Iranian Christian Converts, Amin Afshar Naderi and Hadi Askari charged.

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IRAN – Christian converts finally face trial after being incarcerated for seven months without charge

Two Christian converts have finally been charged by the authorities, seven months after being abducted by armed men as they picnicked with their families. Amin Afshar Naderi and Hadi Askari, both converts from Islam, have been incarcerated in the notorious Evin prison since September. Both men are now to be tried for organising house churches, although the prosecution’s case against them has not been presented to their lawyers.

The Iranian government brutally represses Farsi-speaking (i.e. Muslim background) churches, often called house churches. The persecution of Iranian Christians worsened in 2016.

From Mohabat news here

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Imprisoned Christians end hunger strike in Iran

Earlier this week, two Christian converts who have been in prison since August 2016 ended their hunger strike after being promised medical care and progress in their case.
On 5 February, Amin Afshar Naderi (on left of image) and Hadi Askari (on right) went on hunger strike to demand medical care and to protest about delays in their case. No charges have been brought against either man.
On Tuesday (14 February), the Head of the Attorney General’s office Ali Akbar Bakhtiari and his deputy visited Naderi and Askari in Evin Prison in Tehran. They promised to investigate their case and that of others imprisoned for their religious beliefs, so Naderi and Askari ended their hunger strike.+

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Imprisoned twice in two years
Iranian Christian Amin Nader Afshar (pictured) is currently in prison in Iran for the second time in two years simply because he became a follower of Christ and seeks to live out his faith in his community.
Amin, together with several Christian friends, was arrested in August 2016 and remains in custody with no immediate prospect of release. Please pray for this dear brother, his family, his two Christian friends also incarcerated in Evin prison in Tehran, and for many other Iranian prisoners of faith.

Further updates reveal that Christian convert prisoner, Amin Afshar Naderi is still being held in Evin prison, despite earlier reports about his release.

Mohabat News – On October 19, 2016, a report came out of Iran that three of the five Christians arrested earlier in Firouz-kouh county, had been released. However, follow-up efforts have revealed that one of the three Christians previously thought to have been released, Amin Afshar Naderi, is still being held in prison.

Knowledgeable sources told Mohabat News that the other two Christians, Mohammad Dehnavi and Ramil Bet-Tamraz, son of Pastor Victor Bet-Tamraz were in fact released on bail, while their fellow believer, Amin Afshar Naderi still remains in prison.

As previously reported, the two Christians who were in fact released, had to post very heavy bails. They will be released until the day of their trial. As of now, three of the five believers still in prison are Amin Afshar Naderi, Amir Saman Dashti and Hadi Asgari, none of whom are officially charged yet. There are no further updates on their case and how long they will be held in prison in uncertainty.

Keeping political prisoners and prisoners of conscience in prison without any official charge is a known tactic of the Iranian government in order to pressure such prisoners.

These five Christian prisoners had been arrested on August 26, 2016 in a raid on a family gathering in Firouz-kouh county.

Reports from that incident state the plain-clothed security authorities beat a number of those attending the family gathering and after arresting five of them, they left their families with no news on the whereabouts of their loved ones. Their families said they checked with many prisons across the country but they were told such names are not registered as official prisoners in their system.

As many Iranians have shown incredible interest in Christianity in recent years, the Iranian Islamic regime has ramped up its campaign to crack down on Iranian Christian converts and prevent the spread of house church gatherings. Iran falsely sees its citizens’ conversion to Christianity as a threat to its existence and national security.

 

More Fulani Atrocities in Nigeria

In a ridiculously long letter ….https://voiceofthepersecuted.wordpress.com/2017/04/21/bishop-blames-government-for-fulani-massacre-in-nigeria/ the bishop of Kaduna accuses the local governor and the military of complicity in a recent massacre of 12 people in a village in this state.On the evening of April 15, 2017, while Christians had gathered for an Easter vigil, heavily armed gunmen entered Asso village in Kaduna state and began shooting sporadically at their victims. 12 people were killed and many were injured in the attack.

  • Pray for justice and even-handedness in the state and military, the salvation of these killers, comfort for the grieving believers, healing for the injured and maimed and God’s people to be purified through this wickedness.

 

 

 

 

Harsh sentences and attempted church extermination in Sudan.

 Pastor Kuwa Shamal, imprisoned for a year has been released but  Rev Hassan and Mr Abdumawla, a Sudanese activist, have  been sentenced to lengthy prison terms just for helping a young man in need. Throughout the country churches and Christian schools are being targeted for demolition,

 Previous headlines.

Two men in Sudan are in a maximum security prison. They didn’t do anything wrong.

 

 

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Christian Missionaries Given Harsh Prison Sentences in Sudan
 
Strong Crackdown on Christian Ministries Continues in Sudan
02/02/2017 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on Sunday, January 29, three Christians were sentenced by the Sudanese court in North Khartoum for charges including spying, entering Sudan without a visa, inciting hatred, photographing military installations, and publishing fake news. Reverend Hassan Abduraheem was sentenced to 12 years, Mr Abdumonem Abdumawla was sentenced to 12 years, and Petr Jasek was sentenced to 20 years.
Petr Jasek is a Czech national, and Abdumawla and Abduraheem are citizens of South Sudan. They were detained for eight months without being formally charged in December of 2015. Their detainment centered on a receipt that linked them to helping a burn victim who was wounded in demonstrations in 2013. The list of charges against them quickly grew exponentially.
The Czech government has rejected the ruling as groundless and insists that there is no evidence for this harsh sentence.
The sentencing sent out shockwaves through the Christian community of Sudan and South Sudan. A pastor in the region told ICC, “The community of Christians in Sudan and South Sudan is very disappointed by the verdict given on Sunday. The three brothers in the Lord deserve better. They have families and churches to take care of and we are joining hands together as Christians to fast and pray and we shall not stop knocking until they are released.”
According to some, persecution against Christians is increasing in Sudan. As one Christian who lived in Sudan told ICC, “The pain that Christians go through in Sudan is nothing close to what we hear or read in websites. Christian persecution has been increasing rapidly in Khartoum and we ask the international community to come in full swing and help.”
A strong majority of Sudanese citizens are Muslim and the Sudanese government has taken an aggressive approach against Christian ministries within its borders. The sentencing of these three Christian foreigners sends a signal on Khartoum’s stance on religious freedom: it is unwanted. Still, many are joining in prayer for the release of their brothers in Khartoum and for opportunities to share the Gospel in Sudan.
One of the pastors who was imprisoned with them but has since been released told ICC, “Our brothers in South Sudan have been praying and we shall continue praying until justice is done. These sentences are hostile to the Church and a stumbling block to the spreading of the Gospel in Sudan and also at the border of Sudan and South Sudan.”
Daniel Harris, ICC’s Regional Manager, said, “International Christian Concern strongly condemns this harsh sentence based on fabricated charges. These three men have done nothing to deserve punishment. Instead, they have worked tirelessly to provide humanitarian aid in Sudan. This sentencing is the ‘death knell’ for human rights and religious freedom in Sudan. We strongly encourage Sudan to release these foreigners and allow religious freedom for its citizens.” 
 
Christian gets life sentence – for act of compassion
Czech Christian Petr Jašek has been sentenced to life in prison in Sudan – after a court convicted him yesterday of spying.
His real crime? Helping a student from Darfur who had been badly injured at a rally.
His co-defendants – Sudanese nationals Rev Hassan Abduraheem Kodi Taour and Abdulmonem Abdumawla – were each sentenced to a total of 12 years in prison, mainly for helping Petr.
Please pray that God’s peace and presence will be with these three men and their families, and that their appeal will be successful.
The three men were also convicted of ‘spreading rumours that undermine the authority of the state’ and inciting hatred. Petr was found guilty of taking pictures of military installations and entering Sudan without a visa; he was also fined 100,000 Sudanese pounds (more than £12,000) for doing aid work without a permit. Yesterday’s court ruling has shocked many. The legal maximum penalty for ‘spreading rumours to undermine the authority of the state’ is six months – but the judge in Khartoum doubled this sentence. All three men plan to appeal immediately. They were first detained in December 2015.

  • Pray that God will comfort and strengthen Petr, Hassan and Abdulmonem so they will not lose heart (2 Corinthians 4:16).
  • Ask God for wisdom for the legal team supporting the three men. Pray that their appeal will be heard swiftly and will be successful.
  • Pray that the light and love of Jesus Christ will continue to shine in Sudan, despite intense persecution of His people there.

(Source: Middle East Concern)

Thank God that our Sudanese brother Pastor Kowa Shamaal was released from prison recently, after a judge dismissed the charges against him for lack of evidence. However, the judge decided to proceed with the trial against Pastor Kowa’s fellow Sudanese detainees, Pastor Hassan Abduraheem and Mr Adbulmonem Abdumawla, and Czech Christian Petr Jašek: their next hearing is scheduled for Monday, January 9. The three are accused of serious crimes, including spying. (Source: Christian Solidarity Worldwide)

 

 
 

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Rev. Kwa Shamaal and Rev. Hassan Abdelrahim Tawor photo: Middle East Concern

During a trial on August 22, 2016, prosecutors in Sudan accused two church leaders and two others of tarnishing the image of the country and crimes calling for the death penalty, sources said.

The trial had been postponed on Aug. 14 when authorities failed to transfer the pastors to court, a defense attorney told Morning Star News. The prosecutors presented investigators from Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) in calling on the court in Khartoum to execute the Rev. Hassan Abdelrahim Tawor and the Rev. Kwa Shamaal, both of the Sudanese Church of Christ (SCOC), for at least seven alleged crimes against the state, the defense attorney said.

He said the defense team is bracing for the charges concocted, which include the capital crimes of espionage and waging war against the state. In court, Abdelrahim denied all charges that NISS, said to be staffed by hard-line Islamists with broad powers to arrest people the government deems undesirable, brought against him, the attorney said.

“We are 100 percent ready to defend our clients,” the attorney said.

The pastors have also been charged with: complicity to execute a criminal agreement; calling for opposition of the public authority by violence or criminal force; exciting hatred between classes; propagation of false news article; and entry and photograph of military areas and equipment.

“There is no evidence against the two pastors,” a relative of one of the church leaders told Morning Star News.

Since the pastors’ transfer from a holding cell to Al-Huda Prison on Aug. 11, prison officials have denied them visitors, telling one family member, “Visits are not allowed.” Abdelrahim’s family has been concerned for his health as they have been unable to provide him with the medication he needs for stomach ulcers, according to advocacy group Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW).

Also charged is Abdulmonem Abdumawla of Darfur, a Muslim who was arrested in December after he began collecting money to help a friend, Ali Omer, who had needed treatment for burns suffered in a student demonstration. Abdumawla contacted Abdelrahim, who donated money for Omer’s treatment, which apparently raised the ire of Sudanese authorities, according to CSW.

Omer had been injured during a demonstration at Quran Karim University in Omdurman last year that left him with severe burns that require regular medical care, according to CSW. A senior member of the student wing of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) died when 150 NCP students attacked Darfuri students at a meeting at Sharg El Nil College in Khartoum in April 2015, CSW reported.

“Since that incident, Darfuri students have been increasingly targeted by the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS),” CSW reported. “By May 2015, over 100 Darfuri students were detained by NISS in Khartoum and during 2016, NISS has violently suppressed peaceful student demonstrations against government repression.”

Shamaal, head of missions for the SCOC, was arrested on Dec.18, as was Abdelrahim. Shamaal was released on Dec. 21 but was required to report to NISS offices daily, a requirement that was removed on Jan. 16. Shamaal was re-arrested on May 25.

Many church members, mostly from the SCOC, gathered outside of the courtroom to show their solidarity with the two pastors, singing songs calling for their release.

The court appears to be trying to package the case of Omer and the two pastors together with that of a fourth defendant, 52-year-old Petr Jasek, a Christian from the Czech Republic whom NISS accuses of entering the country illegally in October of last year, espionage and tarnishing the country’s image with reports saying Christians in Sudan are being persecuted.

Most SCOC members have roots among the ethnic Nuba in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan’s South Kordofan state, where the government is fighting an insurgency. The Nuba along with other Christians in Sudan face discrimination, as President Omar al-Bashir has vowed to introduce a stricter version of sharia (Islamic law) and recognize only Islamic culture and Arabic language.

