Archive for the 'news articles' Category

07
Oct
09

persecution, flooding and North Korea

Extreme Flooding in India
   India is experiencing the worst flooding in 100 years. According to the Christian Post, 222 people have died and 2.5 million have been forced from thier homes.

Kidnapped Iraqi Christian Dead
   A 45 year old Iraqi Christian was killed and kidnapped and his body found on Sunday. Since 2003, half the Christian communicty has left Iraq and more continue to leave as violent incidents like this increase.

Christian Arrested for Distributing Tracts in Egypt
   I am continually learning about more and more countries that do not have lawes against Christianity, yet Christians are arrested and persecuted there. This story is one such example.

Justice Comes to Orissa
   Its a small step, but a step nonetheless. Six people were sentenced to 4 years imprisonment for their role in anti-Christian violence. For background information on Orissa check out this past post: Orissa Prayer Campaign

The Paradox of North Korea
   Very few journalists are allowed in North Korea , however, this BBC journalist was given teh unique opportunity to visit “one of the most effective systems of control ever envisaged.”lsdkjf  /zxx.v;p

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30
Sep
09

Advocacy

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts and pages, I was inspired to start this blog during my volunteer work at Open Doors. While I have expanded this blog to include more than just news updates from Open Doors, I still fully support this company and would like to share some of the amazing campaigns they have going on the next couple of months.

1) Pray. Join Open Doors for the International Day of Prayer on Nov. 8. You can request a free prayer kit and use it to spread the word at your church, bible study or college campus. Not everyone can donate money or go on a missions trip to support the persecuted church, but we can all pray.

2) Text a Bible. Open Doors has a great on going campaign called text a Bible. Its as easy as it sounds. Text the word “Bible” to 20222. Reply “yes” to the confirmation text and your done. Five dollars will be charged to your next phone bill, and you’ve just placed a Bible in the hands of a Christian desperately needing daily encouragment. Visit the Open Doors website for more information.

3) Blog. Join the Open Doors Persecution Blog Network and help spread the word about the plights of persecuted Christians, praise reports from Christians worldwide, ways to advocate and make a political difference in the right for religious freedom, ways to pray and ways to donate.

 

Of course it wouldn’t be Headliner Wednesday without some headlines. Here is what is going on in the world:

  1. Tsunami hit the Samoan Islands today
  2. With so many negative headlines in the world, I love it when I find a positive one. A church in Indonesia recently won the legal battle to worship in thier own building.
  3. Pastor in India seriously wounded, Hindu extremeist suspected
09
Sep
09

world watch list: saudi arabia

While communist North Korea does not support any religion, Saudi Arabia rejects all non Islamic religions. Ruled by King Abdullah, the Islamic monarchy arrests, flogs, deports and tortures those who practice Christianity in public. Of the 24.7 million citizens, only 2.2% are Christian. In the past, those who worshipped privately were generally left alone. However, in the past year, there has been an increasing number of arrests of those worshipping privately. Christians risk arrest, honor killings and persecution everyday. Please pray that those who are learning about Jesus through the internet and sattelite television are able to find fellow believers and have questions answered and recieve spiritual encouragement.

Saudi Arabia has a religious police force,mutawwa’in, who threaten and persecute Christians. In January of 2009 a house pastor named Yemane Gebriel was forced to leave his hometown under threat of the religious police. He is a personal driver who pastors a 300 member house church in Riyadh. He found anonymous notes in his van telling him to leave the country. When he did not comply, Abdul Aziz, a member of the mutawwa’in, threatened him face to face. He was forced to leave to an unknown location. For more information on this story, visit the Compass Direct Link http://www.compassdirect.org/english/country/saudiarabia/1906/

Pray that Gebriel’s church, as well as other churches’ whose leaders have been captured or forced to leave, have the strength and encouragement to continue meeting and persevering in thier faith.

09
Sep
09

religious freedom is a basic human right

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/doug-bandow/the-scandal-of-internatio_b_278320.html#postComment

This is a great article talking about the major violators of religious freedom. This list comes from the U.S Commission on International Religious Freedom, but you will notice that many of the countries also appear on the Open Doors World Watch List. We’re not making this stuff up. The persecution and violation are real.

Another interesting point made in this article is that religious freedom is just as important as political and civil liberties and that countries who do not honor religious freedom often do not honor political or civil freedoms.




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