Category Archives: persecution

Married couple find Jesus after He appears to each of them in dreams


By Mark Ellis

Jesus continues to reveal himself to Muslims throughout the Middle East – often in dreams and visions – in this case appearing nearly simultaneously in the dreams of two married refugees who fled from Syria.

Until the Syrian civil war, Amir* and Rasha* enjoyed a peaceful existence in the third largest city in Syria, Homs, which once had over 600,000 …

God bringing momentous growth to Iranian church

By Mark Ellis

More than 200 Iranians and Afghans were baptized in mid-September at a jubilant, pool-side service near Iran. People from eight different Persian-speaking churches gathered together to share the story of how Jesus transformed their lives, according to a report by Elam Ministries.

The theme for the day was “Jesus changes lives,” and this powerful truth was underscored by many testimonies. One man …

Turkey: New government order makes it easier to deport Christian workers

By Mark Ellis

An emergency order issued Oct. 29th will expedite the process to deport expatriates from Turkey, another blow to Christian workers serving there from other countries. This month Turkish authorities ordered the deportation of two U.S. Christians.

The directive removes the requirement for a court decision before a foreigner can be deported. Now the government, specifically the Ministry of the …

The cross of Christ returns to the Ninevah plains

There were tears, soldiers praying, priests singing. This was the moment thousands of Iraqi Christians had been

waiting for: the Cross, symbol of Christ’s victory over evil, deemed illegal by IS, had returned to the Christian villages in Iraq’s Nineveh Plain.

This came as news continues to emerge of more villages reclaimed from the Islamic State (IS), and more signs of destruction …

School to be named after terrorist who planned Munich Olympics attack that killed 11 Israelis

By Mark Ellis

Students in the West Bank city of Tulkarem will be reminded every day that killing Jews is heroic when they attend the Martyr Salah Khalaf School, named after the founder of the Black September terror organization.

Khalaf, also known as Abu Iyad, is the alleged mastermind of the murder of 11 Israelis at the 1972 Munich Olympics and the …

Freed Nigerian schoolgirls praise God; 83 more may be released soon

By Mark Ellis

The sweet joy of freedom’s air filled 21 Chibok schoolgirls released from captivity in Nigeria. Now delicate negotiations are underway to release 83 more of the 275 Chibok schoolgirls originally kidnapped by Muslim extremists in 2014.

“Praise the Lord! We are thankful,” Helen Musa exclaimed, one of the 21. “We never imagined we would see this day.

“But with the …

Church leader operating in Middle East receives death threats, asks for prayer

By Mark Ellis

Pastor Paul and his team are courageously spreading the Gospel in restricted countries in South Asia and the Middle East. A very pointed, dire death threat he received recently caused him to reach out and request prayer from believers around the world.

This is the text of the death threat he received October 15th:

“Hey Paul, son of Kafir,

You are not …

American church leaders held in Turkey, will be deported

By Mark Ellis

Turkish officials in the coastal city of Izmir have been holding American church leaders Andrew and Norine Brunson since October 7th and denying access to them by U.S. consular officials and lawyers.

The Turkish Interior Ministry has also ordered the couple’s deportation within 15 days, stating they constitute a “national security risk,” according to World Watch Monitor (WWM).

The Brunsons have …

Report: ISIS filling moats with oil as battle for Mosul looms

By Mark Ellis

Signals on the ground suggest the retaking of Mosul from ISIS terrorists is imminent, and in their desperate attempt to ward off “infidels” they are resorting to nefarious, medieval stratagems.

Christian ministries in the region are bracing for a massive humanitarian crisis resulting from the battle for Iraq’s second-largest city — still containing over a million people.

God brought dust storm to protect new believers from terrorist attack

By Mark Ellis

At least 50 Christians in the Middle East directly experienced God’s mighty hand of protection from Islamist militants when He caused a giant dust storm to hide them from their attackers.

The story of divine protection began with a baptism held in secret.

“By the ever loving grace of God, 24 believers of Jesus Christ from Islam received baptism in …

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