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Oct 3rd 2008, 04:25 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 to face prison camps and worse. But some have become Christians in China.

population 23.1 million (2% Christian)

Oct 3rd 2008, 07:56 PM
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On Tue. Sep 30 2008 at 08:52 AM Moderator wrote:
IRAQ – Father and Son Martyred – Compass Direct News

Rayan Nafei Jamooa, a Christian, was killed by a group of armed extremists on Sept. 10 in Mosul, Iraq, Compass Direct News reported. The murder occurred only two weeks after his father, Nassar Jamooa, also a Christian, was kidnapped and killed by unidentified assailants. Although there are often financial motivations behind the kidnapping of Christians in Iraq, a local clergyman noted that ransom money was not requested in either case and maintains that these men were targeted strictly because of their faith in Christ. Pray for those who are grieving the loss of Rayan and Nassar. Pray that their killers will come to know Christ’s love, forgiveness and blessing through the lives of God’s people in Iraq.

Romans 12:14, 21 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=romans%2012:%2014,%2021&version=50)

INDIA – Government Warns States to Control Anti-Christian Violence – VOM Sources

VOM sources report India’s government formally warned Orissa and Karnataka state to control the anti-Christian violence that has continued into its fifth week following the murder of a Hindu leader by Maoists extremists. Despite the warning, VOM sources continue to receive reports of attacks on Christians in both states and throughout the country.

* In Orissa’s Kandhamal district, a Christian man was hacked to death by militants who stopped him and his wife while they were fleeing to a relief camp in the town of Phulbani on Sept. 20. His wife escaped the scene unharmed. Arson attacks on at least 10 houses and the kidnappings of Christians have also been reported. A young Christian woman was dragged from a relief camp into a nearby jungle where she was abused by a gang of extremists.

* In Karnataka, seven Christians were arrested and detained on charges of forcible conversion in Thalikare village and four churches, three in the city of Bangalore and one in Kodagu district, were ransacked and vandalized by extremists, also on Sept. 20.
Pray for an end to this wave of brutal violence. Pray that believers under attack will set Christ apart as Lord and not give in to fear. Pray that those who persecute Christians will come to repentance and faith in Christ.

1 Peter 3:14-17 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20peter%203:14-17;&version=50;)

Sri Lanka – Churches Set on Fire – National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka

More than 60 people set fire to a church building used for Sunday school in Puttlam district, the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka reported. Members of the church who live in the vicinity arrived at the scene and attempted to stop the arson attack and were assaulted by the mob. The attackers threatened children who had also gathered, but their parents took them away to safety. The pastor informed the police about the attack, however, they were not able to bring the large mob under control for some time, but eventually succeeded in dispersing them. Meanwhile on Aug. 17, another church in Puttlam district was set on fire and completely destroyed during the night. A group of people who visited the pastor’s house earlier that evening and threatened him are suspected of having carried out the arson attack. A police complaint has been made and three people have been arrested. Pray for the members of these two churches. Ask God to protect them and provide resources to rebuild the church building. Pray their testimonies will glorify God and draw their persecutors into fellowship with Him.

Psalm 23 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=psalm%2023;&version=50;)

Oct 3rd 2008, 10:46 PM
I am sad to say this is something that I sometimes forget to pray about...I want to have a bigger heart for praying for our brothers and sisters overseas.

Redneck Charger
Oct 4th 2008, 09:30 AM
Jesus, I forget to pray for others who are not in my centre of life.. Please Jesus take care of ALL who are suffering because they believe and trust in you!:pray:

Evangelist Smith
Oct 4th 2008, 09:39 AM
Father God we lift up each precious soul who has laid life and limb on the line for the Gospel's sake, protect and deliver them O God we do earnestly pray, give comfort on everyside, new found strength each day, encouragement in this dark valley, Lord undertake for each precious soul and each need, heal those who are wounded and those who have become ill, Lord undertake for their family's and friends and the churchs they had to leave, do all that needs to be done for each soul, each family , each church in Christ' Mighty name we do humbly pray amen and amen

Oct 4th 2008, 04:40 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)


Oct 5th 2008, 05:42 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)


Oct 6th 2008, 04:25 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)


Oct 6th 2008, 05:33 PM
I pray to the Lord that he gives our brothers and sisters in Christ strength, but also mercy that they may know that Jesus died for their sins and that the Glory of Heaven awaits them.

Mark 10:

29"I tell you the truth," Jesus replied, "no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel 30will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life. 31But many who are first will be last, and the last first."

