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Apr. 12, 2018 | Nigeria
Pray for Christians Recovering from Repeated Attacks on their Village
|Christians in a central Nigerian village are feeling betrayed after Muslim herdsmen attacked and killed several people and then attacked again after the funerals. Fulani herdsmen attacked Miango, a village in Jos state on March 8 around 10 p.m. A family on the edge of town lost three boys when the Fulani came in wielding machetes and shooting. Their 4-year-old cousin, Chanka, remains in critical care. That night, the Fulani also killed Iliya Isa, a former Muslim who had accepted Christ. Five days later, the villagers wore black and marched silently to the government in Jos in protest for not being protected by Nigerian security forces. After that, they buried the three boys who were killed, but on the way home to the village, they were attacked again by Fulani men. The evening before, Fulani attacked a home where villagers had gathered to mourn someone’s death and killed 27 people. Pray for the people of Miango, who are angry with both the Fulani and the Nigerian government. Pray for comfort for those who have lost family members. And praise God that the 4-year-old boy who was injured is improving.|
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.
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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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.
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)
Brutal attack but providential keeping of Pastor.
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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