Persecution and Prayer Alert - September 21, 2017

"Lighthouses don't fire
cannons to call attention to their
shining -- they just shine

~ Dwight L. Moody

IRAN: Separate Education Denied for Christian Children

Shiraz, Iran -- Pixabay
Shiraz, Iran

This September, children from families belonging to the Church of Iran denomination in the cities of Rasht and Shiraz have been told they must either study Shi'a Islam, or leave school. Originally, these children -- the majority of whom are second-generation Christians, and thereby recognized by the Iranian constitution to be part of a minority faith community -- were granted access to religious instruction designed by members of the Christian community and approved by the Ministry of Education.

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TANZANIA: Church Members' Possessions Taken

Worship in Tanzania -- VOM USA
Photo: VOM USA

A pastor and several church members in a southeastern Tanzanian village had all of their belongings and cash confiscated after refusing to contribute towards a ceremony involving witchcraft. Village leaders, who entertained fears of "curses" being placed upon the area, called upon witch doctors to remove them. As part of their chosen requirements, everyone in the community was told to make a donation prior to the enactment of the ceremony. However, because the ceremony involved witchcraft, the Christians refused to participate.

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CANADA: Candlelight Vigil in Honour of Persecuted Christians

Candlelight Vigil, October 12th

On October 12th, 2017, a Candlelight Vigil will be held in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, in honour of the countless number of Christians around the world who are facing persecution for their faith today. Canadian believers who are able to attend the vigil will be given an opportunity to show their support for these suffering Christian brothers and sisters by pausing for a meaningful time of prayer during the event.

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