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UK Equalities watchdog drops plan to protect Christians 

Country/Region: Europe, United Kingdom  
Equality-human-rights-LOGO-5X3.jpgThe Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has abandoned plans to give Christians greater freedom to follow their beliefs in the workplace.

The UK's equality watchdog announced in July that judges had interpreted the law "too narrowly" in cases when Christians had claimed religious discrimination.

 
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Dorset church attacked by vandals in UK

A church in Dorset, England, has been ransacked by vandals who caused considerable damage.

 
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UK: Cheshire RE criticised for “sidelining Christianity”

A decision by Cheshire East Council in England to teach a secular viewpoint as part of religious education has been criticised by some of the borough’s councillors.

 
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Operation Nehemiah: News and Prayer Update #34

Grieving Muslim father calls for calm amidst racial tensions;
British politicians and church leaders concerned over nation’s moral decline;
Christians take action after London riots;
Village church ransacked as vandals attack on day of riots;
Christian bookshop at centre of riots saved;
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Country/Region: United Kingdom, Europe  
Church of St Peter and St Paul, Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire, England

Village church ransacked as vandals attack on day of riots

A village church in Northampton was ransacked by vandals on the day riots swept through the nation.

 
Country/Region: United Kingdom, Europe  
Firefighters douse a shop and flats destroyed by arson during the initial rioting in Tottenham, London

British politicians and church leaders concerned over nation’s moral decline

As Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron announced this week , tackling the "broken society" is back at the top of his agenda following the recent riots.

 
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Hundreds of local people help in the post-riot clear-up at Clapham Junction, London

Christians take action after London riots

Churches across London have taken action following the recent riots that caused destruction in many of the capital's suburbs.

 
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  • 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 20 hours ago

  • “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

  • 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

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