Kerala Minority commission & NMDFC soon

November 24, 2012 by  
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Manjalamkuzhi Ali, Minority affairs ministerKerala, November 21, 2012: The decision to form Kerala Minority Commission which got stuck in the secretariat files will soon turn a reality as the state ministerial level meeting decided to form a three member Minority Commission for the state. It was during the last LDF government’s rule an ordinance was formed on this regard and there was no further progress because the assembly election dates got declared in the meantime. The process was delayed as the files got stuck in the secretariat even after the UDF came to power. It was since then the minority affairs minister Manjalamkuzhi Ali, intervened and obtained permission.

Thanks to the efforts from the part of Minority affairs ministry and Minority Welfare Department [MWD], the state ministerial level meeting have accepted the ordinance to form the three member minority commission and submitted it to the governor for his consent. The commission will turn a reality as soon as the governor gives his consent to it. 16 states, including Gujarat, already have their own minority commission and so this has been a long sought out demand from the part of Muslim organizations in Kerala.

The national minority commission had asked all states to form their own minority commissions and they even had sent a letter to the then Chief Minister on this regard. Kerala despite having organized Muslim political parties to represent them was a failure in accomplishing this task until recently the new Minority affairs minister and MWD made some serious efforts.

The body will be entitled with statutory powers and will have a women representation in the three member commission. The commission will have every right to interfere in matters concerning the constitutional rights of minorities and adopt measures on violence’s or aggressions committed against them. Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Parsis and Budhists are the religious sections coming under minority sections in Kerala.

Minority commission could consider including other sections as well subject to the demographic peculiarities of the state. The commission will have the power to grant minority status to educational institutions. For this they have the right to examine documents and call up on officers to seek explanation. The Kerala assembly is soon expected to pass the bill with regard to the minority commission and it is on the way getting drafted. As soon as the Governor gives his consent to the ordinance the commission members will be appointed.

Kerala to form NMDFC

Kerala Minority Welfare Minister Manjalamkuzhi Ali while inaugurating the Madrasa management workshop at Nalanda Auditorium, Kozhikode organised by the Minority Educational Department declared that the National Minority Development & Finance Corporation [NMDFC] will also be formed in the state. NMDFC has been a long sought out demand in the state, with Kozhikode as its headquarters.

Earlier the minority department in Kerala used to function under ministries like Education, Revenue, Home Affairs and now with a separate minister being given the responsibility of minority affairs, the Minority department has started functioning independently in the Secretariat since last 20 days.

The Minister said that the department is planning to allocate house building aid worth two and half Lakh Rupees to the divorced women and a three Lakh Rupee worth aid to help out the educated youth get employed. Besides this the minister assured of plans to provide special assistance to the minority students enrolled in Govt Polytechnic and Engineering colleges.

– tcn

Christian managed school in Kerala regrets over ‘Virgin Mary symbol’ on school uniforms

November 24, 2012 by  
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Christian managed school in Kerala regrets over ‘Virgin Mary symbol’ on school uniformsKerala, November 22, 2012: The Nithya Sahaya Matha Girls High School Kottiyam, which came under scanner for enforcing the ‘Virgin Mary symbol’ on Friday school uniforms have decided to withdraw the religious symbol after protests from some Muslim groups.

The school has expressed its ‘regret’ over the incident, if it hurt any religious sentiments.

The Kerala Educational Rules [KER] Act, 1959 has directed, not to use any religious symbols in schools and it was despite this order the school management and PTA approved these special uniforms with Virgin Mary symbols for Fridays.

The school already has two uniforms for other week days and none among them until now had this school emblem with ‘Virgin Mary’ inscribed on to it.

Talking to TCN over phone the School Headmistress Dianeetia M Regis told that the school didn’t have any purposeful intensions of hurting religious sentiments by enforcing such an emblem in the uniform. She added that the management’s decision to inscribe the school emblem in the Friday special uniforms was approved by the school PTA executive members.

The headmistress further told TCN that, when a suggestion came up like the school emblem should be stitched to the proposed Friday uniforms, we thought of enacting it and we were actually insistent on the emblem rather than the ‘Virgin Mary’ symbol.

“There were three Muslim parents in the top organisational posts of the PTA and none cared to raise this issue in the PTA executive meeting. If they had made an objection we could have decided against it,” she said.

