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News & analysis

This is a collection of recent articles and research written by the Barnabas team.

Editorial: Remember suffering Syrian Christians in prayer this Easter 

Country/Region: Middle East and North Africa, Syria  
A Syrian Christian man stands amongst devastation brought by the civil conflict

As we remember the immense sufferings of our Lord Jesus upon the cross and also look forward to celebrating His glorious resurrection, may we at this time reflect on the sufferings of our beloved Christian brothers and sisters, who in some situations are experiencing not just a Gethsemane but a Calvary.

 
Country/Region: South and East Asia, Pakistan  
Young Christian women in Pakistan are extremely vulnerable

Hundreds of Christian girls kidnapped, forced to marry Muslims in Pakistan

An estimated 1,000 girls and young women – mostly Christians – are kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam and marry Muslim men every year in Pakistan, according to a new report.

 
Country/Region: South and East Asia, Pakistan, Bhutan, Cameroon, Kazakhstan, Central Asia, Africa  
News in Brief

News in Brief: 15 April 2014

Pakistan: Aasia Bibi appeal hearing deferred for third time ;
Bhutan: Two pastors detained without charge for over a month;
Cameroon: Elderly nun and two church leaders kidnapped;
Kazakhstan: UN expert calls for end to state registration of religious groups.

 
Country/Region: Africa, Uganda  
Hassan Muwanguzi has been beaten and threatened with death

Ugandan convert from Islam poisoned after losing wife, job, home

A former sheikh who converted to Christianity in Uganda has suffered greatly for his faith in Christ...

 
Country/Region: Iraq, Middle East and North Africa  
Targeted violence has driven hundreds of thousands of Christians from Iraq

Homes of Christians fleeing violence in Iraq seized by gangs

Gangs in Baghdad are seizing homes left empty by those – mostly Christian families – who have been forced to flee because of violent...

 
Country/Region: Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan  
The church is located in the capital, Bishkek

Church in Kyrgyzstan appeals against building confiscation

A church in Kyrgyzstan is appealing against the confiscation of its building by the authorities, who claim that the sales contract signed more than 14 years ago was invalid.

 
Country/Region: Africa, Central African Republic  
The conflict has displaced around one million people

Churches in CAR pursue peace as sectarian violence continues

As sectarian killings continue in the Central African Republic (CAR) amid warnings of a repeat of the Rwandan genocide, churches have held a month of prayer...

 
Project(s): 00-477, 00-478     Country/Region: South and East Asia, Africa, Central Asia, Middle East and North Africa  
One of the church planting couples in Indonesia supported by Barnabas

Planting churches with support from Barnabas Fund

A five-year sponsorship by Barnabas Fund has enabled church planters to establish 38 now self-sufficient churches in Indonesia.

 
Country/Region: South and East Asia, Middle East and North Africa, Syria, Iran, Vietnam  
News in Brief

News in Brief: 09 April 2014

Syria: Minister who refused to leave Christians in Homs shot dead;
Iran: Christian prisoner launches hunger strike protest;
Vietnam: Christians’ homes demolished in land grab by authorities.

 
Country/Region: South and East Asia, Pakistan  
Blasphemy Accusations

Christian couple sentenced to death in Pakistan over text messages

A Christian couple in Pakistan have been sentenced to death for blasphemy after being accused of sending blasphemous text messages insulting Muhammad.

 
christian, persecution, charity, church, persecuted, sookhdeo, Islam

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  • Christians driven out of Maaloula by Islamist rebels long to return after its recapture by the Syrian army http://ow.ly/vTrgN 19 hours ago

  • Islamic parties make unexpected gains in Indonesian elections http://ow.ly/vR60m Wed, Apr 2014 16:46

  • Former counter-terrorism chief to lead inquiry into alleged Islamist takeover of Birmingham schools http://ow.ly/vOn9I Tue, Apr 2014 17:01

  • Condemned Christian mother Aasia Bibi's appeal hearing- set for today- deferred for third time in Pakistan http://ow.ly/vLEkf Mon, Apr 2014 16:03

  • "We should stand up against persecution of Christians" David Cameron in Easter speech http://ow.ly/vEai9 Thu, Apr 2014 16:53

Daily prayer

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  • On this Good Friday, give thanks to God for the death of Christ and for His gift of eternal life. Praise Him too for the example of those Christians who have persevered in their faith at the risk of their lives and who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of Christ and the Gospel. Pray that their martyrdom will inspire their suffering brothers and sisters in Christ to endure whatever hardships befall them and will convince their persecutors of the truth and power of the Gospel. Pray too that their bereaved families and churches will not grieve without hope (1 Thessalonians 4:13). Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed 12 hours ago

  • Cry out to the Lord for Christians in the Central African Republic (CAR) who have been driven from their homes by the violence that has engulfed their country. Attacks by Islamist Séléka militants and retaliation from “anti-balaka” militias has generated a huge humanitarian crisis in which around two million people, many of them Christians, are in need of emergency assistance. Give thanks for the work of Barnabas partners who have been providing food rations to hundreds of displaced believers in the capital, Bangui, and distributing food, medicines, clothing and seeds to thousands in various regions. Pray that the aid will reach those who need it most, and that the Lord will comfort the relatives and friends of the thousands who have been killed in the fighting. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Thu, Apr 2014 00:00

  • “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 Wed, Apr 2014 00:00

  • 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

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