Creștinii Uciși in Sadad, Syria (noi detalii si video) – Individual Stories of Persecution: The UNSPEAKABLE crimes committed against the Christians of Sadad, Syria (News Report Video)

Funeral family of 6 executed Sadad SyriaFuneral – Family of 6 executed in Sadad – The bodies of six family members were found in a well in Sadad: Matanios El Sheikh, 85, his wife, Habsah, 75, their daughter, Njala, 45, their grandsons Ranim, 18, and Fadi, 16, and the boys’ paternal grandmother, Mariam, 90. The city of Sadad lies between Damascus and Homs and is mentioned in the books of Numbers and Ezekiel in the Bible.

Inmormântarea familiei creștină- toti cei 6 membri ai familiei au fost impușcati in cap in Sadad. Vezi numele lor si vârsta sub poză. Orașul Sadad, unde a fost savârșit masacrul este așezat intre Damasc și Homs și este mentionat in Biblie in cartile Ezekiel si Numeri.

ROMANIAN:

In acest video, jurnaliștii sirieni raportează din orașul Sadad, după masacrul din 21 Octombrie. Sadad este un oras unde majoritatea locuitorilor sunt creștini.  Intr-una din case, toti cei 6 membri ai familiei au fost legați si impușcați in cap, iar apoi aruncați in fântâna din curtea domiciliului. O alta femeie a ales și ea sa nu fugă din Sadad, deși putea sa plece cu cei doi fii ai ei. Motivul de a  rămâne in Sadad? Avea o soacră handicapată și astfel au rămas și  cei doi părinți ai femeii cu ea. Toți 4 au fost omorâti și aruncati in fântâna. In total, 45 de civili au fost martirizați, inclusiv femei, copii și bărbați.

Stirea: Masacru asupra creștinilor din Sadad- 21 octombrie 2013 a fost o zi neagră pentru creștinii din Sadad (Siria). Orașul a fost asediat de islamiști, care au ucis orbește zeci de creștini, aruncându-i apoi în gropi comune. Arhiepiscopul ortodox sirian Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh a calificat atacul drept „cel mai grav și cel mai mare masacru al creștinilor din Siria, din ultimii doi ani și jumătate.”

Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh, care slujește ca mitropolit de Homs și Hama relata pentru presă că numai pe 21 octombrie, la Sadad, „peste 45 de civili nevinovați, printre care copii și femei, au fost martirizați fără niciun motiv, mulți fiind apoi aruncați în gropi comune.”

Orașul Sadad, o așezare mică situată la circa 100 de kilometri de Damasc, a fost timp de o săptămână scena unor lupte de o cruzime fără precedent. „Timp de o săptămână, 1.500 de familii, cu copii şi persoane în vârstă, au fost luate ostatice şi folosite ca scuturi umane. Aproximativ 2.500 de familii au reuşit să fugă din Sadad, în prezent fiind refugiaţi la Damasc, Homs, Fayrouza, Zaydal, Maskane şi Al- Fhayle,” relata arhiepiscopul sirian, pentru theorthodoxchurch.info. Orașul cu circa 15.000 de locuitori a fost aproape complet distrus. Jafurile nu au ocolit nici măcar bisericile, școlile sau clădirile publice. Inclusiv spitalul local a fost o țintă a atacatorilor.

Declarația arhiepiscopului continuă tulburător bilanțul: „3.000 de oameni au fost luați ostatici iar noi am strigat pentru ajutor și nimeni nu ne-a auzit, cu excepția minorităților care ne-au ajutat și care au fost solidare. Unde este conștiința creștină? Unde este conștiința Siriană? Unde este conștiința umană? Unde sunt frații noștri, mitropoliții, preoții și prietenii? Unde?! Unde? Și niciun răspuns… Cu câteva excepții. Am un nod un gât și inima îmi arde pentru toate câte s-au petrecut în eparhia mea și bieții oameni care au căutat refugiu, plecând apoi cu mâinile goale… Unde vor merge de acolo, nu știu…. Rugați-vă pentru noi!”

Procentul creștinilor din Siria a scăzut în prezent la 10%, pe fondul persecuțiilor intense la care sunt supuși. Citeste mai mult aici – Semnele Timpului

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Syrian News Report, closed-captioned in English. Some disturbing bits from the video:

-a family of 6 members, Sadad city in the countryside of Homs, terrorists carried out against them the ugliest methods of killing. After tying their hands and gagging their mouths, they shot them in the head. Then, they threw their bodies in an old well, beside the house to hide their hatred for humanity and for life.

