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11-13-2006, 07:50 AM
Okay, I've done this a few times and then just forgotten about it. I'm feeling very convicted to make a concerted effort to obey the following command of God:

"Be remembering (persistently, consistently) the prisoners as having been imprisoned with [them], the ones having been ill-treated, as also being in [the] body yourselves." Hebrews 13:3

May God help me (and us) to keep lifting up our suffering brethren in prayer and doing whatever we can to help them otherwise...

Turkey: Attackers Firebomb Protestant Church
Unidentified assailants hurled six Molotov cocktails at a Protestant place of worship in western Turkey last Saturday (November 4), breaking windows and inflicting minor damages on the exterior of the building.

India: More Villagers Forced to Bow to Hindu Deities
Hindu extremists yesterday forced Christians in the remote village of Bevainahalli, in the southern state of Karnataka, to bow down before Hindu deities and applied the vermilion mark totheir foreheads. It was the second such incident in Chitradurga district in a little over a week.


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11-14-2006, 08:25 AM
Missionary "Kidnapped" In Vietnam Amid Government Crackdown on Protestants
Family members continued searching Monday, November 13, for a kidnapped Protestant missionary in Vietnam amid a government-crackdown on Protestants and pro-democracy activists ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit here, dissidents and investigators told BosNewsLife.

11-14-2006, 10:50 AM
definately gotta keep the saints up, man. makes me feel so wack for wimpering at my "growing pains"... Lord help me

11-14-2006, 01:21 PM
India: More Villagers Forced to Bow to Hindu Deities
Hindu extremists yesterday forced Christians in the remote village of Bevainahalli, in the southern state of Karnataka, to bow down before Hindu deities and applied the vermilion mark totheir foreheads. It was the second such incident in Chitradurga district in a little over a week.


nooooo... :( ... noooo

11-14-2006, 04:00 PM
It is very sad to know what's going on over there. But I will continue to pray for them ask they spread the gospel

11-15-2006, 09:49 AM
We shouldn't belittle our own trials, a trial is a trial, no matter how small or big it may seem. But when we keep considering and praying for our brothers and sisters who are being seriously persecuted, I think it does help to make us less self-centred and also helps us to have the right mindset toward our own situations.

Sri Lanka: Christians Cry for Justice Amid Anarchy
In a worsening climate of impunity as Sri Lanka falls into civil war, Buddhist militants have continued their campaign against Christianity, attacking churches and threatening Christian schools.

India: Local Politican Incites Attack on Christians
During a panchayat or village council meeting convened last Thursday (November 9) to address threats against Christians in a village in Chhattisgarh state, a local politician and his associates attacked six believers, including a pregnant woman.

Vietnam "Hangs" Christian, "Detains" Others; US Criticized
A day after the US removed Vietnam from it list of 'countries of particular concern' regarding religious freedom, human rights workers said a Montagnard Christian was "hanged" by security forces who also "tortured" and "detained" other believers and pro-democracy activists.

11-15-2006, 12:58 PM
thanks for posting the articles, I will continue to pray for them, and pray for their strength and faith in God. The bible spoke of times such as these, we all need to be prepared for the possibility that this may one day happen to us.

11-20-2006, 07:06 AM

Indonesia: Christian Lecturer Attacked in West Java
Muslim extremists in West Java attempted to murder a Christian lecturer in mid-October for converting from Islam three years ago. The lecturer at various theological schools, whose name was withheld for security reasons, has taken shelter in another province to escape further threats to his life. Sources told Compass that in September a man claiming to be a Christian phoned the lecturer saying he wanted to study Islam in order to relate to his Muslim acquaintances. Several meetings followed in early October between the lecturer, the caller and several of the caller’s friends... Click here (http://www.worthynews.com/christian/indonesia-christian-lecturer-attacked-in-west-java/) to read more

11-20-2006, 03:27 PM

11-21-2006, 09:19 AM
India: Families Driven From Homes for Receiving Christ
Adherents of a Bodo tribal religion in Assam, northeast India, forced nine families from their homes last Tuesday (November 14) for converting to Christianity. The villagers destroyed six of the nine families’ homes, forcing the Christians to take shelter in a primary school. The nine families live in four villages in the Kokrajhar district of Assam. Their ordeal began when Christians attended a Pentecostal meeting held in Haldibari village last Monday (November 13).