Arguing that they have always given space to everyone and have no communal agenda, she further said that during Thursday assemblies prayers are said in Malayalam and English, but when the Arabic teacher sought permission, prayer songs in Arabic, too, were included.

The headmistress said, “I am quite tolerant to other religious beliefs. We as a school and I myself have always maintained secular values and are not intolerant to any religious beliefs.”

“It was only a Muslim organisation, Popular Front; and their Malayalam daily, Tejas, who made this topic a controversial issue” she noted.

She, however, added, “We express regret, if we’ve hurt any religious sentiments by using Christian religious symbols in uniforms, but the apology is clearly from the part of School PTA executive and not solely on my or the school management’s behalf.”

60 percent of the 1,300 students are Muslim girls.

It was only later that a few parents, who were not part of the PTA executive and hence unable to attend the meeting, came to know about this management move and raised their protest. But despite this protest the school management went ahead with their decision to collect uniform fee from the students without even mentioning about any change in the emblem to be inscribed.

Most Muslim parents who didn’t have organisational posts in PTA [all parents who are PTA members won’t be executive members in the PTA] weren’t quite aware of the ‘Virgin Mary symbol’ planned to be brought into the uniforms and it was only later they came to know about it.

“A parent came to meet me saying that – the uniform is part of our missionary work to make his daughter wear uniforms with Christian religious symbols – and this was the first voice of protest” says the headmistress.The school was reluctant to erase the symbol despite complaints. Many Muslim parents preferred silence to ensure a smooth academic life for their kids.

A few Muslim parents registered a complaint before the District and Sub-District Educational Officers demanding a ban over the schools decision to enforce Christian religious symbols over its students belonging to different faiths.

Malayalam News daily Tejas carried the news with importance in their state page and Muslim groups like Kerala Muslim Jama’at Federation, Popular Front of India [PFI] and their students’ wing Campus Front came up with the protest.

They had a meeting with the School Headmistress, who assured them that the school uniform emblem wouldn’t have ‘Virgin Mary’ symbols on it. The school administration said they would ensure that the religious symbol in the emblem would now be replaced by some other sign not belonging to any religious faiths; and while expressing their regret, they assured the Muslim leaders of a careful approach in the future.

– tcn

The Holy Alphabet… It is Beautiful…

November 23, 2012 by  
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The Holy Bible

Whoever came up with this must have had some Divine guidance!

Although things are not perfect
Because of trial or pain
Continue in thanksgiving
Do not begin to blame
Even when the times are hard
Fierce winds are bound to blow
God is forever able
Hold on to what you know
Imagine life without His love
Joy would cease to be
Keep thanking Him for all the things
Love imparts to thee
Move out of ‘Camp Complaining’
No weapon that is known
On earth can yield the power
Praise can do alone
Quit looking at the future
Redeem the time at hand
Start every day with worship
To ‘thank’ is a command
Until we see Him coming
Victorious in the sky
We’ll run the race with gratitude
Xalting God most high
Yes, there’ll be good times and yes some will be bad, but …

Zion waits in glory … where none are ever sad!

God bless

‘I am Too blessed to be stressed!’ The shortest distance between a problem and a solution is the distance between your knees and the floor.

The one who kneels to the Lord can stand up to anything. Love and peace be with you forever, Amen.

SISTER PATRICIA  had a lovely saying — If you failed to have your daily QUIET TIME with the Lord, You are bound to have TOUBLED TIME out there, for sure, check it out and rectify — make amends and YOU know the rest…

PS: God loves you … Pass the word on to more friends and ask them to continue telling others that god Loves them too.  Just think of how many people that could be reached out to and blessed with these words.

God bless


– fwd: greta / vathan shettigar



UN human rights chief slams violence towards Christians in Indonesia

November 23, 2012 by  
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The United Nations human rights chief has called on Indonesia to take “firm action” against increasing violence towards religious minorities and “narrow and extremist interpretations of Islam”.

Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Indonesia, November 19, 2012: Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, met with representatives of the Christian, Ahmadiyya, Shia and traditional belief communities on a visit to the country. She said on 13 November:

I was distressed to hear accounts of violent attacks, forced displacement, denial of identification cards and other forms of discrimination and harassment against them. I was also concerned to hear that the police have been failing to provide adequate protection in these cases.

