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High school football coach put on leave for praying at games with spectators

 

High school football coach Joe Kennedy has been put on paid administrative leave for praying

High school football coach Joe Kennedy has been put on paid administrative leave for praying

because he refused to stop praying in public at football games.

The Bremerton School District in Washington state made that decision Wednesday, saying the move was necessary because “Kennedy’s conduct poses a genuine risk that the District will be liable for violating the federal and state constitutional rights of students or others.”

But Kennedy says it’s actually his constitutional rights that are being violated.

“You’re telling me that, you know, ‘We’ll give you a closet to go hide in,’ and it’s like, I’m an American citizen, I’m a tax payer, and this is my community. My kids go to that school and you’re telling me that I can’t do this,” Kennedy said.

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Don’t Worry What You Will Say, I Will Speak For You

Asylum-Thailand

Happy and relieved to be getting released. 

(Voice of the Persecuted) Pray for me! Remember to pray for me. That’s what we hear most. The next most spoken word from refugees or asylum seekers is “I am not a beggar.”  I have heard so many stories from so many who are suffering, my heart has been permanently scarred, overflowing with love, sadness, and heartache.  There is so much suffering in the world, that it’s hard to concentrate on one issue…at least for most.  But we focus on the many from Nigeria, Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Egypt, Iraq, Syria and Thailand. Agonizing over who we can help with aid such as food, medicine and a roof over their heads.

Last night, while doing the laundry, I was looking over some of our clothes that were beginning to show wear. I thought, “That will soon need to be replaced.”  Then it hit like a ton of bricks, “What if I were in the shoes of refugees and asylum seekers not knowing where my next meal was coming from.  I began thanking God for my blessings and repented.  I suddenly had a clear vision into what these dear brethren were facing.  When their children cry from sickness or hunger not knowing how they will be able to feed them.  My God how we have failed. To believe the world sees them are beggars as their dignity slips away, as a whole, we have failed to care for those forced into suffering.

With God, in much prayer and meditation, I asked one question, why? “Why would you bring this to me if I am unable to help?”  I also asked, “why doesn’t someone do something?”  Than I realized that someone was me. I realized that we would be the ones to go and speak for them.  God was giving us that mission.

With your help, we were able to care for 3 more families in Thailand, this month.  We were also able to cover overstay fees to keep newly arrested asylum seekers from going to the Central Jail. We are so very grateful for your help.  At times we worry like everyone else…will we be able to help next month?  But God tells us, He would not give us a mission that He won’t equip us for.

Peter doubted Jesus when he set out on the water to walk to Him, as soon as he doubted he began to sink.  Jesus reached down saying, “oh ye of little Faith” and pulled Peter to safety. Thomas didn’t believe it when he was told Jesus had been resurrected. Thomas said unless he saw the nail marks in his hands and put his finger where the nails were, and his hand into his side, he would not believe. Well he got that chance. Jesus told Thomas, “Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.” Thomas answered and said, “My Lord and my God.” Jesus told him, “Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”

“Believe and do not doubt.”

So we have learned to trust and obey God.  We have seen Him work miracle after miracle advancing us to care for those suffering in His name.  So, when the Holy Spirit moves us to go and speak, that is what we will do. Voice of the Persecuted belongs to God. It’s His mission not ours. We know that He will provide and bring the words to be spoken.

Something must be done. Everyday that goes by is a day their children can’t be schooled, play outside, or have any form of normal life.  Everyday is a day that they worry how they will help their family to survive.  Each day that goes by is a day lost forever.  Many are skilled workers, teachers, journalists, tradesmen, and even medical personnel.  Yet, they’ve been forced to pauper status, locked away in a room  that leaves much to be desired.

Will you be a part of God’s mission?  Will you be a part of this journey to help our brethren?

There are two ways to help.  You can donate to their care, or write letters that we will hand deliver to the suffering and let them know you are standing united with them in prayer. Your prayers, heartfelt words and encouragement means the world to them.

They are so fearful the world thinks of them as beggars, they are not. If the Lord is laying this on your heart, please help.

