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The Voice of the Martyrs March 12, 2009 5:59 AM

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Jeremiah Logara never knew resignation, only determination. The Muslim soldiers had arrested six boys from his church and falsely accused them of being spies. When Jeremiah, their pastor, tried explaining that the boys were Christians, not spies, the soldiers decided to arrest him too.

    The Islamic soldiers tied Pastor Logara’s arms and legs together and hung him four feet in the air with a rope. They whipped him and dripped hot melted wax on his chest. He recalled the prayer of Jesus in the Garden. He prayed, “Oh God, if it is your will for me to die today, let it be done.” He could not bear that he might give in to the tortures of the Northern Sudanese Arabs as he stood before the young, impressionable boys.
    But God’s will was that he live on as a testimony for these boys. He was released. But the boys were detained. Pastor Logara imagines the boys were probably being forced to train as soldiers.
    When the pastor reflected upon that incident, he recalled, “I thought of Jesus’ death, that Jesus died to save the whole world. I thought my death could be part of the salvation of these boys as I followed in the footsteps of my Lord. I pray my example of suffering for them will encourage them to remain faithful to God.”


Children love to walk in the footsteps of their parents. On sandy beaches, they strive and stretch to plant their tiny feet within the pattern of their mom or dad. Ever-trusting, they follow the path wherever it may lead. Likewise, Jesus’ footsteps may lead us through some trying terrain. We may follow him through trials and tribulations that we never would have chosen for ourselves. However, if we are committed to following Jesus, we have released our right to choose our own destinies. Following Jesus provides a clear example for our children and other observers to imitate. The path we take matters. What impressions are you leaving in the minds of those around you?

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 January 10, 2012 5:33 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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 January 13, 2012 4:19 AM

Join the 5 Minute Challenge
Just released - the 2012 WWL that ranks the top 50 countries where the persecution of Christians is most severe. What can you do? You can partner in prayer with thousands of others who have committed to pray, each week for one country on the World Watch List, for the entire year. Join the 5-minute challenge today! "The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective." James 5:16
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 January 19, 2012 4:11 PM

Muslim Extremists Strike at Christians in East African Isles
Far from the world media's gaze, in the remote islands of Zanzibar and Comoros, off the eastern coast of Africa, church buildings are razed and Christians are ostracized and imprisoned for their faith.
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 January 19, 2012 4:19 PM

Praise Update - Ugandan Girl Tortured for Christ Regaining Use of Legs
15-year-old Susan Ithungu, a Christian girl in western Uganda who lost the use of her legs after her father locked her in a room for six months for leaving Islam, has begun to take tentative steps. Living in a rented house in an undisclosed location, Susan says, "Well-wishers have been paying the house rent and buying me food and clothing." Susan added that she has forgiven her father.
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 January 21, 2012 3:43 AM

Presidential Pledge for Religious Freedom Petition

Presidential Pledge

The upcoming Presidential election in 2012 provides us with a remarkable opportunity to highlight the importance of domestic and international religious liberty. In order to take advantage of this opportunity and to work with candidates from most parties seeking the position of President of the United States, we have crafted a religious freedom pledge for their consideration.

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 January 21, 2012 3:49 AM

Open Doors LIVE with Dr. Carl Moeller and Rabbi Adlerstein

Open Doors LIVE

Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein, Director of Interfaith Affairs at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and Dr. Carl Moeller, Open Doors USA President/CEO, address such issues as Sharia law and its effect on Christians, what the revolts mean for religious minorities and the future of religious freedom in the Middle East in 2012.

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 January 24, 2012 4:11 PM

Dear Friend,
 

International Christian Concern has learned that 35 Christian Ethiopian men and women were arrested after holding a prayer meeting at a private home in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on December 15th.  

 

Our sources indicate they have been imprisoned without trial and have not been told when or if they will be released. Our sources also indicate that the men in the prison have been violently assaulted by their interrogators and that one of them has sustained serious injuries to his ribs and was unable to move until recently. During interrogations some of the prisoners have been mocked by authorities for their Christian beliefs. The women report that they were strip searched upon their arrest and that unsanitary conditions during the search have led to illnesses among some of the prisoners for which they are unable to obtain proper medical treatment.

