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HEART newspaper: Heart Publications | December 13, 2017

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Persecution Watch Oct – Nov 2017

October 4, 2017 |

Rebuilding hope in Iraq

Christians are slowly returning to the town of Karamles in Iraq after Islamic State (ISIS) was ousted.

Over half of the houses in the town are either piles of rubble or completely burnt out, but 250 families have signed up to return. With the help of Christian charity Open Doors, 30 houses have so far been restored, with 20 more in the pipeline. However, the returnees get no help from the government. Read More

PERSECUTION WATCH: APRIL – MAY 2017

March 30, 2017 |

Somalian family attacked in their sleep

Terrorists wound father, kill wife and son

Al Shabaab militants in Somalia – affiliated with Al Qaeda

Al Shabaab militants in Somalia – affiliated with Al Qaeda

Islamic extremists in Somalia shot a Christian family as they slept, seriously wounding the husband and killing his wife and 11-year-old son.

The militants broke into the family’s home in Afgoi, about 30k from Mogadishu, at dawn. According to Morning Star News, at least four armed men carried out the attack in February, shouting the jihadist slogan, “Allahhu Akbar (Allah is greater)” and saying, “We cannot allow the defiling of our religion with a foreign, Western religion.” Read More

Release International has joined leading jurists from around the world in calling on China to stop the torture of human rights lawyers

March 1, 2017 |

Leading jurists from around the world are calling on China to stop the torture of its human rights lawyers, many of whom are Christians.

Lawyers who have been tortured include Li Chunfu who has just been released on bail. The Christian is showing signs of trauma and severe mental breakdown after his ordeal, which is said to have included torture by electric shock batons. Read More

PERSECUTION WATCH: FEBRUARY – MARCH 2017

February 2, 2017 |

Suffering Christians: an average of five churches are attacked every Sunday in Nigeria

Plea to halt genocide in Nigeria

Christian leaders and human rights campaigners in Nigeria are warning that the systematic Islamist attacks in northern Nigeria are aimed at … Read More

REVIVAL HITS STATE CHURCHES IN CHINA

February 2, 2017 |

100 metre queues for services

It is illegal for under-18s to attend state churches in China, but many of these churches are now seeing young people attend

An unprecedented Christian revival is happening among communist-controlled government churches in some regions of China. Read More

PERSECUTION WATCH Oct – Nov 2016

September 29, 2016 |

Girl kidnapped by ISIS appears on Facebook

Two years after her abduction by ISIS, little Christine, whose kidnap we reported in HEART, is still missing – but hopes rose for her mother when her daughter’s photo appeared on Facebook.

At least … Read More

FEARS THAT EVERY CHURCH CROSS IN ZHEJIANG, CHINA, COULD BE DEMOLISHED BY EASTER

March 24, 2016 |

Petition to free Christian lawyer Zhang Kai

As China continues to tear down crosses from churches in Zhejiang there are fears that every church cross in the province could be demolished by Easter.

Release International, which supports persecuted Christians, fears cross demolitions in Zhejiang and the growing crackdown against prominent Christians could be set to spread across China. Read More

Bible lessons in a Chinese school

February 3, 2016 |

Paul’s class of 18 year olds

We often hear of the revival in China, but one Sussex man has seen it first-hand.

After many years of travelling regularly to support Christians in India, Paul Marsh, whose own background is Anglo-Indian, visited China for the first time. He went as a teacher to a private school and had the opportunity to teach the Bible there. Read More

Chinese Christians still face arrest, loss of property and jobs

November 30, 2015 |

Strictly business: Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond in cordial conversation with the Chinese President; human rights were not on the official agenda

After that glittering State visit by the Chinese president, and despite there being more Christians in China (some 100 million) than Community party members (87 million), the suffering of Chinese Christians continues

I WAS INTERESTED IN CHINA FROM A YOUNG AGE and grew up with the stories of the great British missionary, Hudson Taylor, who started China Inland Mission (CIM). Read More

Lady missionary to China

April 1, 2015 |

A Sussex-connected woman has been making regular visits to China for the past four years.  Supported only by individuals and her local church, she goes with the purpose of studying the language and sharing her faith, but due to conditions there, must be anonymous.  Read More