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  1. totallylovedbyGOD

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    "His strength is perfect when our strength is gone.
    He'll carry us when we can't carry on.
    Raised in His power the weak become strong.
    His strength is perfect."

    ~ Jerry Salley & Steven Curtis Chapman

    INDIA: Charges for Alleged Conversion of Youth

    Source: Fox News


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    Indian authorities have charged ten chaperones for allegedly converting Hindu youth to Christianity. While taking the children to a Christian summer camp -- with the parents' approval -- the accused were detained. Authorities say the parents had allegedly failed to file the necessary legal paperwork with the government in order to make the conversions official, meaning the children are legally still Hindu. However, according to the accused Christian leaders, these families were already Christians and, as such, were not engaging in conversion.

    The Indian Express newspaper reported that the adult chaperones originally faced charges of engaging illegally in conversion and kidnapping, because it was uncertain at first whether the parents had been aware of the youths' trip to the camp. Later, the kidnapping charges were dropped, and news coverage mentioned only charges for illegally trying to convert people to a non-Hindu religion.

    The officials stated that they had "rescued" the 71 children and placed them in "welfare homes" until they could be interviewed. "The traumatization of these tribal and Dalit children from the villages of western Madhya Pradesh is symptomatic of the paranoia and targeted hate that is currently sweeping across north India," explains John Dayal, spokesperson of the United Christian Forum.

    The children and their families are part of the nation's lowest caste, known as Dalits, a group that is sometimes called the "untouchables" because their touch is believed to defile higher-caste Hindus. Although discrimination against Dalits was outlawed in 1955, the problem still persists today -- especially among Dalit Christians. To learn more about persecution in India, click here.

    Please pray for the ten Christian leaders facing conversion charges. May they experience God's strengthening presence as they await the court's verdict. In addition, intercede for the children who are presently in the care of "welfare homes" during the investigation, that they would sense His tender loving care while waiting to be reunited with their families. In general, uphold all of India's persecuted Dalit Christians, praying that the Holy Spirit will mediate on their behalf so they will no longer be classified as lower-caste people but rather as valued members of society who are made in the image of God.

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    ERITREA: One Hundred Christians Recently Detained

    Source: World Watch Monitor

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    The Eritrean government has stepped up its campaign against Christians, arresting almost a hundred followers of Christ in recent weeks. The arrests came as believers in the repressive East African country marked ten years since government officials placed the Eritrean Orthodox Patriarch, Abune Antonios, under house arrest and incommunicado, and 15 years since the forced closure of many churches.

    Since the government passed a law shutting down many churches, some Christians meet in secret. Evangelicals are at particular risk since a 2002 law was passed -- prohibiting churches other than those of Orthodox, Catholic and Lutheran affiliation. However, as the Orthodox leader's incarceration shows, members of permitted churches are also at risk if they criticize the regime.

    The fresh wave of arrests took place early this May, leading up to Eritrea's Independence Day (May 24th). Many Christians found themselves under added scrutiny around the time of the country's Independence Day celebrations because they are reluctant to participate in ceremonies that go against their conscience.

    According to Christian Solidarity Worldwide, at least 28 Christians have died during their incarceration -- or shortly after being released -- as a result of harsh treatment in prison or withheld medical treatment. Those who have survived imprisonment recount facing torture, hard labour, filthy conditions and insufficient food. Other reports on persecution in Eritrea -- including informative video documentaries -- are available at this page.

    Thank you for joining us in prayer on behalf of our oppressed Eritrean brothers and sisters who are at great risk of imminent action being taken against them. May their troubled hearts receive God's assurance and peace, especially if they have witnessed friends or family members being taken into custody for following Christ. As for those who are in prison, pray that their resolve will be strengthened as they wait for the Lord's deliverance. In the meantime, may they be greatly encouraged in the knowledge that although they have temporarily lost their physical freedom, they have spiritual freedom in Christ which is a precious treasure.

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    PRAISE REPORT

    IRAN: New Satellite Doubles Potential Audience

    Source: Sat-7

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    Photo: Flickr/SAT-7 (c)

    A Persian Christian television channel, SAT-7 PARS, is now live on a platform called "Yahsat," one of the most viewed satellite platforms in Iran. Attracting an estimated ten million viewing households in the country, Yahsat provides a focussed high-power beam specifically covering the countries of Iran and Afghanistan. It also requires a much smaller, cheaper and less-conspicuous dish than would typically be required for other satellites.

    Furthermore, the quality and variety of Farsi-speaking channels offered by Yahsat has made it an increasingly popular choice for families. "This has been our dream for several years as Yahsat is an increasingly popular satellite with Iranians, and it will enable us to interact with a whole new audience in Iran and other parts of Central Asia," explains the Christian channel's Senior Manager, Panayiotis Keenan.

    "By broadcasting on Yahsat, we have a whole new viewership; industry data indicates that it probably doubles the number of potential viewers for SAT-7 PARS in Iran," further explains SAT-7 Founder and CEO, Dr. Terence Ascott. "In addition, there are no other Christian channels on this satellite, and so this is actually quite a unique and special opportunity for us."

    The SAT-7 PARS channel has been broadcasting for ten years to a wide audience -- reaching viewers in Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, the rest of the Middle East, Europe, and via online to Farsi-speakers around the world. Its positive, politically and culturally sensitive Christian programming has won the trust of many viewers in the region.

    If you would like to post a prayer of praise or petition on behalf of our persecuted family around the globe, visit VOMC's prayer wall.

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    The Persecution & Prayer Alert is a ministry of:
    The Voice of the Martyrs Canada, P.O. Box 608, Streetsville, Ontario, L5M 2C1
    Tel. (905) 670-9721 Website: www.vomcanada.com
     
  2. jonjovi
    jonjovi
    From Iran to India. My prayers are with the Christian Leaders, and all the family's / children.