Persecution Update April 2014: Nigeria

Nigeria, Africa’s largest country by population, was the most dangerous country in the world for Christians in 2012, even though approximately 40% of the population consider themselves Christians. Nearly 800 believers were killed for their faith in Nigeria in that year alone, which was more than the number of Christians killed in the entire rest of the world during the same period!  Thus far in 2014, the slaughter of Christians has continued unabated, the majority of them massacred while worshipping in church services.  In February alone, some 400 believers were slaughtered, including 43 high school boys who were burned to death at night in their dormitory.  Though some of the attacks have originated from the Muslim Fulani tribe, the majority of the terrorism has been carried out by the radical Islamic group, Boko Haram, whose stated purpose is to rid the country of Western influence. They want to drive out…

Sorrow in South Sudan

By Michael Alemu       Editor’s note: In December the world’s newest nation became the world’s latest war zone, as South Sudan plunged into a merciless civil war between rival tribes and militias. 10,000 or more have been killed, and hundreds of thousands have fled for their lives—most ending up in squalid and hopelessly overcrowded refugee camps. Readers who have seen “Father, Give Me Bread”  (Dispatches from the Front: Episode 5) will recall Michael and how he pours his life into mercy ministries for orphans and the disabled as well as wide-ranging efforts in church planting and pastoral training in Ethiopia and South Sudan. He and his team of pastors are now in South Sudan and northern Uganda to minister to the pressing needs of the refugees—both physical and spiritual. The following is a first-hand report from him from the frontlines of South Sudan. Thank you for your continued prayers…

Persecution Update March 2014: Morocco

The North African country of Morocco portrays itself as being moderately Muslim; but Sunni Islam is the official state religion of Morocco, and proselytizing is illegal. In fact, last year the government’s highest religious authority issued a ruling stating that Muslims who reject their faith should be executed. Christians comprise less than 1% of the entire population, and in 2010 the government declared some 70 foreign Christian workers “a danger” and expelled them from the country. In August 2013, Mohamed el Baldi, who had become a Christian seven years earlier, was arrested after his home was raided by the secret police. He was charged with “shaking the faith of a Muslim” and sentenced to 30 months in jail, though no proof was offered. However, in God’s gracious providence, after he had served only one month in prison, el Baldi was given conditional freedom due to public attention to his case…

Persecution Update February 2014: Indonesia

Indonesia ranks as the fourth largest country in the world and also as the largest Muslim-majority country. Because its constitution guarantees freedom of religion for all, Indonesia has attempted to be a model of moderate Islamic practice. However, government officials have increasingly bowed to pressure from militant Islamic groups to close Protestant churches. Two years ago, some 50 churches in remote provinces were forcibly closed by militant Islamists. In March of 2013, local officials in the suburbs of Jakarta bulldozed the large Batak Protestant Christian Church for allegedly not having a permit, as radical Muslims cheered. This past December, two more churches were attacked and closed, leaving hundreds of Christians with no building in which to worship. Please pray for Indonesian officials to enforce their laws and protect the minority Christians in their country. Also, pray that Christians who suffer the loss of their church buildings will reflect Christ to…

Three Reminders You May Want to Act On: Dispatches Sale, FX Registration Open, Speak Out on S653 Vote

Just some friendly reminders about upcoming events and ways you can get involved: 1. FMI’s Dispatches from the Front DVD sale is going on through January 15th! $50 for the whole set of 6 DVDs or just $10 each! Order on our website or at Amazon.com. 2. FMI’s Frontline Experience conference registration is now open for FX-WEST 2014 on March 28-29th in the Denver area! Register by February 15th and receive a discounted rate! More information and how to register at www.frontlineexperience.org. 3. Don’t forget to take a minute to speak out on behalf of persecuted Christians who have no voice of their own! Please contact Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, asking him to schedule a floor vote for S. 653, The Near East and South Central Asia Religious Freedom Act. The bill, which appoints a Special Envoy to monitor persecution of believers in Muslim countries, passed overwhelmingly in the House of Representatives last…