Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Ramadan: Persecution against our Brethren in Christ rises

This is the first time I have posted for my blog this year. I hope to continue to do so even after this period has ended.

Ramadan has begun today. For those who don't know, Ramadan is the ninth month in the lunar calendar during which Muslims fast throughout the day, eating and drinking nothing for a day (as well as abstaining from sexual intercourse if they are married).

Seems innocuous, right? Wrong. Aside from causing Muslims to steep into gluttony, it seems that when Muslims fast during this month focus more on their faith, it causes them to get more violent and target non-Muslims.

It is our brethren in Christ who feel the brunt of this violence.

The website known as The Religion of Peace calls this the Ramadan Bombathon.

Here is a video by a brother in Christ known as David Wood about the Ramadan Bombathon. I know it is a year or so old, but the message is still relevant even in 2018.

Stay tuned as I will be post article of our brethren in Christ being persecuted more than usual in Muslim lands during this period in which Muslims fast (I will also post articles our Brethren in Christ being persecuted by other sorts of people and in non-Muslim lands, but not as much). We need to pray that the Lord keeps our brethren in Christ safe and that Muslims will come to know Christ as Savior during this time.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Mother of Chinese Missionary Killed in Pakistan Thanks the Lord for Choosing Her Son

It's been eons since I've been on this blog (almost two years to be exact), but I think it is time I got back to blogging here again because the world needs to be alerted to the persecution of followers of the risen Savior. 

The Muslim holy book prescribes a grievous punishment for mischief-makers:

The punishment of those who wage war against God and His Apostle, and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land: that is their disgrace in this world, and a heavy punishment is theirs in the Hereafter. Sura 5:33

So it should come as no surprise that Muslim terrorists would kill two Christians who decide to preach the gospel in the Muslim majority country of Pakistan.

ICC Note: A memorial service for two Chinese preachers, Meng Li Si and Li Xinheng, kidnapped and killed in Pakistan by ISIS militants was held in a Wuhan Church on Nov 4. The two missionaries went to Pakistan last November on the premise that they were Mandarin teachers learning Urdu, were preaching Christianity. ISIS abducted the two from a restaurant in May and reports confirmed their death weeks later. Li’s mother shared with mourners her gratefulness for the Lord to choose her son as His vessel, said her son’s death is valuable.   

11/30/2017 China (China Christian Daily) – "I want to thank my Lord for choosing Li Xinheng and Meng Li Si from among thousands of people. " Said Liu Hongying, the mother of Li, a missionary who was killed in Pakistan on June 8, 2017.
After the memorial service held on Nov. 4 for the two missionaries murdered by ISIS, Liu gave an oral testimony published by a WeChat account called "Horn of Grace and Faith". She gave thanks to the Lord and prayed for forgiving ISIS, hoping their death could bring a greater revival.
The WeChat account stated that Liu was a godly sister and engaged in ministries of prayer and visitation in a house church that valued prayer. She had a son with her former husband and gave birth to Li Xinheng after getting remarried.
Li intended to return to China after one-year evangelizing in Pakistan, but he and Meng, another missionary from Hubei, were killed. In 2016, Li put stones into the shape of two Aramaic words "Maranatha" ("Come, O Lord") during a short-term trip to Jordon. The words were also his online personal status during the mission period.
Learning of her son's death was very painful for Liu. She said that the heavenly father gave His one and only son to the world and he died on the cross. She and her husband also dedicated their son to God as a missionary.
Below is her oral testimony:
"I'm very grateful that more people can learn the stories of the two preachers Li Xinheng and Meng Li Si through the Chinese church in China and overseas. I'm the mother of Li Xinheng. I'm here today and thankful for your coming and the prayer, donations, and other ministries every believer has done for the issue. I am very thankful.
"When Xinheng was naughty and unmanageable, I, his mother, commit him to the Lord Jesus in prayer. The Lord heard his maidservant's prayer and favored the vessel. I was really grateful for that.
"They shed their blood in a foreign country for the sake of the Lord. As a mother, I feel really sad, but as a daughter of God, I am thankful because I know where they went and why they went there. Their death is valuable(source).

On a side note, I'm glad that the mother of one of these guys who were killed recognizes what is important in life: the preaching of the gospel to the lost.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Somalia Bans Christmas Celebrations

While we Christians over here in the West are celebrating Christmas, we need remember that our brethren in Christ in other countries are not faring as well.
12/15/15 Somalia (BBC) - Somalia's government has banned the celebration of Christmas, warning that such Christian festivities could threaten the nation's Muslim faith.

"Those celebrations are not in any way related to Islam," an official at the religious affairs ministry said.

Security agencies have been directed to stay alert to stop any gatherings.

