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Just released...Open Doors World Watch List 2009 of the top 50 countries where persecution of Christians is the most severe. Share it with your friends, family and church -Blanket these nations in prayer.

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Pastor Evangelizing

The Voice of the Martyrs has just received new information from our field workers about 300 pastors, evangelists and lay workers ministering in restricted nations, such as China, Nigeria and Sudan, who are in great need of support.

Many of these church leaders spend most of their day laboring to provide for their families. But they would like to dedicate much more of their time to courageously spreading the gospel and ministering to the needs of other Christians in their communities. Even at great risks, they desire to spend their days serving the Kingdom.

We invite you to prayerfully consider supporting one of these indigenous workers today. When you offer support, you are partnering with them on the mission field and sharing in building the Kingdom. A commitment of $35 a month for one year will go a long way to provide for their basic needs and help them to minister more effectively.

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Pray, Pray, Pray, Pray, Pray, Pray, Pray, Pray, Pray, Pray, Pray! Sunday, 1:14 PM

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) -- Polish authorities in Pakistan say they are monitoring local reports that Taliban militants have executed a kidnapped Polish engineer.Piotr Stancza was kidnapped September 28 from the city of Attock in the Punjab province.
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 November 10, 2009 5:40 AM

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When seven young adults embark on a mission trip to Colombia, they discover a new reality - one of violence, conflict, persecution and ... courageous HOPE!

This second installment of Underground Reality, the best-selling DVD series from The Voice of the Martyrs, reveals the harsh realities of Christianity and daring missions in one of the most dangerous nations in the western hemisphere.

Watching this DVD you will witness testimonies from families of recent martyrs, from former assassins and from a missionary pilot who flies over the "hot zones" to deliver the Word of God.

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Designed for families, young adults and youth groups, this video asks: What are you willing to risk for Jesus? What are you willing to sacrifice to spread his message of eternal salvation? Underground Reality: Colombia contains dramatized violence and may not be suitable for children.

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 November 10, 2009 5:24 PM

Dear IDOP participant,

Only a few days have passed since the International Day of Prayer, but already there is a clear sense that God is moving powerfully through the prayers offered up this IDOP Sunday.

People all over the world joined together in homes and churches, in public and in secret, huddled in prayer for persecuted Christians. It truly was an impactful day.

We want to hear about your experience of IDOP 2009 - send us pictures, video, or email your story to web@odusa.org.

If you would take a minute to fill out a quick survey, we are eager to hear your ideas on how we could improve the IDOP experience next year.

Thank you again for participating in IDOP 2009. We hope you have been blessed by this year's day of prayer and the resources we have provided to make it an inspiring and memorable event.

Sincerely,

Open Doors USA

 

 



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 November 30, 2009 4:33 AM

UN DEFAMATION OF RELIGIONS RESOLUTION: Open Doors launched a grassroots campaign called the Free to Believe Campaign to help combat the UN Defamation of Religions Resolution.  Nearly 5,000 Open Doors supporters have signed the "Free to Believe" petition to “Say NO to the Defamation of Religions Resolution.” Using the support shown by our petition, the advocacy department joined with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, Heritage Foundation, and Jubilee Camapign to lobby UN country missions in NYC to vote against the resolution. Five countries changed their votes in the recent 3rd Committee vote in a positive response. Open Doors staff will be in NYC prior to the General Assembly vote to continue our lobbying efforts. The UN General Assembly will likely vote on the resolution in December. If it is passed, it will intensify persecution of religious minorities in various countries.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 December 02, 2009 1:28 PM

Free to Believe

The UN General Assembly may vote as early as this week on whether to pass the UN Defamation of Religions Resolution.  If passed it may be used in Islamic countries to legitimize the unjust punishing of people, like Jeahanzaib Asher in Pakistan, and other pro-Islamic countries of the world. 
Please pray for favorable results as Open Doors and other organizations travel to New York this week in hopes of influencing the vote and overturning the resolution.  If you have not yet signed the Free to Believe petition, please take action today!  We ask that you also share it with as many people as possible... The more digital signatures, the better! 

Father, we call upon you to stop the passing of the U.N. Defamation of Religions Resolution.  Open the eyes of those voting to see the danger of this seemingly benign declaration; that hidden in the “good” words are intentions to harm those who love You.

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 December 07, 2009 8:38 PM

Dear Donna Matthews,
 
Thank you for your support to date. We just learned that the Burma orphans are again in a percarious position: 
On November 27th, Thailand’s border police stormed the Shekinah (Glory to God) orphanage in Mae Hong Son Province near the Burma border, put the names of all the residents on a register and asked them to prepare for deportation.
 
After fleeing Burma in June, the children were temporarily moved to another orphanage closeby. However, due to the spread of Malaria in that orphanage and the subsequent death of one girl, they were quickly shifted to the new location. It has been just a week since the 76 children (between the ages of six and sixteen) were moved to the new location, around 100 miles from the orphanage on the Burma/Thailand border.  
 
