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News & analysis

This is a collection of recent articles and research written by the Barnabas team.

News in Brief: 1 August 2014 

Country/Region: South and East Asia, Philippines, Nigeria, Africa  
News in Brief

Philippines – Christian town seeks exclusion from semi-independent Islamic region;
Nigeria - Church blast kills five in Kano city;
Nigeria - Ordeal continues for families of kidnapped girls.

Country/Region: India, South and East Asia  
Churches in parts of India are greatly at risk of attack by Hindu extremists

Church attacks, actions by the authorities rock Christian communities in India

A church in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh was attacked by Hindu extremists on 16 July, while in Madhya Pradesh, a Christian school...

Country/Region: Middle East and North Africa, Africa, Sudan  
Daniel Wani and Meriam Ibrahim on their wedding day in 2011

Meriam Ibrahim and family finally escape Sudan, arrive in Italy

Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese Christian woman who was cleared of apostasy and adultery, has arrived safely in Italy with her family.

Country/Region: Middle East and North Africa, Iraq  
Christian properties in Mosul have been marked with the Arabic letter “N” and seized

Stand with Mosul’s terrorised, targeted and displaced Christians today

Mosul’s Christians have been told to “convert to Islam, pay the jizya tax of subjugation or die”. They are being robbed of all they own as they run for their lives. Their properties have...

Country/Region: Africa, Kenya  
Uganda is around 85% Christian

Christian teenager killed by machete in attack on church in Uganda

An 18-year-old Christian woman was hacked to death and a one-year-old baby injured in a savage attack by Muslims during an overnight prayer meeting at a church in Uganda.

Country/Region: Middle East and North Africa, Africa, Sudan  
Daniel Wani and Meriam Ibrahim on their wedding day in 2011

Meriam Ibrahim faces legal challenges from Muslim family in latest ordeal

Meriam Ibrahim’s ordeal continues as her Muslim family pursues legal action in an effort to stop her from leaving Sudan after she was cleared of apostasy and adultery.

Country/Region: South and East Asia, Turkey, India, Pakistan  
News in Brief

News in Brief: 21 July 2014

Turkey: Congregation threatened by Muslim intruders during baptismal service;
India: Hindu extremists order Christians to leave; ban non-Hindu activity;
Pakistan: Prime suspect in Shahbaz Bhatti murder case released on bail.

Country/Region: Kazakhstan, Central Asia  
A small church building in Kazakhstan

Jail for unregistered religious activity dropped from new Kazakh law

Proposed punishments that could have seen people jailed for leading or taking part in unregistered religious activity have been dropped from Kazakhstan’s new criminal code.

Country/Region: Sri Lanka, South and East Asia  
A group from Ravana Balaya with leader Ittekande Saddhatissa Thera

Buddhists launch anti-Christian campaign amid assaults in Sri Lanka

A hardline Buddhist group in Sri Lanka has launched a four-day campaign against “Christian fundamentalism” in the country as Christians face vicious attacks...

Country/Region: South and East Asia, Africa, Sudan, Bangladesh, Burundi, Iraq, Middle East and North Africa  
News in Brief

News in Brief: 15 July 2014

Iraq: Kidnapped nuns and orphans freed; Christians denied food rations;
Sudan: Ten Christians killed, three churches flattened in government bombings;
Bangladesh: Female church workers attacked in violent robbery;
Burundi: Draft law requires churches to have 500 members and a building.

christian, persecution, charity, church, persecuted, sookhdeo, Islam

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    • Pray for a church in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, whose building has been confiscated by the authorities, who claim that the sales contract signed more than 14 years ago was invalid. The seizure of the building may be motivated by hostility to the congregation’s Christian activities, but the incentive could also be financial; the building now has a market value of around US$1 million. The State Property Fund, which originally owned it, has said the church will get back only the US$46,000 it paid 14 years ago. The church insists it has fulfilled the terms of the contract. Pray for the congregation, that their place of worship will be restored to them and that God will protect them from further harassment. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed 4 hours ago

    • Give thanks to the Lord that Barnabas Fund is able to help oppressed and persecuted Christian communities by providing grants to Christian students in higher education. Pray for those who have received this help in the past, that they will give a voice to their brothers and sisters and will help to resource, empower and protect them in the face of hostility. Ask that God’s sustaining grace will uphold those who are currently studying, often under severe pressure from the majority community, and pray that they may be equipped for spiritual leadership. Praise God for their dedication to His service, and ask Him to use them powerfully in their various vocations. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Fri, Aug 2014 00:00

    • Almighty God, we pray that You will protect Your people in the Holy Land. We pray especially for the congregation of a church in Gaza City, whose church compound was attacked with a small explosive device on 26 February. We give You thanks that the church, school, nursery and pastor’s house were undamaged and that a fi re that was lit under the pastor’s car was extinguished when Christians came outside to investigate. We pray that the congregation may stand firm for You in the face of the threatening message that was written on the wall facing the church gate: “We’ll get you soon, O worshippers of the cross.” We ask that there will be no further attempt to attack this church or others in the area. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Thu, Jul 2014 00:00

    • Taliban militants attempted to attack a Christian-run day-care centre in Kabul, Afghanistan, on 28 March, saying it was “a church used to convert Muslims to Christianity”. The attackers mistakenly targeted the next-door building, which houses workers on an agricultural and de-mining project, instead; two Afghan civilians, one a young girl, died in the crossfi re. All five Taliban bombers were also killed in the raid on the heavily-secured compound. The day-care centre that they were attempting to target, which is used by expatriates, is said to hold Christian worship services on certain days. Ask the Lord to change the hearts of those who plan and carry out terrorist attacks against Christians and other targets in Afghanistan; pray that they will turn instead to Him. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Wed, Jul 2014 00:00

    • “He was always a light for Christ and he had a love and commitment that he expressed for the Afghan people because of that love for Christ.” The widow of Dr Jerry Umanos, an American doctor who was shot dead at the Christian-run hospital where he worked in Kabul, Afghanistan, spoke of her husband’s faith and ministry. Two visiting American Christians, father and son Gary and John Gabel, were also killed on 24 April when an Afghan security guard opened fire on the staff he was meant to be protecting. Pray for comfort for the grieving families of the three men, and ask the Lord to safeguard the future of the hospital, which provides much-needed medical care and also trains Afghan doctors and nurses. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Tue, Jul 2014 00:00

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