Foreigners are free to mark the Christian holiday in their own homes, but hotels and other public places have been prohibited from marking the day(Click here to keep reading).

Thursday, January 8, 2015

The World's Most Persecuted Minority: Christians

One of the reasons that this blog exist: Remember our brethren in Christ. If anyone is wondering why we should remember our brethren in Christ (apart from the fact that we should since the Bible tells us to) this video says it all:

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Season Brings Increased Persecution for Christians in India

Ugh....I know it has been eons since I put a blog post on this blog but here goes: 

Christmas Season Brings Increased Persecution for Christians in India

ICC Note:
As the Christmas season comes into full swing around the world, Christians in India find themselves under increasing persecution. Since BJP and Modi took control of the government in May, attacks on Christians and other minorities in India have dramatically increased. Will 2015 see improvement or will India continue to become more anti-Christian? 
12/24/2014 India (Crossmap) - Christmas-related anti-Christian violence and harassment have begun as Hindu extremists undertake an aggressive effort to "reconvert" tribal people to Hinduism, sources said.

Police arrested and Hindu extremists attacked Christians in three Christmas-related incident in three states the past two weeks.

"Christians in India are apprehensive of having a peaceful Christmas amid this wave of attacks as the right-wing groups are also becoming more aggressive in their mass conversion program that is taking place in different parts of India," the Rev. Bhupendra Kohra, a church leader in central India, told Morning Star News. "We are fearful but we are praying."

Police on Wednesday (Dec. 17) arrested 16 Christians, including four women, as they celebrated Christmas in Navipur, Pipraich, Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, Liris Thomas of Alliance Defending Freedom-India (ADF-India) told Morning Star News.

"They were taken to the police station at about 10 a.m., and they were detained till 3:30 a.m. the next morning," Thomas said.

All the Christians except Pastor Amit Kumar were released without charges, with the pastor being held for "disturbing the peace" and his belongs confiscated, Thomas said(Keep Reading).

Hope that my Indian Brethren in Christ have a very merry Christmas even in the midst of their persecution.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Who Will Put An End To The Christian Killing Fields?

”Please, the world needs to know: We are captives, we don’t have water or electricity here in Aleppo but it is nothing compared to the fear we have toward the Islamists. Why is no one doing anything to save us?”
A young Assyrian Christian woman in Aleppo, Syria, spoke these words to me during a phone call a few days ago. She is stuck in the country with her three small children.
In wake of the ISIS invasion of Iraq, reports (long overdue) are emerging about the persecution of Christians and other minorities in the country. Yet ISIS is committing the same atrocities against non-Muslims in Syria, too.
Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, has been emptied of almost all Christians. Ten days ago, ISIS – who now call themselves the Islamic State (IS) – distributed fliers to Christians that read: “Convert, Pay Jizya, Leave or Die.”
The Christians fled in droves before the Saturday deadline for their decision.
The scant few who remained were weak, old or injured and could not flee. A man who lost his leg in a bombing a couple of days prior to the deadline was forced to convert to Islam at gunpoint, according to his relatives.

Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, also has been nearly emptied of Assyrians, Armenians and other non-Muslims.

These are the words spoken to me by the father of the three children stuck with their mother in another phone call: "It’s happening right in front of their eyes and no one is lifting a finger to stop it. Please be our voice, we beg you -- make them do something to save us from being slaughtered(Keep reading for more).”

Monday, June 30, 2014

Sudan Refuses Pastor’s Appeal, Demolishes Church of Christ in North Khartoum

Our brethren need our prayers here.

A 600-Congregant Church in North Khartoum has been Demolished and Several Members Injured by Sudanese Authorities

06/30/2014 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) - International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that the Church of Christ in Bahri (north Khartoum) was demolished this morning by Sudanese authorities. Authorities ignored an appeal by the church's pastor, which plead for the demolition to be stayed until after the rainy season. Meanwhile, a neighboring mosque remains untouched.

According to ICC sources, the Church of Christ in Bahri, Sudan’s third-largest city, was highly attended and “one of [the] big local churches in the area.” The reason provided for the church’s demolition is that “it was built on [a] square that belongs to [the] government for public services.” For 20 years, the church had peacefully shared space on that square with its counterpart, the Bahri Mosque, which, after the Church’s state-sanctioned demolition this morning, remains unharmed.
In an email to ICC this morning, a Church of Christ pastor in Khartoum wrote, “The people who used to attend service are about 600 people and they will not have place at moment to worship, even though the pastor in charge appealed to Authorities to give him time until after rain season but they refused.”

According to a former Sudanese pastor now living and working in the United States, members of the congregation were injured in a conflict with authorities while protesting the demolition(Source).