Persecution & Prayer Alert

"This is my comfort in my affliction,
that Your promise gives me life."

~ Psalm 119:50 ESV

India: Christian Symbols Removed from Cemetery

Source(s): International Christian Concern, Catholic News Agency, The Christian Post

A cemetery in India
Pray that the hope of eternity with Christ will bring comfort to Christians in India.

A statue and crosses were removed from a Christian cemetery in Karnataka state on March 2nd by government officials after receiving complaints from non-local Hindu activists. The cemetery has been used for Christian burials for nearly 40 years without any previous problems. It has also been the location for some prayer gatherings over the years.

Iraq: Aid Workers Released

Source(s): Middle East Concern

Devastation from the war
Some of the devastation
from the conflict in Iraq.
Photo: World Watch Monitor

On January 20th, four humanitarian aid workers from the French organization, SOS Chretiens d'Orient, went missing while in Baghdad. Details were limited, providing no information on those responsible nor the reasons behind the disappearance. For a previously posted report on this situation, go to this report.

Iran: Exile Extended

Source(s): Middle East Concern, Hovsepian Ministries

Interview with Ebrahim Firouzi - Hovsepian Ministries
Joseph Hovsepian interviewing Ebrahim Firouzi.
Photo: Hovsepian Ministries

On October 31st, Ebrahim Firouzi was released from prison but then faced two years of exile in Sarbaz, near the Pakistani border. Although he began his exile on November 12th, in December, he requested leave to sort out some family matters. After waiting for several days and receiving no response, he went ahead with his trip.

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