has stirred profound concern among Christians who make up about 10% of Syria's population. Some say they detect an increasingly radicalized Islamist strain among the rebels which makes them fear for their future. Although many young Christians sympathize with the rebellion, most Christians are believed to still support the embattled government, viewing it as a guarantor of minority rights.  Read more>>

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