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    17 - Christians in Pakistan.

    Seen by the USA as a key ally in the 'war on terror'. Islam is the state religion. Accusations of blasphemy are a constant threat to the significant Christian minority - death is the prescribed sentence of anyone found guilty of defiling Muhammad. Arrests and imprisonment for blasphemy take place without a warrant or bail. Ill-treatment in custody is common. Judicial proceedings may take years, suspects are often murdered.

    Population 166 Million (2% Christian)

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    18 - Christians in Egypt.

    The Coptic Orthodox Church is a reminder of a great Christian heritage, but now non-Muslims face discrimination under Egyptian law. There is no legal provision for conversion from Islam to another religion. Egyptian security forces often cooperate in ant-Christian violence. There have been deaths. The situation is particularly difficult for Christians from a Muslim background. The government makes it difficult to repair or build church buildings.

    Population 79 Million (13% Christian)

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    God bless Christians like this woman. They are truly in heaven right now receiving their reward.

    Taliban gunmen kill Christian aid worker in Kabul
    By AMIR SHAH (Associated Press Writer)
    From Associated Press
    October 20, 2008 12:12 PM EDT
    KABUL, Afghanistan - Taliban gunmen killed a Christian aid worker in Kabul as she was walking to work on Monday, and the militant group said it targeted the woman because she was spreading her religion.

    The dual South African-British national, who worked with handicapped Afghans, was shot to death by gunmen who drove by on a motorbike in western Kabul, said Interior Ministry spokesman Zemeri Bashary.

    The Taliban claimed responsibility.

    "This woman came to Afghanistan to teach Christianity to the people of Afghanistan," militant spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid told The Associated Press. "Our (leaders) issued a decree to kill this woman. This morning our people killed her in Kabul."

    The aid group SERVE - Serving Emergency Relief and Vocational Enterprises - identified the woman as 34-year-old Gayle Williams. A spokeswoman for the group in Kabul denied that its workers were proselytizing, which is prohibited by law in Afghanistan.
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    It's not the case that they preach, not at all," said the spokeswoman, Rina van der Ende.

    In a statement on its Web site, SERVE described Williams as "a person who always loved the Afghans and was dedicated to serving those who are disabled."

    The group describes itself as a Christian charity registered in Britain. The Web site says it has been working with Afghan refugees since 1980 in Pakistan.

    "SERVE Afghanistan's purpose is to express God's love and bring hope by serving the people of Afghanistan, especially the needy, as we seek to address personal, social and environmental needs," the site says.

    Last year a group of 23 South Korean aid workers from a church group were taken hostage in southern Afghanistan. Two were killed and the rest were released.

    In 2001, eight international aid workers, including two Americans, were imprisoned and charged with preaching Christianity. The eight were freed by Afghan mujahedeen fighters attacking the Taliban after the U.S.-led invasion.

    Monday's attack adds to a growing sense of insecurity in Kabul. The capital city is now blanketed with police checkpoints. Embassies, military bases and the U.N. are erecting cement barriers to guard against suicide bombings.

    Kidnappings targeting wealthy Afghans have long been a problem in Kabul, but attacks against Westerners in the city and surrounding provinces have also increased recently. In mid-August, Taliban militants killed three women working for the U.S. aid group International Rescue Committee while they were driving in Logar, one province south of Kabul.

    To the west of Kabul, assault helicopters dropped NATO troops into Jalrez district in Wardak province on Thursday, sparking a two-day battle involving airstrikes, the military alliance said in a statement Monday.

    More than 20 militants were killed.

    Wardak province, just 40 miles west of Kabul, has become an insurgent stronghold.

    Militants have expanded their traditional bases in the country's south and east - along the border with Pakistan - and have gained territory in the provinces surrounding Kabul, a worrying development for Afghan and NATO troops.

    Those advances are part of the reason that top U.S. military officials have warned that the international mission to defeat the Taliban is in peril, and why NATO generals have called for a sharp increase in the number of troops here.

    Some 65,000 international troops now operate in Afghanistan, including about 32,000 Americans.

    In northern Afghanistan, a suicide bomber killed two German soldiers and five children in Kunduz province, said Mohammad Omar, the provincial governor. NATO confirmed that some of its soldiers were killed and wounded in the attack.

    Omar said the soldiers were patrolling on foot when the bomber riding a bicycle hit them. Northern Afghanistan has been spared much of the violence afflicting Afghanistan's eastern and southern provinces.

    In the south, an operation Sunday evening by international and Afghan forces killed 34 Taliban fighters south of the Helmand provincial capital of Lashkar Gah, said Daud Ahmadi, the governor's spokesman.

