Persecution Update: Pastor Andrew Brunson

UPDATE on April 2018 Persecution Update

The first day of Pastor Andrew Brunson’s trial did not go well. After denying the terrorism charges that have been brought against him, Brunson was ordered back to prison. His trial is postponed until May 7.  Because the entire process has taken a major toll on him physically and emotionally, please pray for a special measure of God’s grace for him and for his wife, Norine. Please also pray for God to turn the hearts of the judges to righteousness.

 

 Photo Courtesy of World Witness 

Photo Courtesy of World Witness 

Persecution Update, April 2018 - TURKEY

 Photo courtesy of World Witness

Photo courtesy of World Witness

Andrew Brunson, who is from North Carolina, served as a pastor in Turkey for 23 years, most recently at Izmir Resurrection Church. In October of 2016, he was arrested on the false charge of membership in a terrorist organization. The majority of Pastor Andrew’s time in prison has been spent in isolation at a maximum security facility.

Pastor Andrew’s trial date has been set for April 16, and the Turkish government is pressing for a 35-year prison sentence. Please intercede for God to give grace and boldness to Pastor Andrew so that God will be glorified at the trial. "I am in prison not for anything I have done wrong, but because of who I am – a Christian pastor. . . . Yet I believe this to be true: it is an honor to suffer for Jesus Christ, as many have before me.” --Pastor Andrew Brunson

Photo courtesy of World Witness

Persecution Update, March 2018 - LAOS

In Laos, one of the few communist nations left in the world, Christians comprise only about 3% of the population. Laotian believers (most of whom abandon Buddhism or animism in order to follow Jesus) suffer great harassment and rejection from both their families and the government. Pastor Shu fled his village after a relative who was angry at the Gospel message attempted to murder him. Two older teenage girls, Nani and Nha Phong, were tied up for four days by their father for professing Christ and rejecting animism. After releasing them, their father continued to pressure them to return to animism. They were later arrested but were able to escape to another village. Please pray that our Laotian brothers and sisters will glorify God in their sufferings as they are persecuted for Christ’s sake.

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Persecution Update, February 2018 - SAUDI ARABIA

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Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, is one of several countries most hostile to Christians. The Saudis practice Wahhabism, the strictest form of Islam. Officially, every Saudi citizen is considered a Muslim, and those who become followers of Christ are subject to the death penalty. Approximately 4% of the population is Christian—most of whom are foreign workers who worship in underground churches. The government employs thousands of religious police to enforce strict Islamic laws, including raiding house churches. However, Saudis are turning to Christ at great risk of severe persecution from both family and government authorities. Many learn of Jesus on the Internet, and when they come to saving faith, they know no other Christians. Their only source of fellowship is online. Please pray for grace for believers who follow Christ in this radical Muslim nation.  

"All the Stars" Music Video - Dispatches from the Front Panorama

2017 was a big year at Frontline as we celebrated the mission’s 25th anniversary.  As part of that milestone, we released the 10th episode in the Dispatches series, and Caroline Cobb helped us produce a music video to mark the occasion.  Her song, “All the Stars” (about God’s promise to Abraham), provides the backdrop for a panorama from the Dispatches series, highlighting the faithfulness of God in fulfilling His promise of blessing through the Gospel! 

Persecution Update, January 2018 - NORTH KOREA

North Korea will not tolerate any worship that rivals that of the “Great Leader,” Kim Jong-un. As an example of the pervasive religious oppression, school children are rewarded for going on a “treasure hunt” at home to look for Bibles and reporting their finds to their teachers. If found guilty, the parents are sent to a concentration camp. An estimated 70,000 Korean Christians endure brutal torture in slave labor camps.

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A Christian Korean-American, Kim Hak Song, is a visiting university instructor who was arrested on May 6, 2017, on the false charges of “hostile acts against the government.” Professor Kim had previously written, “I’ve committed to devoting my last drop of blood to this work.” Please pray for him and other suffering believers in North Korea who endure persecution for the sake of the Cross.
 

Persecution Update, December 2017: ERITREA

The tiny country of Eritrea ranks as the world’s tenth-harshest persecutor of Christians. Dire economic conditions and government oppression have earned that nation the title, “North Korea of Africa,” and its citizens have been fleeing the country for years. Eritrea’s official religions are Sunni Islam and three government-approved Christian denominations—Catholic, Orthodox, and Lutheran.  Independent congregations are illegal, and evangelical Christians—who number slightly more than 100,000—are suffering.  In 2017, more than 200 evangelical Christians were arrested—including mothers taken away from their small children. These believers endure barbaric conditions in concentration camps, where they are being housed in crowded metal shipping containers with no ventilation in extreme heat. Fikadu Debesay, a young mother of three, died in August while interned in a desert camp. Some believers have spent more than ten years in the concentration camps. Yet, “God is working mightily; the church is growing,” said an Eritrean church elder.  Pray for sustaining grace for our brothers and sisters in Christ in Eritrea who suffer for the Gospel’s sake.

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Shopping from the comfort of your home this busy season? Amazon will donate to Frontline Missions!

Do you plan to avoid the hectic streets and stores and shop online for Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and all your Christmas purchases?  You can shop from the comfort of your home and contribute to Frontline Missions at the same time!  Use this link, smile.amazon.com/ch/57-0963411, and AMAZON will DONATE to Frontline Missions International Inc.

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Don't forget! 25th ANNIVERSARY SALE on Dispatches from the Front DVDs

We are continuing our 25th anniversary sale of the complete set of Dispatches from the Front DVDs! All 10 episodes are available through December 31, 2017, for $75 with free Media Mail shipping.

These would make great Christmas gifts! To order at this special price, you can purchase online at www.frontlinemissions.info/store/.

Beware of watching these Dispatches if you don't like being moved and inspired and shaken out of the ruts of your life.  My wife and I were riveted in watching the frontline reports of God's work recorded in the Dispatches from the Front series.  This is the sort of information that builds faith in the present providence of God over His mission and stirs up action for the sake of lost and hurting people near and far.  I would love to see thousands of people mobilized as senders and goers for the sake of the glory of Christ and the relief of suffering on the frontiers, especially eternal suffering.   - Dr. John Piper

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