11-25-2006, 06:16 PM
India: Militants Kill Prominent Christian Worker
Two unidentified militants today killed a Christian convert from Islam on a busy road in Mamoosa village, Barmullah district, in the terror-stricken state of Jammu and Kashmir. “Bashir Ahmed Tantray, a 50-year-old engineer working with the power department of the state government in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, was shot dead seemingly by Islamist militants while he was standing at a busy bus stand near his parents’ house in Mamoosa,” a local Christian source told Compass.

Sri Lanka: Mobs Attack More Churches
Buddhist militants attacked two church services in Sri Lanka on November 12 and hit Christian workers returning from a funeral. On Thursday (November 16), they also doused a female church member with a container of burnt oil.Police were called to both church attacks but their presence proved ineffective.

11-26-2006, 01:16 PM
Thanks Ely. We should never cease to pray for the body as whole. Thanks again.

11-28-2006, 07:50 AM

India: Church Worker Killed, Pastor Detained
Police in India's southern state of Tamil Nadu were investigating Monday, November 27, the death of a church worker who was apparently killed at the start of a Sunday worship service. The man, identified only as 60-year-old Jacob, was "stabbed and killed" late Sunday November 26 "within the church precincts" of the Church on St. Thomas Mount, a small 300 foot (100 meters) high hillock located in the state capital Chennai, said Sajan K. George, national president of advocacy group Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC).

Anti-Christian Violence Escalates in Sri Lanka
Anti-Christian violence "is escalating" in Sri Lanka amid ongoing fighting between security forces and Tamil rebels seeking independence, human rights investigators said Monday, November 27. Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), a major advocacy group investigating the situation on the troubled island, told BosNewsLife in a statement that this month several churches and individual Christians have been attacked by militants.

12-01-2006, 11:20 AM
India: Hindu Villagers Beat, Expel Christian Families
Police in the eastern state of Jharkhand have turned a blind eye to the plight of two Christian families who were severely beaten and expelled from their village for refusing to give up their faith. Hindu residents of Dublia village in Kanke Block, Ranchi district, drove out the families of Raju Toppo and Santosh Karmali in June after repeatedly assaulting them, according to a spokesman from the All India Christian Council (AICC).

Six Christians Murdered By Muslim Mob In Ethiopia
The Washington-DC based human rights group, International Christian Concern (ICC) www.persecution.org has learned that in early October, a mob of three hundred Muslims murdered six Christians, and seriously wounded fifteen others during a midnight worship service in Beshasha, a town located in the Agaro province, 408 kilometers West of Addis Ababa.

12-05-2006, 08:44 AM
Iraq: Kidnappers Murder Church Elder in Mosul
Grieving Christians in Iraq’s northern city of Mosul completed three days of mourning for a murdered Presbyterian Church elder yesterday, only hours before another Iraqi clergyman was grabbed off the streets of Baghdad this morning.
The martyred churchman, identified only as 69-year-old Elder Munthir, had been kidnapped after leading worship services at the National Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Mosul on November 26. His body was found four days later.

Bangladesh: Islamic Extremists face death for killing Christian
A court in Bangladesh has sentenced two Islamic extremists to death for murdering Dr. Abdul Gani Gomes, a Christian convert from Islam, in September 2004. Gomes, 48, was returning from work in the northern town of Duyanipur in Jamalpur district when four militants, including the two convicted men, jumped him and, in their words, “hacked him to death.”

