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Apr 1st 2008, 04:19 PM
1 - Christians in North Korea

Everyday life remains harsh for millions. For the fifth year in a row, this is the world's most difficult country in which to be a Christian. More were arrested in 2006 than in 2005. Now between 50,000 and 70,000 Christians are suffering in prison camps, many undergoing torture, some facing death. Some take enormous risks to flee to China. If successful, they may be returned by China tao face prison camps and worse. But some have become Christians in China.

population 23.1 million (2% Christian)


Apr 2nd 2008, 02:14 AM
VOM News and Prayer Update: April 1, 2008

"We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it;" (1 Corinthians 4:12)


North Korean Students Arrested for Reading the Bible - Free North Korea Broadcasting

Ten college students in Ham Kyung Book Do Chung, North Korea, were recently investigated and arrested for reading a Bible and watching a video CD about the Bible. According to Free North Korea Broadcasting, Mr. Jung, former vice president of GumRung Company of the Rodong Dang Labor Organization Department, reported the case and has since escaped to China to avoid arrest by the National Security Agency (Bowiboo). "In March 2006, 200 Life Bibles and several hundred CDs were purchased in China and secretly placed in flour bags before being smuggled into North Korea. This huge Bible smuggling case was headed by GumRung Company employees who were influenced by Christianity in China and underground Christians in Nasun City. All the leaders have been arrested and are being severely tortured. If I am caught, I will be sent to a prison camp for political criminals. I didn't want to die in prison camp, so I escaped," Mr. Jung said. In the Free North Korea Broadcasting report, Mr. Jung added that most of the arrested students attended Chung Jin College. "These students shared the Bible and video CD with their friends. They also distributed the Bibles and video CDs to the other college towns," he said. Pray God encourages and protects believers in North Korea. Ask God to give them courage and for them to love their persecutors. Psalm 107:2 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%20107:2;&version=50;)


UPDATE: Arrested Pastors Taken Back to Their Province - VOM Sources

On March 27, The Voice of the Martyrs contacts in Laos reported that eight pastors arrested when entering Thailand to attend meetings had been picked up by police from their province and escorted back home to Laos. "The police from their province have taken them back to their province and put them back in prison again. We do not know how long they will be in prison," VOM sources said. Pray for protection and courage for these pastors and their families. Pray they will love and forgive their persecutors. Joshua 1:9 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Joshua%201:9;&version=50;)


Nuns Attacked, New Anti-Conversion Bill Passed - VOM Sources

MAHARASHTRA - On March 23, Sister Mercy Tuscano and Sister Philomena D'Mello were attacked by more than 49 Hindu extremists in Alibaug, Maharashtra, for allegedly converting tribal groups to Christianity. The nuns were injured in the attack, which included women who are followers of a spiritual leader in the area. Both nuns were treated in the hospital and have since been released. They are members of a non-governmental organization that extends humanitarian services such as AIDS awareness to tribal groups in the region. Pray for the recovery of the two nuns from their injuries. Ask the Lord to strengthen Indian Christians to continue serving the Lord despite facing pressure for their faith.
RAJASTHAN - On March 20, the governing Bharatiya Janata Party in Rajasthan state passed a new "anti-conversion" bill that has stricter provisions than the previous bills passed in 2006. The new bill states that a society or trust found to be "contemplating" the use of money for converting people can have its registration canceled. Christians fear that this stipulation will provide the pretext for numerous complaints against Christian organizations. The bill also dictates that any person who intends to convert must send a notice to the government at least 30 days in advance or face a fine of up to 1,000 rupees (US $25). Isaiah 54:17 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah%2054:17;&version=50;)

Pastor's Son Injured in Bombing - VOM Sources

On March 20, Amiel Ortiz, the teenage son of Messianic pastor David Ortiz, was seriously injured when a bomb delivered to the family's home in the Jewish settlement town of Ariel went off in his hands. The explosive was reportedly delivered in one of the gift baskets Jews exchange on the Purim holiday. At last report, Amiel was in serious condition, unconscious and breathing through a respirator. Local Christians suspect the Ortiz family was targeted by militants angered by the family's evangelistic work. Christians in the region face frequent opposition from authorities, Orthodox Jews and Muslims for their efforts to share Christ. Pray for healing for Amiel. Ask God to give comfort and protection to the Ortiz family as they serve Him. Pray that their passion for Christ will be the light that draws others to Jesus. Romans 8: 11 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans%208:%2011&version=50;)

Apr 2nd 2008, 05:45 PM
Thank you Adam.

2 - Christians in Saudi Arabia

Under the kingdom's strict interpretation of Islamic law, apostasy (conversion to another religion) is punishable by death. Public non-Muslim worship is prohibited. Christians here are expatriate workers. In 2006 four East African Christians were arrested when meeting for worship. they were detained for over a month in tortuous conditions, allegedly for "preaching to Muslims, planting churches and gathering ladies and gentlemen together for prayer" and then deported.

Population 27 million (5% Christian)


Apr 3rd 2008, 03:51 PM
3 - Christians in Iran
Presidant Ahmadiinejad's regime and the possibility of nuclear weapons attracts global attention. Shariah law is implemented and although Christians belong to a recognised religious minority guaranteed religious freedom, they have reported imprisonment, harassment and discrimination because of their faith. Some Muslim converts to Christianity have been arrested and held in custody for several weeks, then forced to pay large sums in bail.

Population 69 million ( 0.3% Christian)


Apr 3rd 2008, 03:52 PM
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Apr 4th 2008, 04:00 PM
4 - Christians in Somalia
Plagued by political instability, if not anarchy, there is no constitutional or legal protection of religious freedom in Somalia. Islam is the official religion, and social pressure is strong to respect Islamic tradition, especially in some rural areas. At least 6 Christians were killed for their faith in 2006. Most had Islamic backgrounds and were killed after this was revealed. An Italian nun was killed, possibly because of the Pope's comments about Islam.