Due to its treatment of Christians and other human rights violations, Sudan has been designated a Country of Particular Concern by the U.S. State Department since 1999, and the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom recommended the country remain on the list in its 2016 report.

Sudan ranked eighth on Christian support organization Open Doors’ 2016 World Watch List of countries where Christians face most persecution.

VOP Note: Please pray for these pastors and their families. The next hearing is expected to take place on tomorrow, August 29th.  Father, take their fear and give then hope through Your presence. May Your light shine from them as a witness for all to see. Give them joy unexpected in these dark days. Hold them up as they stand on the firm foundation of faith. In Jesus Holy name, Amen.

Please pray for all our brothers and sisters under constant threat in Sudan.

 

 

Seek justice for two pastors in Sudan

Dear Julian,

Since December 2015, Pastor Telal Rata, Rev. Hassan Taour and three other Christians have been unlawfully detained without charge, incommunicado, in an unknown location in Sudan.

Pastor Telal Rata, leader of the Fellowship of University Christian Students, was allowed only one visit from family members. They have since been denied access to him. Rev. Hassan Taour, vice-moderator of the Sudan Church of Christ, has been denied all access to either his family or his lawyer. Three other Christian workers, whose names have not been made public, have also been detained.

These Christians are being detained unlawfully, denied access to a fair legal process, and may be at risk of ill-treatment or torture. Their plight forms part of a widening campaign by the Sudanese government to suppress Christianity through imprisoning Christians and demolishing churches.

Pray for the disclosure of their whereabouts so they can see family and lawyers.

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Please pray

• For Pastor Telal, Rev. Hassan, the three other Christians, and their families; that God will give them strength and courage in the face of this persecution
• For God to soften the hearts of the Sudanese authorities, leading them to release His people.

Thank you for your compassion, faithfulness and God-given passion for justice.

“I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.” (Isaiah 42: 6-7)

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Prisoners of Faith Alert – May 2016
Imagine for a moment that the police have turned up at your home, taken your husband or wife, son or daughter into custody, and then refused to tell you where they are being held, why they have been arrested and whether or not they are all right. Even after almost five months, you still do not know where they are being held or how they are being treated. That is the awful reality for the family of Pastor Hassan Abduraheem Kodi Taour in Sudan.
Taour and another pastor, Telahoon Nogosi Kassa Rata, who were arrested in December 2015, remain in detention. As you read their Prisoner Profile please pray for their physical and spiritual wellbeing and for their families.
As part of our support for prisoners of faith and their families, Release is monitoring the situation and will update you on any developments in the case of our two Sudanese brothers.
Thank you for praying for and caring for prisoners of faith.
Hebrews 13:3 (NIV) – ‘Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.’
Thank you for supporting and engaging with Christians who have been imprisoned for their faith.
You can download this Profile as a pdf document by clicking here.
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Thank you for all your support for Christians who have been imprisoned for their faith.

Find out more about writing to, and on behalf of, prisoners of faith by downloading our Speak Out! and Reach Out! booklets.

By praying for, supporting and writing to, and on behalf of, prisoners of faith you are fulfilling the biblical exhortation to ‘REMEMBER THOSE IN PRISON’ (Hebrews 13:

Every blessing,

Lisa

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Twen—Eritrea

  Pray for Twen (Eritrea)
 

Our focus for the last week of Lent is on Twen from Eritrea. Twen has been in prison for twelve years because of her Christian faith and has suffered beatings and torture. She and other long-term Christian women prisoners have been offered release if they renounce their faith, but refused.
Read the full Prayer Profile, which includes details about Twen’s arrest and sentence, her family, and daily prayer points (dated to begin this coming Sunday, 9 April, which is Palm Sunday).

 
TWO ERITREAN PRISONERS DIE AFTER HUNGER STRIKE

Two Pentecostal women died on 17 March, five days after being transferred to hospital from detention, where they had been on hunger strike  in protest at the violent sexual abuse they were receiving.                        Read more

ERITREA: “THERE IS NO FUTURE”

Dr Berhane Asmelash (Director of Release Eritrea) has spoken about his recent visit to Eritrean Christian refugees living in refugee camps in Ethiopia. He described the sense of desperation leading so many to flee their country.           Read more

JOIN VIGIL AT ERITREAN EMBASSY IN LONDON

On Thursday 18 May, Church in Chains will join in the annual vigil at the Eritrean Embassy in London, marking the 15th anniversary of the Eritrean government’s decision to close down churches

Two Burmese pastors detained for more then three months

Pastors Dom Dawng Nawng Latt (L) and La Jaw Gam Hseng. (Courtesy of Burma military

Burma (Morning Star News) – Two assistant pastors arrested by the Burma army have been jailed without trial for more than three months, sources said.

Pastors Dom Dawng Nawng Latt, 65, and 35-year-old La Jaw Gam Hseng were arrested on Dec. 24 after helping local journalists cover military conflict in northern Shan state, eastern Burma (Myanmar), where a Catholic Church building was bombed by Burma army jets in November. They are charged with unlawful association with an armed ethnic group, an accusation the Kachin Baptist Convention church leaders deny.

Aisling Hubert’s battle against gender abortion–costs paid!

 

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Court rules Aisling Hubert must pay huge costs

These have been paid!!

 
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Thanks to your generosity, I can pay the costs awarded against me

Dear friends,

I’m writing with some exciting news about our battle to bring ‘gender–abortion’ doctors to justice. 
You may remember that after my attempt to prosecute two doctors was derailed by the Crown Prosecution Service, I was ordered to pay a huge sum in costs. 
In January, we reached a settlement with the two doctors. But that still left me with a vast amount to pay. 
Well, today, I am pleased to tell you that, thanks to your generosity, we have received enough money to pay those costs in full, and to make a contribution to the overall cost of running the case and the ongoing battle to protect life.
I am overwhelmed by your generosity, and give great thanks to God. Thank you so much.
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‘Stood alongside me, every step of the way’

Without the Christian Legal Centre, and your support, we could never have got as far as we have. In fact, I could never even have started.
And throughout, I have been humbled by your encouragement, your prayers, your partnership in contacting MPs, and your generous donations.
You have stood alongside me every step of the way because, like me, you care about God’s precious gift of life, and want to speak up for those who don’t have a voice.
This was never just ‘my’ case. It was all of ours – all of us who believe that life needs to be protected and the evil of abortion exposed.
It’s been a long journey but together we have walked it. We’ve kept the issue of abortion in the public spotlight and through the media, we’ve spoken to millions of people about the reality of abortion.   And I believe that by refusing to ‘keep quiet and go away’, we’ve made it harder for the authorities to ignore these evils in the future.
Thank you for making all this possible.
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‘Thank you for your amazing support’

I am so grateful to Andrea and her team at the Christian Legal Centre. They have given hours of expertise, working tirelessly and sacrificially, never counting the cost or allowing me to carry the burden alone.
The Christian Legal Centre has never charged me a penny, despite the huge resources it has poured into this case over the last three years.
I am so thankful to you for making all this possible.  
This chapter is coming to a close, but the battle for life continues. Later this year, we mark the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Abortion Act. Since then, well over 8 million babies have lost their lives in the UK through abortion.   Now is not the time to shrink back. More than ever we need to fight to protect God’s precious gift of life. Let’s seek the Lord’s guidance for the next stage.   But thank you for the sacrifices that you have already made to stand up for unborn children. Thank you for your amazing support for me, Andrea and the Christian Legal Centre – it really is making a difference.
Yours,

Aisling Hubert

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Thank you for praying for Aisling ahead of her costs hearing.
On Tuesday (17 January) Aisling went to court to challenge £36,000 of the costs that were awarded against her after she tried to bring two ‘gender-abortion’ doctors to justice.
The judge said he could not amend or reduce the costs. Instead a settlement was reached for the amount Aisling has to pay. She now has until 18 August to pay the agreed amount.
The terms of the settlement are confidential due to the wishes of the parties other than Aisling.
Aisling says that she will continue to fight for justice for the most vulnerable in society, despite having to pay huge legal costs.
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‘The fight is not over’

We must raise the funds to pay these costs for Aisling, and continue the fight against ‘gender-abortion’.
She says:
“These little girls’ lives are infinitely valuable, so in a sense the costs mean nothing.
“This case has shown that doctors are willing to kill innocent girls not just abroad, but right here in the UK, and do it for money. Yet nobody is prosecuting them.
“The costs awarded against me are unjust, but I hope to raise the funds and continue to stand up for preborn girls.
“I’m glad that this case has now reached its end but the fight is not over. I will continue to seek justice for the most vulnerable members of our society.”
Learn more about Aisling’s story

We’ve come a long way

Tuesday’s settlement means that a two year legal battle has now finished. In this time:

But we’ve got a long way to go

Despite these victories, there is a long way to go:

  • No one has yet been prosecuted for ‘gender-abortion’, even though the Crown Prosecution Service had enough evidence to prosecute Dr Sivaraman and Dr Rajmohan
  • MPs rejected an explicit ban on ‘gender-abortion’ after strong opposition from the pro-abortion lobby
  • We must help Aisling raise funds to pay the huge and unjust legal costs awarded against her
  • 200,000 babies are still killed every year by abortion doctors in the United Kingdom

We need to work together to end this horrific practice and help mothers and fathers who feel it is their only option.

This is our battle

Thank you for standing with Aisling. We long to see an end to ‘gender-abortion’. But we all need to work together in order to make an impact.
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Pastor Yang critically ill.

Su Tianfu and Yang Hua

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Pray for Pastor Yang Hua, Facing a Serious Illness in Prison

25/3/2017

Pastor Yang Hua has become critically ill in prison with inflammation of the blood vessels. His legs are swollen and badly ulcerated, and without adequate treatment he may need a double amputation. He is at risk of developing sepsis and other serious complications.

Pastor Yang (41) has been in detention since December 2015, when he tried to stop police from confiscating a hard drive during a raid on Huoshi “Living Stone” Church, Guizhou province. He was charged with divulging state secrets, and in January 2017 was sentenced to two years and six months in prison.

On 20 March, one of Pastor Yang’s two defence lawyers went to Nanming District Detention Centre to meet him. Pastor Yang was almost carried into the meeting room by three cellmates and seemed on the verge of paralysis. Three days previously, his legs had suddenly become inflamed and ulcerated, with burning pain and rapidly-spreading festering. The doctor on duty at the detention centre treated it as nothing more than a skin infection and administered painkillers.

On 24 March, the lawyer again met Pastor Yang and learned that earlier in the day he had been examined at Guizhou Provincial People’s Hospital. Pastor Yang Hua described his condition:

“On March 17, 2017, ulcers began to appear on my legs. I reported it to the detention centre, but the staff said they had seen this many times before, and that it was nothing more than impetigo [a bacterial skin infection]. On March 18 the resident doctor gave me some medication. By March 19, after the festering had spread, I again requested that the detention centre provide proper treatment, such as injections or an IV. On March 20 and 21, the physician on duty put me on an IV drip. The burning pain was so much at this point, however, that I couldn’t sleep for several nights. From around 3.30 to 4 am on the 22nd, the agony was truly unbearable. I rang the alarm to report to the cadres on duty. Officer Luo, on watch that night, was furious at being disturbed and screamed some truly awful obscenities at me. No one else in the cell was able to sleep, so in the end the physician on duty gave me two painkillers. I haven’t been able to walk or go to the toilet by myself during this period.

“On the morning of March 22, the detention centre brought me to the department of dermatology at the Guiyang Sixth Municipal Hospital for a physical inspection. The doctor diagnosed me with a form of allergic vasculitis [an inflammation of the blood vessels], and said that if no treatment could be found one outcome might be high-level amputation [above the knee]. He recommended high doses of penicillin for a fortnight. The detention centre clinic, however, does not have penicillin.

“At 2.30 pm on March 22, the detention centre gave me a blood test for HIV/AIDS. On March 23, I was again brought to a hospital designated by the authorities, this time the No. 368 People’s Armed Police Hospital, for a physical inspection. Five physicians were involved but couldn’t come to a final diagnosis. They did, however, recommend that I be taken to a regular hospital for treatment. They also indicated that the cost of treatment might be extremely high.

“That day I submitted a written request for hospital treatment, asking the detention centre authorities to quickly arrange it. On the morning of March 24 I was brought to the Guizhou Provincial People’s Hospital to have a blood and urine test. Though they had the results that morning, the guards refused to inform me of them except to say that the HIV/AIDS test had come back negative.”