China Plans Destruction Of Church, Group Says
Christians in China's Zhejiand faced a tense Sunday, December 3, amid reports that local authorities want to destroy a house church in the province. China Aid Association (CAA), a major advocacy group, said the house church in Yangjianong Village of Qixian Town in Shaoxing County "received notification from the local government to vacate the church building before" Monday, December 4.

12-07-2006, 09:19 AM
Uzbekistan Government "Attacking" Evangelical Christians; Churches
Evangelical Christians in Uzbekistan faced another tense day Wednesday, December 6, amid an ongoing media campaign against them, police raids in churches and reports that Bibles and other literature are burnt by authorities. "Today I write to ask that you pray for the whole nation of Uzbekistan. The Uzbek TV has been airing shows about Christians that are very distressing," an Uzbek believer said in a letter obtained by BosNewsLife. "The Christian churches have been likened to terrorist groups and the country is being warned about these "dangerous people"... Despite the pressure, Christians in Uzbekistan say believers continue to meet including 18 leaders from "cell churches" across the country. "They would like to form a group so they are accountable to one another, to help one another stay away from heretical teachings, to teach each other how to be better leaders...," the Uzbek Christian said in her letter.

Cuba: Prosecutor Recommends Acquittal of Church Leader
A prosecuting attorney in Havana on Monday (December 4) recommended that the Rev. Carlos Lamelas be acquitted of all charges of trafficking in illegal emigrants. Those accusations had sent the evangelical pastor and former national president of his church to jail for more than four months earlier this year. Despite the motion for acquittal, Lamelas’s future still remains in doubt. “The trial is now at the stage of determining sentence, and we must await the judges’ decision,” Lamelas said. “The worst part is that we have to keep waiting possibly for one or two months more.” Arrested in a surprise police raid on his Havana home the morning of February 20, Lamelas was unexpectedly released from the Villa Marita Detention Center on June 26... He credits international attention on his case, expressed through hundreds of letter from fellow Christians from around the world, for securing his unexpected release.

12-14-2006, 07:49 AM
Iraqi Insurgents Threaten Attacks Against Christian Women
Tensions were rising Wednesday, December 13, in the Iraqi town of Mosul after an Islamic group reportedly threatened to attack Christian female students. The Assyrian International News Agency (AINA) with website www.aina.org said flyers were distributed at Mosul University containing messages against Assyrian students, who are also known as Chaldean and Syriacs... [F]lyers reportedly warned Christian Assyrian students that "in cases where non-Muslims do not conform to wearing the Hijab," the head cover for women, and "are not conservative with their attire in accordance with the Islamic way, violators will have Sharia", or Islamic Law, "applied to them."

12-15-2006, 07:48 AM
Watching and praying:

China: Christian Lawyer Convicted of "Inciting Subversion'
A Beijing court convicted human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng of “inciting subversion” on Tuesday (December 12) after he mysteriously entered a “guilty” plea, according to reports. Advocacy group Human Rights in China and sources cited by Asia News questioned the sincerity of the guilty plea, as Gao’s family and attorney were not informed that he had been put on trial until the proceedings were over. The trial at Beijing’s No. 1 People’s Intermediate Court lasted less than a day. Asia News reported that lawyers hired by Gao’s family said the conviction was based on his guilty plea, but that they were doubtful of its credibility as they were not allowed to meet with him.

Praise God for the following 2 reports:

Appeal Upheld For Australia Pastors Accused Of "Vilifying Muslims"
Two Christian pastors, who had been found guilty in Australia's Victoria State of "vilifying Muslims", have had a ruling in their favor Thursday, December 14, from the Court of Appeal. Three judges of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria set aside the orders given by a judge at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal last year against Pastor Danny Nalliah, Pastor Daniel Scot and Catch the Fire Ministries. "These orders had required them to publish a statement acknowledging their guilt and undertaking to refrain from making similar comments about Muslims and Islam again," said Barnabas Fund, a major religious rights group. "This statement was required to be printed in the form of several large advertisements in newspapers and on Catch the Fire’s website and in its newsletter."

