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Christian teenager killed by machete in attack on church in Uganda 

Country/Region: Africa, Kenya  
Uganda is around 85% Christian

An 18-year-old Christian woman was hacked to death and a one-year-old baby injured in a savage attack by Muslims during an overnight prayer meeting at a church in Uganda.

A group of around 20 Christians had gathered at Chali Born Victory Church in Kyegegwa district on 27 June for their regular Friday night prayer session when armed Muslims burst into the building at around 2am.

Country/Region: Middle East and North Africa, Africa, Sudan  
Daniel Wani and Meriam Ibrahim on their wedding day in 2011

Meriam Ibrahim faces legal challenges from Muslim family in latest ordeal

Meriam Ibrahim’s ordeal continues as her Muslim family pursues legal action in an effort to stop her from leaving Sudan after she was cleared of apostasy and adultery.

Country/Region: South and East Asia, Turkey, India, Pakistan  
News in Brief

News in Brief: 21 July 2014

Turkey: Congregation threatened by Muslim intruders during baptismal service;
India: Hindu extremists order Christians to leave; ban non-Hindu activity;
Pakistan: Prime suspect in Shahbaz Bhatti murder case released on bail.

Country/Region: Kazakhstan, Central Asia  
A small church building in Kazakhstan

Jail for unregistered religious activity dropped from new Kazakh law

Proposed punishments that could have seen people jailed for leading or taking part in unregistered religious activity have been dropped from Kazakhstan’s new criminal code.

Country/Region: Sri Lanka, South and East Asia  
A group from Ravana Balaya with leader Ittekande Saddhatissa Thera

Buddhists launch anti-Christian campaign amid assaults in Sri Lanka

A hardline Buddhist group in Sri Lanka has launched a four-day campaign against “Christian fundamentalism” in the country as Christians face vicious attacks...

Country/Region: South and East Asia, Africa, Sudan, Bangladesh, Burundi, Iraq, Middle East and North Africa  
News in Brief

News in Brief: 15 July 2014

Iraq: Kidnapped nuns and orphans freed; Christians denied food rations;
Sudan: Ten Christians killed, three churches flattened in government bombings;
Bangladesh: Female church workers attacked in violent robbery;
Burundi: Draft law requires churches to have 500 members and a building.

Country/Region: Africa, Somalia, Kenya  
Kenya’s coastal region has been frequently targeted by al-Shabaab

Deadly attacks on Christian communities in Kenya by al-Shabaab

Christian communities in Kenya’s coastal region were targeted in attacks by al-Shabaab militants that left more than 30 dead. One victim was found with a Bible on his back.

Project(s): 00-514     Country/Region: South and East Asia, Pakistan, Indonesia  
Noor is happy to be back at school after having had to work as a housemaid

Barnabas educating over 6,000 disadvantaged Christian youngsters

Barnabas Fund is providing thousands of Christian youngsters whose parents would otherwise not be able to afford to send them to school with a quality, Christ-centred education.

Country/Region: South and East Asia, Africa, Nigeria, Sudan, Vietnam, Indonesia  
News in Brief

News in Brief: 2 July 2014

Sudan: Meriam Ibrahim released again, given refuge at US embassy;
Nigeria: Christians killed at worship, churches torched in suspected Boko Haram attacks;
Vietnam: Bible school students beaten in night-time raid, interrogated by police;
Indonesia: Church attacked by masked Muslims during service.

Country/Region: South and East Asia, Lao, People's Democratic Republic  
Buddhism is the majority religion in Laos

Lao Christians charged with murder after death of convert

Five Christians have been charged with murder in Laos after a sick woman sought prayer at her local church, converted to Christianity and later died.

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

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    • Give thanks that as believers in some areas of Egypt continue to be at risk of violence from Islamists, Barnabas Fund is able to provide various kinds of practical help for needy Christians there, especially those most affected by the political turmoil. We are supporting Christian families in Upper Egypt with housing costs, medicines, food and schooling for their children, and 30 Christian students who were on the verge of dropping out of education because of lack of money have received funding to complete their education. Pray for all those receiving this help, that they will also be encouraged spiritually. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed 21 hours ago

    • Give thanks that the authorities in Egypt are pursuing justice for the Christian community following widespread violence against them by supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood last summer. Christians were scapegoated by the Islamists for the downfall of President Mohammed Morsi. On 14 August, mobs torched scores of churches, Christian institutions and private property in what was described as the worst single day of violence against the Egyptian Church since the 14th century. Over 100 Muslims have been charged in connection with the attacks; at the time of writing they were due to stand trial for rioting, attacking citizens and targeting the churches and homes of Christians. Pray that justice will be done and restitution made to churches and individuals who suffered material losses. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Tue, Jul 2014 00:00

    • “I was so happy and treasure this Word of God. It brings me so much peace and hope.” Uu Dee KoMang, an elderly woman in Burma (Myanmar), was one of many Christians who recently received a Kachin Bible through Barnabas Fund. Two years ago the Burmese army entered her village and ordered everyone to leave within the hour. Uu Dee took some clothes and food and ran, but her Bible was too heavy to carry. Now living in a relocation camp, she regretted not taking it, until the Bibles from Barnabas arrived. Pray that God’s Word will comfort and strengthen these believers who have lost so much and will give them encouragement for the future. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Mon, Jul 2014 00:00

    • Pray for three Christian prisoners of conscience in Vietnam who are being denied access to Bibles and other sources of spiritual support. Prison guards in Hanoi and Thanh Hoa province have refused to allow Le Quoc Quan, a lawyer and activist, and bloggers Maria To Phong Tan and Paul Tran Minh Nhat to receive visits from their church leaders and have prevented them from receiving Communion. Maria is serving a ten-year prison sentence in a harsh labour camp; she has been beaten by other inmates. Pray that the Lord will sustain and build up the faith of our brothers and sister as they cry out to Him in their need (Psalm 142:6). Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Sun, Jul 2014 00:00

    • Five ethnic Hmong Christian families in Vietnam have been attacked by their neighbours in attempts to get them to renounce their faith. On 26 February, Hang A Khua and his family were ordered to recant by public security officers, backed by around 30 villagers from Trun Phu in Dien Bien province; when they refused, the officers ordered the villagers to attack them. The mob ransacked and demolished the family’s house; their rice fields were confiscated, and they were expelled from the district. In Son La province, four more Christian families were similarly threatened in March. One couple were attacked in their home; they were kicked and punched, and the wife was dragged out of the house by her hair. Give thanks for these families’ courageous stand for Christ and pray that they will find strength in Him. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Sat, Jul 2014 00:00

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