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80 Muslim Refugees Convert to Christianity and are Baptized

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Over 80 Muslim refugees from Iran and Afghanistan have converted to Christianity and been baptized in Hamburg, Germany.

Mohabat News  _  Albert Babajan, the pastor who conducted the mass baptism, said that the converts were dissatisfied with Islam and were looking for something more. “The motive for the change of faith is the same for many: they are disappointed with Islam.”

Shima, one Christian convert who was recently baptized, shared about her conversion:

“I’ve been looking all my life for peace and happiness, but in Islam, I have not found it,” she said. “To be a Christian means happiness to me.”

Another convert, Somaz, said: “In Islam, we always lived in fear. Fear God, fear of sin, fear of punishment. However, Christ is a God of love.”

Babajan conducted the baptism ceremony in Hamburg city park.

Many refugees have converted to Christianity since coming to Germany. Babajan says he is aware that some refugees will convert not out of true conviction, but because Christian converts are generally given added protection since they would face death should they return to their home countries.

In order to determine who the true converts are, Babajan says he asks them how Christ has changed their lives.

“Because the Christian faith changed the way of thinking, the world view. If someone told me that at night he can sleep again or an old enemy could forgive, then I know that in his heart he is a Christian.”

“There are maybe 20 or 30 percent who really want to hear the gospel. For those who want to have a license, I must face the door… It is very easy, whoever does not believe will not be baptised,” he added.

 

Female Christian Prisoner Faces Health Issues in Iranian Prison

 

Photo: Mohabat News

Photo: Mohabat News

Iranian Christian Prisoner, Maryam Naghash Zargaran who suffers from several health conditions is refused much needed medical care in prison.

Mohabat News – Reports from Iran indicate that Christian prisoner, Maryam (Nasim) Naghash Zargaran, is suffering physical illness while officials refuse to transfer her to Hospital to receive proper medical care.

Read more: Iranian Christian Prisoner in Evin Transferred to Hospital

Several reports coming out of Iran indicate that Mrs. Zargaran has been suffering from nausea and pain in her ear. Clinical staff in Evin prison advised her not to move her head for two weeks and will need surgery in case her symptoms do not disappear.

Read more: Iranian Christian Prisoner Taken Back to Prison In the Middle of Medical Treatment

Mrs. Zargaran underwent a heart surgery nine years ago and requires frequent medical attention.

She has been suffering from many other symptoms including chronic pain in her joints and spinal cord in the last year. Medical staff in prison diagnosed her pains to have been caused by lumbar disk, arthritis, and osteoporosis. Despite this diagnosis and a prescribed five day physiotherapy, prison officials have refused to provide her with much needed medical care.

Read more: Female Christian Prisoner Strip Searched Upon her Return to Prison

Mrs. Zargaran was initially summoned to an Iranian intelligence office for interrogation in March of 2011. Interrogators constantly threatened her and her family, insulted her and questioned her Christian activities.

‘Can Christians be butchers?’ Tanzania’s Islamist tensions continue

A Christian butchers in Mbeya, Tanzania. 'Wakristu' means 'Christian'. World Watch Monitor

A Christian butchers in Mbeya, Tanzania. ‘Wakristu’ means ‘Christian’.
World Watch Monitor

Over 90% of the population of Tanzania’s island of Zanzibar is Muslim, with a small Christian and indigenous minority. Addressing complaints by Christians because they are not allowed to slaughter animals for consumption, an authority told World Watch Monitor,

“Our national policies are silent on who deserves to be a slaughterer. But we have experienced seeing Muslims as our animal slaughterers, mainly because they have been directed by their holy book to eat meat slaughtered by Muslims, while for Christians there is no such condition stating that meat must be slaughtered by a Christian. What this means is that Christians can eat meat slaughtered by anyone.

“This is our custom. We will not allow Christians to engage in this business, as we feel that it will create violence in society. Christians are allowed to sell meat, including to their own butchers; the only problem is around slaughtering the animal.”

WWM reported the recent attack on a mosque in Mwanza, northern Tanzania, has highlighted the area as one [undergoing] pressure from political Islam.

More than three years have passed since the murder of a Tanzanian pastor, killed when rioting Muslims protested against Christians working as butchers. Tanzania is believed to have equal numbers of Christians and Muslims, although no official census figures are available. As Muslims are only permitted to eat meat that has been ritually slaughtered, while almost all Christians have no such restraints, it is typically considered acceptable for only Muslims to work in the trade, even though there is no official legislation to enforce this.

