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Christian governor of Jakarta appointed for first time in 50 years 

Country/Region: Indonesia, South and East Asia  
Basuki Tjahaja Purnama officially appointed governor of Jakarta at state palace

The inauguration of Basuki Tjahaja Purnama as governor of Jakarta on Wednesday (19 November) marks a watershed in Indonesian politics. He is the first Christian to take the post in 50 years and the first ethnic Chinese to govern Indonesia’s capital city. Speaking at his inauguration ceremony, Mr Purnama said, “I…promise to give my best possible service to the people of Jakarta and to the nation for I know the Lord will help me to do so.”

 
Country/Region: India, South and East Asia  
Official census figures state that Christians make up 2.3% of India’s population

Christians attacked by radical Hindu group and arrested in Madhya Pradesh, India

On 4 November, a group of eight Christians who were meeting in a church in the village of Kotla in Madhya Pradesh, India were attacked by Hindu radical Bajrang Dal activists.

 
Country/Region: South and East Asia, Nepal  
Nepali Christians meet to worship

Nepal Human Rights Commission promises to defend religious freedom

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in Nepal is set to promote freedom of conscience and the protection of religious minorities to the country’s Prime Minister and President.

 
Country/Region: Iran, Middle East and North Africa  
Homayoun Shokouhi has been granted conditional release

Iranian Christian granted conditional release from prison

Following an appeal from his family, Iranian Christian Homayoun Shokouhi was granted conditional release from prison on 10 November after serving two years and eight months of his sentence.

 
Country/Region: South and East Asia, Lao, People's Democratic Republic  
Hmong Christians from the six families evicted from their village

Lao Hmong Christian families evicted after converting to Christianity

Six Hmong Christian families were forced to leave their village after converting to Christianity. Local authorities ordered them to renounce their faith but they refused...

 
Project(s): 20-1200     Country/Region: Middle East and North Africa, Iraq, Syria  
The leader of IS, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi

Editorial: “The Islamic State will remain”: I.S.’s tightening grip and its threat to the future of Christian communities

The Islamist group Islamic State (IS) has been asserting its control over territories it occupies in Iraq and Syria, in a series of developments that will be devastating to Christians...

 
Country/Region: Indonesia, South and East Asia  
Mr Joko Widodo was inaugurated President of Indonesia on 20 October 2014

New Indonesian government set to extend religious freedom to all citizens

Indonesia’s new government plans to restore religious freedom to all minorities, as per the country’s 1945 Constitution.

 
Country/Region: South and East Asia, Philippines  
Islamic militants have been fighting for an independent Islamic state for decades

Islamic rebels form a political party in the Philippines

The Philippines’ largest Islamist rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), has announced that it will be forming a political party called the United Bangsamoro Justice Party (UBJ).

 
Country/Region: Pakistan, South and East Asia, United Kingdom, Europe  
Suffering of persecuted Christians discussed in Houses of Parliament

Prince Charles advocates for persecuted Christians to House of Lords, British MPs sign letter pleading for Aasia Bibi

In a video broadcast to the House of Lords on 4 November, the UK’s Prince Charles has voiced his concern about the suffering of Christians in the Middle East.

 
Country/Region: Africa, Nigeria  
The homes of Christians are often burned in attacks in north-eastern Nigeria

47 youngsters killed at Christian school in Nigeria, while Christians in Mubi forced to flee after Boko Haram renames it “City of Islam”

A suicide bomb attack in a Christian secondary school in the town of Potiskum in Yobe state, north-eastern Nigeria, has killed at least 47 people on Monday (10 November)...

 
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    • Thank the Lord that, with the help of Barnabas Fund, two house churches in a strict Central Asian country were able to purchase coal-powered generators. Winters there are harsh, and the power supply can Barnabas is helping 30,000 displaced Iraqi Christians be erratic. This particular congregation used to meet in a church building, but in 2009 their permit to assemble was revoked and seven of their members were questioned at the police station. Since then the church has had to meet in members’ homes. Pray that the Lord will continue to bless their ministry and that the generators will allow the church to continue to expand despite opposition from the government. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Sat, Nov 2014 00:00

    • An Uzbek Christian who had converted from Islam died earlier this year and was buried. The local Muslim leaders banned any Muslim from attending the man’s funeral. But one of his work colleagues, a radical Muslim who had been struck by the Christian’s words and way of life, attended the funeral anyway, ignoring all the threats and warnings. She was puzzled by such a hostile reaction to a man she knew to be “God-fearing”. At the funeral she heard the Gospel and decided to give her life to Christ. Pray for “F.” as she is now being disciple and growing in her new faith, that she will be strong in the face of opposition from the Muslim community. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Fri, Nov 2014 00:00

    • Pray for hundreds of Christian, Yazidi and Turkmen women held in Badush Prison in Mosul, Iraq by ISIS militants. The women are reported to be raped daily unless they agree to convert to ISIS’s brand of Sunni Islam. The UN estimates that there have been roughly 1,500 Iraqi women and children from the Christian and Yazidi communities abducted by ISIS and then forced into sexual slavery. Ask our Heavenly Father to have mercy on each one of these women and children and to deliver them from evil. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Thu, Nov 2014 00:00

    • Give thanks to the Lord that, through the generosity of Barnabas Fund supporters, over 30,000 displaced Christians in northern Iraq are being assisted through four local partner organisations on the ground. By funding the distribution of food, blankets, hygiene items and other basic needs, Barnabas has enabled them to survive their first months of displacement. But their needs will be greater now, as the Iraqi winter has set in. Pray that God will provide. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Wed, Nov 2014 00:00

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