NAIROBI, Kenya, January 11, 2019 (Morning Star News) – Muslims in eastern Uganda sent a Christian mother to the hospital with injuries from a beating in one village and tore down a church building in another, sources said.
Both the woman and the pastor of the destroyed church building fear their lives could be in danger.
Deborah Gimbo of Budaka town was attacked the afternoon of Dec. 20 while praying by herself in her home. She prays three evenings a week in her home with two other Christian women, and the assailants told her they did not want them praying loudly in Jesus’ name, Gimbo told Morning Star News.
“Today we have come to warn you that you should avoid noisy prayers and the use of Issa [Jesus] in your prayers,” the four assailants said as they intruded into her home at 2 p.m., according to Gimbo.
A local sheikh (teacher) had instructed the assailants that people who pray in Jesus’ name should be fought and pressured until they accept only worship of Allah, or else be killed, she said. read more…
CHRISTIAN tombs in a Indonesian cemetery have been brutally vandalised and destroyed, amid rising fears of a worldwide crackdown on Christianity.
Indonesian police in Magelang are carrying out investigations after 11 Christian tombs were desecrated at a public cemetery in Giriloyo, in a perceived attack against the religious group. The graveyard’s local gatekeeper informed the police after noticing several tombs were damaged in the final days of 2018. Wooden crosses were removed from burial stones, and burial stones were smashed with a hammer, destroying parts of the burial site. Seven Christian graves in two public cemeteries across the South Magelang sub-district were also damaged.
According to Police Captain Choirul Anwar, the motive of the perpetrators is unknown.
The attack comes just two weeks after a cross above a dead Catholic man’s grave was destroyed, before his burial at a public cemetery in Yogyakarta province.
According to reports, the family of the dead man and local villagers came to an agreement to remove the cross, to avoid angering local extremists because the man’s body was being buried in a Muslim cemetery. read more…
An Indian pastor who was severely beaten alongside members of his congregation earlier this month in Bihar state has vowed to continue preaching the Gospel just like the heroic figures of the Bible did.
“Since I am working for the Lord, I have always prepared myself for any kind of eventuality, persecution, or danger. I am prepared to pay the price for serving my God,” said Pastor Bangali Das in an interview with International Christian Concern while wrapped in bandages and breathing heavily due to injuries he sustained during the attack.
“Great men of God in the Bible like Shedrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and their friend Daniel were persecuted. So I feel that it’s an occasion for me to glorify God, like them. I will continue to work for the Lord in spite of all such obstacles and pain,” he added.
Das, who has been a pastor for the last 12 years, was accused by others in the village of Tetua of carrying out forceful conversions, which is a charge often used against Christians in villages across the Hindu-majority country.
With his congregation having increased to over 200 worshipers, for months he also faced issues with local police. In February, they evicted him from the premises that he rented for church services, due to noise complaints.
But Das refused to give up on ministering to people in Tetua and explained that he had to carry out services at an open place.
He said that a number of men and women from the local Manjhi caste “accepted Jesus and they offered me an open place to conduct worship.”
As many as 150 non-Christian Manjhi attacked a worship service on Nov. 4, however, accusing the pastor of forcefully converting people, and demanding that he stop preaching. READ MORE…
HUNDREDS of Iraqi Christians who fled ISIS persecution had their homes illegally seized, a new investigation claims.
At least 350 Christian-owned properties were occupied by conmen and authority figures. Iraq’s government prevented only 50 properties being sold, according to an investigation by Iraq television network al-Sumaria. It comes after thousands of Iraqi Christians fled the ISIS invasion across Iraq in 2014 before returning to their homes and being met with further persecution.
The EU and the British parliament recognise the persecution of Christian minorities by the Islamist terror group as genocide.
Mgr Shlemon Audish Warduni, auxiliary bishop of Baghdad, said: “The numbers are unclear but this is real and serious.
“For some time, Christian houses and properties have been the object of seizures or illegal occupations and this is unfair.”
Following the US-led coalition’s 2003 toppling of Saddam Hussein, Iraq’s Christian population of around one million was cut in half. read more…
CHRISTIANS holding a prayer meeting were attacked by an angry mob of more than 100 Hindu radicals who stormed in and beat the worshippers, injuring several
The attack took place in Santosh Nagar in Hubli city, located in India’s southern state of Karnataka, on November 1 when a group belonging to the Ceylon Pentecostal Mission were at a weekly gathering.
According to persecution watchdog International Christian Concern, the attack was witnessed by police, who stood by and watched.
Arjun S. Hattimatur sustained a serious head injury when the radicals hit him, leaving him with a deep cut which bled for hours before he could access medical care. The 36-year-old told the ICC: “We were beaten up in the presence of the police. They were watching us like spectators.
“We were taken to the police station on the false charges that we were involved in the forcible conversions and the police filed an FIR (First Information Report) against us.”
The Christians subsequently filed counter First Information Reports against their attackers.
Mr Hattimatur claims the mob, who arrived at 7.45pm, targeted him because he was leading the prayer meeting in the absence of the local pastor.
He has been too afraid to leave his house since the brutal attack and said that other Christians in the area remain terrified. read more…