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Monthly archives: January, 2016

Ten Baptist Families Expelled for Refusing to Recant Their Faith

State and Federal Authorities Continue to Ignore Persecution

International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on the afternoon of January 26, 10 Christian families consisting of 18 adults and 10 children were expelled from the community of Tuxpan de Bolanos in the state of Jalisco, Mexico for refusing to recant their faith. At 3 p.m., a town assembly agreement to evict these families from the community was executed by local citizens who gathered the Baptist believers into a pickup truck and abandoned them in the nearby mountains.

Currently, the regional president of the Baptist community, Omar Rodriguez, has made arrangements with the city government of Guadalajara to house the expelled families, while the city has also been asked to dispatch police patrols to transport them to safety.

This is the latest incident in a decades-long system of persecution of evangelical Christian in rural Mexico, as well as further evidence of the continued reluctance by the state and federal government to protect religious minorities. In June, ICC estimated that more than 70 open cases of religious persecution against minority Christian communities, each involving between 20-100 victims, existed in the states of Chiapas, Hidalgo, Oaxaca, Puebla and Guerrero. Sadly, ICC can now add the state of Jalisco to this list.

Despite the lack of interest by the Mexican federal government to address this alarming trend, there are those in the United States government who are working to end this persecution. On July 15, Senator Marco Rubio questioned Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson, the current nominee for next US ambassador to Mexico, on how she would address this trend with the Mexican government.

Nate Lance, ICC’s Advocacy Manager, stated, “ICC is disturbed to learn of another instance of religious minorities being expelled by local governments on the basis of their faith. It is equally disturbing that despite being notified of multiple cases of persecution throughout rural Mexico, the state and federal government refuse to protect their religious minorities or prosecute perpetrators. As a result, these families are now religious refugees in their own country. In the strongest terms, we demand that the government of Mexico intervene and reinstate the freedom of worship that their constitution is meant to guarantee.”

Source: International Christian Concern



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Kenyans honour ‘hero’ Muslim who saved Christians

by Teo Kermeliotis

A social media campaign to raise funds for the family of a Muslim teacher who died protecting Christians during an attack in Kenya is gaining traction, with people hailing him as a “genuine hero” and a symbol of the country.

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After Farah’s death, an online campaign was started to raise funds for the teacher’s family [Jill Craig/VOA]

Salah Farah was shot after refusing to be separated from Christian passengers during an al-Shabab attack on a bus travelling from Mandera to Nairobi last month.

He succumbed to his wounds on Sunday, leaving behind four young children aged between two and 10, and a pregnant wife who is expected to give birth as soon as next week.

After his death, an online campaign was started to raise funds for the teacher’s family.

“Salah is a hero,” Abdullahi Derow, the 26-year-old activist who started the #HeroSalah Twitter campaign, told Al Jazeera.

“He was the only male child in his family, his father is now very old and his kids are very small,” Nairobi-based Derow, who is also from Mandera, said.
“I tried to think about how we can do this for the family, as Kenyans, at least to appreciate what he has done not only for Kenyans but for humanity,” explained Derow, who got the approval of Farah’s cousin Rashid, and now guardian to his children, before launching the campaign.

Rashid confirmed to Al Jazeera that the family had given the go-ahead.

“The children need a shelter, they need education, they need to be cared [for],” Rashid told Al Jazeera. “The father and mother are the same.”

He added: “Salah was well-respected, a religious man, who had just been promoted to deputy headmaster of a big primary school – he was having a lot of respect in the village”.

So far, the campaign has raised over 150,000 Kenyan shillings ($1,460) mainly through the M-Pesa money transfer service, with donations ranging from $200 – sent by a female university professor in Canada – to just a few shillings.

“Even if someone sends just a few shillings, it can make a big difference,” Derow said.

Despite being pushed out of Somalia’s major cities and towns, al-Shabab continues to launch deadly attacks across the Horn of Africa country.

The group, which last week assaulted a military base run by Kenyan troops as part of an African Union force in the Somali town of El-Ade, has also carried out many attacks inside Kenya.

Derow said the outpouring of support for the campaign was sending a “clear message” to al-Shabab that Kenyans were united.

“There is a feeling of patriotism. Kenyans are feeling by helping the family of #HeroSalah and educating his children is a defiance to al-Shabab,” he said.

“We are one in honouring our heroes.”

 

Source:  AlJazeera



The Beginning of Miracles

In the second of a series of new podcasts, Ray Barnett and Suzanne Nelson reminisce about the early days. In this episode, Ray goes right back to his teens and recounts some of the challenges which could easily have stopped him in his tracks. Had he simply ‘accepted’ circumstances as they were, he may have totally missed out on God’s plan and purpose for his life.

Time and time again, Ray had to move way out of his comfort zone in order to achieve what God had called him to do. In this podcast he recounts a very early example of that – a challenge to all of us when we’re faced with something that looks impossible.

Ray’s evolution into a career that would require him to frequently speak in public, didn’t had a very promising start. In fact, at his first attempt, instead of enthralling the audience, he physically fainted in front of them and had to be carried off the platform. But when you’ve just learned that miracles exist and you’ve just read that with God, nothing is impossible, then that gives even ‘disasters’ like fainting in front of your audience a different perspective…

Have you overcome any challenges with God’s help that through human eyes looked impossible? If so, Ray would love to hear about it. Please get in touch with him through the contact page of this website or drop him an email at Ray@raybarnett.tv



How the African Children’s Choir started 1

In the first of a series of new podcasts, Ray Barnett and Suzanne Nelson reminisce about the early days more than thirty years ago, when they set out to find solutions to a major problem in Africa. At the time, tens of thousands of children had been orphaned through war and were facing a very uncertain future.

Ray and Suzanne had a problem of their own in that that they didn’t have any money – only a ‘vision’ to help. But as Norman Vincent Peale said, “Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.”  So what did they do?  Listen below to find out how the impossible became possible….

Please return to this site for further episodes in the near future.