Matthew 5:

10Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11"Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

2 Thessalonians 1:

3We ought always to thank God for you, brothers, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing. 4Therefore, among God's churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.

5All this is evidence that God's judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering. 6God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you 7and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. 8He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power 10on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you.

11With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith. 12We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Oct 7th 2008, 04:24 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)


Oct 8th 2008, 04:42 AM
Father, please allow these brethren of ours to find relief in spreadding Your word. Let all things happening there be to the furtherance of Your sweet gospel. Bless those people with comfort in seeing you in the things being done in their country, and may all things be done to Your glory in Jesus' name. AMEN.

Oct 8th 2008, 04:31 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)


Oct 9th 2008, 04:55 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)


Oct 9th 2008, 10:17 PM
Benjamin Persson sent a message to the members of Voice of The Martyrs.

Subject: Saudi Martyr - Fatima

Dear Fellow Ambassadors for Christ,

A member of our Facebook group from Saudi Arabia, sent me this prayer request and asked if I could send it on to you all.

A Saudi Arabian sister in Christ, Fatima al-Mutairi, was martyred by her brother in August for her faith in Jesus. Please stand with us and pray for her family, her tribe, and her country. More details, along with a poem that she wrote, is available at

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=37754221083&ref=ts (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=37754221083&ref=ts)

grace and peace

Oct 10th 2008, 05:31 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)


Oct 10th 2008, 07:58 PM
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On Tue. Oct 07 2008 at 09:02 AM Moderator wrote:
IRAN - Two Iranian Christians released from prison - VOM Sources

UPDATE: Praise God! The Voice of the Martyrs contacts report that on Sept. 25 two Christians, Mahmood Matin Azad and Arash Basirat, were released from prison in Shiraz. "A reliable source reported the two men appeared before a local judge and they have been released. The families are very grateful for your prayer support. Please continue to pray for their recovery and safety," VOM contact said. Azad and Basirat were arrested on May 15 and charged with apostasy. Believers around the world had expressed concern for them because of the impending law in Iran that makes death the only punishment for apostasy. VOM actively supports persecuted believers in Iran and provides resources for them to share the gospel and disciple new converts. Pray for the safety of Azad and Basirat and ask God to use their testimony to bring their persecutors into the knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Philippians 4:6-7 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Philippians%204:6-7&version=50)

KENYA - Muslim Youth Attack Church - Compass Direct News

Compass Direct News reported that more than 49 Muslim youth stormed into The Redeemed Gospel Church in Garissa, Kenya, on Sept. 14 and attacked those present. The mob threw stones at the congregation, damaged pews and walls, destroyed the pulpit and burned a church banner. The attack was sparked by tensions between local Muslims and Christians over a mosque that was constructed three meters from the church building in June 2007. When the mosque was constructed Christians complained that it blocked the church's entryway. Local authorities proposed Christians relocate to a new worship site, but the believers refused to do so, arguing that the solution was only temporary. At last report, the Christians were being prevented from returning to the ransacked church building and did not have a new building in which to worship. Pray that believers will be encouraged to continue meeting together for worship despite opposition. Pray that Christ will work in the hearts of those who oppose Him, so that they, too, will know the Good news.

Hebrews 10:23-25 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Hebrews%2010:23-25;&version=50;)

INDIA - UPDATE - Christians Targeted by Bombs - VOM Sources Orissa

The Voice of the Martyrs contacts in Orissa state report hat three relief camps housing Christians in Kandhamal district were bombed on the evening of Sept. 29. The explosions began at 7:00 p.m. and bombs went off in the villages of Nuagoan and Mahasinghi and the town of Baliguda. VOM contacts believe Hindu extremists are responsible for the attack. For the sixth week, extremists have continued to use violence and intimidation against Christians in relief camps, in an attempt to forcibly convert believers to Hinduism. Several Christian families in the camps have succumbed to pressure form extremists and "reconverted" to Hinduism in exchange for being allowed to return to their homes in Ladapadar village. Fresh violence also persists outside the Kandhamal camps, including the burning and bombing of homes and church buildings. Pray for safety and protection for believers in the relief camps. Pray that Christians in India will stand firm in their faith despite severe pressure to deny Christ.

Joshua 1:8 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Joshua%201:8;&version=50;)

Oct 11th 2008, 04:40 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)


Oct 11th 2008, 05:29 PM
It's amazing that last night I found a few articles on the murders, burning, etc. occurring in Orissa, India and today hardly any at all.

