Dec 08 2018

Ingo Breuer

Over 100 Iranian Christians Arrested by Intelligence Officials

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Iranian Authorities Attempt to Intimidate Christians into Silence Ahead of Christmas Celebrations

12/06/2018 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) www.persecution.org  – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that during the month of November, the Iranian Intelligence Ministry launched an arrest wave of Christians which cumulated on December 1, 2018. It is estimated that 114 Christians were arrested last week and approximately 28 others were arrested in the three preceding weeks.

The wave of arrests was announced on December 1 by Iranian Mehr News Agency, which operates as the semi-official mouthpiece of the government. It is common for the Iranian regime to increase the number of arrests ahead of Christmas. However, the latest wave is truly “staggering” according to Article 18“They had arrested so many of them and didn’t know what to do with them all.”

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Dec 08 2018

Ingo Breuer

Bibles and Furniture Confiscated from Chinese House Church

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House Church in Jiangxi Province Raided by Local Authorities

12/06/2018 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) www.persecution.org – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that local authorities raided a house church in Jiangxi province on December 2. The officials confiscated Bibles and stools from the house of Liao Hongcon, where the Sunday service was held.

According to a tweet by Father Francis Liu, officials forcibly removed the Bibles and stools from the house church in rural Pingxiang city during the service. The government has also targeted other house churches in the surrounding area in an effort to prevent them from congregating.

In a video shared by the Chinese Christian Fellowship of Righteousness, Liao Hongcon, a People’s Liberation Army veteran who leads the church, held up multiple signs to show his silent accusation of the government, reading, “I am a Chinese old warrior,” and, “I served my homeland by dedicating my youth to it, yet I can’t even safeguard my own freedom of religion?” 

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Dec 05 2018

Ingo Breuer

George W. Bush speaks at his father’s funeral

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If you want to know what it means to honour your father and mother, then watch this. As I was watching this very moving eulogy at the funeral of the 41st President of the USA,  I could only think of God’s commandment:

Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. Exodus 20:12.

And I greatly appreciate George W. Bush’s great sense of down-to-earth humor. As a young teenager president George H. W. Bush was an example I looked up to in his effort to re-unify Germany and the leadership he showed in defeating dictator Saddam Hussein. It is also ablessing that he has been married for 73 years. What a great example to a nation that has become so devastated by divorce, adultery and families breaking up. George H. W. Bush certainly is a role model for youth to follow after.

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Dec 03 2018

Ingo Breuer

Militia Forces Threaten Iraqi Priest

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Militia Harassment of Christians the New Norm in Areas Previously Controlled by ISIS

12/03/2018 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) www.persecution.org – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on the morning of December 1, Shabak militia forces aggressively blocked access to St. George Assyrian Church in Bartella, Iraq and threatened its priest, Father Behnam Benoka. The Shabak militia maintains close ties to Iraq’s Hashd al-Sha’abi militia, which is accused of multiple human rights violations.

The Shabaks are a local ethnic minority also targeted by ISIS and whose militia participated in the liberation of the Nineveh Plains. The incident in Bartella occurred when a Shabak wedding party stopped at a photography studio near St. George. The Shabak militia forces were participating in the wedding party and decided to park their vehicles in front of the church. For the next 30 minutes, members of the militia shot automatic weapons into the area. When Father Benoka approached the militia and asked that they cease shooting, the militia aggressively threatened him. Continue Reading »

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