International Christian Concern has documented at least 60 attacks by Boko Harams and Fulani Militias in Nigeria during February. A total of 205 people in the Middle Belt and northern Nigeria were killed. Boko Haram was responsible for 126 deaths and 83 of them were civilians (mostly in Borno State). Fulani militants were also responsible for at least 79 deaths.

Many church leaders have received death threats in recent weeks so the Philippine National Police (PNP) has offered to protect members of the clergy whose lives might be in danger. At least three priests have been killed by unidentified killers and a bishop have been told he’s next in line for execution. Several of them are under threat for working against the drugtraders.

Sadaf Masih, a Christian 13-year old from Pakistan, was abducted on February 6 by Maqbool Hussain, Mubashir Hussain Baloch and Azhir Hussain Baloch. When her parents contacted them they said that she would be returned. After 8 days the parents were told that she was married, by lying and claiming that she was 18, and had converted to Islam. The kidnappers and rapers threatened her family saying they would take legal actions if they tried to contact their daughter. It’s estimated that about 1 000 Christian and Hindu women are abducted, raped, and forcefully converted to Islam each year. And that’s only in Pakistan.

The Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI) has documented 77 incidents of hate or violence against Christians in the months of January and February this year. Compared with the same time period in 2018 it shows that violence against Christians has increased by 57%.

The pastor and three staff from Zhongxin Church in Xinxiang County, China, were criminally detained by local authorities on February 20 when they resisted the cross removal from their church. During the days that they were arrested the local authorities mobilized departments like United Front Work, Religious Bureau, riot police and workers to forcibly remove the cross on February 24. They pushed out the Christians, including the elderly, who were guarding the church and beat them.

There is a group working on translating the Bible for 25 groups of people in Central Asia and the Arabic Gulf region in a hidden location in Northern Africa. But two weeks ago a militant group burned the translation facility and killed five members of the lead translator’s family. The lead translator was also seriously injured and another 49 translators were abducted. They are still missing. But the network of pastors plan to carry on with the work.

Further reading:

Heavenly father, I am your humble servant,

I come before you today in need of hope.

There are times when I fell helpless,

There are times when I feel weak.

I pray for hope.

I need hope for a better future.

I need hope for a better life.

I need hope for love and kindness.

Some say that the sky is at it’s darkest

just before the light.

I pray that this is true, for all seems dark.

I need your light, Lord, in every way.

I pray to be filled with your light

from head to toe.

To bask in your glory.

To know that all is right in the world,

as you have planned

and as you want it to be.

Help me to walk in your light, and

live my life in faith and glory.

In your name I pray,

Amen.

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