Together with your generous support, we can reach the goal to alleviate horrific suffering. In darkness and desperation, let us serve in love, with open arms and giving hands to provide light and hope.

HELP SAVE THE PERSECUTED

Everyday, we thank God that He is working through you to care for His children and further His Kingdom! As you greatly bless others, may God continue to bless you. Thank you so much for your support. We couldn’t do it without you!

You may also mail your gift to:

2740 Third St
P.O. Box 122
Trenton, MI. 48183

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REMINDER: JOIN US! #IDOP Prayer Conference Call Event This Sunday Nov. 1, 2015 (2nd call on Nov. 8th)

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(Voice of the Persecuted) MARK YOUR CALENDARS! My Brothers and Sisters, often our Christian family in persecuted lands are asked by Western ministries how can we help you. First and foremost, the response of the Persecuted Church is please pray for us.  Please remember us in your prayers. Before these persecuted brethren ask for anything else, they ask for our prayers.

Their requests for prayer:

  • Please pray my brother or sister that we be faithful to Jesus in the midst of our persecutions.
  • Please pray that we do not deny Jesus in our persecutions.
  • Please pray that we be strong and true and courageous for Jesus before our persecutors.
  • Please pray that we endure hardship as good soldiers of Christ Jesus.
  • Please pray that we show love to our persecutors.
  • Please pray that those who persecute us will be blessed with salvation in Jesus Christ.
  • Please pray that we may persevere and endure for our Lord Jesus Christ in our afflictions.
  • Please pray that we be faithful to Jesus even unto death.

Dear saints if you notice the above prayer requests often do not include a deliverance from their persecutions, but to endure and be strong for Jesus in the midst of their afflictions. Did you know they also pray for us?

To honor our persecuted brothers and sisters with prayer, the International Day of Prayer was established in November. The IDOP is observed the first two Sundays of November. This year, IDOP will be held November 1st and November 8th.  Typically the northern hemisphere observes the IDOP on the first Sunday of November. Whereas the rest of the world observes IDOP the second Sunday of November. But on these two days, the body of Christ will come together and pray for the persecuted Church.

We also encourage prayer for the oppressors, the nations that promote persecution, and those who ignore it.

In partnership with other prayer ministries, Voice of the Persecuted and Persecution Watch will host 2 twelve hour calls on Nov. 1st and Nov. 8th.  Information for the 12 hour calls can be found below. A flyer has also been attached that you may share with your churches, faith/prayer groups and social media contacts.

This prayer conference call is open to all with a love for Jesus Christ. It is open to all who have a love for the persecuted church, be you a seasoned intercessor or not, crying out or silently pray in agreement—ALL can be prayer warriors on these 2 calls. You may join the call at anytime during the 12 hours and stay long as you feel led to pray, or as your time allows.

Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Matthew 18:18-20

My brothers and sisters, join us to unite as one in prayer with the persecuted on one or both of the November calls. In the meantime, please feel welcome to come on one of our weekly calls to lift up our persecuted brethren. If one suffers, we all suffer.

Your brother in Christ,

Blaine Scogin, Prayer Director Voice of the Persecuted/Persecution Watch

Participating Global Advocates

Voice of the Persecuted

International Orality Network (ION)

Global Prayer Resource Network 

Ethne

Capitol Hill Prayer Partners (CHPP) Student Volunteer Movement 2 (SVM2)

Prayer Surge Network

Fellowship of Prayer Strategists 

Asian Access 

Accord Network

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Hold On – Joy Comes In The Morning

If you’ve knelt beside the rubble of an aching broken heart
When the things you gave your life to fell apart
You’re not the first to be acquainted with sorrow, grief or pain
But the master promised sunshine after rain

Chours
Hold on my child joy comes in the morning
Weeping only last for the night
Hold on my child Joy comes in the morning
The darkest hour means dawn is just in sight

To invest your seeds of trust in God in mountains you can’t move
You have risked your life on things you cannot prove
But to give the things you cannot keep for what you cannot lose
Now, that’s the way to find the joy God has for you

Chours

Hold on my child joy comes in the morning
Weeping only last for the night
Hold on my child Joy comes in the morning
The darkest hour means dawn is just in sight
Yes, The darkest hour means dawn is just in sight It’s just in sight

Migrant Crises Envelopes The West But Thailand Cracking Down With Arrests

Facebook photo ( Peter Bronsveld's)

Facebook photo ( Peter Bronsveld’s)

(Voice of the Persecuted) Many of us are witnessing a Christian genocide that we never believed would be in our lifetime. The world is in chaos like we never thought we would see again. But in the present, it’s nearly impossible to ignore it.

