Tuesday, 4 January 2011
Our Persecuted Brothers and Sisters
"I know not," he replied. "Am I my brother's keeper?"
Here they are:
1. North Korea
Having faith in someone else apart from the leader, King Jong 2, is seen as highly subversive. Christian meetings, Christian literature and Bibles are banned. Christians are being sent to death camps as political prisoners and are tortured.
Eritrean security forces in the South have started a new, vigorous campaign of persecution against Christians. However, the number of committed Christians continues to grow in spite of this.
Christians meet in house churches and the numbers of these are growing but the Government views religion as a threat to its authority. Pastors and Christian leaders have been imprisoned.
Churches are often shut down and church leaders can be jailed for conducting services.
Shake Muqbal, a Christian convert from Islam, was attacked by a mob of more than 300 people. This is but one example of the pressure Christians are under to renounce their faith.
Christians found worshiping are arrested. A Christian was tortured to death because he refused to give up his Christmas celebrations. Christians are forced to join the state recognised Evangelical Church of Vietnam.
A petition will be handed in to the Pakistan High Commissioner in London on January 13 calling on the country to protect the religious freedom of Christians living there. Please pray for a successful outcome.
500 Christians were killed in April 2010 by extremist mobs who attacked them in their village.
The Southern region is experiencing a serious threat to Christians and churches.
Christians comprise less than 1% of the population and suffer harassment and discrimination from the Government and public services.