-one martyred woman was (would have been) able to flee with her two sons, but she refused to leave her old handicapped mother in law, and her own parents, they were not able to go to a secure place. Man to reporter: After a couple of days of ‘the attack’, we found traces of blood on the well. We were shocked. They were killed and dropped into the well and covered with dirt. With the help of civil defense, we were able to remove the dirt thrown over them (their bodies), we were shocked to find (uncover) this big massacre. They threw over them stuff, to cover their ugly crime.

-reporter: words fail to describe…

-a woman to the reporter: ‘An ugly massacre before the eyes of the whole (of) humanity. Where is the humanity in (of) the world? Does (the) humanity of the world accept this crime?

-warning, please use discretion: In the first minute, there is some graphic footage of a dead body being pulled out of one well.

45 Syrian Christians massacred

The „most serious and biggest massacre of Christians in Syria” in which 45 people were killed and 1,500 families held hostage has been reported by the Syrian Orthodox Metropolitan of Homs and Hama.

It happened during the week following 21 October in the ancient Christian town of Sadad, which lies about 100 miles north-east of Damascus, after it was invaded by anti-Assad Islamist militias and before the Syrian army retook the town. Archbishop Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh said: „Forty-five innocent civilians were martyred for no reason, and among them several women and children, and many were thrown into mass graves.” Thirty more civilians were wounded and 10 are still missing. Around 1,500 families were held as hostages and human shields against the incoming government forces, and 2,500 others fled the town at gunpoint with only the clothes they were wearing.
The archbishop, who conducted the funeral services last week amid grief and outrage, lamented that the outside world has done little to help suffering Syrians. „We have shouted ‘help us’ to the world but no one has listened to us. Where is the Christian conscience? Where is human consciousness? Where are my brothers?”

Church sources told the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) that civilians unable to escape – including the elderly, disabled, women and children – were subjected to torture such as strangulation.

The bodies of six family members were found in a well in Sadad: Matanios El Sheikh, 85, his wife, Habsah, 75, their daughter, Njala, 45, their grandsons Ranim, 18, and Fadi, 16, and the boys’ paternal grandmother, Mariam, 90. The Damascus-based Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregory III said to ACN: „How can somebody do such inhumane and bestial things to an elderly couple and their family?” He added: „I do not understand why the world does not raise its voice against such acts of brutality.”

Sadad lies between Damascus and Homs and is mentioned in the books of Numbers and Ezekiel in the Bible. Most of its population of 15,000 people are Syriac Orthodox and it is home to 14 churches, a monastery, temples, historic landmarks and archaeological sites.

Most of these have been destroyed and looted, especially the Syriac Orthodox Church of St Theodore which the Wahhabi terrorists from al-Qaeda’s Jabhat al-Nusra (Nusra Front) used as a base.

The archbishop said houses have been looted „and schools, government buildings, municipal buildings have been destroyed, along with the post office, the hospital and the clinic”.

Early yesterday morning in Damascus the Holy See’s nunciature was hit by mortar fire, causing slight structural damage to its roof. Archbishop Mario Zenario, the papal nuncio, confirmed that the 6.35 a.m. blast did not cause any injuries. It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the attack or if the building had been specifically targeted. The Syrian Government, the UN and many other nations pledged their solidarity with the Pope’s envoy.

Source http://www.thetablet.co.uk/

Reclame

IDOP 2013 International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church November 3 and/or November 10, 2013

IDOP-2014

Sunteti invitati sa participati la Ziua Internationala de Rugaciune 2014 (IDOP) Webcast Interactiv in Direct cu Organizatia Open Doors (Portile Deschise) si invitati speciali David Platt, Nik Ripken, si invitatul musical, Selah! Alaturati-va noua chiar aici pe data de 1 Noiembrie la ora 5 dupa amiaza Pacific Time si 2 Noiembrie la ora 4 dupa amiaza Pacific Time (USA), pentru doua evenimente speciale si gratuite, dedicate rugaciunii si mijlocirii pentru crestinii persecutati de pe intreg pamantul.

Pe data de sambata 1 Noiembrie participati la un special Webcast Interactiv in Direct cu credinciosi din jurul lumii. Apoi duminica, 2 Noiembrie, implica si biserica din care faci parte ca sa va uniti cu alte sute de biserici  pentru un serviciu de duminica pe care nu-l veti uita niciodata. Aceasta este oportunitatea de a trai ce scrie in Matei 18:20 ,,Caci acolo unde sunt doi sau trei adunati in Numele Meu, sunt si Eu in mijlocul lor.” Completati adresa de email si inscrieti-va astazi pentru aceste oportunitati de necrezut.