Ms Pillay said that she was “particularly concerned to hear about the arbitrary and discriminatory enforcement of sharia law in Aceh”, where the “brutal punishments of stoning and caning” are being implemented. She said raids on places where people gather were “creating an environment of intimidation and fear”.

The plight of female victims of violence was also highlighted; Ms Pillay said that she was shocked to hear about the level of discrimination and injustices that they suffered.

Indonesia’s high rate of ratification of international human rights treaties was commended, but the human rights chief said that these commitments needed to be translated into domestic law.

She said that the country “has a rich culture and history of diversity and tolerance” but risked losing this if it does not take action to address growing violence and hatred towards religious minorities, and narrow and extremist interpretations of Islam.

Rights groups say that violence against minorities has been escalating since 2008.

Two churches in particular have suffered intense and prolonged persecution from both the authorities and Islamic hard-liners.The Mayor of Bogor has refused to comply with a Supreme Court ruling that GKI Yasmin’schurch building, which has been illegally sealed off since 2008, be re-opened.

The congregation has been holding services on the street or in private homes and has faced much harassment from local Muslims.

Filadelfia Batak Christian Protestant Church (HKBP) is going through a similar ordeal. Its building was sealed off by the authorities in January 2010 following three years of legal wrangling over a permit.

The church’s outdoors services have come under attack by Islamist mobs. In a particularly egregious episode, bags of urine, sewage, oil, rotten eggs and stones were thrown at the congregation.

In Aceh, the only Indonesian province where sharia law is officially permitted, Islamist pressure is resulting in the closure of numerous churches. We reported earlier this month that nine had been shut down.

In April, the authorities ordered 20 churches in Aceh to tear down their buildings; this followed the closure of 16 smaller Christian places of worship.

– barnabas team

Pakistani Christian protest on visit of Egyptian President and his address to parliament

November 23, 2012 by  
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Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress

Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress

Pakistan, November 21, 2012: Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress (PCC) has strongly protested on visit of Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi and his proposed address to parliament of Pakistan on his role to not protect Coptic Christian.

Nazir Bhatti said that President Mohammad Morsi is responsible of killing of hundreds of Egyptian Coptic Christians who were run down by government armed vehicles in Cairo.

The President Mohammad Morsi represents Muslim Brotherhood and Salafist Muslims who are burning Churches and attacking Christian’s life and property in Egypt and Morsi regime has not brought Islamists culprits to justice involved in violence.

Coptic Christians are 10% of population of Egypt and practicing Christianity when Islam was not even evolved but now Islamists are treating Christians like slaves in their homeland which was occupied by Muslim invaders during Caliphs barbaric rule in Mecca and Medina.

Dr. Nazir Bhatti said that Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi is not worthy to address Pakistan Parliament because he has blood of Coptic Christians on his hands while he is pushing for systematic genocide of Christians. Nazir Bhatti urged Christian parliamentarians to stage walkout as a protest during address of Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi to joint session of house on November 23, 2012, in Islamabad, against killing of Coptic Christians.

The PCC Chief invited attention of the 20 million Pakistani Christians to the parliament session on November 23, 2012, and check whether Christian parliamentarians walked out during speech of President Mohammad Morsi or not? And if they did not stage protest then Pakistani Christians may launch social boycott of Christian members of National Assembly and Senate of Pakistan.

– pcp

In Andhra Pradesh, Catholic nuns bring drinking water to 250 tribal families

November 23, 2012 by  
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Residents in the village of Koderna (East Godavari District) drank polluted water, fighting malaria and typhoid. Five Sisters of the Cross were instrumental in getting a pump to bring water from a clean source as well as opening a school and a dispensary.

A tribal family in Andhra PradeshAndhra Pradesh November 17, 2012: Thanks to the efforts of five Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod, a tribal community in Koderna (East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh) now can meet basic needs like safe drinking water and education for their children. Until a year ago, the 250 families that call the village home had to rely on polluted water and typhoid and malaria were widespread. Local kids did not go schools. Now villagers have a well with clean water, a dispensary for basic health needs and a school.

