BBC highlights the challenges faced by Christians in Islamic countries

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BBC highlights the challenges faced by Christians in Islamic countries

Post  Waqar Daniel on Tue 01 Jun 2010, 6:15 pm



The BBC World Service documentary describes how those who work to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ in Islamic countries face the threat of arrest, deportation, aggression and death. In the programme, Christopher Landau, a BBC religious affairs correspondent, gave the missionaries the opportunity to speak about their Christian life and the hardships they face, reports Christian Concern for our Nation.

Click here to listen to the documentary.

Other recent reports suggest that Christians are increasingly becoming a target in Islamic societies.

This week, the government of Morocco notified 23 foreigners, mostly Christians, that they face deportation from the country imminently. The government appears fearful that the Muslim population will be converted to Christianity if exposed to Christians. Another large-scale deportation took place in March 2010 when more than 40 Christian workers were expelled.

On 19 May 2010, Lydia and Anna Hentschel, daughters of German Missionaries aged 5 and 4, were returned home to Germany after being rescued from Islamic kidnappers who had held them for 11 months in Yemen. The search for their parents, who were working at a missionary hospital in Saada, in the remote north of Yemen close to the border with Saudi Arabia, is still continuing. The explanation of the Government of Yemen is that the kidnapping was carried out by independent jihadists who saw the Missionaries' attempt to spread Christianity as an affront. In the months leading up to the kidnapping, its members had begun teaching Christianity to Muslim patients.

On 2 May 2010, a bus carrying 80 Christian students to their university in northern Iraq was bombed. Since 2003, Iraq’s Christian community has been subjected to assassinations, kidnappings, extortions and rapes. Over half of the estimated 1.5 million Christians in Iraq (less than 4 per cent of the population) have fled to Syria, Jordan and other countries.

On 4 May 2010, a Christian man was killed by an Islamic militant group in Somalia which has reportedly vowed to rid Somalia of Christianity. Yusuf Ali Nur, 57, a primary school teacher and underground church leader, was shot multiple times at close range. His wife and three children, ages 11, nine and seven are living in fear of also being killed.

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Re: BBC highlights the challenges faced by Christians in Islamic countries

Post  WARRIOR on Tue 01 Jun 2010, 6:46 pm

It is hard for us to think of the scripture verse, " count it all joy when you go through various trials and tribulations for the gospel's sake." Very hard for us to realize what others face daily. Yet the Lord said the world persecuted Him, it will us also for following Him. I pray that all who are persecuted put their total trust in Him to give them the strength TO ENDURE TO THE END.
And for us in freer countries, soon to join theirs to pray for our brothers and sisters who are being tortured for the gospel.

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