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News: Persecuted Christians on Augusts 2008. Pray for them

Posted on: Agustus 14, 2008

1. Eritrean Christian students imprisoned in shipping containers

On August 5, authorities locked up eight Christian students of the Sawa Defense Training Centre in metal shipping containers for objecting to the burning of hundreds of Bibles that had been confiscated from new students, according to an August 11 report from Compass Direct. While setting the books on fire, a chief commander warned the students that the centre was a place of patriotism, not a place for “Pentes” (Pentecostals). When the eight male students protested the burning, they were taken into custody and imprisoned in the metal containers that authorities often use to imprison Christians found practicing their faith.

Pray that these students will be released. Pray that they will come into a deeper relationship with Christ as they embrace the fellowship of His sufferings (Philippians 3:7-10). Pray for other Christians suffering for Christ’s sake in Eritrean prisons.

For more information on the persecution facing Christians in Eritrea, go to www.persecution.net/eritrea.htm.
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2. Christians detained in Laos

At least 90 Christians were arrested throughout Laos in recent weeks, according to an August 8 report from Compass Direct.

On July 21, residents of Katin village in Saravan province killed a Christian man by pouring rice wine down his throat. Eighty local Christians were then arrested by authorities. On July 25, officials rounded up 17 Christian families in the village and detained them in a local school compound, denying them food for three days in an attempt to force the adults to sign documents renouncing their faith. Ten families eventually signed the documents and were allowed to return home. The remaining families were evicted from the village.

Six local Christians in Boukham village, Savannakhet province were arrested in the first week of August, including the pastor of a house church. On August 1, two believers were arrested and detained in a prison in Ad-Sapangthong district on the charge of “believing in Jesus and worshiping God.” The next day, a Christian woman was also arrested and imprisoned on the same charge. The following day authorities arrested Pastor Sompong and two young believers during a worship service in his home.

Pray that those detained will be released. Pray that Christians in Laos will be strong and bold in the face of severe persecution (Revelations 2:9-10).

For more information on the persecution of Christians in Laos, go to www.persecution.net/laos.htm.
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3. Pastor and believers attacked in Karnataka, India

On August 10, Hindu militants attacked a group of Christians gathered for worship in Rona, Gadag district, Karnataka. Pastor Samuel Philip (30) was forewarned about a possible attack and, as a result, police protection was provided. However, when the police returned to their station, the militants attacked the believers present. Six people have been arrested for attacking the congregation.

On August 11, approximately twenty members of the Shivasainya Youth Association Hindu militant group attacked a prayer meeting in the village of Emmanabettur and beat the believers present. Pastor Rajendra Gowda and Pastor Kumara were stripped, placed in a van and taken to a local police station. On route, they were also assaulted by the militants. They have been charged with deliberately and maliciously intending to outrage the religious feelings of others.

Pray for healing for those injured in these attacks. Pray that increased persecution will result in increased boldness among the believers (Acts 4:29-31). Ask God to work in the hearts of militants in India, drawing them to Himself.

For more information on the challenges facing India’s Christians, go to www.persecution.net/india.htm.
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4. Chinese house church pastor escapes from police custody

According to reports from China Aid Association, Pastor Hua Huiqi and his brother, Hua Huilin, were illegally arrested by the Chinese police at approximately 6:00 a.m. on August 10. The brothers were on their way to attend a service at the Kuanjie Church, which President Bush was scheduled to attend, when they were apprehended. During a lapse in security, Hua Huiqi was able to escape police custody around noon. Hua Huilin was released later that afternoon.

Pray for guidance and wisdom for these believers. Pray that the spiritual leaders in China will remain faithful to the task God has given them, knowing that they will receive the crown of life (1 Peter 5:1-4).

For more information on the persecution of Christians in China, go to www.persecution.net/china.htm.
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5. Prominent Chinese church leader arrested

According to an August 6 report from China Aid Association, Pastor Zhang “Bike” Mingxuan, President of the Chinese House Church Alliance, has been arrested along with his wife and another pastor, Wu. Pastor Zhang was on his way to deliver medicine to his ill wife when he was detained. At last report, all three were being held in a Public Security Bureau office in Zhengzhou City, Henan.

Pray for the release of these three believers. Pray that they will be a testimony to those imprisoning them. Pray for the health of Pastor Zhang’s wife during her detention.

For more information on the persecution facing China’s Christians, go to www.persecution.net/china.htm.
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6. Christian funeral attacked in southern Ethiopia

On July 30, a group of Muslims along with members of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church attacked believers in the town of Metto, Selte region while they were arranging to bury a local Christian man. The attackers also filled in the grave plot meant for Teshome Alyeleb (45). The believers fled in fear for their lives. Teshome’s family members appealed to the local government but no action was taken to allow them to conduct a proper funeral and burial. Finally, after having to keep their loved one’s body in their home for four days, the family laid Teshome to rest in a town 96 km from their home.

Pray that the Lord will give peace and comfort to Teshome’s family. Pray for strength for Christians in this Muslim-majority region who are being harassed and mistreated for their faith in Christ.

For more information on the persecution facing Christians in Ethiopia, go to www.persecution.net/ethiopia.htm.
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7. Bangladesh Christians flee after attack on house church

Muslim militants attacked the pastor of a recently established house church in the village of Bagulagari, Bangladesh on August 1, according to reports from Open Doors. The militants used violence to pressure Pastor Majid into giving up the names of local mission workers and damaged his home. Pastor Majid along with other believers have fled to a safe area due to the growing pressure Christians have been facing to reconvert back to Islam. According to another pastor in the area, Muslim villagers have petitioned local authorities to ban Christian activities and threatened to take action against believers themselves if their demands are not met.

Pray for the pastors and church leaders in Bangladesh. Pray that the Lord will give them strength as they face persecution. Pray also that the Muslim villagers may come to know the Good News.

For more information on the persecution of Christians in Bangladesh, go to www.persecution.net/bangladesh.htm.
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8. In This Week’s VOMC Weblog (www.persecution.net/weblog.htm)

Check out the recent weblogs by VOMC CEO, Glenn Penner, including:

a. Many Christians seem to believe that salvation can be found in other religions apart from Christ. In a two-part series, Glenn addresses this issue in “Is Jesus Really the Only Way?”

b. In a series of weblogs, Glenn discusses the recent planned protests by the Westboro Baptist Church at the funeral of Tim McLean.  In his final blog on the subject, he asks “Was freedom of speech at stake?”

c. In “Everyday religious repression in Turkmenistan” learn about the difficulties that Christians and others are experiencing in present day Turkmenistan.

To make comments on these and previous VOMC weblogs, go to persecutedchurch.blogspot.com.

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