International Christian Concern (ICC)

· Women ‘central’ to spread of Christianity in Iran
ICC Note: According to a new report by Open Doors, Iranian women are leading the charge of evangelism and church development in Iran. The report explains that proportionally women in Iran are more involved in ministry in Iran than women in many western countries, despite them not have equal legal rights. These same women, many…

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· Iraq Muslim Builds Cross After Original Is Destroyed By ISIS
ICC Note: An Iraqi Muslim built a makeshift cross after seeing the destruction of a church in his home country. Marwan and his actions were meant to bring a voice to the Muslims who stand against extremism in Iraq. The video of Marwan was shared by Preemptive Love Coalition on their social media. 01/20/2017 Iraq…

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· A man who persecuted Christians converted to Christianity and was martyred
ICC Note: Christian Aid Mission has reported that a man in the Philippines who had once thrown stones at Christians has now been martyred for his faith in Christ. The Muslim man had once thrown stones at a local pastor and his church. Later, when his daughter married the son of the pastor, he heard…

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· Six women detained for holding Bible study in China
ICC Note: Six Christian women were taken into custody in China for holding a Bible study. Authorities posted a notice that they were meeting illegally but the church members refused to stop meeting. Then officials interrupted the Bible study on January 10th and began beating them and confiscating church property. Their families have yet to…

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· Christians and Muslims Call for Release of Missing Human Rights Activists
ICC Note: At the beginning of January, five human rights activists in Pakistan disappeared. Many believe government security forces are behind the forced disappearances and have started organizing demonstrations demanding their release. According to reports, the activists were abducted because of the online blogging regarding religious extremism being present in Pakistan's political and military circles.…

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· Increased Persecution of Christians Documented in India in 2016
ICC Note: According to a report by Open Doors USA, the persecution of Christians in India has seen a dramatic rise in the past year. Currently ranked 15 in Open Doors' World Watch List of the world's worst persecutors, the group estimates Christians were attacked, on average, 10 times a week. This marked a threefold…

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· Minnesota Veterans Agree to Cut Cross Off ‘Religious’ Memorial Following Complaint
ICC Note: Following a complaint from the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), a Minnesota veterans club recently removed a cross from one of their displays in a public park. The memorial depicted a soldier paying respects to a grave marker shaped as a cross in honor of locals who died during their military service. However,…

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· Al-Shabaab Released Video of Ugandan Soldier Being Executed
ICC Note: Al-Shabaab has disturbed the peace of Somalians once again, after they released a video where they executed a Ugandan soldier that was captured over a year ago. The Islamic terrorist group already holds a significant number of soldiers and hostages and they continue to threat with further attacks on innocents as a protest…

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· ICC Replaces Equipment for Church Demolished in India
By Michelle King 01/19/2017 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – On November 2, 2016, Hindu radical forces motivated government revenue officials to raze the Shalem Prayer House in Telangana, India. This attack marked the 31st major incident of religiously motivated violence in Telangana during 2016, demonstrating the increasing degrees of hate and intolerance by Hindu…

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· Nigerians Refuse to Return Home Despite Government Claims of Boko Haram’s Defeat
ICC Note: The Nigerian government claims to be defeating Boko Haram as they continue to fight them. However, the jihadists still represent a major threat to Nigerians with their constant attacks and suicide bombings in public places. Many of the victims of these attacks are Christians and their families, who face constant persecution by the…

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