Population 8.8 million (few Christians)


Apr 5th 2008, 04:22 PM
5 - Christians in Maldives
This multitude of tiny islands is one of the least evangelised countries on earth. All citizens must be Muslim. Sharia law is observed. Islam is considered to be an important tool in stimulating national unity and maintenance of the government's power. Conversion from Islam is prohibited. Converts can lose citizenship. No churches can be opened, though foreigners are allowed to practice their religion in private as long as they do not encourage citizen's to participate.

Population 359,000 (few Christians)


Apr 6th 2008, 03:01 PM
6 - Christians in Yemen
The constitution guarantees freedom of religion but also declares that Islam is the state religion and that shariah is the source of all legislation. The government allows expatriates some freedom to live out their faith, but Yemeni citizens are not allowed to convert from Islam. Converts from an Islamic background may face the death penalty if they are discovered. Last year several Christian converts were arrested and physically harmed because of their faith.

Population 22 million (few Christians)

Apr 7th 2008, 04:00 PM
7 - Christians in Bhutan
Officially, the Christian faith does not exist and Christians are not allowed to pray or celebrate in public. Even house gatherings involving several families are forbidden by the government. Religious workers are denied visas to enter Bhutan and the import of printed religious matter is restricted, with only Buddhist texts allowed in. Society exerts strong pressure to comply with Buddhist norms. Harassment and pressure by Buddhist zealots occur in certain areas.

Population 2.3 million (0.5% Christian)


Apr 8th 2008, 05:28 PM
8 - Christians in Vietnam
The government is keen to paint a positive picture of human rights and religious freedom. In practice a system of registration is used to keep religious groups under strict control. In the Central Highlands evangelical Christianity has been seen as linked to independence movements: a government document indicates their aim is to "manage, limit and reverse the growth" of the Church in this region. Reports are that arbitrary arrests, harassment and fines continue.

Population 84.4 million (8% Christian)


Apr 9th 2008, 12:38 AM
VOM News and Prayer Update: April 8, 2008

"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?" (Romans 8:36)


Church Dissolved for Having a Sunday School - Forum 18 News Service

On March 24, a United Methodist congregation in Smolensk, Russia, was dissolved by the regional court in response to a suit filed by the Regional Public Prosecutor's Office protesting the church having a Sunday school program. According to Forum 18 News, the court agreed with the Regional Organized Crime Police's assertion that the Smolensk United Methodist Church was breaking the law by conducting "educational activity in a Sunday school without a corresponding license." While the court's decision to dissolve the church means loss of legal status rather than a complete ban, it does bar the Methodists from maintaining or developing any form of public profile as an organization. Pray that the religious rights of this church will be recognized and restored. Pray that the congregation will rejoice in the opportunity to grow in Christ likeness through the opposition they face. James 1:2-4 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=james%201:2-4;&version=50;)


House Church Leaders Detained; Female Leaders Remain in Jail - China Aid Association

On March 29, seven house church leaders were arrested in Qu county, Sichuan province, during a house church praise and worship service. According to China Aid Association (CAA), "Seven believers were taken by a group who claimed to be from the local religious affairs bureau, community administration and national security. Two believers were released after interrogation, one was released the following day and three female house church leaders remain in the detention center. " Meanwhile, on March 30, nine female house church leaders and four children were arrested by police officials after a Sunday school service in Sichuan province. CAA reported, "All the children and two elderly believers were released after interrogations, but seven female house church leaders are still in the detention center, and one is missing." According to copies of the criminal detention notice issued to the family members of some of those arrested, the house church leaders were being "suspected of using [an] evil cult to obstruct the enforcement of the law." These arrests are the latest in the Chinese communist government’s crackdown on Christians prior to the Olympics this summer. The Voice of the Martyrs stands with believers in China despite the government’s attempt to harass and intimidate them. VOM encourages you to pray for these arrested believers and their families. Ask God to comfort and encourage them. Also, pray their testimonies will draw nonbelievers into fellowship with Him. Deuteronomy 33: 26-27 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy%2033:26-27;&version=50;)


New Testament Distribution by Gideons Stopped by Hindu Radicals - VOM Sources

On April 6, Hindu extremists stopped a Gideon International New Testament distribution in Bhubaneswar in Orissa State. According to The Voice of the Martyrs contacts, "New Testaments were being given to college students that were leaving the Examination Center at the Central School. These students had just completed their medical school entrance examinations. Realizing the New Testaments were being given openly to the students, local Hindus demanded the group stop the distribution." VOM contacts added, "When the members of Gideons ignored these requests, more Hindus began to intervene. After distributing 390 New Testaments, the mob became irate and began to manhandle the Gideons, demanding they leave. They were forced to pack up the New Testaments and leave immediately. As they were packing up, the mob was able to take 10 New Testaments and set fire to them in the street. A few members of Gideons sustained minor injuries." Please pray the students that have received the New Testaments would put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Also, pray for those injured in this attack and for God's Word to go forth without disturbance in this area of India. Isaiah 54:14 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=isaiah%2054:14;&version=50;)

Apr 9th 2008, 02:11 PM
Thank you Adam

9 - Christians in Laos
A desperately poor communist state, the constitution provides for religious freedom, but local officials can interpret and implement this as they choose. The regime limits which churches are open and regularly closes churches, especially in the countryside. Believers are watched closely. But there are signs of improvement: last year persecution was less brutal than before. Ten Christians are still in prison for their faith.

Population 6.4 million (2% Christian)


Apr 10th 2008, 04:48 PM
10 - Christians in Afghanistan.

As fighting with the Taliban continues, large areas are outside government control. There are no churches, few Christians and open evangelism is effectively illegal. The new constitution guarantees freedom of religion but prohibits laws "contrary to the beliefs and provisions of Islam" Abdul Rahman was spared execution for apostasy, ruled mentally unfit to stand trial. His case sparked the arrest and further harassment of other Afghan Christians.

