Abraham in Indonesia

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Pray for Christian arrested on false charges

Well-known Christian apologist Abraham Ben Moses was arrested last December after authorities learned of a video in which he shares the gospel with a Muslim taxi driver. The 53-year-old  from Tangerang, Java, has been charged with blasphemy, hate speech and violating Indonesia’s information and electronic transactions law and is currently being held in prison. If convicted, he faces up to five years behind bars. Please pray for his health while he is in detention, as he suffers from a blood glucose disorder.

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Apr. 12, 2018 | Nigeria
Pray for Christians Recovering from Repeated Attacks on their Village

Andrew Brunson trial

Disgraceful scapegoating of a godly missionary for political ends.

American pastor Andrew Brunson (50) appeared in court in Izmir on Monday (16 April) to face charges of aiding terrorist groups that could result in a 35-year prison sentence. After the indictment was read and Andrew responded, the judge adjourned the trial for three weeks.

Andrew stated that he is a servant of God and that his motive in coming to Turkey was to preach Jesus Christ and raise disciples. He said he loves Turkey, has been praying for the country for 25 years and has done nothing wrong. 

Andrew has been in prison in Turkey since October 2016.

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VOICE OF THE PERSECUTED

A Turkish court approved an indictment against Black Mountain native Andrew Brunson, clearing the way for a trial on April 16, 2018 that could result in his being imprisoned in that country for up to 35 years.

On March 28, Sen. Thom Tillis announced that he met with imprisoned American pastor Andrew Brunson on March 26 at Buca Prison in Ismir, Turkey.

“Pastor Brunson is strengthened by his love for his family and his faith in God, but his health has deteriorated,” Tillis said in a statement. “He has lost 50 pounds and spends 24 hours a day in a cell with limited human contact.  He is attempting to visit a doctor this week, which involves him being handcuffed and transported with several armed guards. He fears the possibility that the American government accepts the indictment and forgets about him, which we will not allow to happen.

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MORE ERITREAN ARRESTS

ERITREA: Newlyweds among 32 Christians arrested in Asmara in March

The newlyweds and their guests were arrested on 5 March at the couple’s home. Ten friends were visiting for a traditional coffee ceremony to welcome the bride when local security officers forced their way into the house and arrested all twelve people present. They were taken to Asmara’s No. 5 Police Station.

The authorities released eight of the group two days later, after they presented valid travel IDs (documents of permission to move around Eritrea). The four remaining Christians, including the newlyweds, were moved to Adi Abeito Prison, north of Asmara. The couple was split up after the arrest, and the bride was released on 27 March, but the groom and two guests remain in prison.

Twenty more Christians were arrested on Sunday 25 March, all of whom remain in detention, but no further news has emerged yet about their case.

Eritrea’s human rights record condemned at UNHRC

Afiwerki the cruel Eitrean dictator.

 

On 12 March, the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva held an enhanced interactive dialogue on the situation of human rights in Eritrea, during which speakers from many organisations and countries condemned Eritrea’s human rights record.

UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kate Gilmore said in her opening statement that over one hundred people were arrested in Eritrea in 2017 for practising religions not officially recognised by the state. (Since 2002, the Eritrean government has banned all religious groups except the Eritrean Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Lutheran churches and Sunni Islam.)

Sheila B. Keetharuth (pictured below), Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea, said her monitoring of the current situation showed that the patterns of human rights violations continues unabated.

 

United Nations Watch, a monitoring group for the UN, said religious freedom continues to be denied in Eritrea, with thousands of Christians facing detention, and asked why the Special Rapporteur’s report failed to closely assess this situation.

Christian Solidarity Worldwide noted the arrest of dissenters and their family members by security agents and stressed that the Commission of Inquiry had found that Eritrea had committed crimes against humanity.

The European Union and 13 individual countries took part in the dialogue, during which Ireland reiterated its call on the Eritrean government to enact the political and legal reforms required to end human rights violations, end impunity and ensure accountability for past violations.

Eritrea was not present to make a statement as the concerned country.

(UN Human Rights Council/World Watch Monitor)

Hard-line Hindu Confesses to Attempted Murder of Pastor in Southern India, Police Say

Brutal attack but providential keeping of Pastor.

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Pastor Madira Koti Reddy recovering in hospital. (Morning Star News)

India (Morning Star News) – A hard-line Hindu has confessed to attempting to murder a pastor in southern India as the Christian leader was praying at night, according to police.

Pastor Madira Koti Reddy, who leads a house church in Rentachintala village, Guntur District in Andhra Pradesh state, on March 29 had gone to his room to study the Bible and pray at about 10 p.m. after eating dinner with his family, his wife told Morning Star News. Madira Shanti said she was in the backyard with their daughter doing dishes at the time.

At about 10:30 p.m., the assailant stealthily entered the house and went to the 55-year-old pastor’s room, where he slashed his arms and head with an axe, she said.

“I heard my husband screaming and ran into the house,” Shanti told Morning Star News.

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Six Christians Hospitalized After Assault on Prayer Gathering in India

International Christian Concern

Six Christians Hospitalized After Assault on Prayer Gathering in India

 

Christian Persecution Continues in India Following Difficult Easter Holiday

04/09/2018 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that an annual prayer gathering in Vakel village, located in the Bastar District of Chhattisgarh, was attacked by Hindu radicals last Thursday. The April 5 attack left many injured, including six Christians who required hospitalization at the district hospital in Jagdalpur.

According to Rev. Ratha Netam, one of the speakers at the prayer gathering, the event was organized for Christians from the Vakel area as a day of prayer at the Village Evangelical India Mission (VEIM) Church. At 7:30 p.m., a mob of 70 people forced themselves into the church, shouting pro-Hindu slogans and carrying wooden clubs. These radicals then beat many of the 60 Christians in attendance and severely injured six, including Pastor Kasinath Baghel, Shanti Baghel, Pansila Baghel, Kanti, Pastor Bodra, and Savitri.

“When I saw the Hindu fanatics shouting at believers asking for me to kill, I [was] afraid and went into my home,” Pastor Kasinath Baghel, one of the six injured Christians, told ICC. “Three of them entered in my home, held my hands, brought me out and beat me mercilessly. When they were beating me I was frightened greatly and thought that if I were killed what would [become] of my children and wife.” 

“They misbehaved with me,” 40-year-old Shanti Baghel told ICC. “They did not even consider me as a woman. They continued to harass me and beat me with the wooden clubs. I was helpless. I was hoping that God will protect me from the hands of these attackers while others ran for their lives to nearby forests.”

Pansila Baghel, a teenage girl who was abused by the attackers, said, “When extremists pushed me, I fell to the ground. They beat me and hurled abusive language. One of the attackers told me to give up my ration card, even citizenship, because India is only for Hindus.”

“This attack on poor tribal Christians is unacceptable and a gross violation of [their] fundamental rights,” a local Christian leader told ICC on the condition of anonymity.“The police must act impartially and book the culprits.”

The Christian community reported the attack to local police and filed a complaint. So far, none of the culprits have been arrested.

William Stark, ICC’s Regional Manager, said, “Attacks on Christians and their places of worship in India are becoming an almost daily occurrence. Hindu radicals across the country have been given a wide berth by local authorities to pursue their campaigns of hate against Christians and other minorities. This inability or unwillingness to protect and enforce the rights of Christians must come to an end or attacks on Christians will continue to rise in both number and intensity.”