A Christian pastor released from prison in Uzbekistan on Friday has thanked Barnabas Aid supporters for their prayers, which he says helped sustain him throughout his four-year ordeal.
David (Dmitri) Shestakov was arrested because of his Christian activities in January 2007 and later sentenced to four years in a labour camp, where he has endured harsh conditions and suffered severe health problems.
Pastor David (Dmitri) Shestakov was jailed for four years because of his Christian activities
Barnabas digs deep to provide clean water
“Words cannot express how grateful we are”, said a Barnabas Aid partner from a Christian orphanage in Burma (Myanmar) that now has clean drinking water after we funded the construction of a water well.
The 25 orphans previously had to drink very poor quality water because they had no access to an alternative supply.
Through our Water Projects Fund, Barnabas provides sources of safe drinking water or improves existing ones for needy or persecuted Christians throughout the world.
Christian orphans in Burma have clean drinking water since this well was built
The plight of Christians in the Muslim world
The succession of attacks against Christians across the Muslim world over Christmas and New Year is just the peaking of a decade-long process that has been accelerating in recent years as radical Islamism has increased its influence.
While spearheaded by radical Islamists, it is based on a long tradition of Muslim anti-Christian sentiment and practice, as well as government-sponsored discrimination and repression.
The site of anti-Christian violence in a Nigerian village in early 2010
Afghan Christian prisoners in grave danger
Urgent prayer is needed for two Afghan converts from Islam to Christianity who are being held in prison because of their faith.
Barnabas Aid has previously reported the plight of Shoaib Assadullah (25) and Said Musa (45), and this week received worrying updates on both of their cases.
MEPs condemn violence against Christians
US Congress urged to act on behalf of Christians in Iraq and Egypt
Barnabas Aid welcomes moves by the European Parliament and United States Congress to address the persecution of Christians around the world.
Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have adopted a resolution condemning the recent attacks against Christians in Egypt, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Cyprus, Iran and Iraq. And at a Congressional hearing, the US government was urged to put pressure on the Iraqi and Egyptian governments to protect Christians in their countries.
European Parliament Building, Strasbourg
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