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Monthly archives: June, 2016

Ministries Across The World Pray For Muslims During Ramadan

Ministries across Europe, the Middle East and the US are partnering together to raise up hundreds of intercessors from around the globe with one heart’s cry – that God would supernaturally reach Muslims in every nation with the message of love.

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It is anticipated that millions of Muslims will encounter Christ in dreams and visions, as 838 Ministries including Iran Alive, Voice of the Martyrs, CBN, Global Hope, Crescent Project, and Isık Abla Ministries join together in prayer during the last 10 days of Ramadan.

“Ramadan is the perfect season to pray that Muslims will experience the forgiveness of Christ, and even forgiveness from those they persecute,” said Jason Peter, associate vice president of Connection for The Voice of the Martyrs. “Our Christian family is being persecuted today. We will not let them suffer in silence. We will not let them serve alone,” he said.

The event began on June 26 and has already reached 1 million people.Ministries across Europe, the Middle East and the US are partnering together to raise up hundreds of intercessors from around the globe with one heart’s cry – that God would supernaturally reach Muslims in every nation with the message of love.

It is anticipated that millions of Muslims will encounter Christ in dreams and visions, as 838 Ministries including Iran Alive, Voice of the Martyrs, CBN, Global Hope, Crescent Project, and Isık Abla Ministries join together in prayer during the last 10 days of Ramadan.

“Ramadan is the perfect season to pray that Muslims will experience the forgiveness of Christ, and even forgiveness from those they persecute,” said Jason Peter, associate vice president of Connection for The Voice of the Martyrs. “Our Christian family is being persecuted today. We will not let them suffer in silence. We will not let them serve alone,” he said.

The event began on June 26 and has already reached 1 million people.Ministries across Europe, the Middle East and the US are partnering together to raise up hundreds of intercessors from around the globe with one heart’s cry – that God would supernaturally reach Muslims in every nation with the message of love.

It is anticipated that millions of Muslims will encounter Christ in dreams and visions, as 838 Ministries including Iran Alive, Voice of the Martyrs, CBN, Global Hope, Crescent Project, and Isık Abla Ministries join together in prayer during the last 10 days of Ramadan.

“Ramadan is the perfect season to pray that Muslims will experience the forgiveness of Christ, and even forgiveness from those they persecute,” said Jason Peter, associate vice president of Connection for The Voice of the Martyrs. “Our Christian family is being persecuted today. We will not let them suffer in silence. We will not let them serve alone,” he said.

The event began on June 26 and has already reached 1 million people.

Source: CBN



Christian Woman in Pakistan Stripped And Assaulted By Muslim Men Angered By Her Brother

A Christian woman in Lahore, Pakistan was stripped naked and assaulted by four Muslim men enraged that her brother eloped with a married woman.

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Open Doors USA’s 2015 World Watch List report ranked Pakistan as number 8 on the list of nations where Christians face the most severe persecution. Reuters

According to the Indian Express Tribune, Samra, 28, told police that the four armed men on Sunday forcefully entered her house and asked her about the whereabouts of her brother Badal, who had eloped with the wife of one of the attackers.

When she told the armed men that she did not know about her brother’s whereabouts, they began to violently assault her.

“They dragged me to a room and tore apart my cloths and tried to rape me. I managed to flee towards the roof and jumped to the house of a neighbor where a woman provided me clothes,” she told the outlet.

The young woman added that she nothing to do with the activities of her brother. However, while a case has been registered against Badal for allegedly kidnapping the wife of one of the attackers, police have not taken any action against the men on Samra’s complaint.

Currently, several Christian organizations have appealed to Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to order action against the suspects involved in torturing and striping of the woman.

According to World Watch Monitor, Lahore is a largely Christian-dominated city in the predominantly Muslim country. However, Christians are nevertheless considered religious minorities and treated as inferior citizens by their Muslim counterparts.

Last month, Muslim extremists in the region threatened to burn alive members of a Christian family and abduct and kill young Christian girls in the area after a Muslim woman eloped with a Christian man.

In June, a pastor was brutally attacked and beaten by police after a Muslim man complained the church service was too loud. The congregation became very upset and Christians later staged a protest on Ferozepur Road and blocked traffic.

In light of rampant persecution, Pakistan’s People’s Party Vice President and Senator Sherry Rehman last month criticized the government for its failure to protect religious minorities and said that inaction amounts “tacit approval” of the crimes.

“Pakistan cannot continue to tolerate continual religious persecution of its minorities. They are not second-class citizens and should not be treated as such.” Rehman said.

Rehman urged the government to come up with a plan to combat such persecution: “The government needs to take a clear position on how it treats its citizens, especially the marginalized and vulnerable. It needs to have a plan of action that we can all uphold and pursue,”

Open Doors USA’s 2015 World Watch List report ranked Pakistan as number 8 on the list of nations where Christians face the most severe persecution.

Source: THE GOSPEL HERALD



Istanbul Ataturk airport attack: 36 dead and more than 140 hurt

A gun and bomb attack on Istanbul’s Ataturk international airport has killed 36 people and injured more than 140 others, officials say.

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Turkey said early signs suggested so-called Islamic State was behind the attack

Three attackers began shooting inside and outside the terminal late on Tuesday and blew themselves up after police fired at them, officials say.

