Coptic Christian Abd Adel Bebawy was sentenced by an Egyptian court to three years in prison for “insulting Islam in the first degree” on November 27. His crime was to share an image of God, the angel Gabriel and a verse from the Quran on FB. He was arrested the next day and then a mob attacked Christian homes with rocks. It’s believed that the sentence is a way to avoid another angry mob. 

Donald Trump have signed a resolution that means that USA will give humanitarian aid to ethnic and religious minorities, among them Christians, which have become victims of persecution in Syria and Iraq.

Four Christians in Laos were arrested during worship on November 18. They also lost their homes and properties. One of them is a 78-year old lady and she has been temporarily (!) released due to a heart condition. The other three are still in jail and are wearing both handcuffs and feet stocks all the time. In the Marxist-Leninist country all denominations except the Catholic Church, the Laos Evangelical Church and the 7th-day Adventist Church are illegal.

The Indonesian Christian govenor Ahok who was sentenced to two years in prison for blasphemy against Islam will be released next month, four months earlier than planned because of good behaviour. His crime was to accuse his political opponents of using Quranic verses to dissuade Muslims from voting for him.

Two Pakistani Christian brothers, who have been arrested since 2015, have been given the death sentence. Qaisar and Amoon Ayub stand accused of posting offensive material against Islam on their website, which have been inactive since 2009. Both of them are married and Qaisar have three children.

The problems for Christians in Iraq isn’t over, but have changed it’s appearance. Former members of ISIS are taking places in local government and others who could make a difference doesn’t seem to care. Shi‘ite militias are in control of former Christian towns and villages which makes it hard for the Christians to return. The Shi’ite and Kurdish militias harrass them and it’s an every day fight to keep what belonged to them from the start. 

Pastor Nguyen Trung Ton in Vietnam is sentenced to 12 years in prison years accused of plotting to overthrow the government. He is forced to sit alone from the other prisoners and review the prisons rules as to not influence the others. The guards try daily to make him write a confession, but he refuses. His wife said:

He told them he is fighting for democracy so that people can enjoy all the freedoms specified by the international convention on human rights. My husband is very firm, and he accepts his imprisonment [over falsely pleading guilty].

ISIS were planning an attack against Christians and military targets in Lebanon. But Lebanese authorities have been able to stop them.

Pastor Sojan visited Bakhtiyarpur, India, tried to show a movie about Jesus on December 9, but the villagers accused him of trying to convert Hindus so he got arrested by the police. The police then brought him to his village and told him not to go back to Bakhtiyarpur.

On December 10 the Muslims of Koum al-Raheb, Egypt, threw stones at the Copts houses. They were angry because the Christians had opened a new church the day before (which was closed immedeately by the police as it wasn’t licensed).

Loving God,

by your Holy Spirit inspire me,

as I fear losing hope.

Give me a fresh vision of your love,

that I may find again what I fear I have lost.

Grant me your powerful deliverance;

through the One who makes all things new,

Jesus Christ our Redeemer.

Amen

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