InChains: 2019 Week 41

ALGERIA

Two churches in Algeria are closed by authorities.

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The government closes third church in a week.


CHINA

True Jesus Church, although legal, was raided, members forced out, and the church demolished by authorities.

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The government forbids African students from worshipping in churches. States it is worried about “foreign infiltration.”


EGYPT

Murdered man was denied burial rites because the body preparers considered him an apostate. His murder may have also been due to his conversion to Christianity.


INDIA

Voice of the Martyrs reports that a pastor in Odisha was beheaded in front of his wife and children by communists.

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In Uttar Pradesh, Hindu extremists leveled false charges of black magic, arms possession, and forced conversions against a pastor. Police shut down a worship service of over 6,000 people because of the false charges.


INDONESIA

A women with schizophrenia will be tried under the blasphemy laws.


IRAN

Nine men are sentenced to five years each in prison for converting to Christianity.


KENYA

Agenzia Fides reports that Fr. Michael Maingi Kyengo was kidnapped and killed. He was strangled and his throat cut.


NIGERIA

One killed and four kidnapped in an attack by Fulani Muslims in Nigeria.

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Muslim Fulani herdsmen are terrorizing the north east area of Nigeria. Kidnappings are on the rise, indiscriminate killings happen more frequently, and violence is a weekly, if not daily, occurrence.


SYRIA

Christians in Syria are in fear as Turkey continues its incursions into Syria. The military campaign started with attacks on Christian cities.

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Christians in Syria decide to stay behind, despite the violence, in order to be salt and light to their communities.


UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

The UAE is the first country to work with UNESCO to rebuild two Iraq churches that were destroyed.


USA

Police are considering hate crime charges as the city of Crowley, LA is facing a rash of vandalism against its churches.


RESOURCES AND PRAYER SHEETS

Christian Solidarity WorldWide Weekly Prayer Sheet



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