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Saturday November 28, 2015

Two Converts from Islam Slain in Yemen

Both Christians had received threats; one from Muslim family members, the other from Al Qaeda.By Our Middle East Correspondent
ISTANBUL, Turkey, November 25, 2015 (Morning Star News) – Two Christians in Yemen, both converts from Islam, have been ambushed and killed because of their faith, according to sources close to the victims.
In Taiz, a city with a pre-war population of 600,000 people in southwest Yemen, at least one member of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) ambushed a Christian man in the city and shot him 15 to 20 times in early September. A second Christian was shot once in his home on Oct. 2, sources said. The second victim may have been killed by a Muslim extremist group or by members of his own family, they said.

Due to security threats in Yemen, a 99.9-percent Sunni Muslim country ruled by sharia (Islamic law) and embroiled in a civil war, the names of the victims and the sources cannot be released.

Both men were openly confessing Christ. A Yemeni friend of the second Christian said the convert was involved in evangelism, though he tried to keep his activities low key.

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Wednesday November 25, 2015

Burma (Myanmar) Military Offensive Displaces Kachin Christians

In spite of elections and reforms, no end in sight for conflict with ethnic minorities.By Our Burma Correspondent
YANGON, Burma, November 22, 2015 (Morning Star News) – Artillery and air strikes by Burma (Myanmar) government forces on rebel bases in Kachin state in the past week displaced hundreds of ethnic Kachin, a predominantly Christian people long targeted in part because they are not Buddhist.
The Rev. Lama Yaw of the Kachin Baptist Convention, who visited areas near Mohnyin where the offensive intensified on Nov. 15, told Morning Star News by phone that 200 civilians took shelter in area churches after attacks by a jet, helicopter gunships and artillery against the Kachin Independence Army (KIA). Another Christian leader in Mohnyin told The Irrawaddy newspaper that some 300 villagers had fled their homes on Thursday (Nov. 19) and were taking shelter in his church.

Pastor Yaw said area Christians were shaken by the attacks, which continued through the week, as they have long seen civilians and church buildings targeted by government weaponry and soldiers.

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Wednesday November 25, 2015

Armed Muslims Take Wife, Children from Christian in Kenya

Also in coastal region further south, two church buildings gutted.By Our East Africa Correspondent
NAIROBI, Kenya, November 20, 2015 (Morning Star News) – A secret Christian in coastal Kenya escaped Muslim in-laws who last week sought to stab him and took his wife and children, less than two weeks after Islamic extremists further south torched two church buildings, sources said.

Former Muslim Hassan Ali said he narrowly escaped death when Muslim neighbors and in-laws armed with knives and a dagger known as a “Somali sword” on Nov. 11 knocked on his door in Witu, Lamu County at about 8 p.m.

“I thank God that I am alive,” Ali said. “I know they were out to kill me. I am praying that my wife will not lose her faith in Christ.”

He said area Muslims may have come for him after noting his lack of mosque attendance.

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Thursday November 19, 2015

China Detains Christian Attorney, Activist Fighting Harassment of Churches

Officials seek to silence, neutralize advocates for freedom of religion/speech.By the Editor
November 18, 2015 (Morning Star News) – A Christian activist writing against harassment of churches in China’s Zhejiang Province was temporarily detained and threatened this month, and an attorney representing some of the fellowships remains missing.
The detentions are the latest signs of a government crackdown on at least 230 human rights lawyers and activists since July.

China’s National Security Bureau on Nov. 3 raided the home of writer Zan Aizong, who had been blogging on violations of religious freedom and the destruction of crosses on church buildings in Zhejiang Province that officials have undertaken since last year, according to the South China Morning Post. Authorities accused Zan of inciting subversion of national security, and they threatened and intimidated him before he was released.

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Thursday November 19, 2015

Young Woman in Uganda Beaten, Disowned for Putting Faith in Christ

Father persuaded not to kill her.By Our East Africa Correspondent
NAIROBI, Kenya, November 16, 2015 (Morning Star News) – The father of a young Muslim woman in east Uganda on Thursday (Nov. 12) tried to beat her to death after she became a Christian, but community leaders intervened and limited him to disowning her, sources said.
Kibida Muyemba learned that his 21-year-old daughter, Namusisi Birye, had put her faith in Christ at an evangelistic campaign held that day in Nandere village, Kadama Sub-county, Kibuku District, 41 kilometers (25 miles) west of Mbale, church leaders told Morning Star News. Birye and a man in the traditional dress of an imam confessed openly to receiving Christ, they said, and angry Muslims cut the event short.

Word of Birye’s conversion had reached her parents by the time she arrived home at 7 p.m., and her father began beating her, Birye said.