Pastor Yang’s lawyers wrote to the Guiyang Procuratorate asking for a review of their client’s detention and seeking medical bail – they believe his condition is urgent and serious and that he needs to be admitted to a hospital qualified to deliver appropriate treatment as soon as possible. Two prosecutors told one of the lawyers that the case is highly sensitive and said they could only make a decision in consultation with the judge handling the case and with the Communist Party’s Politico-legal Commission.

Reports from Pastor Yang’s wife

2016-12-16-photo-00000027On 24 March, Pastor Yang’s wife Wang Hongwu (pictured left, with her family) accompanied the lawyer to the detention centre, arriving just as the pastor returned from a test at the provincial hospital. It was the first time husband and wife had seen each other since December 2015. She had under two minutes with her husband and they were only able to exchange a few words before police officers intervened.

Wang Hongwu reported, “I saw a police car coming in and the person in the car was Yang Hua. I called him. A prisoner helped him slowly get out of the car. I saw him walking very slowly… he shrieked with his hands to the chest, maybe because of foot pain. He showed me his feet, the rash scattered over his two legs. The guard thought the time was too long and took him into the detention centre. At the door I waited. Shortly the lawyer finished the meeting and came out.”

After the lawyer’s meeting with Pastor Yang, the police asked Wang Hongwu to accompany them to the No. 368 People’s Armed Police Hospital, where she met the chief doctor. Wang later wrote a letter asking fellow parishioners for prayer: “The provincial hospital diagnosed it as anaphylactoid purpura [blood vessel inflammation]. I saw that both of Yang Hua’s legs were covered in rashes and spots of necrosis. Around the shins on both legs, in particular, there’s a large area of necrosis and seeping wounds. The feet are swollen up to the ankles. The doctor said they’d use large doses of hormones and anti-inflammatory drugs to treat it. Because the illness came on so ferociously and rapidly – around a week – the hospital gave me a notice of severe illness and told me that Yang Hua might develop a range of other symptoms, including septicemia, hemorrhaging of the digestive tract, kidney damage, and more.”

Background

Pastor Yang Hua has been in detention since 9 December 2015, charged with “deliberately divulging state secrets”. On 26 December 2016, Guiyang Nanming District Court opened his trial, which was held in secret; the prosecutor said this was on the grounds that it involved state secrets. On 5 January 2017, the court announced that Pastor Yang had been sentenced to two years and six months in prison.

Huoshi “Living Stone” Church is an emerging urban house church that began in 2008 and grew rapidly. It has been subject to constant suppression and surveillance by the authorities. Another of its leaders, Zhang Xiuhong, was arrested in July 2015 and sentenced in February 2017 to five years’ imprisonment for “illegal business operations”. She was chair of the Board of Deacons and church accountant.

At the time of Pastor Yang’s arrest, the authorities announced a ban on Living Stone church. Its place of worship, a 600 square metre office space on the 24th floor of a new office building in central Guiyang, was sealed and guarded by security personnel hired by the local authorities. The authorities claim the suppression of the church is a criminal matter and not a case of religious persecution.

What “State secrets”?

Pastor Yang’s charge of divulging state secrets refers to the allegation that he posted on the internet a document circulated by Guiyang City’s Peacekeeping Stability Work Leading Group and marked confidential. Titled “The commanding and control centre of Guiyang City to deal with Living Stone Church according to the law“, it was issued in early December 2015.

The notice said: “Dealing with the Living Stone Church according to the law is a high-priority political task. Work unit leaders must personally grasp the issue, join the city’s overall deployments, and earnestly mobilise to carry the work out to completion… Disposal of the Living Stone Church is a political task.”

(China Aid, China Change)

 

 

Almost two weeks after his trial on 26 December 2016, Pastor Yang Hua of Living Stone Church, Guizhou, has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison. 

On the day of his trial, police blocked the road in front of the court and members of the public were barred from entering, according to China Aid. Yang’s wife, Wang Hongwu, was also “forcibly escorted” back to her apartment and police patrolled outside her home the rest of the day. She has said Yang plans to appeal the sentence.

Pastor Yang Hua, also known as Li Guozhi, was formally arrested on 22 January 2016 on suspicion of “divulging state secrets”. Charges relating to “state secrets” are often levelled at activists and dissidents and can entail certain restrictions, such as family members not being allowed to attend the trial. . Yang had been placed in administrative detention in December 2015 for “obstructing justice” and “gathering a crowd to disturb social order”, before being put into criminal detention for “illegally holding state secrets”. Church members see this as part of an attempt by the authorities to pressure the church into registering with the state-sanctioned religious association, the Three Self Patriotic Movement, or face closure.

In September 2016 Yang Hua’s lawyers revealed that he had suffered from serious health conditions as a result of his ill-treatment in detention.

Living Stone Church, an unregistered Protestant church with over 700 members, has experienced increasingly repressive measures by the authorities. A “Rectification Order” received by the church on 18 November 2015 from the Nanming District City Urban Administrative and Law Enforcement Bureau stated that the church’s use of a commercial building  was illegal and gave the church three days to respond or incur fines. An application by the church for a reconsideration of the penalty notice was rejected by Guiyang Municipal People’s Government, and several church members have been detained or fined in connection with the case.

These developments take place against the backdrop of increasing restrictions on the right to freedom of religion or belief in China. According to RFA, Chinese authorities have prevented thousands of Tibetans from attending an important Buddhist ceremony in India led by the Dalai Lama which will take place 11-13 January 2017. According to the report, the authorities have confiscated passports from potential participants and have ordered those already in India and Nepal to return to China. Also this week, China Aid reports that a Christian woman in Xinjiang has been sentenced to three years in prison after holding a Bible study in her home.

Christian Solidarity Worldwide’s Chief Executive Mervyn Thomas said, “This sentence follows years of harassment of Pastor Yang Hua and other members of Living Stone Church. CSW believes the church has been targeted by the authorities because it refuses to register under the state-sanctioned Three Self Patriotic Movement. Some members have also provided advice and support to other churches facing pressure from the authorities. We call on the Chinese authorities to release Pastor Yang Hua, and to respect all Chinese citizens’ right to freedom of religion or belief.”

Pastor Yang Hua waits for trial verdict
After over a year in detention, Pastor Yang Hua’s trial finally went ahead on St Stephen’s Day (26 December). His wife, Wang Hongwu, arrived at the court building at 7.00am but wasn’t allowed to attend. Instead, she was forcibly escorted home by police who patrolled outside her apartment complex for the rest of the day.
No members of the public were allowed to attend the trial but Pastor Yang’s lawyers were present. They stated that Pastor Yang was brought into the courtroom by two bailiffs holding his arms. They also reported that the prosecutors presented forged evidence incriminating Pastor Yang.It is not known when the verdict will be announced.

..Pastor Yang Hua, who is scheduled to appear in court on Boxing Day, has been in jail for more than a year on suspicion of ‘divulging state secrets’.Pastor Yang Hua to go on trial on 26 December   

After over a year in custody, during which he has faced torture and threats, Pastor Yang Hua has been informed that his trial will be held on 26 December. Pastor Yang is one of the pastors of Huoshi (“Living Stone”) Church, the largest house church in Guiyang, capital of Guizhou province in southwest China.
Pastor Yang’s wife Wang Hongwu does not know whether she will be allowed to attend the trial as he is accused of “divulging state secrets”.

Read the full report

UPDATE Please pray for peace and protection for our Chinese brother, Pastor Yang Hua, who is reported to be in poor health after ten months in custody. His lawyers say the leader of Huoshi Church in Guiyang city is suffering liver pain and other serious conditions, after being subjected to physical and psychological abuse. He has been detained since early-December 2015 and charged with ‘divulging state secrets’. No trial date has been announced. Pray for his immediate release. (Source: China Aid)

Su Tianfu (left) with Yang Hua (right). (Photo: China Aid)

Jul. 15, 2016 | China
Pray for Imprisoned Pastor Yang Hua, Threatened by Authorities

 

China Aid Reported in Chinese by Qiao Nong. Translated by Carolyn Song. Written in English by Brynne Lawrence.
(Guiyang, Guizhou—Jan. 27, 2015) The lawyer defending a pastor accused of “divulging state secrets” told China Aid that authorities in China’s southern Guizhou province denied his request to meet with his client on Jan. 21, among other instances of interference.
“[The officials] denied me a meeting [with Yang Hua], under the excuse that I did not have permission from the police,” said Chen Jiangang, the attorney hired on behalf of Yang Hua, a pastor from Huoshi Church. “I contacted the police, but there has been no response yet … Half a month ago, … I submitted a written request by mail, and they have already signed [for the request, demonstrating that they officially received it].”
Like Chen, Yang’s wife, Wang Hongwu, described disrupted attempts to reach her husband. On Jan. 21, she said that officials were withholding information regarding Yang from her. She attempted to send him money for daily necessities, but none of her efforts reached him.
When Wang went to the Nanming Branch of the Guiyang Municipal Public Security Bureau to sign the arrest form, the official who received her refused to answer her questions.
Wang also told China Aid that Yang’s charge changed from “illegally holding state secrets,” for which he served time in criminal detention, to “divulging state secrets” once the Procuratorate approved his arrest.
“This is not a legal charge and is never mentioned in the Criminal Law [of the People’s Republic of China],” Chen added. “Now, this kind of criminal case can be in the hands of the police, [which is] arbitrary. It can even exceed the law. Basically, there are no restrictions….”
Despite these incidents, Wang says her most significant concern is for the members of Huoshi Church, who the police have serially harassed. On Nov. 29, 2015, approximately 30 officials interrupted a church service and detained several Christians. Wang said that officials still interview many of the church members on a regular basis, which has impacted the church’s ability to continue its normal activities.
“For many years, the police have been eyeing Yang Hua and Huoshi Church with hostility,” Chen said. “[They] deliberately fabricated charges against Yang Hua in order to imprison him. Now, all the houses purchased by [Huoshi Church] have been confiscated by the authorities. Currently, the circumstances [in which legal stipulations are carried out] eradicate … all the churches that are not controlled by the government. Regarding these kinds of cases, the police’s [actions] are largely arbitrary.”
“We still can’t hold [church] services, Su Tianfu, another Huoshi Church pastor, said. “There are some people who meet in their homes, and others go to other churches. Most of the time. I am [monitored] by someone [from the government].”
Su also reported that the case of Zhang Xiuhong, an incarcerated accountant and the chairwoman of Huoshi Church’s Board of Deacons who authorities accused of “illegal business operations,” has been transferred to the Procuratorate for prosecution.
Additionally, authorities imposed a fine that accrued to 110,296 Yuan (U.S. $16,700.00) between Nov. 22 and Dec. 8. They alleged that the church’s members deviated from the approved use of their building, even though the Christians consistently reported all activities.
In response, Su filed an administrative reconsideration, but his application was rejected on Jan. 11.
“ … [the next step is to] sue,” he said.
“The case itself is a case of religious persecution,” Chen said. “[Authorities] arrested and detained a pastor in order to pressure a church. Therefore, [Yang Hua] simply cannot be involved in a crime. At this point, China is basically comparable to the Cultural Revolution or North Korea. An individual has no guarantee of obtaining basic human rights.”

A translation of the hiring authorization document, in which Su Tianfu commissioned lawyers to represent Huoshi Church, can be read in full below.
To learn more about Huoshi Church, please watch the video below.
China Aid reports on cases of abuses, such as those experienced by Huoshi Church, its pastors and members, and Yang Hua’s lawyer, in order to promote religious freedom and rule of law in China.

Hiring Authorization Document

Client: Name: Su Tianfu, ID No.5225021970073031111 Mailing Address: 255 Yaxiang Community, Building A, Huaxi Ave, Nanming District, Guiyang 550003 Phone: 158-8505-3034

The hiring authorization document. (Photo: China Aid)

The commissioned: Name: Li Baiguang, Liu Peifu Occupation: Lawyer Company: Beijing Gongxin Law Firm Address: Room 709, Zuo’An Community, 68 North 4th Ring Road, Haidian District, Beijing Telephone: (010) 8282-7326 Cell phone: 158-1068-9698
The client hereby hires the commissioned to act as the client’s representation in the case of Guiyang Municipal Nanming District Religious Affairs Bureau suppressing the lawful rights of Huoshi Church, of which the client is in charge, which triggered a dispute.