The refugee crisis in Europe, Iraq, Syria, & Nigeria has grown to proportions that the world has not seen since World War 2. Western leaders are finding that they cannot adapt to the number of migrants coming into their countries.

However, the government of Thailand has announced new plans of an even more rigorous crackdown on those who have overstayed their visas. This recent development has all Christian asylum seekers on edge, tense over what comes next.  It’s  heartbreaking news for many Western Christians who grieve with them and are extremely concerned for these brothers and sisters in Christ.

A large number of Pakistani Christians are seeking asylum in Thailand. The UNHCR is basically ineffective as far as Thailand is concerned. The Thai government has blatantly disregarded Pakistani Christians and their plight. They fled persecution and death threats in Pakistan only to be met with more heartache and darkness. It’s hard to understand why the UN is silent about the Thai government’s treatment of UNHCR documented asylum seekers.

It had been announced that the 1st through the 10th of every month, raids will take place where know asylum seekers dwell and they will be arrested. A few days ago, the government of Thailand announced new and tougher overstay penalties. view them here

The Christian asylum seekers have visas that expire due to the painfully long wait periods to be interviewed, then another long wait for status approval. The UNHCR often postpones interview dates for one to three years, even though they already had waited 15 months for the original interview. The UNHCR certificates verifying they’re asylum seeker status is not recognized by the Thai government. With plans for the new crackdown, we’re left wondering how safe they will stay and why arrangements can’t be made by the UNHCR for their protection.

Scared, afraid to leave their meager dwellings, unable to legally get a permit to work and provide for their families. Their children cry from the pain of hunger. Many are sick or have ongoing health problems. They need medical attention, but simply can’t afford it.  Still, the world and the UN is silent.

The United States is well aware of the human rights abuses in Pakistan and Thailand. Britain has merely stated that Pakistani Christians face severe discrimination as opposed to persecution, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Many are praying for change as the U.K. is holding hearings to re-evaluate their existing policy. ‘Special Status’ should be afforded to Pakistani Christians as is by the governments of Canada and Holland.

What is darker still, instead of welcoming persecuted Christians, Thailand re-persecutes them.  The country has a less than stellar human rights record, steeped in human trafficking, sex slavery, and corruption which reaches all the way up to the government level.  But when the world is broken and refugees seek safe havens in Europe and across the world, what Thailand offers is a grave abuse.  Again, the world remains Silent! Again, strong leadership hidden under the desk, refusing to demand the UNHCR do it’s job to defend asylum seekers who hold their issued documents in hand.

Recently, the UNHCR has revised their figure on the number of Pakistani Christians in Thailand from 4,600 to 11,900: a figure so large that it clearly illustrates a far more serious concern than previously accepted by the West. Where should the blame lie? Finger always point to another…

It was said once that the world has failed humanity miserably…at this moment, our ‘modern’ world is proving that correct.

The suffering these precious Christians are enduring in Thailand is heartbreaking. We know, we’re in contact with them everyday. We pray with them, we cry with them, we rejoice and thank God for every blessing with them. When will the world take notice enough to care?   One small voice resounds in a world of silence…let us not be silent.

Pray for them to withstand and endure the suffering. Pray they will receive relief. Halfway across the world, may our brothers and sisters feel our prayers and God’s comforting presence giving them rest. Father, may you be glorified in this present storm in Thailand and around the world.

Together with your generous support, we can reach the goal to alleviate horrific suffering. In darkness and desperation, let us serve in love, with open arms and giving hands to provide light and hope.

HELP SAVE THE PERSECUTED

Everyday, we thank God that He is working through you to care for His children and further His Kingdom! As you greatly bless others, may God continue to bless you. Thank you so much for your support. We couldn’t do it without you!

