News and Prayer for the Persecuted
Nepal Asks Christians To "Reconsider Their Faith" Before Receiving
4/30/2014 Nepal (AsiaNews)
The Nepali government announced that all Nepali citizens will be provided with a national identity card. However, the government plan also calls for Christians, Christian converts and Muslims to "reconsider their faith" before applying. All religious minorities are joining in solidarity to fight against all forms of government discrimination. They're calling on the authorities to immediately rectify the recently announced procedures.
Nigerians Call For a Million Woman March to Demand the Release of 234 School Girls Abducted by Islamic Militants
4/30/2014 Nigeria (BBC)
March organizers said 500 people, mainly women dressed in red, braved heavy rain to march to the National Assembly in the capital Abuja. There they protested the government's slow reaction to secure the release of the 234 girls kidnapped two weeks ago in Chibok. Saruta, from Chibok, told the BBC "For how long are we going to wait for the government to help us? We can't bear it anymore."
Syria's Assyrians Threatened By Extremists
4/28/2014 Syria (Al-Monitor)
As Assyrian Christians remember the 99 year anniversary of a bloody massacre and forced displacement of hundreds of thousands of Assyrians, in addition to many other religious and ethnic minorities, they are also presently experiencing intense suffering. The presence of violent extremist groups in Syria has had brutal consequences for all Syrians, and religious minorities have experienced much of the worst.
Christian Converts Arrested at Easter Service in Iran
4/28/2014 Iran (Mohabat News)
Human rights news sources in Iran have reported that Iranian authorities in plain-clothes raided a house-church holding an Easter Service resulting in arrests. The five arrested have been identified as Ehsan Sadeghi, Nazi and Maryam Asadi, Vahid Safi, and Amin Mazloomi. There are no details available on their whereabouts and efforts by families to locate them have been ineffective.
Maryland College Blocks Admission to Student Because of Christian Faith
4/25/2014 United States (Christian Post)
The American Center for Law and Justice is suing the Community College of Baltimore County Maryland after Brandon Jenkins was denied admittance because of his faith in God. When Jenken followed up with his application, he was told that among the reasons why he was not selected was because his chosen field is "not the place for religion."
Underground Congregations Across China Facing Arrests, Harassment
4/24/2014 China (UCANews)
The propaganda department of China's Communist Party last week gave Beijing's prominent underground churches an Easter present, banning any reporting about the Protestant Shouwang Church's outdoor services. While Shouwang has been a target of the government for many years, the new government is targeting any organization perceived as a threat to Chinese Communist Party policy.