Please pray that the Thai officials would have mercy on these children and allow them to stay. The best situation would be for the orphans to be granted permanant immigrant status.
 
Thank you once again for your prayers and your action on behalf of the persecuted.
 
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 December 08, 2009 8:06 AM

The media may have forgotten about the protests for democracy in Iran, but the pleas for freedom and fair governing have not gone away.
 
The pro-democracy movement was thrust into the spotlight in June 2009 after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was reelected in what many contend was a fraudulent election.  The face of the movement was the students of Iran, but these students have been joined by thousands of other Iranians looking to remove the Islamic fascist regime. Not the least of these are the many Christians forced to worship in secret for fear of facing the death penalty after an unfair trial.  On December 7, 2009 these freedom fighters are planning to commemorate Iran's Student Day with renewed anti-regime protests.
 
In the last month, government officials have cracked down on student organizations, arresting and prosecuting dozens of students. According to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran (ICHRI), no information is available on many of the arrested students and several students have been expelled, sentenced to prison or lashings.
 
"In order to silence the student movement, a wholesale crackdown on Iranian students is underway, which not only violates their rights, but also disrupts their studies and the lives of their families," said Hadi Ghaemi, a spokesperson for the ICHRI.


Spokesman for the United Persion Organization (UPO) many Iraninas have gone beyone demanding fair democracy and are trying to find a way for an unequivocal regime change.
 
"The people of Iran are beyond disputed election results. They demand an Iran without theocracy, without Islamic Republic... Iranians from all walks of life will join students in demonstrations all across Iran to demand freedom, democracy and secularism, and an end to the current regime."
 
The UPO and ICHRI are asking for support from around the world. "Americans, Europeans, Asians and Africans - we all have to stand behind the Iranian people. It is our duty as human beings," UPO declared.
 
The WCICC supports the pro-democracy, pro-freedom and pro-religious freedom movements in Iran so that our member churches and National Director in Iran can worship freely without fear of repercussions.       It is our duty as Christians to support all peoples looking to expand the freedoms of free and open speech and the ability to worship freely. Please send up your support and prayers to those trying to end this oppressive Islamic regime in Iran.
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 December 09, 2009 10:25 PM

World Watch List Study Guide
  
Want to learn more about what the Bible says about persecution? This powerful 3-part study series poses challenging questions that will help you and your friends dig deeper into the Biblical principles of persecution.  The package includes a Leaders Guide, 3 DVDs (on Egypt, China and Nigeria), and 3 Student Study Guides, one for each DVD.  The sale price is $10 plus shipping.
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 December 17, 2009 10:19 PM

The last three years have been a time of violence and fear for many Christians in the Orissa region of India. Hundreds of Christians have been murdered and tens of thousands have been displaced from their homes and churches by anti-Christian violence perpetrated by Hindu extremists.
 
2009 has been an extraordinarily violent year following the assassination of Swami Laxmanananda, a Hindu religious leader killed in August 2008. Despite the fact that Maoist extremists have very vocally taken responsibility for the killing, Hindu militants have found if more convenient to blame area Christians.
 
Last month, Orissa's Catholic archbishop, Archbishop Raphael Cheenath offered an open letter of prayer to end the violence and to lift up the oppressed Christians in the area.
 
"Gracious Father, Lord of all the earth, we praise you for the gift of Jesus Christ, sent into the world to break down the dividing walls of hostility. Have mercy upon those in Orissa who suffer for bearing your name," Archbishop Raphael Cheenath wrote.
 
"Give them the peace and the justice that they crave, and cause the walls of bitterness and hatred in Orissa to be torn down. Comfort those who have been bereaved, counsel those who have been traumatized, provide for those who have lost everything."

In his prayer, the bishop also urged Christians around the world to pray that God "will give them the grace to forgive," and have confidence in His "gracious" favour. "Do not let us forget them, our brothers and sisters in Christ, as we celebrate the coming of the Prince of Peace and look forward to his coming again in glory," Archbishop Cheenath wrote.

An official from the advocacy group Christian Solidarity Worldwide welcomed the letter. "Archbishop Cheenath's prayer reflects the depth of suffering and uncertainty that is prevalent in Orissa's Christian community, two years after the first outbreak of widespread anti-Christian violence," said CSW's Advocacy Director Tina Lambert.

"As part of our Inclusive India campaign, we call on Christians throughout the world to heed the Archbishop's call to prayer during Advent and on Christmas Day. We also urge a continued international focus on this issue until the perpetrators and inciters of violence are brought to justice and the victims fully compensated."

