CHINA: TWO YEARS JAIL
A Chinese house church pastor,
Wang Zaiqing, from China’s Anhui province was sentenced on Oct. 9, to two years
in prison on charges of “illegal business practices.” He was also fined the equivalent
of US$12,500, and all books in his home and funds for printing were
Wang, who has been crippled
since age 5, had been printing and distributing Bibles and other Christian
literature from his home free of charge. This resulted in his arrest on April
28. Wang and his lawyer contended that for the printing to be considered an
illegal business practice, the accused must make a profit.
Pray Pastor Wang will find
comfort and strength, know-ing the One who will never forsake him.
CHRISTIANS NEED OUR PRAYER SUPPORT
There is a spiritual war taking
place in North Korea as our enemy seeks to destroy the souls of North Korea’s
citizens. Following “the God of Heaven” is considered treason, punishable by
imprisonment or even death. Caught in the middle of this spiritual battle are
our persecuted brothers and sisters, bearers of Light in a terribly dark
Pray God will give discernment
and protection to those who are bringing the comfort of Christ Himself to our
suffering brothers and sisters in North Korea, and that North Koreans will find
the source of true peace - the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ.
EGYPT: CHRISTIAN CONVERT JAILED
A Muslim sheikh jailed in Egypt
for 18 months has declared from his prison cell that he is under arrest for
“insulting Islam” by becoming a Christian. Egypt’s secret police transferred
Bahaa el-Din Ahmed Hussein el-Akkad, 57, to the Wadi el-Natroun Prison last
He was told he would remain
there indefinitely unless he agreed to work as a government informer against
other converts to Christianity. According to the prisoner’s Cairo attorney,
Athanasius William, his client remains incarcerated in this desert prison “only
because he has chosen a different belief, to be a Christian.” When courts
ordered El-Akkad’s release from provisional detention 10 weeks ago, State
Security Investigation authorities deliberately ignored the ruling.
Pray God will strengthen this
faithful believer with the assurance that Jesus is with him and He will be the
According to the Assyrian
International News Agency (AINA), the Assyrian website www.ankawa.com has
reported that a 14- year-old Assyrian boy, Ayad Tariq, was beheaded by Muslim
militants in Baqouba, Iraq .
At approximately 6:00 am on
October 21, while Ayad was beginning his twelve hour shift of maintaining an
electrical generator, a group of disguised Muslim militants approached him and
asked to see his identification. According to an employee who witnessed the
events, when the Muslims saw that his identification noted him as “Christian,”
they asked him if he was truly a “Christian sinner.”
Ayad replied, “Yes, I am a
Christian but I am not a sinner.” The insurgents responded that this is a
“dirty Christian sinner!” They threw him to the ground, held down his arms and
legs, and shouting “Allahu Akbar!” (God is great), and then beheaded him.
The Assyrians are the
indigenous people of Iraq. They have faced a number of purges by the region’s
rulers over time, including the present attacks by powerful Islamic factions
across Iran, Iraq and neighboring nations.
Only two generations back,
Assyrian Christians made up 20 percent of the population of the Middle East,
but during the Assyrian Genocide of 1915, an estimated three million Christians
were slaughtered there. Current estimates are that there are about 2.5 million
Assyrian Christians in Iraq.
Pray that the Holy Spirit will
work through Ayad’s story and bring many of his neighbours and friends to
Christ Pray that the murderers will find forgiveness in Christ as Saul the
persecutor did. (Acts 9:1-19).
MORE CHRISTIANS ARRESTED
Eritrean authorities have
arrested and detained 150 Christians. The large-scale roundup began on October
25, when security officers in the town of Mendefera started to arrest local
Christians whose names were on a list of known Christian church members. A
total of 38 men and 17 women were locked up in the town’s military fort where
they have reportedly been subject to beatings and other physical mistreatment.
Eyewitnesses claim that at
least 10 of the detained Christians were nursing mothers who were forced to
leave their infants behind. The following morning, the roundup continued and an
additional 95 evangelical Christians were placed under arrest.
At least 162 Christians have
been arrested over the past month. These recent arrests push the confirmed
number of Eritreans presently imprisoned for their religious beliefs up to
2,078, almost all of them Christians. None of them have been brought to trial.
Pray that the imprisoned
believers will find comfort in the promise that God is with them in their
afflictions, and that they will be faithful witnesses for Christ to their
fellow prisoners. Pray for the children left without their parents’ care. (Psalm 68:5) - Compass
Direct / 30 Oct 06
THREE CHRISTIAN GIRLS BEHEADED
Three Christian high school
girls were beheaded as a “Ramadan trophy” by Indonesian militants who conceived
of the idea after a visit to Philippines jihadists.
The girls severed heads were
dumped in plastic bags in their village in the strife-torn Central Sulawesi
province, along with a note that said, “Wanted: 100 more Christian heads,
teenaged or adult, male or female; blood shall be answered with blood, soul
with soul, head with head. - The Australian / 9 Nov 06
INDIA: BJP CALLS FOR
According to a report from the Hindustan
Times, the Bharatiya Janata Party vice president in Andhra Pradesh is
calling for the ouster of evangelical workers. He specifically demanded the
deportation of foreign missionaries from the country over the number of
religious conversions among the tribal populations there. The BJP seeks a Hindu
Nationalist state. Anti-Conversion laws are actively enforced in Orissa, Madhya
Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh.