censura in IRan, fatta da CIA Mossad deviati, FMI-NWO

la censura in IRan, è fatta dalla CIA e Mossad deviati, FMI-NWO, come per l'autoattentato: del 11-09. ] 16 febbraio, #TEHERAN, [ Rothschild, 322 Bush, 666 Kerry, hanno permesso allo Iran di avere il nucleare, e tutte le bombe atomiche, quindi, tutto il terrorismo, contro, Israele, e contro, il genere umano, che, è insito nella Sharia, deve essere censurato. Gli israeliani sono morti! la terza guerra mondiale, è inevitabile, per nascondere, il falso, in bilancio enorme, del FMI (assolutamente fuori controllo, fuori giurisdizione, di un qualsiasi ente governativo), fondo monetario internazionale ] Un segno visibile delle resistenze che qualcuno nell'establishment iraniano attua contro Hassan Rohani é la tv di Stato, che negli ultimi giorni ha giocato alcuni brutti scherzi e imposto almeno una censura al presidente. Una decina di giorni fa vi era stata un'ora di ritardo nella trasmissione di un discorso televisivo serale di Rohani. Poi per un minuto é stato oscurato il suo discorso pronunciato a piazza Azadì a Teheran in occasione dell'anniversario della Rivoluzione islamica.

Brunei is one of the richest states in Asia, ruled by a royal family which goes back more than six centuries. The 1959 constitution called for five advisory councils to the monarch but, in 1962, the Sultan assumed emergency powers which have never been relinquished, resulting in an absolute monarchy. Although Islam,the state religion, is being taught in schools, Christians make up 11 percent of the population. While the constitution guarantees freedom of religion, it is illegal to evangelize and Muslims are not allowed to convert to another religion. The only registered churches date back to British colonial times; no new churches have been permitted. Bibles and Christian literature can be brought into the country for personal use only. Despite these restrictions, the number of Christians continues to increase.
Prayer Requests
Praise God that despite the restrictions, people are still turning to Christ!
Pray that the country’s constitutional rights will be respected for all religions.
Pray for the salvation of the royal family.
Pray that Christians in Brunei will be able to share the Gospel in ways that will effectively reach the hearts of those around them.
Bhutan [ no Bhudda, no Gandhi ]
Bhutan has been dominated by Buddhism since the seventh century and prides itself in its strong history as a spiritual destination for mystics and ascetics. While Christians enjoyed a measure of freedom beginning in 1965, Bhutan again established tight restrictions in 1990. Bhutan’s constitution (2008) and other legislation officially protect religious freedom, but the country’s National Security Act (NSA) prohibits any “words either spoken or written, or by other means whatsoever, that promote or attempt to promote, on grounds of religion, race, language, caste, or community, or on any other ground whatsoever, feelings of enmity or hatred between different religious, racial, or language groups or castes and communities.” Essentially, conversions to any religion except Buddhism are considered foreign intrusions on the nation’s identity and stability.
Christians of any denomination make up less than three percent of the total population and are denied even the most basic rights of a Bhutanese citizen such as employment, free education and access to electricity and water. Most Christians must meet in homes and potentially face harassment, beatings and loss of citizenship. Despite concentrated efforts to silence believers, churches are being established and the Gospel is making some headway.
Prayer Requests
Pray that the Bhutan’s young leader, King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, will hear and respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and find true peace in Him.
Ask God to increase the believers’ witness in their communities,giving them the ability to lovingly oppose the ongoing pressure to engage in traditional Buddhist prayers and practices.
Ask the Lord to provide for them, especially when basic necessities are denied. Pray that they will also have all the resources they need to grow in Him.
Videos:
Christians threatened with death
Persecution News - Bhutan
Government may legalise Christianity
Christian sentenced to three years in prison
Two Christians Released
Prisoners' Location Unknown
Two Christians Sentenced to Prison Without a Trial
Churches Raided at Easter
Colombia
Polarized by partisan politics, dictatorships and civil wars, Colombia has been overrun with violent Marxist guerrilla groups, drug cartels and right-wing paramilitary groups. Although a strong government has stabilized the nation in recent years, the country remains volatile and dangerous. Leftist guerrillas and right-wing paramilitaries both seem to have abandoned ideological agendas and have effectively become gangs profiting from cocaine and kidnapping. Those who oppose such groups are targeted.
Despite Colombia’s history of crime, lawlessness, terror and murder, the Church continues to grow. And with the 1991 constitution, greater freedom was afforded to ethnic and religious minorities in Colombia. In 1933, there were only 15,000 evangelicals. In 2010, they numbered 3.5 million (7.5 percent of the population). Some estimates are as high as 5 million. Charismatics now number an estimated 18 percent of the population. The greatest denominational growth has been within indigenous Colombian churches. Local, citywide and national evangelistic outreaches have resulted in large increases in numbers of congregations and believers. Some churches have grown 1,000-fold over the last two decades!
Prayer Requests
Pray for Colombian Christians, as they are often the targets of violence.
Pray those in Marxist guerrilla groups will see the love of Christ in the Christians they are persecuting and will come to know Him.
Pray for those whose lives have been turned upside down due to violence. Pray for all who suffer from loss, that the Lord might meet their needs and that they might find in their Creator hope and restoration.
Persecution News - Colombia
Murdered Father and Son Together in Eternity
Displaced Christians Build a New Community
Terrorist Bombing Threatens Christians and Neighbouring Families
Shooting of Evangelist's Widow Leaves Children Orphaned
Violent guerrilla group impedes evangelism
Christians facing increased and intense violence
Christians taken hostage
View all stories from Colombia
Cuba
Communist rule, as instituted under Fidel Castro's leadership (1959-2008), continues to impose restrictions on religious activity in Cuba. Religious leaders are reluctant to say anything that could be construed as opposing the government in the fear that they will face repercussions such as a denial of permits from the Office of Religious Affairs. Evangelical Christians have reported harassment, fines and arrests for conducting public gatherings.
According to most religious groups, however, there have recently been some improvements. Religious activities are met with less opposition and they are able to import more religious material. And while the construction of new religious buildings have been largely denied, many existing churches have undergone extensive "repairs," essentially amounting to new buildings being erected on existing foundations. Yet, to accommodate the growth of Christianity and overcome the country's restrictions on the building of new church facilities, there are an undefined number of house churches being established, likely numbering in the thousands.
Pastor Omar Gude Perez of the Apostolic Reformation has consistently been an outspoken opponent of government policy. On October 30, 2012, he issued an open letter protesting restrictions on his pastoral activities and the government's refusal to grant him an exit visa. He also protested of his three-year incarceration on false charges. Finally, on January 31, 2013, Pastor Omar and his family were granted asylum in the United States.
Prayer Requests
Ask God to provide wisdom to Cuba's church leaders, specifically requesting that they will exemplify grace toward all governmental authorities  while remaining bold in their presentation of the Gospel.
Pray for the salvation of current leader, Raúl Castro, as well as those who work under his leadership.
Pray that the believers of this country will not fear government reprisal but live in unconditional surrender to the Lordship of Christ.