The last count I saw, there had been 60+ deaths, 18,000 injured, 4500 homes destroyed, tens of thousands affected by the Hindu persecution against Christians in the wake of a murder of one of their leaders. It is so important for us to pray for those who have been called to help the youth of this nation come to understand that Jesus is their only hope in this life.


Oct 11th 2008, 08:12 PM
Official: 3,000 Christians flee Iraq's Mosul
By BRADLEY S. KLAPPER (Associated Press Writer)
From Associated Press
October 11, 2008 2:28 PM EDT
BAGHDAD - Hundreds of terrified Christian families have fled Mosul to escape extremist attacks that have increased despite months of U.S. and Iraqi military operations to secure the northern Iraqi city, political and religious officials said Saturday.
Some 3,000 Christians have fled the city over the past week alone in a "major displacement," said Duraid Mohammed Kashmoula, the governor of northern Iraq's Ninevah province. He said most have left for churches, monasteries and the homes of relatives in nearby Christian villages and towns.
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Political and religious leaders interviewed said the change in tactics may reflect a desire on the part of extremists to forcibly evict all Christians from Iraq's third largest city.
Earlier this week, Chaldean Archbishop Louis Sako said he was worried about what he termed a "campaign of killings and deportations against the Christian citizens in Mosul."
Mosul police have reported finding the bullet-riddled bodies of seven Christians in separate attacks so far this month, the latest a day laborer found on Wednesday. On Saturday, militants blew up three abandoned Christian homes in eastern Mosul, police said.
Father Bolis Jacob of Mosul's Mar Afram Church said he was at a loss to understand the violence. "We respect the Islamic religion and the Muslim clerics," he said. "We don't know under what religion's pretexts these terrorists work."
The violence in Mosul occurs despite U.S.-Iraqi operations launched over the summer aimed at routing al-Qaida in Iraq and other insurgents from remaining strongholds north of the capital.
The killings come as Christian leaders are lobbying parliament to pass a law setting aside a number of seats for minorities, such as Christians, in upcoming provincial elections, fearing they could be further marginalized in the predominantly Muslim country.
Iraq's Christian community has been estimated at 3 percent of Iraq's 26 million people, or about 800,000, and has a significant presence in the northern Ninevah province.
In Mosul, where Christians have lived for some 1,800 years, a number of centuries-old churches still stand.
Joseph Jacob, a professor at Mosul University, said there were nearly 20,000 Christians in the city before the 2003 U.S. invasion. But over half have since left for neighboring towns, or new countries, he said.
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On Saturday, Bashir Azoz, a 45-year-old carpenter, said he was forced to flee his home in the city's eastern Noor area after gunmen warned a neighbor the day before to leave or face death.
"Where is the government and its security forces as these crimes take place every day?" asked Azoz, who is now staying with his wife and three children in a monastery in the Christian-majority town of Qarqoush, east of Mosul.
Separately on Saturday, a U.S. soldier died when a bomb exploded near his vehicle outside Amarah, southeast of Baghdad. The U.S. military said it was withholding soldier's name until it notified next of kin.

Whispering Grace
Oct 12th 2008, 01:28 AM
Thank you for posting that about the Christians in Iraq. We need to keep praying for our dear brothers and sisters.

Oct 12th 2008, 09:20 AM
Continuing to pray for the many Christians who are being persecuted throughout the world. :cry:God, hear our prayers on their behalf. :pray:

Oct 12th 2008, 10:16 AM
Hanged for being a Christian in Iran (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/3179465/Hanged-for-being-a-Christian-in-Iran.html)

Looks like it's going to escalate over there :(

Oct 12th 2008, 07:18 PM
(Iran today - the West tomorrow?)

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)


Oct 13th 2008, 05:24 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.)


Oct 14th 2008, 03:25 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)


Oct 15th 2008, 04:59 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)


Oct 16th 2008, 06:14 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)


Oct 17th 2008, 05:12 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)


Oct 17th 2008, 05:22 PM
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On Tue. Oct 14 2008 at 06:27 AM Moderator wrote:
UZBEKISTAN – Christian Released from Prison – VOM Sources/Forum 18 News

Praise God! Aimurat Khayburahmanov, a Christian arrested and detained on charges of terrorism in the autonomous region of Karakalpakstan, was released on Sept. 30, according to Forum 18 News and VOM sources. The Nukus City Criminal Court ruled that the “religious extremism” charges against Khayburahmanov be dropped and that he receive amnesty for the charges of “teaching religion without official approval.” Praise the Lord for his release. Ask God to protect Aimurat as he continues serving the Lord despite pressure from the government. Pray for other believers in Uzbekistan who are facing prosecution because of their faith.

