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Regular prayer news from the Interserve world

Asean Should Prepare for a New Wave of Terrorism

07/13/2019 Singapore (International Christian Concern) – At the 13th ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting (ADMM) in Thailand, Singapore Minister of Defense Ng Eng He warned that member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) must expect increase in terrorist activity.

Car Bomb Strikes Syrian Christian Church

07/11/19 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on July 11, 2019, a car bomb exploded next to the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church in the Syrian city of Qamishli. The Assyrian Monitor for Human Rights wrote in

Christians Report Another Discriminatory Job Posting in Pakistan

07/09/2019 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that the office of the District and Session Court Judge, Justice Abdual Ghani Somro, in Hyderabad published a discriminatory job advertisement in a local newspaper on July 3. The

Woman Charged with Blasphemy in Indonesia

07/03/2019 Indonesia (International Christian Concern)– A Catholic woman in Indonesia was charged with blasphemy despite reports she is mentally ill. After entering a mosque in Bogor still wearing shoes and carrying a dog, acts deemed offensive to Muslims, she was

10 Countries Singled Out For ‘Chilling Array Of Abuses’ In New Religious Freedom Report

The U.S. State Department’s annual Report on International Religious Freedom, released last week in Washington, is a catalog of “a chilling array of abuses committed by oppressive regimes, violent extremist groups, and individual citizens,” said U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo. The report,

Christian Pakistani Girls Sold into Sex Trafficking in China

06/19/2019 Pakistan (International Christian Concern)- Young girls from a majority Christian community in Punjab, Pakistan were discovered to be repeatedly sold off into sex trafficking in China. These girls, who are from extremely poor Christian families, are sold with dreams of

Leaders Call for Improved Pakistani Religious Freedom Law

06/23/2019 Pakistan (International Christian Concern)- In a meeting in Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan, held to assess the effectiveness of Pakistan’s religious freedom law signed 5 years ago, many prominent activist, lawyers, and religious leaders complained about the ineffectiveness of

Iraq Schools Celebrate Clean Water

06/20/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – “When can I get water?” An elderly man appearing in his mid-seventies looked hopefully at ICC’s field representative. Although he certainly needed water in his neighborhood, he was not asking the question for himself. He was

Sri Lankan Christians Continue to Live in Fear

06/17/2019 Sri Lanka (International Christian Concern)- Sri Lankan Christians have expressed deep trauma and fear following the Easter attacks which killed more than 250 people and left 300 injured in April 2019. The attacks, targeted at churches and leading hotels, were

Family Claims Christian Teen Was Kidnapped and Forcefully Converted to Islam in Pakistan

06/09/2019 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – According to Asia News, the family of a Christian teen in Faisalabad have claimed that their daughter has been kidnapped and forcefully converted to Islam. The issue of kidnappings and forced conversions to Islam remains

Conversion, Trials, and Provision: The Story of Sarah Ayu Ibrahim

05/31/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern has obtained approval from Sarah, the wife of imprisoned Indonesian pastor Abraham Ben Moses, to feature her testimony that she shared recently at an Indonesian church in New York. Pastor Abraham Ben Moses

Churches reopen in Sri Lanka four weeks after Easter Day bombings

Services resumed on Sunday 19 May at Sri Lankan churches that had been closed for four weeks following the Easter Sunday suicide bombings in which 253 people died and more than 500 were injured. Police advised prominent churches on the island to

Philippine city of Marawi still in ruins two years after Islamic State attack

The Philippine government is dawdling in its rebuilding of the battle-ravaged Philippine city of Marawi, which means 100,000 people are still displaced after it was left in ruins by an invasion of Islamist extremists. In May 2017 about 100 Islamic State-allied

Four detained Christians freed by court in Nepal

Four Christians were released from custody on 29 April after a court hearing in Nepal, six days after they were accused of trying to “lure conversions” to Christianity. The two Nepali men and one Indian national had been working with a US

Children Massacred in Assault on Syrian Christian Town

05/13/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that the Syrian Christian town of al-Suqaylabiyah came under heavy assault on May 12, 2019. Five children playing near a monastery, and one woman on a nearby street, were

Burmese Radical Monk Wants People to Worship Military Like God

05/16/2019 Myanmar (International Christian Concern) – On May 5, hundreds of people joined a pro-military rally in front of the city hall in Yangon, to protest the government’s efforts to amend the 2008 constitution, which affords the generals vast powers.

Police free Pakistani Christian held for eight months on “blasphemy” charges

Police in Pakistan have declared Christian Farhan Aziz innocent of “blasphemy” and released him after eight months in custody on 1 May. The 25-year-old from Muslim Town, Gujranwala was arrested on 2 August 2018 and accused of sending “blasphemous” text messages, which

Nigerian Woman Witnesses the Murder of 10 Family Members

04/30/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – During my latest trip to Nigeria, I had the privilege of meeting a young woman who suffered an unimaginable tragedy. Blessing Kogi was a normal university student, working toward a degree in education. She wanted to

Sudan’s Christian Schools Allowed to Follow Christian Week

04/29/2019 Sudan (International Christian Concern) – On Wednesday, the new military council in Sudan, ruled that Christian Schools are allowed to follow the traditional Christian weekend of Saturday and Sunday as days off. This is a major turn of events as it

189 Killed in Easter Attacks on Churches and Hotels in Sri Lanka

04/21/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that at least 189 people have been killed in a series of bombings targeting churches and hotels across Sri Lanka. According to reports, as many as 400 others

Iraqi Christians Mark Fifth Year of Easter as Sojourners

4/16/19 Iraq (International Christian Concern)- Christian refugees from Mosul and the Nineveh Plain began preparations to celebrate their fifth Easter in Iraqi Kurdistan. All across the region, Christians gathered on Saturday night to celebrate the coming of Palm Sunday and Easter.

Anti-Christian Dictator Forced Out In Sudan: Pray With Us

Lift up your Sudanese brothers and sisters as they face an uncertain future A dictator known for brutal policies against Christians has been forced to step down in Sudan. After 30 years in power, Sudan’s president Omar al-Bashir is out

Pakistani Minorities Call for Legislation to Combat Increased Forced Conversions

04/10/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – For years, Pakistani Christians have raised their voices against increasingly frequent incidents of forced abductions, conversions, and marriages of Christian girls. Election after election, new governments have failed to provide any protective measures against these cruel

Violence and persecution against Christians growing in Chad

Christians in the Muslim-majority nation of Chad are facing increasing levels of persecution from local officials and violence from Islamist militant group Boko Haram and Muslim extremist herdsmen. Barnabas Fund contacts report that the societal divisions over land in the south of
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