Last year, the Sisters of Chavanod visited the unspoilt mountains that are next to the village. During their trip, they discovered the village. “Beside the tranquil streams and sparkling atmosphere of the mountains stood the village where people drank highly polluted water,” said Sister Priyanthi Samala.

Sadly, the government has shown little interest for the fate of this village, as did other communities in the area. A school does exist in Koderna but it lies empty because the teacher comes every two months. Outsiders do visit the village but only to buy local goods, like tamarind, wood, charcoal, ragi (finger millet), bamboo, brooms and spices at very low prices.

In view of the situation, the nuns got in touch with an engineer who looked at the ground to see how drinking water could be brought to the village from another source. Eventually, he succeeded in his search. The nuns then approached the government for help and began to work on the villagers to have them join the project.

“After a year of assiduous efforts to motivate this community and several frequent visits, we gained the confidence of the people and established our work in their location. We were certain of their cooperation,” Sister Samala said. “They did not hesitate to send their children to the school,” but “the few children who saw the school for the first time were terrified and perplexed.”

Now about 100 of them attend the school the nuns set up and run out of a rented house. Eventually, the sisters hope to get a building of their own.

– asianews

Indian Americans welcome City of Harvey’s Award presented to Father Cedric Prakash

November 23, 2012 by  
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Fr. Cedric Prakash accepting the award from Mayor Eric Kellogg of Harvey City

Fr. Cedric Prakash accepting the award from Mayor Eric Kellogg of Harvey City

USA, November 21, 2012: The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos has welcomed the ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’ presented on Monday, November 19 to renowned Indian human rights activist and Jesuit priest, Father Cedric Prakash, S.j. by the City of Harvey in Illinois. The plaque presented to Fr. Prakash noted with appreciation Fr. Prakash’s “struggle and selfless service in the cause of justice and human rights in Gujarat, India.”

Fr. Cedric Prakash is the director of an organization called Prashant which is dedicated to human rights, justice and peace. Prashant is based in the city of Ahmedabad, which was the epicenter of the horrendous crimes against humanity that were perpetrated in Gujarat in 2002.

Father Cedric Prakash is the recipient of several awards and honors internationally including the French “Chevalier of the Legion of Honor,” and an award by the President of India for his work in promoting human rights and religious harmony.

At a special ceremony held at the City Council Chamber to felicitate the selfless advocate of human rights and champion of peace, Mayor Kellogg paid tribute to the decades of stellar service to humanity rendered by Fr. Prakash.

In his speech, the Mayor recalled the Gujarat pogrom, in which 2,000 people were brutally massacred and over 150,000 displaced, as one of the darkest chapters in Indian history. He reminded the audience however, that “the struggle for justice in the aftermath of the Gujarat carnage is a story of selfless service, of a relentless quest for peace and of undying love for humanity.” Mayor Kellogg added that Fr. Cedric Prakash is one of those rare individuals who symbolize these great qualities.

“Fr. Prakash’s work shows us that in the midst of appalling cruelty and terrible crimes against humanity, there exists compassion, selflessness and an inspiring conviction in the brotherhood of humanity,” Mayor Kellogg stated.

“I feel truly humbled by this award from the city of Harvey,” said Fr. Cedric Prakash. “I accept it as an acknowledgement of the reality of the Gujarat Genocide of 2002, which will remain forever, a monumental tragedy in the history of India. This award is also a reminder that none of us should be quiet until the cause of justice has been met,” added Fr. Prakash.

“The decision by the City of Harvey to honor Fr. Cedric Prakash, is a reminder that our common values of justice, compassion and protection of the weak and dispossessed transcend geographical distance and citizenship of a specific country,” said Shaheen Khateeb, President of IAMC.

The event was attended by 2nd ward Alderman Joseph Whittington, 4th ward Aldermen Michael Bowen and 5th Ward Aldermen Donald Nesbit.

– tcn

George Antonysamy new archbishop of Madras-Mylapore

November 23, 2012 by  
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He succeeds Archbishop Malayappan Chinnappa.

Archbishop George Antonysamy, new Archbishop of Madras and MylaporeTamil Nadu, November 21, 2012: Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Archbishop George Antonysamy, apostolic nuncio to West African Countries, as the new archbishop of Madras and Mylapore. He succeeds Archbishop Malayappan Chinnappa, who has retired. The announcement made in the Vatican at noon today.

