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

Indian High Court moves to overturn ban on non-Hindu evangelists 

Country/Region: India, South and East Asia  
Christians in some Indian villages are suffering increasing attacks from Hindu extremists

In a positive move for Christians, the Bilaspur High Court in India has been persuaded by Christian organisations to oppose a ban preventing non-Hindu religious missionaries from entering villages in Bastar district.

Governing bodies in Bastar, Chhattisgarh state, were given three weeks from 8 September to respond to a petition by Christian bodies questioning the constitutionality of the ban.

 
Country/Region: Africa, Nigeria  
Map showing Borno state in north-east Nigeria

Boko Haram’s latest atrocity kills 20 in Christian area of Nigeria

On Wednesday (24 September), members of the Islamist group Boko Haram attacked the Christian-majority communities of Shaffa and Shindiffu in Nigeria’s Borno state, killing at least 20 people.

 
Country/Region: Mali, Africa, Middle East and North Africa  
A rural church in southern Mali, where Barnabas Fund has supported displaced Christians

Displaced Christians return to their homes in Mali

Many Christians who were driven from northern Mali by Islamist rebels have begun to return to their homes in the region, which was liberated by French troops in early 2013.

 
Country/Region: Central Asia, Armenia  
Armenian Christians being marched by Turkish soldiers during the Armenian Genocide

Textbooks in Turkish schools negative to Armenian Christians

Some textbooks being used for the current school year in Turkey contain negatively biased remarks about Christians in relation to the Armenian Genocide.

 
Country/Region: Middle East and North Africa, Saudi Arabia  
Mecca is Islam’s holiest city and is located in Saudi Arabia

Christians detained by Saudi religious police in raid on private home

The Saudi religious police arrested and detained overnight at least 27 people accused of practising Christianity in a house church.

 
Country/Region: Middle East and North Africa, Iraq, Syria  
ISIS militants

Editorial: The War of the Cross

When ISIS changed its name in June from “the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL, or the Arabic acronym ISIS) to simply “the Islamic State” this was a shift of enormous theological and eschatological significance.

 
Country/Region: Africa, Nigeria  
Nigerian Christians in Northern and Middle Belt states suffer violent attacks by Islamists

Boko Haram seizes Christian town, declares Islamic caliphate as anti-Christian attacks in Nigeria increase

Boko Haram has seized a predominantly Christian town in Adamawa state in an attempt to expand the territory it holds in Northern Nigeria.

 
Project(s): 48-991     Country/Region: Middle East and North Africa, Africa, South Sudan  
It is expected that around 250,000 children in South Sudan will be severely undernourished by the end of this month

Four million people in Christian-majority South Sudan face extreme hunger – will you help?

Nearly four million people in Christian-majority South Sudan are facing “dangerous levels” of hunger as violence, crop failure and disease rack their nation.

 
Country/Region: India, South and East Asia  
A street scene in India, which has a large Hindu majority

Christian church in India converted to Hindu temple

A church in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh was turned into a temple on 27 August after Hindu extremists converted members of the congregation to Hinduism.

 
Country/Region: Middle East and North Africa, Iraq  
Iraqi Christian women are at great risk from ISIS

Christian and other minority women raped in Iraq prison by ISIS militants

Reports have emerged that Christian women who are being held captive in Mosul’s Badush prison by ISIS (the Sunni militant group that now wishes to be known as the Islamic State) have been given the option either to convert to the group's brand of Islam or to suffer daily rape.

 
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    • Pray for the residents of Gorsi Tourou, a village in northern Cameroon that was ravaged in an attack by suspected Boko Haram militants on 6 June. They ran for their lives as more than 300 heavily armed men torched churches and houses and looted property. Cameroonian soldiers arrived around two hours later and were able to drive back the militants. Boko Haram has been wreaking havoc in neighbouring Nigeria, targeting Christian communities in particular in its bloody battle to establish an Islamic state in the North. Pray that the group’s evil activities will be restrained and that they will not be able to gain a foothold in Cameroon. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed 9 hours ago

    • Heavenly Father, we pray for Kim Jung-Wook, a South Korean Christian who has been sentenced to hard labour for life in North Korea for “spying” and attempting to establish house churches in the country. We thank You that although prosecutors demanded the death penalty, this was commuted, but we pray that Jung-Wook will be sustained by You in his imprisonment and cruel treatment and will soon be released. We pray too for the dozens of North Koreans who were detained after Jung-Wook’s arrest in October on suspicion of helping him, and for the families of any who have already been executed. We pray for political change and religious freedom in North Korea, that it may be made legal to be a Christian and to take part in Christian activity. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Wed, Oct 2014 00:00

    • Two Christian families in Uzbekistan who meet in a private home to read the Bible and pray together have been repeatedly fined and had property confiscated. Alisher Abdullayev and Veniamin Nemirov were originally fined in 2012 for unregistered religious activity and teaching religion “illegally”. They refused on principle to pay, claiming that they had not violated any laws. But earlier this year bailiffs went to their homes and confiscated a car, a mobile phone and household items. The men and their wives were then fined again, ten times the minimum monthly wage. Officers have also raided one of their meetings, filming and harassing those present and seizing religious literature. Pray that the authorities will stop targeting the families and that they will be left alone to study and pray in peace. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Tue, Sep 2014 00:00

    • Leaders imprisoned for up to 60 days and members for up to 45 days; fines, corrective labour or community service: these are the penalties for taking part in religious gatherings in Kazakhstan held without state permission, according to a new criminal code. Those who finance unregistered religious activity will be liable to the same punishments as leaders. In addition, a new Code of Administrative Offences lays down a wide range of penalties for exercising the right to religious freedom. Both codes have been condemned by 119 Kazakh and international human rights groups and individuals. They further tighten controls on religious practice in a context where it is already much restricted. Pray for wisdom and courage for Christians in Kazakhstan as they seek to maintain their worship and witness. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Mon, Sep 2014 00:00

    • Give thanks that 55 Christians, almost all church leaders and converts from Islam, received Bible training at a three-day seminar in Kyrgyzstan that was supported by Barnabas Fund. The participants have virtually no access to Biblical training, and so the studies were a great boost to their faith and ministry. Meeting fellow church leaders, who are all dealing with similar issues, such as isolation and persecution from Muslim relatives and local Muslim communities, was also very encouraging to them and gave them the opportunity to build up a Christian support network. Pray that the Lord will continue to speak to them through the Bible passages they studied at the seminar, and that He will bless their ministries. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Sun, Sep 2014 00:00

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