The parameters of authority for the commissioned, Li Baiguang and Liu Peifu, are:

  1. 1. To represent [the client] in the matters in connected to this dispute, including, but not limited to, reporting to the related government departments, providing legal services, filing lawsuits and negotiating with related departments in order to problem solve;
  2. To modify or renounce lawsuit requests; 3. To undertake lawsuit requests; 4. To file counter counter-charges; 5. To settle or mediate; 6. To file an appeal; 7. To apply to law enforcement; 8. To receive or carry out the authorization of forms; 9. To sign, send and receive legal documents.

Client (signature):  Su Tianfu

01/07/2016

http://www.releaseinternational.org/media/download_gallery/PP_Pastor_Yang_Hua_Feb16.pdf

EGYPT – Palm Sunday suicide bombings leave 46 dead and scores wounded and why Jihadists bomb at Christian Festivals

Muslim Jihadists expose themselves as the wickedest sinners by killing and maiming professing Christians at these times of the year which celebrate the incarnation and cross both of which teach man’s total depravity and impotence in the eyes of a holy God.

 

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for two deadly suicide bombings at churches in Tanta and Alexandria on Palm Sunday (9 April), which left at least 46 people dead and as many as 110 injured. In Tanta, around 60 miles north of Cairo, the bomber ran up the aisle of the church and blew himself up near the altar, killing at least 30; in Alexandria, the bomber detonated himself outside the church as the congregation were leaving, after police had earlier prevented him from entering.

The attack comes less than four months after a suicide bombing at a church in Cairo, which claimed the lives of 28 believers. Following Sunday’s attacks, President Al-Sisi opened army hospitals to treat the injured free of charge and declared three days of national mourning.

Barnabas Fund is appealing for help to support the bereaved, to provide practical assistance, particularly for families who have lost their breadwinner. Click here for details of how you can help.

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  • Pray that God will comfort and bind up the broken-hearted and heal all those who have been affected physically and psychologically by yesterday’s attacks.
  • Pray that God’s perfect love will drive out fear. Pray that God’s people in Egypt will look to Him for their strength and their hope.
  • Pray that the Egyptian Government will step up its efforts to stamp out extremism and protect Egypt’s Christian minority

Sudanese believer murdered.

Sudanese believer pays with his life for defending Christian women


Younan died standing up for the right of our brothers and sisters in Sudan to worship freely.
He intervened after police confronted fellow Christians who were protesting peacefully against the illegal sell-off of the Evangelical School of Sudan in Omdurman. Younan was fatally stabbed.
Please ask God to comfort Younan’s widow and their two young children, and their congregation.
A three-day protest at the school ended on Monday when police arrested all the male protesters. Soon afterwards, an armed group of about 20 people turned up and began to beat the women.
Several men from the nearby Bahri Evangelical Church, including Younan Abdullah, rushed to the school to defend the women. Two of them were stabbed: Younan died of his injuries, while Ayoub Kumama needed hospital treatment. Police reportedly stood by and watched.
Among their attackers were members of an illegal committee the Government has imposed on the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church that runs the Omdurman school. Committee members have been selling off church properties to businessmen for ‘redevelopment’. The man whom police arrested on suspicion of stabbing Younan is believed to be a committee member.

  • Pray that Younan’s family and church will know God’s love, strength and peace.
  • Pray for Younan and his family; that those responsible for his death will be brought to justice.
  • Pray for wisdom for Sudanese Christians, and church leaders in particular, in the face of intense persecution.

(Source: Middle East Concern)

Kapali in Bangladesh

 Another unreached people. Matthew 24:14 still needs working out.

Kapali in Bangladesh

The Kapali are a Hindu agricultural caste spread primarily throughout West Bengal and Bangladesh. They are reputed to have at one time been Brahmins but have lost that status in the caste system. They have traditionally been a land owning community. Though divorce is not permissible, desertion may sometimes take place. Remarriage is allowed for both sexes in certain cases. The dead are cremated and pollution is observed for fifteen days. The death ritual Bachharkria is performed. They have family deities like Lakshmi, Narayan, Monasa, Sitala, Shiva, and others. The Kapalis follow their religious traditions with great devotion and piety.

Ministry Obstacles
The Kapali community is said to follow its religious traditions with devotion and piety.

Outreach Ideas
Persevering prayer is needed to prepare this community for the good news of Jesus Christ. After this preparation has occurred workers need to be sent to tell them this good news.

Pray for the followers of Christ
No Christians have been reported to the census of either Bangladesh or India from the Kapali community. There probably are no Christian believers, presently. But pray for those the Lord will soon draw to himself.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray this community will be given a hunger to know the living God, their Creator.

Scripture Focus
“Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvellous deeds among all peoples.” Psalm 96:2-3

Hindu extremists rampage with impunity.

INDIA – Hindus force their way into Sunday church service and tell believers “we will not allow this foreign religion in our country and if you continue … we will kill you”

On Sunday 19 March, a Hindu mob forced their way through the main gate of a church in Bihar, threatening to kill Christians who they said were conducting “conversion activity”. The congregation locked themselves inside the church and called police, who then sided with the Hindu mob and took down the names and addresses of all the Christians. Members of the church recorded the incident, in which some of the mob told the believers “we will not allow this foreign religion in our country and if you continue doing this, we will kill you.” The police then ransacked the pastor’s home without a search warrant; the pastor said, “They devastated my house completely, not even leaving a flower vase unturned”.

Hindu extremists outside the church gate
Hindu extremists outside the church gate

Accusations that Christians are attempting to convert Hindus are frequently used as a pretext for violence. Indian Christians have been the targets of a hate crime every other day on average so far in 2017.

From Global Christian News here

Justice and injustice.

EGYPT – Court hands down strongest possible sentence to Muslim who slaughtered Christian shopkeeper

A Muslim man who murdered a Christian shopkeeper in an Islamic State style execution in January has been found guilty and sentenced to death by a court in Alexandria. The court’s decision to hand down the strongest possible sentence for the murder sends a clear message that Christians cannot be killed with impunity. Youssef Lamei, the 45-year-old shopkeeper who was killed on 3 January, was one of four Egyptian Christians murdered in the first two weeks of 2017.

Christian minorities are especially vulnerable to miscarriages of justice, particularly in cases where the victim is a Christian and the perpetrator and police are Muslim. However, the Egyptian courts’ swift prosecution of Youssef Lamei‘s murderer and the recent decision to reopen the case of a 70-year-old Christian grandmother beaten by a Muslim mob in May 2016 are positive steps for justice.

From Egypt Independent here

EGYPT – Local officials refuse Christians permission to meet; fundamentalist Muslims “wielding their power and imposing their will”

There will be no public celebration of Easter in the village of Kom Al Lufi, as the village’s Christians are still being refused permission to meet by authorities, nine months after Muslim rioters destroyed several Christian homes after falsely claiming one would be used as a church. Following the violence, a building in which believers had gathered to pray was closed, although local officials later pledged to re-open it to allow Christians to meet.

“We [still] have to travel to other nearby villages [to hold services],” explains one Christian resident. “Means of transport are not easy here, meaning that the aged and weak can never manage to go.” Even though the Egyptian government has passed new legislation to replace stringent Ottoman-era restrictions on churches, the Christians of Kom Al Lufi still have nowhere to gather. “Even though there is no killing … fundamentalist Muslims are wielding their power and imposing their will against our need to pray.”

From Wataninet here

Iranian injustice.

 

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Iranian Christians still waiting to hear if they’ll be whipped

Three other Iranian Christians – Yaser Mosibzadeh, Saheb Fadayee and Mohammad Reza Omidi – are still waiting to hear if they have won their appeal against a sentence of 80 lashes for drinking communion wine. A second case against them relating to crimes against ‘national security’ has yet to come to court; judges in Rasht have now referred the case to Tehran. Pray they will be acquitted on all counts. (Source: Christian Solidarity Worldwide)
Next time you take communion at church spare a thought – and a prayer – for three Christians in Iran who may be whipped as a punishment for taking communion wine.
The men have appealed against the sentence but if their appeal fails they will receive 80 lashes each.
The lawyer for Yaser Mosibzadeh, Saheb Fadayee and Mohammad Reza Omidi attended a  hearing on Thursday during which they made their appeal against the brutal sentence handed down in September. Please pray that the appeal judge will overturn their sentence when he gives his verdict expected within 20 days.
The three men were arrested in Rasht in May as they celebrated communion. Their lawyer insists it is not illegal in Iran for Christians to drink wine, only Muslims. The three men have a Muslim background.
The three have also been charged with ‘acting against national security’. Iranian officials have threatened further charges if the men meet together or share the gospel with others.
Meanwhile, Christian converts Amin Nader Afshar and Hadi Askary have gone on hunger strike inside Tehran’s Evin Prison unless they receive adequate medical care and a fair trial soon. Hadi is reported to have a kidney infection which has not been treated.
They have been behind bars since their arrest last August, at a picnic in Firuzkuh, but have not yet been charged, despite weeks of interrogation. The other three men arrested with them posted substantial bail and were released.

  • Pray that the appeal judge will scrap the earlier sentence against Yaser, Saheb and Mohammad. Pray that no other charges will be brought against them.
  • Pray that God will protect and heal Amin and Hadi. Amin’s hunger strike has caused his blood pressure to drop dramatically. Pray that they and their three friends will be tried and acquitted soon.
  • Pray that every Christian behind bars in Iran will know that God will prove wrong every false word spoken against them (Isaiah 54:17).

(Source: Middle East Concern)

Iranian Christians Mohammed Roghangir and Massoud Rezai have been prevented from gaining early release from jail on good behaviour. Arrested at a prayer meeting in Shiraz in 2012, Mohammed and Massoud were sentenced to six and five years respectively for ‘action against national security’. A recent appeal by the men for early release was apparently blocked by Iranian intelligence.
Also in Iran, three house church members – Yaser Mosibzadeh, Saheb Fadayee and Mohammed Reza Omidi (known as Youhan) – have just been sentenced to 80 lashes each for drinking communion wine. They plan to appeal. The three Christians from Rasht and their pastor, Youcef Nadarkhani, are due to appear in court on October 15 charged with ‘action against national security’. (Source: Middle East Concern).

UPDATE

Yaser Mosibzadeh, Saheb Fadayee and Mohammed Reza Omidi  have been released on bail. Pray for their exoneration.

 

Korean pastors in China

Committee Calls for the Release of South Korean Pastors Detained in China
03/23/2017 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that a South Korean committee formed to address the detainment of two South Korean pastors in China issued a statement yesterday. The statement by The Pastors Seong-do Ohn & Byeong-gi Lee Release Committee calls on the South Korean government to do more to advocate for the release of the pastors. A source in South Korea told ICC that the committee is “working full time to release them.”
The two South Korean pastors who were detained with their wives on March 15 are accused of helping North Korean defectors living in China. One pastor, age 66, was arrested with his wife at the Qingdao airport. The other pastor, age 42, was arrested with his wife at a hotel in Qinhuangdao. The wives of the two pastors have since been released after a few days of investigation.
However, both pastors remain in custody. The Pastors Seong-do Ohn & Byeong-gi Lee Release Committee is calling on the government of South Korea to act more quickly in addressing the detainment of the two pastors. The statement says, “The government of the Republic of Korea has an obligation to actively protect and support those who have been arrested for helping refugees in China…” The committee also calls on the South Korean government to speak out to protect South Korean people detained in other countries.
The committee claims that the delayed response of South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea, in addressing the situation has been “painful” and “unfair” to the families.
Jeff King, President of ICC said, “ICC calls on the government of South Korea to act swiftly to secure the release of these two pastors. These pastors were providing humanitarian aid to refugees fleeing one of the most oppressive regimes in the world. To simply ignore the detainment of these pastors will put many others providing humanitarian aid at risk.”

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Indian police look on as Christians beaten

Hindu extremists
Christians in India are finding that the very people who should be protecting them from attack – the police – are now becoming complicit in their persecution.
Believers in the east of the subcontinent say officers are increasingly under the sway of Hindu extremists and are allowing persecution to go ahead unpunished. Not only are they standing by while Christians are beaten but they then arrest the victims!
These allegations follow a recent attack on Pastor Ajay Kumar and a Bible college student called Assaryav in Begusarai district, Bihar state. The men were lured into a marketplace on false pretences then badly beaten. Their attackers ordered police not to interfere – and they obeyed.
Pastor Ajay suffered internal injuries and is reported to have persistent pain in one ear; Assaryav has a leg injury. Senior police who arrived on the scene later arrested the Christians, not their attackers, and charged them with ‘outraging religious feelings’.
Two days later, Hindu extremists gathered outside the nearby Mahanaim Church and accused its pastor, Christopher Bhonsle, of ‘forcible conversion’. Again, police called to the scene took down the Christians’ details and searched the pastor’s home. They later admitted to Pastor Christopher that they had acted merely to ‘appease’ the Hindu extremists.

