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INDONESIA: Police Hunt Suspects after Four Christians killed

INDONESIA: Police Hunt Suspects after Four Christians killed

A manhunt is underway after a group attacked the Salvation Army’s service post in central Sulawesi, murdering four Christians, setting fire to the church and burning six houses.

Around 8am on Friday morning, the alleged terrorists set the church on fire, before killing Captain Arnianto, Mrs Mpapa, Lieutenant Abram Kako and his wife. Out of the four victims, three were hacked to death, while the other was burned. Six houses belonging to church members were destroyed by fire.

The Salvation Army is asking for prayers “for the family of the victims, for the church, and for the peace of the region.”

As police investigate, they have increased protection for the villages in the area.

Sources: International Christian Concern, Aljazeera, Jakarta Globe

  • Ask the Lord to walk closely with the families, church members and the community to help them to cope with the shock and grief.
  • Pray for the protection of the authorities as they pursue the perpetrators. Pray for wisdom and insight.
  • Ask the Lord to use the tragic deaths of these believers, somehow for good. Pray those in mourning will cling to Him during this time of great suffering and be comforted and strengthened by God.

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NIGERIA: Boko Haram Kills 12 Christians, Kidnaps Others

NIGERIA: Boko Haram Kills 12 Christians, Kidnaps Others

Militants believed to part of the original Boko Haram sect under the leadership of Abubakar Shekau attacked Takulashi village near Chibok. The attack took place on 1 November, when six-gun trucks filled with insurgents entered the village and started shooting. They killed 12 Christians during the attack and were able to escape, kidnapping multiple women and children. They also burned down many homes and businesses.

According to Rev Zakariya Musa of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria, EYN), 9 of the 12 people killed were members of his church. One of the other three was a pastor of the local COCIN church. The final two were vigilantes trying to protect their community members.

This attack is one of the many that Boko Haram has conducted against Christians and their communities across Northern Nigeria. Over the past decade, Boko Haram is believed to have killed more than 50,000 people and displaced millions of others. Many of those killed and displaced have been Christians. The EYN church has lost many of its members. According to reports released by the church leadership, as many as 20,000 members have been killed since 2009.

Source: International Christian Concern

  • Pray for comfort for the grieving families, healing for the wounded.
  • Pray for peace to cover Nigeria, Lord heal this nation and protect your children.
  • Pray that out of all this destruction and loss of life, our God will turn it around for His Glory.

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NIGERIA: Middle Belt Christians Endure Perpetual Violence

NIGERIA: Middle Belt Christians Endure Perpetual Violence

Radical Fulani militants have killed multiple Christians in Nigeria’s Plateau and Kaduna states. Among the victims was a six-year-old Christian boy.

On 23 September, over 100 Fulani militants attacked Christian villagers in their fields in Jol village, severely injuring nine men with machetes. A few hours later, a mother and her son suffered fatal injuries by militant machetes in neighbouring Sopp village.

On 28 September, in the Miango district, Fulani militants attacked three children; the youngest was six-year-old Emmanuel David. Four days before, the militants also killed five men, including a church leader from the Church of Christ in National (COCIN).

COCIN reported a surge in planned attacks, coordinated by predominantly radical Fulani herdsmen. Christian leaders in Nigeria have said they believe herdsmen attacks on Christian communities in Nigeria’s Middle Belt are inspired by their desire to forcefully take over Christians’ lands and impose Islam as desertification has made it difficult for them to sustain their herds.

Sources: International Christian Concern, Morning Star News

  • Ask the Lord to intervene and bring an end to the violence, protect the believers and bring many Fulani to a saving knowledge of Him.
  • Ask the Lord to walk with the believers during this time of ongoing unrest, tragedy and mourning.
  • Pray the deaths of so many will not be in vain but the Lord would bring spiritual blessing to this nation.