Philippians 4:6-7 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Philippians%204:6-7&version=50)

IRAQ - Christians Killed in Mosul – Associated Press/VOM Sources

Seven Christians have been killed in Mosul, Iraq, so far this month, The Associated Press and VOM sources reported. On Oct. 4, an armed group of suspected Islamist extremists assassinated a man named Hazim Thomaso Youssif in front of his clothing shop, and Ivan Nuwya was shot to death in front of his home, located near a mosque in the Christian-majority neighborhood of Tahrir. Meanwhile on Oct. 6, a disabled 25-year-old shopkeeper was shot and killed in the neighborhood of Karama. The Associated Press reported Iraqi police said four other Christians, a pharmacy employee, a disabled man who owns a spare-parts store and two day-laborers have also been killed. Some Christians believe that extremists are targeting shopkeepers in an effort to wipe out the Christian community's economic activity and drive out believers from the area. Pray for those who mourn these lost lives. Ask God to continue to embolden the Christian community in Mosul to proclaim the gospel even while suffering.

2 Timothy 4:16-18 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Timothy%204:16-18;&version=50;)

INDIA – More Christians Killed in Anti-Christian Violence in Orissa – VOM Sources

At least three more Christians have been killed in the widespread violence that began seven weeks ago in Orissa state’s Kandhamal district. On Oct. 1, an elderly Christian, Lalji Nayak, died from axe wounds he received when a mob of Hindu extremists attacked the village of Hrudangia. His wife, also attacked with an axe, was seriously injured in the head, and his brother was hospitalized with multiple gunshot wounds. Meanwhile on Oct. 2, two men were dragged out of their home in Sindhipankha village, shot and then dismembered. The assailants also massacred cattle belonging to believers and burned homes owned by Christians. Approximately 400 homes have been set on fire by extremists in Kandhamal and Boudh districts over the past week. Pray that those who mourn will find peace in the fact that those who have suffered with Christ will be glorified with Him. Pray for healing for those injured. Pray that Christians in India will continue to live as cross-bearing disciples and remain steadfast in faith at all cost.

Romans 8:15-17 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans%208:15-17;&version=50;)

SOMALIA – Church Destroyed by Islamic Extremists – VOM Sources

On Sept. 30, Muslim extremists demolished a Catholic church in Kismayo, a town in southern Somalia, VOM sources reported. The area has been in the control of a militant Islamic organization affiliated with Al-Qaeda since August. The militants have vowed to launch similar attacks on all other local non-Muslim places of worship. They plan to replace the destroyed church with a mosque. Islamists have reportedly imposed Sharia law in Celwaq, another southern town, elevating concern for Christians in the region. Pray that the believers in Somalia will be steadfast in their service for the Lord. Pray that they will rejoice in the opportunity to grow in Christ likeness through their tribulations.

James 1:2-4 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=James%201:2-4;&version=50;)

Oct 18th 2008, 05:53 PM
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)


Oct 19th 2008, 04:37 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 Million (2% Christian)


Oct 20th 2008, 05:29 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)


Oct 20th 2008, 05:50 PM
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."
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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.
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.
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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.

Oct 22nd 2008, 05:15 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)


Oct 23rd 2008, 05:21 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)


Oct 24th 2008, 04:37 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. 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

Oct 24th 2008, 06:13 PM
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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 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah%2040:31;&version=50;)
John 15:18 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%2015:18;&version=50;)

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 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%20119:105;&version=50;)
Isaiah 26:3 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah%2026:3;&version=50;)

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 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2091:1-4;&version=50;)
1 Peter 5:7 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Peter%205:7;&version=50;)

Oct 24th 2008, 11:02 PM
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.

Oct 25th 2008, 03:16 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


Oct 26th 2008, 03:53 PM
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


Oct 26th 2008, 05:25 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)


Oct 27th 2008, 06:10 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)


Oct 28th 2008, 05:17 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)


Oct 29th 2008, 06:05 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)


Oct 30th 2008, 04:35 PM
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)


Oct 31st 2008, 05:45 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)


Oct 31st 2008, 06:32 PM
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Nov 1st 2008, 06:23 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)


Nov 2nd 2008, 05:43 PM
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)


Nov 3rd 2008, 04:32 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)


Nov 4th 2008, 07:18 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)


Nov 5th 2008, 05:34 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)


Nov 6th 2008, 05:43 PM
34 - 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


Nov 7th 2008, 05:42 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)