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 January 01, 2010 10:08 PM

U.N. DEFAMATION OF RELIGIONS RESOLUTION: In October, Open Doors launched a grassroots campaign called the Free to Believe Campaign to help combat the UN Defamation of Religions Resolution. Nearly 5,000 Open Doors supporters signed the "Free to Believe" petition to “Say NO to the Defamation of Religions Resolution.” Using the support shown by our petition, the advocacy department joined with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, Heritage Foundation, and Jubilee Campaign to lobby UN country missions in NYC to vote against the resolution.  In positive response, five countries changed their votes in the November 3rd Committee vote. Open Doors staff returned to NYC prior to the General Assembly (GA) vote to meet with more country missions.  In the December General Assembly vote, 19 countries made positive moves in changing their votes on the Defamation of Religions Resolution. Full Story>>

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 January 01, 2010 10:09 PM

ADVOCACY EFFORTS IN WASHINGTON, DC & AT THE UNITED NATIONS: The Advocacy Department has made great strides in our relationship building and presence on Capitol Hill, at the State Department, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom and at the United Nations in New York City.  We have strengthened existing relationships and formed many new ones throughout the year as we present the needs of persecuted Christians to these policy makers and work with them to intervene on behalf of those we serve.  Open Doors’ unique position working both in the field with suffering Christians and directly with policy makers allows us to relay important information regarding what is happening to Christians around the world.  Your support of our grassroots campaigns gives us greater credibility in DC and at the UN because policy makers know that Open Doors has supporters backing up our efforts who are willing to take action for persecuted Christians.   [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 January 01, 2010 10:11 PM

ORISSA PRAYER AND ADVOCACY TELECONFERENCE: The Open Doors Prayer and Advocacy Departments hosted our first joint conference call with supporters to pray for the victims of violence in Orissa, India and to lift up the 1-year anniversary advocacy campaign prior to its launch. The opportunity to interact with you, our supporters, and to hear your heartfelt prayers, was a highlight for our team!
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 January 06, 2010 7:28 AM

Dear friend,

From the American journalists held captive in North Korea, to the violent elections in Iran, oppression has certainly been spotlighted in the news in 2009. But the persecution suffered by our brothers and sisters around the world often goes unnoticed.


To bring awareness to the persecution of Christians, Open Doors releases the World Watch List, an evaluation of persecution based on the findings of a specially-designed questionnaire covering 50 key aspects of religious freedom.


Open Doors is always on watch for persecuted Christians. Because of our commitment to serve on the frontlines, our field operations are serving in 46 of the 50 top most persecuted countries in the world.

Download the World Watch List now >>

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 January 07, 2010 10:40 AM

Update on Alimujiang Yimiti

Alimujiang Yimiti, a Chinese house church leader, has already been in prison for more than two years. On Nov. 7, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison for "providing state secrets to overseas organizations," according to China Aid Association. Neither his lawyers nor his family expected such a harsh sentence. Please send Yimiti a letter of encouragement to let him know you are praying for him. Tell your friends about Christians who are suffering in China, and encourage them to pray for and write to Yimiti.
Your letters make a difference; they can result in shorter prison sentences for those accused. Write to Yimiti and let him know you are praying.



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 January 15, 2010 1:07 PM

Help Linfen Church!

Esther (Far Left) is deeply concerned for her mother, Yang Caizhen (Center), and father, Yang Xuan (Far Right).Before dawn on Sunday, September 13, 2009, a band of 400 government officials, police and hired ruffians launched an attack on Linfen-Fushan Church in Shanxi. With no warning, members who were sleeping at the church construction site were mercilessly beaten, with more than 30 left in critical condition. Bulldozers razed the factory and church building to the ground, and the mob looted any valuables and smashed the remaining property. Following the brutal attack, the Fushan governing officials arrested more than ten Linfen church leaders.

Esther, the daughter of two Linfen pastors, called home frantically in October, after learning about the attack on Fushan Church over the internet. The phone rang and rang, but no one answered. She later learned from a relative that her father and mother had been arrested in a sweeping backlash against house church leaders on October 11, 2009.

In the trial held on November 25th, Esther's father Yang Xuan was convicted of "unlawfully occupying agricultural land" and sentenced to 3 1/2 years with a 20,000 Yuan fine. Her Aunt Yang Rongli received a maximum sentence of 7 years in prison and 30,000 Yuan fine, and her Uncle Wang Xiaoguang received 3 years in prison with a 10,000 Yuan fine. Esther's mother, Yang Caizhen, was arbitrarily sentenced to two years Re-education through Labor in the brutal Laogai (labor-camp) system. Already fearing for their safety and health, Esther learned in December that her mother had been severely beaten in prison.

ChinaAid has now partnered with Esther (Yang Xue) to tell the world about the persecution of Linfen Church, with our new website, www.HelpLinfen.com.

HelpLinfen.com tells the full story of the Persecution of Linfen Church, complete with translated documentation and photo evidence. It also includes (Esther's) The Daughter of Linfen Prisoners' Appeal to the international community, as well as the appeals and testimonies of other family members and prisoners. In the coming months, HelpLinfen.com will also feature more ways to get involved and share the Linfen story with others.

