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CHINA 
Gao Zhisheng, a prominent lawyer who had his legal license suspended by Chinese authorities for representing religious rights, faced an attempt on his life January 17th. China Aid Association reported Gao was traveling in Beijing when a vehicle with an obscured license plate suddenly stopped in front of him. He narrowly missed hitting the vehicle, stopped and got out to investigate. The driver of the other car then attempted to run down Gao, but he was able to dodge out of the path of the vehicle. As the car sped away, the newspaper covering the license plate blew away and the plate number was reported. It is believed the driver was a security agent of the Chinese government. Throughout the incident, a military vehicle was observing nearby.
Pray Gao will continue to experience God´s protection even though his work angers those in authority. Pray Gao and his friends within the house churches will continue to share Christ with boldness and even share their faith with their persecutors. Pray with confidence for Chinese authorities, knowing God´s hand is not shortened that it cannot save.
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INDIA 
On January 14th, approximately 40 Hindu militants opposed to a children´s home and school being constructed in the Northeastern Indian village of Tikri in Uttaranchal came to the construction site and threatened to kill the workers who were building the new facility. The workers all fled for their lives. Ashish Massey, head of the North India Evangelistic Association (NIEA) funding the project, has also been similarly threatened by the militants. Khumi Massey, a staff member of NIEA, reported some of the local villagers allegedly complained to the activists that the Christians had come to their village to convert them. In a separate incident in West Bengal, the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority demolished a church building and orphanage on January 16th, despite on-going legal proceedings. According to Indian Express, the development authority claimed the buildings were impeding a planned road expansion. At the time of its destruction, the orphanage was home to 30 children and 20 women.
Pray those who are serving these little ones in the name of the Father will know His protection. Pray the displaced children and women in West Bengal will find housing even better housing than what they had before. Pray God will prove Himself strong on behalf of His children and many Hindus will find joy in Jesus as their Savior.
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Hindu extremists attacked Christians in two incidents in Andhra Pradesh state on January 12th and 13th. Seven Christians, including two pastors, sustained injuries. In Nizamabad district on January 12th, a mob of about 100 extremists attacked a group of Christians led by the pastor of a Pentecostal church as they distributed Christian pamphlets near a bus stand. Police intervened before they could burn the pastor alive. On January 13th, in the same district, members of the Hindu extremist group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh dragged five people from a 5-year-old girl´s birthday party and beat them. Among the victims was Pastor Nagani Swami David, who was kicked unconscious and left at a Hindu temple.
Pray God will comfort and heal those who were injured in these attacks. Pray the Christians will forgive their enemies and make Jesus´ love known among the Hindus. Pray God will work a miracle of His grace and power to stop these Hindu extremists from any further attacks on Christians.
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INDONESIA 
Government officials in Bandung, West Java, ordered eight house churches in the Rancaekek Kencana housing complex to cease meeting in private homes starting Sunday January 15th. Each church received the order by letter last Friday the 13th, following a meeting the previous day attended by local government officials, police, the commander of the local military and the leader of a local Muslim forum. Several of the churches in the complex met for worship that Sunday anyway, saying they had no alternative venue. The churches first applied for permits in 1993, but were rejected. Under a ministerial decree issued in 1969, all religious groups must apply for permits-and since neighbors must give their approval before a permit is granted, the decree is a huge obstacle for churches meeting in Muslim majority communities.
Pray God will give His strength and courage to these believers as they continue to meet and willingly face the consequences. Pray Christians worldwide will offer fervent prayers to the Lord God on behalf of our brothers and sisters in Indonesia. Pray the Holy Spirit will move in power to bring Muslims to a saving knowledge of Christ.
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LAOS 
An itinerant evangelist, pastor and father of four children, was brutally murdered in southern Laos the week before Christmas. The body of Aroun Voraphorn was found on December 23rd, abandoned on a jungle road near his home village of Huaysiat. His wife last heard from him on December 18th, when he told her by telephone he would arrive late for his youngest daughter´s birthday party as he was buying a birthday cake. Religious motives for the killing cannot be ruled out, as the evangelist had been imprisoned for his faith in 1996. At a funeral service on Christmas Eve, his wife Metta Voraphorn pleaded with Christians in Laos to continue preaching the gospel fearlessly, as her husband had done.
Pray God will comfort Vaoraphorn´s family with His special peace. Pray the murder of this innocent man will increase the zeal of his Christian friends to spread word of our God of peace. Pray the light of the Holy Spirit will overcome the spiritual darkness in Laos.
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After becoming believers in Christ a few months ago, six families were verbally ordered by the local chief and police of the village to relocate to another village. They were told villagers did not want any Christians living in their village of Nongthorn, Lowngam district, Saravan province. In addition, several Lao Christian leaders and their wives are missing for no apparent reason. They have disappeared with no trace of their whereabouts.
Pray God will protect the harassed families and the missing Christian leaders with His strong arm. Pray He will strengthen them to stand fast in the faith. Pray the Lord will guide them and wherever they go their witness will be to His glory.
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UZBEKISTAN