Nov 7th 2008, 11:26 PM
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BELARUS - Protestant Bishop Deported — Forum 18 News

On Oct. 16, Protestant Bishop Veniamin Brukh, a Ukrainian bishop in the Full Gospel Church, was deported from Belarus because of his active religious activities, Forum 18 News reported. Brukh, founder of one of the largest charismatic churches in the Belarusian capital of Minsk, told Forum 18 News he believed he was deported because of his “continued active participation in the local Protestant community.” He also stated, “The secret police and state affairs apparatus were monitoring that activity. They probably consider me a danger to the state.” VOM encourages you to pray for believers in Belarus who are facing persecution. Pray the churches Brukh led will continue to stand strong and spread the gospel. Pray their testimony will draw nonbelievers into fellowship with Him.

Philippians 4:6-7 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=philippians%204:6-7&version=50)

CHINA - Christian Persecution Intensifies — China Aid Association

On Oct. 29, China Aid Association (CAA) reported that since the end of the Olympics in Beijing, cases of religious persecution have increased. CAA has received reports of intensified religious persecution in Beijing, Heilongjiang, Yunnan and Shangdong provinces. In Beijing Pastor “Bike” Zhang Mingxuan and his family members were evicted from their home, beaten and arrested. In Heliongjiang province, the city of Yichun recently banned all house churches, CAA also reported. In Yunnan province, house church members were attacked right after the Olympics. In Shandong province, Pastor Zhang Zhongxin was sentenced to two years of re-education through labor. After the Olympics his appeal was denied, according to CAA. Meanwhile, CAA has learned that 29 house church leaders have been serving time in labor camps and prisons in Henan province since July 2007. They are accused of being “evil cult” members. One leader was sentenced to seven years imprisonment the harshest sentence against a house church leader in recent years, besides Pastor Zhang Rongliang. Pastor Zhang was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in 2004 for allegedly “attempting to illegally cross the border and forgery of an official document,” according to CAA. Pray for Christians in China who face immense challenges. Pray the Holy Spirit encourages and protects believers as persecution increases in China.

Joshua 1:8 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=joshua%201:8;&version=50;)

SOMALIA - Christian Aid Worker Beheaded for Leaving Islam — Compass Direct News

In September, a Christian aid worker was beheaded for converting from Islam to Christianity, among other charges, according to an eyewitness. Muslim extremists from the al Shabab group fighting the transitional government in Somalia, sliced the head off Mansuur Mohammed, 25, before horrified onlookers of Manyafulka village, 10 kilometers from Baidoa, Compass Direct News reported. The extremists had intercepted Mohammed, who managed to escape, earlier in the morning. Sources close to Mohammed's family said he converted from Islam to Christianity in 2005. An eye witness said extremists gathered villagers telling them that they would prepare a feast for them. Five masked men emerged, carrying guns, wielding Somali swords and dragging the handcuffed Mohammed. One recited the Quran as he proclaimed that Mohammed was a "murtid," an Arabic term for one who converts from Islam to Christianity. Mohammed remained calm with an expressionless face, never uttering a word, said the eyewitness. Pray Mohammed’s family will be comforted. Ask God to protect and encourage believers in Somalia. Praise God for his faithfulness.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs%203:5-6;&version=50;)

Nov 8th 2008, 06:17 PM
Thank you Adam

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)


Nov 9th 2008, 05:51 PM
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)


Nov 10th 2008, 04:36 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)


Nov 11th 2008, 05:11 PM
39 - Christians in KuwaitThis 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)


Nov 12th 2008, 05:11 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


Nov 13th 2008, 05:51 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)


Nov 14th 2008, 05:08 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)


Nov 14th 2008, 06:29 PM
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IRAN: UPDATE– Iranian Christian Released from Prison – VOM Canada

Praise God! Ramtin Soodmand, an Iranian Christian who was arrested on charges of anti-government activity in late August, was released on bail on Oct. 22, VOM Canada reported. He has since been reunited with his wife and two children. The report indicated that he could still face formal charges and supporters are concerned for his safety. Ask God to protect Soodmand and his family. Pray God encourages believers to continue standing for righteousness in Iran.