Visit www.HelpLinfen.com today, and help us raise awareness about the devastating persecution of Linfen Church and house church Christians in China.

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 January 19, 2010 9:41 PM

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 February 03, 2010 1:08 PM

Dear friend of the persecuted, #7 Yemen

“Living here as a Christian is not easy,” said John. “There is very little in the way of fellowship and you feel quite isolated." John, a foreigner, had been working in the Arabian Peninsula for some time. Early on he realized that building friendships and trust with the local people was very important. This soon paid off for him.

One day he received a phone call from someone in another city. The caller asked if he could visit his friend who was a secret believer. John went and met Fayad. Fayad was living with 5 other Arabs sharing a single room. He said he had little privacy and there was no way for him to read God’s Word. The men decided to purchase small memory cards for Fayad’s cell phone and fill them with Christian music and the Bible. Fayad proclaimed, “I can use the memory card and headphones, and if ever I get in a dangerous situation I can just swallow the memory card.”

As John drove home later that night, he began to cry. “I was so touched, I thought of my own church in the west and all the resources that we have, all the wonderful preaching and ministers, that everything is available. And then I thought of Fayad, not having a lot of earthly goods, but so eager to listen to God’s Word. "

Father, Fayad is so vulnerable where he lives. We rest only in the assurance that he is in Your mighty hand of protection. Continue to bring encouragement into his life and nourish him with Your Word. We thank you for Christian workers there; lead them into relationships where they can train up believers in a solid understanding of Your Word.

Yemen’s constitution, unlike some other countries in the Arabian Peninsula, provides freedom of religion and the government generally respects other religions. However the constitution of Yemen declares that Islam is the state religion, and that Shariah law is the source of all legislation.

“The LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” Psalm 121:8. Lord, we call on You to protect the secret believers in Yemen. Grant them wisdom and provide opportunities for discipleship and fellowship with other believers. Assure them of Your presence and of our prayers on their behalf. 

Sincerely,
Open Doors USA

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 February 17, 2010 10:19 AM

Dear friend of the persecuted, #5 Maldives

David, his wife and three children lived quietly on the island of Kinbidhoo in the Maldives. They learned the local language and were always willing to participate in social activities such as beach cleaning and other community projects. David was known as a generous man and was willing to lend financial support to anyone in need. But last December David came under suspicion by police and was accused of conducting non-accepted “religious" activities.

David’s neighbors went to the authorities and petitioned on behalf of him and his family claiming truthfully that they had kept to themselves and had never spoken to them about religion or displayed a Bible. But the local police were skeptical saying that these neighbors “wouldn’t even know what a Bible looks like.”

Throughout the Maldives the level of suspicion of foreigners has increased. The police in David’s case claim that although the islanders say he never talked to them about religion, they are wary of an ulterior motive for the family having lived on the island for several years. They believe that missionary groups have a “rotating membership” and are working under a long-term plan to bring Christianity to the islands.

David and his family are now facing deportation.

“The harvest truly is great, but laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” Luke 10:2. Father, our concern is for the many who will never hear Your Word in the Maldives. We ask today that you send an army of missionaries to these islands and that Your Truth will take root and flourish.

Under the laws of the Maldivian government evangelism is banned. All citizens must be Muslim and the practice of any religion except Islam is prohibited. Churches are forbidden as well as the import of Christian materials. The few Maldivian believers must practice their faith in secrecy. Once a peaceful archipelago, local analysts consider radicalism as one of the greatest challenges facing the Maldives today.

Father, in Ezekiel 36:27 You said to Israel, “I will put my Spirit within you.” Likewise, we call on You to fill our brothers and sisters in the Maldives with Your presence. Our hearts are heavy for those who love You in secret; we ask that You help them feel our love and prayers for them as we unite as one Body in Jesus Christ.

Sincerely,
Open Doors USA

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 February 17, 2010 10:21 AM

This year North Korea has topped the list again.

"There is no other country in the world where Christians are being persecuted in such a horrible and systematic manner," says Carl Moeller, President/CEO of Open Doors USA.

One expert on North Korea stated: "Christians are the target of fierce government action, and once caught, are not regarded as human. Last year we had evidence that some [of those captured] were used as guinea pigs to test chemical and biological weapons."

Click countries below to view profiles of the top 10:

1. North Korea
2. Iran
3. Saudi Arabia
4. Somalia
5. Maldives
6. Afghanistan
7. Yemen
8. Mauritania
9. Laos
10.Uzbekistan
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 February 24, 2010 2:40 PM

Dear friend of the persecuted, #4 Somalia

The plate of food remained uneaten in the Mandera prison cell. Hassan, a convert from Islam was arrested last August for allegedly distributing Christian literature in a small village outside of Somaliland’s capital city of Hargeisa. Hassan knew that he needed to remain strong while in prison… even his family turned against him.

