Archive for October, 2007

Pope to Visit Saudi Arabia

Posted in Overseas with tags , , , , , , on October 31, 2007 by Mike

The AP is reporting that Pope Benedict XVI is planning to meet with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah next week.

It is forbidden to practice Christianity inside Saudi Arabia, and it is illegal to bring symbols from religions other than Islam into the country. Bibles and crosses, for instance, are confiscated at the border.

The Vatican has repeatedly stressed its demands for “reciprocity” — meaning that countries such as Saudi Arabia should ease limits on worship by Christians and other non-Muslims.

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We Need the Persecuted Church

Posted in Overseas with tags , , on October 30, 2007 by Mike

Alex Buchan has written an excellent article about how much we can learn from the persecuted church. Here’s a tidbit:

We need the persecuted church as much as they need us. We need them to remind us of how big our God is, how much trouble we should be in for God, and what it looks like to walk the way of the Cross. As one arrested pastor put it, “God builds His kingdom not on our achievements, but on our sacrifices.”

Some great points to ponder and well worth the read.

Miracle outcome

Posted in Overseas with tags , , , , , on October 29, 2007 by Mike

Gin at Doe Hill Homeschool blog posts this incredible story of God taking care of His children. This incident happened to a missionary family in South Africa.

Swaziland missionaries Doug and Madeleen Schumacher were viciously carjacked and kidnapped Tuesday at gunpoint in Johannesburg. The Schumachers had just arrived to visit another missionary family when a carload of thugs pulled in behind them and forced them into the backseat of their own car. The two bandits then drove off and for the next 20 minutes told the victims that they intended to kill them.

Go to Mission Network News to read about how it turns out. Just amazing.

Pastor stabbed to death in Philippines

Posted in Overseas with tags , , , on October 29, 2007 by Mike

Stacy Harp at Persecutionblog.com tells about a 48-year old pastor in the Philippines that was brutally stabbed and murdered close to his church.

“Pastor Martin was murdered probably on Thursday after midnight”, police said to the Salem Voice Ministries (SVM) News Service. “Villagers have seen his body first lying near the church on Friday morning”, police added.

When the pastor [was] murdered, his family was at their house in Barangay Poblacion. Pastor was staying at mission house. Mostly he used to spend his time over there.

“Pastor Martin Ambong has no known enemies. Such a good and humble man he was”, villagers said to the SVM News.

Iraqi PM vows to protect Christians

Posted in Overseas with tags , , , , , on October 29, 2007 by Mike

In an AP report, Iraq’s prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, pledged to defend the country’s small contingent of Christians, mainly Chaldeans, in an effort to stop the Christians’ mass exodus from Iraq.

The Christian community here, about 3 percent of the country’s 26 million people, is particularly vulnerable, and has little political or military clout to defend itself.

Since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, Iraqi Christians, who are mostly Chaldeans, have been targeted by Islamic extremists who label them “crusaders” loyal to U.S. troops.

Churches, priests and business owned by Christians have been attacked by Islamic militants.

House church leader beaten in China

Posted in Overseas with tags , , , on October 28, 2007 by Mike

Please keep Hua Huiqi in your prayers. He is a church leader in China who has been under house arrest and was attacked and beaten on 11 October. Voice of the Martyrs has more:

On October 11, prominent house church leader, Hua Huiqi, was repeatedly attacked and beaten by police at his home. According to China Aid Association, “Hua was reading his Bible at his home despite police surrounding his house. He was sent to Beijing Tiantan Hospital, because he lost consciousness after repeated beatings from the police.” China’s Public Security Bureau (PSB) recently put Hua under house arrest. PSB officers had been surrounding his house, when they attacked him. Pastor Hua’s 77-year-old mother, Shuang Shuying, remains very ill in prison, serving a two-year sentence.

Two Christians kidnapped in Pakistan

Posted in Overseas with tags , , , , , , on October 28, 2007 by Mike

The Times of India reports that pro-Taliban militants kidnapped two Christian sanitation workers at a hospital. Regarding the atmosphere of oppression against Christians in this region, the Times of India reports:

Islamist militants in Pakistan have regularly threatened to kill Christian clerics in Southern Punjab’s Khanewal district if they did not “embrace Islam and stop preaching Christianity.” Demanding equal opportunities “as promised” by Pakistan founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah, minority organisations in August had sought a ban on forced conversions and repeal of the stringent blasphemy laws in the Islamic country.