Pentru a va inscrie, va rugam sa vizitati: http://live.opendoorsusa.org

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You’re invited to the 2014 International Day of Prayer (IDOP) Live Interactive Webcast with Open Doors and special guests David Platt, Nik Ripken, and musical guest, Selah! Join us right here on November 1st at 5pm PDT and November 2nd at 4pm PST for two special free events dedicated to prayer and intercession for persecuted Christians worldwide.

On Saturday, November 1st participate in a special live interactive webcast with believers from around the world. Then on Sunday, November 2nd, get your church involved and join with hundreds of other churches for a Sunday service you’ll never forget. This is our opportunity to live out Matthew 18:20, „For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.” Enter your email and sign up today for these unbelievable opportunities.

To sign up, please visit: http://live.opendoorsusa.org

VIDEO by Open Doors USA

 

IDOP 2013

There will be some confusion as to the dates for IDOP 2013. My understanding was it should fall on the second Sunday of every November, making it on November 10 for the year 2013. However, there is flexibility for the congregations who need to hold the prayers on a different Sunday, and some are doing just that. From researching this year’s Prayer dates I have learned that in our sphere there are the nationwide dates the prayers will be lifted to God in unison for the persecuted church:

  • In the United State on November 3
  • In Canada on November 10
  • In the United Kingdom and Ireland on November 3
  • In Australi from November 3 – 10  (these guys did it right)
  • In New Zealand November 10
  • In Switzerland November

i commit to pray

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click here for the Voice of the Martyrs new WEBSITE –

icommittopray.com

Information on this page is from http://www.idop.org and http://www.idop.ca

Present sufferings, future glory

  Romans 8:17, 18

Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ,
if needed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing
with the glory that will be revealed in us.

Today, Christians in certain parts of the world face some of the worst persecution in history. How do they handle it? Only God can empower them to do so.

This year’s theme for the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church is: Present sufferings, future glory based on Romans 8:17, 18:

“Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”

One thing that keeps Christians going when faced with persecution is the knowledge that Christ also suffered more deeply than we can imagine. He can identify with us when we suffer for him. Christ also strengthens us to meet any challenge.

Through the last 2000 years, another motivation for Christians being persecuted has been the knowledge that soon and very soon they would be going to meet their King. They would be in a place where suffering would be replaced by rejoicing with the Lord and fellow believers. As faithful followers of Christ, we share that hope of future glory.

This year let us remember and pray for all those who are suffering for their faith in Christ. Pray for their protection, comfort and perseverance toward their eternal goal of being glorified with Christ.

Please join us on November 10, 2013 and pray for the persecuted. Source http://www.idop.ca

2013 IDOP Video – „How Long?”

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OTHER IDOP 2013 VIDEOS:

CHINA: Criminal or Hero? (10:01)
CHINA: Shockwave 2013 (1:42)
CHINA: World Watch List Report (11:28)
IRAN
: A Letter from Prison
 (13:28)
IRAN: Padina’s Story (7:09)
IRAN: Christians Face Captivity, Persecution (2:04)
IRAN: World Watch List Report (6:14)

Where Christian Persecution is Worst

 World Watch List 2013

Created by Open Doors, the World Watch List (WWL) is a ranking of 50 countries where persecution of Christians for religious reasons is worst. The list covers persecution of Christians of all denominations in an entire country and focuses on persecution for their faith, not persecution for political, economic, social, ethnic or accidental reasons.  VIDEO by Open Doors USA

General IDOP Videos:

IDOP: Persecuted, not Abandoned (4:12)
IDOP PowerPoint by Open Doors USA (4:33)
IDOP 2011
 (INcontext Mnistries) (5:23)
IDOP 2011 (INcontext Mnistries) (8:50 longer version of the 5 min video)
IDOP 2012 NZ – „One with Them” (2:19)
IDOP 2012 WEA – „Hear Their Cry” (4:39)
IDOP 2012 Gospel for Asia (4:49)

Children of the Persecuted
 (4:42)
The Battle is Real (2:17)
Children of the Persecuted (4:42)
Exiled for Their Faith (4:16)
Every 5 Minutes (1:49)
What is Persecution (3:11)
Where Christian Persecution is the Worst (World Watch List 2013) (3:58)
The World is Watching (2:46)

SONG: I Have Decided – IDOP Feature Video (6:01)
SONG: Coming for Me (4:55)