On 11 Feb. 2013, after Christians in the north-western city of Buseresere had arranged for a non-Muslim butcher to prepare meat for a Christian funeral reception, Mathayo Kachila, the pastor of the local Assemblies of God church, was hacked to death by rioters.

For six years before, tension had been building between Muslims and Christians in Buseresere over the issue of animal slaughter. The local government had forbidden non-Muslims from working as butchers, but Christians in the Geita district had begun to do so.

When Muslims heard that a non-Muslim was providing the meat for a funeral reception, they began looting Christian butcheries, urinating on the meat, and assaulting other Christian businessmen. Several were injured. Kachila was on his way to a friend’s house, when he was caught in the riot and received fatal machete wounds. Another nine people were injured.

Police arrested six suspects, but those cases have since stagnated due to lack of evidence and witnesses.

Hundreds of people attended Kachila’s funeral. Although they live in a Muslim-dominated area, it was the first time anything like this had happened there and the Christians were stunned.

Following the riots, police arrested and charged two local pastors, Obadiah Mlokozi Madini (who has since died) and Isaiah Rutha Ikiri (now 56), for “slaughtering animals without considering the law on food, medicine and law about livestock diseases”. Their cases lasted for almost two years, before being dismissed early in 2015.

Geita’s Regional Police Commander, Mponjoli Mwabulambo, told World Watch Monitor: “It has been our custom since the establishment of Tanzania – and even before – to see Muslims slaughter animals for public use, and we have not seen any problem. We have to care for our traditions and customs, which is to see Muslims doing this. If Christians slaughter animals, Muslims will not eat them. We feel that it will create violence in society, especially on the Muslim side.”

But some Christians believe that the eating of halal meat goes against their religious beliefs.

There is also an economic element. The halal slaughtering service costs TShs500 (US$0.22) per chicken, 1,500 TShs (US$0.67) per goat/sheep and TShs2,500 (US$1.12) per cow, and customers are issued a receipt from the Tanzania Supreme Council of Muslims, to whom the remittances are paid.

Local Muslims also complained over losing income to Christian butchers, as demand for non-halal meat increased and more Christians took up the trade.

Girls Abducted by the Boko Haram – The Mental Effects

Not only the 219 Chibok girls but thousands of North Nigerian girls have been kidnapped, mentally tortured. raped, forcibly married and converted to Islam. Try to imagine their mental state and what it takes to heal. Please pray for those still in captivity and for others who are trying to learn how to live in society again. Much love to these precious little sisters. God bless you more and more.

Help girls like these and protect others from experiencing the same. Voice of the Persecuted is on the ground in Nigeria to care for our Christian brothers and sisters experiencing brutal persecution.

We are committed to being a VOICE for persecuted Nigerian Christians and bring them comfort, relief, and encouragement. We have committed to a long-term mission in Nigeria. When they are able to return home, we will be there to encourage and help rebuild villages and their lives. They will not be forgotten!

We want you to know that even in great hardship, they thank God and feel extremely blessed that He has kept His hand on orphan-306x4601them. They have been so encouraged and thank God for each one of you who have joined this mission through prayer and your support.

Together with your generous help, 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

HELP SAVE THE PERSECUTED

Every day, we thank God that He is working through you to care for His children and to 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 send your gift to:

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

If the Lord is placing it on your heart and you are able, please help us to continue the mission in Nigeria. It will be a long term project. Donations always desperately needed

Suffering in Persecution: Can You Sponsor This Baby and His Family?

Infant of Pakistani Christian family suffering in the asylum process. He needs our help

Infant of Pakistani Christian family suffering in the asylum process. He needs our help Photo: Voice of the Persecuted ©

This child belongs to one of the families Voice of the Persecuted’s Project 13:3 helps to survive in Thailand. He was born into extremely difficult conditions. Johan’s parents fled persecution in Pakistan to seek safety and asylum in Thailand. But the unfortunate circumstances waiting for them is more than most could possibly bare. Since 2014, they’ve been forced to hide from Thai authorities while they wait for the UNHCR to process their case. The office as scheduled their initial case interview for 2018. This little one’s father is unable to legally work to care for his new son. He also suffers from a skin infection he contracted during his stay at the Central Jail, then the Immigration Detention Center (IDC) after being arrested. It’s proven to be very difficult to cure. This father also suffered very harsh treatment during his stay at the jail, which housed hardened criminals.

