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Nigeria: Chibok girls video released

Another proof of life video of the Chibok girls has been released on the internet by Boko Haram. In the video a masked man stands behind dozens of girls. "We want to send this message first to the parents of these girls for them to know that these girls are still with us, some of them, and secondly they should tell the Federal Government of Nigeria, to with immediate effect, release our imprisoned brothers," the man said.

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"The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed"
- Psalm 103:6
 

Nigeria: 'The day I lost my best friend'

24 August 2016 - On 30 June 2016, Reverend Joseph Kura of the Evangelical Church Winning All in Obi and Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Obi, Nassarawa state, was brutally murdered on his farm by suspected Fulani herders. Recently, Open Doors visited his widow, Martina, and their seven children to see how they are doing. Read more...

 

Sudan: UPDATE - Pastors' hearing begins

22 August 2016 - After nearly eight months of legal limbo, a Sudanese court has finally seen three detained Christian leaders. Hassan Abduraheem Taour, Kuwa Shamal, and Abdulmonem Abdumawla appeared at the Bahri Criminal Court for a pro-forma hearing on 4 August. The date for the next hearing is Sunday, 14 August - while charges against them remain officially 'unknown', earlier the National Intelligence and Security Services indicated they will be prosecuted for 'crimes against the state'. Read more...

 

China: Churches face scrutiny

22 August 2016 - In a recent state-level religious meeting, Chairman Xi Jinping emphasized the importance of dealing with religious matters. He reiterated that China shall maintain various religions independent from external influences, avoid being influenced by extreme religious thoughts and assimilate religions with the socialism with Chinese characteristics. Read more...

 

Horn of Africa: An update from Hawa, who met Jesus in a dream

19 August 2016 - Do you remember Hawa*, a believer from a Muslim background who met Jesus in a dream? We have an update from her! An Open Doors partner who has been supporting her says: "Hawa sends her greetings and blessings to all brother and sisters who have stood with her in prayer and support. She wants everyone to know that she is doing fine. We met at her kiosk and it was good to see the place so busy. It is located in a rented building near a mosque and the business is doing well. Ramadan was a very busy time because many Muslims came to eat there after breaking the daily fast as they left the mosque. The good turnover has helped improve their living conditions." Read more...

 

Nigeria: New video shows how your support is changing lives

17 August 2016 - The recent footage released of the Chibok girls by Boko Haram is a painful reminder of the violent persecution facing Christians in Nigeria. But the prayers and support of people like you have been able to make a real difference to our persecuted brothers and sisters. In this short film, Bishop Mike Moses from Adamawa State in northeast Nigeria describes the violent persecution faced by Christians in northern Nigeria, the faith that helps them keep going, and the support they have received from their global church family. Read more...

 

Nigeria: Boko Haram release another video of the Chibok girls

15 August 2016 - Another proof of life video of the Chibok girls has been released on the internet by Boko Haram.In the video a masked man stands behind dozens of girls. "We want to send this message first to the parents of these girls for them to know that these girls are still with us, some of them, and secondly they should tell the Federal Government of Nigeria, to with immediate effect, release our imprisoned brothers," the man said. "Some of the girls, about forty of them with God's permission have been married, some of them have died as a result of bombing by the infidels." Read more...

 

Iraq: Christians ask God to 'Liberate Mosul' two years after fleeing

12 August 2016 - During the weekend of 6-7 August, displaced Iraqi Christians from Mosul and the Nineveh Plains held memorial events to mark the two years since they were forced to flee their homes by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS). In a Christian refugee camp in Erbil, known as Karamles camp after the village where the refugees came from, the central square was filled with people, all carrying a candle - a symbol of the light of Christ. They also held papers saying 'Liberate Mosul'. Read more...

 

India: Kusum is thankful for prayers, Neeraj and Ritu return home

11 August 2016 - Open Doors' partners recently sent us updates on Kusum, Neeraj and Ritu whose stories we have shared over the last few months. Kusum: still alone, but faithfulIn July we told the story of a 25-year-old widow from India who, after her husband and five-year-old son passed away, was blamed for their deaths and threatened with death by her father-in-law. Open Doors came alongside Kusum with aid to help her survive.Kusum shared how thankful she was for those who had been praying for her. Read more...

 

Iran: Urgent action for imprisoned Christians in Iran

10 August 2016 - The families of three imprisoned Christians in Iran have requested your urgent help.On Friday 24 June, Iranian security agents arrested Eldar Gurbanov, Yusif Farhadov and Bahram Nasibov along with seven others at an engagement party in Tehran.Though the seven other believers were later released, Mr. Gurbanov, Mr. Farhadov and Mr. Nasibov - who had travelled from Baku, Azerbaijan, to celebrate the engagement - are still being detained without charges. Read more...

 

Algeria: Christian imprisoned for five years for blasphemy

10 August 2016 - A Christian in Algeria has been sentenced to five years in prison - the maximum term - and given a heavy fine for blasphemy against Islam and its prophet, for a social media post.Slimane Bouhafs, 49, appeared before a judge on 7 August in the eastern town of Setif (300km from Algiers, the capital) in the Kabylie region. He was arrested on 31 July for posting a message on social media about the light of Jesus overcoming the 'lie' of Islam and its prophet. He also published photos showing the execution of a civilian by an Islamist terrorist. Read more...

 

Nigeria: Eunice died as a martyr

08 August 2016 - On 23 July, Assistant Pastor Eunice Elisha was buried on what would have been her 43rd birthday. Her husband of sixteen years, Pastor Olowale Elisha, and their seven children said their final farewells. Eunice was described as a martyr at the ceremony - her life and efforts to propagate the gospel forever to be celebrated. Open Doors recently visited the Elisha family to support them, during which Olowale shared the events that led up to Eunice's death. Read more...

 

Nigeria: Open Doors visits victims of Tuesday's Fulani attack

05 August 2016 - On 4 August, Open Doors workers visited the region where Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed over 26 people in attacks on Tuesday. 'We were in the affected areas yesterday evening to spend time with church leaders and youths. The situation is tense and people are sill fleeing the areas to neighbouring communities about five-ten miles away. In Kodomun village, the troops were able to dislodge the armed Fulani herdsmen. Burials took place under a tense atmosphere.' Read more...

 

Sri Lanka: Letters bring encouragement to Dayaratne and Mala

05 August 2016 - Your letters have been a great source of encouragement to Pastor Dayaratne Kodituwakku and his wife Mala, as they have been appealing a decision to close their orphanage for 130 children. Read more...

 

Iran: UPDATE - Iranian prisoner Maryam ends hunger strike

04 August 2016 - Maryam Naghash Zargaran has ended her recent hunger strike to demand her 'immediate and unconditional release' in view of the inadequate treatment of her health. Her request was denied by an Iranian court. Maryam, who suffers from a long-standing heart condition, has been held for nearly three years in Evin Prison in Tehran. Read more...

 
"God has called me to stay here and be his witness. I cannot leave the other Christians behind."
- Eun Hee, Christian martyr from North Korea