Matthew 5:11-12 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%205:11-12&version=50)

CHINA: UPDATE–China Continues Harassing Pastor Zhang “Bike” Mingxuan’s Family – China Aid Association

Pastor Zhang “Bike” Mingxuan and his family continue to face pressure from China’s Public Security Bureau (PSB) officials, China Aid Association reported. Zhang Jian, Bike’s son who was brutally beaten by PSB officers on Oct. 16, was threatened with imprisonment unless he agreed to sign a document stating that his injuries were minor. Fearing separation from his wife and 1-year-old son, Jian consented. CAA added that Pastor Zhang, who had been missing since the attack on his son, contacted Jian by telephone on Oct. 22. He confirmed that he is being detained but was unable to give the details of his detention. Pastor Zhang's wife, Xie Fenglan, and sister have been placed under “soft detention” in a PSB-operated Beijing hotel. Their cell phones have been confiscated and their travel restricted. Pray for protection for this family and its release from PSB surveillance. Ask God to encourage Pastor Zhang and for believers in China to continue serving the Lord with courage.

Revelation 12:10-11 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation%2012:10-11;&version=50;)

ERITREA – Imprisoned Christian Dies, More Believers Arrested – VOM Canada

On Nov. 5, VOM Canada reported Teklesenbet Gebreab Kiflom, a member of the Full Gospel Church who was detained for nearly a year at the Wi'a Military Confinement Centre in Eritrea, died of malaria. The 36-year-old reportedly suffered harsh punishment by the military and was denied medical attention. Meanwhile, there have been reports that Eritrean authorities have arrested 65 believers belonging to house churches in recent weeks. Officials made the arrests in five different locations, working off a list of names that sources believe were provided by informants around the country. Pray for those mourning the loss of brother Teklesenbet. Pray for the release of imprisoned Christians. Ask God to work in the hearts of Eritrea's leaders.

Romans 12:14 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans%2012:14;&version=50;)

Nov 15th 2008, 04:50 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)


Nov 16th 2008, 01:26 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)


Nov 16th 2008, 07:59 PM
Jesus, I forget to pray for others who are not in my centre of life.. Please Jesus take care of ALL who are suffering because they believe and trust in you!:pray:

I stand in agreement with Redneck Charger as we offer this prayer to you God. Forgive me too Father for not praying for all the saints as you have commanded us to.

Nov 17th 2008, 05:18 PM
Forgive me too Father for not praying for all the saints as you have commanded us to.

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)


Nov 18th 2008, 05:19 PM
46 - Christians in TunisiaA 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)


Nov 18th 2008, 09:25 PM
Jesus, I forget to pray for others who are not in my centre of life.. Please Jesus take care of ALL who are suffering because they believe and trust in you!:pray:

I join you in your prayers.

Nov 19th 2008, 04:47 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.

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


Nov 20th 2008, 04:50 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)


Nov 21st 2008, 05:04 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)


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IRAQ – Two Christians Killed – VOM Sources

On Nov. 12, two sisters were killed and their mother wounded by a gang of Islamic extremists in the Al Qahira section of Mosul, Iraq, The Voice of the Martyrs contacts reported. The gunmen shot one of the sisters as she was waiting for a bus outside their home. They then stormed into the home, killed the other sister and injured their mother. A bomb placed by the assailants at the entrance of the house detonated as police arrived on the scene, injuring several officers. Ask God to fill those who mourn for these sisters with a peace that surpasses understanding in the midst of their grief. Pray for healing for their mother as she recovers. Ask God to bring peace to Mosul.

Philippians 4:7 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Philippians%204:7&version=50)

CHINA -UPDATE – Prominent House Church Leaders Released by Police – China Aid Association

On Oct. 27, China’s Public Security Bureau released Pastor Zhang “Bike” Mingxuan, his wife and sister-in-law from detention, China Aid Association reported. Pastor Zhang’s sons Jian and Chuang, who were severely beaten by police officers on Oct. 16, have been forced to vacate their Beijing apartments, and are currently residing in Nanyang City, Henan province. Praise God for this family’s release. Continue to pray for healing for Pastor Bike’s sons. Ask God to continue His watch over this courageous family that continues to stand unashamed for Christ.

Psalm 91:1-7 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2091:1-7;&version=50;)

KYRGYZSTAN - Restrictive Religious Law Passes Parliament – VOM Canada

A restrictive religious law passed its final reading in Kyrgyzstan's parliament on Nov. 6, sparking concern among the Christian minority, VOM Canada reported. The new law, if approved by President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, requires religious organizations to have a minimum of 200 members whose identities have been confirmed by local authorities, bans the distribution of religious literature in public places, and prohibits private religious schools. Pray for believers in Kyrgyzstan who will come under increased scrutiny because of this law. Ask God to encourage and protect them. Pray believers continue to meet and boldly profess Christ.

