Pray For The Nations

Regular prayer news from the Interserve world

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

Second pastor kidnapped by militant Buddhist forces in Myanmar

Barnabas Fund contacts report that Pastor Thar Tun was kidnapped from his home in Rakhine state, Myanmar (Burma) on 13 February by Buddhist militants thought to be members of the Arakan Army (AA). Pastor Tun, 56, who has five children, is the

Philippine Police Offer to Protect Bishops, Priests

03/04/2019 Philippines (International Christian Concern) – Following reports that several church leaders have received death threats in recent weeks, the Philippine National Police (PNP) has offered to protect members of the clergy whose lives might be in danger. National police chief,

Tajikistan’s Religious Regulations Leaves Little Room for Country’s Christian Community

02/28/2019 Tajikistan (International Christian Concern) – World Watch Monitor has reported that new amendments to Tajikistan’s Religion Law are being used to exercise tighter control over the country’s tiny Christian community. These new amendments are now allowing the government to ban

Four Christian Women Falsely Accused of Blasphemy in Pakistan

02/25/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that four Christian women from the Farooq-e-Azam neighborhood of Karachi, Pakistan were falsely accused of blasphemy on February 19, 2019. Following the false accusation, a mob of enraged

Nigerian pastor murdered and his family kidnapped

A pastor was murdered and his family kidnapped after gunmen opened fire on their car on 7 February in Zamfara state, northern Nigeria. Pastor Anthony Idris Jatau’s car skidded off the road in the attack, and he and his family were dragged

Starving girl shows impact of Yemen war, economic collapse

HAJJAH, Yemen (Reuters) – Displaced by war, starving and living under a tree, 12-year-old Fatima Qoba weighed just 10kg when she was carried into a Yemeni malnutrition clinic. “All the fat reserves in her body have been used up, she

Islamic State-linked terrorists kidnap Egyptian Christian in Sinai

An Egyptian Christian man was abducted by armed Islamist terrorists on 18 January while travelling on a bus to the north Sinai city of El Arish. According to reports, gunmen stopped the bus about 30 km from the city and examined the

Terrorist Bombing of Philippines Cathedral Kills at Least 20

01/30/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – On Sunday, January 27, 2019, two bombs exploded at a Roman Catholic cathedral in the southern Philippines, killing at least 20 people and injuring more than 100. In the wake of the attack, world leaders, both

Jakarta’s Former Christian Governor Released from Prison

01/24/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on January 24, 2019, the former Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, an ethnic Chinese Christian politician, was released from prison after serving nearly two years on blasphemy

Pakistani Court Orders Government to Compensate Victims of Asia Bibi Protests

01/20/2019 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – On Saturday, January 12, the Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered the federal and provincial governments to pay compensation to individuals damaged by the protests that following the acquittal of Asia Bibi. The court gave the

Vietnamese Government Ignores Displaced Residents in Predominantly Catholic Area

01/20/2019 Vietnam (International Christian Concern) – About 100 displaced residents from Loc Hung in Tay Ninh Province have gone to the offices of the city government, the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) and the national assembly to submit a petition pleading

Christians in Indonesia appeal for “tolerance” as protesters mob church

A group of neighbours forced their way into a house in the North Sumatran capital of Medan on Sunday 13 January protesting that it was being used as an “illegal” church. A member of the congregation posted on Instagram a film of

Christmas Day officially declared national holiday in Iraq

Christmas Day was formally declared a national holiday for all Iraqis in a landmark amendment announced by the government in December. The Iraqi cabinet approved the change in law creating a new holiday “on the occasion of the birth of Christ,” according
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