Population 31 million (few Christians)


Apr 11th 2008, 04:44 PM
11 - Christians in Uzbekistan.
Since the government suppressed the Andijun uprising in 2005, relations with western countries have deteriorated. Christians are seen as followers of a Western religion or members of an extremist sect. Television portrays Christians very negatively, bringing them more pressure. In 2006 many expatriate Christian workers were deported. A new law now punishes the printing of religious books with three years in prison.

Population 27.3 million (1% Christian.)


Apr 12th 2008, 04:57 PM
11 - Christians in Uzbekistan.

Since the government suppressed the Andijun uprising in 2005, relations with western countries have deteriorated. Christians are seen as followers of a Western religion or members of an extremist sect. Television portrays Christians very negatively, bringing them more pressure. In 2006 many expatriate Christian workers were deported. A new law now punishes the printing of religious books with three years in prison.

Population 27.3 million (1% Christian.)

Apr 13th 2008, 05:11 PM
12 - Christians in China.

There is a degree of controlled freedom in official churches, but most Chinese believers belong to unregistered house churches, and are liable to fines, arrest, torture, labour camps and even death. In 2006 there were less raids on house churches but more forced closures and demolitions than in 2005. New tactics saw house church leaders detained for longer, with church members freed after short interrogations: thus fewer arrests but putting more pressure on leaders.

Population 1.3 Billion (5% Christian)


Apr 14th 2008, 04:39 PM
13 - Christians in Eritrea
The government severely restricts freedom of religion for unregistered groups and violates the rights of some registered groups. Last year things got worse and now more than 2,000 Christians are imprisoned, some in shipping containers, without official charges or access to judicial process. Many have been beaten and physically torture to death two days after their arrest for holding a religious service in a private home.

Population 4.8 Million (47% Christian)


Apr 15th 2008, 05:08 PM
14 - Christians in Turkmenistan
Since independence in 1991, Turkmen have revived their Islamic heritage. Evangelical Christians often face fines and imprisonment for meeting together. The lack of Christian resources, fellowship and teaching has left many believers feeling isolated and discouraged. Christians are threatened, denied employment, harassed and beaten.. Churches are closed, confiscated or destroyed. Christian students are prevented from attending university.

Population 5 Million (3% Christian)


Apr 16th 2008, 04:15 PM
15 - Christians in Comoros
The constitution provides for freedom of religion, but this is violated in practice. In May 2006 the newly elected president pledged an Islamic 'green revolution'. The same month four Christians were imprisoned for three months. The police beat them and tried to get them to denounce their faith. Muslim fundamentalists reportedly demanded their execution for the 'crime' of being involved with Christianity. This was a new level of pressure against believers.

Population 691,000 (1% Christian)


Apr 17th 2008, 01:16 AM
VOM News and Prayer Update: April 15, 2008

"Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should." (Ephesians 6:19-21)


Assyrian Orthodox Priest Killed - VOM Sources

On April 5, Father Youssef Adel (40), an Assyrian Orthodox priest, was shot dead by unknown assailants in the district of Karradah, Baghdad. According to The Voice of the Martyrs contacts, "At approximately 11:30 a.m., Adel was driving to a church when gunmen in another car sped past him and opened fire. Adel was the director of a high school that was attended by both Christians and Muslims. He had been the target of threats and intimidation intended to drive him away from his post." Pray that those who mourn for Father Adel will find strength, courage and peace in Christ. Pray that believers in Iraq will set Christ apart as Lord and not be controlled by fear despite severe persecution. Also pray Christians in Iraq will forgive their persecutors. 1 Peter 3:14-17 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Peter%203:14-17;&version=50;)


Christians Attacked, Children Beaten for Distributing Bible Tracts - VOM Sources

On April 2, pastors and members of the Manna Ministry in Krishnapuram, Andhra Pradesh, were beaten by a group of 20 Hindu extremists. According to The Voice of the Martyrs contacts, "Believers were returning from an evangelistic outreach when their car was stopped by the attackers. One of the ministry's leaders, Pastor Gopal, sustained serious injuries. The militants also tore up the Christians' evangelistic tracts." Ask God to heal Pastor Gopal. Meanwhile, on March 17, school children from Toopran School in Telungana Village, Andhra Pradesh, were threatened and beaten by Hindu extremists while they were distributing Bible tracts in the school compound. VOM contacts report, "A group of Hindu extremists stopped the school children from further distribution of tracts. The extremists beat the children and threatened them." Pray believers in Telungana Village will be encouraged and protected. Pray that Indian Christians will continue to share the gospel with boldness despite increased persecution. Ask God to use their testimonies to draw nonbelievers into fellowship with Him. Acts 4:29-31 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts%204:29-31;&version=50;)


UPDATE: Christian Bookstore Owner Released from Prison - China Aid Association

Praise God! On February 19, Zhou Heng, a well-known house church leader and manager of Yayi Christian Book Room in China was released from prison. According to China Aid Association, Heng was released after a court determined there was insufficient evidence to prosecute him. During his imprisonment, Heng was reportedly beaten severely by inmates and prison guards. He is now recuperating at home with his family. Thank the Lord for Heng's release. Pray for strength and healing for him. Pray that he will be emboldened by the fact that God commends those who suffer for doing good. 1 Peter 2:20-21 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Peter%202:20-21;&version=50;)

Apr 17th 2008, 05:16 PM
Thank you Adam

16 - Christians in Chechnya
the level of persecution in the Chechen part of the Russian Federation has resulted in it being identified as a specific problem. No Chechen can change faith publicly and women especially face severe difficulties if they do so. there are very few evangelical Christians; new converts face harassment by relatives or the authorities when their faith is discovered. This year some fled Chechyna as a result, while others tried to keep a low profile.