  • Pray for Christians in Begusarai district who reportedly feel exposed and vulnerable as police appear to be siding with the extremists.
  • Pray that Bihar state officials will take action against religious intolerance. A recent meeting of church leaders with the state’s chief minister was ‘abruptly cancelled’.
  • Ask God to strengthen and comfort His people in Bihar, amid mounting attacks on Christians and especially church leaders.

(Source: Morning Star News)

IRAN – Maryam deteriorating.

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MARYAM ZARGARAN’s CONDITION WORSENS AGAIN

Reports from Evin prison in Tehran indicate that Maryam is again in need of urgent medical care. She has suffered severe weight loss and the stressful conditions in prison have exacerbated her congenital heart condition.

 

>>>BACK IN PRISON>>>

 

 

On September 17, 2016  Iranian Christian convert, Maryam Naghash Zargaran (Nasim) was sent back to Evin prison when the extension of her medical furlough was rejected, reports Voice of Iranian Christians (Vocir). Maryam (Nasim) will finish out her four year sentence regardless of her serious and deteriorating health condition. Please pray for healing and endurance and keep her family in your prayers. Share her story and encourage others to pray for her well-being and permanent release. Raise your voices for Iranians imprisoned for their Christian faith.  Speak out of the serious human rights abuses Christians are facing in Iran. 

Write To Encourage Maryam Naghash Zargaran (Nasim)

Update: Maryam has been allowed temporary leave from Evin Prison to get medical aid. Prison authorities allowed Maryam to go home on Sunday 28th August. Her family hope that on this occasion the medical leave will be long enough for Maryam to receive adequate care.

 

 

Maryam Naghash Zargaran-Nasim

(Voice of the Persecuted) Iranian Christian prisoner, Maryam Naghash Zargaran (Nasim) suffers serious physical difficulties had been granted temporary medical leave. We’ve been informed she has been told to report back to the prison. When Iran grants medical leave to prisoners, you can be assured they’re gravely ill. Please pray for this Christian sister. Pray that they will at least allow her enough time to receive the full medical treatment she needs. Pray they will take her health condition seriously and give her the ongoing treatment she needs. Pray for her family who is heartbroken with worry she will not survive her prison term. Please lift her up to our Lord asking for permanent release from prison with expectancy for God to set her free.

Pray for all Christian prisoners in Iran and for the Holy Spirit to guide our brothers and sisters worshiping underground. Pray for the faith and rights of those converting from the Islamic faith. Iran is only second to China in the amount of those coming to Christ. Pray they will be bold and courageous sharing the Gospel and the love of Jesus with the lost.

 

 

IRAN – Christian prisoner ‘close to coma’   Your prayers are desperately needed for an Iranian Christian woman who is serving a four-year sentence in Tehran’s Evin prison.

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Jailed Iranian Christian seriously ill – but still officials refuse to set her free.
Our Iranian sister Maryam has gone on hunger strike again but security officials are still refusing to release her so she can receive proper treatment.
Please pray for Maryam Naghash Zargaran whose health has deteriorated sharply in the three weeks since she’s been on hunger strike. Her blood pressure is now very low and she has symptoms of possible early multiple sclerosis.
She is demanding her immediate release and protesting at the inadequate treatment she’s received for serious health issues while she’s been in Tehran’s Evin Prison. A judge refused her request – under pressure from the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence.
Maryam has been on hunger strike before, prior to being allowed out of her cell for three weeks last month to receive hospital treatment. But she was back behind bars on June 27, before her treatment was complete.
She’s serving a four-year sentence for ‘acting against national security’ – apparently because of her work on an orphanage with former prisoner of faith, Pastor Saeed Abedini.
Prison officials who gave Maryam a medical examination last week confirmed her condition is serious.

  • Ask God to comfort, sustain and heal Maryam: pray that she will know He is her shepherd and protector.
  • Pray that the officials who are barring Maryam’s release will be moved with compassion and allow her out in order to receive proper care.
  • Pray that all our brothers and sisters behind bars for their faith in Iran will know God’s peace and presence today. Pray that their witness will impact guards and inmates alike.

 

Family and friends of Maryam (Nasim) Naghash-Zargaran, a believer from a Muslim background, are greatly concerned about her health and request prayer for her treatment and release from prison.   On July 5th Maryam went on hunger strike as a protest against the lack of adequate medical treatment for long-standing health problems. She has refused solids and liquids and has not allowed prison medical staff to give her serum. Sources close to the family say that her condition is serious and that Maryam is close to becoming comatose.   Maryam has a history of heart problems. In addition, she has recently been suffering from pain in her ears and severe headaches. She has lost a lot of weight and continues to suffer from depression. Although the medical authorities in the prison recognise the severity of her condition and the need for treatment, the prosecutor’s office has refused to allow Maryam to leave prison to receive adequate care. The only recent concession was in October 2015, when she was allowed to go to a hospital for a few days, but forced to return to prison without receiving full treatment.   It has been reported that fellow prisoners in the prison ward showed their support for Maryam by forgoing family visits on Sunday as a form of protest.   Maryam was arrested in January 2013 in connection with her work on an orphanage with former Christian prisoner Saeed Abedini. She was charged with ‘acting against national security’ and was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment, which she started serving in July 2013 in the women’s ward at Evin. A request for a retrial was refused.   View her prisoner profile here.   (Source: Middle East Concern)

  • Pray Maryam would be allowed to receive proper treatment in hospital.
  • Pray that God would sustain Maryam and her family and friends during this critical time and that she would be released from prison, healed and restored.

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Voice of the Persecuted Note:  On May 29th, Maryam’s blood pressure suddenly dropped and she fell unconscious. She was then transferred from prison to the hospital. Sources claim it took a few minutes before she was able recognized her relatives who came to see her in the hospital. Though she desperately needed to stay in the hospital, she was taken back to the prison without proper treatment. This sister needs our help.

As with other cases that have drawn international attention and outcry, we have seen prisoners receive better treatment and even released by the Iranian regime. Let us not be idle and act quickly. Please PRAY and SPEAK OUT for our sister suffering in Iran.  SIGN THE PETITION for the Immediate & Unconditional Release of the Imprisoned Christian Convert Maryam Naghash Zargaran. Share this story and encourage many to sign the petition.  Be her VOICE!

 

LATEST…Your sister Maryam is back in prison – but still sick
Maryam Naghash-Zargaran has been returned to her prison cell from hospital – before medics were able to treat her properly for serious health problems.
Please pray that God will heal and comfort our Iranian sister who’s now back behind bars in Tehran’s Evin Prison.
Maryam had been on hunger strike in protest at the lack of proper medical care she’s had in jail. She was ‘almost comotose’ by the time she was finally allowed out of prison for treatment on June 6, having deposited a bond of £74,000.
When a court ordered her return to jail last week, her family applied to have her medical leave extended. The prosecutor’s office refused – and threatened to confiscate her bond money. She was returned to jail on Monday.
Maryam, who has a Muslim background, has been in jail since 2013 because of her work on an orphanage with Pastor Saeed Abedini. She’s serving a four-year sentence.

  • Please pray that God will heal and strengthen Maryam in a way that human doctors cannot. Pray for her swift release.
  • Thank God that Maryam’s fellow prisoners have been supporting her and backing her bid for medical treatment.
  • Pray that every Christian behind bars in Iran today will know God’s peace and presence.

(Source: Middle East Concern)

Pastor Zhang update.

August 28, 2014

China

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Update below on Zhang.

At least ten leaders from house churches across Hunan province in central China have been detained in what appears to be an ongoing crackdown.

The ten were accused of organising ‘cults’ and ‘sects’ and ‘undermining law enforcement’. They have been criminally detained, which Release partner China Aid says is the first step towards a formal charge which ‘almost inevitably’ leads to a conviction. Four other Christians have been taken to Shaoyang city for a month of ‘compulsory study’.

The arrests have been linked to an incident in which a Christian woman handing out Gospel tracts on the street gave one to a government employee from a local police station. A local Christian said ‘the entire police forced was mobilised’ to round up the Christians; money, Bibles and church equipment were confiscated from homes and churches.

Meanwhile, church demolitions and ‘modifications’ continue in coastal Zhejiang province. Officials removed the cross on Salvation Church in Wenzhou on August 14, after weeks of confrontations between Christians and government demolition teams. And in Zhejiang’s provincial capital, Hangzhou, the large Gulou Church was forcibly demolished on August 13.

(Source: China Aid)

 

  • Please pray for the immediate release of all Christians detained by Hunan officials in the latest crackdown. Pray for an end to Zhejiang officials’ church demolitions and cross removals.
  • Pray that Christians in both Hunan and Zhejiang provinces will know that God is their rock and their deliverer (Psalm 18:2).


NEWS UPDATES:

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Latest: Pastor Zhang has been allowed a Bible! And wife allowed a monthly visit.

Pastor Zhang Shaojie of Nanle County Christian Church in China’s Henan province has lost his final appeal against a 12-year prison sentence for ‘fraud’ and gathering a crowd to disrupt public order’. Pray that Pastor Zhang and his family will know God’s peace: pray too that he will be released early, despite this ruling. (Source: ChinaAid). Pastor Zhang Shaojie has now been in prison for more than a year, having initially been taken into custody on
November 16, 2013. In October last year he was moved from Baiaohe Prison in Neihuang County, Puyang, to Henan
Prison No. 2 in Xinxiang. His family are considering their optons in appealing against his sentence.  

Zhang Cuijuan, sister of Pastor Zhang Shaojie was recently sentenced to one-and-a-half years in prison. Her imprisonment is part of the ongoing persecution of Pastor Zhang and the Nanle County Christian Church. 

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Christian political leader jailed since March 2015 when two muslims were killed by a mob in retaliation for Taliban suicide bombing of two churches in Lahore. He has been ill in detention. Family receivinbg death threats and demands for money.

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Christian nurse challenges NHS after being sacked for sharing faith with patients.

Prayer Alert

Sarah’s case against the NHS Trust for unfair dismissal takes place on Thursday
Please pray for Sarah Kuteh as she appears at an Employment Tribunal sitting in Ashford, Kent, on Thursday.
Sarah is challenging her dismissal from Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust for ‘gross misconduct’.
Sarah, who has been a nurse for 15 years, was sacked in August 2016 after complaints were made about her discussing her faith with patients.
However, the conversations only came about because of a question on the pre-op assessment questionnaire which asks patients about their religion.
Watch Sarah explain how God has been faithful

Only one official complaint

Out of the hundreds of patients who Sarah dealt with, only one official complaint and a few verbal complaints, which were noted down by nurses, were made.
Following a meeting with her boss in April, Sarah agreed that she would only discuss faith if a patient initiated the conversation.
She kept to her word.
But more complaints followed and Sarah was suspended, investigated and eventually sacked for gross misconduct. The Trust did not release to her copies of the complaints that were made before the investigation began and she was not allowed to call the patients to the hearing to investigate their claims.
The NHS Trust has also referred Sarah to the Nursing and Midwifery Council where she is facing disqualification proceedings.
Watch Sarah explain why she is challenging the NHS
Read more about what happened

Pray for Sarah

With the help of the Christian Legal Centre, Sarah is challenging the NHS Trust’s decision to sack her.
She will argue that it was disproportionate and very punitive, particularly because of the way that the disciplinary process was carried out.
Please pray for the Judge who hears Sarah’s case and for her legal team as they represent and support Sarah.
Please pray that her claim would be successful and that the NMC proceedings would be dropped so that Sarah can return to the job she loves.

Ansari India-unreached.

Ansari in India

According to a legend, the Ansari were inhabitants of Medina, and Ansari was the title given to those who gave shelter to and helped the prophet Mohammad in his first religious war against Mecca. In recent years, the Tableeghi Jamat has inculcated religious fervor among them and made them aware of the principles of Islam. Their literacy rate is poor and girls discontinue their studies due to social reasons.

