Persecution 2013 WatchList

Open Doors has released its annual list of the top countries were pesecutions occur. Topping the list, for the 11th year in a row is North Korea,. Five new countries, Mali, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Niger entered the list for the first time. The report says there are an estimated 100 million Christians that are being persecuted.  Egypt was 25th on the list, just below Tanzanzia. Vietnam was 21st on the list. The countries that took part in the “Arab Spring” have seen an rise in persecution as a result of the rise in Islamism. For full list details click here.

Action: Opendoors asks that people pray for those countries in the 2013 World Watch list. Pray for the Christians living in these places. Pray for the leadership of these nations, pray that God will continue to strengthen His church in these countries.

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POSTED 19 Jan 2013
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Zoo Weekly Asylum Comp

Zoo Weekly withdrew a competition it was holding to find Australia’s hottest asylum seeker. The competition read: “if you’ve swapped persecution for s-xiness, we want to shoot you. (with a camera-relax!). It followed a petition run on change.org which was signed by 7500 people. For more click here. Zoo apolggised for being insensitive to asylum seekers who had been through traumatic experiences.

Melinda Tankard Reist writes about Zoo in her latest blog.

Action: MTR says that people should:

Take a stand against Zoo magazine’s contempt for women.

Submit a complaint using the online enquiry form on the Classifications website.

Contact National sales manager of Zoo Magazine, Ben Cook:  bjcook@acpmagazines.com.au

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POSTED 27 Jul 2012

Kenya violence

OpenDoors reports that at least 18 people died, while 66 were wounded, in the north eastern town of Garissa in Kenya on Sunday 1 July. Assailants wearing balaclavas simultaneously burst into the Africa Inland Church (AIC) and Lady of Consolata Catholic Church, shooting at worshippers and detonating grenades. Two policemen guarding the AIC were among those killed – four of the injured remain in critical condition in Nairobi hospitals. For story click here.

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?” Romans 8:35

Action: Open Doors asks that you pray for the Lords comfort for the bereaved and injured and for the OpenDoors workers in the country as they investigate the attacks and determine a response.

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POSTED 16 Jul 2012
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Muslim Evangelism Info

Frontline Fellowship has produced a much expanded Muslim Evangelism Workshop MP3 Boxset which includes: Comparing the Quran with the Bible; Understanding the Challenge of Islam; Uprooting Terrorism; Slavery and Jihad in Sudan; Slavery – The Rest of the Story; Guidelines for Evangelising Muslims; Challenging Muslims; The Gospel and Abraham; The Challenge of Islam according to the Reformers; Women in Islam; The End of Islam; Reformation or Islamisation; Revival Amidst Persecution in Sudan; Understanding the Crusades; The Crusades and Jihad; The Great Siege of Malta; Dealing with Guilt Manipulation; Faith Under Fire in Sudan; What is Going on in the Middle East? and Muslim Evangelism.

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POSTED 22 May 2012
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Philippines Pastor Deaths

MINDANAO, Philippines – The Philippines is a mostly Christian nation, but in the south, Muslim fundamentalists are trying to build an Islamic state. Christians there face persecution and even death. For report see article by CBN News’ Lucille Talusan, “Philippines Pastors Face Death for Ministry to Muslims, March 24, 2012.

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POSTED 24 Mar 2012
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Prayer for Persecuted Church

Opendoors is organising the International Days of Prayer for Persecuted Church (IDOP). It runs from 6-13 November. “Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him.” Ecclesiastes 4:12. For ideas on how to get involved in praying for the persecuted in small groups, individuals, churches, youth groups and to get IDOP resources see: http://www.opendoors.org.au/pray/idop2011

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POSTED 10 Nov 2011
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Opendoors Film Tour

From 13 Nov-28 Nov, Opendoors is holding its annual film tour through WA, visiting 16 places. It will include a film from Iraq and a Middle East update on persecution.

Some dates:

  • Kelmscott, 13 Nov, 2011@7pm, Kelmscott Baptist Church, 29 Third Ave, Kelmscott
  • Bunbury, 16 Nov 2011@7.30pm at the Eaton Baptist Church, 19 Bobin St, Eaton.
  • Albany, 19 Nov 2011@7.30pm, Albany Foresquare Church, 47 Pioneer Rd, Albany.
  • Busselton, 20 Nov 2011 @6.30pm, Busselton Baptist Church, Cnr Queen Elizabeth Ave and Recreation Lane.

For more details and places: http://www.opendoors.org.au/eventsp/meupdateseries

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POSTED 10 Nov 2011
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Persecutions

The Middle East Forum reports on a number of recent persecutions. In Indonesia 2 churches were set alight, in Iran officials launched a bible burning campaign confiscating and destroying 7000 bibles. For more: http://www.meforum.org/

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POSTED 21 Sep 2011

Discrimination Rises

Religious discrimination is on the increase globally, according to the report “Rising Restrictions on Religion,” published by the Pew Forum. In 130 countries Christians were harassed, Muslims in 117 countries, 75 Jews in 75. For story: http://www.christiantoday.com/article/religious.discrimination.on.the.increase.worldwide/28439.htm

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POSTED 11 Sep 2011

Chinese Detained

In China a number of underground Church leaders from Tianshui diocese in the northwestern Gansu province have been detained. For more: http://www.ucanews.com/2011/08/23/wait-officials-detain-underground-leaders/

Or: http://www.cathnews.com/article.aspx?aeid=27842

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POSTED 11 Sep 2011
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