Nigerian church martyrs

This 5-minute IDOP video focuses on Victoria and Rejoice, two teenage girls who live in Gombe, Nigeria. One day as the girls worshiped at the Deeper Life Church, they came under attack from radical Muslims. Both girls lost family members. Believers like Victoria and Rejoice need our prayers. To encourage more prayer for the persecuted, this year VOM is offering our 2013 IDOP video for free. Please share the DVD with your pastor, and ask him to share it with your church on Nov. 3, the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. Please also share it with your family, friends and Sunday school class. We want believers to know what is happening to our brothers and sisters in Nigeria so they can join us in prayer for them. Go to http://www.icommittopray.com to show your commitment to pray for the persecuted church and begin to receive weekly prayer updates when the full site launches on Nov. 3.  VIDEO by VoiceOfTheMartyrsUSA

Country Specific:


COLOMBIA
: Set free to serve!
 (7:44)
COLOMBIA
Radio is bringing light into spiritual darkness (6:54) EGYPT: Christian girls being snatched by Islamic Traffickers (5:17)
ETHIOPIA: Hand up, Not Hand Out (7:48)
KAZAKHSTAN: New laws oppress Christianity (4:46)
INDONESIA„I call the prison the school of trust” (3:59)
INDONESIA: Abandoned for coming to Jesus (4:15)
IRAQ: We have hope, but we have no future (4:35)
LYBIA: Missionaries Arrested for Spreading the Gospel (6:18)
MEXICO: Exiled for Their Faith (4:16)
NIGERIA: Nigeria’s Persecuted Children (part one) (7:30)
NIGERIA: Nigeria’s Persecuted Children (Part two) (4:24)
NIGERIA: Militants turning country into Christian Killing Field (3:31)
NIGERIA: Christians under siege – yet overcoming (8:48)
NORTH KOREA: Yang’s incredible story of pain and hope! (8:13)
RUSSIA: Degestan’s secret believers fight a spiritual war (4:41)
RUSSIA: Sharing the Gospel in the dangerous Islamic South (5:08)
TANZANIA: Islamic persecutors target Christian Pastors (3:44)

K P Yohannan – Gospel for Asia

International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Churches across the nation are joining in their suffering by lifting up the persecuted in unified prayer. Share this video with your friends, family and congregation, let them see how their prayers can strengthen Christians around the world.
Download this video at http://gfa.org/pray/pray-for-the-pers…  VIDEO by GospelForAsia

Previous IDOP Videos 2008 – 2013

VIDEO Playlist by VoiceOfTheMartyrsUSA (6 Videos, will play in succession, one after the other)

IDOP

Basic biblical teaching about persecution:

Source: http://www.idop.org

  • Christians are to expect persecution. (John 15:18-21; 17:14; 2 Timothy 3:12; 1 John 3:13)
  • God blesses right suffering. (Matthew 5:10-12; Luke 6:22-23)
  • We should not be ashamed or embarrassed about persecution. (1 Peter 4:16; Hebrews 13:12-13)
  • We must follow the example of Christ. (Philippians 2: 1-11; 1 Peter 2:19-25)
  • We must react under persecution as the Lord did. (Matthew 5:38-48; Romans 12:14,17-21; 1 Peter 2:21-23)
  • We are called to stand with those who are persecuted. (Matthew 25:31-46; Hebrews 10:32-38; 13:3)
  • We can have the victory. (John 16:33)

Persecution foretold:

  • Matthew 18:21; 28:34; Mark 10:30; Luke 11:49; John 15:20; 1 Corinthians 4:9; 2 Timothy 3: 12
  • Jesus warns and teaches about persecution:
  • Matthew 10:16-42; Luke 14:25-35; John 15:18-16:4

The apostles and first missionaries are persecuted:

  • Acts 4:1-22 – Christ’s supremacy threatens the supremacy of the totalitarian and theocratic leadership. (v. 2,17)
  • Acts 5:12-41 – Power and attraction of the gospel arouses jealousy. (v17)
  • Acts 6:7-15 – Success of ministry arouses competition.
  • Acts 7:54-8:4 – Stephen becomes the Christian Church’s first martyr; persecution breaks out.
  • Acts 12:1-4 – Herod persecutes apostles for political gain.
  • Acts 12:1-18 – While Peter is in prison, the church prays.
  • Acts 13:49-14:7 – Opposition to the gospel forces missionaries to flee.
  • Acts 16:16-34 – The gospel threatens trade, economic prosperity and the fortune-telling industry (v19); false accusations lead to missionaries being severely beaten.
  • Acts 17:1-15 – Missionary success arouses jealousy; missionaries forced to flee. (v5)
  • Acts 19:23-32 – The gospel threatens trade, economic prosperity and the idol industry; idol-makers incite riot that goes out of control.
  • Acts 21:27-36 – Enemies of the gospel incite hatred and violence; Paul beaten and arrested.