Persecution News - Cuba
Asylum of Pastor Omar Gude Perez and Family Finally Granted!
Government Harasses Christian Leaders and Their Families
Update: Formerly imprisoned pastor forced to remain in Cuba
Update: Formerly imprisoned pastor settles in United States
Christians facing intense pressure
Update: Family of imprisoned pastor given eviction order
Update: Pastors under fire
View all stories from Cuba

Southern Mexico [ criminal masonic Ja BUll ON state ]
Mexico is a secular state with freedom of conscience and practice of religion. Persecution of evangelicals occurs in certain parts of Mexico. In the southern states, particularly Chiapas, Oaxaca and Guerrero, believers face prejudice, harassment, evictions and church and property damage. This mostly occurs due to believers’ refusal to participate in community religious events that involve traditional Christo-pagan practices.
Prayer Requests
Pray that the believers may demonstrate the meekness and love of their Saviour when maltreated. Pray also for full implementation of religious freedom at both national and local levels.
Pray that Mexicans, both indigenous and mestizo, might find their ultimate identity and destiny in the love of Christ and the purposes of God.
Videos:
Where is the justice for Actael Evangelicals?
Mexican Voices, Testimonies of the Persecuted
Persecution of Evangelicals in Chiapas
Persecution News - Mexico
Evangelicals Beaten and Imprisoned by Local Authorities
Pastor kidnapped
Christians under attack in Chiapas
Update: Court releases nine more Mexicans accused in Acteal massacre
Acteal prisoners released after Supreme Court rules their rights were violated
Christians under fire in southern Mexico
Christian family attacked and three killed in Mexico
View all stories from Mexico

Somalia. Somalia gained independence in 1960 with the union of British and Italian colonies. Cold War rivalries provided Somalia with ample weapons for disastrous wars against Ethiopia and for clan fighting. These brought the country to destitution. Civil war in 1991 toppled the dictatorship, but no viable alternative emerged. In late 2000, the Transitional Federal Government formed (supported by Ethiopia and other democratic nations), and the Islamist group Union of Islamic Courts (supported by Islamic powers and jihadists) emerged as a national power.
In 2006, the Union of Islamic Courts took control of the capital, Mogadishu, along with significant areas of the country. Eventually Ethiopian and Transitional Federal Government forces were able to expel the militants from the capital, but more than 10,000 civilians were killed and approximately one million people displaced in the insurgency. Militant Islamic groups still control the majority of the south and centre of the country.
Sunni Islam is the official religion of Somalia. The Somali Church was driven underground in 1991 when the dictatorial regime of Mohamed Siyad Barre fell in a popular uprising. Most of the several hundred Somali believers went underground or fled, taking refuge abroad. There are possibly about 4,000 Somali Christians in Somalia and twice that in the diaspora. They practice their faith in secret under extremely dangerous conditions.
The murder of Christians and especially converts from Islam to Christianity is increasingly common. At least 10 Christians, including four teachers, were killed for their faith in 2008 and several others kidnapped and raped. A 17-year-old Somali woman who converted to Christianity from Islam was shot to death in November 2010 in an apparent "honour killing.” Muslim militants murdered a 21-year-old Christian man in April 2011 after someone allegedly informed the Islamic militants of his conversion from Islam.
Prayer Requests
Pray for encouragement and strength for the Christians remaining in Somalia as well as for those who have been forced to leave their homes.
Pray for a full and lasting peace in this war-torn country.
Pray for Somali Christian families to be raised up—the great majority of Christians are men.
Pray for strength, encouragement and sustenance for Somali converts who struggle greatly when cast out of their family and clan.

Persecution News - Somalia
Christian Man Killed for 'Spreading Wrong Religion'
Islamic Militants Abduct Christian Mother of Two
Widowed Mother of Five Shot By Militants
Islamic extremists behead another believer
Extremists arrest man whose sons converted to Christianity
Convert from Islam whipped in public
Islamic extremists behead 17-year-old Christian
View all stories from Somalia

Ethiopia. The ancient nation of Ethiopia is proud of its long standing independence. From 1896 until now, Ethiopia has avoided foreign control, with the exception of Italian occupation from 1936 to 1941. Internally, however, Ethiopia has had to grapple with political uprisings, coups and violence.
The Ethiopian Orthodox Church enjoyed centuries of prominence. It remained the state church from 1270 until a military junta deposed Emperor Haile Salassie in 1974. The subsequent Marxist regime persecuted believers, seeking to destroy as many churches as possible. That regime was overthrown by rebel forces in 1991 and elections were held in 1995. However, a true democratic process remains elusive, with hundreds of political prisoners presently incarcerated; something the government denies.
While the constitution protects religious freedom, believers continue to face discrimination, threats and violence from both Islamic and Ethiopian Orthodox elements. In 2011, the Ethiopian government discovered plans by the Wahhabi Muslims to turn Ethiopia into an Islamic country and establish Shariah law. While they have been unable to carry out their threats, widower Tamirat Woldegorgis knows all too well the devastation that militant Muslims can cause. Tamirat was falsely accused of desecrating the Quran in 2010 and spent two years confined to a small cell with 50 other inmates. The harsh conditions left the Christian widower with one leg paralyzed. He then returned home on April 25, 2012 to find his two children missing. "I have been trying to locate my children, but all in vain," said Tamirat. "My life is ruined -- I have lost my house, my children, my health. I am now homeless, and I am limping."
Prayer Requests
Ask God to surround grieving believers like Brother Tamirat with comfort and strength. Pray that they will look to the Heavenly Father to sustain them during times of deep loss and heartache.
Ask God to direct Ethiopia’s government leaders as they continue to work toward solutions to the ongoing religious tensions in the country.
Pray that the believers will not become weary in doing what is right and that they will continue to boldly proclaim the Gospel, overcoming hatred with the love of Christ.
Vidoes:
Watch A Church Actually Being Bombed
Christians come together to worship after their churches are destroyed
Persecution News - Ethiopia
Update: Christian man released from prison, loses family
Radical Muslims seek to turn Ethiopia into an Islamist state
Muslims beat evangelist to death, assault pregnant wife
Christian killed, homes and churches burned in attacks
Christian students attacked by Muslim mob
Muslims warn Christians to convert, leave city or face death
Christian accused of defacing Qur'an
View all stories from Ethiopia