Population 1 million (few Christians)

Apr 18th 2008, 04:45 PM
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 Millio9n (2% Christian)


Apr 19th 2008, 04:53 PM
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)

Apr 20th 2008, 04:43 PM
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)


Apr 21st 2008, 05:42 PM
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)


Apr 22nd 2008, 05:08 PM
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. In 2006, several Christians were 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)


Apr 23rd 2008, 04:34 PM
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


Apr 24th 2008, 01:29 AM
Frances, thanks for what you do with this thread. Thanks also for allowing me to contribute.

VOM News and Prayer Update: April 22, 2008

"And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us." (Romans 5:5)


Forty-six Christians Arrested, Two Remain in Detention - China Aid Association

China Aid Association (CAA) reports that the Chinese Communist government recently launched a strategic campaign against house churches in Xinjiang Autonomous Region. As a result of this campaign, on April 13, 46 Christians were arrested by Public Security Bureau (PSB) officials during a Bible class and worship service in Kashi City, Xinjiang Province. CAA reported, "Forty-six house church Christians were holding Bible class and worship in the home of Mr. Ding Zhichun when PSB officials intruded into Ding's home and arrested all of them. Forty-four Christians were released after the trial day, following a 50 Yuan deposit to the PSB, by the family members." CAA added, "The Christians were mandated to confess their illegal Sunday worship activities and study the government's handbook on Religious Policy. They were also required to return and recite the policy to officials within one week." The Voice of the Martyrs supports and stands with Christians in China and encourages you to pray for believers who are living under immense pressure. Ask God to encourage and minister to the two Christians still being held by the police. Pray their testimony will draw nonbelievers into fellowship with Christ. Psalm 91 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=psalm%2091;&version=50;)


Four Christian Teachers Murdered - VOM Sources

On April 13, four Christian teachers, two of them converts from Islam, were murdered by Islamic militants in Beledweyne in south-central Somalia. The four teachers, two British citizens of Somali origin-Mr. Daud Hassan Ali (64) and Ms. Rehana Ahmed (32)-and two unidentified Kenyans, were shot and killed by Islamist insurgents during a midnight raid on the Hakab Private English School. The Islamic extremist group responsible for the violence, alleged that they fired indiscriminately and that the teachers were killed in crossfire. Local people, however, believe the teachers were singled out for their suspected evangelistic work. The wife of Daud Hassan Ali alleged that her husband was targeted because he was a Muslim-born convert to Christianity. Pray the families of those killed will rest in the knowledge that those who die in the Lord will be raised with Him. Pray the perpetrators of this attack will come to repentance and salvation. Pray for wisdom and protection for those serving Christ in Somalia. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Corinthians%201:3-4;&version=50;)


Pastor Beaten and Jailed in Samarkand - Forum 18 News

On April 3, Pastor Bobur Aslamov was beaten and jailed in the city of Samarkand, Uzbekistan, following a police raid on a house church meeting. According to Forum 18 News, "Other members of the house church were also beaten during the raid. The pastor remains in detention in an unknown location." At last report, no formal charges had been filed against him. Pray for the release of Pastor Aslamov from prison. Pray Uzbek Christians will continue to share Christ fearlessly despite the ongoing pressure. Ephesians 6:18-20 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians%206:18-20;&version=50;)

Another Christian Martyr in Iraq

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Muhammad's widow sent Muhammad's friend "Joseph" an e-mail after the martyrdom of her husband. She wrote:
"I have bad news. Muhammad is dead. Our family killed him for sharing his new faith in Jesus Christ. I miss him dearly. Muhammad left me two important things: my son and our Bible. I'll never forget why he died. He died for Jesus. I believe Jesus will help me. Tell the people [other Christians] to pray for me."
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Apr 24th 2008, 02:32 AM
13 - Christians in Eritrea
The government severely restricts freedom of religion for unregistered groups and violates the rights of some registered groups. Last year things got worse and now more than 2,000 Christians are imprisoned, some in shipping containers, without official charges or access to judicial process. Many have been beaten and physically torture to death two days after their arrest for holding a religious service in a private home.

Population 4.8 Million (47% Christian)

Is that 47percent right and there is still such persecution for Christians? Some in shipping containers. Is this what they are imprisoned in?:cry::pray:

Apr 24th 2008, 05:06 PM
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)


(Adam my thanks for adding information re. persecuted Christians from bone-fide sources.
Befaithful you must contact the web address above fpr additional info. )

Apr 25th 2008, 05:18 PM
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)

Apr 26th 2008, 04:53 PM
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)


Apr 26th 2008, 05:42 PM
The same thing is going on in Pakistan, the Muslim are also infiltrating Africa with the use of violence where they can get away with it to force people to either convert to Islam or not acknowledge they are Christians.

Either way its very sick. I have read the Qur'an or Koran as some call it. The book alone states war against Christians. There is no way that book is Holy in anyway.
I believe it to be a fact, that the face of islam, those in charge, talks lies and deception and use's their people to forward their own agenda's. But the people that they mostly manipulate are uneducated, unworldly and honestly do not any different, for they have never been shown anything different.

The world as a total is over 3/4 chistians not Islam Muslims and there is geniune reason for that, this is a statiscal fact. There are are organizations thatr reach out to Christians around the world that are dealing with this sickness of prejudice and abuse by members of other religious finatics such as Islam followers of the Koran and so on. For the Muslims under a guise of falsehood, misrepresent the truth of their beliefs in the USA for to get a foothold so they may manuplate out from there.

The two best Christians organzationsin the USA that represent abused Christians and murdered Christians families are International Christian Concern which they can be reached at icc@persecution.org. Or their website on the net if anyones wishes to join to help other Christians. This is the organazation that I joined. The other one is Voice of the Martyrs (http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0geu.cGaBNIJrQAOjlXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTEzdGc0azl qBHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDMQRjb2xvA2FjMgR2dGlkA0gxMDlfMTEx/SIG=11f5d4oaa/EXP=1209317766/**http%3a//www.persecution.com/) at http://www.persecution.com/ both of these fine org.'s need as many people to help them as they can get, to change the way it is for Christians around the world that are being persecuted because of their belief in Christ, and the Father and the Holy Spirit. For Christ was a peacemaker, he did not preach nor endorse violence like the Book of the Islams the Koran. By the Grace of God, things will improve where people everywhere can practice their religion with out persecution. Until then, we must proceed in peace as Christ taught us, but proceed in support of Christians not being murdered or detained by police and others in other countries just because they are Christians.