Prepare for persecution:

  • Understand it to be normal. (1 Peter 4:12; Philippians 1:29)
  • Know the teaching of the Word of God. (Philemon 3:10; Romans 6:3-5; John 8:31-32)
  • Abide in Christ. (John 15:4)
  • Submit daily to the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 5:18; 4:30)
  • Rest in the will of God. (Ephesians 5:17; Hebrews 4:1,9-11)

Conduct under persecution:

  • Matthew 5:44; 10:22; Acts 5:41: Romans 12:14; Philippians 1:28; Hebrews 10:34; 1 Peter 3:13-19

Results of persecution:

  • Matthew 5:10; Luke 6:22; 9:24; James 1:2; 1 Peter 4:14; Revelation 6:9; 7:13

Rewards for suffering persecution:

  • Glory in heaven. (2 Corinthians 4:17-18; 1 Peter 5:1,10,11)
  • Eternal consolation. (2 Corinthians 1:7; Romans 8:17)
  • Christ is made known. (2 Corinthians 4:11)
  • Life is being given to others. (2 Corinthians 4:12)
  • Grace of God is being made manifest. (2 Corinthians 4:15)
  • A guarantee that God will judge righteously. (2 Thessalonians 1:4-5)
  • Will reign with him. (2 Timothy 2:12a)
  • Spirit of glory rests upon. (1 Peter 4:14)
  • Glory is brought to God. (1 Peter 4:16)
  • Reason for joy. (1 Peter 4:13-14)

Place and power of prayer:

  • 2 Thessalonians 3:1-3 – Prayer is desired and required for persecuted believers.
  • Romans 15:30-33 – Our prayers help struggling believers.
  • 2 Corinthians 1:10-11 – God works as we pray.
  • 2 Corinthians 10:3-4; Ephesians 6:10-18 – Spiritual battle requires spiritual weapons.
  • James 5:16b-18 – The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.

Some possible forms that persecution may take:

  • By slander (evil report). (Psalm 31:13; Job 19:18; 55:12-14; Luke 6:22)
  • Shame. Open embarrassment, dishonor or disgrace. Manner in which our Lord was accused of being conceived (born out-of-wedlock); also, manner in which His nakedness was openly displayed on the cross. (Hebrews 13:13; 11:26)
  • Falsely accused. (Psalm 35:11; 27:12; Matthew 5:11; Luke 23:2,5,10; Mark 14:55-60; Acts 6:13; 16:19-23; 26:2,7)
  • Ensnare through deceit, trapping, tricks. (Daniel 6:4-5; Luke 11:54; Matthew 10:16-18)
  • Object of conspiracy. (2 Samuel 15:12; Genesis 37:18; 2 Corinthians 11:32; Acts 9:23)
  • Mocked, scorned, scoffed and sneered at. (Psalm 42:3, Job 12:4; Matthew 27:29,31,41; Acts 2:13; 17:18,32; Hebrews 11:36)
  • Betrayed, treated treacherously. (Matthew 24:10; Luke 21:16; Psalm 41:9)
  • Despised, to have contempt for, to loathe, to think nothing of, to consider without honour. (1 Corinthians 1:28; 4:10c)
  • Hated by family. (Matthew 10:21, 34-36; Micah 7:6; Luke 21:16)
  • Hated by men. (Luke 21:17; Matthew 10:22; Job 19:19)
  • Defamation of character, libel, slander, evil report. (Psalm 31:13; Job 19:19; 1 Peter 2:12; 1 Corinthians 4:13)
  • Feared by own people. (Acts 9:26)
  • Subject to special trials. (1 Corinthians 4:9-14; 2 Corinthians 11:23-28)
  • Imprisoned. (Luke 21:12; Acts 4:3; 5:18; 12:4; 16:24; 2 Corinthians 6:5; 11:23c; Hebrews 11:36b)
  • Beaten. (Acts 5:40; 16:23; 2 Corinthians 6:5; 11:24; Matthew 10:17)
  • Contradicting. (Acts 13:45)
  • Stir against. (Acts 6:12; 13:50; 14:2,19; 19:23,25-26,29; 21:27)
  • Charges pressed. (Acts 18:12; Matthew 10:17-18)
  • Threatened. (Acts 4:18,21; 5:40)
  • Stoned. (Acts 7:58-59; 14:19; 2 Corinthians 11:25; Hebrews 11:37)
  • Afflictions. (2 Timothy 3; 11; Psalm 34:19)
  • Expulsion. (Acts 13:50; John 16:2a)
  • Exhaustion, extreme fatigue. (2 Corinthians 11:27)
  • Hunger and thirst. (2 Corinthians 11:27; 1 Corinthians 4:11)
  • Spectacle. (1 Corinthians 4:9; Acts 9:16; 20:23; 21:11; Hebrews 10:33a)
  • Suffer physical need. (1 Corinthians 4:11; 2 Corinthians 6:4; Philippians 4:12; Hebrews 11:37)
  • Martyrdom. (Luke 21:16; Acts 7:59; 12:2; John 16:2)
  • Afflictions. (2 Timothy 1:8; 4:5; Matthew 24:9; Psalm 34:19; 2 Corinthians 4:17; 6:4; Hebrews 10:32-33; 11:25,37; Colossians 1:24; 1 Thessalonians 1:6; James 5:10)
  • Poverty. (2 Corinthians 6:10; Philippians 4:12)
  • Loss of property and material goods. (Hebrews 10:34b)