king saudi arabia, ma, anche quando, tu riuscissi ad uccidere tutti i cristiani? Dio ti farebbe trovare, una cristiana nel letto, ed un altra a tavola, ecc.. così, tu sarai costretto ad uccidere, quasi tutta la tua famiglia! fermati testa di cazzo! ] [ In 1952, Eritrea joined Ethiopia as part of a federation. When Ethiopia annexed Eritrea as a province 10 years later, a struggle for independence began that ended with victory by the Eritrean rebels in 1991. In 1998, a border war with Ethiopia began, ending with intervention from the U.N. in December 2000 and a peace agreement. There was a general freedom to practice religion in Eritrea until 2002, when the government announced it would recognize only four religious communities: the Orthodox Church of Eritrea, Sunni Islam, the Roman Catholic Church and the Lutheran-affiliated Evangelical Church of Eritrea.
From 2002 to 2010, the government has jailed, tortured and killed numerous Eritreans for political and religious reasons, and tortured and killed many of them extra-judicially. Today, it is estimated that between 2,000 and 3,000 Christians are in Eritrean prisons. Believers face deplorable conditions, including torture. Many are held in metal shipping containers with no ventilation or toilet facilities. A November 2010 religious liberty report says that Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki wants to restrict and pre-empt any formation of people’s association. He fears that religious freedom will lead to evangelism by Christian groups and thereby cause social tensions that can be exploited by “outside forces” to destabilize the nation. Additionally, he views democracy as a threat to the nation’s unity and stability. Despite open persecution, the government continues to support its statement issued in May 2003 that "no groups or persons are persecuted in Eritrea for their beliefs or religion." Of thousands of Christians in detention, not one has been charged with a crime or faced trial. While concerns over Christian persecution have been raised at various international forums, there has been little change in the attitude and policy of the one-party government. Prayer Requests
Pray for Christians in prison, especially those being held in metal shipping containers. Ask God to encourage and strengthen them as they endure horrendous conditions.
Praise God for those Eritrean Christians who have managed to escape and share their stories with the West! Pray their stories will inspire Christians to pray for Eritrea.
Ask God to further the gospel in this very young African nation that many have not heard of.
Pray for humility on the parts of the government leaders.
Vidoes:
Thousands of Christians imprisoned and tortured
Testimonies of Eritrean Christians
Persecution News - Eritrea
Denied Medical Treatment Results in Woman's Death
Total of 185 Christians Arrested At Prayer Meeting
Unsuspecting Christians Arrested During Prayer Meeting
High School Students Suffer Severe Hardship
Modern-Day Victims of Forcible Slavery Tortured
More Than 20 Church Leaders Recently Arrested
Muslim convert dies in prison
View all stories from Eritrea

Sudan
Military regimes, favouring Islamic-oriented governments, have dominated national politics since Sudan’s independence from the UK in 1956. Sudan was embroiled in two prolonged civil wars that were rooted in northern economic, political and social domination of largely non-Muslim, non-Arab southern Sudanese. The first civil war ended in 1972 but broke out again in 1983. The second war and famine-related effects resulted in more than 4 million people displaced and more than 2 million deaths over a period of two decades. A peace accord was signed in January 2005, granting the southern rebels autonomy for six years.
In January 2011, the southern portion of Sudan voted to cede from the north, making South Sudan a new country on July 9, 2011. Since January, heavy violence from the north has blanketed both nations. The United Nations reported that in the first four months of 2011, hundreds died and 94,000 were displaced due to the violence.
Sudan has a Sunni Muslim majority, but primarily among the Sudanese Arabs in the north. The constitution offers some religious freedoms, but in practise, those freedoms are arbitrarily abused. The Naivasha Agreement established some protections for non-Muslims in the north (although apostasy is legally punishable by death), and it clarified that Islamic law does not apply in the south. But attempts to impose Islamic law—in infringement of several previous peace agreements—generate a hostile religious context and a cause of civil war.
Persecution of the Church has been most intense since 1985. Deliberate attempts to eliminate a viable Christian presence are extreme and include bombing of Sunday church services; destruction of churches, hospitals, schools, mission bases and Christian villages; massacres and mutilation; and murder of pastors and leaders. Persecution has been especially severe in the Nuba Mountains. Whole areas have been laid waste and lands seized and given to Arabized northerners. Despite this, the number of Christians is growing—from 1.6 million in 1980 to 11 million in 2010.
Prayer Requests
Pray that Christians throughout Sudan will continue to entrust themselves to Christ and preach the gospel boldly, knowing Jesus is the ruler over the kings of the earth (2 Timothy 1:7-12, Revelation 1:5).
Pray also that peace, justice and religious freedom may be firmly established.
Videos:
Update on Loka School
Persecution News - Sudan
Helping Christians in the Midst of Violence
Top leaders seek an end to South Sudan violence
Update: Potential Mass Genocide Threatens Christians
Update: Christian school reopens amidst growing persecution
President plans Islamic constitution
Church buildings destroyed, schools confiscated
Officials close Christian offices in South Darfur
View all stories from Sudan

king SAUDI ARABIA, Ergogan, nazi, vuoi sapere perché non sei riuscito a fare il genocidio in Egypt, sotto la egida dello ONU? perché, molti musulmani sono cristiani nascosti, in realtà! ] Egypt’s population of 84.4 million has the Middle East's largest Christian community (12.8 percent of the nation’s population).
The last 10 years have seen high levels of violence. Harassment, discrimination and financial incentives for Christians to adopt Islam are used to break the morale of Christians. Some areas, such as Upper Egypt, face more intense pressure than others do. In most cases, vigilante Islamist groups carry out the attacks that occur—and often with the tacit acceptance of local security forces. Believers from Muslim backgrounds tend to receive much of the persecution.
While the constitution allows for freedom of conversion, Muslims converting to Christianity are unable to change their religion or their name on their identification cards. Without this change, Christian women remain designated as Muslims and are unable to marry Christian men. Children of those designated Muslim (even if they are, in fact, Christian) are educated as Muslims and police routinely turn those with Islamic names away from entering churches.
Today, there is much political change, as President Hosni Mubarak resigned in February 2011, following days of pro-democracy protests. His resignation ended a 30-year regime that many considered corrupt. Christians fear that Islam will become a big part in the new government, leaving their future uncertain.
Prayer Requests
Pray for those facing economic and social challenges because of their Christian faith. Pray they will see the Lord provide for the basic needs, displaying a witness of God’s care to non-Christians.
Pray God will strengthen and embolden Christians in this time of political uncertainty and give them new opportunities to share the gospel.
Videos: Persecution in Egypt
Christian family battles for legal recognition of faith
Former Muslim pays the price for becoming a Christian
Egyptian Voices
Persecution News - Egypt
Shot Christian Refused Medical Treatment
High-Profile Convert Jailed for 'Inciting Strife'
Gunmen Attack Wedding Guests in Giza
Two Christians Murdered Over Muslim Poll Tax
Worst Violent Onslaught Against Christians in Centuries
Christian Girl Shot After Attending Bible Class
Christians Massacred in Cairo
View all stories from Egypt

Libya
In 1969, Muammar al-Qadhafi seized power in an atmosphere of animosity toward Western control of the oil industry. Since then, he has single-handedly ruled the country, surrounded by a cult of personality.
Qadhafi is best known around the world for his open hostility toward the West and his sponsorship of terrorist groups. However, because of a failing economy, he has begun to open up to the West, including accepting responsibility for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. Because of this and other actions, the U.N. lifted sanctions against Libya in September 2003. In December 2003, he agreed to reveal and end Libya’s programs to develop weapons of mass destruction and to renounce terrorism.
In late 2010 and early 2011, unrest in several countries in the region led to pro-democracy campaigns that ousted Tunisia and Egypt’s leaders. The campaigns began in Libya, too. Hundreds of civilians have died in the crossfire of ongoing battles between Qadhafi-controlled forces in the west and rebel forces in the east. Thousands have fled and continue to flee the country. Qadhafi has refused to step down and, in March 2011, promised a “long, drawn-out war with no limits.”
The Libyan government endorses a moderate form of Islam, and the growth of militant Islamic groups has caused concern for Qadhafi, resulting in a broadening of Islamic law to appease these groups. With Qadhafi's strict control of the country, evangelism is difficult and any Christian literature must be smuggled into the country. There are few Libyan believers; almost all Christians (2.6 percent of the population) are foreign workers, and their meetings are strictly monitored by the government.
Prayer Requests
Pray that converts to Christianity will stand firm, despite the threats of suffering and death.
Pray that strong and effective Christian resources, including Bibles and other literature, will be available in Libya.
Pray that Libyan Christians will have a strong desire to lead others to faith in the Lord
Persecution News - Libya
Christian Workers Released
Recently Arrested Prisoner Succumbs to Injuries
Egyptian Businessman and Associates Imprisoned
Islamic law implemented
Christian released from jail
Libya Elected Head of United Nations Human Rights Commission 
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Tunisia gained independence from France in 1956 under the leadership of Habib Bourguiba, who introduced freedoms found nowhere else in the Arab world. In 1987, Zine el Abidine Ben Ali took control through a coup. He is currently serving his fifth consecutive five-year term, despite allegations of manipulation and boycotts that have accompanied his re-elections. Under Ali, the political system became increasingly autocratic and repressive. While there is a pretext of political freedom, there is no real political opposition and hundreds of dissidents have been arrested.
In earlier centuries, the Christian Church was widespread, producing such leaders as Tertullian and Cyprian. Schism, heresy, failures to put roots deep into the local culture and to translate the Bible into local languages, foreign invasions and finally Islam greatly reduced numbers in the church.  Today, Christians account for 0.2 percent of the more than 10 million people in Tunisia.
Islam is the state religion. The government strongly maintains a secular tone, and only a minority actively practice their faith, although this appears to be growing. Politicized Islam, which has been on the rise, is met with little tolerance by the state. The government is not favourable toward any form of Christian proselytism, but tolerance is shown to foreign religious minorities, and increasingly to native Christians.
Prayer Requests
Pray for opportunities to reach out to the people of Tunisia with the gospel.
Pray that the Spirit of God will break down the barriers that have been built up against the gospel in Tunisia
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Algeria
Algeria gained independence from France in 1962 after a lengthy war. A one-party socialist regime, The National Liberation Front, has largely controlled the politics of the country since. In the first multi-party election in 1991, Islamists won, but the army intervened to prevent the second round of elections. Civil war ensued, resulting in more than 100,000 deaths before the government regained control.
In an attempt to accommodate rising Islamist pressure, the government has instituted some reforms. In 2006, a law was passed restricting religious practises, other than Islam. Many house churches were closed, as worship outside of officially approved buildings was prohibited. Christians face threats from family, neighbours and employers, as well as the government.
In January 2008, an intense media campaign against the church began as newspapers carried articles expressing concern about the growth of Christianity. Intense persecution followed -- house churches were closed by authorities, several believers were arrested and some were formally charged with insulting Islam. The government has not allowed any new church buildings to be built, and all newer churches that exist in Algeria today are house churches.
Persecution continues to intensify with ongoing pressure from Islamists who are demanding the implementation of  Sharia law, but reports of Muslims coming to faith in Jesus Christ have also been increasing.
Prayer Requests
Pray that God will use the current restrictions to draw many more Algerians into a relationship with Christ. Pray for conversions to Jesus among the country’s powerful Islamist leaders.
Pray Algerian believers will respond to pressure with faith and perseverance.
Pray for the nation's young people who make up a large percentage of the population in general, as well as the majority of Christians. Pray they will not be frustrated or disillusioned but rather strengthened and encouraged in Christ Jesus.
Persecution News - Algeria
Church Attacked for Third Time
Christian finds hope amid persecution
Believer appeals prison sentence
Church ransacked in eastern Algeria
Seven churches ordered to close
Christians arrested for proselytizing and blasphemy
Christians sentenced for setting up "illegal" place of worship
View all stories from Alger
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Morocco
Independent in 1956 from French and Spanish rule, Morocco experienced limited democracy with an executive monarchy under King Hassan until his death in 1999. His successor, King Mohammed VI, instituted liberalizing changes, but shifted to a much more repressive stance in 2010. A growing Islamist presence opposes these changes, and terrorist bombings in 2003 showed the threat radical Islam poses to Morocco’s stability. Since then it has vied with a sophisticated materialistic Islam for prevalence in the political sphere.
Sunni Islam is the state religion; the existence of Christians and Jews is tolerated, but the government does not accept the existence of an indigenous Moroccan Church. The opposing influences of prosperous, hi-tech Middle Eastern Islam and hard-line radical Islam both exert considerable pressure. It is legal both to talk about Christ and to invite friends home for discussion, but authorities carefully monitor all known Christian activity.
In 2010, a large number of expatriate Christians were deported and institutions with a Christian ethos closed. Local Christians are harassed and intimidated by police informers; some Christians have been imprisoned, accused of proselytizing. The media stir up public prejudice against the gospel. Of Morocco’s 32.7 million people, Christians account for 29,000.
Prayer Requests
Pray that many churches and mission agencies will take up the challenge of reaching out to the Muslims in Morocco with the love of Christ
Pray those who are seeking Christ will come to faith in Him.
Pray for peace throughout the nation, and pray that those seeking to commit violence be stymied. Pray for the country’s leaders; may they lead with wisdom and good decision-making.

