Pregnant Sudanese Woman Sentenced to Death for Refusing To Deny Christ
Meriam Yahia Ibrahim, a 27-year-old Sudanese doctor due to have her second baby in June 2014, has been condemned to death by hanging after refusing to renounce her Christian faith, despite pressure on her to do so, even in court. Her lawyer reported that, after the court had given her three days to reconsider, Ibrahim bravely asserted again that she is a Christian. On May 11, the Public Order Court in El Haj Yousef in Khartoum had sentenced Ibrahim to death for apostasy. Her sentence that day to 100 lashes for alleged “adultery” has also been upheld. Click here to read more on the story of this brave woman.
Abducted Nigerian Girls Forcefully Converted to Islam
A recent video of 100 of the 276 Nigerian girls who were kidnapped by militant outfit Boko Haram have revealed that the girls were forced to chant, “Praise be to Allah, the lord of the world.” Since their abduction in April 14, it is the first time that a video of the girls has surfaced. In separate shots included in the 27-minute video, a man says he will release the girls only after imprisoned members of Boko Haram are freed. In the video, the man who claims to be Shekau says the girls — who come from a Christian stronghold – have converted to Islam. Click here to read this story.
Uganda Churches on High Alert After Terrorist Attack Warning
Churches in Uganda have been told they may be targeted by Somalian Islamist terrorist group, Al-Shabab. Reverend Mead Birungi, of World Shine Ministries, told World Watch Monitor that anti-terrorist police are providing security to churches in Uganda after the US embassy there warned of possible attacks.
There are also concerns of imminent attacks in Kenya and Rev Birungi said people were being informed about what explosives look like “so that they can identify them”. Excerpts taken from this link.
Filipino Village Awakened to Gospel by Relief Efforts
A small-scale spiritual awakening continues in Agojo, a Filipino fishing village devastated by Typhoon Haiyan last November. Nearly 80 Filipinos have made decisions for Christ followed by dozens of ocean baptisms and the start of multiple Simbalays, or Filipino home churches. The new Filipino believers face challenges and need prayer, volunteers said. Excerpts taken from this link.
Christian Singer’s Home Miraculously Escapes Being Burnt by Wildfires
Christian singer Rebecca St. James’ home had a narrow escape after wildfires stopped just some feet away.
St. James posted a picture on Facebook of how close the fire was in destroying her home, and thanked her fans for praying for her.
Click here to read this miraculous story.
90-Year-Old Vet Says Bible Saved His Life During World War II
A 90-year-old war veteran shared his story of how a pocket Bible that he carried near his heart saved his life during WWII. Greensboro News-Record reporter Jeri Rowe recently sat down with Doc Long, who will turned 90 on 28 May 2014, to hear his story. Long joined the Army at age 19, and was given a Bible from his Aunt May that had his named etched in gold on the front. While he was shot, a piece of shrapnel pierced through the small Bible occupying his pocket. More on this story here.
Follow-Up: Saeed Abedini Remains in Prison for Second Consecutive Birthday
May 7 marked Saeed Abedini’s second consecutive birthday in an Iranian prison. The American pastor has remained in prison for two-and-a half years since he was arrested in 2012 for allegedly working for an underground Christian church movement in the nation, an infraction he was let off for with a warning in 2009. At the time of arrest, Adedini was in Iran to assist with a secular orphanage project. Click here to read more.
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