Fear New Muslim President Will Erode Religious Liberty – Compass Direct News
Christians worry persecution in mostly Islamic northern Nigeria will increase
following the election of Musa Yar´ Adua, a Muslim, as president. Church
leaders are concerned Yar´ Adua will aggravate existing problems for Christians
in the region. “The election of Yar´ Adua will aggravate the problems of
Christians in northern Nigeria. Our fear is that under a Muslim president,
religious liberty will be eroded,” Rev. Polit told Compass. “As
governor of Katsina state in northern Nigeria, Yar´Aduna imposed Shariah
(Islamic) law and presided over a system of deliberate denial of land for
building churches, as well as government agencies that arbitrarily closed some
churches,” Compass reported. Pray God encourages Christians to continue
standing for him in the midst of persecution and uncertainty. Psalm 32:7,
Psalms 91:14


Chinese and
American Christian Leaders in Xinjiang – China Aid Association
On April 19, 2007, more than 30 house-church leaders and four American
Christians were arrested in Xinjiang province. China Aid Association (CAA)
reports the four Americans are still in an undisclosed hotel for questioning
and the PSB confiscated their luggage. Eight Chinese pastors received criminal
detention papers for 30 days detention and were accused of being “suspects
involved in evil cult activities.” Eye witnesses told CAA that at least
two of the arrested were seen with bleeding noses and bruises on their faces
because of torture during interrogations. Pray for the pastors in prison and
for their families. Ask God to protect them as they face pending charges. II
Timothy 4: 16-18 

church requests prayer after three Christians martyred in Malatya – VOM Sources
The Protestant Church in Smyrna is requesting Christians to pray for the
families of the three believers killed on April 18, 2007, in Malatya, Turkey.
According to a press release, the church urged Christians to pray that someday
the perpetrators of the gruesome murders would receive Christ and for God to
use the testimonies of the martyred brothers to draw others in the knowledge of
Him. II Corinthians 1:3-7

INDIA  Christians Arrested and Beaten


On April
17, four pastors were arrested by local police in the Cuttack district after
Hindu extremists saw them distributing Christian literature and accused them of
forcibly converting Hindus to Christianity. The pastors were released on bail
the following day.


Two pastors
were beaten and jailed after more than 20 members of a Hindu extremist group
disrupted a prayer meeting. The extremists surrounded the house where the
Christians were meeting and verbally abused the pastors. When the police
arrived the pastors were ordered to accompany them to the police station. On
the way, the extremists attacked again, beating the pastors and four believers
who accompanied them. The extremists accused the pastors of forced conversions
and are being held in the central prison. Pray for God to speedily heal those
who were injured and that Christians in India will trust Him in the midst of
great persecution

VOM Sources


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20 Jun '07

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