Cuba Court Drops Charges Against Pastor; Concerns Remain
A Cuban Court has dropped charges against a Protestant pastor who went on trial this month for alleged involvement in "human trafficking", but the church leader cautioned he may still be prosecuted in the near future, activists told BosNewsLife Thursday, December 14. Pastor Carlos Lamelas was informed by his lawyer on Wednesday, December 13, that he had been absolved by the court, said UK-based religious liberty group Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), which supported the church leader... Yet in a statement released by CSW and obtained by BosNewsLife Pastor Lamelas said he fears Cuban authorities "are still looking for a way to punish" him. His lawyer has reportedly advised him that he may still be given a fine for the "falsification of documents."

12-22-2006, 08:43 AM
This Christmas, spare a thought for our suffering brethren worldwide:

India: Hindu Extremists in India Beat Christian Couple, Pastor
Hindu extremists launched two known attacks against Christians this week, beating a couple in the northern state of Haryana yesterday and assaulting pastor in the central state of Chhattisgarh on Sunday (December 17). About 50 Bajrang Dal extremists attacked the Christian couple, Rakesh Sen and Suman Sen, at about 8 a.m. yesterday at their home in Lakarpur, Faridabad district, Haryana. The attackers were upset at the couple for regularly allowing their New Life Fellowship church to meet in their home for Sunday worship...
In Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh, a group of about 50 extremists from the Dharam Raksha Sena (DRS or Army for Religious Protection) beat an independent pastor on Sunday (December 17) and accused him of forced conversions.

China Security Forces Raid Home of House Church Missionary; Church Leaders Kidnapped
Chinese police and an angry mob raided the home of a key house church missionary in Beijing and detained about a dozen believers after beating them and destroying furniture, family and investigators said Thursday, December 21... The seven men and one woman from east China's Zhejiang province were arrested after about 3,000 Christians in Xiaoshan, a prospering commercial suburb of the provincial capital Hangzhou, demonstrated against the demolition of the church in July. Xiaoshan is home to tens of thousands of Protestant Christians, many of them traders or farmers wary of state control, church observers said. In recent years, they have apparently struggled with the government over approval to build their own churches.

India: Islamic Extremist Threatens Christian Convert
A caller identifying himself as an Islamic terrorist has threatened to kill a Christian convert from Islam in the southern state of Kerala. Pastor Paul Ciniraj Mohammed, head of Salem Voice Ministries (SVM) in Kottayam district, has already survived one suspected murder attempt. The extremist phoned Ciniraj on Thursday (December 14) and told him to “start counting your days, as we will kill you in a few days’ time.” “He spoke to me in a very loud voice and said he was from an Islamist terrorist group,” Ciniraj told Compass. Ciniraj took the threat seriously because the caller also mentioned Bashir Tantray, a 50-year-old engineer and volunteer with several Christian organizations who was killed, reportedly by Islamic militants, on a busy road in Barmullah district in the troubled state of Jammu and Kashmir on November 21.

12-26-2006, 09:26 PM
dag, keep bringing them Ely, it's not in vain.

01-04-2007, 09:02 AM
Amen brother,

Pakistan "Enslaves" Nearly Million Christians, Report Says
There was concern Wednesday, January 3, about reports that at least nearly a million impoverished men, women and children, most of them Christians, have been "illegally enslaved" on the outskirts of Pakistan's major cities and towns.

Iraq Now World's "Second-Worst Persecutor" of Christians
Iraq was named Wednesday, January 3, as the world's "second-worst persecutor of Christians" after North Korea in an influential report expected to underscore concern about sectarian violence in the war-torn county. Iraq was among ten countries that received the annual "Hall of Shame Awards" in a report issued by the Washington-DC based human rights group International Christian Concern (ICC) with website www.persecution.org.