    Ahmadi says the authorities recovered a number of weapons, ammunition, motorbikes and other vehicles used by the Taliban. Two policemen were wounded.

    Last week Taliban fighters launched several barrages of rocket and mortar fire into Lashkar Gah.

    In Faryab province, militants killed five policemen, including a district police chief on Monday, said deputy governor Abdul Satar.
    Galatians 2:20-It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.

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    19 - Christians in Myanmar (Burma)

    an oppressive military dictatorship since 1962, condemned globally for it's abuse of human rights. It's ruling regime, the State Peace and Development Council, is shaped by the nationalistic slogan "One race, one language, one religion". Underlying the practice of the 'one religion' - Buddhism - Christians are systematically abused in a campaign of discrimination, restrictions and persecution, particularly those from ethnic minority groups.

    Population 47.4 milli9on (9% Christian)

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    20 - Christians in Sudan (North)

    Following the peace settlement that ended decades of civil war, North and South now have separate constitutions. There is significantly less religious freedom in the North, where Islamic law is applied to all. the constitution gives religious freedom, but forced conversions to Islam are part of government policy. Churches can be closed, destroyed or not allowed to be built. Public preaching may result in beating or imprisonment.

    Population 41 million (23% Christian)

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    21 - Christians in Iraq
    Religious tensions continued to rise in Iraq during 2006. Open Doors' workers reported increased violence specifically against Christians. Many Iraqis see the West as Christian, and assume that Christians are collaborators. Christians have been murdered, abused and kidnapped. Churches have been fired upon and bombed, demonstrations were held and threats expressed towards non-Muslims in Baghdad. Many Iraqi Christians have fled.

    Population 26.8 million (1% Christian

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    vom groupsweekly prayer updatesVOM Prayer Updates for October 21, 2008
    On Tue. Oct 21 2008 at 01:47 PM Moderator wrote:
    CHINA- Prominent House Church Leader’s Sons Assaulted by Chinese Police – China Aid Association

    On October 16, Zhang Jian, the elder son of Pastor “Bike” Zhang Mingxuan, was severely beaten by Public Security Bureau (PSB) officials in Beijing, China Aid Association (CAA) reported. Zhang Jian was at home with his mother, Xie Fenglan, when PSB officials entered their residence and secured the exits before severely beating him with iron bars for nearly half an hour. “As Zhang lay bleeding profusely, his mother called the ambulance, but the receptionist told her that a higher government authority gave a directive not to dispatch an ambulance to rescue Zhang because he is related to Pastor Bike,” CAA reported. “Xie Fenglan called her younger son, who rushed to the house and was also beaten by the same authorities,” CAA added. After some time a family friend took Zhang Jian to a local emergency room, where doctors said he was so severely beaten that he may lose sight in his right eye. The family has not been able to contact Pastor Bike, who was traveling at the time of the attack, and they fear he might have been detained by authorities. Pray for Zhang Jian and his younger brother’s quick recovery from the attack. Ask God to protect Pastor Bike and his entirely family during this challenging time. Praise God for this family’s faithfulness to risk their all for the sake of the gospel.

    Isaiah 40:31
    John 15:18

    IRAQ - Christian Killed, Hundreds Forced to Flee in Mosul – VOM Sources

    A Christian music store owner, Farques Batool, was killed and his nephew injured when gunmen stormed into his store in Mosul and opened fire on the evening of Oct. 1, VOM sources reported. The murder is the latest in a series of recent deadly attacks on Christians in the city. Batool had reportedly refused to join other Christians who were fleeing the city, under threat of violence from Islamist extremists, because he needed to care for his wife, daughter and mother, as well as his brother’s family. Batool’s family has since fled Mosul in fear for their lives, leaving his wounded nephew in the hospital. Over the past week, approximately 325 Christian families have reportedly fled Mosul. VOM sources added that armed Muslim extremists entered local churches and homes and told believers that they would be killed if they did not vacate the city. Several Christians have sought refuge in relatives' homes, churches and monasteries in the six Christian villages that make up Telkep County and in the predominantly Christian county of Mahmoudiya. Pray that the Batool family will find strength and comfort in the refuge God provides. Pray that the faithfulness of Iraqi Christians will be a light that draws others to Christ.

