InChains brings you the news about the persecuted Church worldwide. It also brings you resources available for prayer, statistics, and more. Part of being the body of Christ is remembering those that are persecuted. “Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.” We need to remember and pray for those that are being persecuted, but we also need to pray for those that are doing the persecuting, that they would come to Christ. “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” InChains prays that you will use this knowledge to strategically and specifically pray.
Military jets opened fire on Christian towns, killing 21 and injuring 24.
A mother in China decided to homeschool her child with Christian values. The court has deemed that she is not allowed to do this, despite many teachers writing letters detailing how Christian education is a viable option.
The Chinese government is using the low attendance (due to COVID19) at churches to go in and tear down crosses without much of a fight.
Tribal animists have forced a family into the jungle after assaulting them. They are now threatening the children who are trying to continue their schooling. The family is afraid to go to the police out of fear the situation will get worse.
Two churches in Indonesia are facing fierce opposition despite being a an area that was considered tolerant of other religions. Their building plans are being threatened and they are requesting prayer.
Hindu radicals tied him to a pole and beat him for three hours. The pastor was then “rescued” by the police, only to be assaulted and threatened by them.
Ebrahim Firouzi has had his exile extended.
Despite the fact that the regime has released tens of thousands of prisoners due to COVID19, they refuse to release four Christians who have requested to be released. What is their crime? Conversion.
Two Christians are abducted and another is killed in two separate attacks by al-Shabaab.
Five families had to flee their town because they would not participate in festivities. They are receiving help from their church but the government will not step in and guarantee religious freedom.
It is being reported that the internally displaced Christians are being refused their aid because of their faith.
The Christian parents of a minor have lost custody of their son because he converted to Islam while at work. After he didn’t return home, the parents sought him out at his workplace. He was surrounded by Islamic clerics who were pressuring him to not go home. They told the parents he had converted and could no longer live with Christians. The family is trying to challenge the illegal custody and dubious conversion in court.
Pakistan brick kiln workers, who had been freed from their debts by Barnabas Aid, have put aside portions of their wages to help free other workers. Christians, a low class in Pakistan, often get indebted to their employers when they get sick or hurt and have to miss work. Their pay is docked and they have to take out loans to cover medical bills. They end up being almost slaves to their employers. This cycle is also disproportionately applied to Christians. Getting them out of debt is key to helping them live healthy lives. Those that have been freed know how important it is and are helping others achieve freedom as well.
Indigenous missionary was falsely accused of blasphemy and was illegally detained. He has now been released!
Sudan is abolishing the committees that controlled churches during the Bashir regime. This is a big step towards giving churches their autonomy back.
Y Ngun Knul was released after almost 6 years in prison! He was arrested after staging a protest in regards to the closure of a protestant church. He was known for his efforts to promote religious freedom.
CSW Weekly Prayer Sheet
Open Doors March Prayer Calendar
Barnabas Aid Prayer Sheet for March.
REPORTS, BOOKS & MOVIES
OpenDoors released its 2020 World Watchlist Report.
Voice of the Martyrs has a Global Prayer Guide available for free.
For a list of names of those martyred, please see the Martyr Page. Although this list is not everyone, I created it to honor those that have been martyred. If I have been able to find their name, I have recorded it here with a link to what happened.
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