International Christian Concern (ICC)

· Everything You Need to Know Regarding Boko Haram’s Heinous Schoolgirl Abduction
Case Summary On the night of April 14th, more than 100 armed Boko Haram militants masquerading as members of the Nigerian Army abducted 276 students from the Government Girls Secondary School after setting several buildings ablaze and shooting their way past the compound’s security staff. The abduction lasted approximately six hours as the kidnappers hand-selected…

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· Will Christmas Come To Iraq?
ICC Note: The conflict in Iraq has created a humanitarian crisis of massive proportions. More than 2 million people have been displaced, with religious minorities suffering much of the greatest losses. The churches in Iraq and other religious organizations have provided much of the relief efforts to care for those in need, along with aid…

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· Sadness Overshadows Christmas for Families of Egyptian Christians Kidnapped in Libya
By Todd Daniels with ICC’s Egypt Representative  12/21/2014 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) It has been nearly four months, and still there has been no news of the fate of four Egyptian Christians who were taken off a bus as they returned to Egypt from working in Libya. The families have attempted to press the…

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· Christians Around World Under Siege
ICC Note: The reality is that in far too many countries Christians face incredible risk simply for their faith. Some make the headlines, but much more "is unseen by the world" and the daily reality of persecution that Christians face. To meet together as Christians is a dangerous task, but a necessary one. As we…

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· U.S. Congressmen Call on Egyptian Government to Release Jailed Christian Convert
Letter Highlights Torture, Lack of Process for Egyptian Citizens to Change Religious Affiliation    12/19/2014 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that nine members of the United States Congress today sent a letter to the Egyptian attorney general calling for the immediate release of Bishoy Armia Boulous, a Coptic…

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· Church Roof Repair for Pastor Ayesha in Sri Lanka
Pastor Ayesha started her ministry in Kotadeniyawa village that was 100% Buddhist in 2000 after God showed her a vision. When the monks saw Pastor Ayesha planted her church, they became very angry. Pastor Ayesha's church building was attacked and damaged on almost a weekly basis. Due to stones and fireworks being thrown at their…

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· Five Christians Killed in Nigeria’s Benue State
ICC Note: Predominantly Muslim, ethnic Fulani herdsman have waged yet another attack against a Christian community in Nigeria's Benue state, burning down homes, businesses and churches and killing five Christians according to reports. A complicated conflict, Christians, mostly agriculturalists, and Fulani Muslims, mostly herdsmen, have been waging a lethal tit-for-tat turf war across Nigeria's middle belt states; though,…

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· al-Shabaab Threatens to Murder Somali Pastor in Kenya
ICC Note: All across Kenya, militants affiliated with the radical Islamic insurgency, al-Shabaab, are devastating communities, killing pastors, attacking churches and inciting Muslim youths to commit violence against their Christian neighbors. In the case of Rev. Mahad H. Birik, the story, regrettable, is the same as others before him. A convert from Islam to Christianity, the…

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· World: Research Strongly Links Religious Freedom to Economic Growth
ICC Note: In the following post Dr. Brian J. Grim, president of the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation, examines the link between greater religious freedom and increased economic growth. As Dr. Grim points out, nations that are less restrictive, religiously diverse, and more tolerant of faith are typically also nations that display greater business innovation…

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· Iranian Pastors Sentenced to Prison for Spreading Christianity Acquitted of Charges
ICC Note: Three Iranian Christians were acquitted of charges that their faith activities were crimes against national security and creating a network to overthrow the system. The three faced six year prison terms and those were overthrown on appeal. Two of the men are now free, the third is currently in prison on similar charges…

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