    Psalm 119:105
    Isaiah 26:3

    IRAN – Christian Charged with Anti-government Propaganda- VOM Sources

    Ramtin Soodmand, an Iranian Christian, was arrested on Aug. 21, and recently charged with promoting anti-government propaganda, VOM sources reported. Ramtin was initially permitted short phone calls to his wife throughout September, but has recently been placed in solitary confinement. The charge against Ramtin has sparked concern that he may be tried under a draft law currently under review by the Iranian parliament that proposes a mandatory death penalty for apostasy. Ramtin’s father, Pastor Hussein Soodmand, was the last man in Iran to be executed for apostasy, in 1990. Pray for Ramtin’s release and for God to protect and comfort him and his family as they face these challenges for Christ’s sake. Praise God for his faithfulness.

    Psalm 91:1-4
    1 Peter 5:7
    Galatians 2:20-It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.

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    thankyou Jesus because you have promised that no evil shall befall us. thankyou because you shall take care of your annointed and no weapon formed against them shall prosper. in Jesus name. let your name be glorified.

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    22 - Christians in Azerbaijan

    There are now Azeri evangelical churches and possibly 2,000azeri believers in the country - a 50-fold increase since 1990. Christianity is associated with Russian imperialism and the Armenian occupation of much of Azeri territory. Post-independence openness to the gospel has been countered by resentment, rising nationalism, legal restrictions on evangelism aimed at Muslims and the propaganda of Islamists.

    Population 8 million

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    A cry From Pakistan

    Muslims taken back the building we were using on rent for bible school. I am An Evenglist of Faith and hope ministry. let me give you short introduction of our ministry so you can have the idea to pray for.
    our ministry is trying to spread the word of God through Sunday schools, Prayer groups, Christian youth groups. We are arranging prayer services in streets and roads so people can hear the word of God and be saved. Our ministry is working in 5 cities and 15 villages. We are issuing Magazine after every 15 days for those who do not have bible so the word of God can reach to them freely and very easy. we have issued audio cassatas for the people those are uneducated and cant read the bible so they can hear the word of God in audio cassatas. In 2006 we have chosen many target areas to reach with the word of God. The church has not only grown in number, but our folks are rapidly growing in the Lord. They have such a thirst for the things of God; not a sunday goes by without several visitors attending church for the first time as a result of evanglistic efforts. Many people attend as a result of our street preaching.
    Now let me tell you what happened to bible school building. we rented the building few years ago for the bible school it is a hall and few rooms. we were asked to pay a rent which we been paying from our local contribution. But few months ago they have doubled the rent and we could not pay that every month so we had to leave the building. It is a great loss that 60 kids and about 23 youth group was using that building and were so blessed.
    Plz you all pray that may God provide some Godly people to help the ministry so we can rent some other building and continue teaching the truth.

    In Him
    Evenglist Eric
    Pakistan

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    23 - Christians in Brunei
    the Bruneian government requires that when a citizen applies for certain jobs, they must first become a Muslim. Decrees in the 1990's banned the public celebration of Christmas, import of Christian literature and contact with Christians in other countries. One Christian said "We are allowed to be Christians as long as we stay within the limits." Outreach to Malays is not allowed, but the government offers incentives for people to convert to Islam.

    Population 379,000 (11% Christian)

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    24 - Christians in Cuba
    In the early years of Castro and Communism there was strict control on all Church activities and repression of religious freedom. Since 1990 pressure has lessened and the 1992 constitution declared discrimination against Christians illegal. Periodic harassment of Christians continues. It is almost impossible to register churches and obtain building permits. There are about 900 legal and 15,000 illegal house churches.

    Population 11.4 million (47% Christian)

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    25 - Christians in Qatar
    The constitution provides for freedom of worship and forbids discrimination based on religion but it remains illegal to present the Gospel to Muslims. The expatriate Christian community have been permitted to rent space for public worship, and legal status has been given to many Christian denominations. The publication, import and distribution of non-Islamic religious literature is banned; individuals can import bibles for personal use.

    Population 885,000 (10% Christian)

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    26 – Christians in Libya
    The government is tolerant of other religious groups but prohibits evangelism aimed at Muslim. Persecution of Christians comes from the authorities and also local people and relatives. The majority of Christians are expatriate workers; those who become Christians from a Muslim background experience many difficulties. Non-Arabic Scriptures can be imported while Arabic Bibles are strictly forbidden.

    Population 5.9 million ( 3% Christian)

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    27 - Christians in Nigeria (North)
    Twelve northern states, where Muslims are a majority, have imposed Islamic law in the past 6 years. Outbreaks of violence have claimed many lives and dozens of churches have been destroyed. In 2006 Christians were attacked, some killed; Churches were burned down, homes and shops destroyed, creating many displaced people and increasing the physical and geographical separation between Christians and Muslims.

    population 132 million(53% Christian)

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