You may also mail your gift to:

2740 Third St
P.O. Box 122
Trenton, MI. 48183

Article may be shared or reprinted with credit/link to Voice of the Persecuted

#INDONESIA – Thousands of Christians Flee as Churches Burned and Destroyed by Radicals and Government Authorities

Tensions raised as multiple churches in Aceh Singkil, Indonesia burned down by mob of radical Islamists

Indonesian believers fear as multiple churches in Aceh Singkil, Indonesia burned down by mob of radical Islamists, last week

(Voice of the Persecuted) Over the last few days, Indonesian Christians under extreme pressure have been sharing reports, photos, videos and their prayers with Voice of the Persecuted. Tensions are high among the Christian communities in Indonesia as radical Muslims burn down their churches and government authorities tear down their places of worship.

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In 2006, the controversial Joint Rules set by the Minister of Religious Affairs and the Minister of Home Affairs No. 8 and No. 9, demands states churches cannot be built without providing authorities with a list of names and signatures of 90 congregation members along with written support from at least 60 local residents and a village chief.

This has made it nearly impossible, if at all, for religious minorities to collect the signatures of 60 people required for the permit, particularly if the signatures are needed from citizens whose religion differs from their own.

‘Houses of worship’ are the most visible symbol of a religion and the oppressive government regulations on places of worship have been used to target followers of minority religions, including Christians. Believers relayed to Voice of the Persecuted that many of the Mosques are without permit/license, but those cases are overlooked.

Despite growing intolerance and escalating persecution in the world’s largest Muslim-populated nation, the Church in Indonesia continues to grow.

The province of Aceh is located at the northern end of Sumatra and the only region in Indonesia where Sharia law is officially authorized. Religious tension has been brewing there for months.

A radical Muslim youth group, Aceh Youth Concerned for Islam held protests demanding alleged unlicensed churches be torn down by authorities. Many believe the government’s decision to destroy ten Christian churches came by pressure of Muslim fundamentalists. But Impatiently, Muslim extremists took actions into their own hands and instigated mob violence to destroy Christian buildings and threaten Indonesian believers. Police were deployed but unable to stop the violence as one authority reported they were outnumbered by a mob of 500-800 strong.

When hatred flared, more than 5000 Christians fled their communities and were displaced as internal refugees.

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The chronology of attacks and burning of churches by radicals in the district of Aceh Singkil, continued with the demolition of churches carried out by the Government Aceh Singkil by unjustly using SKB 2 menteri ( A decree between minister of religious affair and minister of home affairs in 2006) No. 8 in 2006 on the establishment of House of worship and the 2007 Governor of Aceh regulation No. 25 regarding the establishment Houses of worship.

SKB 2 menteri No. 8, No. 9 and regulation No. 25 applied to the places of worship built after the policies were confirmed. Referring to the history of established churches in Aceh Singkil, the majority stood prior to both regulations.

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In translation means…if Houses of Worship were built before 2006 or have historical values and do not have a permit, the local government must help them to obtain the permit. There is no wording in the regulation that the government is authorized to destroy those Houses of Worship.

 

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August 18 2015, GKPPD Mandumpang was burned by unknown person at Aceh singkil

• Tuesday, October 13th , Hki Church was burned by radical groups At Aceh Singkil * Friday, October 16th , GPIB church was burned by unknown people at Sabang Aceh

Tuesday, October 19, 2015 at 10:00 held the destruction of church GKPPD Siompin church, GMII Siompin church and Catholic Mandumpang church. ( 3 churches)

•  October 20, 2015, The distruction of churches continued, and 2 churches had been demolished: the Church GKPPD Kuta Tinggi church, and GKPPD Tuhtuhen ( 2 churches)

 October 22, 2015, The destruction of the GKPPD Siatas Church and GKPP Sanggaberru Church ( 3 churches)

• The government still has plans to destroy the 2 other churches also in the district of Aceh Singkil.

The following data shows the establishment of churches in Aceh Singkil.

