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Bangladesh: Eight Christians Hospitalized After Targeted Islamist Attack

01/12/2014 1 comment

Romans 8:35, 38-39, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? [Shall] tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? … For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

ICC – “Eight Christians in Bangladesh remain hospitalized, three in critical condition, following a violent attack by Muslim Extremists. Violence against religious minorities, namely Christians and Hindus, has been on the rise both pre and post-election as the extremists have attempted to gain greater political control.

On January, 7, 2014, around 11:00am, four Muslim extremists, descended on the home of Soren Kubi in the village of Bagra Gram in the Jamalpur district. After attacking Soren Kubi with ‘big knives and local lethal weapons’ they ‘beat him severely before vandalizing and looting his house,’ said an International Christian Concern (ICC) contact.

Unfortunately, Soren Kubi, who is the older brother of Bishop Ponen Kubi, the Bishop of the Diocese of Mymensigh, was not the only victim. The attackers, who are brothers, also ‘violently injured’ other Christians in the home at the time; Nirmala Dalboth, Marcila Khokshi, Polita Dalboth, Paulinus Dalboth, and Rajib Rema.

Two neighboring Muslims, Bipul Kha and Monjur Mandal were also attacked when they rushed to aid the victims. The injured have been taken to Medical College Hospital in Dhaka, Mymensingh Government Hospital, and to the to Jamalpur Health Complex.

The attackers, Dudu Kha and his three brothers Jalil Kha, Chhanu Kha and Eski Kha have not been charged nor arrested. The rest of the villagers are ‘passing their days in panic without any sufficient security,’ said an ICC contact.” Read more.

Flashback: Darkness Falls, Bangladesh

Islamist Persecution Of Christians Expected To Rise In 2014, Warns Release International

01/12/2014 3 comments

For peaceful purposes …

Matthew 24:22, 27, “And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened… For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.”

Colossians 3:12, “Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering …”

Acts 14:22b, “… we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.”

Cross Rhythms – “Islamist persecution is set to rise in 2014 ahead of elections in Nigeria and Afghanistan. Communism remains a potent oppressor of Christians, with North Korea maintaining its reputation as the worst persecutor of Christianity in the world.

‘2014 looks set to be a turbulent year for Christians – especially ahead of elections in Nigeria and Afghanistan,’ says Colin King, the UK director of Release International, which serves the persecuted Church worldwide.

‘Extreme Islam is on the rise, leading to greater persecution and an exodus of Christians from the Middle East. But the heartening news is that this reality is now being acknowledged publicly. It has been recognised in the UK parliament and by Prince Charles.

‘2014 is the 25th anniversary of the collapse of the Berlin Wall, yet today communist and former communist countries remain active in oppressing Christians,’ says Colin King. ‘The worst persecutor of Christians in the world today continues to be North Korea.’ …

Persecution is on the rise in the predominantly Muslim countries that have a history of communism. In the former Soviet Republics of Central Asia, ‘persecution is still everywhere,’ says another Release partner…

2014 and 2015 are election years in Nigeria. Release contacts expect an upsurge in violence by extremists trying to destabilise the country…

In 2014, US and NATO troops are due to leave Afghanistan. Under the Taliban, anyone who converted to Christianity faced execution by the state or being murdered by their relatives. Today, the authorities turn a blind eye to persecution…

2014 also looks set to be a difficult year for Christians in Pakistan. ‘Persecution of Christians in Pakistan is increasing,’ says a Release partner…

In the Middle East, the continuing exodus of Christians from Egypt, Syria and Iraq looks set to continue into 2014. In Iraq, many Christians displaced by violence have gone to the north, and Christians continue to be driven out of Syria.” Read more.

Flashback: Muslim Group: ‘Christianity Should Be Destroyed And Wiped From The Face Of The Earth’, It Is ‘Evil’ and ‘Demonic’ – “A Muslim group has released its plan to ‘wipe Christianity from the face of the earth,’ Islamize the West and establish an Islamic system of world government – placing those who resist ‘under a police state.’… ‘Islamic Power has returned upon the face of the earth and the Revived Global Caliphate has set eyes on the West to once and for all rid the world of Christianity and there is nothing you can do about it,’ al-Mohammedi said. He makes his objective clear.” Read more.

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