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    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.
    http://www.worthynews.com/christian/...estant-church/

    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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    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.
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    definately gotta keep the saints up, man. makes me feel so wack for wimpering at my "growing pains"... Lord help me

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    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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    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

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    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.
    http://www.worthynews.com/christian/...-amid-anarchy/

    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.
    http://www.worthynews.com/christian/...on-christians/

    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.
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    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.

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    Amen.

    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 to read more

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    praying

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    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).
    http://www.worthynews.com/christian/...eiving-christ/

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    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.
    http://www.worthynews.com/christian/...istian-worker/

    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.
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    Thanks Ely. We should never cease to pray for the body as whole. Thanks again.
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    Amen.

    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).
    http://www.worthynews.com/christian/...stor-detained/

    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.
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    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).
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    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.
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    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.

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    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.”
    http://www.worthynews.com/christian/...ing-christian/

    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.
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    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.
    http://www.worthynews.com/christian/...-bibles-burnt/

    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.
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    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."
    http://www.worthynews.com/christian/...ristian-women/

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    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.
    http://www.worthynews.com/christian/...ng-subversion/

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    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."
    http://www.worthynews.com/christian/...fying-muslims/

    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."
    http://www.worthynews.com/christian/...ncerns-remain/

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    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.

    http://www.worthynews.com/christian/...couple-pastor/

    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.
    http://www.worthynews.com/christian/...ers-kidnapped/

    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.
    http://www.worthynews.com/christian/...stian-convert/

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    dag, keep bringing them Ely, it's not in vain.
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