Persecution News - Morocco
Convert Tentatively Released from Prison
Christian Convert Imprisoned for Evangelizing
Three secret believers arrested
Christians deported
Christian orphanage workers ordered out of Morocco
Christians detained and interrogated
Five Christians expelled
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Mauritania
Independent from France in 1960, Mauritania has had a long succession of military coups that were a continuation of rivalry among Moorish tribes. The military junta transformed itself into a multiparty democracy in 1992, but was ousted by a bloodless coup in 2005. The restoration of a civilian government came after the 2007 elections. Another coup took place in 2008, and then further presidential elections were held in 2009, re-establishing civilian government. The country continues to experience ethnic tensions among its black population (Afro-Mauritanians) and white and black Moor (Arab-Berber) communities, and is having to confront a growing terrorism threat by al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb.
One of the poorest and most restricted countries in the world, Islam has dominated Mauritania for more than 1,000 years. The government upholds a combination of several legal traditions, including Shariah law. The Constitution officially states that Islam is the religion of the people and the state. The vast majority practises moderate Sunni Islam permeated by folk magic. There is tremendous social pressure against anyone converting to another faith.
Christians make up one-quarter of 1 percent of the population, and the vast majority of Mauritanian peoples essentially remain unreached. Believers in Mauritania have at times been imprisoned, beaten for their faith or endured ostracism by family or tribe. Expatriate Christians suspected of proselytizing Mauritanians are subject to harassment, interrogation, brief imprisonment, expulsion and even murder. The murder of a foreign Christian by Islamic terrorists in 2009, as well as extremist activities, has led to many expatriate believers leaving the country.
Prayer Requests
Pray that Christians in Mauritania will find support and fellowship with other believers, despite their small numbers.
Pray for increasing freedom of religion, both socially and legally.
Pray seekers will encounter Jesus, and those who follow Him will be courageous in their witness.
Persecution News - Mauritania
Christian aid worked killed 
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Nigeria [ king SAUDI ARABIA, ovviamente, un albero buono fa frutti buoni, ma, tu sei uguale al tuo maledetto profeta Maometto anticristo sharia, padre della menzogna! ]
Nigeria is constitutionally a secular state with freedom of religion. But the northern ruling elite give preferential treatment to Muslims and discriminate against Christians. Little has been done to stem the growth of violent Islamist groups or to stop persecution of Christians in the north, resulting in hundreds of churches burned and many Christians killed. Since 1999, Muslim state leaders have imposed Shariah law in 12 northern states and parts of four others.
The scale of persecution of Christians by Muslims has accelerated in Nigeria’s northern states and as far south as the central plateau. It has caused the death of thousands, including pastors, and the destruction of hundreds, even thousands, of churches.
December 2010 was a particularly deadly month for Nigerian Christians. Fulani Muslims attacked a village in Plateau state, killing seven and injuring four. Christmas Eve attacks in and around Jos killed 31 and left more than 70 were injured. In Borno state, a Baptist pastor and five other Christians were killed when militants set fire to a church and detonated bombs out front of it. In January 2010, an outbreak of riots in Jos left 300 dead. Ten churches were burned down. A similar night attack in Dogo Nahawa in March 2010 left more than 500 dead.
Prayer Requests
Pray  Christians in Nigeria will demonstrate the love of Christ as they face opposition.
Pray for the cruelty and injustices of Shariah to be exposed.
Pray that one law, with equality for all, will govern the nation of Nigeria.
Videos:
Bukar Sampson,
son of a martyr
We Forgive
Nigerian Voices
Persecution News - Nigeria
Christians Targeted by Militants in Ruthless Attacks
More than 30 Killed in Attack on Christian Village
Christian Villages Attacked; Believers Pressured to Recant
Innocent Civilians Killed in Recent Extremist Raids
Twenty-Five Christian Buildings Marked for Demolition
Fatal Attack Perpetrated by Militant Herdsmen and Soldiers
Minor Provocation Incites Muslim Mob to Attack Church
View all stories from Nigeria


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Comoros
Comoros suffers from high poverty rates and a history of internal conflict. The greatest concern, however, is a severe lack of Gospel witness. According to a constitutional referendum in 2009, Comoros is an Islamic state. The constitution also dictates that all public policies must be based on Islamic beliefs. While there are some legal provisions for religious freedom, proselytization to any religion except Islam is illegal. Laws for the prosecution of converts are in place, but it is not clear what those penalties will be. The very few who do come to Christ face discrimination from the Muslim majority (98 percent) and are pressured not to practise their faith. Foreigners are generally free to practise their religion, but if they engage in any proselytization, they can legally be expelled from the country.
Disillusioned and feeling hopeless, many youth are turning to illicit drugs and sex. Some are choosing to leave the islands entirely. Christians who are watching developments in Comoros are hoping and praying that those who leave the country will find Christ and later return to share Him in their homeland. This will most certainly result in persecution, but the fact remains that the people of Comoros desperately need Christ.
Prayer Requests
Ask God to give Christian foreigners within the country the boldness that they need to proclaim Christ, regardless of the consequences.
Pray that those who have left the country will come in contact with the Gospel, respond to Christ, and then bring the salvation message  back home to their friends and families.
Ask God to minister to the indigenous Christians scattered throughout the country, bringing them encouragement, strength and access to the Word of God.

Persecution News - Comoros

Four Detained in Comoros

Sri Lanka. This beach-lined island, originally named Ceylon, gained independence from Britain in 1948 and had its named changed to Sri Lanka in 1972. Violence broke out between the Sinhalese majority and Tamil separatists in 1983, leaving tens of thousands dead. After two decades of fighting, a cease-fire was formalized in February 2002, raising hopes of stability and safety. More violence erupted in 2006, and a military campaign defeated the remnants of Tamil separatists in 2009, ending the civil war.
From the constant threat of the Sinhala-Tamil conflict to the tsunami of 2004 to the civil war’s bloody conclusion, more than 100,000 people have lost their lives. More than 900,000 (mostly Tamils) emigrated or fled and more than one million are displaced.
Buddhism is the national religion and, as such, is protected and promoted. The law assures freedom of religion; however, anti-conversion initiatives and sporadic violence against Christians occur because of extreme Buddhist groups. Christianity is often perceived as foreign and evangelism as an unethical inducement to conversion.
Traditional mainline churches have declined from 21 percent of the population in 1722 to 7 percent in 2010. The causes include nominalism, theological liberalism, insufficient outreach and lack of indigenous representation. Aggressive Buddhist proselytism and emigration of Tamil Christians steadily whittle away their flocks.
Persecution comes in waves and is sporadic, but it is intense when it occurs. More than 250 churches have been destroyed or damaged in recent years. This persecution is a double-edged sword; it threatens believers, but also fuels church growth and spiritual passion. Its causes are multiple—the hatred of the enemy for God’s people, the extremist agendas of some Buddhist and Hindu groups, the historic association of Christianity with foreign oppressors and the inappropriate, insensitive methods adopted by some evangelists and church planters.
Prayer Requests
Pray for protection for Christians as opposition confronts them.
Pray for a lasting peace in Sri Lanka's civil war.
Pray the gospel message will continue to spread and that many will come to Christ.
Videos:
Sri Lankan church attacked
Persecution News - Sri Lanka
Christians Targeted in Several Attacks
Violent Assault Perpetrated Against Church
Religious Persecution Intensifies
Disturbing Passivity Over Escalating Persecution
Repeated Attacks on Persecuted Pastor's Home
Threatening Mob Violently Storms Church
Pastor and his wife assaulted by mob
View all stories from Sri Lanka