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INDIA: Fifteen Christian Families Left Homeless after Attack

INDIA: Fifteen Christian Families Left Homeless after Attack

Fifteen Christian families from three villages in India’s Chhattisgarh state were left homeless after being attacked by religious fanatics.

On 22 September, members of the Sarya Adivasi Samaj (SAM) group summoned 15 Christian families to a meeting in Kakadabeda village. At the meeting, the Christians were told they had to recant their faith or they would be forced to leave their villages. When the Christians refused, SAM members attacked.

The Christians were beaten and forced to sign an affidavit which stated they agreed to stop receiving government subsidies, including basic food assistance that is normally distributed on a monthly basis.

After the meeting, SAM members attacked and demolished the homes of the Christians who refused to recant their faith. In total, 15 homes were demolished over the course of two days including 10 in Kakadabeda, two in Tiliyabeda, and three in Singanpur.

“The police and local authorities were not helpful as four homes were destroyed in their presence,” Shiyaram Payam, a local said. “No action was taken against those attacking the homes.”

Following the destruction of the 15 homes, the Christian families fled into the jungle for safety. Many fear further attacks by SAM members. Most are not confident they will receive any form of justice.

Source: International Christian Concern

  • Ask the Lord for justice for these believers. Pray God will lead and provide for them.
  • Pray they will not grow weary or lose heart. May they be unified in their love for Him and encourage one another in the faith.
  • Thank God for their remarkable faithfulness. Pray their witness will be powerfully used by Him.

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INDIA: Pastor Severely Beaten by Mob of Extremists

INDIA: Pastor Severely Beaten by Mob of Extremists

On 21 August, Pastor Kumar*, was attacked and brutally beaten by radical Hindu nationalists in Uttar Pradesh, India. The radicals reportedly accused Pastor Kumar of forcefully converting Hindus to Christianity and used this accusation as a justification for their assault.

According to Pastor Kumar, the radicals attacked while he was returning home from a prayer meeting in Bikampur village, located in the Bareilly district of Uttar Pradesh. A mob of 10 fanatics, led by a man named Aklesh Gangyar, surrounded Pastor Kumar and pulled him from his motorbike. Once on the ground, the radicals began to beat Pastor Kumar with wooden clubs.

The attack on Pastor Kumar became so savage that he soon began to think the radicals would murder him.

“God gave me the grace to accept even death,” Pastor Kumar said. “Scriptures were running through my mind as I was being attacked. However, when I thought about my four-year-old daughter and my wife, I was shattered, and it was excruciating.”

The attack lasted nearly two hours. When the radicals finished beating Pastor Kumar, they told him that they would kill him if they saw him in Bikampur village again. As the radicals left, they stole Pastor Kumar’s motorbike and his mobile phone.

Members of Pastor Kumar’s congregation in Bikampur village soon discovered the injured pastor and helped him go to the local police station to report the attack. However, local police refused to file Pastor Kumar’s complaint and accused him of attempting to register a false report. Pastor Kumar’s complaint wasn’t accepted until three days later, after a church leader from outside Bareilly district called the police station and advocated on Pastor Kumar’s behalf.

Pastor Kumar has been serving as a church planter in the Bareilly district for nearly four and a half years. Bikampur village is one of the communities where Pastor Kumar has planted a small church.

To date, the police have not taken any action against the radicals Pastor Kumar named in his complaint. The police have also not recovered Pastor Kumar’s mobile phone or his motorbike.

Unfortunately, the impunity enjoyed by Pastor Kumar’s attackers is not uncommon. Across India, radical Hindu nationalists go unpunished for their crimes against religious minorities. This impunity only emboldens the radicals, whose attacks have become more severe and frequent.

*Name has been changed for security reasons.

Source: International Christian Concern

  • Pray for complete healing for Pastor Kumar. Ask the Lord to give him wisdom and strength to continue in his ministry.
  • Pray He will help Pastor Kumar, his family and his fellow believers overcome any fear (2 Timothy 1:7).
  • Ask the Lord to embolden His church in India to withstand the increasing opposition.

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