IDOP World Links

Gospel for Asia IDOP 2013 India

VIDEO by VirtualAmazingGrace

Two women released from Iran’s notorious Evin Prison, Pastor Saeed Abedini and Pastor Farshid Fathi remain imprisoned

While Saeed Abedini is writing a letter directly to thePresident of Iran, asking for his freedom, 2 female christian prisoners have been released from the notorious Ervin prison. See story below photo. Here are the details on Pastors Abedini’s letter from the ACLJ via BlackChristianNews.com:

American pastor Saeed Abedini, serving an eight-year prison sentence in Iran because of his Christian faith, is directly appealing to Iran’s newly elected President Hasan Rouhani for justice and freedom.

In a letter written to the Iranian president, Pastor Saeed, a U.S. citizen, called on the new president to follow through on his pledge of moderation and pleads for compassion and justice so he can return to his wife and children in the United States.
Pastor Saeed’s letter comes as the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which represents Pastor Saeed’s wife and children in the U.S. and has been working to secure his freedom, launches a global letter-writing campaign urging President Rouhani to release him.
The ACLJ has launched a new website at BeHeardProject.com–a voice for the persecuted church. To support Pastor Saeed, you can write a letter directly to the Iranian president and add your name to a petition containing the names of more than 620,000 people who have signed on already demanding the release of Pastor Saeed.
Read the entire article here – BlackChristianNews.com
English: Evin House of Detention فارسی: زندان اوین

English: Evin House of Detention فارسی: زندان اوین (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

See also Naghmeh Abedini’s message to Liberty University students this week here – Naghmeh Abedini, wife of Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedin who is imprisoned in Iran, speaks at Liberty University

Iran (MNN) ― Two of the prisoners released from Iran’s notorious Evin prison are Christ-followers.

„We want to thank God that these two women, these two believers are released. That is wonderful news to receive,” says E3 Partners VP of Church and Ministry Partnerships and Middle East Strategy Director, Tom Doyle.

A few days ago, at least 11 political prisoners were released from Iran’s notorious Evin Prison. Among them were believers Mitra Rahmati and Maryam Jalili, according to Mohabat News. The women were sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for sharing the Gospel with Muslims and „being members of a Christian group”, the Mohabat article states.”It is a good sign,” Doyle adds, „but we know that Iran–their government–is very famous for kind of ‘pandering to the press’ when the pressure is on, and they’re feeling that right now.”

Map showing ethnic and religious diversity amo...

Map showing ethnic and religious diversity among the population of Iran. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Iran’s moderate Islamic president, Hassan Rohani, is scheduled to appear before the United Nations General Assembly next week. Rohani is expected to deliver a speech and raise diplomatic favor.

With U.S. Pastor Saeed Abedini and Pastor Farshid Fathi among those remaining within Evin’s walls, the desperate need for prayer remains.”When I heard prisoners were going to be released, we certainly prayed, but it didn’t happen that two of the key ones were let go, so we need to just keep praying for them,” says Doyle.”It seems like they go harder after the leadership,” he adds, explaining that Abedini and Fathi are viewed as „prized possessions” by Iranian officials. „Pastor Saeed and Pastor Fathi had quite a network, and that’s what [officials are] trying to do: break up any kind of network and [its] influence.”locked up

Pray for their release. Ask the Lord to keep them safe during their imprisonment.

Photo credit www.persecutionblog.com

Egyptian Christians under attack

Photo credit Coptic Pope Tawadros II via EgyptianStreets.com Coptic Christians praying in a burned down church.

