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Über die letzten Jahrzehnte hat Gott auf bemerkenswerte Weise in diesem mehrheitlich muslimischen Land gewirkt. Zahllose Muslime aus allen Altersgruppen haben ihr Leben bereits Jesus geschenkt und die Kirche wächst unaufhörlich. Schätzungen zufolge leben heute bereits zwischen 50.000 und 60.000 Christen in Algerien, viele davon in der Kabylei im Norden des Landes. Im ganzen Land entstehen neue Kirchen, doch gleichzeitig nehmen in einigen Regionen auch Drohungen und Angriffe gegen Christen zu.

 

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Algerische Gläubige feiern zusammen Gottesdienst.

Nach Ende des algerischen Bürgerkriegs in 2000 genossen die Christen Algeriens für 6 Jahre Religionsfreiheit. Doch 2006 führte die Regierung nach massivem Druck von radikalen Islamisten neue Einschränkungen ein: Nach algerischem Recht ist es heute verboten, das Evangelium unter Muslimen zu verkünden; wer dabei erwischt wird, dem droht eine Geldbuße oder Haft. Wer  Material verteilt, das den Glauben eines Muslims „zum Wanken bringen könnte“, wird ebenfalls bestraft, so wie Siagh Krimo, der im Mai 2011 zu fünf Jahren Haft verurteilt wurde, weil er seinem muslimischen Nachbar eine christliche CD geschenkt hatte. In manchen Fällen werden Christen auch von Islamisten und übereifrigen Beamten schikaniert und drangsaliert.

Im Juli 2011 trat eine glückliche Wende für die Situation der Christen Algeriens ein: Die größte protestantische Gruppierung des Landes, der Algerisch-Protestantische Kirchenbund (EPA), erhielt eine Lizenz von der Regierung, die alle dem Bund angehörigen Kirchen offiziell dazu berechtigt sich zu treffen, Gottesdienst abzuhalten und Liegenschaften für christliche Zwecke zu nutzen. Die neue Lizenz hebt eine Polizeimeldung vom letzten Mai auf, die allen nicht offiziell registrierten, christlichen Gemeinden mit Zwangsschliessung drohte. Nicht-registrierte christliche Gruppierungen und Kirchen hatten oft enorme Schwierigkeiten, von der Regierung und den lokalen Behörden anerkannt zu werden; in manchen Fällen mussten Kirchen bis zu vier Jahren auf eine Bearbeitung ihres Antrags warten.

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    • In December 2011 a Turkish newspaper reported a large-scale plot by al-Qaeda to bomb churches in the capital, Ankara, as well as other targets. It said that an official indictment had been issued against at least eleven alleged militants, which outlined their strategy to bring jihad to Turkey. Their materials reportedly included lists of the names and home addresses of church leaders and other Christian workers. Although Christians in Turkey have suffered only occasional incidents of violence in recent years, six have been killed, and the authorities have made several mass arrests of suspected al-Qaeda members and sympathisers. Pray that God will be the refuge and strength of His people in Turkey and will protect them from harm (Psalm 46:1). Klicken Sie hier und erhalten Sie unser Tagesgebet tu00e4glich per RSS Tue, Apr 2012 00:00

    • An unofficial “committee for the promotion of virtue and the prevention of vice” has been launched in Tunisia. The new organisation is not recognised by the government, but no action has been taken to stop its activities. Its members have taken upon themselves to see that Islamic virtues are upheld in public life: they are aggressive towards women who do not abide by their dress code, and they are trying to impose imams with Islamist views on mosques and Quranic schools. Since the Islamist Ennahda party won the largest vote in the elections in October 2011, concerns have been raised that the country will move in an increasingly Islamist direction. Pray that this will not happen, and that the small Christian community in Tunisia will not come under even greater pressure. Klicken Sie hier und erhalten Sie unser Tagesgebet tu00e4glich per RSS Mon, Apr 2012 00:00

    • Elderly members of a church in China were beaten to the ground when they tried to stop the destruction of their building. Developers had won government approval to demolish the church in Tai’an, Shandong province, even though the congregation belongs to one of the denominations approved by the authorities. Even the status of the buildings as protected, national, historical landmarks has been insufficient to save them from ruin. The unregistered “house churches” of China face the severest persecution from the government, but this incident demonstrates that even the rights of the official churches can be wantonly disregarded. Pray that God will comfort and strengthen the congregation in their distress; in their appeal to the government they said, “[We] have full confidence in the God whom we believe and in his words”. Klicken Sie hier und erhalten Sie unser Tagesgebet tu00e4glich per RSS Sun, Apr 2012 00:00

    • “I believed in Jesus two years ago and after that my wife came to Jesus too. We are from a very difficult region for sharing the Gospel. This seminar encouraged us in our ministry and helped us to be strong in faith. I had many questions when I read the Bible and I have received answers to my questions.” This testimony comes from “Salman”, one of 40 church leaders in Tajikistan who attended a three-day study programme supported by Barnabas Fund. All of the leaders are converts from Islam. Pray for them as they seek to proclaim Christ and build up their churches in the face of tight government controls and hostility from Muslims. Klicken Sie hier und erhalten Sie unser Tagesgebet tu00e4glich per RSS Sat, Mar 2012 00:00

    • Many Christians have been killed in the anti-government unrest in Syria, at the hands of both rebels and government forces. In one tragic incident a young Christian boy was killed by the rebels, who filmed the murder, while another Christian was seized and asked how he wanted to die. Many Christians have fled from one city where the violence has brought normal life to a halt, and they are now struggling to feed their families. Others are afraid to leave their homes to go to work. Barnabas Fund has sent aid to Christians in desperate need of humanitarian assistance. Pray that the Lord will meet their needs and keep them safe in the midst of political turmoil. Klicken Sie hier und erhalten Sie unser Tagesgebet tu00e4glich per RSS Fri, Mar 2012 00:00

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