Nov 17 2018

Ingo Breuer

Pro-Life Student At Berkeley Under Attack

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I admire the courage of Isabella Chow. She is a pro-life Christian student in California. Of all places to study, she chose to study at UC Berkeley – one of the most leftist and liberal universities in the USA where ultra-leftitsts like Antifa are at work. So this is not an easy turf for a believer. Isabella Chow belongs to Students for Life and has actually become part of the student senate. Now she has come under attack because of her Christian convictions:

Kristan Hawkins from Students for Life reports:

You see, on October 31st, the Berkeley Queer Alliance Resource Center asked the Student Senate to pass a bill to condemn the Trump administration for considering a legal definition of gender that would require it to match a person’s sex at birth.

Almost every Senator voted in favor of the condemnation, except Isabella who simply abstained.

To explain her abstention, Isabella told the Student Senate that discrimination “is never, ever OK.” She condemned bullies and bigots. She said she abhorred stereotypes. And she said that those in the LGBT community are loved.

And then she bravely went on to say:

“As a Christian, I personally do believe that certain acts and lifestyles conflict with what is good, right and true. I believe that God created male and female at the beginning of time, and designed sex for marriage between one man and one woman. For me, to love another person does not mean that I silently concur when, at the bottom of my heart, I do not believe that your choices are right or the best for you as an individual.”

Isabella didn’t spew word of hate. She simply stated her religious beliefs, and did so in love for the other person.

I couldn’t be more proud of her.

However, now, more than 1,000 people on campus have signed a petition demanding that she resign from student government or face a recall.

Last week, hundreds of students packed a Senate meeting to insist she resign – or else.

On social media, students are cyber-bullying her calling her a “horrible person” and a “mental imbecile.” And the Daily Californian, Cal-Berkeley’s student newspaper, ran an editorial critical of her statements and refused to publish her written defense.

We must help Isabella Chow with a word of encouragement, so please go to the Students for Life website and write a message ot Isabella Chow:

Please pray for her. I thank God for her and the testimony for Christ and for life she has given at Berkeley. Truly we can say: TO GOD BE THE GLORY.

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Nov 17 2018

Ingo Breuer

Violent Intruder Disrupts Cairo Church, Injuring Two

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Egyptian Christians Worry that Authorities Are Ignoring Root Causes of Persecution 11/15/2018 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on November 11, the Church of St. George in Cairo experienced a violent intrusion. According to Watani, the intruder was a 22-year-old man who injured two Christians while shouting Islamic slogans. Police responded to the scene and arrested the attacker.

Egyptian authorities claim that the intruder made the violent disturbance because of a mental illness and drug usage. However, local Christians have expressed concern that this claim is an attempt to hide the Islamic extremism that plagues Egypt.

“The media uses words which don’t reveal the truth,” Ehad, a local believer, told ICC. “Now we have discovered that that this was a young man, not an old one. Also, he was holding a Koran and sharp tool [while] injuring some people on their heads. The media’s role is to reveal the reality and not to hide information to make the Copt[ic Christians] calm down.”

Another local Christian, Majeed, added, “It’s too awful. I can’t imagine that we should adapt to these incidents. Lies and lies and lies… I’m sure that this criminal will not be punished.”

“Mentally ill, what?! How the media manipulates us!” exclaimed Hani, another local Christian.

The intruder reportedly entered the Church of St. George through a room intended for baking bread intended for the Lord’s Supper during the service. The intruder hit the baker on the head with an iron rod, while shouting, “Allah is great.” When another Christian attempted to rescue the baker, he was also injured.

The incident occurred just over a week after the deadly attack against Egyptian Christians traveling to St. Samuel Monastery. Egyptian authorities have experienced a renewal of heavy criticism for failing to address the root causes of Islamic extremism and protect Christians from violence.

Claire Evans, ICC’s Regional Manager, said, “Thankfully, no one was seriously injured during the violent intrusion of St. George’s Church, and the police responded quickly. However, we cannot forget the context of the attack. It is not unusual for the Egyptian authorities to claim that something other than Islamic extremism drives the less publicized incidents of persecution. The situation surrounding Egypt’s Christians will not improve unless there is honesty in confronting why these kinds of incidents happen. We must continue to keep Egypt’s Christians in our prayers.” 

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Nov 14 2018

Ingo Breuer

Pastor of Guangzhou House Church Detained

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Pastors and Churches Continue to Face Harassment from Local Authorities  11/13/2018 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that Pastor Huang Xiaoning from Guangzhou Bible Reformed Church (GBRC) was detained for five days by the police for ‘disrupting public services’ on November 10.

