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News & analysis

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

Pakistani Christian woman publically beaten and stripped 

Country/Region: South and East Asia, Pakistan  
Pakistani Christians are often threatened for their faith

"I was beaten and humiliated in broad daylight just because I belong to the Christian community,” says Elishba Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman who was beaten and stripped by two Muslim brothers whose family employed her as a maid. The 28-year-old mother of four was pregnant at the time and suffered a miscarriage following the incident.

 
Country/Region: Indonesia, South and East Asia  
Papuan Christian children are often enticed away to Islamic schools

Persistent Islamisation in Papua

Christian children in Indonesia’s most easterly province are bearing the brunt of a multi-faceted Islamisation programme that is changing the character of the formerly Christian-majority region.

 
Country/Region: India, South and East Asia  
Christians in India are targeted by radical Hindu groups

Plans to “reconvert” 4,000 Christian families to Hinduism on Christmas Day

Radical Hindu paramilitary group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has said that it plans to hold an event on Christmas Day to welcome 4,000 Christian and 1,000 Muslim families back to Hinduism.

 
Country/Region: Iran, Middle East and North Africa  
Churches in Shiraz come under increasing pressure

Iranian house church leader whereabouts unknown following arrest

Pastor Ebrahim Hossin-Zadeh was arrested in mid-November by plain clothes officers from the Ministry of Information in Shiraz, Iran.

 
Country/Region: Middle East and North Africa, Turkey  
There are around 100,000 Christians in this Muslim-majority country

Arson attack at Bible Correspondence School in Turkey destroys up to 20,000 books

An electrical fire that broke out in Istanbul’s Bible Correspondence School on 7 December is thought to have been the result of an arson attack...

 
Country/Region: Azerbaijan, Central Asia  
Christians in Azerbaijan face many pressures

Two Azerbaijani churches ordered to liquidate themselves

Two church congregations have been told that they must liquidate themselves and re-register as religious organisations in order to receive the registration required by Azerbaijan’s Religion Law...

 
Country/Region: South and East Asia, Myanmar, Burma  
Christians and other minorities are under increasing pressure in Burma (Myanmar)

Religious minorities under threat as Burma President submits bills

Burmese President Thein Sein has been criticised by human rights associations for approving a draft bill that curbs conversion to other religions and marriages between Buddhist women and men of other religions.

 
Country/Region: India, South and East Asia  
Christians in India are subjected to discrimination and persecution

Delhi church fire suspected arson

A blaze at a church in the Indian capital, New Delhi, on 1 December is thought to have been the result of an arson attack after the discovery of empty kerosene cans.

 
Country/Region: Middle East and North Africa, Africa, Sudan  
Sudanese Christians meet to study the Bible together

Sudanese authorities arrest 37 young people in church raid

As young people were praying and fasting together on 2 December at a church in Khartoum Bahri, Sudan, police forces stormed the gathering with bulldozers and began demolishing the building.

 
Country/Region: Middle East and North Africa, Iraq  
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Iraq Update – 5 December 2014

The latest news on Iraq from Barnabas

 
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    • 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 8 hours ago

    • 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

    • Continue to remember Pastor Tandin Wangyal, who is serving a prison sentence of almost four years in the small nation of Bhutan, only because he received funds from outside the country to help support his ministry. Ask God to sustain our brother at this time, so that he will draw comfort from God’s grace. Pray that his faith will not fail. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Sat, Dec 2014 00:00

    • Dear Lord Jesus, we pray for freedom for the thousands of Eritrean Christian refugees who have fled from escalating anti-Christian persecution in their home country, and are being detained in prisons in Egypt. You said that You had been sent to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and to set the oppressed free. We especially ask your healing for women and men who have been raped in prison, and for your grace for those who have been kept chained for months, suffering hunger, torture and abuse. Please free these faithful ones, who suffer for Your Name. (Luke 4:18,21) Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Fri, Dec 2014 00:00

    • Praise God for the continued Christian presence in northern Mali, despite the apparent desire of jihadists to wipe it out. Most of the Christians who had fled the region when Islamist radicals took control in 2012 have now returned to their homes, after French troops ousted the Islamists. Many church buildings were desecrated, looted or severely damaged, but the Christians are determined to resume their ministries. Pray for their protection. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Thu, Dec 2014 00:00

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