Lebanon
Changing Muslim-Christian demographics and the influx of 300,000 Palestinian refugees between 1948 and 1976 upset the status quo and precipitated a civil war that lasted from 1975 to 1990. Israel occupied parts of southern Lebanon between 1982 and 2003, and Shi’a, Sunni, Druze (a monotheistic religious community) and Christian militias fought bitterly with one other.
In 1990, the Syrian army imposed a measure of peace and opened the way for a new Lebanese government. Syrian military presence and control ended in 2006. Israel again invaded Lebanon after Hezbollah provocation, wreaking widespread destruction. The country seems in constant political turmoil, with influence and interference by Syria, Iran and Saudi Arabia.
Lebanon is the only Arab state that is not officially Muslim. It also is the only Middle Eastern nation where individuals can legally change their religious affiliation. Deep communal and religious divisions manifest themselves politically. Lebanon’s religious demographics are discordant with Parliamentary representation, which serves to heighten problems.
Lebanon’s constitution ensures freedom of religion, but Article 473 of the Penal Code stipulates that anyone who “blasphemes God publicly” will face imprisonment of up to a year. Before 1970, Lebanon was a Christian majority nation, but war, instability and the growing influence of militant Islam caused many Christians to leave. Now, Muslims have flooded in from neighbouring countries, and their numbers continue to grow.
The major danger faced by Christians in Lebanon comes from militant elements within the population. Unrest and political turmoil create an environment in which Islamic fundamentalists are allowed to persecute Christians at will. Other believers report harassment such as vandalism and harassment by traditional Christians. The large-scale emigration of Christians is a great challenge for the Church.
Prayer requests
Pray many Lebanese may come to personal faith in and deep commitment to the Lord Jesus.
Pray for many to choose to stay and remain salt and light in Lebanon.
Pray continuing tensions within the country will ease.

Persecution News - Lebanon
Missionary Home Bombed; Believer Killed


Israel [ perché vi meravigliate? la sua stella non è quella di Davide! è 666 Rothschild!]
The founding of Israel in 1948 ended 1,900 years of exile for the Jews. Six wars with surrounding states in the years that followed have kept the country on a war footing. Repeated military engagement in Lebanon, the rising pressure of Palestinian civil unrest, intense Israeli-Palestinian violence in the early 2000s, acts of terrorism by Islamist groups (Hamas, Hezbollah, others) and the increased threat from Iran has sapped Israeli stamina.
Israel is a secular and democratic state, and it upholds religious freedom. The Jewish people have suffered tremendous ethnic and religious persecution for centuries. In the past, Jews who follow Messiah Jesus have been denied legal standing as a religious body and faced difficulties obtaining a place for fellowship. This changed in 2009, and Messianic congregations can now register as houses of prayer and religious entities.
Today, Reform and Conservative Jews are often marginalized by ultra-Orthodox influence, which applies constant pressure to limit freedom of religion through anti-conversion laws and persecution of Messianic Jews.
Prayer Requests
Pray for the nation’s spiritual restoration (Romans 11:25-31).
Pray that the gospel may be understood as a fulfilment of Israel’s Jewish heritage, and that a widespread turning to their Messiah might come.
Pray for spiritual unity that transcends history, ethnic conflict and national origins.
Pray those who oppose the gospel and deny the Jewish identity of Messianic believers may ultimately cause even more Jews to come to faith.

Persecution News - Israel
Be a Blessing this Christmas!
Churches vandalized
Church buildings vandalized
Church building set ablaze
Messianic Jews attacked
Orthodox Jewish Youths Burn New Testaments
Messianic Jews Win Citizenship Victory
View all stories from Israel

Palestine
Palestine is comprised of two separate parts: the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) controls the main towns and scattered enclaves. Jewish settler enclaves and Israeli military authorities control the rest. Palestinians have been defined by the loss of most of their land in 1948 and the conquest of the remainder by Israel in 1967. International efforts to achieve peace between Israelis and Palestinians have been futile.
The PNA was appointed as an administrative body in both the West Bank and Gaza. While the PNA has been allowed to extend its jurisdiction to increasingly more towns and rural areas, Israel’s presence remains. After winning a large majority in the Palestinian Parliament in 2007 and defeating rival Palestinian party Fatah in a series of violent clashes, Hamas now governs the Gaza portion of the Palestinian Territories.
Israeli occupation and Islamist persecution are squeezing out the dwindling Christian minority. Today, 87.7 percent of the population is Muslim, 8.5 percent is Jewish, and 1.61 percent is Christian. Palestinian Christians find themselves attacked or betrayed from all sides. Israel regards them as Arab Palestinians, while extremist Muslims view them as Western collaborators. Their numbers in Palestine itself have declined, largely due to emigration.
Palestinian exiles make up 61 percent of all Palestinians. While Israel’s harshness toward them was not admirable, neighbouring Arab lands were grudging and unhappy hosts. Palestinians in exile have mostly lived for generations in refugee camps (breeding grounds for extremism) and still face the spectre of poverty and uncertainty. Their possible return to the Holy Land remains a hugely divisive issue, since sheer numbers would threaten to swamp Israel’s population.
Prayer Requests
Pray not only for the peace of the land, but also for both Jewish Israelis and Palestinian Arabs to meet the Prince of Peace, as it is through Him alone that any meaningful reconciliation will come.
Pray Palestinian Christians who remain will stay strong in both their Christian faith and in their commitment to live out the gospel in very difficult conditions.
Videos:
Bombing victim forgives attacker
Update: Bomber of Christian family in the West Bank deemed fit to stand trial
Lives touched through VBS program in the West Bank
Update: Arrest made in attack on Christian family
Christian Schools Attacked in Gaza
Son of Pastor Injured in Bombing in the West Bank
Young Men's Christian Association Library Bombed in Gaza
Bible Store Manager Martyred in Gaza
View all stories from Palestine