Compass Direct reported a program televised regionally in Uzbekistan last summer has left entire communities convinced that a Protestant congregation is an “extremist” group worse than fundamentalist Islam. Entitled “Zalolat” (Disaster), the 22-minute “exposé” sensationalized a police raid last June against the Full Gospel Church in Urgench, capital of Khorezm province in Northwest Uzbekistan. Interspersing scenes from the raid with interviews with local police, judicial and Muslim officials, the program represented Pastor Ruzmet Voisov and his congregation as “Christian extremists” guilty of breaking the laws of Uzbekistan and trying to destroy national stability.
Pray as Christians in Uzbekistan live in the light of Christ they will see God defeat the plans of the enemy. Pray moderate Muslims will speak up against the violence of Islamic extremists. Pray God will give many Muslims dreams and visions that will open their hearts and minds to Jesus as their Savior.
 
25 Ene '06

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CHINA 
Twelve house-church leaders were arrested at a Christmas celebration in Ma Na Si County in Xinjiang, North West China, on Christmas Day 2005. According to Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), officers of the Religious Affairs Bureau confiscated Christmas food, 80 Bibles, a rented minivan, a car and a piano. One of the female pastors reported the police stated the meeting was an “illegal religious gathering.” Seven of the pastors were released at midnight the next day, leaving Pastor Guo Xianyao (54), Ms Lu Jianzhen (47), Ms Wu Haifang (28), Ms Wang Ximei (54) and Ms. Zhou Bin (50) in custody at Ma Na Si County Detention Center. An eyewitness reported Pastor Guo Zianyao was beaten. All those arrested were fined and fingerprinted. In a separate incident on Christmas Eve, CSW says police forcibly ended a house-church meeting and directed about 100 Christians who were meeting at Korla City in Xinjiang to go to the government-sanctioned Three-Self Patriotic Movement church. CSW reported Gao Zhisheng, a prominent human rights lawyer, has been threatened by state security agents in connection with his defense work, which has included the recent case of prominent house-church leader Pastor Cai. He has also recently issued a report regarding Christians in Xinjiang. Gao took statements from 13 believers to demonstrate the torture and abuse faced by house-church Christians in Xinjiang. His law firm´s work has been officially closed down for a year and his license to practice suspended.
Give thanks to God for Gao´s courage and ask the Lord to protect him. Pray the Lord will draw close to His people still in prison, giving them His strength to do His will. Pray the commitment of these faithful Christians will work to God´s glory bringing many to salvation.
Fuente:ASSIST News 
 
ERITREA 
At least 40 pastors, elders and leading laymen from five of Eritrea´s banned Protestant churches have been arrested in the past two weeks in the capital of Asmara. Starting early on the morning of December 22nd, security police began tracking down leaders of the Church of the Living God, along with clergymen and elders in the Full Gospel, Rema, Hallelujah and Philadelphia churches. One Church of the Living God pastor escaped shortly after his arrest, and police have arrested a member of his church board and one of his parishioners. Police also raided a music shop operated by members of the Philadelphia Church, jailed all 15 people present, and shut down the store. The music shop was the main source of Christian materials, music tapes and books for Protestant evangelicals in Asmara.
Pray Jesus will give these prisoners a sense of His comforting presence. Pray Christians worldwide will plead with God on behalf of their suffering brothers and sisters. Pray the Holy Spirit will move to stop the attacks against those who are faithful to the Son of God.
Fuente:Compass Direct

