Egyptian Appeal

OpenDoors is calling for donations to support Egyptian Christians and the organisations on the ground teams and partners. To make donation: https://secure.opendoors.org.au/

ChristianToday reports that Christians in Egypt are facing fresh attacks in Egypt. A mob of 4000 people are said to have attacked Christians in the village of Soul, 30 kms from Cairo. For story: http://www.christiantoday.com/article/christians.face.fresh.attacks.in.egypt/27631.htm

 

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POSTED 16 Mar 2011
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International News

  • EU intolerance

  • Irish abortion
    Ireland’s anti-abortion laws breach European human rights law, the European Court of Human Rights said in a landmark and binding case that could have implications for other European countries, reports the Catholic News Service. For story: http://www.cathnews.com/article.aspx?aeid=24564

  • Indonesia closures
    The Australian Prayer Network reports that Islamic groups and local governments in Indonesia have closed 110 churches during the past three years. Radical Muslim groups coerce local governments to send letters to churches prohibiting any activities. When the church does not comply they are often burned down or otherwise damaged. The Indonesian Human Rights Commission reported that discrimination and violence against churches was most common in the provinces of West Java, Banten, Central Java, South Sulawesi and Bengkulu.

  • Egypt persecutions
    Rev Fred Nile issued a statement expressing concern with Egyptian persecutions. He said that on Nov 24, 2010 nearly 5000 security forces with over 45 vehicles cordoned off a church site while building work was occurring. The forces used tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition on the workers. Inside the church nearly 200 people were praying. Over 200 were arrested.

  • Baghdad persecution
    The Barnabas Fund reports that an elderly Christian Couple and their daughter were killed in their home on Sunday night 5 Dec. 4 gunmen raided the Baghdad home and repeatedly short them with silenced pistols. The victims, Hikmat and Samira Sammak, had fled their home earlier but had returned briefly to finalise the sale of their home and furniture. Two Christian brothers Saad and Raad Hannah were shot dead in their car workshop in Mosul. The incident followed the assassination of two other Christians by gunmen who burst into their Mosul home. Christians are leaving Mosul and Baghdad in waves. About 500 families are reported to be on the move to the Kurdish region.

  • Baghdad security
    The Vicar of Baghdad, Cannon Andrew White reports that many Christians are continuing to flee Iraq. He now attends church in body armour, using armoured cars and surrounded by Iraqi Military. The church is now surrounded by bomb barricades. ON a recent trip out of Baghdad he was given 120 military personal instead of the normal 35 soldiers that surround him. He says normal Christians do not have such security and so are at risk. Source: Australian Prayer Network Newsletter  Dec 6, 2010.

  • Abortion Prayers
    The Pope has issued an unprecedented request for worldwide prayer against abortion. The call is not limited to Catholics with him asking “leaders of all churches to involve the faithful in their respective parishes, religious communities, associations and movements to engage with his prayer initiative. Mary McClusky, from the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities in the Catholic Church, says the call is especially important at a time when attacks on the worth of human life seem to be at an all-time high. Source: Australian Prayer Network Newsletter  Dec 6, 2010.

  • Algeria church closures
    Police have issued orders for three Algerian churches to cease activity, bringing to 19 the number of congregations told to shut down during the past year. The church closures come amid a flurry of antagonistic media articles warning of campaigns by Protestants to “Christianize” Algeria. Religious Affairs Minister Bu’Abdallah Ghoulamullah has called on Christian groups in Algeria to re-register according to Algeria’s associations’ law. Source: Australian Prayer Network Newsletter  Dec 6, 2010.

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  • Fundraising manager
    Trans World Radio is seeking a marketing/fundraising manager. TWR reaches across 160 countries and in over 220 languages and dialects. For info contact Garrison Pearse – National Director on 03 8060 6055 or 0417 170 265
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POSTED 27 Dec 2010
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Egyptian Attacks

Rev Fred Nile, leader of the Christian Democratic Party, has called for Christians in Australian to pray for their brother and sisters in Egypt amidst escalating persecution. He made the comments after a church in Cairo was attacked by a mob joined by the Egyptian security forces while they prayed. On Nov 15 and 16 a Muslim group destroyed 22 houses in the Christian sector of Al-Nawahed village.

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POSTED 4 Dec 2010
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Church Attacks

The Barnabas Fund reports that up to 400 Christians were trapped inside a church for 19 hours on March 12, 2010 when a Muslim mob, estimated to at between 2000 and 3000 people attached the building. The event occurred in Marsa-Matruh, in northwest Egypt. The mob hurled stones during a service, then entered the church and began to assault the Christians. The mob then burnt Christian-owned houses, shops, businesses and cars. 23 Christians were injured in the violence.

Action: the Barnabas Fund asks that people pray for those Christians praying that they will be able to love and forgive their enemies and that their witness will open the eyes of those who persecute them.

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POSTED 24 Apr 2010
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Egyptian Raids

More than 100 Christians in Egypt have been arrested in an ongoing campaign that started on Jan 7. Many people were arrested in raids in Nag Hammadi and Bahgoura. Source: Australian Prayer Network Newsletter

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POSTED 19 Mar 2010
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