Category Archives: persecution

Monk run over by US tank, then attacked by ISIS, now ministers to refugees


By Mark Ellis

First he was run over by a US tank, then ISIS forced him to flee his monastery in northern Iraq.

Raeed, a monk from Qaraqosh, eventually established a temporary monastery in a refugee camp in Erbil, where he has become an inspiration to many, according to a report by World Watch Monitor (WWM).

In 2001, Raeed answered a call from …

Philippines: Islamists murder church elder resting in hammock

By Voice of the Martyrs
Perfecto Padilla, 52, a dedicated church elder from Sultan Kudarat, Philippines, was brutally murdered by two Muslim men on Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. local time.

Perfecto was resting outside his house in a hammock when two Muslim men came by on motorbikes and fired from approximately five meters away what was believed to be a 45-caliber pistol, …

Muslim from prominent family rejected Jesus until a powerful vision changed his life


By Mark Ellis

He was the son of an Islamic scholar and part of an ancient, prominent Muslim family in South Asia.

“My grandfather is the founder of the present mosque and my ancestral home is very close to the mosque,” says Paul Ciniraj, founder of Bibles4Mideast. “There was not even a single Christian in the schools where I studied.”

Ciniraj was brought …

Ethiopia: Muslim husband viciously attacked wife for leaving Islam

By Mark Ellis

An Ethiopian woman found Jesus and hid the news from her Muslim husband for six weeks. When her husband discovered the secret she received a beating so severe it landed her in the hospital.

Habiba Ibrahim, a 34-year-old mother of three, received hospital treatment for three days after the assault earlier this month by her husband, Ibrahim Dido, sources …

Pastor Saeed Abedini shared Gospel with prison official while he waited at airport for ‘ransom’ money to arrive

By Mark Ellis

The Iranian American Christian Pastor, Saaed Abedini, held in prison in Iran for over three years due to his underground church activities, shared the Gospel as he waited at the airport for his release.

Pastor Abedini spoke at a rally September 20th in New York protesting a visit to the UN by Iran’s President, Hassan Rouhani. Pastor Abedini and …

French plan to de-radicalize Muslims not working

By Mark Ellis

A French program to de-radicalize Muslims within the prison system has gone awry after one in the program attacked authorities and several others had to be transferred because they posed immediate threats.

The de-radicalization initiative was announced with enthusiasm by Prime Minister Manuel Valls following the January 2015 Islamic terrorist attacks in Paris.

ISIS ‘torture cells’ for women discovered

By Mark Ellis

Rebel Syrian forces found a prison used by ISIS fighters to torture women, according to news agency Arab24.

The prison with 10 rooms was found in a Syrian city recently liberated from ISIS, Manbij.

“We discovered an Islamic State group prison for women, with rooms for groups as well as solitary prisoners,” Ibrahim Al-Mohammed told Arab24.

Boko Haram kidnapped 10,000 boys, forced them to become child soldiers

By Mark Ellis

The world was horrified when the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram kidnapped 276 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok in 2014. But less coverage has been given to the kidnapping of more than 10,000 boys over the last three years by the terror group and their brutal coercion tactics, forcing children to wage jihad.

The allegations are contained in …

Russia’s new anti-missionary law disturbs evangelical leaders

By Michael Ireland

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the evangelical church in Russia enjoyed 25 years of freedom.

“Sadly, however, a new set of repressive laws known as the ‘Yarovaya package’ went into effect Wednesday, July 20, which threaten to eliminate these very freedoms,” Sergey Rakhuba, President of MISSION EURASIA, told ASSIST News.

Imam finds Jesus, loses family, house, and livelihood

By Mark Ellis

An evil spirit tormented Imam Kuluseni Tenywa for many years. Out of desperation, he visited Elim Church in his village in late May 2016.

“I was prayed for in the power of Issa [Jesus] and invited him into my heart, which broke the strength of the evil spirit that was troubling me,” he told Morning Star News.

The strong man …

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