A new generation discovers their greater calling.
Anyone who has worked in youth ministry before is familiar with the question, “So how do I know God’s will/hear His voice?”
Very few, though, have heard it while working in a country under Sharia Law or Islamic law (derived from the precepts of Islam). At this camp, the question carries a gravity to it. These Christian teenagers face intense pressure in their day-to-day lives, and spiritual survival depends on the answer.
“The faith of the youth in this country is rather fragile,” a pastor told Open Doors last year. “Everything they face outside the church walls is Islam. Our government has incorporated Islamic values and systems into all its administrative policies.”
The effect on national education has impacted young believers the most…. read more
Pastor Kimil* lives in a small Kyrgyz town alongside many Uzbek people. For several years, Kimil, a Muslim Background Believer, and his wife and four school-age children had their own small business—a chicken farm. He also pastored a local Christian church and he was actively preaching among Uzbek and Kyrgyz Muslims in his town. Local Muslim authorities don’t like his Christian activity, because many Muslim people converted to Christianity through Kimil. Many times, they have threated to imprison him, close his business or kick him and his family out of the town.
There have been an unusual number of inspections this year from various state structures. The revenue service, the sanitary and epidemiological service, and the financial police have all come to inspect the farm. Kimil established his business according to all the local rules and state codes, but despite that, the authorities have found reasons to fine him on several occasions. He just paid the fines and kept working, but in September he was ordered to close his business, without any explanations or reasons. The chicken farm was the only income for Kimil’s family. Now,… read more
Undisclosed Location in Middle East – This may come as a surprise to many of our readers: Christianity is growing faster in Iran than in any other country in the world.
The population there is overwhelmingly Muslim, yet tens of thousands are abandoning the faith. On a recent Friday afternoon, some 600 miles east of Tehran, not too far from the Afghanistan – Turkmenistan border….
…20 Iranians were preparing to make a secret journey out of their country… read more
Her parents were secret Christians in a society where any public expression of faith leads to imprisonment and possibly death. When she stumbled on their closely held secret as a young girl, she almost turned her own parents into the authorities.
“Like so many Christian families, our family was banished in the 1950s to a remote village,” Kim Sang-Hwa* told Open Doors. “They continued to hide their faith from the outside world.”
Their house was very small, and they all slept in the same room. When she was six-years-old, she woke up earlier than usual one morning. “When I opened my eyes, I saw my father and mother under the blanket and I could hear the soft noise of the radio. Later I learned they were listening to a broadcast from a Christian radio station,” she recounted.
A few years later she made an even more dramatic discovery. “When I was 12, I accidentally found a Bible my parents had hidden in their closet. I don’t know why, but I started to feel inside the cabinet with my hand, pulled out a book and began to read.”… read more
Authorities in Iran are increasingly targeting Christian converts with arrests and imprisonments, according to the New York-based Center for Human Rights In Iran.
“In less than two months, since June 2017, Judge Mashallah Ahmadzadeh of Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran has issued long prison sentences to at least 11 Christian converts and the former leader of the Assyrian Pentecostal Church in Iran,” CHRI said in a report.
“Christians are recognized as an official religious minority in Iran’s Constitution, but the state continues to persecute members of the faith, especially converts,” said CHRI’s executive director Hadi Ghaemi. “The state must respect its own laws and international obligations and allow Christians and all religious minorities full freedom of worship.”… read more
An Iranian actress who left Islam for Christianity has twice been denied asylum in Sweden and could be sent back to Iran where the penalty for conversion includes death.
Aideen Strandsson told CBN News she secretly converted to Christianity while still living in Iran.
“I read the Bible and I understood what Jesus said about peace, about love, about kindness, and in my heart I became a Christian when I was in Iran,” she said in an interview with CBN’s Dale Hurd.
Three years ago, she moved to Sweden and publicly proclaimed her new faith, but her application for asylum has been denied by government officials and an immigration court.
“They felt that, they don’t believe I am in danger and I think that’s the reason,” she said….. read more
A former imam from Egypt with strong family ties to the Muslim Brotherhood leadership who converted to Christianity, said Friday that some Muslims in the U.S. are using “Islamic deception” to fool Christians into believing misconceptions about the religion.
Mark Christian, who became a Sunni imam at the young age of 13 because his great uncle was a co-founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, detailed during a webinar hosted by the American Pastors Network how he began to question Islam around the age of 23, and eventually left the religion. He explained that he lived “dead inside” for a period of six or seven years before the “truth” ultimately led him on a journey to Christ that took over 10 to 15 years.
“If I look back at my life, I see that Jesus was at every corner trying to get me in, and many times I listened and many, many times, I ran away,” Christian said. “But God lured me in and I became a follower of Jesus Christ, and my story is really in the process of being put in a book.”… [read more]
San Antonio news outlets are reporting that two area churches were defaced by vandals. Identical graffiti on the structures reads: ‘No to wall’ and “Islam or Die” with an unknown symbol stenciled beneath.
These incidents purportedly occurred in San Antonio on Monday at Gethsemane Lutheran Church and Saint Gregory the Great Catholic Church. On both, black spray painted messages read in capitalized letters: “No to wall” and “Islam or Die,” along with an unidentified image, according to KABB. The TV news outlet said the defacement was done by an unknown suspect…. [read more]