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U.S. President speaks out for American Pastor imprisoned in Turkey

Trump is right and the Turks have trumped up charges and wrong agenda.

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Andrew Brunson, is standing trial on terrorism-related charges and Christianization. He faces up to 35 years in prison which could be considered as a life sentence for Pastor Brunson, who is now. 50 yr., denies all charges.

Brunson’s supporters say Turkey is using Brunson as a bargaining chip for Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish cleric living who in exile in Pennsylvania. Turkish officials claim Gulen is the mastermind of the 2016 coup attempt. The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has demanded that the Trump administration to extradite Fethullah Gulen in…

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

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Hadi Askari (40) a Christian convert from Islam, has been granted conditional release from prison in Iran after posting bail. He left Evin Prison on Wednesday 11 April after twenty months’ imprisonment and is now waiting for his appeal against his ten-year sentence to be heard.

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Praise God that despite being under pressure to convert back to Islam, Iranian believers Amin Nader Afshar and Hadi Askary, who both have long prison sentences, are reported to be firm in their faith! Pray that their appeals will succeed. Please also pray for our Iranian brothers Eskandar Rezaei and Suroush Saraei who were each sentenced on December 28, 2017, to eight years in prison. They are now appealing their sentences: pray their appeals will be heard swiftly and be successful.
Pastor Victor Bet Tamarz (10 year sentence), Amin (15 years), Hadi (10 years) bail £46,000 each. Lawyer will appeal.

IRAN – 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 have been convicted for ” acting against national security” and “organizing house churches”. They have filed appeals.  Pastor Victor Bet-Tamraz is on bail.

May the two men recover from hunger strike and their sentences be repealed.

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.+

Prisoners of Faith Alert

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 Pakistani Christians Murdered

via 4 Christians killed for faith by Islamists in Pakistan

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At Least Two Christians Killed in

Drive-By Shooting in Pakistan

 

ISIS Claims Responsibility for Third Attack on Christians in Quetta

04/16/2018 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that at least two Christians were killed and three others were wounded when gunmen opened fire on a group of Christians gathered in the Essa Nagri area of Quetta, Pakistan. ISIS’s local branch claimed responsibility for Sunday’s deadly attack, marking its third attack on Christians in Quetta in recent months.

“Four men on two motorbikes opened indiscriminate fire” on a group of Christians,“killing two people while injuring three others,” local police official Abdul Razzaq Cheema told AFP. The shooting took place around 5:30 p.m. Victims were rushed to Bolan Medical Complex in Quetta where two of the victims, Azhar Iqbal and Rahid Khalid, succumbed to their wounds.

The attack took place in the Christian-majority neighborhood of Essa Nagri in Quetta. Following the attack, hundreds of Christians gathered to protest the killings. Protesters burned tires and blocked traffic as they called on the government to provide their community with greater security.

“The Christian community in Quetta has yet again become a target of rising intolerance and violence in society,” Pakistan’s National Commission for Justice and Peace said in a statement. “[We] strongly condemn these acts of terrorism and violence.”

Sunday’s shooting marks the third attack on Christians claimed by ISIS in Quetta. In December 2017, ISIS suicide bombers attacked Bethel Memorial Methodist Church, killing nine and injuring dozens more. Two weeks ago, on April 2, ISIS claimed responsibility for the targeted killing of a Christian family riding in an auto-rickshaw in Quetta. Following the attack, ISIS said that a “covert unit” of its militants “managed to target a number of the combatant Christians.”

“The Christian community is feeling insecure and threatened,” Pastor Simon of Bethel Memorial Methodist Church in Quetta told ICC. “We are not safe at places of worship, schools, or residential apartments. The majority of Christians are so depressed they are not sending their children to school and even avoid going to gatherings such as social or religious events.”