Thy Will be Done.

Apr 27th 2008, 05:41 PM
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)


Apr 28th 2008, 05:41 PM
27 - Christians in Nigeria (North)
This is a crucial time for a nation likely to elect a Muslim President. 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)

Apr 29th 2008, 04:53 PM
28 - Christians in Djibouti
The constitution declares Islam to be the state religion. In general the government respected this right in practice and did not sanction those who ignored Islamic teachings or practiced other faiths. Religious groups must register but in 2006 (unlike previous years) there were no reports that groups were denied this right. There is no legal prohibition against open evangelism, but it is discouraged.

Population 487,000(5% Christian)


Apr 30th 2008, 04:11 PM
29 - Christians in India

In the largest democracy in the world seven states now have anti-conversion laws which are being increasingly used by Hindu extremists to harass Christians. Reports of threats against Pastors, false arrests, beatings and even murder have been increasing, now averaging one incident every three days. Many of the dalits, the 'untouchable' cast of Hinduism, are converting to Christianity. This is one reason why Hindu extremism is aimed at Christians.

Population 1.1 billion (2.4% Christian)


May 1st 2008, 01:34 AM
VOM News and Prayer Update: April 29, 2008

"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." (Psalm 91:1-2)


Attacker Shoots Two Pastors and Wife; One Pastor Killed - VOM Sources

On April 15, Pastor Vic Vicera, his wife, Beth, and Pastor Noli Saturnino were shot at when an unknown assailant stormed Pastor Vic’s home in Mindanao, Philippines, and started shooting. Pastor Vic was killed in the attack. According to The Voice of the Martyrs contacts, "Pastor Vic and his wife, Beth, and Pastor Noli were having a conversation early that evening. They were talking about their plans to minister in a Muslim tribal area, when suddenly the killer came in and started firing at them." VOM contacts added, "Pastor Vic got four gunshots, two at the upper part of the knees that went through his navel and two shots to the lower part of his knees, the bullets remained in his stomach. Beth, his wife, got two gunshots, one in her palm and one in her leg. Pastor Noli got one shot in his leg; the bullet went through his leg." Pastor Vic was killed, and Beth and Pastor Noli are being treated by doctors. Even though VOM contacts could not confirm the reason for the attack, they reported that Pastor Vic lived among Muslims who wanted him to join Islam, but he refused. Pray for believers in the Philippines who face persecution because of their faith. Pray especially for the family and congregation of Pastor Vic, who have lost a father and pastor. Ask God to heal Pastor Vic’s wife, Beth, and Pastor Noli. Pray the testimonies of these faithful believers will draw their persecutors into fellowship with Christ. Psalm 107:35, (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=psalm%20107:35;&version=50;)Psalm 23 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=psalm%2023;&version=50;)


Pastors Beaten by Militants in Andra Pradesh - VOM Sources

On April 14, three pastors-who were distributing Christian tracts to children in the town of Devarkonda, Andra Pradesh-were beaten with sticks by approximately 50 Hindu militants. Pastor John Kumar's hand was broken and the other two pastors were severely injured in the attack. Pray for healing for these believers. Ask God to give them and other church leaders in India the wisdom to know how to shepherd the believers through times of suffering. James 1:5, (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=james%201:5;&version=50;)Psalm 91 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=psalm%2091;&version=50;)


Couple Charged For Distributing "Objectionable" Christian Material - VOM Sources

On April 14, two charges were lodged against a married couple for distributing a Christian publication in Singapore in March and October of last year that allegedly cast the Muslim prophet Mohammed in a "negative light." Ong Kian Cheong (49) and Dorothy Chan Hien Leng (44) are charged under the Sedition Act for "promoting feelings of ill-will and hostility between different races or classes of the population of Singapore." Cheong and Hien Leng were also charged under the Undesirable Publications Act, which defines "objectionable" material as an item which depicts "race or religion in such a manner that the availability of the publication is likely to cause feelings of enmity, hatred, ill-will or hostility between different racial or religious groups." The couple was alleged to have been distributing an evangelistic tract entitled "The Little Bride." Pray the charges against Ong and Dorothy will be dropped. Pray the Holy Spirit will cause them to forgive their persecutors. Pray for continued opportunities for Christians in Singapore to share the truth of Christ. John 15:18-19, (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%2015:18-19;&version=50;)John 14:1 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%2015:18-19;&version=50;)


Bookstore Owner Re-Arrested in China - China Aid Association

On March 19, Shi Weihan (37), a Christian bookstore owner, was re-arrested on charges of "illegally" printing and distributing Christian literature. Weihan was initially arrested on November 29, 2007, and was released in early January, due to "insufficient evidence." He is being held without access to his family. His wife is concerned for his health in prison as he is a diabetic. 2 Samuel 22: 31, Isaiah 40:29-31 2 Samuel 22:31, (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Samuel%2022:%2031;&version=50;)Isaiah 40:29-31 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah%2040:29-31;&version=50;)

May 1st 2008, 05:02 PM
Thank you Adam - though I'm puzzled how 'bullets in the knees' could 'remain in the stomach' . . .

30 - Christians in Sri Lanka
After two decades of civil war between the Hindu Tamil Tigers and the government of the Buddhist Sinhalese majority, violence has erupted again. Churches are sheltering hundreds of refugees. prompting retaliatory raids by the army. Since Buddhist monks began their anti-conversion law campaign in 2002, violent mobs have attacked over 160 Churches. As civil war and religious harassment merge, Christians fear further abuses of religious liberty.