1. GKPPD Kuta Kerangan church , di Kuta Kerangan Village,  est. 1932.

2. GKPPD Siatas church in Pertabas  est. 1942.

3. GKPPD Kuta Tinggi Church in Kuta Tinggi est. 1943.

4.  GKPPD Tuhtuhen church in Tuhtuhen village was established in1948.

5. GKPPD Lae Gecih church in Lae Gecih village est. 1967.

6. GKPPD Mandumpang church in Mandumpang village est. 1950.

7. GKPPD Siompin church in Siompin village est. 1964.

8. GKPPD Keras church in Keras Village est. 1952.

9. GKPPD Guha churchin Guha village was est. 1947.

10. GKPPD Gunung Meriah church in Gunung Meriah village est. 1960

11. GKPPD Sanggaberru church in Sanggaberru village est. 1962.

12. GKPPD Daling Dangguren church in Dangguren village est. 1995.

13. GKPPD Biskang church in Napagaluh village est. 1953.

14. GKPPD Situbuhtubuh in Situbuhtubuh village est. 1989.

15. GMII Siompin church in Siompin village est. 1995.

16. GMII Mandumpang church in Mandumpang village est. 2000.

17. JKI Kuta Kerangan church di Desa Kuta Kerangan Kecamatan Simpang Kanan est. 2003.

18. HKI Gunung Meriah church in Sukamakmur village est. 1968.

19. Catholic church Gunung Meriah in Sukamakmur village est. 1963.

20. Catholic church Lae Mbalno est. 1993.

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Based on chronology of the attack that occurred on October 13, 2015 and data in establishing the churches in the district of Aceh Singkil, the GKPPD Church Leaders and NGO’s concerned with freedom of religion, faith, mentoring, advocacy and education in Aceh Singkil hold that:

1.The action of attacking and burning HKI church by radical groups in Aceh Singkil on October 13, 2015 and where the State has participated in facilitating that action through its inability to prevent and crack down on Islamic groups that carried out the attack, expanding affecting conflict area that led to the victims having been displaced out of Aceh Singkil is a violation of Human Rights.

2. Restrictions on the churches in Aceh Singkil is contrary to the Constitution amendment in 1945 Article 29 verse 2 that states that the country to ensure freedom of all citizens to embrace their faith of choice.

On October 24th, The Vice Governor of Aceh said, “The tragedy/conflict of Aceh Singkil is not a big problem/a reasonable thing.” Hearing this, one Christian shared, “Oh my, what kind of leader does Aceh have nowadays? He must be educated about Indonesia’s Laws, the Constitution and Pancasila (five principles).

Messages from our Indonesian brothers and sisters

• I don’t know why they have cruel hearts, but we know our Dear Lord Jesus sees all.

• The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord for the harvest and to provide them with the reapers.

• Unity in diversity is torn to shreds.

• May the Lord Jesus give the best ways to Christians friends in Aceh, they still believe God is not asleep..God is watching all.

Where is the voice of the media?

We only want freedom in our own land, free from discrimination and religious freedom.

Pray for Aceh Singkil

Anxiety and fear, our grief has not passed, the tears have not dried. Who will hear our pleas for Justice.

Goodbye My Church

The church that we have built with great difficulty, the church that we have built with our sweat and tears, now memories that have been flattened.

Word of God, “You will be hated for My Name”

My friends, stay strong, joyful, still rely on the Lord. Do not let our faith also collapsed and be flattened, but stay strong growing in faith.  No need to be angry, abuse, or kill. God never taught this way to us. The teachings of the Lord, is teaching us…love others, even love your enemies. Remain patient, God never sleeps. We can always reach out for His hand. There are BEAUTIFUL plans HE will provide for us.

Voice of the Persecuted received this touching letter by a young Christian sister sharing from her heart after she saw the pictures and people who had burned some of the churches in Aceh Singkil.

WHAT’S WRONG THE CHURCH? 

The people of Indonesia should be taught and often read the 1945 Constitution of the Republic of Indonesia, Chapter XI about Religion Article 29 :

(1) The State shall be based upon the belief in the One and Only God.

(2) The State guarantees all persons the freedom of worship, each according to his/her own religion or belief.