 

Although officially the authorities are saying the arrest was due to "improper mixing of genders", one of the employers of the imprisoned Christians was initially told by officials that the arrests were due to holding Christian meetings. The prisoners themselves are also convinced that they were arrested for holding the prayer meeting and point out that the questioning they have faced under interrogation confirms this.

 

Join us as we advocate on behalf of these brothers and sisters in Christ who have been arrested simply for gathering together to pray. Sign our petition to the Saudi Ambassador to the United States, urging him to take immediate action with his government in resolving the cases of all 35 Ethiopian Christians.  

  

 

 Here's How You Can Help


#1 Pray: The first thing you can do to help is stop right now and ask the Lord to intervene on behalf of persecuted Christians in Saudi Arabia

 

#2 Next, review our petition.

#3 Electronically sign the petition.

#4 Print out the petition and take it to your friends and church and have everyone you know sign it. Send the signatures back to us so we can compile the responses.

Feel free to print out extra signature pages for large numbers of sign ups. When you have collected all your signatures, please mail the signature pages to:

ICC
PO Box 8056
Silver Spring, MD 20907

or fax them to us at (301) 585-5918.

Please get them back to us by February 25th.

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 February 01, 2012 10:09 AM

Christian Prisoners Recount Torture and Miraculous Escape from Eritrea

Three Eritrean Christians share testimonies of persecution and miraculous escape from prison in Eritrea.
 
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 February 03, 2012 10:46 PM

Update on Asia Bibi

Asia's husband and a VOM worker had the opportunity to visit Asia in late January, and they brought back this report. Asia had a "smiley face, full of joy and thanksgiving."

Asia told them, "I am praying every day. I am strong in my faith. I know that this is the test of my faith and I know to make gold, it must be purified... I am strong in my faith, and I know that God will release me."

Asia also said she is not worried for herself, but she is worried about the safety those helping her. "I don't know the names, but I know the people from USA are helping me; I pray for them also."

Read more of the interview at www.persecution.com. Will you pray for Asia to be released today?

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Asia Bibi
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 February 10, 2012 6:52 PM

Maldives President Resigns
In the wake of weeks of protests and a police revolt, the president of the Maldives resigned this Tuesday. In the Maldives, listed sixth on the Open Doors 2012 World Watch List of the top 50 countries where persecutions of Christians is most severe, every citizen is required to be Muslim and the government views itself as the protector and defender of Islam. Some had accused the ousted president of being too liberal on religious issues despite the continued pressure placed on even foreign Christians living in the country. Please pray for this nation as it struggles in chaos and spiritual darkness.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 February 10, 2012 6:53 PM

Pray for Turkmenistan Elections
On 12 February 2012, the Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov will face seven other candidates in a presidential election. The current regime is one of the most restrictive regarding religious freedom in the region and believers hope that a new president would ease some of the present restrictions. Pray that Christians will experience more freedom of religion in Turkmenistan after the elections.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 February 16, 2012 2:14 PM

Pray for Christians in Uzbekistan
During a recent police raid on the homes of Shokir Rahmatullayev and Lyudmila Suvorova, members of a local Protestant church, Uzbek authorities confiscated Christian literature and other materials and arrested the two believers, along with fellow Christian Dmitri Inyushev. The three are now being charged on two counts; the "illegal production, storage, or import into Uzbekistan with a purpose to distribute religious materials by physical persons," and proselytism and "other missionary activity." The charges could result in confiscation of the religious materials along with the relevant means of producing and distributing them, administrative arrest for up to 15 days, and a fine of 50-150 times the minimum monthly wage.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 February 16, 2012 2:16 PM

Tanzania Shop is Destroyed Because of "Offensive" Gospel Song
On Feb 11, Muslim attackers sneaked into a Seventh Day Adventist worship service in Tanzania. Taking offense to a song that advised believers "not to worship idols such as plants, trees, or stones," they attacked the worshipers and destroyed the shop where the service was held. Christians in the area are asking for our prayers as tensions remain high.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
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