His accusers and his family, all Muslims, met and agreed that Islamic teachers, or sheikhs, should go and visit him in jail. The two sheikhs met him in the police station cell and implored him to stop spreading Christianity. Hassan refused. In hopes that a worse situation would convince him to return to Islam, he was moved to the dreaded Mandera prison in a remote part of Somalia’s self-declared state of Somaliland. In spite of the pressure, Hassan acted boldly and staged a hunger strike to protest his transfer to the prison. “I still belong to Jesus,” he said. “I know one day I will be released.” Although discouraged Hassan, said he is adhering to Christ.

“Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.” - Psalm 25:16. Father, we pray that You would encourage and strengthen Hassan as he remains in this harsh prison. Strengthen his faith to continue to be a living testimony to his family and that they will turn to Christ who is the passion of Hassan’s life.

Ethnic Somali Christians, small in number, practice their faith in secret under extremely dangerous conditions. Fighting between Somali Islamic militias and Ethiopian forces reportedly has led to increasing hostility towards Christians in some areas. Islam is the official religion; there is no legal provision for religious freedom.

Father, we pray for the handful of believers in Somalia to grow in their faith and that their freedom to worship would be recognized by the government. Protect converts to Christianity and comfort them in their isolation from families and clans. Put an end to the political instability that has devastated this country.

Sincerely,
Open Doors USA

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 February 25, 2010 5:00 AM

UPDATE ON PETITION TO PRESIDENT OBAMA: In January, Open Doors USA launched a petition to President Obama, asking that he appoint a qualified Ambassador for International Religious Freedom. Since the launch of the campaign, we’ve had an incredible response with over 8,600 signatures to the petition, which have been delivered to both the White House and the US Department of State. Thank you to everyone who has signed the petition!  If you have not signed, please sign now.  For those who have signed, please help us spread the word by forwarding the campaign to your friends and family.  Read more >>

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 February 25, 2010 5:02 AM

 Is there a difference between "freedom of religion" and "freedom of worship"? Some advocates for international religious freedom are monitoring what they fear is a change in the language being used by Obama administration officials.  They are concerned that the broad emphasis on spreading "freedom of religion," which the President used when he spoke in Cairo last June, is being subtly replaced by the more limited concept of "freedom of worship."  Read more >>  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 March 01, 2010 12:57 PM

Stop the Chinese Government Lies
about Gao Zhisheng!

The Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C., recently informed a San Francisco-based human rights NGO, that Gao Zhisheng was alive, working in Urumqi, a city in rural western China. The same day (on Chinese New Year's Eve), an informant had released a report with photographs "taken very recently," claiming Gao had become a charismatic operational manager in a Xinjiang factory, working with the locals and "even whistling a happy tune daily."

This blatant lie is an outrage! It shows that the Chinese government is simply playing games with Gao's case. The report cannot be confirmed, and the photos were clearly faked. Furthermore, the report about Gao was posted just one week after ChinaAid, with the help of friends like you, conducted a site-wide ad campaign on the popular website DrudgeReport.com, calling on the Chinese government to respond.

365 adThe Chinese informant's article also claimed that Gao Zhisheng had been in direct contact with his wife and children. "This is nonsense!" Gao's wife, Geng He angrily pronounced. In a livid statement released on February 17th, she refuted the claims that Gao was in contact with the family, and reasserted that no one could confirm Gao Zhisheng to be in Xinjiang. She expressed great frustration with the lack of communication and deception by the Chinese government.

China Free Press agency Canyu first exposed the fake article on February 15th, pointing out tell-tale marks of tampering in the photos. One photo, said to be taken in January, shows Gao in a black summer shirt sitting beside a Uyghur farmer in a winter jacket, with blooming willow trees native to Xinjiang, showing early spring budding in the background. The other photo shows Gao in the same summer shirt standing in a Urumqi marketplace. Gao's image in both photos bears a striking similarity to a well-known photo taken of Gao in 2007, prior to his arrest and torture.

Photo from www.Canyu.cnOther details in the report, including private inside knowledge of Gao's son recently becoming ill, indicate the family is being kept under close government surveillance, even while living in the United States.

These lies propagated by the Chinese government distract concerned citizens from the real situation. Even worse, these false reports have been very disturbing to the family who eagerly awaits word of their beloved husband and father.

Please help us stop these lies by the Chinese government and force them to tell the truth concerning the whereabouts of human rights attorney, Gao Zhisheng.

Follow the action steps below and alert all your friends and family members. Call on your international leaders to press for accountability from the Chinese government. The Chinese government cannot tell stories forever - with your help, the world will know the truth.

Steps to Action

  1. Encourage friends to Sign the Petition
  2. Send a message to our Leaders:
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 March 09, 2010 6:46 AM

JOS, Nigeria – The U.S. government and human rights activists called Tuesday for Nigeria to investigate and prosecute those responsible for the deaths of more than 200 unarmed people in renewed violence between Christians and Muslims.