01-08-2007, 01:29 PM
New year for some of our brethren in Vietnam and India:

Vietnam Security Forces Attack Massive Prayer Meetings in Central Highlands; Dozens Injured
Vietnamese security forces raided several prayer meetings of Montagnard Christians in the Central Highlands injuring dozens of believers, and at least one Montagnard Christian was fighting for his life Friday, January 5, following torture in prison, representatives said. The Montagnard Foundation Incorporated (MFI), which has close contacts with Montagnard Christians in Vietnam, said Sip, a man in his 30’s, was suffering "prolonged mistreatment, torture and beatings," while being detained. http://www.worthynews.com/christian/vietnam-security-forces-attack-massive-prayer-meetings-in-central-highlands-dozens-injured/

India: Anti-Christian Attacks Mark New Year
After launching several anti-Christian attacks during the last week of 2006, Hindu extremists went on to beat more Christians, vandalize vehicles and organize a protest rally against a church, dampening New Year celebrations. Extremists beat four pastors and vandalized a vehicle in the north central state of Uttar Pradesh state on Tuesday (January 2). They attacked two more Christians and damaged another vehicle in neighboring Madhya Pradesh state, while others staged an anti-Christian rally in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, the same day.

01-16-2007, 10:48 PM
we prob got some 144000 brothers and sisters in there
God will protect our brothers with a hard life

01-23-2007, 08:27 PM
Amen. Let their experiences spur us on to be faithful in our own trials, which are no less important or significant in God's eyes.

I'm so sorry I've taken so long to post these ones, I've kinda taken my eye of the ball in more ways than one this last couple of weeks. These are kinda urgent. :(

Sudan Christians Fear New Attacks As Bombings Continue
Sudan's embattled Christian minority attended church services Sunday, January, 21, as the predominantly Muslim nation plunged further into renewed civil war, despite a peace agreement brokered by US Governor Bill Richardson and others this month. Government aircraft reportedly bombed wide areas of northern Darfur, just days after Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir vowed to adhere to the cease-fire. The latest violence added to concerns among Sudan's minority Christians, who have also been attacked by Sudanese security forces, churches and missionaries said. http://www.worthynews.com/christian/sudan-christians-fear-new-attacks-as-bombings-continue/

Ethiopia Christian Killed, Houses Burned, Investigators Say
Groups of Ethiopian Christians were reportedly still hiding in churches Thursday, January 18, after one believer was killed, Christian homes burned and several believers were threatened with execution for converting from Islam. Tensions this year began January 5 when Christian Ajja Delge was killed by an unknown person in the town of Kofele... His family reportedly believes that he was killed by a Muslim militant as the Kofele area is dominated by Muslims, but there was no claim of responsibility. Local Christians have said they fears local police will not conduct a proper investigation into Delge's murder. Shortly after the murder, homes of three Christian families were burned January 8 by Muslim militants in the village of Begge... Tareku Meres, Jemal Tasesa and Tamene Gemechu and their families are currently taking shelter at a local gospel church, the group added. "At last report, the police have not investigated the incident or taken any action to bring the arsonists to justice." http://www.worthynews.com/christian/ethiopia-christian-killed-houses-burned-investigators-say/

With the situation in Somalia also getting tense, the saints (and non-saints) in East Africa are in desperate need of our prayers.

India Militants Attack Missionaries, Throw Teenager From TrainLess than two weeks after their activists reportedly threw a Hindu convert to Christianity from a train, Hindu groups attacked Christian missionaries in India accusing them of "religious conversion," BosNewsLife monitored Monday, January 22. New Delhi-based news agency Asian News International (ANI) said about 30 militants of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) group and its youth-wing Bajrang Dal disrupted an evangelistic meeting Sunday, January 21, in the town of Chakeri in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. About 100 participants were expelled from the hall where they were gathering, ANI reported. "We came to know that in Richa guesthouse, some Christian missionaries were holding discourses on religious conversion. We would not have allowed that to happen. If they try to conduct such meetings again in future, we will give them a fitting reply and will take to the streets," VHP activist Sunil Singh was quoted. as saying. http://www.worthynews.com/christian/india-militants-attack-missionaries-throw-teenager-from-train/