Friends, you can burn our churches because they are only buildings.

Friends, you can destroy our churches because the churches are merely stone, sand, cement, and arranged wood. We only call these buildings churches.

You can burn our churches, because theses buildings are not our Lord.

Friends, you can flatten our churches to the ground, because we are not worshiping church.

You can burn our churches because the churches are only places where we gather as people who believe in our God.

Friends, you can burn and flatten our places of worship, but not our faith nor our belief in our God.

Will we avenge your cruel actions? We will not do that, friend.

Will we cuss you and say you are perverted? You will not hear this from us.

Behold, we are only minorities, Christian people trying to defend our faith and trust. We won’t avenge the cruel actions you have done, because that’s not what our God has taught us. But this is what we will do. We will fold our hands and pray to God, so that HE will forgive you, friends.

You can burn our churches, but it will not hinder our trust in the Lord.

But friends, may I ask this question to all of you who have burned our church buildings?

What is wrong with the churches?

May I ask what is wrong with our religion, friends? If our religion is different than yours, why we can’t we build our own places of worship in our country, Indonesia?

What’s so wrong that our religion is different from the majority of people of Indonesia? Doesn’t the State of Indonesia according to the CONSTITUTION of 1945 article 29 paragraph 2, ”GUARANTEES ALL PERSONS THE FREEDOM OF WORSHIP, each according to his/her own religion or belief”?

Thank you, friends for the churches which you have chosen to burn. What you have done has made us stronger in our faith and even more trusting in our Lord.

MAY THE LORD FORGIVE YOU BECAUSE YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU WERE DOING.

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The recent number of attacks on religious communities has impelled the Indonesian government to reexamine the controversial 2006 joint ministerial decree on establishing houses of worship.

ANTARA News quoted Home Affairs Minister Tjahjo Kumolo as saying, “My office and the Religious Affairs Ministry are seeking to amend our decree on building houses of worship so that everyone will show respect when a religious community is setting up their holy place.”

Indonesia’s national motto is “unity in diversity”. The Government of Indonesia must act swiftly to revise this decree, an initiator of tension and abuse among Indonesia’s religious communities. A mandate to protect the entire community with freedom of worship without fear must be put in place throughout the nation, including the province of Aceh, without exception.

We pray for Indonesia as our brothers and sisters fear the pressure and intolerance Christians now face in Aceh may very well spread across the nation. They’re also concerned that the influx of Muslim refugees may fuel further intolerance. Some tell us the nation’s claim of religious harmony is merely for show, a decoration.

Dear brothers and sisters, though you may be on the other side of the globe, we suffer with you and will keep you close in our hearts and prayers. We rejoice and thank God for you. Hold on, there is hope…the Lord is with you.

Mazmur 59:16 (59-17) Tetapi aku mau menyanyikan kekuatan-Mu, pada waktu pagi aku mau bersorak-sorai karena kasih setia-Mu; sebab Engkau telah menjadi kota bentengku, tempat pelarianku pada waktu kesesakanku. (Psalm 59:16)

Father, protect them in this land and help them to respond in Your will. We pray the Church and their faith will continue to grow as they endure suffering for the sake of the Gospel. We ask as they turn their eyes towards the Lord and that God’s Holy presence will be felt among them. May they unite as One in the Body of Christ and be strengthened beyond measure. Father, we ask this in the precious name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

(Voice of the Persecuted)

They’re also asking that we stand with them by signing the petition below addressed to the President in Indonesia.  Grateful for your help and say, “Thank you!”

The petition translated:

The minority religion places were regulated by 2 of our ministers from previous government-the Minister of Religious Affairs and the Minister of Home Affairs No. 9 and No. 8 of 2006, in which the regulation should require no ID card of 90 church members and 60 ID Cards from local community approval.

Regulatory clause that mentions “local community support at least 60 people” makes discriminatory for religious minorities in the region.