Population 20.2 million (8% Christian)


May 2nd 2008, 05:13 PM
31 - Christians in Algeria
A state of emergency is still in place after civil war between the military and Muslims. In 2006 a new law banned efforts to convert Muslims to another religion and giving the government the right to regulate every aspect of Christian practice. There were also reports that many people we becoming Christians, which may explain the extra restrictions on the Church. the Minister of Affairs has called the evangelical church 'dangerous'.

Population 33 million (3% Christian)

May 3rd 2008, 05:07 PM
32 - Christians in Mauritania

Part Arab, part African, it became an oil producer in 2006. a coup in 2005 led to elections in March 2007 and a new government in April. Currently the distribution of non-Islamic religious materials and sharing the Gospel with Muslims are prohibited. there has been an increase in harassment of national believers and expatriate African churches during the past year: the details have not been published at the request of the Christians in the country.

Population 3.2 million (0.2% Christian)


May 4th 2008, 04:42 PM
33 - Christians in Morocco
2006 saw an improvement in the situation here; there were fewer interrogations of Christians and the government's attitude now seems more open than in the past. But it remains illegal to attempt to encourage a Muslim to become a Christian. There are Churches recognised by the government, but only foreigners can worship in them. Missionaries have been deported for distributing Christian literature; Arabic Bibles have been confiscated.

Population 33 million (0.1% Christian)


May 5th 2008, 04:40 PM
34 - Christians in Tajikistan

Ten years ago a 5 year civil war with Islamist rebels ended with 50,000 killed. The President of this republic remains very powerful and wary of Islamist extremism. There are a growing number of Tajil Christians, despite ostracism by families and community as 'traitors' and occasional outbreaks of violence against them, even though conversion is legal.

Of the 7.3 million population- 1% are Christians

Also Teke (http://bibleforums.org/showthread.php?t=124229) asks for prayer fpr 15 churches in Suzdal, Russia. The MP (Moscow Patriarchate) is planning on taking these churches away from the people and doing something else with them (maybe because of government there). The Orthodox have filed 15 court cases (rather than one) on the matter to make it more difficult for them. . . . .

The persecution of Orthodox Christian clergy continues in Russia daily. They are imprisoned, beaten and even poisoned.

May 6th 2008, 05:08 PM
35 - Christians in Turkey.

Standards of religious liberty seem to have deteriorated recently. Lat year a R.C. priest was killed and several other clergy were threatened and attacked. In October two converts to Christianity were accused of "insulting Turkishness and inciting hatred against Islam" In November a church was firebombed. In December the President blocked a bill that would have extended religious freedom.

Population 70 million, (3% Christian)


May 7th 2008, 06:03 PM
36 - Christians in Oman

The dominant religion in this oldest independent state in the Arab world in the Ibadi sect of Islam. Christian worship is allowed - the Sultan has given land for church building - but evangelism among Muslims is not permitted and those who become Christians from Muslim backgrounds face great difficulties, even though discrimination on the grounds of religious affiliation is forbidden.

population 3.1 million (2.5% Christians)

May 7th 2008, 08:48 PM
It was not until very recently that I realized there is so much persecution around the world of Christians. It really makes me feel lucky to live in the USA, and puts into perspective some of my grievances about this country. Even with it's flaws we are free to practice, teach, and preach our religion here.

May 8th 2008, 03:05 AM
VOM News and Prayer Update: May 6, 2008

"There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death." (Romans 8:1-2)


UPDATE: Pastor Released from Prison - VOM Sources

Praise God! On April 27, Pastor Abraham Bentar was released from prison. According to The Voice of the Martyrs contacts in Indonesia, "Pastor Bentar was released two days ago; because he had served two-thirds of his sentence, he could be paroled. His wife received more than 10,000 letters and photographs from families around the world who were praying for them. The family is thankful for the support they received and rejoice in the pastor's release." VOM rejoices with Pastor Bentar's family and thanks believers around the world for praying and encouraging him. Continue praying for protection and wisdom for Pastor Bentar as he returns home to his family and congregation. Ask God to protect believers in Indonesia. Psalm 100 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=psalm%20100;&version=50;)


"Anti-Conversion" Law Implemented in Gujarat State - VOM Sources

On April 1, an anti-conversion law passed in 2003, in Gujarat State, India, came into effect, increasing Christians' concerns that it will encourage false accusations by Hindu extremists. According to VOM sources, "The law is supposed to curb religious conversions made by 'force,' 'fraud' or 'allurement.' However, Christians and human rights groups believe that the law actually obstructs all conversions, as Hindu extremists invoke it to harass Christian workers with arrests and imprisonments, which are often accompanied with violence against the accused." The law dictates that any person who intends to convert must notify the government or they will be declared an offender and prosecuted under criminal laws. It also stipulates that those convicted of "forcible conversion" could be jailed for up to three years. Anti-conversion laws are now enforced in five Indian states-Gujarat, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Himachal Pradesh-and have been passed, but are yet to be implemented in Arunachal Pradesh and Rajasthan. Ask God to strengthen Christian workers in Gujarat as they face more opposition in serving the Lord. Pray the faithfulness of Indian Christians will be a light that draws many to the love of Christ. Matthew 5:14-16 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%205:14-16;&version=50;)


Churches Facing Administrative Charges - Forum 18 News

On April 21, the government in Kazakhstan brought charges against the Salem Church in the capital city of Atyrau, in Atyrau province, for holding "illegal" meetings under Article 374, part 1, of the Administrative Code, which punishes unregistered church activity. According to Forum 18 News, "The charges are a response to a group of Russian-speaking church members meeting regularly in a private home instead of the church's registered address. The church's leader, however, stated that the Administrative Code allows such groups to meet in a member's private home, so long as important religious ceremonies-such as baptisms and weddings-are not conducted." Meanwhile, local authorities have asked the New Life Church, also in Atyrau city, to re-register since their old registration did not indicate a legal address. Forum 18 reports, "Since the church does not currently have a building, re-registering will be difficult as Kazakhstan's amended Religion Law demands that a church indicate a legal address. Church members fear they will be subject to penalty because authorities will now consider their church activity 'illegal.'" Pray for wisdom for these churches and their leaders as they face pressure and opposition from authorities. Pray that the Word of God will continue to spread throughout Kazakhstan. Psalm 5:11-12 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%205:11-12;&version=50;)

May 8th 2008, 05:57 PM
Thank you Adam

37 - Christians in Ethiopia.