Acting President Goodluck Jonathan had promised that the fighting would stop after more than 300 people were slain in January. Jonathan fired his national security adviser late Monday night following the weekend violence.

"After the January killings, the villages should have been properly protected," U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said. "Clearly, previous efforts to tackle the underlying causes have been inadequate, and in the meantime the wounds have festered and grown deeper."

Human Rights Watch also urged Jonathan to provide protection for those in the small villages surrounding Jos, a central Nigerian city that has become the fault line for religious violence in the region.

Those who survived attacks Sunday in three mostly Christian villages said security forces never provided them any guards, even though Jos itself has remained under a dusk-til-dawn curfew since January's fighting.

"It's time to draw a line in the sand," Human Rights Watch researcher Corinne Dufka said in a statement Tuesday. "The authorities need to protect these communities, bring the perpetrators to book and address the root causes of violence."

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 March 13, 2010 6:22 AM

Muslims for Jesus - Praise God his Holy Spirit is moving across the Lands. 6:00 AM

YouTube - Naeem's journey from Islam to Christ.

Praise God, when I watched this video, I felt the power of God moving. It is so wonderful to see God moving in the life's and hearts of our Muslim brothers and sisters though out the world.
Pray that we planted seeds, and see souls saved hear in the last days. Our Lord is coming soon, praise God for the day Jesus will come back for his children. Come Lord Jesus amen.
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 March 18, 2010 11:25 AM

March 17, 2010

Dear Donna

Morocco Begins Large-Scale Expulsion of Foreign Christians

Moroccan authorities deported more than 40 foreign Christian aid workers in an ongoing, nationwide crackdown that included the expulsion of foster parents caring for 33 Moroccan orphans. Police first went to Village of Hope orphanage last Saturday, questioning children and looking for Bibles and evidence of Christian evangelism; by late Sunday night they had told all foster parents and staff that they had to leave on Monday.

The eviction process was painful. The Moroccan authorities gathered the children together and told them about the deportation of foreign staff and foster parents. After that, parents had to further explain to the devastated children what was about take place. Some of the children had been with their parents for 10 years, and the trauma caused was beyond description.

Chris Broadbent, an orphanage staff member, emphasized that government accusations that they had been proselytizing were unfounded and that all staff had signed and adhered to a non-proselytizing policy. "We were a legal institution," he said. "Right from the start, they knew it was an organization founded by Christians and run by a mixture of Christian and Muslim people working together."

Father, we ask that You would open the eyes of the Moroccan government and authorities. We pray that a point of compromise may be reached, so that the 33 children can be reunited with the only real parents they know. We pray for peace and understanding between the Muslims and Christians living in Morocco, and that You would use the Christians to show Christ’s love and grace, no matter the circumstances.

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 March 30, 2010 12:17 AM

ChinaAid
March 29, 2010

Gao ZhishengSHANXI -- On Sunday, March 28, 2010, missing human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng spoke to his wife and children for the first time in over a year - confirming he is still alive! False rumors of his death, torture, and escape from the custody of the Chinese Government have shrouded Gao's absence with mystery for over a year. Gao's brief phone conversations with western media mark the first official contact the public has had with him since his abduction by police on February 4, 2009.

Yesterday, Gao informed reporters that he had been released from detention six months ago, and had taken up residence at Wutai Shan mountain, a Buddhist landmark in northern Shanxi province. He refused to give details on his condition or whereabouts, saying he could not legally give interviews.

Close friend and fellow human rights lawyer Li Heping confirmed he had also spoken with Gao on Sunday. Gao told him he had "friends around him" - indicating he was being held under close surveillance by Chinese authorities.

Gao's wife Geng He and their children were overwhelmed with emotion as they spoke with Gao on Sunday morning. The children could not stop crying. In a statement released on Monday morning, Geng He appealed to the Chinese government to allow Gao Zhisheng to join the family in New York. Gao's family has suffered greatly in his absence. Geng He's parents have been severely harassed in recent months, for which Gao feels guilty.

He told the Associated Press, "I just want to be in peace and quiet for a while and be reunited with my family. Most people belong with family. I have not been with mine for a long time. This is a mistake and I want to correct this mistake."

While on his campaign in Europe to promote awareness of Gao's cause, ChinaAid President Bob Fu attributed the breakthrough to increased international pressure. "Thanks to the more than 124,000 supporters in over 180 countries around the world who have signed the petition to Free Gao, the Chinese Government has been forced to respond and to allow Gao Zhisheng to reconnect with his loved ones."

ChinaAid thanks you for your continued support and urges you to continue to take action. From Argentina to Zimbabwe, you, the international community have answered the call. And this is just the beginning.

