Church Attacked in Indonesia

Over 300 Islamic extremists attacked a protestant congregation gathered to celebrate Sunday service. The reason remains unclear. The Synod of Christian Churches expresses concern.

Sukatani :– A group of over 300 Islamic extremists attacked a domestic Church in the regency of Tangerang, 25 km from Jakarta on September 2nd last. The attackers gravely wounded the pastor and 6 of the faithful, circa 60 people, while they totally destroyed the community’s property.

Messianic Jews under fire in Israel

ARAD, ISRAEL : — “The state of Israel promises religious freedom to all faiths. However, in some Israeli towns, Jews who believe that Jesus is the Jewish Messiah face persecution. One of those places is in a town called Arad.”

This is how Chris Mitchell, who works for CBN News Jerusalem Bureau, began his recent report on what is happening in Arad, Israel.

He continued, “Arad sits in the middle of the Negev Desert, about a two hour drive south of Jerusalem. For most of the nearly 25,000 residents, it’s a quiet setting.

Iraqi Christians abducted

Three dozen members of one Christian church in Iraq disappeared over the course of a week, and only one returned, according to a minister who is warning of the increase of persecution of Christians in

that violence-ridden nation.

The warning from Rev. Canon Andrew White is being reported by Voice of the Martyrs, the ministry to persecuted Christians around the world.

He also noted the people’s desire for Christ sometimes is overwhelming.

Uzbek Government punishes prayer meeting holders

Baptists are systematically persecuted, even when all they do is meet for prayer. Jehovah’s Witnesses fear their faith might be banned “like in Soviet times.”

Tashkent – Police raids, prison sentences and fines against people who gather to pray at home have become systematic in Uzbekistan.

Algeria Persecutes Christians

Five people were sentenced earlier in June for charges related preaching Christian doctrine and public order offences by virtue of the on the religious practice in Algeria approved by the government in 2006. The sentences vary between one year sentence with no remission and one year suspended sentence with a 5000 AD fine.

Public authorities started implementing the legal texts ruling the religious practice in Algeria. Five people are to be tried for Christian doctrine preaching as well as public order offending.

Hindu leader says Christians converts to lose the right to be Indian

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA : — “Those who convert to Christianity will lose their right to be Indian,” said a Hindu religious leader in South Africa, a view which has hurt and caused rifts within the Christian Community.

According to the report from Christian Today (www.christiantoday.com), Thillayvel Naidoo, a Tamil linguist and an executive member of the South African Hindu Maha Sabha, an organization representing various Hindu organizations, made these remarks after a Christian convert, Deena Muthen, urged people to maintain their language and culture even if they convert.

Muthen, now a

Chinese House Church leader arrested, jailed

China : — A well-known house church leader was formally arrested on August 31 for receiving 3 tons of bibles.

According to China Aid Association (CAA), Mr. Zhou Heng is also the manager of a registered bookstore which is called Yayi Christian Book Room which is used to sell some Christianity related books published legally and officially inside China. His bookstore was already forced to close after his arrest by the local authority.

CAA says Mr.

Anti- [christian] conversion laws in India

RAIPUR, CHHATTISGARH, INDIA :– The Governor of the Indian state of Chhattisgarh has objected to the ‘anti-conversion bills’ to the dismay of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), who wanted to push through the bill as it has done in Gujarat state.

According to the report carried by Christian Today (www.christiantoday.com), the Governor, Ekkadu Srinivasan Lakshmi Narasimhan, and his predecessor, KM Seth, raised objections to two provisions-“obtaining permission from the district collector before any conversion”, “and allowing people to return to Hinduism and not treating this

More Persecution in India

Chhattisgarh, August 29 (News) – Two pastors were arrested on charges of “hurting religious feelings” and fraudulent conversion on August 26 after Hindu extremists and police disrupted a church’s Sunday worship following the baptism of five converts in Chhattisgarh state. Arun Pannalal, general secretary of the Chhattisgarh Christian Forum, said extremists from the Dharam Sena entered the church shouting anti-Christian slogans and, accompanied by police, made allegations of forcible conversion where 52 people were worshipping in Bhilai sector, Durg district.

Baptist and Pentecostals persecuted in Uzbekistan

A small Baptist congregation in Uzbekistan is under fire again from authorities.

The charge is failing to comply with a mandatory registration requirement. The church flock in Khalkabad near Pap in the eastern Namangan Region of Uzbekistan was harassed four years ago for not registering its activities with authorities.

Uzbekistan is in Central Asia, north of Afghanistan.

Local Baptists told Forum 18 News Service that police raided Sunday services on July 29 and August 5.

 

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