April 28, 2015 Christian Persecution Update

Daily Prayer – Sunday 26 April 2015

Father God, we cry to you for Christians in Somalia who live constantly under the threat of death either from the jihadist group, al-Shabaab, or from other Muslims outraged by their decision to leave Islam and follow Your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Islamic State Warns Those Who Refuse Islam Will Die like Ethiopians in Libya Video

ICC Note: Islamic terror group ISIS promises continued targeting and execution of Christians in the Middle East and North Africa if they do not convert to Islam.

Christians Thrown Overboard by Muslims

The Jihad to come in Europe

Op-ed: Some of the refugees who fled to Europe have become far more radical after finding sanctuary there, and the new Jihad recruits will come from among them; meanwhile, a political genocide of Israel is underway in educated circles.

Christians In India Suspect Police Cover Up Following Church Attack

ICC Note:

Police in India have arrested a suspect in collection with a recent attack on a Catholic Church in Agra and have claimed the attacks was personally motivated, not religiously motivated.

Christian Aid Groups Mobilize Following Deadly Earthquake in Nepal

ICC Note:

Dozens of Christian aid groups have mobilized following a deadly earthquake struck Nepal on Saturday, killing at least 2,000 people and injuring thousands more.

‘There Are Not Two Sides’: Atheist Group Seeks to Stop Teacher from Presenting Alternative to Evolution

ICC Note: After presenting a summary of creation beliefs as an alternative to evolution, California high school teacher Brandon Pettenger has become the receiving end of great backlash.

Islamic State Warns Those Who Refuse Islam Will Die like Ethiopians in Libya Video

Islamic terror group ISIS promises continued targeting and execution of Christians in the Middle East and North Africa if they do not convert to Islam. The group says persecution of Christians is basic to following the Islamic faith.

Nigeria: Speculations Mount Over Whereabouts of Boko Haram Leader Shekau

ICC Note: Outspoken Boko Haram lead Abubakar Shekau has remained silent since his video threats ahead of the March 28 Nigerian presidential election that the poll would not proceed, “even if we are dead.” The notorious head of the Islamist terror group based in northern Nigeria has commanded a years-long campaign targeting Christians in the region and subjecting them to murder, kidnapping, forced conversion to Islam, and has coerced young girls into marrying Boko Haram fighters.

Omar Al-Bashir Wins Sudan Elections by a Landslide

ICC Note: Sudan re-elected Omar al-Bashir to the presidency, the man accused of ordering the Darfur genocide, which involved the massacre of tens of thousands of Christians with an estimated total death toll of 300,000 victims.

Zhejiang Religious Persecution Campaign Continues; 3 Crosses Removed

ICC Note: Three churches in China have recently faced the repercussions of China’s “Three Rectifications and One Demolition” campaign by having their crosses removed. Though there have been reports of the campaign ending, Christian churches in China continue to face restrictions and persecution for openly practicing their faith.

Five Lao Christians Appeal Conviction

ICC Note: Five Lao Christians will proceed with their appeal of the conviction for the death of a fellow Christian. They asserted they had not withdrawn an earlier appeal, but a false withdrawal had been signed with forged signatures.

Help Barnabas bring emergency relief as hundreds of Nepali Christians reported killed in massive earthquake

Over 3,700 people have been killed in a massive earthquake registering 7.8 on the Richter scale that hit Nepal on Saturday (25 April).

Daily Prayer – Tuesday 28 April 2015

Lift up in prayer the new president of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena, who was elected on 9 January.

Christians in Nepal Fear Delay in Drafting of New Constitution Following Deadly Earthquake

ICC Note:

Christians in Nepal fear that the drafting of a new constitution may be delayed following the deadly earthquake that struck the country last Saturday.

Nigeria: ‘Hundreds’ Found Dead, Buried in Damasak in Borno

ICC Note: The scale of horror that militant Islamists Boko Haram perpetrates is often more than meets the eye. When military forces liberated the northern Nigerian town of Damasak, they discovered gruesome piles of corpses under a bridge totaling nearly 100 victims

Two Years Ago, Two Christian Bishops Were Kidnapped. Has a ‘Silent’ World Forgotten Them?

ICC Note: It has been over two years since two leading church figures were abducted in Syria. While many church leaders have had a ransom demand and others have been killed, for these two Bishops there has been no demand.

Imprisoned Christian Journalist To Face Blasphemy Charges in Egypt

ICC Note: Bishoy Armia is facing charges of blasphemy and insulting religion for converting to Christianity some seven years ago. The Egyptian Christian has been held since 2013, first on charges of reporting false news, and now on suspicion of blasphemy.

Eritrean Priest: ISIS Video Could Easily Happen Again

ICC Note: Eritrean priest Don Zerai opens up about the intense persecution Christians are facing in his home country. He says there are so many Christians trying to flee areas where they are being mistreated in Ethiopia and Eritrea, along with labor migrants, that something like the ISIS video could happen again.

Christians In The Middle East At Risk Of Extinction, Party Leaders Warned

ICC Note: A petition signed by thousands of Christians in the UK is warning of the risk that Christians are facing and the need for more action to be taken to protect them.

Daily Prayer – Wednesday 29 April 2015

Pray for Munir and Ruqqiya, a Pakistani Christian couple who were falsely accused of blasphemy by their Muslim neighbours.

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