Indian Christians beaten and tortured by religious extremists
Hindu extremists have beaten and tortured 29 Christians who refused to deny their faith in Christ in the village of Katholi in India, reports say. The radicals also destroyed several Christian homes, and forced dozens of believers to flee the village. The Hindu extremists apparently set up rituals aimed at converting the Christians into Hindus, and held a public meeting where they gathered believers. After the Christians, which included men, women, and children, refused to convert, however, they were beaten and tortured. Excerpts from this link.
Crackdown of churches in China continues
A church in China was stopped from holding services, and members forced to register their identification cards with authorities. According to Texas-based Christian charity China Aid, local officials raided Huoshi Fellowship church in Gansu, north-western China, on May 29. The details of each church member were logged, and the church was warned not to continue holding meetings. The Communist party is believed to be becoming progressively more suspicious of the influence of Christianity, which is experiencing significant growth in China. Up to 1,700 churches have been demolished or had their crosses torn down over the past two years. Excerpts from this link.
Elderly Christian forced to convert to Islam after he can’t afford tax
An elderly Christian man has been forced to convert to Islam in Raqqa, Syria, because he can no longer afford to pay the tax levied by ISIS on non-Muslims. Islamic State’s Amaq news agency released a video in which a man named Mostafa Abu Alzer recites the Shahada, the Muslim profession of faith. He then says that he has freely chosen to convert. However, other sources convey that Abu Alzer could not pay the ‘jiziya’ tax levied by ISIS, and converted to protect his home. Christians in ISIS-controlled cities have been given the option to flee, convert to Islam, pay a tax, or risk ‘death by the sword’. For more on this story, click here.
Egyptian Christian girls kidnapped, forced to marry and convert to Islam
Teenage girls in Egypt are being kidnapped and being forced to convert to Islam and marry, according to new reports. International Christian Concern says the local Christian community in Egypt is “paralysed” by the spate of disappearances of the young girls. They include Amal Shaky, 19, kidnapped presumably on her way to Cairo University, according to International Christian Concern. Click here to read more.
Pakistani refugees in Thailand ‘chained like dogs’
With the persecution against Christians in Pakistan so severe, many are fleeing to Thailand as refugees. However, their situation there is terrible, with hardly livable conditions in their camps. A few refugees have also died following ignorance on part of the United Nations and the local authorities to provide them proper healthcare facilities. The conditions in the immigration detention facilities, according to British Pakistani Christian Association, are inhuman, with men chained like dogs in some cases. Click here to read more on this story.
Five dead in Lebanon on a suicide attack on a Christian village
A predominantly Christian village in Lebanon has been hit by a series of devastating suicide attacks. At least five people have been killed and 15 wounded after four bombers blew themselves up in the village of Qaa, near the border with Syria. It is not clear what was the target of the attack, nor who was responsible. Excerpts from this link.
Three missionaries go missing in the Middle-East
Three missionaries who were working to distribute Bibles in the Middle East were attacked by Muslim extremists and have now gone missing. According to ChristianToday.com, the three missionaries were working with Bibles for Mideast, a ministry that distributes Bibles to underground churches in 17 Middle Eastern countries. The three men were brutally attacked by Islamic extremists before some locals rescued them and took them to the hospital. They were discharged early from the hospital and have been missing since. Click here to read the complete story here.
ISIS spy turns to Jesus
A former ISIS militant, who identified himself as ‘Mohammad’, admitted that he has given his heart to follow Jesus. He was sent by his commander in Iraq to go spying to a church in Turkey, pioneered by Pastor Ghassan Thomas for the Iraqi refugees like himself. Mohammad says, he was touched by the love shown by the church, as they welcomed him and prayed for him. “I cried like a child, when they prayed for me.” Soon, he started reading the Bible and admitted that the God of the Bible is the true God. Click here to read more on this incredible story.
Proverbs 31 Ministries President healed of cancer
Proverbs 31 Ministries President Lysa TerKeurst recently underwent significant surgery to remove half her colon. The results could have been devastating, but the power of prayer saved her life. “Lysa, I don’t like throwing around the word miracle. But the fact you survived this is a miracle. The pathology report showed your cells were in a state of death,” TerKeurst recalls her doctor saying. Excerpts from this link.
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