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IRAQ: CHRISTINE RELEASED FROM ISLAMIC STATE AFTER THREE YEARS!

Almost three years after being snatched from her mother by so-called Islamic State (IS) militants, Christine, who was 3 when she was abducted, has been reunited with her family! Open Doors contacts are saying she was released by the Iraqi Special Forces. She was reunited with her parents at around 10am today (9 June). A Christian woman who is also living in Ashti camp in Erbil, where Christine's family have been living, says, "I just came back from welcoming her back to the caravan of her parents. It is was a very happy moment, everybody is dancing and clapping and singing."
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"The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed"
- Psalm 103:6
 

North Korea: Otto Warmbier dies after detention in North Korea

20 June 2017 - American student Otto Warmbier, 22, has died after being returned from his detention in North Korea in a coma. After his arrest in 2016, he was given 15 years' hard labour following his 'confession' that he had stolen a piece of political propaganda at the request of his church. Held in North Korea for 15 months the events leading up to his death in the hands of the North Korean regime remain unclear. Churches in his hometown of Wyoming, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio have been praying for Otto since his arrest. Read more...

 

World Refugee Day - how your support is helping displaced believers

20 June 2017 - Today, 20 June, on World Refugee Day, there are a record 65.6 million displaced people - refugees, asylum seekers or people who have been displaced within their own country (internally displaced people) - across the globe. Many of these people are fleeing persecution. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the country that has seen the most people fleeing is Syria. 5.5 million people have left the country, while 6.3 million are internally displaced. Read more...

 

Comoros: A little-known fact...

20 June 2017 - It is a little known fact that on the islands of the Comoros - where the flower used in Chanel No. 5 perfume is grown - evangelism is illegal. It is very hard for people to learn about Jesus. But a believer from a Muslim background named Titus* explains how some friends helped him find his way to Christ: "I come from a devout Muslim family. My journey to Christ took more than three years. It all started after I suddenly found that I was pleased by the thought of Christ. It was quite strange! Things changed further when my mother took me to a Muslim witchdoctor Read more...

 

The Philippines: Open Doors supports 130 Christians displaced by Islamist siege

16 June 2017 - It has been three weeks since the so-called Islamic State infiltrated the city of Marawi, killing more than a hundred, taking hostages and displacing 200,000 residents.To support Christian families fleeing the militants, through local partners Open Doors has been providing financial help and aid to 27 displaced families - around 130 people in total. 'Aid packages have arrived, and we praise God that our contacts and the families we minister to are safe,' writes an Open Doors worker. Read more...

 

Iraq: Families repair their homes in Qaraqosh with your support

16 June 2017 - Your prayers and support have enabled 74 families to repair their homes in Qaraqosh and prepare to return. One of those who has received support is Najib Ina. His home was used by the self-proclaimed Islamic State to store all the sand and stones when they were digging a tunnel, and there is a large hole in the floor of the one of the bedrooms of Najib's house where the tunnel was started. Every wall of the house is covered in writing: in one place is the signature of 'Abu Asman', one of the militants, and in another place it says 'He who refuses Islamic State will surely be killed'. Your support and prayers are enabling Najib to repair his home. Read more...

 

North Korea: A trafficked woman's precious Thank You note

15 June 2017 - Every year, women desperate to escape North Korea's poverty and oppression take great risks to escape and flee to China. Vulnerable, many end up in the hands of human traffickers. To support these women, Open Doors workers they serve around 150-250 women every year with practical assistance, pastoral care and through Bible studies. This is the story of Lady H, a trafficked North Korean woman, and a precious letter of thanks from her to you. Read more...

 

North Korea: Man accused of 'spying' after visiting Christian relatives in China

15 June 2017 - A North Korean man has been arrested on 'spying' charges after meeting with Christian relatives in China, Radio Free Asia reports. Kim Seung-mo, 61, was arrested earlier this month after visiting family in China's Jilin province, which runs along the North Korean border. 'After he came back from China, he openly told his neighbours that his relatives attended a church, and the church's pastor collected many used clothes from parishioners for him,' a local source told RFA. 'It seems like someone informed state security agents about him.' Read more...

 

Pakistan: Christian sewage worker dies after doctors on Ramadan fast refuse to touch him

14 June 2017 - A Pakistani Christian sewage cleaner has died after three doctors refused to treat him for fear that he would invalidate their Ramadan fast. Irfan Masih died on 1 June, in Umar Kot, Sindh, some 185 miles from Karachi. He was one of three Christian sewage workers who had fallen unconscious, overcome by poisonous fumes as they attempted to unblock a sewer. But when the three men were brought into the Civil Hospital, a succession of doctors refused to treat them until they were washed. They claimed that their Ramadan fast would be invalid because of the filth covering his body. Read more...

 

Ramadan offers Christians challenges - and opportunities

13 June 2017 - We are now some halfway through Ramadan - the Muslim month of prayer and fasting. Ramadan is a celebration for Muslims, but for many Christians these days can be a struggle. In some places Christians can experience increased persecution and discrimination, not least because they stand out more during this month.Yet Ramadan can also present Christians across the Muslim world with some surprising positives. In Pakistan, one of our partners describes how Ramadan actually provides a welcome relief for Christian children, but that they still need prayer. Read more...

 

Iraq: Christine released from Islamic State after three years!

09 June 2017 - Almost three years after being snatched from her mother by so-called Islamic State (IS) militants, Christine, who was 3 when she was abducted, has been reunited with her family! Open Doors contacts are saying she was released by the Iraqi Special Forces. She was reunited with her parents at around 10am today (9 June). A Christian woman who is also living in Ashti camp in Erbil, where Christine's family have been living, says, "I just came back from welcoming her back to the caravan of her parents. It is was a very happy moment, everybody is dancing and clapping and singing." Read more...

 

Qatar: Christians in Qatar: Pray for us in this time of crisis

08 June 2017 - Christians in Qatar are requesting prayer for the current diplomatic crisis their country is in. A growing number of Arab countries has cut all ties with Qatar. The future for Qatar and its hundreds of thousands of migrant workers - tens of thousands of those being Christian believers - is unclear.Open Doors spoke with several Christians living in Qatar. All of them asked for prayer for the developing situation. Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Yemen, and other smaller states have severed diplomatic ties with Qatar over its alleged support for Islamist groups. Read more...

 

Advocacy blog: The real work starts now

07 June 2017 - Is there any point in trying to get your cause on the political agenda during an election? Some people would say no. They might argue that an issue such as Christian persecution simply isn't going to get the traction that the NHS, the economy, immigration or Brexit demand. But while this may be true, General Elections are vital times when organisations such as Open Doors can prepare the ground for years to come; it's an excellent opportunity to get manifesto commitments in place and to ensure candidates knows about our cause. But now is when the real work begins. As the giddy heights of being elected pass into the daily grind of constituency work, we can't let MPs forget the commitments they have made. Read more...

 

Algeria: Daughter's fears for imprisoned father during Ramadan

05 June 2017 - The daughter of an Algerian Christian serving three years in jail for allegedly 'insulting Islam and the prophet Muhammad' on Facebook says she's worried about the abuse her father could suffer during Ramadan. Slimane Bouhafs, who was sentenced eight months ago, was at first incarcerated in Setif Prison Read more...

 

Turkey: No justice yet for US pastor

05 June 2017 - Comments this week from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdodan increased speculation that Turkey has been holding jailed US pastor Andrew Brunson hostage since last October in order to extract political concessions from the United States. Read more...

 
"God has called me to stay here and be his witness. I cannot leave the other Christians behind."
- Eun Hee, Christian martyr from North Korea