Monthly Archives: April 2015

  • Editor’s note:  this post is part of Smyrna’s Insight series — a collection of posts that reflect a view of prayer for the persecuted church that is often overcome by our emotions in the face of  horrors visited upon Christians by Muslims in many countries. This Insight isn’t in my normal style. It’s not stuffed […]

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  • On March 1, ISIS released 19 Christian hostages — 16 men and 3 women all over the age of 45. According to the Assyrian Human Rights Network, (a non-profit group reporting on incidents of persecution in the Middle East), these Christians were released because a Shariah court ordered the Islamic fighters to accept the Christians’ […]

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  • According to religious liberty analyst Elizabeth Kendal, abuse of Christian prisoners and other human rights violations in Iran are escalating and will continue to worsen, since Iran feels that it can act without fear of interference from Western powers. This increased persecution comes at a time when Iranians are rejecting Islam in unprecedented numbers, and […]

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  • Pakistan, by population, is the sixth largest country in the world, and is home to nearly two million Christians. The government in Pakistan turns a blind eye to the suffering of Christians and local authorities often aid their Muslim persecutors under the pretense of “investigating.” Consider the heartbreak of Ayesha, a poor Christian woman in […]

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  • With heavy hearts we share this update from our ministry partner in Nigeria. An evangelist in his church was shot at Christmas time by members of Boko Haram, and, through your gifts, we were helping with the cost of medical care. Sadly, our partner says, “We lost our Evangelist yesterday afternoon. He could not come […]

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