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Operation Nehemiah: News Update #48 

Country/Region: United Kingdom, Europe, Germany  
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UK: Prisoners under pressure to convert to Muslim “gang”;
UK: Islamic extremists target students on social networks;
Germany: Merkel ally says Islam does not belong in Germany

 
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Operation Nehemiah: News Update #47

UK: Law that “bans insults” threatens freedom of speech, say campaigners;
UK: Halal certification body wound up by HM Revenue and Customs;
Canada: Madrassa barred from Toronto school pending hate probe;
USA: Concerns over online censorship threat to Christian views

 
Country/Region: United Kingdom, Europe  
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Operation Nehemiah: News Update #46

Swedish mosques advise wives: “don't report abusive husbands”
Britain's “Islamophobia” witch-hunt challenged after Rochdale sex ring case
UK: Marriage conference banned because of diversity fears
UK: Newcastle United planning prayer room for Muslim players

 
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Operation Nehemiah: News Update #45

UK: Faith references “inappropriate” at work, judge tells Christian doctor;
Canada: Christian student suspended over Jesus T-shirt;
Australian appeal court rules Muslim man should face jury after bias claim

 
Country/Region: United Kingdom, Europe  
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Operation Nehemiah: News Update #44

UK: Council removes “God” from opening prayers
UK: London’s largest uni to ban alcohol to accommodate Muslim students
UK: Forced marriage campaign targets mosques in Scotland

 
Country/Region: United Kingdom, Europe, Canada  
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Operation Nehemiah: News Update #43

UK: MPs narrowly reject bill on compulsory labelling of halal and kosher meat;
UK: Paganism included in religious education syllabus for Cornish schools;
UK: Islamic leader calls on Welsh Muslims to support fight for sharia abroad

 
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Operation Nehemiah: News Update #42

UK: Norwich church banned by council over Islam leaflet;
UK: Locals object to plans for domed Islamic memorial in Welsh countryside;
AUS: Football League requires prayer rooms at all stadiums

 
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  • “Jesus Christ performed tremendous miracles in all our lives through this Shalom Camp.” A pastor spoke of how God had worked through a Barnabas-sponsored weekend Bible camp for persecuted Christians in Sri Lanka. The camp was attended by believers from five different churches that had been the target of threats or attacks by Buddhist or Hindu extremists. The participants heard teaching on the Biblical basis for persecution and took part in group discussions; they came away refreshed and encouraged, and for many the camp was a time of great spiritual renewal. Give thanks to the Lord for the peace He has brought to these persecuted believers, and ask that the weekend will continue to bear much fruit in their lives. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed 20 hours ago

  • Pray for a church leader in Sri Lanka, S.S. Johnpillai, who was threatened at gunpoint by attackers who claimed to be Special Forces officers. The minister was in a hut next to his church building in Guadalupe, Trincomolee when, he said, the men “appeared out of nowhere”. The intruders put a gun to Johnpillai’s head and accused him of holding a Communion service in honour of the founder of the Tamil Tigers, the government’s opponents in the country’s long and bloody civil war. The government had that day made it a criminal offence to commemorate the group. The gunmen ignored Johnpillai’s protests that he had not dedicated Communion to the group’s founder, and they threatened to shoot him. Ask the Lord to support and strengthen Johnpillai as he recovers from this terrifying ordeal. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Tue, Apr 2014 00:00

  • Lift up to the Lord persecuted Christians in Sri Lanka, where at least 65 anti-Christian incidents took place during 2013, including repeat attacks on several believers and their property in October 2013. However, a Sri Lankan government minister from a Buddhist nationalist party denied the accounts, saying that they might be “made up”. The minister claimed that Sri Lankans are “one family … trying to live together after a long civil war”. Pray that the Sri Lankan government will recognise the danger that our brothers and sisters face from militant Buddhists and that the authorities will provide effective protection for vulnerable Christians. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Mon, Apr 2014 00:00

  • Condemned Christian mother Aasia Bibi’s final appeal hearing is scheduled to take place tomorrow (14 April) having been deferred twice. She was sentenced to death for blasphemy in November 2010 having been falsely accused of insulting Muhammad following an argument with Muslim co-workers. Aasia has been languishing in jail since the accusation was made in June 2009. Pray that her appeal will finally go ahead and that the judges will have the courage to acquit and release Aasia; there are concerns that they may give in to pressure from hardline Islamists who have been calling for her execution. Pray that Aasia, her husband and children will know the Lord’s peace as they await the verdict. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Sun, Apr 2014 00:00

  • Indians have started going to the polls this week in a general election that is taking place in phases until 12 May. The ruling, secular Congress party is expected to be defeated by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). This would be an ominous outcome for the country’s Christian minority. The BJP has given support to extremist groups that attack Christians; states under the party’s rule have generally experienced a rise in anti-Christian violence. It has introduced anti-conversion laws on a state level, and has pledged to introduce national legislation to curb "missionary" activity and end proselytising if elected nationally. Pray for wisdom for Indians as they vote and that the outcome will result in a just government that upholds the rights and freedoms of all citizens. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Sat, Apr 2014 00:00

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