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Operation Nehemiah: News Update #140 

Country/Region: Europe, United Kingdom, Austria  
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British Muslim women urged to stop relatives joining jihad in Syria;
UK non-Christian claims “absurd”, senior Tories say;
Tony Blair urges Western intervention against Islamic extremism;
Interpol in hunt for Austrian jihadist teenage girls;
UK: Easter eggs seized, girls told to wear veil at “Islamic” school.

 
Country/Region: Europe, United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, United States, North America  
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Operation Nehemiah: News Update #139

UK: David Cameron highlights persecuted Christians in Easter speech;
Denmark orders animal stunning, outlawing ritual slaughter methods;
Germany bans charity accused of raising funds for Hezbollah;
UK: Former counter-terrorism chief leads Islamist school takeover probe;
Bombings prompt Muslim bid to combat extremism in US mosques.

 
Country/Region: Europe, North America, United Kingdom, United States, France  
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Operation Nehemiah: News Update #138

Government minister says UK is “Christian”, atheists should “get over it”;
US: Islamic group gets go-ahead to cut crosses off church;
UK: Birmingham schools Islamic takeover plot “started 20 years ago”;
US: Appeals court upholds NYC ban on worship services in schools;
Terror training in Syria makes attack on UK “inevitable”;
French prison ordered to provide halal meals to Muslims.

 
Country/Region: Europe, United Kingdom, France, New Zealand  
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Operation Nehemiah: News Update #137

UK: Al-Qaeda praised in assembly; probe into Islamist takeover of schools
Prime Minister orders Muslim Brotherhood UK “terror” probe;
UK: KFC restaurants drop bacon-topped burger in halal-only meat trial;
France to fight roots of terrorism by involving schools, parents;
Christianity on decline in New Zealand;
UK: Jonah re-enactment plans too “religious” for London park.

 
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Operation Nehemiah: News Update #136

British legal chiefs tell solicitors how to draw up sharia wills;
French authorities fail to heed mother’s call over jihadist son;
US: Air Force Academy promotes atheist event after Bible verse removed;
Bank of England may broaden Islamic liquidity tools in boost to sector;
Canada: Petition over gender segregation in state-funded centres and schools.

 
Country/Region: Europe, North America, United Kingdom, United States, Spain, Middle East and North Africa  
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Operation Nehemiah: News Update #135

UK: Muslim activists trying to “Islamify” schools in Birmingham;
Suspected jihadist recruitment network in Spain dismantled by police;
UK: Charity called “front” for Islamic extremists gets £70,000 in state funding;
US: Air Force Academy removes Bible verse from cadet's whiteboard;
“Hate sermons” broadcast to Middle East from UK-based TV channel.

 
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Operation Nehemiah: News Update #134

British Muslims report would-be jihadist family and friends to police;
Al-Qaeda launches new magazine aimed at Western jihadis;
US: Memorial cross for Christian teen taken down after atheist complaint;
UK: Parents condemn schools’ decision to ban pork, introduce halal meat;
UK: Terror plotter employed at school targeted by Islamic radicals.

 
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  • Praise God for the release of John Short, an Australian missionary who was detained in North Korea for distributing Christian leaflets. John, who is 75 and based in Hong Kong, was reported to security officials in Pyongyang after he was spotted leaving a Christian leaflet at a Buddhist temple, an act that is illegal in North Korea. Further Korean-language Christian pamphlets were subsequently found in his hotel room. John, who was released on 3 March after two weeks in custody, was required to sign a confession probably scripted by the authorities. Other foreign missionaries arrested in North Korea have been given long prison sentences. Give thanks to God that John has escaped further punishment, and pray for him as he recovers from his traumatic ordeal. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed 18 hours ago

  • Pray for Barnabas Fund partners in South Sudan who have been supporting Christians forced from their homes by violence. Conflict between supporters of President Salva Kiir and his sacked deputy Riek Machar in December and January displaced around 860,000 people. Churches were burned down and a number of pastors killed, while many people lost their belongings and were left destitute. Give thanks that churches in and around the capital, Juba, were able to provide food and other essentials to many families with help from Barnabas. Pray that they may continue to be salt and light in their country at this unstable time (Matthew 5:13-16), and that it will soon be safe for displaced Christians to return home. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Wed, Apr 2014 00:00

  • Pray for the residents of a mainly Christian village in Borno state, Northern Nigeria, in the aftermath of a horrific attack by Boko Haram militants on 15 February. Ask for God’s comfort for the relatives and friends of the 106 people in Izghe who were gunned down and slaughtered in their houses or in the open as they tried to flee. Pray for strength for the numerous residents who were wounded or whose properties were looted and torched. Pray too for the many Christians who fled into the neighbouring state after the attack, and ask that the Christian community in the North of Nigeria will be preserved in the face of Islamist violence. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Tue, Apr 2014 00:00

  • Violent attacks by militants from the Islamist group Boko Haram continue unabated in Northern Nigeria. On one horrendous day of violence on 26 January, at least 138 people were killed. A church in Wada Chakawa village in Adamawa state was targeted; the attackers locked the congregation inside and then detonated bombs, shooting and cutting the throats of people who tried to escape. They then went on a four-hour rampage in the village. Later the same day, Kawuri village in neighbouring Borno state was burned to the ground. Boko Haram is fighting to establish an Islamic state, and Christians are among its main targets. Pray that the Nigerian authorities will succeed in containing its insurgency. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Mon, Apr 2014 00:00

  • Almighty God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we give You thanks on this Easter Day for the living hope that You have given us and all Your people through the resurrection of Jesus from the dead (1 Peter 1:3). We pray that the prospect of an enduring inheritance and future salvation will encourage our persecuted brothers and sisters to persevere in their faith, whatever may happen to them. We pray that we too may be sustained by this hope in the sufferings that we experience for the sake of Christ. We ask that the joy and resurrection power of the Lord will give strength and peace to persecuted believers today and every day. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Sun, Apr 2014 00:00

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