Archbishop Antonysamy, the Pope’s Ambassador to Gambia, Liberia and Sierra Leone, is the sixth archbishop of this ancient, historical and amalgamated archdiocese.

The archbishop-elect was born on Feb. 15, 1952 in Trichy, Tamilnadu. He did his early school education in Trichy and then joined St. Augustine’s Minor Seminary. He completed Bachelor of Philosophy and then Master of Theology in Urban University, Rome. He was ordained priest on Nov. 19, 1980 in Trichy.

After one year as assistant parish priest at the Holy Redeemer’s Minor Basilica, Trichy, he was sent to Rome for higher studies. In 2002, Blessed Pope John Paul II appointed him as the Charge d’Affaires of the Vatican Embassy in Jordan.

On August 4, 2005, Monsignor George Antonysamy was elected as Titular Archbishop of Sulci in Sardinia, Italy, by Pope Benedict XVI and had his Episcopal Ordination on September 21, 2005 in Trichy. He was simultaneously appointed as the Apostolic Nuncio to Gambia, Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, an office which he holds until now.

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CBCI Office for Justice, Peace and Development calls for more effective action against Israeli settlements in Palestine

November 23, 2012 by  
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CBCI OJPD supports Palestinian move in the UN Security Council for securing membership of the UN

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid

Honourable Minister Shri Salman Khurshid,

Warm Greetings from the Office of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India for Justice, Peace and Development!

It is heartening to learn that India has been reiterating its unwavering support for the Palestinian people’s struggle for a sovereign, independent, viable and united State, with East Jerusalem as its capital, within secure and recognised borders, side-by-side and at peace with Israel as endorsed in the Arab Peace Initiative, the Quartet Road Map and relevant UN Security Council Resolutions. India also welcomed and supported the Palestinian move in the UN Security Council for securing membership of the UN. Our Prime Minister in his speech in the UN General Assembly declared that ‘India looks forward to welcoming Palestine as an equal member of the United Nations’. (Source: Ministry of External Affairs Annual Report 2011-2012, P 49)

On the other hand, it is common knowledge that, since 1967, Israel has occupied Palestinian territories and has committed gross violations of human rights and international humanitarian law – not to mention of the recent military operation Pillar of Defence that has taken a toll of more than 105 civilian lives including women and innocent children.  It is in this context that the Office of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India for Justice, Peace and Development finds great significance in the call of the United Nations Special Rapporteur for additional action to halt the illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. UN Rapporteur Richard Falk has called for a boycott of Israeli and international businesses that profit from Israeli settlements on Palestinian lands until the enterprises bring their operations up to par with international human rights standards and humanitarian law.

The Office of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India for Justice, Peace and Development, which is a member of Pax Christi (an international Catholic peace movement), would like to shed light on the fact that Israeli settlements in the West Bank, including those in East Jerusalem, have been deemed illegal under international law, and that the international community has the duty to ensure Israel’s respect for international humanitarian law. In the advisory opinion on the Wall, in 2004, the International Court of Justice reconfirmed the illegality of the Israeli settlements, and highlighted that the members of the international community have the ‘duty of non-recognition.’ These settlements have enabled more than half a million Israeli citizens to live in occupied Palestinian territory and systematically obstruct the possibility of a two-state solution with an independent Palestinian state in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, a solution that India has endorsed often enough.

The Israeli government is preparing the settlements for international competition through subsidisation. Settlement products include agricultural items such as dates, citrus fruits, paprika, potatoes, and herbs, as well as manufactured products like cosmetics, carbonation devices, plastics, textile products, and toys. Over 43 per cent of land in the West Bank, along with the vast majority of water and natural resources, have been seized from Palestinians and allocated to settlements. (Is this not an Israeli provocation?) Palestinian trade and the economy are severely restricted by various physical and administrative obstacles imposed by Israeli authorities, which significantly diminish the competitiveness of Palestinian goods while increasing the unpredictability of delivery time and quality.

An Overview of India-Israel Bilateral Trade and Economic Relations, available at the website ( of the Indian Embassy in Tel Aviv reveal the following:

• Since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1992, bilateral trade and economic relations have progressed rapidly – from a base of US$ 200 million in 1992 to US$ 5.15 billion in 2011.