PM Binali Yildirim said early signs pointed to so-called Islamic State but no-one has so far admitted the attack.

Recent bombings have been linked to either IS or Kurdish separatists.

Tuesday’s attack looked like a major co-ordinated assault, says the BBC’s Mark Lowen.

Ataturk airport has long been seen as a vulnerable target, our Turkey correspondent adds, reporting from a plane stuck on the tarmac in Istanbul.

There are X-ray scanners at the entrance to the terminal but security checks for cars are limited.

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Terrified passengers were seen leaving the airport on foot

Pictures from the airport terminal showed bodies covered in sheets, with glass and abandoned luggage littering the building.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the attack should serve as a turning point in the global fight against militant groups.

“The bombs that exploded in Istanbul today could have gone off at any airport in any city around the world,” he said.

The US called the attack “heinous”, saying America remained “steadfast in our support for Turkey”.

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere called the attacks “cowardly and brutal”.

‘Dressed in black’

Mr Yildirim said at least 36 people were killed and many wounded, some seriously, with foreigners likely to be among the victims.

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Armed police sealed off the area

In the first indication of nationalities of victims, Turkish officials said one Iranian and one Ukrainian were confirmed dead.

Mr Yildirim said the attackers had arrived at the airport in a taxi.

Footage on social media shows one of the attackers running in the departure hall as people around him flee.

He is shot by police and remains on the ground for about 20 seconds before blowing himself up. All three attackers were killed.

Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag put the number of injured at 147.

Taxis were used to rush casualties to hospital after the attack. Desperate relatives of those missing later gathered outside a local hospital where many victims were taken. Some expressed anger about the lack of information.

Flights in and out of the airport were suspended after the attack. The US Federal Aviation Administration initially grounded all services between the US and Istanbul but the stoppage was later lifted.

Flights have now resumed at the airport, but information boards showed about one-third had been cancelled, with many delays.

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A Kalashnikov assault rifle was later found at the scene of the attack

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A number of injured people were taken to local hospitals

Paul Roos, who was due to fly home to South Africa, told Reuters he saw one of the attackers.

“He was wearing all black. His face was not masked. We ducked behind a counter but I stood up and watched him. Two explosions went off shortly after one another. By that time he had stopped shooting.

“He turned around and started coming towards us. He was holding his gun inside his jacket. He looked around anxiously to see if anyone was going to stop him and then went down the escalator. We heard some more gunfire and then another explosion, and then it was over.”

Charles Michel, the Prime Minister of Belgium whose capital city was targeted by bombers in March, tweeted from the EU summit in Brussels: “Our thoughts are with the victims of the attacks at Istanbul’s airport. We condemn these atrocious acts of violence.”

#PrayforTurkey began trending on Twitter after the attack.

Source: BBC News



Sixty-nine million under-5s will die by 2030 unless global aid increases (Podcast)

Poverty, illiteracy and premature death await the world’s most disadvantaged children, unless the world “focusses more” on their plight.

That’s according to the UN Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) annual report, published on Tuesday, The State of the World’s Children.

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After school, Jhuma Akhter, 14, studies at a desk her mother uses by day to sell items she scavanged in Khulna, Bangladesh. © UNICEF/UN016303/Gilbertson VII Photo

This year’s report warns that hundreds of millions of children will be denied a fair chance unless investment significantly increases on the part of governments, donors and businesses.
Matthew Wells reports.

UNICEF’s 2016 report provides some stark statistics based on current trends on where the world’s children are likely to be by 2030, the target date for the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs.

It says that 69 million of those under five will die from “mostly preventable causes,” and that 167 million children will “live in poverty”.

It adds that 750 million women will have been married as children by 2030.

It notes that “significant progress” has been made in the past 25 years, saving children’s lives, getting children into school and alleviating poverty.

Under-five mortality rates have more than halved since 1990, the report says.

But UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake, said that the international community had a clear choice.

“Invest in these children now,” he said, or “allow our world to become still more unequal and divided.”

He added that denying them the aid and support they needed “imperils the future of their societies”.

In sub-Saharan Africa in particular, the threat was immense, with 9 out of 10 children condemned to living in extreme poverty, unless things change.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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Lebanon: Christian village hit by multiple suicide attacks

At least five people have been killed and 13 others wounded in a multiple suicide bomb attack in a village in eastern Lebanon, reports say.

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The bombers attacked in the early hours of the morning

Four bombers blew themselves up in Qaa, a predominantly Christian village, close to the Syrian border, officials said.

The Hezbollah TV station al-Manar put the death toll at six. It is not clear who carried out the attack or why.

Sectarian tensions in Lebanon have been stoked by the civil war in Syria.

Al-Manar news agency blamed so-called Islamic State for the attack. The jihadist group has carried out bombings in Lebanon in the past, but has not said whether it was behind Monday’s blasts.

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An eyewitness told the Associated Press that one of the attackers threw a hand-grenade after the group was stopped by security guards. The assailants then blew themselves up among civilians who had gathered because of the commotion, the unnamed eyewitness said.

It is unclear what the attackers’ intended target was. The border area has seen numerous attacks by jihadists who have crossed from Syria since the start of the war there in 2011.

Source: BBC News