Archive for Persecution

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http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-image-middle-age-woman-image11340371August 17, 2013 [Persecution]  I met a couple from the Middle East recently, who live in a country where churches are being burned. The Mslm Brthrhd has given them (and all Christians in their country, as in others)  four options: convert to Islm, stay and pay a regular tax, leave, or be killed. where churches are being burned. They were given those options, and though many of their friends were leaving, they decided God wanted them to stay and minister.

There had been great religious freedom in the past in their country, and suddenly, almost overnight, it was gone. (I remember friends from Eritrea saying the same thing happened to them and warned it was coming to the US one day.) Now, each day, they do not know whenever they leave their homes, if they will return alive. They told their children that men may come into the house through holes they bore in the walls from house to house, and put a knife to Mommy’s throat, and their own. “There will be some blood, Read More→

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Church-Fire-SohagAugust 13, 2013 [My Life] It was strange yesterday to see in the news the photo of one of the churches that was burned in Egypt. I am pretty certain it was a church I visited and worshipped in when I was there a few years ago. The first photo is an exterior I copied from a news service. Pictures below are pictures from my visit: the inner courtyard after the service, and singing praise songs in the service. My trip there is one of the most memorable trips I have ever had–an amazing country. The woman translating God Empowered Wife into Arabic lives in Egypt, also. Please join me in praying for her, for the safety and courage of your brothers and sisters in Christ there, and for God to pour out His Spirit on all the people of Egypt. To comment, scroll down and click “more”. Read More→

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August 3, 2013 [Persecution, China] This week, one of the most well-known and beloved pastors in China, Pastor Samuel Lam, passed away at the age of 88. Until very recently, Pastor Lam was still giving weekly sermons to thousands who attend the services at his church. Every Sunday, Pastor Lam invited foreign guests into his office, and with his broad customary smile, began to tell the story of his life, summarized in one ‘holy principle’: “More persecution, More growth.”

The son of the pastor of a small Baptist church, Pastor Lam experienced China’s communist oppression first hand. He faced his first arrest in 1955, during one of the first big waves of persecution under Chairman Mao Zedong. In all, Pastor Lam spent some 20 gruesome years in labor camps where he mostly worked in coal mines.  But despite the harsh punishments, he continued to teach. Read More→

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Syria Update

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_61977923_syria_maluula_gMay 29, 2013 [Persecution] We can learn so much from our brothers and sisters in places like Syria, about standing strong and how to pray during persecution. Be sure to read the prayer at the end of this post, written by a Syrian. This article is from Open Doors, a ministry I have been involved with for the past eight years that serves the persecuted around the world.

“For 2000 years there has been a church in Syria. It has survived since the earliest days of Christianity. But now there is conflict, violence, and persecution.  More than 15 million people have left Syria, around 4.5 million are displaced internally. Among them are thousands and thousands of Christians.  Read More→

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http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photos-middleage-chinese-woman-image16910088April 18, 2013  [Your Letters, Abortion, Persecution]
Hi, Karen,
Thank you very much for the stories all the way through. I am deeply impressed by the abortion issue, in sadness, as I have got abortion done three times.  It is out of my control, of course. I am pretty sure you know of our “one child” policy.  So, abortion becomes compulsory. Because it is compulsory, I have never thought of its spiritual or emotional consequences. Read More→

Sep
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Pastor Youcef

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September 21, 2012 [Persecution]

Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani wrote the following letter to all those who supported him and his stand for Christ, “the cause that I defend,” following his release after nearly 3 years of illegal imprisonment in Iran for his faith.  Read More→

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