Christianity in this Federal republic dates from the 4th century in Africa's oldest independent country. Despite poverty, illiteracy, natural disasters and political upheaval, evangelical Churches have seen remarkable growth. This has caused problems with some local authorities and radical Muslims in majority Islamic regions. Churches have been attacked and converts beaten, murder and arson and some forcefully 'converted' to Islam.

Population74.8 million (65%Christian)


May 9th 2008, 04:29 PM
38 - Christians in United Arab Emirates

This comprises 7 Gulf states, (including Abu Dhabi and Dubai) linked in a federation. They have 10% of the worlds' oil reserves. 85% of it's people are foreign workers and their families. Churches have been granted land for buildings. Evangelism of Muslims is strictly forbidden; the country's sole ISP blocked religious websites, including those with testimonies of Muslims who have converted to Christianity.

Population 2.6 Million (9% Christian)


May 9th 2008, 04:35 PM
Its not here yet, but its coming. Last night for example, the forum was raided by a bunch of users from another secular community, posting harassing threads and pornographic images. We're becoming a group that is "ok" to make fun of and harass in the public eye.

I've also very carefully started a prayer group @ work. Just a handfull of people... but one of them has asked that we pray outside the office doors, as he was fired a previous job for praying in a conference room on his lunches.

May 10th 2008, 07:03 PM
38 - Christians in United Arab Emirates

This comprises 7 Gulf states, (including Abu Dhabi and Dubai) linked in a federation. They have 10% of the worlds' oil reserves. 85% of it's people are foreign workers and their families. Churches have been granted land for buildings. Evangelism of Muslims is strictly forbidden; the country's sole ISP blocked religious websites, including those with testimonies of Muslims who have converted to Christianity.

Population 2.6 Million (9% Christian)

May 11th 2008, 04:13 PM
39 - Christians in Kuwait
This is the first Gulf state to have an elected Parliament; women received full political rights in 2005. The majority of the population are foreign workers, free to practice their own religion. Various Christian churches are officially recognised, but the National Evangelical Church has difficulty obtaining land for a new church building. There are only a few hundred Kuwaiti Christians and evangelism directed towards Muslims is strictly forbidden.

Population 2.4 million (8% Christian)


May 12th 2008, 04:57 PM
40 - Christians in Jordan.
There is a significant, but declining, Greek Orthodox minority, with Christians holding seats in Parliament. But public evangelism is forbidden, and life is very difficult for believers from Muslim backgrounds - with converts facing possible charges of apostasy. ( a woman fought a long legal battle to keep her children from being taken by Muslim relatives after the death of her Christian husband.

Population 5.9 million (3% Christian


May 13th 2008, 05:37 PM
41 - Christians in Indonesia
The world's largest Muslim population lives in a land subject to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, and which has seen widespread ethnic and religious violence. Everyone's religious affiliation is marked on their identification card. Building a church needs approval from the local community and the Ministry of Religion. The law allows conversion, but 3 women were imprisoned (now released) and their Sunday School ruled to be an illegal attempt to convert Muslim children.

Population 245 million (16% Christian)

May 14th 2008, 04:16 PM
42 - for Christians in Belarus

This former Soviet republic has seen increasingly tyrannical rule. The Eastern Orthodox Church is the official state religion; the activities of other Christian groups are restricted. In October 2006 members of one church went on hunger strike after 18 months seeking government permission to build a place of worship; 2,000 Christians rallied in Minsk calling for an end to religious repression. But despite promises of action, there has been little change.

Population 10.3 million (79% Christian)

May 15th 2008, 04:09 PM
43 - Christians in Columbia (Conflict areas)

Fifty years of vicious civil war fuelled by money from drugs and kidnapping, with left wing-rebels and right-wing Paramilitary groups taking on the government, have seen pastors killed and churches closed. Pastors are targeted because of their influence in local communities, often refusing to be coerced by force, and speaking out against violence and corruption. Many members of armed groups have turned to Christ and abandoned their former allegiance.

Population 43.6 million (I find it amazing that 95% are said to be Christian)


May 16th 2008, 04:44 PM
44 - Christians in Bangladesh.
One of the world's most densely populated countries; half the population are chronically poor, more than half are under 25y.o. 2007 has seen a political crisis: January elections were cancelled and a state of emergency declared. Officially there is freedom of religion, but Hindu and Christian minorities are often subject to pressure from Muslim extremists: eg. one convert from Islam was severely beaten with the police reluctant to intervene.

Population 147 million (0.7% Christian)


May 17th 2008, 04:15 PM
45 - Christians in Syria.
A staunch enemy of Israel and accused by the US government of supporting terrorism. The long history of Orthodox Christianity means that Easter is celebrated as a national holiday; but the relatively small number of Muslims who convert to Christianity often feel compelled to move or even leave the country to practice their faith openly - this in the land where the Apostle Paul was born and met the risen Christ on the way to Damascus.

Population 18.9 million (5% Christian)


May 18th 2008, 05:30 PM
46 - Christians in Tunisia
A relatively prosperous and secularised country, long term President has been criticised for not tolerating dissent - but he has also taken a strong line against Islamic extremists. most Christians are foreign residents; there are a few Tunisians who have become Christians. Missionaries are allowed but have to be careful how they share the Gospel as proselytising is not allowed, nor is the distribution of Christian literature in Arabic.

