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Regular prayer news from the Interserve world

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

Kenyan Schoolboy Rekindled Dreams After Losing Father to al-Shabaab

04/02/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Fifteen-year-old Joseph Mwangangi lost all hope of attending secondary school after his father was killed and his family was displaced by al-Shabaab. These events occurred just a few months before he would have transitioned from primary

Past Tragedies Create Tension for Pakistani Christians Celebrating Lent

03/28/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – As Christian communities across the world observe Lent, individual Christians commemorate the sacrifice of Jesus Christ though fasting or other commitments aimed at developing a closer relationship with God. For Pakistani Christians, the Lent season also

Pakistani Christian mother of three forced to convert to Islam by kidnapper

A Pakistani Christian mother of three was abducted, tortured and forced to convert to Islam by a Muslim man who then forced her to marry him, according to local news sources. Saima Iqbal, who was already married to a Christian man, tearfully

Hmong, Montagnard Christians in Vietnam “Stateless” Due to Their Faith

03/24/2019 Vietnam (International Christian Concern) – Religious minorities in communist Vietnam are facing systematic discrimination due to their faith. UN needs to step in to address the issue, according to a human rights group. At the 40th session of the UN

Vandals cause thousands of Euros of damage in latest attack on a French church

A church in Angoulême, France, was severely damaged on 8 March by vandals seemingly intent on sabotaging worship services. The intruders sabotaged the sound system and threw large quantities of paint on walls, chairs, a piano and Bibles at the Hope and

Muslim and Christian parents withdraw children from UK school in protest over LGBT content in lessons

Up to 600 parents kept their children home from a primary school in Birmingham, UK, on Friday 1 March in protest over a programme of lessons teaching about homosexuality and transsexualism. Parents complained that the “No Outsiders” programme being trialled at Parkfield

Christians in Kyrgyzstan Suffer Under Government Indifference

3/11/19 Kyrgyzstan (International Christian Concern)- In the aftermath of an October 2018 attack on Eldos Sattar uuly of the Isskyk-Kul Region of Kyrgyzstan, several other Christians and friends of Sattar uuly have been victim of violent attacks and unnerving threats. Those
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