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Operation Nehemiah: News update #85

Country/Region: United Kingdom, Europe, United States, Australia, Middle East and North Africa

AUS: Four men found guilty of sharia law whipping

Four Muslim men have been found guilty by an Australian court of whipping a convert to Islam 40 times with a cable, which they said was a punishment under Islamic law for drinking alcohol and using drugs.

Read Indian Express article

Al Qaeda releases glossy magazine on terrorism

Al Qaeda has released the latest edition of its English-language propaganda magazine, which advises would-be militants on how to torch parked cars and cause traffic accidents; it also lists public figures it wants “dead or alive for crimes against Islam”.

Read Daily Mail article

UK: Expelled university Christian Union given back its status

The University of Birmingham Christian Union (UBCU) has been re-affiliated to the Guild of Students, having being expelled seven years ago for not allowing non-Christians onto its leadership team.

Read UCCF article

USA: Bill seeks to add Bible classes to government school curriculum in North Carolina

North Carolina's government high schools may soon be able to start offering Bible classes as options in their curriculum, after the proposal of a new bill at the state General Assembly.

Read Christian Post article

UK: Extremist’s teachings “still on YouTube”, MPs hear

The teachings of radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki are widely available on YouTube and will be removed only if flagged as unsuitable by the website's users, MPs have heard.

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    • As we remember the coming into the world of our Emmanuel (God with us), pray that His presence will be very real to Christians who suffer today for His Name, to those enduring hardship and abuse in prison, those who will go hungry today because of discrimination and injustice, those who face taunts and hostility daily at work or school, and those who are subject to pressure to convert to another religion. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed 18 hours ago

    • In an initiative that discriminates against Christian staff and pupils, the Indian government has announced a plan to celebrate “good governance day” on 25 December, introducing an essay competition with a financial award as an incentive for turnout. As part of this initiative, schools will also remain open on 24 and 25 December. Please pray that the government will consider the impact of this initiative on Christians and change the proposed date. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Wed, Dec 2014 00:00

    • The Maleme ostrich farm which provides employment and skills training for local Zimbabweans through the Ebenezer programme is under threat. The authorities are in the process of seizing the land, ordering its Christian owners to abandon everything. The farm also generates enough income to sustain the Shalom facilities, a much-used campsite for Christian organisations and churches that has been running since 1958. Both Ebenezer and Shalom would have to be closed down if the land is occupied. Pray for wisdom for the leaders of Ebenezer and Shalom as they seek to show grace to the authorities in the midst of these heart-breaking negotiations. Pray that God’s justice will prevail and that the land will be kept for His purposes. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Tue, Dec 2014 00:00

    • It is reported that Hindu radicals have planned an event to convert 4,000 Christian and 1,000 Muslim families to Hinduism on Christmas Day. Pray for Christians in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India who are facing increasing pressure and violence since the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party gained political power on 26 May. Pray that God will grant strength to His people so that they will remain faithful. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Mon, Dec 2014 00:00

    • Praise the Lord that around 6,500 homeless Christians in Kandhamal District of Orissa State, India, now have proper homes to live in, with help from Barnabas Aid. Their houses had been damaged or destroyed more than six years ago in two bouts of severe anti-Christian violence by Hindu radicals in 2007-8. Some 60,000 Christians were made homeless. Continue to pray for the speedy completion of more houses currently under construction. Pray also that God will continue to heal the victims of this terrible trauma. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Sun, Dec 2014 00:00

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