Yemen
Yemen has a turbulent history of wars and conquests.
It is estimated that there are several thousand Christians throughout the country. Most of them are expatriates (Westerners, South and East Asians, Arabs) or refugees (mainly Ethiopian). There are a few converts from Islam. In Aden, there are a few churches, but in the north of the country no church buildings are allowed.
The Yemeni Constitution declares that Islam is the state religion and that Shariah is the source of all legislation. As long as expatriates do not evangelize, the Yemeni government doesn’t intervene when they live out their faith, but Yemeni citizens are not allowed to convert to Christianity (or other religions). Converts from an Islamic background may face the death penalty if their new faith is discovered. Converts from Islam also encounter opposition from extremist groups, who threaten “apostates” with death if they do not revert to Islam. Proselytizing of Muslims is prohibited.
Prayer Requests
Pray for greater freedom for believers to encourage others to follow Christ and to be agents of cultural transformation.
Pray for the transformation of believers’ families, for it is from them that the worst persecution comes.
Pray that expatriate believers may maintain their spiritual growth amid discouragement, sickness, isolation and constant threats to their presence in the land.
Persecution News - Yemen
Update: Pray for missing Christians
Update: Continued prayer requested for Christians abducted
Update: Kidnapped Christian girls rescued
Update: Negotiations begin for release of Christian hostages
Update: Day of prayer and fasting called for kidnapped foreigners
Christian relief workers abducted and killed
German National Terrorized for Promoting Christianity in Yemen
View all stories from Yemen

Oman was an isolated feudal monarchy until 1970, when Qaboos bin Said Al-Said overthrew the restrictive rule of his father; he has ruled as sultan ever since. His extensive modernization program has opened the country to the outside world while preserving the longstanding close ties with the UK.
Compared to its neighbours in the region, Oman enjoys a reasonably open and liberal society. All residents are free to practice their faith, and the government has generously given land for places of worship to be built. Islam is the state religion. Churches and church activities for the expatriate communities are permitted, but proselytizing Muslims is forbidden. Since his reign began in 1970, the Sultan has consistently opposed extremist strains of Islam.
Prayer Requests
Pray for spiritual openness, that the gospel might have a powerful impact on all levels and peoples in Oman.
Pray that Christians working in Oman will have opportunities to make meaningful contact with those around them and will share and demonstrate the love of Christ.

Saudi Arabia is the birthplace and stronghold of Islam. The nation considers itself the guardian of Islam's holiest sites, and all other religions are forbidden. The country’s legal system is based on Shariah law, or Islamic law, as interpreted according to the strict Hanbali school of Sunni Islamic jurisprudence. The Wahhabi brand of Sunni Islam is implemented, propagated and regulated by the state
Attacks against Christians and human rights abuses have in fact been on the rise since King Abdullah came into power in 2005. The country continues to have one of the worst human rights records in the world, with flagrant abuses against religions other than Sunni Islam. Saudi citizens are denied the freedom to choose or change their religion. Any person involved in evangelism, including the distribution of literature, faces jail, expulsion or execution. Often false charges, such as drug-related allegations, are used against evangelists. Even foreign visitors are not allowed to gather together for religious worship
Saudi converts to Christianity face the death penalty if discovered; executions are definitely known to occur. In August 2008, a young Saudi woman in Buraydah was killed by her brother, a Muslim cleric and religious police member of the Commission for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, after she proclaimed her Christian faith to her family. Saudi authorities arrested a 28-year-old Christian man in January 2009 for describing his conversion from Islam and criticizing the kingdom’s judiciary on his blog. On January 1, 2011, new regulations went into effect, requiring all Saudi news blogs and electronic news sites to be strictly licensed, to “include the call to the religion of Islam” and to strictly abide by Islamic Shariah law. The requirements are being coupled with strict restrictions on what topics Saudi bloggers can write on—a development which will essentially give Saudi authorities the right to shut down blogs at their discretion
Prayer Requests
Pray that nations of the world will pressure Saudi Arabia to act on their agreements and recognize the rights of their citizens.
Pray that Christians from Muslim backgrounds will find fellowship and continue to grow in their relationship with the Lord.
Pray expatriate and Saudi church leaders will be kept safe and have courage and wisdom.
Persecution News - Saudi Arabia
Arrests of 53 Ethiopian Christians at Private Worship Service
Update: Christian attacked on social networks
Update: Indian Christians released from prison in Saudi Arabia
Indian Christians arrested
Update: Blogger released
Death threats lead Eritrean pastor to flee his home in Saudi Arabia
Christian blogger arrested
View all stories from Saudi Arabia

United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) was established in 1971 as a loose confederation of seven emirates previously known as the Trucial States. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was the president until his death in November 2004. His son, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, was elected president the following day. Approximately 80 percent of the people living in this oil-rich nation are foreigners working in the country.
Islam is the state religion, with a Sunni majority and a small Shi’a minority. There are admirably high levels of religious freedom for an Arab state, but proselytism is still illegal.
Radical changes in the last generation have created a culture crisis in the UAE. Traditionalists and progressives face off over many issues such as the role of women and democracy. Expatriate Christians, who almost account entirely for UAE Christians, have opportunities for discreet sharing as the nation becomes more open and international. However, arrests, imprisonment and deportation still occur for those who evangelize or distribute Christian literature unwisely.
Prayer Requests
Pray that new opportunities will yield a spiritual hunger for the truth and not just the trappings of a wealthy lifestyle.
Pray that foreign Christians will demonstrate Christ in their words and deeds with discernment and confidence.
Persecution News - United Arab Emirates
Americans Arrested for Distributing Literature in Dubai (Correction)
Women Return Safely from Dubai
Americans Arrested for Distributing Literature in Dubai
Pastor Given Suspended Sentence
Update on Pastor's Trial 