Praise report but prayer still needed:
Pakistan: Court Overturns Life Sentence for Christian, another ‘blasphemy’ suspect, Shahid Masih, is freed on bail.A Pakistani court last week acquitted a Christian “blasphemy” prisoner on grounds that the convict was mentally unstable, while another Christian facing the same accusation was released on bail. Justice Muhammad Ijaz Chaudhry overturned Shahbaz Masih’s life sentence at a Lahore High Court hearing on Friday (January 19), citing evidence that the Christian was mentally handicapped. He has been incarcerated for more than five years...Threats from radical groups have forced Masih’s family into hiding several times during the case. More than 60 armed Muslim clerics were present at the Christian’s final Faisalabad court hearing in 2004, chanting slogans and praising the judge and Islamic law when he was found guilty. Sindhu remains uncertain whether Masih will eventually be reunited with his parents and five siblings in Lahore. The Catholic lawyer said he hoped his client would be able to obtain refugee status abroad.

Another Christian in Faisalabad went into hiding last week while awaiting a court decision over accusations that he defiled the Quran. Faisalabad Judge Muhammad Tanveer Akbar granted Shahid Masih bail, saying that evidence against him was only “circumstantial,” said Sindhu, who is also defending this “blasphemy” suspect... Shahid Masih is one of only a few Pakistani Christian blasphemy suspects to obtain post-arrest bail from a lower court. Most blasphemy prisoners spend years in prison before an Additional District and Sessions Judge decides their fate...
The blasphemy suspect’s mother has suffered from depression since her son’s arrest last September. “I am very sick, but I am happy to see my son,” Alice Masih told Compass from an undisclosed location in Faisalabad where she and her husband were visiting Shahid Masih. Due to his own work with blasphemy prisoners, much of it pro bono, Sindhu and his family have faced ongoing threats. The lawyer’s wife and sons have temporarily gone into hiding to avoid attack.

Last month State Minister Tariq Azim hinted that “minorities would hear the ‘good news’ of amendments to the blasphemy law this Christmas,” the English-language Daily Times reported on December 25. Concrete amendments have yet to materialize." http://www.worthynews.com/christian/pakistan-court-overturns-life-sentence-for-christian/

01-23-2007, 08:45 PM
still praying famo for the body as a whole.

2 Peter 3

1This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, 2that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles, 3knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. 4They will say, "Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation." 5For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, 6and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. 7But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

8But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you,[a] not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 10But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies[b] will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.[c]

11Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, 12waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! 13But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

14Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace. 15And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, 16as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures. 17You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. 18But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

01-30-2007, 07:39 PM
Man, these reports are coming in some fast, it's difficult to keep up :(

China Security Forces Raid Church, Release Christian Leaders
Chinese security forces arrested church leaders while raiding a house church in Anhui Province during a worship service, and confiscated Christian literature and equipment, a Christian rights group said Saturday, January 27.

Vietnam "Severely Tortures" Christian Degar Montagnard Prisoners, Families Say
Family members and friends expressed concerns Saturday, January 27, about the treatment of predominantly Christian Degar Montagnard prisoners in Vietnam some of whom have allegedly been severely tortured and forced to eat rice mixed with broken glass.

Uzbekistan: Secret Police Arrest Andijan Pastor
Uzbek secret police arrested a Protestant pastor from his church in Andijan last weekend, seven months after a regional prosecutor had accused him of committing high treason.

11 Tribal Girls Killed In India As Hostel Collapses
Christian officials on Saturday, January 27, urged the Hindu-led government of India's Gujarat state to end what they regard as the persecution of Christian aid workers after at least 11 impoverished Tribal girls died when the their residential school collapsed.

Somalia Capital Rocked By Violence After Church Attack
Christians in Somalia remained on edge Friday, January 26, after a church attack and fresh reports that five people were killed in clashes in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.