William Stark, ICC’s Regional Manager, said, “We here at International Christian Concern stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Pakistan in condemning this heinous attack. No one should fear being attacked and killed because of their religious identity. Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time Christians in Quetta have had to face this extreme violence. Pakistan’s authorities must do more to secure Christians and their places of worship. Pakistan must also make efforts to root out the extremist elements perpetrating these attacks. Until then, it is likely that attacks on the Christian community of Quetta will continue.”  

North Korea-pastor Kim Kuk-gi.

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I cannot believe these Christians would act as paid spies and carry forged currency!

Among other things Kim was accused of spreading “religious propaganda” from an “underground church” he ran in Dandong, which has a large ethnic Korean community and is a hub of both official and illicit cross-border trade.

In 2014 North Korea sentenced a South Korean missionary to hard labour for life on charges of espionage and setting up an underground church.

Although religious freedom is enshrined in the North Korean constitution it does not exist in practice and religious activity is severely restricted to officially recognised groups linked to the government.

Pyongyang views foreign missionaries as seditious elements intent on fomenting unrest and those who are caught engaging in any unauthorised activities in the North are subject to immediate arrest.

This month’s Prisoners of Faith Alert is an update on the prisoner profile for pastor Kim Kuk-gi. This ordained Presbyterian minister was recently sentenced to life imprisonment in a North Korean labour camp. When news of the sentence was made public Release’s partners in South Korea requested prayer for Brother Kim and his family.

Thank you for supporting and caring for Christians in prison. Be assured: your prayers bring comfort and encouragement to our persecuted brothers and sisters.

Please consider writing a simple card or letter of encouragement to Pastor Kim’s family (see attached pdf).

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 13:3).

Nigerian anarchy

 

Linda Maina (17) was abducted on her way to a wedding and forcibly “married” to a Muslim as part of a national Islamic plot to destroy as many Christian girls as possible. Her distraught father said it appeared the Muslims can do what they want and the security forces are in league with them. At a Sharia court hearing neither she nor her father nor his lawyer were allowed to speak. Pray for this girl and hundreds more like her who are being held against their will. Remember the Chibok girls  100 of whom are still detained four years after their kidnapping.

Syrian conflict

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Christians of Syria thank God, even at this time of crisis: remember them today
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Syrian Christians are very grateful to their brothers and sisters around the world who joined with them in praying and fasting for Syria on Friday. When the US, France and UK fired their missiles at Syria early on Saturday morning (14 April), it was a terrifying experience for people in Damascus and Homs, especially for the children, but it seems no one was killed. Syrian Christians praise God for His intervention.

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Syrian Christian mother and child

“We ask people to pray for peace for Syria and its people,” said one Syrian Christian to Barnabas Fund on Saturday. “We offer our prayers for … the deliverance of Syria from all kinds of war and terrorism,” wrote a group of senior church leaders the same day.

Assurance that God is with them

A Christian leader has spoken to Barnabas Fund of the Syrian Christians’ conviction that God is with them at this time, as He has been during the last seven years of war. Many have been killed and wounded; many have fled to seek refuge both internally and externally; mothers are in great distress each day as they send their children off to school, wondering if they will ever see their little ones again, longing to be with them if a missile strikes. Yet Syrian Christians continue to believe and to express their confidence in God that He will be their Helper and their Protector, that He is sovereign, and above all else that He is with them at this time of great trial.

Syrian Christians at prayer
Syrian Christians at prayer

They call upon the international community to find ways of peace, and for Christians around the world to pray with them and for them. They fear that an international war in their beloved homeland will not only devastate the whole Syrian population but could be a catastrophe for the Syrian Christian community and for all Christians in the Middle East.

Indeed, the damage to Christians in Islamic contexts could go still further. A Pakistani Christian leader said last month that a war in the Middle East could trigger attacks on Christians in Pakistan. For whenever the West attacks Muslim people, Muslim extremists retaliate by attacking vulnerable Christian minorities.

Will you keep praying with and for our Christian brothers and sisters?