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A Muslim refugee is baptised as a Christian in Hamburg
Christian refugees face routine oppression by Muslims in German camps – including being forced to participate in Islamic prayers, according to Open Doors. Volker Baumann of Action for Persecuted Christians (AVC) believes that up to 40,000 Christian refugees are persecuted for their faith in Germany.
This paper has reported extensively on the devastating impact of Isis on Iraq’s civilians, including the scandal of our government only taking refugees from UN camps which Christians are scared to enter.
But now we have a positive story! Larry Gentis from West Sussex spent a week in Erbil, Kurdistan, teaching music to Christian refugees and venturing to give marriage tips in a very different culture.
Christianity is a force for good
I am concerned that the faith inquiry chaired by Baroness Butler-Sloss is calling for an end to Christian assemblies in schools and for public life to be “de-Christianised.”
It’s hard to understand the hostility towards Christianity, as it has many benefits to society. Our Judeo-Christian Ten Commandments teach that no-one should steal, lie, or murder; that we should be honest in business, care for each other, be good workers, honour our parents, respect older people, be kind to animals and forgive others.
Read how Samara and Yochana are seeing their visions become reality
Samara Levy is married and has two children aged three and six. She is well-known in Sussex for her work in sending aid to refugees.
What’s your vision?
To see the Church being the salt and light of the world (Matthew 5:13-16) through clothing the naked, caring for the sick and feeding the hungry.
In moving scenes at Prague airport, the first of 37 families rescued from Iraq arrived in late January.
Majid Rashid, one of the first ten arrivals, expressed relief: “For Christians, life is very hard in Iraq, we could describe it like living hell.”
He declared: “For us living in Iraq means giving your life and accepting death moment after moment.”
Last issue’s first-hand report on the Calais ‘Jungle’ (‘Calais needs food and fuel, not fashion’ by David Fox) was picked up by the ‘Daily Mirror’. But Monica Stringer of Folkestone got in touch to say there is a much more positive side to the refugee crisis
THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT REFUGEES IN THE CALAIS CAMP ARE MEETING CHRISTIANS AND FINDING CHRIST.
Christians across Syria and Iraq are struggling to survive. The advance of Islamic State (IS) has made an already devastating situation worse. Kidnappings and killings of Christians are on the increase, and some Christian women and girls have been enslaved.
Yet despite impassioned pleas from Christian campaigners, the British government will only bring in refugees from UN camps. And the UN’s camps are dangerous places for Christians – IF they escape the clutches of IS to arrive at one.
Two Archbishops and the Vicar of Baghdad have failed to persuade Mr Cameron to do more for Syrian and Iraqi Christians who face death daily. Now it’s your turn
Evangelist David Hathaway spoke at All Saints Church, Eastleigh, in early November and Elim Church, Brighton, in October. Rev Mark Weeden, a pastor and evangelist who trains pastors in other nations, attended both meetings
David Hathaway, a well-known evangelist based in Dewsbury, originally pastored a church as a young man. Believing that God called him to an international ministry, he preached in Russia and behind the Iron Curtain, smuggling Bibles into communist-controlled Europe.
In recent decades he has held huge evangelistic rallies with many miraculous healings.
Thousands of refugee children walked barefoot in temperatures up to 50 degrees Celsius, while Kurdistan’s freezing winter awaits themOctober 5, 2015 | admin
EXCLUSIVE: another eyewitness report from the doctor whose story in last issue’s HEART prompted many of you to act and has helped link Dr Baker to Samara Levy, the Brighton mother working with Canon Andrew White to transport aid to Iraq.
This time Dr Baker has met the father of Aylan Kurdi, the drowned boy whose image opened Europe’s doors and hearts
By Dr Mariwan Baker, a Kurdish doctor originally from Sulaimaniyah, who currently works in a Danish hospital in Copenhagen