Islamist militants kidnap 200 people in Congo

Written by on August 28, 2019

News updates on the persecuted Church from our partners Barnabas Fund

Islamist militants kidnap 200-plus, loot church hospital in DR Congo
More than 200 people, including women and children, have been abducted and a church mission hospital and shops looted by Islamist extremists during a raid on Boga, Democratic Republic of Congo, a majority-Christian country.Read full article
Indonesian police break up Christian congregation gathering for Sunday worship 
Indonesian Pentecostal Christians in Indragiri Hilir district, on the island of Sumatra, had their church shut down on Sunday 25 August and police then stopped them from worshipping in a tent next to the building, according to a Barnabas contact.Read full article
Early Rain church elder bailed after eight months in Chinese jail
Pastor Wang Yi remains locked upChurch elder Li Yingqiang, who was arrested with more than 100 members of Early Rain Covenant Church in south-west China, was released on bail on 17 August after spending eight months in jail.Read full article
Marginalising religious minorities can lead to more severe persecution, warns European Commission official
Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, warned of the slippery slope from marginalising religious minorities to severely persecuting them as she heralded the first UN-designated International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief, on 22 August.Read full article

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Pray for the persecuted Church
Please join us in prayer:
Pray that the hundreds of civilians kidnapped by Islamist militants in the Democratic Republic of Congo will not be harmed and will be released by their captors immediately.
Pray that military leaders will be guided as to how to best protect civilians from the rising tide of Islamic terrorism.
Pray that local governments on the island of Sumatra, and other areas of Indonesia, will stop persecuting Christians. Ask the Lord to protect and guide the pastor and congregation who were prevented from holding their worship service.
Pray that church congregations throughout that huge country will be able to meet without impediment to worship the Lord.Thank the Lord that another two members of the Early Rain Covenant Church in China have been released from detention.
Pray that Pastor Wang Yi and the other church members still held in detention will be released soon. Ask God to uphold them, especially when in solitary confinement, and pray that they will ultimately be acquitted and released.
Pray that the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief will help lead to a greater tolerance of religious minorities in countries worldwide.
Thank God for the words of the EC official when she warned that low levels of discrimination can soon develop into severe persecution. Pray that people harbouring discriminatory thoughts will have a genuine change of heart and treat their Christian and other minority neighbours kindly, as equals.
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