January '14 Praise Reports
India now the eighth largest Christian nation
Christianity is spreading among the middle and high castes in India, despite persecution. With a Christian community numbering seventy-one million people, India is the eighth largest Christian nation in the world. The 'new India' sends out thousands of missionaries and is home to hundreds of self-supporting ministries.
Praise God for the growing numbers of Christians in India (The Bible, Acts 2:41).
Pray for more people to turn to Christ in India, including the vast unreached places and peoples (The Bible, 2 Peter 3:9).
Source: International Christian Concern
UK summit on persecution in Middle East
Religious persecution is this century's biggest challenge, a UK government minister has said, while announcing an international summit to deal with the issue.
In a speech in the U.S. in November, Baroness Warsi said Christianity was particularly suffering in the wake of changes in the Middle East. She said, "Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox Christians and others are the victims of this type of militant sectarianism. These communities have lived in these regions for centuries, in places where their faith was born.
"Yet some are portrayed as newcomers. Many are rooted in their societies, adopting and even shaping local customs. Yet they are increasingly treated as outsiders. These minority populations have co-existed with the majority for generations. Yet a mass exodus is taking place, on a Biblical scale. In some places, there is real danger that Christianity will become extinct."
She gave as an example the Christian community in Iraq which now numbers 200,000, having fallen from 1.2 million in 1990.
Baroness Warsi is the first senior British politician to draw attention to the plight of Christians in the region. She is to host an international summit this month to draw up a plan to end violence against Christians, particularly in the Middle East.
Praise God for the international summit on religious persecution (The Bible, Psalm 9:13).
Pray for the international summit planned for January 2014. Pray it would have real impact especially on the lives of persecuted Christians (The Bible, Psalm 119:86).
Source: Evangelical Alliance
This article originally appeared in the January 2014 edition of The Win 10/40 Reporter.
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