Population 10 million (0.2% Christian)


May 19th 2008, 04:26 PM
47 - Christians in Kenya (North East)

There are about as many evangelical Christians in Kenya as in Europe - but in the North East. Muslims are a majority, and Christians face restrictions and harassment due to their faith. This pressure increased to some extent in 2006, partly inflamed by the Muhammad cartoon furore. Three missionaries were expelled after several Muslims converted to Christianity. A Christian radio Station was attacked, leaving one person dead and three injured.

Population 34.7 million (79% Christian)
Islam is the majority religion in the North East.


May 20th 2008, 04:15 PM
48 - Christians in Nepal.
This former Hindu kingdom is one of the poorest countries in the world. torn apart by Maoist rebellion for the past decade, it now stands on the threshold of peace and democratic rule. Prime Minister Koirala headed an interim government ahead of elections in June 2007. The Church has been growing rapidly despite historic restrictions on evangelism. There are fears that Hindu extremists will use new freedoms to incite religious unrest and harass Christians.

Population 28.3 million (2% Christian)


May 21st 2008, 05:06 PM
49 - Christians in Mexico (South)

In the southern states of Chiapas evangelical churches have been growing but their refusal to participate in the local fiestas - where illicit drugs and alcohol are sold and young people encouraged to join illegal armed groups has brought them into conflict with lawless and powerful landlords. As a result thousands have bee expelled from their homes, some Pastors have been abducted and killed, and Christians
have been unjustly imprisoned.

Population 107 million (94% Christian)


May 21st 2008, 08:56 PM
VOM News and Prayer Update: May 20, 2008

"Be joyful always; pray continually;" (1 Thessalonians 5:16-17)


Christian Sentenced for Carrying a Bible - Compass Direct News

On April 29, a court in Djilfa, south of Algiers, charged a 33-year-old Muslim convert to Christianity with "printing, storing and distributing" illegal religious material. According to Compass Direct News, "An Algerian Christian detained five days for carrying a Bible and personal Bible study books was handed a 300-Euro (US $460) fine and a one-year suspended prison sentence." Compass reported this conviction was the latest in numerous detentions and court cases against Algerian Christians. "Since January, police and provincial officials have ordered the closure of up to half of the country's estimated 50 Protestant congregations," Compass Direct said. The 33-year-old Algerian Christian converted from Islam to Christianity eight years ago. On April 25, he was stopped at a police road block while riding in a shared taxi. Compass Direct added, "Officials took the convert into custody upon finding a Bible and several religious study books in his luggage. Police appear to have previous knowledge of the Christian's connections. Officers refused to let the convert call friends to let them know of his detention, naming a church member in Tiaret whom they claimed he would contact." Pray believers in Algeria will remain faithful despite persecution. Ask God to protect and give courage to this Algerian Christian who is standing for Christ. Psalm 37:28 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2037:28&version=50)


Pray for Believers Affected by the Cyclone and Earthquake - VOM Sources

The Voice of the Martyrs is encouraging believers to pray for those affected by the cyclone in Burma (Myanmar) and the earthquake in China. Pray God will comfort Christians who have been displaced and lost loved ones during these natural disasters. Ask Him to provide for them during this difficult time and for the Holy Spirit to be their comforter. Isaiah 61: 1-3 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah%2061:%201-3&version=50)


Pastor's Son Recovering after Bomb Attack - VOM Sources

Praise God! Amiel Ortiz, the teenage son of Messianic Pastor David Ortiz, is recovering after he was seriously injured when a bomb delivered to the family's home in the Jewish settlement went off in his hands. According to The Voice of the Martyrs contacts, Amiel's father reports, "We checked out of the Schneider Children's Hospital last week after a six-week stay, eight days in the ICU and the rest on the children's floor. Ami received excellent care from the doctors and nurses in that hospital, but in response to prayer from the four corners of the earth, Ami has been healing at a rate that is extraordinary The plastic surgeon that worked on Ami said that in his 15 years of experience, he had never seen such extensive wounds. He said he has at least 100 pieces of shrapnel in his body from his head to his feet, which his body is slowly bringing up under the surface of the skin, which will come out by themselves." Pray for Amiel's continued recovery as he has transitioned into a rehabilitation center. Pray specifically for both eardrums to be restored, for him to regain use of his hands and arms, and healing for the burns and scars on his body. Also for the emotional healing for Amiel and his family, and for those responsible for the attack to be brought to justice. Ask God to give this family strength to forgive their attackers. 1 Corinthians 1: 3-5 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Corinthians%201:%203-5&version=50)


Government Officials Confiscate Evangelist's Home - Compass Direct News

Government officials in Vietnam's Lao Cai province have confiscated the land and home of a former opium addict because of his phenomenal success as an evangelist. According to Compass Direct News, "Local Christians report Sua Yinh Siong of Lau Chai village, in Sapa district in the Northwest Mountainous Region, had long been a desperate opium addict, leading to destitution for him and his family. In 2004, after becoming a Christian, Siong broke from his addiction and his animistic past, taking down paraphernalia for ancestor worship and other spirit-related articles and burning them. His joy over his liberation soon spread to others, and eventually more than 200 families also decided to follow Christ." The Compass report added, " Earlier this month, Siong told other Christian leaders that government harassment had reached a crisis point - in April, local and provincial officials had confiscated his land, citing ‘illegal religious activities.' In the first few days of this month, Siong said officials evicted him from his home and threatened to destroy it." Pray for protection for Siong and his family and for their land and home to be returned. Ask God to use his testimony to draw more nonbelievers into fellowship with Him. Philippians 4:13 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Philippians%204:13&version=31)

May 22nd 2008, 05:04 PM
Thank you for your input Adam.

50 - Christians in Bahrain
This Gulf state comprising a chain of 30 Islands, is a banking and financial centre, and home to the US navy's 5th Fleet. In 2002 the king took the first steps to creating a constitutional monarchy, with an elected parliament and independent judges. There is a large expatriate labour force which includes many Arab and Indian Christians. All Bahrainis are considered Muslim. It is illegal to hold religious meetings without a permit - but there are no reports of any group being denied one.