International Christian Concern (ICC)

· A Convert’s Story: Muslim Imam Risks Life to Become Christian
ICC Note:  A former Muslim imam in Ethiopia retells the miraculous story of his conversion to Christ, as well as the societal backlash he faced after his conversion.  Tofik, who trained to be an imam for 24 years, was constantly taught that Christians were evil.  After seeing Jesus in a dream, Tofik’s entire life was…

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· Plateau Violence: Lalong Constitutes Peace Recommendation Committee
ICC Note:  In response to increasing violence from Muslim Fulani herdsmen on agrarian Christians, Nigerian governor of Plateau State, Mr. Simon Long, held a peace committee in an attempt to abate the conflict.  The committee consisted of leaders from both the Fulani herder and Christian farming communities to try to find peaceful resolutions to the…

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· Pyongyang Holds a Protestant Missionary for Planning a Theocracy in North Korea
ICC Note: To detain this Canadian pastor who has conducted humanitarian work in North Korea for twenty years, and to suddenly charge him with subversion based on his “confession” sounds typically like an action of the North Korean government.  But how this accords with the awarding of the Sukarno Prize for “global statesmanship” to North…

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· Garissa Attack: Kenyans Call for University to Reopen
ICC Note:  Almost four months after the mass al-Shabaab attack at Garissa University on April 2, peace activists believe that it is time for the university to reopen.  During the attack, al-Shabaab gunmen murdered 148 people, mostly Christians, separating them from Muslims and slaughtering them. In response to many Kenyans fleeing the city after the…

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· Nigeria Army Frees More than 50 Women, Children Held by Boko Haram
ICC Note:  59 Nigerians were freed from the clutches of Boko Haram, including 29 women and 25 children, according to the Nigerian army.  The hostages were freed in the continued Nigerian offensive against Boko Haram.  Earlier in the week, the Nigerian military rescued 30 other hostages, including 21 children.  Throughout Boko Haram’s insurgency, the terror…

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· Final Hearing Set for South Sudanese Pastors
ICC Note:  The sentencing hearing for the two South Sudanese pastors who are being tried for spying in Sudan has been set for Wednesday, August 5.  If the judge finds Pastor Michael and Pastor Peter guilty of the charges of espionage or undermining the constitutional system, they will likely face the death penalty or life…

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· Assyrian Christian woman shares story of captivity by Islamic State
07-30-2015 Syria (Al-Monitor): They were kidnapped by the Islamic State on Feb. 23 in the governorate of Hasakah, Syria. A total of 253 Assyrian Christians, from 35 different villages along the Khabur River. A small group of 23 elderly individuals were released March 1, allegedly due to their age. Among the sources who spoke to…

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· Keep Praying: Asia Bibi Could Be Free
Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death in Pakistan for allegedly committing blasphemy against Islam, will have her case heard at the Supreme Court starting this week. Sawan Masih, Shagufta Kasur and Shafqat Emmanuel have been sentenced to death under allegations of blasphemy and dozens of other Christians are in jails waiting for trials…

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· Church Booted from Public School After District Settles Lawsuit Filed by Teacher
ICC Note: A Colorado school district recently reached an agreement following a lawsuit filed by a teacher at Florence High School. The school rents out their cafeteria to a church for Sunday services, and holds voluntary Bible studies and prayer during the lunch period and before classes. The teacher who filed the complaint, who professes…

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· Mobilizing the Christians
ICC Note: As the world fights poverty and global warming Christians face existential threat in the Middle East. There has been little mobilization on behalf of Christians facing immense persecution in the birthplace of Christianity itself. Christians in the Middle East now number at only 4 percent of the population. It is perhaps the responsibility…

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