It Is really not easy to collect the signatures of 60 people to get a permit the establishment of houses of worship, especially if the required signatures of citizens whose religion is different with those who will build a house of worship.
Now, a lot of violence, closures, and arson by anarchist groups for reasons not meet the approval of 60 people.
Violence of this kind, will make hostility among Indonesian citizens at many places, crime, and erode our sense of nationhood. Imagine this country will be fragmented and disappearing sense of tolerance we are as the nation.
Indonesia should not be grouped based on the majority and the minority religion, where it will actually make it disintegrate our nation, and become brittle.

States should ensure that every citizen can worship wherever they are throughout Indonesia.

SIGN THE PETITION HERE

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Together with your generous support, we can reach the goal to alleviate horrific suffering. In darkness and desperation, let us serve in love, with open arms and giving hands to provide light and hope.

HELP SAVE THE PERSECUTED

Everyday, we thank God that He is working through you to care for His children and further His Kingdom! As you greatly bless others, may God continue to bless you. Thank you so much for your support. We couldn’t do it without you!

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Video Released from Libya of Beheading of Christian from South Sudan

Screenshot from video showing beheading. (YouTube)

Screenshot from video showing beheading. (YouTube)

South Sudan (Morning Star News) – A group claiming affiliation with the Islamic State (IS) announced the beheading of a Christian from South Sudan in a video posted on Sunday (Oct. 18).

A masked man who carries out the killing in the video, presumably in Libya, states that he is defending Muslim brothers he claims were persecuted by South Sudan. The world’s youngest nation seceded from Sudan in 2011 and is embroiled in an ethnic civil war, but there is no record of any Muslims dying at the hands of Christians there.

In the video, which a group calling itself the Islamic State in Cyrenaica (eastern coastal Libya) released, the victim is identified in an inaudible voice, possibly as Kual Gai Wek, a native of South Sudan who has been living in Libya since 1989. His name does not appear to be Mohamed Al-Ghaid, as reported elsewhere.

The video also shows an enemy soldier, said to be Faraj Al-Saiti, being shot to death in the same area as the beheading. The identity of the South Sudanese Christian has not been verified, and it is unclear when the executions took place.

The IS figure accuses South Sudan of mistreating Muslims despite an interim constitution that defines the country as a secular state.

“Oh Christians in South Sudan, know that as you kill you will be killed, and as you displace our brothers we will do the same,” the masked man says. “No safety or shelter for you except that of the Islamic State … We will fight all of you as you fight us.”

The victim is then forced down to his knees and beheaded.

Christians in South Sudan expressed their condolences and asked God to forgive the killers.

IS was shown executing Christians in Libya on two occasions earlier this year. In a video released April 19, IS is seen executing 28 Ethiopian Christians. The Christians were divided into two groups of men being marched to their place of execution with their arms bound behind their backs. One group is held at a coastal area identified as “Wilayat Barqa” (Barqa State) in Libya, and the other is located inland in the desert scrub brush of “Wilayat Fazzan” (Fazzan State), also in Libya.

The men in the desert are shot in the back of their heads. The video switches to the seaside, where the men are beheaded.

In February, IS released a video of the execution of 21 Christians, all but one of them Egyptian. The Ethiopians and the Egyptians who were executed on the beach appear to be executed in the same general area.

IS late last month killed three Assyrian Christians, presumably in Syria, according to an execution video released Oct. 7. In the video, the group threatened to kill some 200 other Christians in Syria unless it receives a ransom of $50,000 each for their release.

The videoed execution is thought to have taken place on Sept. 23, during the Muslim holiday of “Festival of the Sacrifice,” according to Arabic-language news media.

STOP, be still! Can you hear that?

Who has held the oceans in His hands? Who has numbered every grain of sand? Kings and nations tremble at His voice. All creation rises to rejoice

Behold our God seated on His throne
Come let us adore Him
Behold our King nothing can compare
Come let us adore Him!

Who has given counsel to the Lord? Who can question any of His Words? Who can teach the One who knows all things? Who can fathom all His wondrous deeds?

Who has felt the nails upon His hands bearing all the guilt of sinful man?
God eternal humbled to the grave. Jesus, Savior risen now to reign! (Behold Our God, original lyrics)

STOP, be still. Turn off the all that distracts you. Shhh, be silent and listen. Can you hear that? The ONE who loves you is calling your name…Go to HIM!

 

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