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    Now write what you have seen, what is, and what is to take place after this. – Revelation 1:19

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    Clockwise from upper left: Church burning in Peshawar, Pakistan; feminists attack a cathedral in San Juan, Argentina; cross burning in Pakistan – courtesy Abiz Nawaz; massacre of Christian students at Garissa University College in Kenya; army tank sale to Nicaragua; young Christians pray in a burned-out church in Egypt; RSS Hindu paramilitary rally in India.


     

    Weekly Commentary   January 7-13, 2018

    This has been a hard week, as seen in our report (please click here to read). Christians were killed in Egypt and Nigeria, and almost killed in Syria and Uganda.  Christians were arrested in India and sentenced in China. Churches were bombed in Chile by gender ideology radicals (who also threatened Pope Francis with death on his upcoming visit) and demolished in China with controlled demolitions.

    Golden Lanpstand Church, Shanxi, China

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Golden Lampstand Church, Shanxi, China – courtesy a parishioner

     

    Santa Isabel de Hungria, Santiago, Chile – courtesy GettyImages

    Santa Isabel de Hungria, Santiago, Chile – courtesy GettyImages

    The worst stories, as is often the case, came from Pakistan:

    • An 18 month old victim of the December 17, 2017 church bombing in Quetta has developed gangrene due to the substandard health care that is usually allotted Christians. She has lost one foot to the infection and has been at risk of losing her life.
    • A 26 year old woman was ordered by three Muslim clerics to convert to Islam and marry her employer’s brother. After she refused she was abducted, raped, threatened with death, forced to convert, and then released. She went into hiding but was discovered, and then fled to Sri Lanka, where she narrowly escaped deportation back to Pakistan after an assessment of her mental state.
    • A number of Christian leaders joined in the condemnation of the abduction, rape, and murder of a 7 year old girl while she was on her way to Islamic studies at her mosque. These Christians, in carefully worded statements, placed the origins for this latest example of the epidemic of child abuse – no, child sacrifice – directly at the feet of the common ways of Islam that are practiced in the country. Some called for reforms of the madrassas, the Islamic schools, in specific terms that if implemented would leave them hardly able to claim to be Islamic. Read their comments in this week’s report and see how they speak to you concerning redemption of a world that is sick to its core.

    God’s love is also at that core.  What else could possibly so motivate those who want to save it?


     

    Weekly Commentary   December 31, 2017 – January 6, 2018

    We hope that our readers who follow the Eastern calendar celebrated a blessed Nativity!

    This week’s report (please click here to read in full) is only seven pages.  An underground bishop was released in China, two Christians were released in Laos, and Christmas was celebrated publicly in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) after 50 years.  But, stories from nine countries attest to continued or increased discrimination or persecution, including one death in Egypt. Two stories are of particular note:

    First, the leader of the Eastern Orthodox Churches, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I [aka Dimitrios Arhondonis], has become the object of a Turkish government investigation into his alleged involvement in the 2016 attempted coup.  The government is convinced that he has links of some kind with the American CIA, and is leaking this information through the few remaining media outlets that it has not shut down. At the same time, the government is reducing the size of the Patriarch’s protective security detail. It appears as if that government is encouraging a possible thuggish act of some kind against the 77 year old Patriarch.

    The second was an attack by 900 Hindu students belonging to the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad {ABVP – All Indian Student Council, a group affiliated with the RSS paramilitary organization) against a Catholic college, St Mary’s Post Graduate College in Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh state.  These student radicals attempted to invade the campus to conduct a religious ceremony consecrating the campus to the deity representing the nation of India, and demanded that the Catholic faculty and staff pray to that deity. The police prevented them from doing so, but they said that they will return in a few weeks.

    Most of the students at this college are Hindu, and presumably most graduate as Hindus. The college web site lists a large range of courses in non-religious subjects. The college has been in existence for over 30 years. There appears to be no other motive for this attack than pure supremacism. Nothing like this has happened to a Christian-operated school of higher learning of this size before now in India. The faculty and staff have been reported as having been quite traumatized by these events and are fearful of what the coming weeks will bring.

    Please pray for all of these situations on our report.  The New Year of our Lord 2018 is certain to bring both joy and sorrow – pray at least that hearts will not be further hardened against His people.

    St Mary's Post Graduate College, Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh state, India

     

     

     

     

     

    St Mary’s Post Graduate College, Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh state, India


     

     

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