INDIA 
Yesterday police sanctioned a make-shift Hindu temple but banned Christians from worshipping at a nearby house church. This follows a conflict that led to Hindu fundamentalists attacking four people. Hindu extremists had set up the temple near the house church in Umarkote village, Orissa state, in October 2005. They complained to police the house-church worship was disturbing their own rituals. On December 30th, the extremists attacked three women who had come to the house for a weekly prayer and fasting meeting and warned them to stop attending services. They also slapped Samraj Rai, a church member who had come to warn the women, and proceeded to damage his motorbike. Police interrogated the pastor and other church members regarding accusations they were forcibly converting Hindus but declined to register the Christians´ complaint over the assault.
Pray God will give members of the banned house church a place to gather for worship. Pray He will give them strength to act in love toward those persecuting them. Pray God will work a miracle of His love and power, causing this small church to grow into a large congregation of believers praising His glory and majesty.
Fuente:Compass Direct
 
SRI LANKA 
According to a news release from British-based human rights organization Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), a mob of about 30 people confronted members of the King´s Revival Church on Christmas Day. The church is located in an area in west central Sri Lanka. Members of the mob threatened the pastor and warned the congregation not to attend the service. They told the pastor not to hold a Christmas service and warned they would attack again on New Year´s Eve. National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka reported many worshippers fled in fear. Some who continued on their way to church were beaten, leaving one man and three women injured. The man was taken to hospital for treatment. One of the women was pregnant. The incident was reported twice to the local police: once on December 25th and again on December 28th. However, CSW reported nothing was initially done to track down the attackers until December 29th, when the police did hold some people for questioning. In another incident on Christmas morning, CSW reported, Joseph Pararajasingham, a prominent MP for the Tamil National Alliance Party, was shot dead while attending a late night Christmas Eve service at St. Ann´s Catholic Cathedral in Batticaloa (Eastern Province).
Pray the members of King´s Revival Church will live in joyful confidence that God´s Kingdom cannot be shaken. Pray their faith will lead others to Christ. Pray the Holy Spirit will move in power to change the hearts of Sri Lankan authorities.
Fuente:ASSIST News
15 Ene '06

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INDONESIA Following the closure of scores of churches in the past two years, the Indonesian government is revising a controversial law to regulate places of worship. Christian leaders fear the changes will do little to keep Muslim communities from blocking or shutting down churches. The original 1969 decree requires all religious groups to apply for permits before setting up a place of worship. Neighbors in the immediate vicinity of a proposed church, mosque or Hindu temple must give their consent before a permit is granted. Under proposed revisions, community members will serve as “inter-faith forums” to give approval before a church could even apply for a permit. This will give them even more power in establishing the religious make-up of a village. “If it comes down to a vote, Muslim leaders will influence others to vote against churches,” Father Antonius Benny Susetyo, a spokesman for the Indonesian Bishops´ Council, told Compass.
Pray God will give Indonesian Christians a spirit of wisdom for the present and great hope for the future. Pray they will draw close to the Lord in worship wherever and whenever they meet. Pray Muslims will be frustrated with their inability to stamp out Christianity and come to realize the eternal authority and love of Jesus Christ.
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TURKEY

