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Feeding persecuted Christians

Country/Region: Pakistan, Egypt, Iraq, Zimbabwe, Africa

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Pakistan

Monaza is a mother of five children. Her husband is unable to work owing to poor health. To support her family, she had to get a job as a domestic worker, a dangerous position for a vulnerable Christian woman in Pakistan.

Barnabas Aid has been working in Pakistan to help change lives of impoverished Christian families by providing them with monthly food parcels. This allows the families to use their meagre income to send their children to school, thus breaking the cycle of poverty and illiteracy. They can also meet other needs. Monaza can now buy medicine for her husband.

Iraq

Our brothers and sisters in Iraq have become the target of threats, bombings, kidnapping, rape and murder. As Muslim extremists attempt to “cleanse” the country of Christians, thousands of families have fled their homes for relatively stable parts of northern Iraq and to the nearby countries of Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.

Egypt

The Christian community of Egypt has become increasingly needy over recent decades, and many Christian families live in severe poverty. Some of Egypt’s poorest Christians earn a living from collecting, sorting and reprocessing garbage in Cairo. Some children do not even know what an egg is.

Many Christian families in Africa, Asia and the Middle East go to bed hungry.

Poverty and discrimination can mean that Christian families suffer hunger more intensely than other sections of the population. Others become destitute when they have to flee from natural disaster or anti-Christian violence.

Some examples

  • Destitute Iraqi Christian refugees have left their homes and jobs as they flee anti-Christian violence
  • Christian families in Egypt, Pakistan and the Holy Land impoverished through discrimination
  • Christians in Zimbabwe are suffering under massive inflation and the destruction of the country’s agricultural sector
  • Christians in other parts of Africa are affected by drought and famine

Around 75,000 Christians received feeding supplies through Barnabas Aid between July 2010 and June 2011. But the need continues...

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“Look at me ... because of this food programme, I am alive and healthy! Thank you!” A Christian Pakistan

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£15 per month helps a needy Christian family in Pakistan with nutritious food

£18 per month provides a family of Iraqi Christian refugees in Syria with food and other basic needs

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  • Pray for our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering from poverty and persecution and are struggling to afford food for their families.
  • Praise God for the impact the Barnabas Feeding Fund has on the lives of Christians around the world and ask the Lord to continue to pour out His blessing on the feeding programmes it supports, enabling more families to get out of crippling poverty.

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  • Pray for Barnabas Aid 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 18 hours ago

  • 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

  • Give thanks for the Christ-like responses of Christian leaders in CAR to the crisis that threatens them and their churches. They have distanced themselves from the anti-balaka militias, saying that these should not be labelled as Christian and that they hold no mandate from the churches. The leaders have also condemned the violence in the country, whatever its origin, and have called on Christians to pursue forgiveness, reconciliation and healing. Churches are hiding, defending and caring for thousands of Muslims endangered by the anti-balaka, and one of CAR’s most senior church leaders has invited the president of the country’s Islamic community to move into his church compound. Pray that this powerful witness to the grace and love of Christ will help to bring peace to the shattered country. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Sat, Apr 2014 00:00

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