Isaiah 26:3 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah%2026:3;&version=50;)

AZERBAIJAN - Imprisoned Azerbaijani Pastor Transferred to House Arrest – Forum 18 News

UPDATE – On Nov. 5, following a hearing at the Zakatala District Court in northwestern Azerbaijan, Pastor Hamid Shabanov was transferred from prison and placed under house arrest, Forum 18 News reported. Pastor Shabanov was arrested in June following a police raid on his home and faced charges of possession of an illegal weapon; charges that his family insists are fabricated. Pray for Pastor Shabanov’s family and congregation. Ask God to protect and encourage them. Pray charges against him are dropped.

Joshua 1:9 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Joshua%201:9;&version=50;)

Nov 22nd 2008, 04:53 PM
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.

Population 699,000 (10% Christian)


Nov 26th 2008, 04:23 PM
Countries Where the Situation Deteriorated
Apart from North Korea and Afghanistan, the situation for Christians deteriorated in Pakistan, Mauritania, Libya, Jordan, Belarus and Palestinian Territories.

15. Pakistan

For Christians in Pakistan, life in the “land of the pure” (this is what Pakistan means) is fraught with difficulties, limitations, discrimination, threats, pressure, harassment and occasionally murder. The government offers only very limited protection to Christians. As result, Muslim fanatics have almost free reign and they use their freedom to make life for Christians as difficult as possible. Add to this that corruption is rampant, and that the infamous Blasphemy Laws will not likely be repealed or adapted, and it is much easier to understand how difficult the situation of Pakistani Christians really is. They are second-class citizens at best. According to our information, the influence of fanatic Muslims increased in the state security forces and the police, which meant that Christians in general were more closely monitored than before. Also the number of attacks on churches, Christian homes and other meeting places increased.


Nov 27th 2008, 04:06 PM
23. Libya

Libya has no constitution and there is no law clearly providing for religious freedom. The country adheres to traditional Islamic law. It is prohibited to proselytize Muslims. The authorities restrict the importation and distribution of religious literature in the country. Converts from Islam are subject to social pressure and ostracism. Most persecution comes from family and society. The expatriate churches are generally free to conduct worship services on their compound as long as they do not engage in politics and they don’t allow access to Libyans. In contrast to 2006, the total number of points for Libya increased because we received reports that several Christians were arrested for their (suspected) Christian activities and others were physically harmed because of their faith.

Nov 28th 2008, 04:20 PM
24. Mauritania
The Islamic republic of Mauritania recognizes Islam as the official religion of its citizens. The government limits freedom of religion partly by restricting the distribution of non-Islamic religious materials and the evangelization of Muslims, though private ownership is not prohibited. There is no freedom for conversion to a religion other than Islam. The sentence for apostasy is death -- although this sentence has (formally) not been carried out in recent years. Like the previous year, the total points for Mauritania increased considerably in 2007. We received more information on this country in 2007 which indicated that the situation for Christians is even worse than previously expected. This does not mean that the situation worsened during the past year. According to our regional co-workers, there was no change in the trend toward Christian persecution. In 2007, a few Christians were arrested.


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CHINA – Trial for Detained Christian Delayed – China Aid Association

Chinese officials have yet to declare a new court date for Alimujiang Yimiti, a Christian house church leader and ethnic Uyghur in China’s northwest province of Xinjiang, detained since his arrest on Jan. 12, China Aid Association reported. In mid-October, Chinese state prosecutors returned Yimiti’s case to a Xinjiang court for consideration. Charges against Yimiti include “inciting secessionist sentiment to split the country” and “collecting and selling intelligence for overseas organizations,” CAA reported in June. Yimiti converted from Islam to Christianity more than 10 years ago and became active in the growing Uyghur church. Media reports state that Yimiti’s friends have said they believe his faith is the real reason for his arrest. Officials have threatened to hand down a sentence ranging from six years in prison to the death penalty. Pray for Yimiti and his family during this difficult time. Ask God to protect and comfort them and for believers in China to continue living out their faith unashamedly.