  1. USA Today has a map of some of the locations where Christian churches were burned here- http://www.usatoday.com
  2. And a list of burned out churches of Egypt has been compiled here- http://nilerevolt.wordpress.com/2013/08/14/1198/ and will be updated as warranted.

Open Doors USA reports via Mission News Network:

Egypt – Chaos continues in Egypt as the Muslim Brotherhood calls for more protests. Open Doors USA spokesman Jerry Dykstra shares this from an Egyptian believer: „He said, ‘These are the hardest days we’ve ever witnessed. A peaceful Egypt is now soaked in violence.'” Supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi are taking out most of their anger on one group: „Christians are being turned into the scapegoat. Many of the Muslim Brotherhood protestors are blaming Christians for the ouster of Morsi,” explains Dykstra. Their rage continues to claim lives. At last report, the death toll rose above 500, and over 3000 people are injured. In times like these, there’s only one thing we can do: pray . „Supplies can be replaced, and churches can be rebuilt. I think what we really have to focus on is the heart and soul of the people in Egypt. We need to pray for peace and the name of Jesus Christ to go out.”

The Christian Post reports:

The death toll in Egypt following clashes on Wednesday between Pro-Mohamed Morsi Islamic protesters and government military forces has climbed to 525, officials say, but the real number is suspected to continue to rise in the coming hours and days as the situation becomes clearer.

Christians make up about 8 million of Egypt’s population of 80 million and have been victims of Muslim attacks for years. Some Christians were worried when Islamists took over Egypt’s government in 2012 and relieved when the military ousted them from power last month. (source)

and Christianity Today:

at least 27 churches have been attacked and two Christians killed in retaliation, reports Morning Star News (MSN). Houses, monasteries, orphanages, schools and businesses belonging to Copts were attacked in nine provinces „causing panic, losses and destruction for no reason and no crimes they committed except being Christians,” the Maspero Youth Union, a Coptic activist group, told USA Today.

while Egyptian Street reports:

Violence in Egypt has taken a dark turn for sectarianism as more than 45 churches and Coptic institutions were torched or stormed across the country.

In cities across Egypt, from Sohag and Minya to Cairo and Assiut, Islamists took to the streets attacking churches. In one case in Minya, a Coptic man and his wife were detained before being killed by armed individuals.

In one incident, Islamists torched parts of one of Egypt’s oldest churches that was reportedly built in the 4th Century.

In a frantic email to Egyptian Streets, a Coptic student in Minya said, “They are burning everything we own, and there is no security in sight. Is this Islam? Is this what the Muslim Brotherhood want? To burn Egypt to the grounds!”

Persecution of Christians in Kazakhstan

Photo via www.nationsonline.org Story via Mission News Network

Kazakhstan (CAM) ― Is religious freedom a reality in Kazakhstan? The answer depends on who you ask.

While the constitution of this Central Asian country provides for freedom to worship, in truth it is adherents of traditionally recognized faiths and denominations who enjoy that privilege.

Ironically, says Christian Aid Mission, more restrictive laws were enacted to stem the tide of growing Islamic radicalism in Kazakhstan. In the process, intense government scrutiny of all minority religious groups has led to persecution of Christians, particularly evangelicals.

A law passed in 2011 requires churches and religious organizations to apply for state registration. The process is not that simple, however, as official registration is restricted to groups of 50 people or more. Most Christian congregations in Kazakhstan are small and meet in private homes.

To comply with the new regulations, a group of believers can only gather for worship or prayer in a state-approved location, such as a church building. Since the purchase or construction of building costs anywhere from $12,000 to $18,000 on average, congregations find themselves facing a great dilemma. (Photo below via bosnewslife.com)

Even believers who are members of government-sanctioned churches sometimes encounter harassment from local authorities and have to prove their case in court.

The crackdown has resulted in arrests, steep fines, and imprisonment. According to the Forum 18 News Service Web site, fines were imposed on at least 62 Council of Churches Baptists since the start of 2013. The denomination refuses to pay the fines on principle, considering them in violation of human rights.

In response, the government has reportedly imposed a new set of restrictions on the Baptist churches, banning the members from traveling outside of the country until the fines are satisfied.

The following report was taken verbatim from a Christian Aid-assisted ministry in Kazakhstan. It reveals the extreme measures taken by local authorities to try to stamp out unregistered churches.

On March 31 in a town in eastern Kazakhstan, nine Christians (mainly elderly people) gathered to celebrate Easter, to pray, communicate, and have some tea. After a while, seven police officers came into the apartment. They brought two drunken men with them as witnesses.

