February 20, 2015 Christian Persecution Update

Daily Prayer – Friday 20 February 2015

Christians in North Korea are brutally punished, along with their whole families, in the country’s notorious labour camps.  Although little news of our suffering brothers and sisters reaches the outside world, our Heavenly Father knows what they need (Matthew 6:32).  Commit these courageous believers into His hands.

Brother Of Slain Coptic Christians Thanks ISIS For Allowing Martyrs To Proclaim Jesus Before Dying

He thanked ISIS for allowing the “proclamation of faith in Jesus” to be heard in the video of the beheadings.

“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?” Revelation 6:9-10 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is what real Christianity, biblical Christianity looks like and sounds like. The brother of 2 of the Christians slain by ISIS said in an interview the other day that he THANKED ISIS for allowing his brothers to have the opportunity to PROCLAIM JESUS before they were slain. If ISIS did that to YOUR family, would those words come out of your mouth? #RealChristianity 

The brother of two Coptic Christians, slain by ISIS for their faith, spoke out. One would think that he might condemn the Islamic Terrorists, but instead, the sweetest words proceeded from his mouth. He thanked ISIS for allowing the “proclamation of faith in Jesus” to be heard in the video of the beheadings. He said that it strengthened his own faith by hearing the cries for Jesus Christ!


“Speaking on a live prayer and worship program on Christian channel SAT-7 ARABIC yesterday, Beshir Kamel said that he was proud of his brothers Bishoy Estafanos Kamel (25) and Samuel Estafanos Kamel (23) because they were “a badge of honour to Christianity.”

“He said: “Since the Roman era, Christians have been martyred and have learned to handle everything that comes our way. This only makes us stronger in our faith because the Bible told us to love our enemies and bless those who curse us.”

Invited to pray for his brothers’ killers, Beshir prayed: “Dear God, please open their eyes (ISIS) to be saved and to quit their ignorance and the wrong teachings they were taught.” [1] – source

Oh, Lord Jesus. Help us who love You, to have the faith and the love of these martyrs and of this man who has forgiven these terrorists of their horrible crimes. Help us to see ISIS and all Islamist terrorist, as unsaved people who need You so much, Lord. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.


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China: Lawyers Claim Pastors’ Trial is “Illegal”

Wife Says His Bible Was Confiscated and He is Forced to Work Hard Labor

By Corey Bailey

2/17/2015 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern)-Chinese Christians, Xin Xuemei and her husband Huang Qiurui are no strangers to persecution.

Christian Neighborhood in Pakistan Demolished Leaving Christians Homeless Due to Faith

ICC Note:

Christians living outside of Faisalabad have been left homeless for about a year after government workers demolished their homes. According to Christian residents, local Muslim leaders were upset with the presence of Christians and convinced local authorities that the Christian neighborhood was illegally built.

Sudanese Government Helps Muslim Investors Take Over Last Piece of Church Land

ICC Note: On February 18th, 2015, the Sudanese government aided Muslim investors as they took over the last piece of land belonging to Khartoum Bahri Evangelical Church.

Shooting of Witness Threatens Trial of Coptic Christian’s Murderers

ICC Note: On January 13, Shahid Nesemis Saoufim was shot and killed in the Nag Hassan village in Luxor, Egypt. While another victim of violence against Christians, Shahid’s murder is connected to the trial of those responsible for the murder of four others nearly 18 months earlier.

Florist Found Guilty of Discrimination for Declining Same-Sex Wedding Could Lose Home and Life Savings

ICC Note: After Baronelle Stutzman of Arlene’s Flowers in Washington declined to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding due to her beliefs, she was faced with a lawsuit in March of 2012.

Milad Zaky | The 21 Christians Killed by ISIS

On Sunday, February 15th, the world heard the horrible news of 21 Egyptian being brutally beheaded by militants affiliated with ISIS. Milad Makeen Zaky, 27, from the village of Al-Our, was one of these brave men.

Fears Growing for Two South Sudan Pastors Held by Sudanese Intelligence

ICC Note: Fears rise as time passes for reverends Yat Michael and David Yein Reith who are currently being detained in an unknown location by Sudanese intelligence officials.

Release Expected in Asia Bibi Case, But Family Must Flee Pakistan

ICC Note:

Asia Bibi, a Christian mother sentenced to death in Pakistan for blasphemy, remains in prison. Her husband, Ashiq Masih, believes his wife will be released from prison, but that the entire family must flee Pakistan very soon after the release.

Jesuit Priest Doubts Modi’s Words on Religious Tolerance in India

ICC Note:

Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech regarding the defense of religious freedom in India earlier this week, many have praised the Prime Minister’s statements.

Authorities Raid Homes of Three Christians, Pastor Irani Refused Conditional Release

ICC Note: Iran has continued its crackdown on religious minorities across the country. Three more Iranian Christians had their homes raided and many of their goods confiscated by the Iranian intelligence service.

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