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Prayer Alert: Girl—Kidnapped by Boko Haram—Still Held because She Will Not Recant Her Christian Faith; Church Calls on Nigeria’s President Buhari to Win Her Release

Nigeria Correspondent : Mar 26, 2018 : Morning Star News
“They said she was a Christian, that’s why they could not release her. They said she cannot be released until she becomes a Muslim. And my daughter said she would never be a Muslim.” -Leah’s father, Nathan Sharibu

(Jos, Nigeria)— [MorningStarNews.org] Islamic extremists in northeast Nigeria retained the only Christian among more than 100 kidnapped girls who were freed last week, prompting the head of her church denomination to call on President Muhammadu Buhari to obtain her release. (Photo: Leah Sharibu/courtesy: Sharibu family/Morning Star News)

Boko Haram refused to release Leah Nathan Sharibu, 15, because she would not renounce her faith and convert to Islam, according to released Muslim girls. The Rev. Jeremiah Gado, president of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), said in a press statement on Friday (March 23) that her parents are members of the ECWA congregation in Dapchi, Yobe state, in northeast Nigeria.

Algeria closes fourth church in four months

21 March

Another church has been closed down in northern Algeria, as pressure against C1hristians intensifies in the Maghreb country. The village church in Azagher, near the town of Akbou, was forced to stop all activities on 2 March. The church had been running for over six years. Two weeks earlier, on 18 […]

Church Told They Can’t Print Word ‘Jesus’ on Signs at Public Shopping Center
An Australian church was told that they could not use the word “Jesus” in their advertisements for their Easter church events.
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Pakistan: Christian family attacked for helping build church wall

March 6, 2018 By Asif

Five members of a Christian family in northeast Pakistan were attacked and injured as they helped to build a boundary wall around their church on Sunday, 4 March.

The pastor of the Pakistan Gospel Assemblies church in Yousufwala village, on the outskirts of the Punjabi city of Sahiwal, told World Watch Monitor that around 20 armed men attacked the church members as they built the wall ahead of the Sunday morning service.

Islamic State threatens to wipe out Egypt’s Coptic Christians

February 20, 2017 by World Watch Monitor

The Islamic State has released a propaganda video, vowing to wipe out Egypt’s Coptic Christians and “liberate Cairo”.

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Malaysian federal court refuses four people their right to affirm Christian identity

Malaysia’s highest court dismissed an appeal today (27 February) against four appellants who wanted to be formally recognised as Christians. The five judges of the Malaysian Federal Court ruled that in matters of conversion away from Islam, it was necessary for them to consult the Islamic Sharia courts.

https://www.worldwatchmonitor.org/2018/02/malaysian-federal-court-refuses-four-people-right-affirm-christian-identity/

Prayer Alert: Boko Haram strikes again; kidnaps 110 schoolgirls; ‘national disaster’

Stoyan Zaimov : Feb 26, 2018 : ChristianPost.com

Nigeria—Boko Haram, the Islamic terror group in Nigeria that has slaughtered tens of thousands of people, among them Christians, has kidnapped 110 schoolgirls in a recent raid, state officials admitted… Click here to read.

 

Bible burning in southern India shows depth of hostility toward Christians

Hindu extremists in southern India issued harsh threats to Christians distributing Bibles before snatching their car keys, taking Bibles out of their vehicle and setting the Scripture on fire, sources said.

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Algeria: two more churches closed, others threatened

March 1, 2018 By World Watch Monitor

Since December, 25 out of the 45 churches affiliated to the main Protestant Church body in Algeria have been visited by a committee of officials from the Ministry of Religious Affairs, national gendarmerie, and intelligence department. Local authorities in Algeria’s north-western city of Oran have closed two more churches amidst growing pressure on Christians in the Maghreb country.