When Johan was born, Voice of the Persecuted was able to provide everything needed to care for him, including rent, food for his parents and a month’s supply of formula and diapers. They are again unable to cover May’s room rent. Voice of the Persecuted has a waiting list of families designated with the most extreme needs. It is impossible to give each family monthly support without the help of those willing to sponsor them each month. Is God placing this family on your heart? Would you consider comforting Johan and his parents with monthly basic needs? Even a one-time gift will help to secure their housing for another month. They are in critical need for us, the Body of Christ to come to their aid. Please donate today, or contact us at info@voiceofthepersecuted.org for more information. Your love is appreciated more than you could ever know.

Please pray for persecuted Christian families suffering in Thailand. Pray the Thai government will soften their hearts towards them. And pray the UNHCR will find a way to speed up the unbearably long process of their asylum cases.

Together with your generous help, 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

HELP SAVE THE PERSECUTED

Every day, we thank God that He is working through you to care for His children and to 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 send your gift to:

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

 

PRAISE REPORT: One of the Chibok school girls has been found! 218 still missing

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(Voice of the Persecuted) It’s been over two years since 276 majority Christian girls were taken from their school in Chibok, Borno State by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram in Nigeria. 56 girls had managed to escape, but 219 remained in captivity. The militant group has been terrorizing Nigeria and targeting Christians in their campaign for an all Islamic Nigeria for the past for 7 years. They are currently ranked as the deadliest terrorist group in the world. According to the latest reports, one of the Chibok school girls has been found alone by members of a local vigilante group known as Civilian JTF(Joint Task Force). Apparently she was recognized by a civilian fighter. Since the Boko Haram uprising, local authorities have encouraged these civilian groups to be alert and to protect their villages, as the military did not have the ability to police their areas and often could not reach their villages during attacks.

A Chibok community leader has confirmed that the girl was rescued in the Sambisa Forest, near the border with Cameroon on Tuesday, May 18. The rescued girl, Amina Ali Nkek is from Mbalala village, which is south of Chibok. She was taken by the locals to a military base nearby. She will be protected by military personnel until further investigations are completed.

Emmanuel Ogebe, a Nigerian human rights lawyer who has been involved in the campaign to find the schoolgirls, also confirmed that Nkek had been found. He told VICE News she is believed to have been carrying a child.

As the global community stood behind France after the Charlie Hebdo jihadists attacks on January 7, 2015, world leaders expressed great sorrow and attended a march with an estimated 3.7 million people in a show of unity and solidarity following the terrorist attacks that claimed 17 lives.  During the same week n Nigeria, experienced an attack by Boko Haram militants took place on the town of Baga in Borno state. There were 2,000 casualties. Amnesty International described it as the terror group’s “deadliest massacre” to date. It was so horrific, local defense groups said they had to give up counting the bodies left lying on the streets.

Why isn’t the same level of outrage as in the Frace attack not given to the greater numbers of attack victims in Nigeria? We have confirmed from our sources on the ground that attacks continue nearly every other day on villages surrounding the Sambisa Forest—Boko Harams main hideout. Where’s the media coverage or global solidarity and concern? Where is the church?

The abduction of the mostly Christian Chibok schoolgirls garnered international attention in April 2014. The global campaign, #BringBackOurGirls was shared millions of times on social media. Sadly, it was only for a short while short attention spans focused on the latest headlines. For the most part, the girls were forgotten. I’ve heard someone sharing that all the girls were rescued. The media silence caused them to believe the crisis was over…..

We are so grateful the Chibok story received coverage, but many are completely unaware that for the past 7 years, thousands of North Nigerian women and children have been abducted and experienced the same as the Chibok girls. Victims who were fortunate to escape their captors have shared detailed accounts of the systematic rape, forced marriages, forced conversions, and slavery that women and girls are subjected to while being held. They are also used to aid the militants during attacks/raids on villages and used as decoys to draw out soldiers. The horrors of slaughter and beheading that they’ve witnessed is blood curdling. It’s also great concern that the young girls they have used as suicide bombers could be those who’ve been abducted. Please pray for those still in captivity and those recovering from the nightmare.

The great numbers of internal refugees (IDP’s internally displaced) is mind-boggling to say the least. Many have languished in camps for years. Little ones born in camps call it home having no knowledge of any other way of life. The children have not been able to attend school. The great needs of the masses take funding away for educating these little ones. It breaks my heart when we hear the stories of boys and girls dreaming of going back to their studies. Some have not been in a classroom for years.