Gao is not free yet. His movements are still being watched and monitored. He is not free to speak publicly or without surveillance. We must continue to press the Chinese government to free Gao Zhisheng, to uncensor his movements, and to allow him to reunite with his family.

Take Action:

  1. Encourage more to Sign the Petition. Every voice counts, and every voice will be heard!
  2. Call on your local representatives to take official action on behalf of Gao Zhisheng.
  3. Urge U.N Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to hold the Chinese government to the international covenants on human rights.

Thanks to you, the world has now regained contact with Mr. Gao Zhisheng. Because of you, Gao was able to reconnect with his family. With your continued support, we can make their dream of reunion a reality!

For more ways to get involved, visit www.FreeGao.com.

 

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 March 31, 2010 11:22 AM

March 31, 2010

Dear Donna 

Christian Woman Jailed under Pakistan’s ‘Blasphemy’ Laws

Last week in Alipur, Pakistan, police arrested a Christian woman named Rubina Bibi on the baseless accusation of making a derogatory remark about the Islamic prophet Muhammad. A reliable police source told Compass News, on condition of anonymity, that Bibi was accused of blasphemy by a Muslim relative, who allegedly turned a minor quarrel into a religious issue. The charge comes under Section 295-C of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, which have gained international notoriety for their misuse by Muslims to settle personal grudges. With the charge, Bibi could be sentenced to death or life imprisonment with a large fine.

Father, we cry out to You for the life of Rubina Bibi. We ask that You would comfort her as she sits in prison, and that by Your grace, she would be set free of all accusations and charges against her. Please give the Christians in Pakistan wisdom and discernment as they hold fast to the Word of life and press on toward the goal in Jesus Christ.

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 March 31, 2010 11:40 AM

Update Report – Iraq Elections Results  

According to Chaldean Archbishop Louis Sako, the final results of the Iraqi Parliamentary elections show a change [compared to 2005]. Having won the elections, Iyad Allawi is given the first chance to form a coalition government. Allawi is leading an ethnically mixed coalition of both Sunni and Shia Muslims.

The country coordinator of Open Doors responded slightly positively about these election results saying, “Local Christians hope Allawi will be able to bridge the sectarian division in Iraq. Allawi’s bloc claims to be a secular alliance which implies separation between state and religion.”

Although there was much violence directed towards Christians prior to the elections, it’s complicated to detect where the motives came from and why. “I am afraid of a division in the country,” says Sako when asked about his vision for the future of Iraq. He adds, “Please pray for peace and a harmonic co-existence between all human beings. Prayers help to respect the rights of the others, help the dialogue to build a harmonic society. God is working through people who pray.” 

Father, thank you for the slightly positive outcome of the Iraqi elections. We know that You are in control of all politics, governments, and world leaders. We ask now that You would continue to steer Iraq into just and fair decisions regarding religious freedom. We pray for peace between all people there and throughout the world.

Praying with you,

The Prayer Force Team

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 April 01, 2010 5:36 AM

Update on Gao Zhisheng

On March 28, human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, who has been missing for more than a year, contacted his wife and children, according to ChinaAid Association. Gao said he was released from Chinese custody six months ago and taken to Wutai Shan mountain, a Buddhist landmark in Shanxi province. We encourage you to continue writing letters to believers who remain in prison.
Forward this e-mail to those you know have a heart for God's people and encourage them to write and pray too. Get involved! Pray and write today.

Forward this e-mail to others who have a love for God's people.

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Gao Zhisheng
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 April 05, 2010 6:55 AM

Hundreds Dead in Nigerian Violence

 Recent sectarian violence in central Nigeria in the month of March has left anywhere from 300-500 people dead, many of them women and children.  Hundreds have been left homeless and many have fled their homes to avoid the violence
 
This is not the first time clashes between Christians and Muslims have left hundreds dead, similar attacks against Christians left approximately 300 dead in January.  
 
The majority of the violence has been centered around the small city of Jos. The attacks came when groups of Muslim men armed with machetes, guns and knives rushed into several villages around Jos and just began attacking Christians. Several hundred arrests have been made in connection to the most recent attacks. Security forces have been put on high alert to help prevent further violence, but it seems unlikely that there are enough security forces to protect the smaller villages.
 
The most populous country in Africa, with a population of more than 150 million, Nigeria is almost evenly divided between Muslims and Christians. With more than 78 million Muslims, it has the sixth-largest Islamic population in the world, according to a study last year by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

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 April 07, 2010 9:54 AM

Update on Le Thi Cong Nhan

On March 6, Christian human rights lawyer Le Thi Cong Nhan was released from prison after serving a three-year sentence for "propagandizing to destroy the Socialist Republic of Vietnam." Cong Nhan's original four-year sentence was reduced by one year after an international outcry over her sentence. She is now serving an additional three-year sentence of house arrest. While in prison, she went on a hunger strike twice when authorities took her Bible away from her. VOM rejoices over Cong Nhan's release. We thank you for writing letters of encouragement to her while she was in prison and encourage you to continue writing letters to believers who remain in prison. Pray and write today!

