Fresh off the successful evacuation of 149 Iraqi Christian refugees to Slovakia last week, faith leader Johnnie Moore addressed Saddleback Church Sunday with a message that put the enormity of the Middle East refugee crisis into perspective for American churches, and explained the extent to which terrorists have destroyed the cradle of Christianity.
"The world we're living in is experiencing the worst refugee crisis since WWII," Moore told the congregation of Saddleback Church. "Sixty million refugees are displaced people in our world right now — 12 million alone affected by the Syrian crisis."
Moore explained that, unlike refugees of other countries, Syrian refugees had a lot in common with Americans. "Syria was not unlike our own country. It was a middle class country. … These people were like us, they weren't poor people. … They were middle class people, they were people like you and I. … Their kids were in college, they had cars ... they had two-story houses, they had regular, every day normal lives like we have." more >>
A persecution watchdog group has started a petition for hundreds of Christian families from over 50 villages in India who have been banned from practicing their faith, and pressured to reconvert to Hinduism.
"Today, we are joining our voice with our Indian brothers and sisters in Christ to call on the Prime Minister of India to specifically address the banning of Christianity. We believe in a society which touts religious tolerance and freedom. No one should be banned from practicing their faith freely. Sign our petition and let Christians in India know they are not alone in this fight," International Christian Concern said in a statement, providing a link to the petition.
Although India's constitution guarantees religious freedom, reports have stated that local authorities in over 50 villages in the Bastar District of Chhattisgarh State have targeted Christians in the region by passing a controversial proclamation that bans the open practice of Christianity. more >>
A Norwegian Christian family whose five children were seized by the state's child services due to fear that they were being indoctrinated with Christianity, are planning to hold various protests calling for the return of their children in a number of cities across the globe.
After the five children of the Bodnariu family were taken into custody by the Barnevernet (Norway's child protective services agency) on Nov. 16, based on a teacher's concerns about how the children are being raised by "radical" Christians who were "indoctrinating" their children, the family's appeal of the agency's decision to remove the children from the home was rejected on Nov. 27.
As the family's children are now placed in three separate foster homes, Marius and Ruth Bodnariu have gained support from thousands of people all over the world who agree that the state has no right to remove the children from the home, as over 36,600 individuals have now signed a petition calling on the government to free the children. more >>
One hundred and forty-nine Iraqi Christian refugees rested easier Thursday night after escaping the murderous grip of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL, thanks to the coordinated evacuation efforts led by media personality Glenn Beck and faith leader Johnnie Moore.
The refugees did not face treacherous ocean waters in an unsafe vessel or resort to the dangers of illegal smugglers in order to make their escape. Instead evacuees were whisked to safety in the security and comfort of a privately chartered Airbus that carried them from their home in IS-ridden Nineveh Plains, a region in northeast Iraq and near Mosul, to safety in the central European country of Slovakia.
The effort was shrouded in secrecy, with one of its key operatives, Johnnie Moore, who authored the 2015 book Defying ISIS: Preserving Christianity in the Place of Its Birth and in Your Own Backyard, tweeting out a cryptic message requesting prayers just hours before executing the mission. "Requesting prayer for something I have been quietly working on for a long time. The next 24 hours are critical," he wrote. more >>
Twenty-five Christians from a large group of Assyrians kidnapped from the Khabur river valley earlier this year have been released, marking progress in negotiations with the Islamic State terror group.
Fides News Agency revealed that the hostages, all men and including two young boys, were released on Wednesday following negotiations, and reached the town of Tel Tamar in Syria.
The newly released Assyrians belong to a group of over 250 that were kidnapped during major raids by IS militants in February. Talks with IS for their release have been going on since, and pockets of Christians have been released throughout the year. Another group of 10 Christians, mostly elderly people, were released on Nov. 24, but overall close to 130 hostages remain in captivity. more >>
As the Islamic State terrorist organization continues to come up with barbaric ways to execute its prisoners, the militant group has reportedly ripped a journalist's body in half and executed an Iraqi woman by biting her hand off.
According to the Iranian-based AhlulBayt News Agency, IS militants in Deir ez-Zor, Syria, executed a journalist whom they accused of acting as a spy for the Syrian army and giving away the locations of IS fighters.
While the militant organization has become well adept at beheading or fatally shooting its prisoners in the back of the head for their executions, IS chose to make an example of the unnamed journalist by forcing him to endure what can be described as one of the group's most brutal methods of execution. more >>