Ministry Obstacles
The Ansari must begin to see Isa (Jesus) of the Koran as the very Son of God, more than a prophet. Spiritual truths are spiritually discerned; prayer is needed.

Outreach Ideas
Pray the Ansari will be captivated by Isa (Jesus) as found in the Koran, and be prompted by the Holy Spirit to find out more about this man who is more than a prophet.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are few if any Christian believers among the Ansari community, but pray for the church that will soon emerge. Pray the Lord will provide excellent teachers and pastors for them.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Ansari community will increasingly hunger to find forgiveness for their sins, and recognize the wholly adequate provision found in the finished work of Christ on the cross.

Scripture Focus
“Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.” Matthew 25:40

Ebrahim Firouzi in Iran

http://www.be-a-voice.net/pdfs/246/13424/Ebrahim%20Firouzi.pdf

Pray for Ebrahim Firouzi (Iran) 

 

 Ebrahim Firouzi from Iran. Ebrahim is a former Muslim who has been arrested several times for telling people about Jesus. He has been in prison since March 2013 and is due for release in January 2020.
Read the full Prayer Profile, which includes details about Ebrahim’s arrest and sentence, his family, prison conditions and daily prayer points. This Christian activist previously on 03-July 2013 detained by Robatkarim City revolutionary court on charges of propagating material against Islamic republic, launching and leading deceptive Christian evangelical organizations, connection with the anti-Islamic revolution elements in abroad, setting up the Christianity internet sites, was sentenced for one year in prison and two years of exile to Sarbaz township, one of the most deprived and disadvantaged areas of the Sistan-Baluchestan province.

MOTHER AND SON ARRESTED IN IRAN AFTER CONVERTING TO CHRISTIANITY

In late February, Anousheh Reza-bakhsh and her son Soheil Zagarzadeh Sani (both former Muslims) were arrested by Revolutionary Guards in the city of Urmia.

Read the full story

Listen to his latest testimony:

‘My freedom and getting out of prison cannot be my only purpose. We think especially about the suffering of new believers. If my being in prison stirs the international community to work to prevent such future persecution of new believers, then my choice is to remain in prison.’

Thank God for Ebrahim’s witness and encouragement to us to stand firm in our faith. Please remember his family who are concerned for his wellbeing.

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 An important lesson.

 

Eritrean believer

Why have over 45,000 Eritreans risked their lives to escape their country, many drowning in the Mediterranean Sea? One reason why Christians leave is, that unless they belong to a state-authorised church, they face imprisonment, possible torture and even death. Muslims who are 50% population are increasingly radicalised and often pressure coverts.

Aberash in prison looked forward to the half hour walk in the sun allowed to the prisoners. He was arrested when an informant gave away his illegal prayer meeting to the authorities. For eight months,  among his fellow eight believers they shared their cells with drunkards, hard core criminals and insane people, then they faced cruel questioning. After two years he was deeply depressed and angry with God asking why when he had been doing nothing but good God had let this happen?

But soon Aberash got an answer. He learned God wanted him to stop fighting against his imprisonment. “I needed patience because God has his own ways and timing,” he says. He was taught to hope in Christ. And blessing came in the form of Bible pages smuggled into the prison that were like gold to the believing prisoners, that became spiritual food to keep their souls alive and their minds steadfast. They also listened to a Christian radio station clandestinely that was like “manna” from heaven AND got money and food from abroad.

The prison officials saw the change. Believers shared their food from families and he got to share the gospel with guards and fellow prisoners (Phil.1:12). Aberash even lost the desire to leave prison but after three years he heard he was to be released. He took time to recover but he realised his imprisonment had transformed him. He saw the blessing of sharing the gospel with people he would otherwise never have met: thugs, murderers, poor, rich, politicians etc., because as he says there is equality in prison!

Thank God for his witness and pray for those still languishing that God would encourage and sustain them and that the good news would be spread throughout Eritrea.

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Pastor Jin Tianming, Under House Arrest Since 2011

March. 17, 2017 | China
Pray for Pastor Jin Tianming, Under House Arrest Since 2011

Adnan-Pakistan blasphemy case

After three years incarcerated for alleged blasphemy Adnan Prince has been released on bail by Supreme Court Lahore. The case will probably take years to come to court, meantime pray for his safety as muslim extremists will no doubt seek to murder him. Pray case may be dropped.

Two North American Pastors Are North Korean Prisoners.

UPDATES

 Kim Dong Chul is a South Korean missionary who was arrested in Rason City in North Korea in October 2015. He is serving a ten-year sentence in labour camp.
Read the full Prayer Profile, which includes details about Kim’s arrest and sentence, his family, prison conditions and daily prayer points (dated to begin this coming Sunday, 19 March).

Read about this week’s session on North Korea at the UN Human Rights Council

SWEDISH AMBASSADOR VISITS HYEUN-SOO LIM

In late February, Hyeun-soo Lim, a Canadian pastor serving a life sentence in North Korea, was allowed to meet with the Swedish ambassador in Pyongyang

Read more about the visit


 
1/12/2016 North Korea (Reuters)

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Kim Dong Chul

A Korean-American recently appearing on television in North Korean custody has been identified according to both Reuters and CNN as Christian pastor Kim Dong Chul, formerly of Fairfax, Virginia. The pastor, if confirmed, would be the second westerner to be held captive by the North Korean regime after Canadian pastor Hyeon-Soo Lim was detained in February of 2015 with a ten year sentence. According to Ma Young-ae, a North Korean defector working as a missionary in New York, Kim Dong Chul is in fact a Korean-American pastor whom she said informed church gatherings he was a missionary aiding North Koreans through medical aid via China.

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  • Pray for the swift and safe release of Pastor Kim Dong Chul
  • Pray for the strength and courage of Christians in North Korea who must practice their faith
    in secret because it’s too dangerous to meet with other believers
  • Pray for the growing community of underground Christians in North Korea, numbering between 200,000 and 400,000, who continue to live out their faith despite the dangers
  • Other expats still detained include: Lim Hyun-Soo (Canada-life imprisonment), Kim Gook-gi, Choi Chun-gil and Kim Jung Wook (all South Koreans and with little chance of leaving the country alive). Revelation 2:10. Please pray!
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One small step from baptism to detention in Iran

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One small step from baptism to detention in Iran

An Iranian mother and son have paid a heavy price for turning to Christ – just months after they were baptised.

Veronika and Augustine were arrested in Urmia, northwest Iran, on February 20 and haven’t been seen since.

Please pray that they will put their total trust in God during their ordeal.

Veronika and Augustine, who were baptised in Istanbul last August, were detained after Revolutionary Guard intelligence officials raided their home last month and discovered Christian books and materials.

Since their arrest, there has been no official information about where they’re being held or how they are. Friends believe they are being held at the intelligence building of the Revolutionary Guards, where information about detainees is not given.

  • Pray that Veronika and Augustine will know ‘the Lord is near to all who call upon Him… in truth’ (Psalm 145:18). Pray they will be released immediately.
  • Pray Veronika and Augustine’s strong faith will touch many lives, even while they are detained. Pray that their guards will be moved by their witness.
  • Pray that God will bless and strengthen His people in Iran and reassure them that their lives are in His hands.

(Source: Middle East Concern)

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Prayers for our nation

  1. For government

Ruler of all, we ask that you guide those who govern us. Help Queen Elizabeth, Theresa May, those in Church leadership and all other leaders to speak the truth, obey their conscience, and pay homage to King Jesus.

 

  1. For law

God of justice, we ask for justice to be upheld in the courts. We pray for brethren and sisters seeking justice e.g. Barry Trayhorn, Richard Page, Felix Ngole, Aisling Hubert (pictured), and others. Please give the Christian Legal Centre team the skill and insight to bring effective and persuasive legal arguments to bear on these cases. Please enable the judges to see the facts and make just judgments.

  1. For media

God of all truth, thank you for the opportunities you have given believers including Christian Concern to speak in public through the media. Please give them the words to say. Please help us to boldly proclaim Jesus as we represent you in print and speech.

  1. For life

Lord of life, on the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act, we pray for justice concerning the unborn child. Over 8 million children have been killed in the last 50 years. Please overturn Britain’s culture of death and protect children and pregnant women. Awaken your Church to this slaughter of the innocent and enable us to respond with courage and compassion.

  1. For marriage

Father of the Bridegroom, your wonderful pattern for marriage and family is being systematically eroded in the Church and in the world. Please grant all Christian leaders boldness to uphold the Bible’s teaching that marriage is between one man and one woman. May we, the Bride of Christ, respond with clarity and wisdom to the increased pressure to promote homosexual practices and transsexualism in all areas of life. Enable the Christian couple wanting to adopt their foster children. May the beauty of the gospel shine brightly through our own marriages and families.

  1. For freedom

Lord, where your spirit is, there is freedom. Yet the freedom to proclaim Jesus is being taken away. Please preserve our freedom to speak about Jesus Christ in public life. Please may the government’s plans about ‘British values’ and ‘extremism’ not limit the freedom for Christians to express the hope of the gospel in the workplace and in schools and universities.

  1. For Muslims

Saviour God, open the eyes of our Muslim friends both here and abroad. Thank you that you are revealing yourself to many Muslims, and shaking the foundations of Islam. Please embolden the Church’s witness to Muslims so that they can clearly and persuasively hear and understand the gospel. In your mercy continue to protect this country from those who would seek to commit acts of terrorism in the name of Islam.

  1. For the Church

Shepherd of the flock, cause your Church to rise up and be strong in confidently and uncompromisingly proclaiming the gospel to our nation. Enable Bible-teachers to preach the whole counsel of God. Grow churches where the Bible is taught faithfully and give them influence in their local communities. May graduates of the Wilberforce Academy become change agents for the next generation and give them hearts that seek your glory.

  1. For Christian Concern

Shield and Defender, guide Andrea Williams and continue to provide for Christian Concern and all those involved with this work: staff, clients and associates. Give them courage to speak powerfully of Christ in all areas of our culture, in law, politics and media.

  1. For God’s glory

Eternal Father, thank you that you are working out your plan to have all things put under Jesus’ feet. Thank you that you delight in your Son and that his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom that will never pass away. Thank you for giving us your Spirit to empower us to speak and act as your kingdom people in the world. May you get all the glory in 2017 and beyond.

adapted from Christian Concern post

 

Pray for Nou, Vietnam.

Mar. 10, 2017 | Vietnam
Pray for Nou, Whose Family Tried to Kill Him

Alimjiang Yimiti

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 Wife of imprisoned Uyghur Christian
Alimujiang Yimiti reports that her husband
has lost a lot of weight since her last visit
and that he looks pale. However, she said
he is still doing well spiritually. Alimujiang
was arrested in 2008 and sentenced to 15
years for “illegally providing state secrets to
foreign nationals.” Gulinuer and her two
children are allowed to visit Alimujiang for
only 15 minutes every three months. The
couple’s oldest son, who is 15, is sad and
discouraged about his father’s continued
imprisonment, and their 8-year-old son
misses his dad and remains anxious for his
return.
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Photo: Gulinuer and her two sons, now
ages 15 and 8, need prayer and are
awaiting the return of husband and father
Alimujiang Ymiti, who is serving 15 years in
a Chinese prison for his faith.


Pray for the Family of Alimujiang Ymiti
Gulinuer, Alimujiang’s wife, asks that we continue to pray for Alimujiang to overcome the difficulties he faces in prison, such as unkind guards and other prisoners. Pray that he will have enough strength to persevere. She also requests prayer for their children, during this long imprisonment. They face persecution at school. Pray that the Lord will comfort her family. Finally, Gulinuer asks for prayer for the local Uyghur church, that it will stand firm and that more people will come to the Lord.
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation
and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
VOM is assisting the families of prisoners in China.

Alimjiang, the leader with his wife of a house church in Kashgar, was given an unjust 15 year sentence in 2008 in the region of Xinjiang in northwest China, allegedly for ‘providing state secrets to overseas organisations’ and is separated from his wife and two sons who are only given minutes to see him on visits that require hours to travel. The older son, now a teenager lacks a father figure-may the Lord (and or other believer(s) be such to him.

Xinjiang province in western China is especially controlled because the government fears Islamic extremists among the Hui people. Church youth camps and Sunday schools are often targeted.

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Alimjan’s mother in law has become a believer but recently had a heart attack. His wife Gulnur has a new job and is encouraged by the prayers of Christians around the world.

