Persecution & Prayer Alert

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord
Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of
all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction,
so that we may be able to comfort those
who are in any affliction, with the comfort with
which we ourselves are comforted by God."

~ 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 ESV

Egypt: Charges for Religious Insults

Source(s): Morning Star News, Ahram Online, Egypt Independent

Ismailia, Egypt
Ismailia, Egypt
Photo: Wikipedia / Balou46 (cc)

A young Christian was arrested on November 11th after Facebook comments allegedly insulting Islam came to light. The comments had been made in the midst of a heated online exchange and, in the process, were widely shared by others.

Mali: Missionary Executed in Captivity

Source(s): World Watch Monitor, Christianity Today

Beatrice Stockli - Photo: World Watch Monitor
Beatrice Stockli
Photo: World Watch Monitor

In January 2016, Beatrice Stockli was kidnapped in Timbuktu. The militant group, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), has claimed responsibility, stating that Beatrice had "declared war against Islam in her attempt to Christianize Muslims" (read more). Six months after her arrest, and again a year later, videos were released showing that she was alive.

Pakistan: A Healing Journey Ahead for Arzoo Raja

Source(s): Morning Star News, Daily Pakistan, British Pakistani Christians, Herald Malaysia

Arzoo (second from the left) - Photo: Sindh government
Arzoo (second from the left) and Syed Ali Azhar (far right) with police in Karachi, Pakistan.
Photo: Sindh government

On October 13th, Arzoo Raja was abducted from her family home. She was forced to convert to Islam and marry her kidnapper, even though she was only 13 years old. On November 5th, a court ordered that her age be determined and, in the interim, she be moved to a shelter. (More information on this incident is available here.)