• In 2011, India was the 8th (in 2010, India was the sixth) largest trade partner of Israel in the world, and 3rd largest trade partner in Asia.

However, the balance of trade during January-December of 2010 was in Israel’s favour by a whopping US$ 1056.1 million; and, in January-December 2011 by US$844 million.

Again, a glance through the pages of Annual Report 2011-2012 (published by none other than the Ministry of External Affairs and available at reveals that the former External Affairs Minister, Shri S M Krishna, during his official visit to Israel from 9-10 January, 2012, met Mr Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, and his Israeli counterpart Mr Avigdor Liberman, and charted out areas of cooperation for the future, including energy, trade, agriculture and human resource development. (MEA Annual Report 2011-2012, P 48), despite the fact that the balance of India’s trade with Israel has been in Israel’s favour.

Against this backdrop, and against the backdrop of Israel’s recent reprehensible military aggression on the innocent civilians of Gaza in Palestine, the Office of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India for Justice, Peace and Development, which is a member of Pax Christi, the international Catholic peace movement, appeals to the Ministry of External Affairs to

• reconfirm the illegality of Israeli settlements;

• take effective action guaranteeing withdrawal of any kind of support to the Israel’s settlement enterprise;

• boycott – in accordance with UN Rapporteur Richard Falk’s call – Israeli and international businesses that profit from Israeli settlements on Palestinian lands until the enterprises bring their operations up to par with international human rights standards and humanitarian law;

• and, support the Palestinian move in the UN Security Council – on 29 November, the International Day for Solidarity with Palestine – for securing membership of the UN.

Thanking you, Honourable Minister, in anticipation of your effective and immediate action, in favour of Palestine and in defence of justice, I remain

Rev Dr Charles Irudayam, Secretary, CBCI Office for Justice, Peace and Development






Rev Dr Charles Irudayam
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Encouraging and inspiring response to Barnabas Day of Prayer

November 22, 2012 by  
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Country / Region: Middle East and North Africa, Africa, Europe, South and East Asia, United States, Australia, South America, Russian Federation

“Barnabas Fund… never leave us to stand alone with those who are being persecuted. We appreciated your time to pray with us this time and we are planning for next year.” – The Rev. Thomas Tut, Sudan

Persecuted Christians in prison in Sudan at prayer

Persecuted Christians in prison in Sudan at prayer

November 16, 2012: A big thank you to everyone who took part in our Day of Prayer for the persecuted Church on 1 November; events were held in at least 35 countries, and thousands joined in online.

We have received many encouraging and inspiring reports from our partners around the world, who really took hold of the initiative and rallied local Christians to pray for their persecuted family elsewhere.

A group of Afghan Christians, who are in exile in India because of their faith, held a prayer meeting. They told us:

All brothers were happy and thankful to the Barnabas Fund for organizing this prayer meeting which gave us a reason and opportunity to come to gather and pray especially for the persecuted church… We know very well the heart of the persecuted brothers and sisters and also the importance and necessity of prayer and such kind of prayer meetings for the persecuted church.

In Uganda, prayers were said over the radio in a live broadcast led by two church leaders. One of them said:

I read some prayer items in the guide … and invited the listeners to call and pray. Our telephone lines in the studio were jammed. One Muslim listener called to thank us for praying for Libya.

A Day of Prayer event in Guyana

A Day of Prayer event in Guyana

Events took place in at least 35 countries, from Costa Rica to Turkey, Japan to Sierra Leone, Iran to Pakistan. In India, 4,440 churches participated.

The Day of Prayer had a significant online following also as prayer points were posted on our Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus pages frequently throughout the day. Our daily reach on Facebook trebled on 1 November from an average of around 3,000 to over 9,000 people.

Our prayer guide, which featured 48 countries in half-hourly slots, was accessed by over 3,700 people online, while around 1,900 printed copies were distributed from our UK offices.

Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, International Director of Barnabas Fund, said:

It has been wonderful to hear how the Lord has used the Day of Prayer to inspire Christians throughout the world to intercede for their persecuted brothers and sisters. But the spiritual battle goes on, and I hope that many people will now make praying for persecuted Christians a daily practice.

– barnabas team

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