Prayer for Persecuted Christians – Recent Reports

16 January 2019

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NIGERIA

2 Jan – Christian Solidarity Worldwide
Nigeria on the brink as elections approach

As you read this Nigeria is preparing for a general election next month. Election season can be extremely volatile, and since the last elections the levels of insecurity have risen across the country. Two factions of Boko Haram terrorists are challenging government forces in the north-east, with reports at the time of writing of an Arabic speaking armed group infiltrating Sokoto State. Kidnappings for ransom have also increased.

7 Jan – Morning Star News
Christian Family, Church Devastated by Killing of Church Elder in Nigeria

Police declined to take action against Muslim Fulani herdsmen.

Ladi Yakubu does not know how her family will eat after Muslim Fulani herdsmen destroyed crops on their farm in Kaduna state, Nigeria on Nov. 26 and shot and killed her husband.

“My husband is no more alive, and so the burden to feed our children is on me,” she said. “How do I feed them without having a job? And I cannot go to the farm because of the murderous activities of these herdsmen.”

2 Jan – Aid to the Church in Need
Family’s fresh plea for release of Christian schoolgirl held by terrorists

The family of a Nigerian schoolgirl being held by an Islamist terrorist group has called on fellow Christians to redouble efforts to pray and campaign for her release.

Rebekah Sharibu, whose 15-year-old daughter Leah has been held by Boko Haram for more than 10 months, said: “I know that all over the world believers are praying and advocating for the release of my daughter, but until now I haven’t seen my Leah.

Oct-Dec 2018 – Voice Magazine, Release International
Crisis In Nigeria

As Deborah chatted with a neighbour under a mango tree one day, five young men drove up, jumped out of their truck with machine guns and walked purposefully toward her home. Her nieces, 9-year-old Palmata and 7-year-old Kumai, whom she had adopted as her own daughters, ate their after-school snacks just outside the front door while Deborah’s husband sat inside the house preparing for a Bible study that evening.

Nov 2018 – Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust
Hidden Atrocities – A visit report by Baroness Cox and Revd David Thomas

Survivor testimonies – Sarah, from Jos

On the outskirts of the city, under the foothills, are two houses close together, where Sarah (not her real name), her husband and children, her mother, uncle and other family members lived. The Fulani had for a long time been coming around that area to graze their cattle and it was alleged that a Fulani boy was killed around there, but no evidence of that has been seen. On the late evening of Thursday 27 September, they came and killed nine people in one house and three in the other, including a pregnant woman. They shot Sarah’s husband and children and so she begged them to kill her too, but they refused, saying that they wanted her to cry and bear the pain.

Other Countries

Pakistan:

There has been very little news of Asia Bibi since her release from prison. She is being protected by the Pakistan government at a “safe” location, awaiting the hearing by the Supreme Court of an appeal against her acquittal. Until that appeal is resolved she is not being allowed to leave the country. Updates as and when information is available on this dedicated page.

China:

Arrests of Christians and other religious minorities in China have continued in recent months and seem to be escalating in frequency and severity.

Recent Report Headlines

Inside China’s unofficial churches faith defies persecution | South China Morning Post

Solidarity to Persecuted Leads to Persecution | Bitter Winter

House Church Pastors Refuse to Submit | Bitter Winter

“Religious Bans” Sweep Across Universities | Bitter Winter

“Church-Free Zones” Near Schools | Bitter Winter

Nursing Homes Now a Target of Persecution | Bitter Winter

Christmas Gift for Henan: Church Destroyed | Bitter Winter

‘Today, We Worship in Police Cars’-60 More Arrests in Chinese Church Raid – Open Doors USA

Police in China Given Quotas for Arrests of Christians – Open Doors USA

ChinaAid: More than 30 Early Rain Covenant Church members taken into custody

ChinaAid: Government abuse results in death of Christian’s unborn baby

ChinaAid: Updated: Government removes first of Ten Commandments from church

ChinaAid: Catholic churches across China targeted in wake of Vatican-China agreement

CHINA Nuns convent half demolished in Qiqihar (Video) – Asia News

We also post links to various accounts of persecution of Christians on the Market Drayton Churches Together Facebook Page. Here is a selection from the last few weeks:

Uganda

New Christian in Uganda Loses Family, Plantation for Leaving Islam – Morningstar News

Christian Mother, Pastor Face Death Threats in Uganda – Morningstar News

India

Hindu Extremists Threaten Children at Sunday School in Southern India – Morningstar News

Christians Hospitalized after Terrifying Christmas Attacks in India – Morningstar News

Morocco

‘My father would kill me’ – Secretly following Jesus in Morocco – Open Doors UK & Ireland

Britain

Living as an ex-Muslim – BBC News – Video


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