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Ethiopia: UPDATE – Imprisoned believers released.

Update 12/3/2017

These men have been acquitted and freed having been imprisoned for nearly three years. They are reunited with family. Lord restore to them the years the locust hath eaten and may they not have to pay compensation fines.

11 May 2016

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The final hearing of the case against Tibebu Mekuria, Dawit Jemberu, and Belete Tilahun has been delayed yet again.

After being delayed multiple times, a hearing that was meant to take place has been postponed again.

“The judges claimed they did not have enough time to review the case,” a contact told us.

The three men are accused of burning down a church building on 16 May 2014, and were arrested a month later.

Please continue to uphold these men, their families and their case in your prayers.

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Please pray:

  • For our brothers to remain strong in the faith
  • For comfort and encouragement for the families of Tibebu, Dawit and Belete
  • That justice would be done and that this case would finally be concluded.

Labourers

A recent mission prayer request is exemplary in that it mentions a new worker (ordained one would hope) recently sent to serve among the unreached in Chad accompanied by a team consisting a family, a couple and two singles to work among Arab nomads. This was Paul’s mission team method. It needs to be replicated among the unreached all over the world.

Chad

Abducted Pastor and Human Rights Malaysia

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MALAYSIA – Fears for safety of abducted church pastor; Malaysian Christians call for prayer

Christians in Malaysia are calling on believers around the world to pray, after a church pastor was kidnapped in broad daylight. Pastor Raymond Koh was taken from his car in a residential area by five masked men on the morning of 13 February, in what appeared to be a carefully planned operation. There has been no ransom demand and no reported progress in the criminal investigation despite CCTV footage of the kidnap being made available to police.

Pastor Raymond Koh
Pastor Raymond Koh

Described to Barnabas Fund as “a compassionate and very bold man of God”, Pastor Raymond works amongst the marginalised urban poor in Petaling Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur.

From Barnabas Fund partners

Malaysia: Please pray for the family of Pastor Raymond Koh, who was abducted in Malaysia more than a fortnight ago. His son, Jonathan, has now filed a second police report on suspicion he has been murdered as no ransom demand has been made to his family. (Source: World Watch Monitor)

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Rooney Rebit aged 41 was born into a Christian family whose parents converted to Islam when he was eight. In 1999 he embraced Christ and was baptised but his identity card continued to state he was a Muslim. Recently a court has upheld his right to freedom to change religion which is a great precedent. Oh that this was true in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran and many other majority Muslim countries!

PAKISTAN – A Christian arrested for alleged blasphemy

More spurious but potentially life-threatening cases of accusation of blasphemy in Pakistan.

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Salman Taseer’s son charged with “hate speech”

A Christmas message calling for prayers for those charged under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws has led to death threats against the son of Salman Taseer, the Punjab Governor assassinated six years ago for his support of Asia Bibi and his opposition to the blasphemy laws. Read more

Meanwhile, in a new blasphemy case, Muslims in Pakistan have filed charges against Babu Shahbaz Masih (40), a Christian from Kamaha village, Lahore. He has been taken into custody, accused of desecrating pages from the Quran. Read more

PAKISTAN – Illiterate evangelist accused of Quran “blasphemy” released but family still unable to return home

After 30 days in custody, police have released Babu Shahbaz Masih, an illiterate evangelist from Lahore, who was arrested and accused of “blasphemy” in December after pages of the Quran with his name written on them were found in the street. Although he has been cleared of all charges, police have advised 41-year-old Babu, his wife and three children not to return home, as local Muslims are still pressuring police to charge him. Christians accused of “blasphemy” are rarely able to go back to their former lives, even if, as in Babu’s case, charges have been dropped, because of often violent threats from zealous Muslims.

From Barnabas Fund project partners

 

Babu has been released without charge, but he and his family are still unable to return home
Babu has been released without charge, but he and his family are still unable to return home

 

VOICE OF THE PERSECUTED

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Lahore (Agenzia Fides) – Babu Shahbaz, a Christian from the village of Kamahan, near Lahore, was arrested by the police for alleged blasphemy. As Fides learns, on December 30 a formal complaint was filed to the police against Babu Shahbaz, under Article 295 b of the Penal Code of Pakistan. The complaint came after the Muslim, Haji Nadeem accused the Christian of having torn and thrown pages of the Koran in the street. Shahbaz is illiterate and cannot write.

Babu Shahbaz, 41, lives in the village of Kamahan, is married and has three children. An evangelical Christian who in the past 15 years has organized prayer meetings at his house, and many Christians and Muslims participate in the small home meetings, asking blessings and healing prayer. The local Muslims have shown impatience towards the growing popularity of Shahbaz and therefore have accused him of a false case of…

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Asia Bibi’s final appeal against blasphemy to be heard in Supreme Court

Lord please sovereignly cause her to be acquitted and leave this rotten country for her own safety!

LATEST….Case postponed-problem with judges! Due in court before end March 2017

Urgent prayer is being requested as Aasia Bibi’s appeal against her death sentence is heard at Pakistan’s Supreme Court shortly. The Christian mother of five – who is currently being kept unaware of the appeal date to avoid raising her expectations too soon – was convicted under the country’s controversial “blasphemy law” in November 2010. Whilst Aasia Bibi’s defence believe they have a strong case, there is huge pressure from Muslims to uphold the death sentence.

Aasia Bibi’s husband and two of her children
Aasia Bibi’s husband and two of her children

Speaking directly to Barnabas Fund’s contact in Pakistan, Aasia Bibi’s husband Ashiq Masih requested prayer for protection and that justice will prevail. He has also asked that specific prayers be made for the lawyers defending Aasia Bibi, as well as the judges who will hear the case. He said that the family are well and thankful to Barnabas Fund for helping them to purchase a house.

Commenting on the significance of the appeal, Dawn, an English-language newspaper in Pakistan, wrote, “Some insist it is not just a fight for one life, but a battle for the nation’s soul as the state walks a razor-sharp line between upholding human rights and appeasing populist hardliners.”

Should the judges rule in favour of Aasia Bibi, there is the risk that she and her family will be targeted by vigilantes as have many others acquitted of “blasphemy” charges in Pakistan. It is symptomatic of the increasing Islamisation of Pakistan and the immense difficulty that Christians in particular have in defending themselves against false accusations. Whilst it would be a huge victory for justice should Aasia Bibi be acquitted, more challenges could yet lie ahead for her and her family.

VOICE OF THE PERSECUTED

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LAHORE: The Supreme Court is due to hear the final appeal against the execution of Asia Bibi, a Christian, accused for blasphemy, on Thursday. Some insist it is not just a fight for one life, but a battle for the nation’s soul as the state walks a razor-sharp line between upholding human rights and appeasing populist hardliners.

This will be the final appeal for Asia Bibi, some six years after she was sentenced to death, accused of insulting the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) during an argument with a Muslim woman over a bowl of water.

“There is no question that what is at stake is the very soul of the state and Pakistan society: does Pakistan respect the rights of the most vulnerable? Does it defend those rights against spurious allegations even where those allegations involved matters that are sacred to most Pakistanis?” Mustafa Qadri, an expert on human rights in South…

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PRAY FOR CHRISTIANS IN SOMALIA

Somalia is so needy.

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(Voice of the Persecuted) Read: Hebrews 13:13 – So, let us go out to Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach.
Since the downfall of Ziad Barre in 1991, Somalia has become a safe-haven for Islamic militants. Christian converts
from Islam in the country have been facing a great deal of persecution. The mere suspicion of one’s having renounced Islam leads to a rushed public execution. Martyrdom is very common.
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PRAY: Today, we pray for our persecuted family in Somalia. Lord, protect and provide. Meet their needs and show them Your everlasting hope. You are the God of shalom; Lord, bring peace. – Amen
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Please do keep our persecuted brothers and sisters in the nation of Somalia and your prayers.

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Islamic Extremists in Somalia Kill Secret Christian, Her Son, Wound Husband, Sources Say

Somalia a political disaster and home of evil Al Shabaab terrorists.

VOICE OF THE PERSECUTED

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(Morning Star News) – Islamic extremists in Somalia identified as Al Shabaab rebels last month shot to death an underground Christian woman and her son and seriously wounded her husband, sources said.

The family was asleep at their home at dawn in Afgoi, about 30 kilometers (19 miles) west of Mogadishu, when at least four armed men attacked them on or around Feb. 10 shouting the jihadist slogan, “Allah Akbar [God is greater],” and, “We cannot allow the defiling of our religion with a foreign, Western religion,” said family head Suleiman Abdiwahab.

The 38-year-old secret Christian, a convert from Islam, is recovering from gunshot wounds to his chest near the right shoulder.

“The gunmen fired several shots, then destroyed the door with a big metallic object and then were able enter into the house,” Abdiwahab told Morning Star News. “They randomly shot at everyone.”

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This is despicable

Pakistani Christian mother of three Fouzia rescued again after being returned to forced marriage abductor by famil

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BPCA supplies a shelter, food, clothing, counselling and other support to many Christian rape victims.  Here Fouzia receives two dresses at our safe house.

A Muslim man forcibly married and converted a Christian woman and mother of three to Islam, after he abducted her following an impromptu request for cleaning services at his residence on 23rd July 2015.

Divorcee Fouzia Sadiq (31 yrs), had separated from her husband a few years earlier after he had secretly married another woman.

Fouzia took up cleaning as an employment to help her family who were supporting her even though they were in great poverty.   When her Muslim employer Muhammed Nazir Amjad (61 yrs) lost his wife he started to make sexual advances on Fouzia even though she had no desire for him.

Fouzia told one of Muhammed Nazir’s daughters about the unsolicited behaviour from her father but was met with a slap and a severe scolding.  She was told never to return to the home of Muhammed Nazir, which suited her fine.
However, a few days later Muhammed Nazir who also owned her family (they were contracted into slavery), demanded Fouzia return back for cleaning.  He used the visit to his home as an opportunity to rape Fouzia and then forcibly convert her to Islam while marrying her.

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BPCA were asked to help her family around a week later and moved by her plight decided to rescue Fouzia from her predicament. Read full story (click here)

Fouzia was provided a secret phone by the BPCA and with help of her family members was able to escape the clutches of Muhammed Nazir Amjad (61 yrs) in a globally reported news story, just over a year ago.  Read full story (click here)

British Pakistani Christian Association launched an appeal for Fouzia to be given asylum in the west (click here).

The United Nations Human Rights Commissioner Pakistan and the British Embassy in Pakistan denied Fouzia any avenue for esacpe.  The UNHRC failed to respond to our emails at all and the British High Commission sent a very perfunctory response:

“We have received your email below.

Please be advised as a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention, the UK fully considers all asylum applications lodged in the UK. However, the UK’s international obligations under the Convention do not extend to the consideration of asylum applications lodged abroad and there is no provision in our Immigration Rules for someone abroad to be given permission to travel to the UK to seek asylum. The policy guidance on the discretionary referral to the UK Border Agency of applications for asylum by individuals in a third country who have not been recognised as refugees by another country or by the UNHCR under its mandate, has been withdrawn. No applications will be considered by a UK visa-issuing post or by the UK Border Agency pending a review of the policy and guidance.

You may wish to approach UNHCR for advice or assistance, they can be contacted via their website at http://unhcrpk.org/contact-us/

Regards,
British High Commission”

Under overwhelming duress applied by the Muslim family of Muhammed Nazir (their master) which included police coercion, Fouzia’s family returned the escapee to her captor. Read full story (here). The family are all brick workers and are bonded labourers (modern day slaves), they have few rights and little power.  The justice system works against them in a society that is more feudal then democratic.  Any condemnation of the family would be misguided they had little choice in this decision. If anything the illustrated failing is one created by biased statutory forces and a Government who has failed them.

BPCA did not give up and working with the cousin of Fouzia and one loyal brother Paris, together they were able to help Fouzia escape her captors on 27th October 2016.  We have kept her story under the radar and have provided her with shelter and employment allowing her some time to convalesce.

Fouzia is now in a place of safety but remains in a country with a poor sense of justice, especially for Christians. There is little hope for a good future there. Laws and cultural bias mean that Fouzia will probably lose her campaign for an annulment of her forced marriage, placing her in an extremely dangerous position. She feels a constant fear that she will be captured once again, which would mean a return to sexual slavery for a lecherous rapist.  Even then she has asked for us to fight a legal battle for her freedom.

Fouzia has described a despicable existence in the home of Muhammed Nazir.  She was forced to cook and clean for him, was beaten and tortured by Muhhamed Nazir and his family and was required to satisfy his sexual desires at his whim.

Fouzia spent most of her time alone and would weep daily praying for freedom. When she was returned by her family to the monster who had terrorized her so brutally, she reached her lowest point. Fouzia at that point started to engage in self harm.

Fouzia said:

“I thought God had left me and wanted to end my life.  I stopped praying and hated myself I thought I was evil and had done something to make God hate me.

“I felt dirty and unclean all the time the monster made me do things I am so ashamed of. But I had no choice.  It made me angry that God was blaming me.

“I reached my lowest point and tried to commit suicide by taking some pills.  I was rushed to the hospital and the monster used the opportunity to remove my ovaries, so I would not have any more children.”

“I could not even kill myself, I felt totally helpless.  I realized I was not getting out of this life on my own and asked God to forgive my mistrust in Him. I decided to use any spare minute to pray for freedom.

“The only time I felt any peace was when I prayed.  God was my only company.

“One day my cousin secretly gave me a phone that the BPCA had provided,  I realized God had not forgotten me. He was there for me just as he had always been.

“With the phone I was able to escape the clutches of a monster and his evil family. Now I pray for freedom from the forced marriage that I am shackled by.”

BPCA has kept Fouzia in safety for a few months but now she has a desire to be set free of her forced marriage.

Fouzia believes that God will see her through this difficult period by providing an annulment.  She believes this will pave the way for many other Christian women and girls to escape equally torturous forced Islamic marriage.  She has asked for Christians across the globe to join hearts and hands and pray for her as she begins this battle.

To help Fouzia with her legal battle we need to raise £1500 for a professional solicitor.  We are also seeking help towards the ongoing costs of our safe houses which help many women and girls in a similar position. If you would like to donate (click here). 

Security lax in Egypt, Christians murdered with impunity.

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Sounds like Egyptian security is as bad as Tunisia’s where 38 Britons were murdered while on holiday!

Christians flee their homes … and not just in Iraq or Syria
We’ve all seen the stories in the news of Christians being forced out of their homes by extremists in the Middle East but it’s no longer just in wartorn countries such as Iraq and Syria.
Now Christians in a northern Egyptian city have fled after extremists murdered three more believers there.
Militants linked to Islamic State reportedly told our brothers and sisters in al-Arish in North Sinai they’d be killed if they stayed. They’ve now killed seven Christians in the city in less than a month.
Please pray that God would protect Christians in North Sinai.
Four Christians were killed in the city between January 31 and February 16. We’ve now learnt that three more have been murdered: Saeed al-Hakim and his son Medhat died on February 23. The next day, militants raided the home of Kamal Youssef and shot him dead in front of his wife and children.
Christian families that have fled al-Arish have found refuge in other towns where local churches are reported to be caring for them.
Islamic State published a video last month calling on its followers to kill Christians in Egypt. Militants are reported to be stopping female teachers in North Sinai and demanding they wear Islamic dress or travel with male relatives. If they don’t, they’ll face ‘severe punishment’.

  • Ask God to comfort the families of the seven Christians killed in al-Arish, and provide for them.
  • Pray that our brothers and sisters in Egypt will stand firm in their faith. Pray that their powerful witness will prompt many to want to know more about Jesus.
  • Pray for wisdom and firm resolve for the Egyptian Government in tackling this extremist threat and pray that Islamic State terror in the Middle East would end.

(Source: Middle East Concern)

Yes freedom to preach Christ in the UK is under official attack.

Breaking News

Court convicts street preachers in ‘modern-day heresy trial’

Help Mike Overd and Michael Stockwell appeal their conviction
 

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Thank you for praying for Mike Overd, Michael Stockwell and Adrian Clark.
We give thanks that last Friday Bristol Magistrates’ Court dismissed the charges against Adrian, saying that there was no case to answer.
But on Tuesday, the court convicted Mike and Michael of a religiously aggravated public order offence.
The court ordered Mike and Michael to pay £2,016 each in costs and fines.
Help Mike and Michael appeal this dangerous ruling
Christian Legal Centre allied solicitor, Michael Phillips, who represented the preachers in court, described the hearing as a modern-day heresy trial, dressed up under the Public Order Act”.
His comments came after prosecutor Ian Jackson claimed that quoting parts of the King James Bible in modern Britain, as the preachers did, should be considered “abusive” and “a criminal matter”.
Mike and Michael continue to be supported by the Christian Legal Centre, and are appealing the conviction.
Help us protect gospel freedoms
Read the full story

‘Not a matter of truth’

During the trial, the prosecutor claimed that “although the words preached are included in a version of the Bible in 1611, this does not mean that they are incapable of amounting to a public order offence in 2016.”
To say to someone that Jesus is the only God is not a matter of truth. To the extent that they are saying that the only way to God is through Jesus, that cannot be a truth,” he later argued.
But Michael Phillips told the court that “every negative remark about other religions and ways of life are taken straight from [biblical] texts.
“The preachers do not use inflammatory language, but simply the language of the Bible. If it is the case that the crown seeks to ban biblical scripture, that would be a bold move.
He went on to argue that “We need to stand against the movement which says it’s only ok to say things that don’t offend others.
“That might be nice for people in the short term, but it is not beneficial in the long term,” he said.
Read the full story
Yes, I want to stand with Mike and Michael

‘God’s message of love, considered hate’

Responding to the judgment, one of the preachers, Michael Stockwell, said:
“Our motivation for public preaching is love. We want people to have access to the good news about Jesus Christ.
“I am shocked that God’s message of love, is now considered hateful and dangerous. Today, speaking God’s truth seems to be a hate crime, according to some.
“There is a very disturbing pattern here. We declare Jesus’ message and critique rival beliefs such as Islam. Some people don’t like what we say, and threaten violence to silence us. Then, instead of defending free speech and protecting us, the police shut down free speech to avoid public disorder. And then a court convicts us of provoking disorder and risking violence!
“Something has gone badly wrong. This gives a green light to Islamists and other groups to silence speech that they don’t like, simply by threatening disorder or violence.”

‘Extraordinary ruling’

Andrea Williams went on to explain:
“The Bible and its teachings are the foundation of our society and provided many of the freedoms and protections that we still enjoy today. So it is extraordinary that the prosecution, speaking on behalf of the state, could say that the Bible contains abusive words which, when spoken in public, constitute a criminal offence.
Today’s ruling, in effect, states that Bible is offensive and contains illegal speech which should not be shared in public. This is a very serious state of affairs and Mike and Michael are absolutely right to appeal the decision.
“‘Offence’ is a very subjective thing and is easily manipulated to shut down viewpoints that people simply don’t like. Any suggestion that there is a right not to be offended must be strongly resisted. In today’s democracy, we need the freedom to debate, challenge and disagree.
Mike and Michael were saying nothing that wouldn’t be heard at speakers’ corner in Hyde Park – presenting the claims of the Bible, answering the crowd’s questions and objections, and responding to abuse which was hurled at them. For a court to rule that this breaks the law is extraordinary.
Please help us as we support Mike and Michael in appealing this dangerous ruling.”
Yes, I support the freedom to preach the Bible publicly
Read the full story

Zaza-Dimli in Turkey

A people group the size of Ulster with no Scriptures or even Gospel recordings. Lord please provide!
Zaza-Dimli in Turkey

Dimli means “of Dailam”, and it is likely these people are descendants of Dailamites (residents of a mountainous southwestern region of the Caspian sea called Dailam). They have been fierce warriors, focused on conquest. The Dimli differ from the Kurds in two ways: language and religion. They have a distinct dialect, and are seen as heretics by the Kurds, who are Sunnis. The Dimli follow Alevi Shiite religious traditions.

Ministry Obstacles
There is a need for Scripture and other language-based resources in the language of the Zaza-Dimli.

Outreach Ideas
Gospel radio broadcasts will be helpful, but sustained prayer is needed for the Zaza-Dimli.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are few if any followers of Jesus among the Zaza-Dimli, but pray for those that will soon be evident. Pray that Zaza-Dimli believers will be well grounded in Scripture, and will be zealous to grow in the faith.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for these people to live peaceful lives, establishing good relationships with the Turkish government and other ethnic groups.

Scripture Focus
“Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.” Psalm 96:3

EGYPT – Another Coptic Christian found dead in northern Sinai

Christians have always been easy targets for these cowardly scum.

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(Agenzia Fides) – A 40-year-old Coptic Christian was found dead with a gunshot to the neck, in the Egyptian town of Al-Arish, capital of Northern Sinai, on Thursday, February 23. The body was found inside his home, which had been set on fire. This is the third Coptic Christian killed in Al Arish in the past 48 hours, and the seventh murdered in the Sinai Peninsula in the last two weeks.

On Wednesday, February 22 the authorities found the bullet-riddled body of a Christian about 65; his son also died with him, burned alive by jihadists. On February 12, some masked men on a motorcycle gunned down a Christian veterinarian, while he was at the wheel of his own car. In late January, a 35-year-old Christian officer was killed.

In recent days, in a video posted on the Telegram messaging site, the Islamic State had promised to strike the Christian…

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Freedom for our Czech brother Petr

Wonderful answer to many prayers!
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Czech Christian aid worker Petr Jašek (pictured) is reported to be safely back in Prague after Sudan’s President pardoned him and released him from jail yesterday.
The Czech Foreign Minister brought Petr home last night after flying out to Khartoum to negotiate his release earlier the same day.
Thank you for your prayers. Let’s praise God for Petr’s release – and step up our prayers for Pastor Hassan and Abdulmonem, the two Sudanese men jailed with him.
Petr was given a life sentence for ‘spying’ and ‘inciting hatred’, among other charges, simply for reaching out with compassion to a student from Darfur who’d been injured at a rally. Sudanese nationals Pastor Hassan Abduraheem and Abdulmonem Abdumawla were each sentenced to a total of 12 years. The three were accused of funding rebel movements in areas such as South Kordofan and Darfur.
Petr spent a total of 445 days behind bars: Pastor Hassan and Abdulmonem are still waiting for their appeal to be heard.
Release CEO Paul Robinson says: ‘Praise God that Petr’s safely home but we must continue to pray and campaign for Hassan and Abdulmonem – and the many other Christians in Sudan whose religious rights are being trampled.’
At least 25 church buildings in Khartoum North are currently under threat of demolition, according to Christian leaders. The Sudanese Government has reportedly said the churches, which are from a range of denominations, were built on land intended for other uses; however, mosques in the same area are excluded from the demolition order.

  • Praise God for Petr’s release. Pray that God will heal and restore him, and bless his family as they come to terms with their ordeal.
  • Please continue to pray for the release of Pastor Hassan and Abdulmonem: ask God to strengthen them so they do not lose heart. Pray that they will know that they are not forgotten.
  • Pray that the Sudanese Government will scrap its plans to demolish churches in Khartoum.

(Sources: Morning Star News, Release contacts)

Petr Jasek Released After Facing a 20-Year Sentence in a Sudanese Prison
02/27/2017  Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that Czech citizen, Petr Jasek, was released and returned to the Czech Republic after being imprisoned since December 2015. Two other Sudanese nationals, Pastor Abduraheem and Mr. Abdumawla, remain in prison under numerous false charges stemming from Jasek’s actions to aid Christians in the country.
Petr Jasek and the other men were originally charged after Jasek provided a donation for medical aid to a Sudanese Christian who was injured during a demonstration. The government falsely accused them of espionage and inciting hatred. The international community condemned Sudan’s actions and pressured the government for the release of Jasek and the other men imprisoned with him.  In December 2016, ICC led a letter with the International Religious Freedom Roundtable, signed by more than 40 individuals and organizations calling for Petr’s release.
Despite the release of Jasek, Pastor Abduraheem and Mr. Abdumawla remain in prison. Pastor Peter Reith, who was imprisoned in Sudan in 2015, stated of the release, “We praise God for the release of Petr Jasek and it is a good step towards harmonization of human rights in Sudan.  It is my prayer that the president of Sudan, Omar Bashir, will pardon Pastor Abduraheem and Abdumawla who have been sentenced for 12 years because of helping Christians in South Kordofan.  I thank God for answering the prayers the saints have been offering to God since 2015 when these brothers were detained.”