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The Zhonmu City People´s Court sentenced Chinese house church pastor Zhang Rongliang to seven and a half years in prison on June 29. Zhang is a key leader of the China for Christ house church movement. He was arrested by Henan police and held without charges on December 1, 2004. Months later was he charged with “attaining a passport through cheating” and with “illegal border crossing.” Chinese authorities often deny passports to well-known house church leaders. Previously Zhang had been detained five times and spent a total of 12 years in prison for his religious activities. He also co-authored a joint house church “Confession of Faith.” Following his arrest, authorities confiscated Christian DVDs and other materials from Zhang´s house that allegedly linked him with foreign Christians. Contact with foreign co-religionists can constitute illegal activity in China. Pastor Zhang has five chronic diseases, including high blood pressure and severe diabetes, which were all acknowledged in an official hospital diagnosis in 2005. According to Chinese law, Pastor Zhang is qualified to ask for medical parole based on his health condition. Chen has appealed to human rights groups around the world to pay close attention to her husband´s case – and has asked the international Christian community to continue praying for her husband.
Pray God will give Pastor Zhang the physical and spiritual strength to endure. Pray that even now the Lord is preparing the hearts and minds of those with whom he will share the gospel while he is in prison. Pray the Holy Spirit will open the blinded eyes of the Chinese authorities so they can see Jesus.
Fuente:China Aid Association

CUBA

On June 26, the Rev. Carlos Lamelas, pastor and former national president of the Church of God in Cuba, was unexpectedly freed from jail. Members of Lamelas´ extended family accompanied his wife, Uramis, and two daughters to the Villa Marita Detention Center in Havana last Monday for what they thought would be their weekly 15-minute visit with the jailed pastor. “It was a surprise indeed on Monday when we went for the visit,” Carlos Lamelas´ sister, Lourdes, informed friends in an e-mail. “They informed us that they had decided on a change in procedure and that the case was closed. He was free to go home.” Arrested on February 20, Lamelas spent more than four months in jail without being formally charged. In a phone conversation from his home in Havana following his exit from jail, Lamelas told a friend that authorities had granted him “provisional” release. Give thanks and praise to God for Pastor Lamelas´ unexpected release. Pray the Lord will make this “provisional” release permanent. Pray God will continue to grow His church in Cuba, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.
Fuente: Compass Direct

INDIA

Christian believers and their pastor were attacked during a worship service in India last Sunday. While police looked on, about 20 people surrounded and then attacked worshipers at the Good Shepherd Community Church in the Indian Punjab on July 2. One man helping out at the church was seriously injured and was admitted to the hospital. The pastor filed a report with the police later. However, about 50 Sarpanch villagers, came to the hospital and threatened to kill the pastor if he didn´t leave. Then the villagers forcibly removed the pastor from the hospital. The pastor and his church members have faced persecution by the head of the village and his followers for a number of years. They have asked the pastor and his flock to leave the village, and threatened the pastor with “dire consequences” if doesn´t withdraw complaints he has lodged with authorities about prior incidents. The land on which the Good Shepherd Community Church sits was donated to the congregation in 2003. According to SVM, “The latest attack on the church took place in the presence of police personnel who were posted on the orders of the High Court for protection, as well as prevention of any untoward happening in the church premises. Sadly the police officials are allegedly siding with the attackers. They have sent false reports to the higher authorities and refused to lodge (a complaint). And none of the accused have been taken into custody and action initiated so far.”
Continue praying for Christians in India. Go before the throne with the certainty that those who come to Jesus will never be cast out. Pray our heavenly Father will protect all of His children in India.
Fuente: Salem Voice Ministries

NIGERIA
Local church leaders said Muslim extremists overwhelmed police officers who were providing refuge for an unidentified Christian woman in Niger state on June 28. Extremists stoned and clubbed the woman to death for doing street evangelism. David Atabo of the Roman Catholic Church in Izom said he witnessed the killing of the woman. He said she had met a group of Muslim youths, shared the gospel with them and gave them tracts. When nearby Muslim elders learned that the woman had preached to the youths, they claimed she insulted the prophet of Islam, Muhammad, and ordered that she be killed. Police rescued her and took her into protective custody, but a mob stormed the police station. “The police, realizing that the Muslim crowd was overwhelming, smuggled the woman through a back door to escape with her, but the Muslims blocked all escape routes, and at this point the police abandoned the woman to save their lives,” Atabo said.
Pray our omnipotent Father will move in power to change the hearts of Muslim extremists in Nigeria. Pray Christians will continue bold and loving in sharing their faith. Pray God will use the martyrdom of this bold Christian woman for His ultimate and eternal glory.

Fuente: Compass Direct
 
26 Jul '06

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Famine victims in Malawi
Malawi, one of the poorest nations in the world, is still suffering from the famine that reached its peak toward the end of 2005. Drought caused crops to wither in the brutal heat. The price of corn soared beyond the reach of millions, forcing many to fill their empty stomachs with wild plants. Many waded into crocodile-infested lakes to pull up the roots of water lilies.
The president of Malawi declared the country a “disaster area,” and warned that 5 million people, almost half the population, were threatened with starvation. In addition to famine, 14 percent of Malawians are infected with the AIDS virus; thus many farmers are too sick to work. They must choose to spend what little money they have on medicine or of food.
Approximately 12 million people are still in need of food aid due to drought and disease.
Ironically, most of the worst-hit villages were located in a fertile river valley fed with water from Lake Malawi. Farmers, however, who cannot afford wheelbarrows and other tools, had no way to transport the water to their fields.
Christian Aid was able to wire emergency funds to The Church of Disciples Mission, an indigenous ministry in Malawi. Since food is available if one has money to buy it, native missionaries were immediately able to buy and distribute food to the starving, and continue to lend aid to those in need. Help is needed for the ongoing crisis.
Churches started by the ministry have increased in number since the famine because many people learned about Christ’s love through the kindness of the gospel workers.

Hindu radicals attack native missionaries in India
Native missionaries working with a Christian Aid- supported ministry have recently focused on spreading the gospel in a Hindu-dominated suburb of Mumbai. Each week, gospel workers engage in open- air preaching and door-to-door evangelism. Several of these workers were recently attacked when 500 people gathered at a large hall to hear God’s Word. Approximately 50 Hindu radicals stormed the stage where the evangelists were preaching, and attacked them with rods and bicycle chains. The nine-person team was badly beaten. One of the team members was dragged in front of a Hindu temple and repeatedly told to deny Christ.
The team arrived at ministry headquarters and were immediately taken to the hospital. When the matter was reported to the local newspaper, the believers were accused of converting people to Christianity. Still the ministry has decided to continue its work in the city, as many have shown interest in Christ. They are praying for the means to buy a plot of land to construct a church building.

Indigenous ministry continues to help mudslide victims in the Philippines
In February, a mudslide covered an entire village in southern Leyte. More than 1,000 people were buried alive and thousands more were left homeless. Little Lighthouse Frontliners for Christ sent native missionaries to conduct medical camps and distribute antibiotics and vitamins among those who became ill from contaminated drinking water and living in unsanitary conditions.
With help from Christian Aid, the ministry was also able to help minority groups that were overlooked by most relief agencies. The chief of the Aetas, a Filipino tribe that mainly earns their living through fishing, appealed to the ministry for help. Thus far, LLFC has given medical check-ups to 100 adults and children, provided medicine to 600 people and distributed 120 New Testaments in the Cebuano language. Through their care and concern, 20 people accepted Christ as Savior. 
Fuente: Christian Aid Mission

 
10 Jul '06

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