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These are the meeting places of the Eritrean church. Over 100 believers have been arrested in Eritrea during the last month, but Greg Musselman of Voice of the Martyrs Canada says the recent crackdown is nothing new for the nation.
Fifteen years ago, the evangelical Church in Eritrea was growing. “The government was very paranoid and they saw evangelical Christianity as destabilizing the country,” said Musselman. “They thought the church would bring an American agenda to Eritrea and cause all sorts of problems.”
The Eritrean government had a close relationship with the Orthodox Church, and the number of Christians leaving the Orthodox Church to join evangelicals was starting to grow too quickly. New laws were passed. Lutheran, Catholic and Orthodox churches were allowed to remain, and Islam remained virtually untouched, but evangelical churches were shut down and forced to register.<!–more–>
BWINDI FOREST, Uganda — For the first time in centuries, a remote African tribe called the Batwa Pygmies is being introduced to Jesus Christ.
“We smoked; we drank; we performed witchcraft,” said Jovanis Nyirakayanje, a Batwa Pygmy. “We were devil worshippers.”
For centuries, the Batwa were rain forest dwellers who lived in caves and trees while hunting in the equatorial jungles of Africa.
“We used to live like animals in the jungle,” said Nyirakayanje.
Dr. Scott Kellermann, an American physician, is studying the Batwa people.
“They are very diminutive,” said Kellermann, who founded the The Kellermann Foundation. “They are only four and a half feet in height typically. They hunted with poison-tip arrows or nets, collect fruits from the trees or roots from the ground.”<!–more–>
Christians in Eritrea are facing increased persecution since the government began a concerted crackdown on the Christian population in May.
According to The Christian Post, at least 160 Christians have been arrested by government authorities in the past month or so.
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) reports that 33 women of the 160 or so Christians are being held at Nakura, which is “”a notoriously harsh prison island in the Dahlak Archipelago that was created by Italian colonialists in the late 19th Century to crush political dissent.”
In addition, some of the women’s children are with them in prison. The youngest child is reported to be only two months old.
“Unbelievably more than 30 children have been left without parents or guardians and the security police are monitoring them to make sure they do not get support from the Christian community,” says a report from Release International….. read more
Kenya’s government has banned six animated shows airing on Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network to battle what it described as attempts to “glorify homosexual behavior” and “impair” the moral judgment of children.
Channel 24 reported on Monday that The Kenya Film Classification Board has singled out Nickelodeon’s shows “The Loud House,” “The Legend of Korra” and “Hey Arnold,” along with the Cartoon Network shows “Steven Universe,” “Adventure Time,” and “Clarence,” accusing them of “damaging” the family.
According to the KFCB complaint, the shows in question have been trying to “normalize, glamorize, and even glorify homosexual behavior.”
The Kenyan censors have said that the six cartoons “are intended to introduce children to deviant behavior,” calling such efforts “obnoxious and inappropriate.”… read more
On April 2, 2015 148 people were killed in the al Shabaab attack on the Garissa University in north-eastern Kenya. Frederick Gitonga, the former chairman of the Fellowship of Christian University Students (FOCUS), miraculously survived the attack. Looking back, he tells Open Doors workers he remained standing thanks only to the grace of God and the prayers of supporters and for the purpose of preaching the gospel.
In the lead up to the April 2nd Garissa University massacre, rumors of an imminent attack circulated. “Sometimes we would hear people saying: ‘You guys will be attacked, terrorists are planning to come and bomb you’.” As a result some students left the university.
The night before the attack, Fred stayed up until 2 AM counselling a Christian friend. The next morning he was so tired he slept in. It was very unusual for him to miss the 5AM prayer session.
That meeting was the attackers’ first target. They killed all 22 people present…. read more
Five-year-old Hassan heard the whirling rock before he saw it. And he didn’t have time to cover his head. Thankfully he didn’t need to. The thrower had moved too quickly to maintain his anonymity, and his aim was off balance. The rock harmlessly careened into a nearby building with a dull thud.
But for Hassan in North Africa, it didn’t matter. The mere attempt hurt him just as bad. And the intended damage had been done…
THE FIGHT FOR OUR CHILDREN
Raising a child, today, is already difficult.
Even before our children are able to talk, we’re fighting against messages taking root in their minds to define their identity. Media is bent on shaping our boys and girls—and telling them who they are…. read more