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

Speak out for condemned Christian mother Aasia Bibi as she appeals to Supreme Court 

Country/Region: Pakistan, South and East Asia  
Aasia’s appeal against the death penalty was rejected on 16 October

Lawyers for condemned Pakistani Christian Aasia Bibi say they are planning to take her case to the country’s Supreme Court after her appeal against the death sentence she was given for “blasphemy” was rejected.

Aasia’s appeal was rejected, and the death sentence confirmed, by the Lahore High Court on Thursday (16 October). She has 30 days in which to file an appeal with the Supreme Court.

 
Country/Region: South and East Asia, Pakistan  
Shoes printed with the Christian cross

Pakistani Christians protest police inaction over shoes showing cross/h2>

Christians in Pakistan held demonstrations earlier this month after police failed to take action over shoes incorporating the Christian cross on the sole, which were being sold by a Muslim shopkeeper...

 
Country/Region: Pakistan, South and East Asia  
Aasia Bibi has been languishing in jail since June 2009

Breaking news: Aasia Bibi’s appeal against death sentence rejected

Barnabas Aid has today received the sad news that the appeal made by Pakistani Christian mother Aasia Bibi against her conviction...

 
Country/Region: Africa, Nigeria, Cameroon  
The kidnappings sparked a widespread campaign for the girls’ release

Four kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls escape Boko Haram in Cameroon

Four Christian schoolgirls who were seized by Boko Haram six months ago have escaped from a camp run by the Islamist group in Cameroon.

 
Country/Region: Africa, Cameroon  
Barnabas Aid has been supporting Nigerian refugees in Cameroon

Deadly Boko Haram attack kills 17 Christians in Cameroon

A further bloody attack by militants from the Islamist group Boko Haram has targeted two villages in northern Cameroon, killing 17 Christians...

 
Country/Region: South and East Asia, Philippines  
A church in the Philippines

Two Christians killed, three injured in Philippines church attack

A grenade attack on a church in the southern Philippines on 8 October has left two Christians dead and three injured.

 
Country/Region: South and East Asia, Nepal  
A Christian gathering in Nepal

Nepal’s Prime Minister makes religious freedom pledge

In a welcome move for Christians, the Prime Minister of Nepal has made a public commitment that religious freedom will be upheld in the country’s long-awaited constitution.

 
Country/Region: South and East Asia, Pakistan  
Christians in Pakistan are particularly vulnerable to false accusations of blasphemy

Blasphemy case against 55 Pakistani Christians discharged

Charges against 55 Pakistani Christians who were falsely accused of blasphemy have been dropped after a written compromise was agreed between the Muslim accuser and the believers involved.

 
Country/Region: Africa, Cameroon  
Cameroonian Christians at a Barnabas-funded training event

Boko Haram attacks Christians in northern Cameroon

At least nine Christians have been killed by Boko Haram militants as the Islamist group, which has killed thousands of people in Nigeria, has been...

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

Murder, mischief, and the killing of Alan Henning

Last week the world received the tragic news of the beheading of kind-hearted British taxi-driver, Alan Henning, who had courageously and sacrificially travelled to Syria...

 
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    • “The cathedral in Damaturu now has only about 40 members instead of 450 members. The church in Potiskum now has only about 15 members instead of 500 members… the southern part of [Yobe state] is still very dangerous and most of the churches here have closed down.” A senior church leader in Nigeria wrote to Barnabas Aid in August about the impact on the Church of Boko Haram’s violence. Nevertheless Christians were still holding worship services every Sunday, discipling the young people and even commissioning pastors. Praise God for such perseverance, and pray that a Christian presence and witness may remain in north-east Nigeria. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed 19 hours ago

    • Heavenly Father, we pray to You for our Christian brothers and sisters in north-eastern Nigeria, who are so vulnerable in the face of attacks by Boko Haram militants. We remember especially those who used to live in Madagali, in Adamawa state, until their town was seized by Boko Haram two months ago. We think of those who were betrayed into the hands of Boko Haram by their neighbours pointing out Christian homes or places where Christians had hidden. We bring before You those who saw their menfolk beheaded, and women forcibly converted to Islam. We cry out to You to intervene and bring an end to the murderous attacks by Boko Haram. We pray for all the thousands of Nigerian Christians who have suffered in similar attacks that they will not lose hope or faith in You, but will know Your peace which passes understanding. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Mon, Oct 2014 00:00

    • Pray for a pastor in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania whose home was attacked on 17 May; two of his children were injured. When he went to report the incident to the police, he was falsely accused of raping a young woman who had left Islam to follow Christ. The pastor had taken her into his home, along with four other converts, after she was thrown out by her family; it was they who made the accusation against him. He has faced much opposition because of his fruitful outreach to Muslims, and several failed attempts have been made to frame him with false accusations. Pray that the sovereign Lord will help him and that he will not be disgraced (Isaiah 50:7-9). Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Sun, Oct 2014 00:00

    • A church on Mafia Island, part of the Zanzibar archipelago, was attacked on 9 May by around 80 young Muslim men armed with arrows and knives. The church members, who are mainly converts from Islam, had gathered for their weekly overnight prayer session when the attackers appeared, shouting “death to ritad’i” (those who leave Islam). They set fi re to the church, leaving the interior in ruins, and then went in search of the pastor, but he was not at home. The incident followed a bomb blast at another church in Mwanza in mainland Tanzania on 5 May, in which a worker at the church rest house was critically injured. Pray that the authorities will effectively address the increasing incidence of attacks against churches. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Sat, Oct 2014 00:00

    • Cry out to the Lord for the many Christian victims of kidnapping by Boko Haram in Nigeria. Remember especially the more than two hundred teenage girls who were taken from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno state, on the night of 14 April. A video released in May showed eight of the girls speaking about their ordeal; they plead for their release, and one says, “I never expected to suffer like this in my life.” It is believed that they have been divided into at least four groups and that most of them are being held in camps outside Nigeria. They are hungry, while some are unwell and need medical attention. Pray for their safe release and for that of other kidnapped Christians. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Fri, Oct 2014 00:00

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