Qatar [ sulle cartine il Qatar sembra il piccolo pene, della ARABIA SAUDITA SATANA]
Ruled by the Al Thani family since the mid-1800s, Qatar gained independence from Britain in 1971. For more than 20 years, an Amir with few checks on his authority ruled the country. He crippled the economy by siphoning off revenues from the extensive oil reserves. In 1995, his son, Amir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, overthrew him and instituted economic and social reforms that transformed the emirate into a country with extensive tourism and a very viable economy. As of 2007, oil and natural gas revenues had enabled Qatar to attain the second-highest per capita income in the world. The Emir also provided financial backing for the all-news satellite station, Al-Jazeera.
The strict Wahhabi form of Sunni Islam is the state religion. Proselytism of Muslims is forbidden, but expatriate Christians are allowed to practice their faith.
Expatriates, who make up 65 percent of the population, are drawn from many nations by the high earnings in Qatar, but strict anti-proselytism laws limit Christians, who make up almost 6 percent of the population. However, anti-proselytism laws cannot prevent the airwaves and Internet from influencing Qatar. Gospel radio (FEBA, IBRA and others), TV (Al Hayat, SAT-7 and others) and Christian websites are penetrating the homes and hearts of those living in Qatar. Many Arabic language websites, chat rooms and programs seem to have a powerful effect.
Prayer Requests
Pray for the employment opportunities to be filled by Christians who would be an intentional Kingdom presence in Qatar.
Pray for outreach opportunities to the Qatari people.
Pray that Qataris who come to Christ will be free to worship, serve Him and courageously share Him with others. persecution News - Qatar
Pastor Deported Without Reason
Government Authorizes Church Construction
Christian from India Deported 
Kuwait
A former British protectorate, Kuwait became independent in 1961. While it is the only gulf nation to hold legislative elections, the Al-Sabah family has held the real power for the last two centuries. Nevertheless, the government has been able to exercise enough power to force the resignation of several cabinet ministers and impose some legislation despite the objections of the royal family.
Sunni Islam is the state religion. Religious tolerance in Kuwait is significantly higher than in most of the region. Immigrant religious minorities are permitted some worship facilities; however, proselytizing Muslims is forbidden, and Shariah influences much of the legal system. Teaching Christianity is prohibited, even to legally recognized Christians.
Prayer Requests
Pray that Christians in Kuwait will be a living testimony of the grace and love of Jesus Christ to their Muslim neighbours and co-workers.
Pray for continued reforms within the government, allowing more freedom for the people.
Pray for those Kuwaitis who hear and want to respond, as cultural and familial pressures prevent many from following Christ.

Persecution News - Kuwait
Update: Kuwait leader rejects death sentence
Update: Parliament approves death penalty for blasphemy
Leaders try to halt church construction, strengthen blasphemy laws

Jordan
For most of Jordan’s history since independence, King Hussein (1953-99), who maintained good relationships with major world powers and signed a formal peace treaty with Israel, ruled Jordan. Following Hussein's death, his son, King Abdallah II, ascended to the throne.
Today, turmoil in the Middle East profoundly affects life, due to loss of land, massive influx of refugees and economic disruption. Jordan relinquished its claim to the West Bank area, but Palestinians are the largest group in the nation.
Islam is the state religion, but the constitution prohibits discrimination and promotes the free exercise of religious belief and worship. The Church has a visible public presence and relative freedom, but there is some pressure on evangelical churches. Jordan is a centre for many Christian activities and ministries, and much Christian work in the Middle East would suffer were a setback to occur in Jordan. A number of converts find life difficult; pressure comes from family, work and society. Emigration is often seen as an obvious and safe option.
Prayer Requests
Pray for Christians who face the challenges of living within the constraints of Islamic law.
Pray for the freedom to proclaim the gospel and for followers of Jesus to be able to remain in Jordan.
Ask God to bring forth more church leaders and other servants of the Lord in Jordan to continue His work in the nation (Matthew 9:36-38).

Persecution News - Jordan
Christian girl kidnapped
Christian on Trial for Converting to Christianity
Foreign Christians Expelled
Update: Widow Secures Custody of Children
Jordan Update: Appeal Granted
Update on Siham Qandah
Court Rules in Mother's Favour
View all stories from Jordan

Iraq
Since 2003, Islamist groups have stepped up persecution of religious minorities in Iraq, causing mass emigration of the ancient Christian confession, whose presence in Iraq pre-dates the Arabs by centuries. Christians suffer from the anti-Western atmosphere in the country and are seen as collaborators with Westerners. As Western influence in the country dwindles with the pulling out of many of their forces, extremists take their chance to terrorize Christians and force them out of the country.
The latest constitution says that no law can be passed that contravenes Islam, so guarantees of religious freedom are not particularly trustworthy. Registration of new churches is difficult.
Persecution has become particularly ferocious in recent years. Bomb attacks on churches in December 2009 caused as many as half of Mosul’s Christian population to flee. A terrorist attack on the Syrian Catholic Church in Baghdad at the end of October 2010 killed 58 Christians and injured at least 60. Suspected Islamist militants detonated 11 bombs in Christian suburbs across Baghdad in November, targeting shops and homes. At least five Christians were killed and 33 injured. Hundreds of thousands of Christians have fled Baghdad and other southern portions of the country, including the Biblical area known as Babylon that is dominated by Shi’a Muslims.
About 334,000 Christians remain in Iraq, less than half of their number in 1991. The violence has caused hundreds of thousands of Iraqi people, both Muslim and Christian, to leave the country, and many more are displaced inside Iraq, particularly in Kurdistan.
Prayer Requests
Pray for a stable democratic government in Iraq that respects the rights of all Iraqis.
Pray for protection for Christians during this time of upheaval and danger.
Pray for ministry opportunities for churches and Christian relief organizations working in Iraq.

Videos:
The Shrinking, Yet Advancing Church
Church helps persecuted Christians
Christians May Face Extinction
Persecution News - Iraq
Car Bombs Target Believers on Christmas Day
Trusting God Amidst Escalating Violence
Gunmen Open Fire on Assyrian Church
(Kurdistan Region): Muslim Leader Converts to Christianity
Christians in Kurdish region under siege
Church building bombed
Christian tortured and killed
View all stories from Iraq
Syria
Syria’s Christian minority, which primarily resides in the capital city of Damascus, is generally respected.  Christians make up 6.3 percent of the population, and they enjoy freedom and stability unparalleled through the Middle East. The Orthodox and Catholic churches existed since before Islam and endure still with many godly members.
While there is freedom to worship, if Christians evangelise Muslims and share their faith openly, overt persecution is a possibility. Any activity that could threaten the government or communal harmony is suspect, making it difficult to spread the gospel. Evangelizing is legal but visas are not granted for missionary work. Conversions to Christianity from Islam in Syria are rare and often met with opposition.
Prayer Requests
Pray that Christians will be able to reach out to the Muslim population in Syria.
Pray for strength, encouragement and peace for Christian labourers at work in Syria.
Pray that Syrian converts to Christianity will be a strong witness to their family, friends and neighbours
Mother and Daughter Persecuted for Christian Faith
Innocent Children Tragically Killed
Christians Massacred in Rebel Attack
A New Road to Damascus
Missing Clergymen Reveal Dangers Facing Christians
Offering Hope in the Midst of Civil War
International Day of Prayer and Fasting for Suffering Syrian Church

Turkey
Turkey played a significant part in the early Christian Church as the centre of much of the Apostle Paul's work. However, the country became the guardian of Islam for centuries when the Ottoman Empire was established in 1299. Today, approximately 96.6 percent of the population is Muslim, many of whom have never heard the gospel.
Since the sweeping reforms of the 1920s, Turkey has officially been a secular state. There is, however, a fault line between Islamists and secularists. Despite the government reforms to facilitate joining the European Union, there is no indication of increasing religious freedom. While the Turkish constitution includes freedom of religion, worship services are only permitted in "buildings created for thi