Voice of the Persecuted is helping to care for Nigerian Christians suffering in IDP camps. There’s a great need for food, medicine and clean water. With your help, we have been able to build a contained fresh water well, supply bedding/mattresses, food and clothing and to provide medical care and prescriptions in a safe place. In the area we are working, nearly 10,000 Christians are in great need of our help. It is easy to believe others are standing in the gap to support them, but this is not the case. Too many of these dear ones go without the basics to survive. Funds available to care for them this month is short. If you have considered doing more for your brothers and sisters persecuted for Christ, now would be a great way to go on the mission with us through your gifts. No amount is too small to make a difference. Will you show them compassion this month?

We humbly ask and need your support to help alleviate their suffering. We pray God can use each one of us to do our part for His love to shine on these persecuted brothers and sisters in Nigeria. Any amount is greatly appreciated. If your church is being led to do more for our persecuted family, please contact us. We would be happy to send detailed updates of this relief project. Is God calling you to be a part of this important mission?

We are committed to being a VOICE for persecuted Nigerian Christians and bring them comfort, relief, and encouragement. We have committed to a long-term mission in Nigeria. When they are able to return home, we will be there to encourage and help rebuild villages and their lives. They will not be forgotten!

We want you to know that even in great hardship, they thank God and feel extremely blessed that He has kept His hand on orphan-306x4601them. They have been so encouraged and thank God for each one of you who have joined this mission through prayer and your support.

Together with your generous help, 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

HELP SAVE THE PERSECUTED

Every day, we thank God that He is working through you to care for His children and to 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 send your gift to:

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

If the Lord is placing it on your heart and you are able, please help us to continue the mission in Nigeria. It will be a long term project. Donations always desperately needed

 

 

Ukraine Post War: Victor & Natalia’s Story

“I truly feel that I am a part of the Body of Christ. And I know people are praying for me, not just here, but people in America, Germany, Russia. It’s like the Scripture says, how the entire body suffers when one member suffers.

Voice of the Persecuted is working to encourage and support our brothers and sisters suffering in extreme persecution. Too often, they’re  overlooked by governments and the global community at large. Yet, the modern-day persecution of Christians is one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world, today. Let us step up and in to help  care for our own. If we don’t, who will?

We need your partnership to continue the mission. Go with us through your gifts!

Together with your generous help, 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

Every day, we thank God that He is working through you to care for His children and to 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 send your gift to:

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

IRAN | Pastor Nadarkhani Released; Three Church Members Held

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Pastor Yousef Nardarkhani

Iran has released a Pastor Yousef Narkdarkhani and his wife several hours after they were arrested. Three other Christians are still in custody.

According to Christian Solidarity Worldwide’s sources, Pastor Nadarkhani and his wife, who were arrested after VEVAK officers raided their home in Rasht on May 13, were released the same day.

The raid on the Nadarkhani home was reportedly part of a series that targeted approximately 10 Christian homes.

Three other Christians, who were also arrested May 13, are still in custody. CSW was informed that Yasser Mossayebzadeh was arrested during the raid on Pastor Nadarkhani’s house. VEVAK officers summoned Saheb Fadaie and Mohammadreza Omidi (Youhan) to their offices by telephone prior to raiding their homes and reportedly seized their bibles, computers and mobile phones.

It’s not the first time the three men have been arrested. In February 2015, they were briefly detained following similar raids. Mohammedreza Omidi was initially detained in December 2012 during the annual crackdown on churches. In 2013, he was one of four Christians sentenced to 80 lashes each after they were charged with drinking alcohol during a communion service and possessing a receiver and satellite antenna.

This was also the second time Pastor Nadarkhani has been re-arrested since his release from prison in September 2012. He was initially arrested in 2009 after going to his children’s school to question the Muslim monopoly on religious education, which he felt was unconstitutional. He was charged with apostasy and sentenced to death in 2010, a decision that was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2011. On Sept. 8, 2012, he was released from prison following his acquittal on apostasy charges but was found guilty on charges of evangelizing. The pastor was recalled to prison Dec. 25, 2012 to complete the remainder of his three-year sentence and was again released on Dec. 7, 2013.

CSW’s Chief Executive Mervyn Thomas said, “While CSW is relieved that Pastor and Mrs. Nadarkhani have been freed, we remain deeply concerned for the welfare of Yasser Mossayebzadeh, Saheb Fadaie and Mohammadreza Omidi, who are still being held. The government must be held to account for its harassment of Iran’s Christian community, in particular the constant raids on homes and repeated arrests which are without basis. We continue to call on Iran to fully respect its constitutional and international human rights obligations by ensuring that justice and equality before the law are guaranteed to all citizens, regardless of their religion or belief.”

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