Philippians 4:6-7 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=philippians%204:6-7;&version=50;)

ALGERIA – Christians Acquitted in Blasphemy Case – Compass Direct News

On Oct. 29, a court in northwestern Algeria acquitted three Christians charged with blaspheming Islam and threatening a member of their congregation who reconverted to Islam, Compass Direct News reported. The defendants believe the judge’s decision to acquit was due to the spurious evidence used against them. The acquittal also comes as part of a larger trend of the Algerian government bowing to negative international media attention and government condemnations of such cases, they said. Defendant Youssef Ourahmane said that as a result, a recent government crackdown against evangelical Christians has eased off in recent months. “We had noticed the last four or five months the government is trying to back down a little bit,” Ourahmane said. “I think the pressure on them has been strong, such as condemnations from the U.S. and foreign ministries from France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Spain. This pressure from outside has embarrassed the Algerian government very much,” he added. Pray for believers in Algeria who face intense challenges when they live their lives for Christ. Ask God to encourage them and for grace to forgive their persecutors.

Isaiah 54:17 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah%2054:17;&version=50;)

KAZAKHSTAN – Pastor Sentenced to Community Service for Leading Unregistered Church – Forum 18 News

Baptist pastor Andrei Blok has been sentenced to 150 hours of compulsory community service following his refusal to pay a fine for leading an “unregistered congregation,” Forum 18 News reported. “If not for many telephone calls to the court and city officials from around the world, Andrei could have been put into prison for several months," his family told Forum 18 News. Yuliya Merkel of the local Justice Department insisted to Forum 18 that Blok "needs" to register his church, and refused to say what would happen if the church continues to worship without registration. Pray for Pastor Blok, his family and congregation. Ask God to bless and encourage them during this challenging time. Pray they will be a witness of Christ’s love to their persecutors.

1 Corinthians 15:57 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Corinthians%2015:57;&version=50;)
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Nov 29th 2008, 05:25 PM
39. Jordan

The state religion of Jordan is Islam. Conversion from Islam and evangelization of Muslims is prohibited. Converts from Islam face societal and sometimes governmental discrimination. Muslims who convert to another religion are still considered Muslims and fall under jurisdiction of Sharia courts. Jordan is known as one of the most Western-orientated and free countries in the Middle East. So the rise of points for Jordan will come as a surprise to many. This increase is explained by both more information that we received on the country and an increase in control of Christians in general, particularly the increased pressure on foreign missionaries. Many visas were not renewed, and three missionaries and their families were forced to leave the country, some after a few days of detainment. Church leaders reaching out to Muslims were harassed. Some ministry to Iraqi refugees was also hindered. Further, our staff in the region reported that it is now impossible for new denominations to register.


Nov 30th 2008, 05:45 PM
41. Belarus

Belarus has one of the most repressive regimes in Europe. Under the dictatorship of President Lukashenko, human rights are trampled and dissidents are jailed. The government continued to restrict religious freedom. Though the country officially has no state religion, the Belarusian Orthodox Church has a privileged position. Protestants (like Lutherans, Reformed, Evangelicals and Baptists) attracted negative attention, presumably for their perceived links with the United States. Numerous attacks on religious monuments, buildings, and cemeteries occurred with little discernable response from the government. Authorities kept many religious communities waiting as long as several years for decisions about property registration or restitution. Authorities also harassed and fined members of certain religious groups, especially those that the authorities appeared to regard as bearers of foreign cultural influence or as having a political agenda. Foreign missionaries, clergy, and humanitarian workers affiliated with churches faced many government-imposed obstacles, including deportation and visa refusal or cancellation. In 2007, the number of persecution incidents increased, resulting in a slightly higher score for the country on the list. More Christians were arrested and interrogated, more were harassed, and more church meetings were disrupted.


Dec 1st 2008, 05:34 PM
42. Palestinian Territories

The Palestinian Territories – West Bank and Gaza – are new on the World Watch List this year. During the past year, the trend towards persecution of Christians increased considerably. Apart from that, we also collected more information on this area than in previous years. The Palestinian Territories fall under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority, which does not have a constitution. The Palestinian Basic Law provides for freedom of religion. However, it also states that Islam is the official religion and that the principles of Sharia shall be the main source of legislation. In June 2007, the unity government of Hamas and Fatah came to an end when Hamas militants launched a military coup against Fatah. A few days later, they took over the Gaza strip. In the same period, unidentified militants attacked the Rosary Sisters School. The victory of Hamas also resulted in more violence against Muslim Background Believers (MBBs). Given these circumstances, extremist Muslims seem to feel increasingly encouraged to persecute MBBs. Also, a growing number of incidents against MBBs were reported: e.g. two believers had to flee to Jordan; one of them was detained by his family because he converted to Christianity. The manager of the Bible Society Bookshop in Gaza was killed last October after he had received threats from extremist Muslims. Nobody has been charged with the murder. The bookshop was bombed in April 2007 after previous threats. Several other Christians were imprisoned, questioned and beaten because of their faith.