For the third time in six months, Turkish Christian Yakup Cindilli has failed to appear at court hearings against the ultra-nationalists who beat him into a coma two years ago for distributing New Testaments in his hometown. The clerk of the Orhangazi Criminal Court near Bursa, in northwestern Turkey, confirmed to Compass last week that Cindilli had not attended a December 15th hearing. Partially recovered, Cindilli had left Orhangazi last June, apparently circulating in various areas of Istanbul over the summer months. With his whereabouts unknown, it is presumed he may not have known about the hearings scheduled on his case. Although his assailants were jailed, one was released a month later and the other two granted bail after three months. The Orhangazi judge has postponed the criminal court hearing on Cindilli´s case until March 16th.
Pray Cindilli will be able to have another series of medical tests to prove the severity of his injuries. Pray he will be willing and able to attend the March 16th hearing. Pray that as the time for the trial drags on, the Lord will lead his attackers to repentance and faith in Jesus.
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TURKMENISTAN
After four weeks of holding services in a rented hall in the capital Ashgabad (Ashgabat), the registered Greater Grace Protestant church was banned in late November from holding meetings in publicly owned premises. Registered religious communities cannot rent publicly owned premises or meet in private homes. Obstruction to finding places they were allowed to use for worship was one of the major complaints from registered religious communities at a government-sponsored roundtable meeting in Ashgabad in late October. Greater Grace church signed a rental contract with a geological institution in Ashgabad to hold services there on Sundays. “It was a good hall,” church members report. “We invited officials from the city´s Religious Affairs Office and they came to the services-it was all done officially and openly.” Then, after the fourth service, an official of the city administration´s Religious Affairs Office told the church it could not continue meeting in the state-owned hall. The church believes the decision originated with the MSS secret police. The church is planning to write to the Adalat (Fairness or Justice) Ministry to seek clarification. “Other people who want to rent state facilities can do so, but not religious communities it seems,” church members complained. “I don´t know why-there´s no law which forbids this.” The Greater Grace church gained official registration from the Adalat Ministry at the end of August after a year of foot-dragging.
Pray the Lord will soften the hearts of officials in the Adalat Ministry and allow this church to continue renting a hall for worship. Pray the healing power of Jesus will bring His life and love into the hearts of everyone in the region.
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Seven Christians in Turkmenistan were gathered for prayer in a home when government officials and a Muslim imam raided their meeting. The home belonged to a recent convert named Oguldurdy. The attack took place on December 17th, in the northeastern town of Deynau, according to a report from Forum 18. During the raid, officials searched the home for Christian literature and confiscated two Bibles. The seven were then taken to the Public Prosecutor´s office where they were threatened and insulted. They were told they should be publicly denounced as traitors. One woman was threatened with expulsion from her rented apartment.
Pray the Lord will grace His people with the quiet joy that comes from knowing they are falsely accused for Christ´s sake. Pray their trust in Christ will overshadow any fear they might face. Ask God to restore the Bibles and Christian literature taken from them.
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RUSSIA Russia is currently experiencing a resurgence of religious repression similar to that of an earlier period in the country´s history. “Our country, Russia, experiences a very difficult time now. In many respects it is very similar to the 1920-1930 period in Russian history,” writes Isabel Du Toit, Head of Prayer Ministry for the TBN and Association of Christian Churches “Union of Christians,” in an e-mail obtained by ASSIST News Service (ANS). “Today we face a new wave of slander against Christian leaders in Russia. There are waves of gossip to discredit Russian main Christian leaders, i.e. Bishop Sergey Ryahovsky (head of the Russian Pentecostal Union), Bishop Paul Okara (head of the Russian Evangelical Church) and Bishop Igor ´Nikki´ Nikitin (head of the Association of Christian Churches´ Union of Christians).” Du Toit asks concerned Christians in the United States to “please stand with us in prayer to end this tendency and prevent the repetition of these happenings.”
Pray the Spirit of Christ will fill Russian churches and their leaders. Pray God will protect His Body from splits and destruction. Pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit throughout Russia.
ASSIST News Service

INDIA
From setting fire to churches to force “reconversion” to Hinduism, extremists persecuted Roman Catholics throughout 2005. In several cases of religiously motivated violence this year, police refused to file charges, leaving the victims with no legal means to pursue their complaints. In other cases desecration of religious objects was recorded only as petty crime or theft. Christian leaders may disagree on whether persecution has increased in India this year, but undisputed are the scars many Catholics bear for the Savior whose birth they are celebrating. (Click here)
Pray the Catholics under attack will draw close to Jesus, their Protector. Pray the suffering of all Christians in India will bring unity to the Body of Christ. Pray the Holy Spirit will draw Hindus to seek TRUTH.
Compass Direct

7 Ene '06

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