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Friday November 13, 2015

Another Church Building Demolished in Omdurman, Sudan

Authorities gave no prior notice, church leaders say.By Our Sudan Correspondent
JUBA, South Sudan, November 11, 2015 (Morning Star News) – Authorities in Sudan have demolished a Sudanese Church of Christ (SCOC) building in the same area of Omdurman where they destroyed another church building a week earlier, sources said.
After bulldozing a Lutheran Church of Sudan (LCS) building on Oct. 21, authorities in the Karari area of Omdurman demolished the SCOC building on Oct. 27 without prior warning, church leaders said. Local authorities said the SCOC building was on government land, a claim church leaders adamantly denied.

“It seems that the government is systemically targeting churches in these times,” one church leader told Morning Star News. “They did not give us notice before the demolition.”

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Tuesday November 3, 2015

Court in Pakistan Acquits Muslims Accused of Raping Two Christian Girls

Prosecution absent, key witness bribed, sources say.Special to Morning Star News
LONDON, October 31, 2015 (Morning Star News) – Two Muslim men who raped two Christian sisters in Pakistan last year have been acquitted after Islamists pressured a key witness not to testify and a prosecutor failed to show up in court, family and legal sources said.
The two teenaged girls (names withheld) had gone to a toilet in a field near their village of Jaranwala, Faisalabad on Nov. 28, 2014 when the men, Muhammad Shahbaz and Muhammad Azeem, abducted them at gunpoint, beat one for protesting, took them to a house and raped them throughout the night, they said. The girls said they recognized the assailants, said to be between 25 and 30 years old, as they were from their area.

The girls’ father, whose name is withheld for legal reasons, told Morning Star News a witness changed his statement after receiving a bribe, which led to the collapse of a hearing at Jaranwala Trial Court on Oct. 10. The court on Oct. 15 acquitted the suspects. [READ MORE]


Friday October 30, 2015

Nigeria's Slain, Indigenous Missionaries Leave Legacy of Faith

Christian workers sent to dangerous northeast gave their lives for the gospel.By Our Nigeria Correspondent
JOS, Nigeria, October 29, 2015 (Morning Star News) – Amid ongoing dangers, Christian leaders in Nigeria this month recalled the exemplary faith of indigenous missionaries who gave their lives in areas overrun by Islamic extremist militants.
While President Muhammadu Buhari told an India-African summit this week that Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has been contained to “sporadic” attacks in remote areas, leaders of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) told Morning Star News how Nigerian missionaries sent to those areas have suffered.

“These missionaries have been laboring in very dangerous, remote mission fields, far away from modern civilization,” said Elijah Ipole, head of media for the ECWA’s Evangelical Missionary Society (EMS). “Some have had to bury their loved ones while in mission fields. Some have had their properties looted or completely destroyed by the enemies of the gospel.”

Established in 1947 to empower indigenous African missionaries to take over missions work from foreign missionaries in Nigeria, EMS has lost five of its leaders to Boko Haram and other jihadists in the last four years, according to the ECWA president. One of them, the Rev. Isma Dogari, was murdered in Bauchi state in 2011. An EMS report describes his death: 

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Friday October 30, 2015

Church Building Burned Down in Eastern Sudan

Radical Muslims suspected.By Our Sudan Correspondent
JUBA, South Sudan, October 28, 2015 (Morning Star News) – On top of recent government demolitions of church buildings, suspected Muslim extremists in Sudan’s eastern city of Al Qadarif this month set fire to one used by a 500-member congregation, sources said.
Leaders from the Lutheran Church of Sudan said they suspect a radical Muslim set the blaze that charred their building the night of Oct. 16 following a prayer meeting. The meeting was a part of a week door-to-door evangelization the church carries out annually, and church leaders said the outreach may have upset area Muslims.

The church building and a guest-house attached to it were gutted, rendering them unusable, they said. [READ MORE]

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Friday October 30, 2015

Influential Monk in Burma Builds Buddhist Structures on Church Property

Baptist congregation unable to worship at site. By Our Burma Correspondent
MAE SOT, Thailand, October 26, 2015 (Morning Star News) – An influential Buddhist monk in southern Burma (also called Myanmar) has erected Buddhist structures in a Baptist church compound.

Ethnic Karen Christians in Hpa-An, capital of Karen state, have protested a Buddhist pagoda and a stupa, a structure containing Buddhist relics, since building began in August. Myaing Kyee Ngu Sayadaw, a revered Buddhist abbot and founder of the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA), led the building over the protests of the Christian community.

“The stupa and pagoda are almost finished – the monk didn’t listen the Christian community,” an ethnic Karen woman in Hpa-An, Nang Khin Htwe Myint, told Morning Star News by phone. “It is completely inappropriate to build a Buddhist religious project on Christian land.” [READ MORE]

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