According to Father Francis Liu on Twitter, Pastor Huang decided to fast and pray inside the police station for the five-day duration. He is the fourth pastor in China who has been detained for ‘disobedience’ regarding the latest regulations on religious affairs published last February.

China Aid also reported that the next morning, a few police officers were stationed outside of the church to discourage members from attending worship. Church members also found the church’s door being sealed off a day prior without proper procedure or documentation.

GBRC has repeatedly refused to shut down the church or join a state-sanctioned church as previously requested by the authorities and, as a result, faces constant harassment and threats from the local authorities.

On the same day, officials from the United Front Department, Religious Affairs Bureau, and Public Security Bureau also raided Huozhou Church in Shanxi province. They dispersed the churchgoers and posted a disbandment notice on the church’s door after claiming that Chinese citizens’ “freedom of religious belief” is not “freedom of [conducting] religious activities.”

In a video shared by Chinese Christian Fellowship of Righteousness, government officials are seen inside the house church reading out the Christians’ alleged violations according to the latest religious affairs regulations.

Some suspect that the house church was targeted because its leadership recently signed a joint statement expressing dissatisfaction with the Chinese government.

In response to these cases, Pastor Wang Yi from Autumn Rain Covenant Church in Sichuan, who is also often persecuted, shared, “We need to repeatedly tell the ones in power that to disrupt Sunday worship and disband churches is the evilest crime in this world. If this crime does not cease, this regime is essentially cultivating God’s wrath and judgment, until the whole country is impacted and overturned overnight. And how do we inform them? It is to tell them that we are willing to go into police stations, detention centers, and prisons. We are willing to sacrifice our lives for this, because we truly hate to see the whole nation under great disaster. Lord, have mercy on this nation, and give us the courage to disobey [the government].”

Gina Goh, ICC’s Regional Manager, said, “Disturbance of church services and detention of Christians are becoming much more frequent as the Chinese government continues its campaign to crack down on Christianity. Every week, as we freely attend our Sunday worship, China is stopping more churches from gathering. Its notorious violations of human rights, however, will not go unnoticed. The world is paying attention and Beijing will never succeed in its scheme to control the Church.” 

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Nov 11 2018

Ingo Breuer

Hospital Treatment Denied to Vietnamese Pastor in Prison

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Nguyen Trung Ton’s Health Deteriorating, Prison Rejects Medicine Sent by Family – 11/09/2018 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that Vietnamese pastor Nguyen Trung Ton has been denied medical care despite his deteriorating health. Prison authorities denied him both hospital treatment and medicine delivered by his family.

The activist was arrested on July 30, 2017 along with other members of his pro-democracy group, Brotherhood for Democracy. He was convicted of attempting to overthrow the communist government and sentenced to 12 years in prison.

In Gia Trung Prison, located in the Central Highlands, he continues to suffer from an injured leg from when security agents kidnapped and tortured him in February 2017. He can hardly move in his cell due to the wounds.

His wife, Nguyen Thi Lanh, embarked on a 15-hour bus ride from Thanh Hoa province to Daklak province to see him. She told ICC, “In October, me and others went to visit him, but the prison did not allow us to see him. They said due to health reasons he was unable to meet me.”

Every trip to the Central Highlands is a challenge because Ms. Lanh is her family’s sole breadwinner and the caretaker of her ill daughter, young son, and blind mother-in-law. The last time Ms. Lanh saw Pastor Ton was in August. Authorities allegedly warned her not to travel from her home without government approval.

According to UCA News, Brotherhood for Democracy shared that Pastor Ton told his wife on October 22 that he is suffering from a bacterial infection, kidney failure, and sleeplessness. “His health is rapidly deteriorating due to being kept in bad conditions,” the group stated.

When Pastor Ton’s family sent in medicine for him, it was returned soon after. It is evident that the Vietnamese government intends to prolong his suffering while cutting him off from direct contact with friends and family.

Gina Goh, ICC’s Regional Manager, said, “Based on humanitarian grounds, the prison should meet the medical needs of its prisoners. Yet, Gia Trung Prison not only rejected crucial medical care for Pastor Ton, it prohibited his loved ones from visiting him. ICC calls on the international community to put pressure on the Vietnamese government so that Pastor Ton can receive the necessary treatment to treat his sustained pain.”

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