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Le Thi Cong Nhan
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 April 07, 2010 8:48 PM

April 7, 2010

Dear Donna

Iranian Authorities Release Assyrian Pastor on Bail

The Rev. Wilson Issavi, who was accused of “converting Muslims,” has been released from prison on bail and is awaiting trial. Although this is a positive update, continued prayers are needed. The joy of Issavi’s family at his release is tinged with fear as they wait in agony for the possibility of him being killed by Islamic extremists, as is common in Iran when Christians are detained for religious reasons and then released. “Sometimes they release you just to kill you,” an anonymous Christian source said. 

Compass News reports that Iranian authorities have set up a video camera outside Issavi’s church to monitor anyone going in or out of the building. According to the pastor’s friend, low-key ethnic Christians, such as the Assyrians, are largely unbothered but active Christians are treated differently. “When you start evangelizing, then you are in real trouble.”

Father, we know that You are sovereign and that You hold Issavi’s life in Your hands. We ask that You would heal his body, protect him as he awaits his trial, and comfort him and his family with Your peace. We continue to pray for the Christians in Iran who face much opposition because of their faith. Renew their love for You daily, and let them bring glory to You in their pain and suffering.

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 April 09, 2010 5:30 AM

Maryam Jalili

Location: Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Arrested: December 2009

Maryam Jalili, Mitra Zahmati and Farzan Matin, are imprisoned in Iran following their arrest while gathered at a house church to celebrate Christmas. On Dec. 24, Maryam, Mitra, and Farzan were among 15 Christians arrested by security forces in Pakdasht, Iran. After a week without information, family members contacted authorities and demanded to know where they were being held. Officials told the families that the Christians would be released the same day, but instead they were secretly transferred to the notorious Evin prison in Tehran.

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 April 09, 2010 2:55 PM

Dear Donna,

There is no other place in the world so isolated, so spiritually dark and systematically inhumane as North Korea. Several million have died as a result of imprisonment and food shortages caused by the government’s isolationist policy, which led to the collapse of the food distribution system and poor harvests.

North Korean Christians are singled out for their loyalty to Christ instead of their dictator Kim Jong Il. Though many have remained strong in their faith, they struggle against despair. Some have the strength to pray for the salvation of their leader and simply desire to worship God freely.

Moved by their courage, it is time for us to use our freedom on behalf of these believers living in utter isolation! Our goal is to get 50,000 standing with and praying for 50,000 North Korean Christians.

But it all starts with you! First, you can download the prayer calendar to inform and inspire your prayers. Then help open the eyes of others to the reality of persecution in North Korea by:

Thank you for rallying with us to support our brothers and sisters living as lights within the darkness of North Korea's borders.

Sincerely,

Carl Moeller
Carl Moeller



World Watch North Korea Video

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 April 11, 2010 5:21 AM

The Fate of Iraq's Assyrian Christians
 
Amidst the chaos and complexity of the Iraq war dwells an almost forgotten Christian minority commonly known as the Assyrians (also called Chaldeans and Syriacs). Though small in number today, the Assyrians remain a remnant of a once great empire that ruled Mesopotamia in the 8th century BC. As recorded in the Old Testament, the prophet Jonah remorsefully visited the Assyrians after being commanded by God to call them to repentance. Hence, the Assyrians became among the first gentile people redeemed by the God of Israel. The Assyrians were also among the first to follow Christ; the Apostle Thomas was believed to have delivered the Gospel to them in 33 AD. To this day, the Assyrians speak Aramaic, the ancient language spoken by Christ.

The Plains of Nineveh, located in northern Iraq, have remained the Assyrian homeland ever since. Yet, after the outbreak of the Iraq war, there has been grave concern that this ancient people whose recorded history dates back six thousand years will be uprooted forever. Since the US-Iraq war erupted in 2003, nearly 2,000 Assyrians and other Christians have been killed, left vulnerable to terrorist attacks by Shi’ite and Sunni extremists determined to rid the country
of its Christian minority. ...
 
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 April 11, 2010 5:33 AM

At 11:20 PM, February 6, 2010, Pastor John Hayab arrived in Washington, DC, met by the worst snowstorm Washington has suffered in 20 years. He had traveled from Nigeria, by car, plane, bus, and train, and now faced the two feet of snow that shut the city down. However, he had a message to give, and it couldn’t wait: Nigeria was in a state of outright religious war.

A sectarian attack just a few days before, in January, left 300 dead. This was only the latest in a history of religious violence that has claimed over 13,500 lives in the past decade. Historically, Nigerian culture was pluralistic in nature. However, with the growth of radical Islam, Jihad has been used to enforce Islamic law. This is especially pronounced in northern Nigeria where attacks and counter attacks have been carried out in the name of God for over a decade. ...

 
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