Without presenting any documents, the police began to take a video and do a search of the apartment. The senior captain offered to take the Christians to the police station for questioning, but the Christians refused, demanding a good reason for why they should. The answer was that they were engaged in unregistered religious activities.

On April 3, this group of Christians was called to the police station. After police kept them in the office from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., they were given the interrogation report to sign. The report stated they were engaged in illegal religious activities and storage and sale of drugs. Some of the elderly people signed the report without reading it. But after one woman pointed out the information about drugs, all of them refused to sign it. The authorities threatened to place the group in jail overnight. The Christians sent a statement to the regional prosecutor’s office, including a copy of the document that accused them of storage and sale of drugs.

An administrative court proceeding took place April 18, where four of the Kazakhs were each fined $577 to be paid within one month. The next day, a trial was held for three more of the Christians. Two were fined a penalty of $577 each, and the other individual was fined $1154. Two more people are in the hospital at the present time and haven’t been given a summons to the court. The total sum of fines was $4616.

Before the “law of religious activity,” this small group of Christians was without any need of registration. With the introduction of new rules, the legal features were established. They applied for registration a couple of times since September of last year and were rejected because there were less than 50 people.

Despite opposition, the Kazakh churches continue to grow. About 25% of the country’s population is Christian, most of whom are from the accepted Russian Orthodox denomination. Protestants, making up 0.8%, are viewed with suspicion as dangerous sects that may pose a threat to the government.

 

Boko Haram’s horrific attack on schoolchildren in Nigeria, 42 killed: burned alive or shot in the back while fleeing

via Mission News Network Photo above credit – www.presstv.ir Photo below credit http://www.bbc.co.uk

Nigeria (MNN) ― At one time, Nigerian Christians and law enforcement had the most to fear from the Al Qaeda-linked Islamist militia, Boko Haram.

Today, it seems their campaign to instill Sharia law throughout the country has broadened. Their new targets are „soft” targets: farmers, aid workers, school children, and teachers. Open Doors USA spokesman Jerry Dykstra explains, „I think the government is increasing pressure. The result, I believe, is that the Boko Haram is fighting back.”

Their latest attack can only be described in one word: horrifying. In the dawn hours of July 8, Dykstra says, „Suspected Boko Haram extremists came and set fire to the school, and many of the students were burned alive. Others were shot in the back when they tried to flee.”

The boarding school was in Mamudo, Yobe. The United Nations’ children’s agency said 48 students and seven teachers died in that attack. Survivors said gunmen rounded up students and staff at the school and placed them in a dormitory before throwing explosives inside and opening fire.

What’s more, this isn’t the first time, says Dykstra. „This is about the third or fourth school they’ve targeted in the last month or so. They believe that the students should be getting radical Islamic instruction.”

The European Union condemned the „horrific murder by terrorists,” and the act prompted Britain to put Boko Haram on its terrorist list. Yobe is one of the three states where the Nigerian government imposed a state of emergency in May. Immediately after the attack, the governor closed all secondary schools.

Boko Haram means „Western education is a sin” in Hausa. Since they began their effort to Islamize Nigeria in 2001, over 9,000 have died. As a result, Nigeria launched a major offensive against Boko Haram on May 15.

Last year, the focus was churches and Christians. This year, it seems to be children. Dykstra notes, „According to Open Doors, there were about 30 Christians that attended the school that was burned down. We don’t know really how many of those killed were Christians.”

Samaila, a teacher at the school, told Open Doors that he could see scores of parents in shock trying to identify children. An Associated Press journalist also described chaotic scenes at a nearby Potiskum hospital as parents tried to identify their children from among the deceased.

There were two similar attacks on schools in June. On June 16 at a school in Damaturu, Yobe, suspected Boko Haram attackers opened fire on students. A pastor told Open Doors that the attackers arrived at the school asking for the Christian students by name. However, security agents interfered in the attack, and the insurgents ended up firing random shots, killing 13 students and teachers. Open Doors has not been able to confirm how many Christians were among the victims.

On June 18, suspected Boko Haram members also opened fire on students at a Muslim school in Maiduguri. Nine students and one medical worker were killed.

„The carnage in Nigeria continues,” says Dykstra. The senseless slaughter is hard to understand, which is why he urges believers to „pray specifically for the violence to stop. The government tried to talk to the Boko Haram leaders, but that didn’t work out. So now, they’re going after them. All these strategies don’t seem to have worked, so we need to put our trust in the Lord.”

Nigeria is ranked No. 13 on the Open Doors 2013 World Watch List of the worst persecutors of Christians.

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