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Eritrean Christian Shares His Persecution Story-Paulus, an evangelical Christian from Eritrea, recently shared his story of fleeing the tiny Red Sea state following religious persecution there. Paulus is currently housed in the Shimelba refugee camp in northern Ethiopia. In the Ebenezer Evangelical Church within the camp, Paulus is free to worship in a way that is unthinkable back in his homeland, said Tanya Datta, from BBC News, Sept. 27.

Paulus demonstrated a torture technique known as "the helicopter" by balancing on his belly, with his hands clutching his feet behind his back, bending his legs back almost double. "It is one he knows well," said Datta. "It was in this excruciating position, Paulus said, that soldiers left him tied up for 136 hours, in an attempt to force him to recant his faith."

"They kept asking me to sign a document," Paulus recalled, "and agree to not participate in church activities or express my faith in any form. I was told I would be untied and released the minute I agreed to their requests."

During the past five years, a brutal campaign has been waged in Eritrea against Christian minorities, focusing mainly on the Evangelical and Pentecostal movements, Datta reported.

Assist News Service, BBC News via MissionNet


Praise/Pray: Argentine Village Isolates Teens-The leaders of an indigenous community in north-east Argentina have put their teenagers under quarantine for 60 days. They are trying to limit what they call the spiritual disorientation of their youngsters, caused by the modern society that surrounds them. Alcohol is not allowed in and youngsters under the age of 20 are not allowed out of Fort Mborore.

The move came after two youngsters killed themselves and a third attempted suicide in the space of a week.

The head of Fort Mborore, Silvino Moreyra, said the adoption of typical white man's customs had caused what he called a spiritual disorientation of the village's youth. He said the Guarani people were immersed in a crisis of white man's sins.

A team of 70 volunteers will patrol the village perimeter to ensure residents stick to the rules. The village elders say they will extend the 60-day quarantine if it proves successful.

The village is near the huge Iguazu Waterfalls, a major tourist attraction where many Guarani from Fort Mborore sell arts and crafts, so the adults will be allowed to continue working there.

BBC News via IRPP News Update


Praise: Bible Translation Impacts Generations of Brazilian Tribe-More than 20 years ago the Bible League sponsored the publication and printing of the newly-translated Kaiw New Testament for a people group in Brazil. "During the succession of two decades, having God's Word in their heart language has helped transform the lives of thousands of Kaiw-making a significant impact on multiple generations of this gentle people," said John Wagenveld, Bible League's director of Latin America ministries.

For example, the elder "Grandma Araci" assisted Wycliffe Bible Translators during a 25-year language analysis for the Kaiw translation. She was not a Christian in the beginning, but as the translation progressed throughout the years, she came to know Jesus Christ as her Savior. Her faith established a legacy of believers for generations to come. "One of Grandma Araci's grandsons came up to me and said he was hoping to attend a Bible school next year," reported a Wycliffe representative. "Other Kaiw came to me with stories. One woman said to me, I'm Araci's daughter, I'm a Christian, too.' Another of her grandsons said that when the local missionary is away, he does the preaching. Most of Araci's children and all of her grandchildren have accepted Jesus." Kaiw is spoken by about 20,000 people.

The Bible League Via MissionNet


Nigerian Christian Loses Custody of Daughters in Islamic Court-An Islamic court in Maiduguri, Nigeria, granted custody of the three daughters of Allabe Kaku Chibok to his deceased ex-wife's relatives because he became a Christian. Paradoxically, he lost custody of them only after his ex-wife died. The chain of events began in November 2004 when he allowed his daughters to attend the funeral service of their mother who had divorced him when he left Islam. The girls stayed for a week with Muslim relatives at his former wife's house, but when Chibok arrived there to take them to school, he found that a retired female police officer, Hajiya Maryam Aliyu, had helped his ex-wife's Muslim relatives abduct them. On Aug. 4, 2006, the Borno Upper Sharia Court ruled that under Islamic law a non-Muslim father cannot be a custodian to his children if the mother of his children is Muslim - or, in this case, if the deceased mother's relatives are Muslim.

Compass Direct News via MissionNet

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