December 10, 2020

VIETNAM: Church Leadership Assembly Forced to Cancel

Congress of the Evangelical Church of Vietnam (South) - Photo: Morning Star News
Congress of the Evangelical Church of
Vietnam (South) in 2018.
Photo: ECVN(S) via Morning Star News

Vietnam's largest evangelical church group has called off its assembly to elect new leaders after the Vietnamese government denied permission to hold the meeting. The Evangelical Church of Vietnam (South) announced on November 25th that the gathering scheduled for early February was being postponed. That same day, the government's Bureau of Religious Affairs released a statement urging the ECVN(S) to observe Article 34 of the Law on Belief and Religion in order to hold the assembly.

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D. R. CONGO: Christians Targeted in Village Raids

Scenery in DR Congo
Pray that the Lord will continue to bring people to Himself, despite the threat of persecution.

At least 30 Christians have been killed in a string of attacks on villages in the Democratic Republic of Congo between November 20th and December 3rd. Along with these deaths, ten women and girls were raped and fifteen were abducted. An Islamist rebel group, Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), is believed to be responsible.

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EGYPT: Riots Follow Blasphemy Accusation

Monastery in Egypt
Roughly ten percent of Egypt's population is Christian, the majority of which are Copts.

Egypt's Minya Governorate region erupted in violence on November 25th after rumours spread that a young, barely literate Christian man named Girgis Sameeh posted a message on Facebook that was considered insulting to Islam. In al-Barsha, Girgis' hometown, hundreds of Muslims attacked the homes of Coptic Christians, also looting and destroying local businesses. The fury of the mob spread to the church of Abou Sefin, where the congregation was celebrating the beginning of a fast for the Advent season.

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