A mob of angry Muslims surrounded the St. George’s Church in Upper Egypt last week, threatening to kill the priest for defying a ban that restricted church construction.
Father George Thabet, who was serving morning mass, was locked inside the church along with numerous parishioners, while the mob outside reportedly began yelling chants to “kill the priest” and to “cut him to pieces.” The incident stemmed from an earlier conflict in March 2011, when Muslims had first begun pressuring church officials to stop construction on the building, despite the fact… Read more
Tickets are now on sale for CFI’s “Break the Chains” benefit concert!
Join CFI and the Irish band Bluetree in taking a stand against Christian persecution on Saturday, September 3, 2011. This incredible event, which will raise funds to support hundreds of persecuted believers around the world, will be held at the Kewadin Resorts in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan at 7:00 p.m. EST (doors open at 6:00).
Don’t miss out on this exciting show! Admission is $6, and children under 5 are free. To purchase tickets, or to register your… Read more
For Those Living in the Darkness of Bondage and Oppression…
International Day of Prayer 2011
In Indonesia, Christians are watching their churches being closed or burned to the ground in the wake of growing Islamic oppression…
… while dozens of believers in Pakistan have been assaulted, kidnapped, or imprisoned within the past year…
… and more than 50,000 Christians remain confined in concentration camps in North Korea.
Incredibly, they are just a small percentage of suffering Christians around the world today.
On Sunday, November 13, 2011, you can intercede for… Read more
The Big Ticket Festival is one of the largest Christian music celebrations in the United States, drawing thousands of attendees from Michigan and the surrounding states each year. With scheduled performances by more than 110 musical bands and tons of family-friendly events, the 2011 Festival promises to be another great opportunity for fun, fellowship, and Christ-centered worship.
This year, as in the past several years, CFI will feature its “Freedom Tent: Crisis in Burma” exhibition at the Festival, introducing hundreds of festival attendees to the powerful and shocking reality of… Read more
INDONESIA – The prosecution wanted 10 months of prison time — a light sentence for the crimes committed — but the court sentenced 17 men to less than five months.
Last February a 1500-strong mob of angry Muslims set several churches on fire and destroyed another in the Central Java town of Temanggung. The mob also demanded that a Christian man be sentenced to death for “insulting Islam.”
Four panels of judges at Semarang district court convicted a total of 17 Muslims in connection with the violence, sentencing 16 of… Read more
An Islamic group in Pakistan has denounced the Bible as “blasphemous,” and is calling for the Supreme Court of Pakistan to ban the book from the country.
The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam party, or Assembly of Islamic Clergy, claims that numerous passages were inserted in the Bible that “undermine the sanctity of the holy figures,” and depict Islamic prophets as being guilty of “moral crimes.” The group’s leader cited scriptures, which include text from the books of Genesis, Exodus, and Matthew, that allegedly contain insertions that strongly offend Muslims and therefore violate… Read more
Amid increasing sectarian tensions, many Coptic Christians have become concerned about the rise of extremist Islam and its effects on the Christian community throughout Egypt.
Hundreds of Christian citizens, who demonstrated alongside Muslims earlier this year to call for the removal of former president Hosni Mubarak, are now fearful that a conservative Islamic presence in Egypt is ushering in an era of discrimination and violence against the church — one that will become virtually unopposed as it gains strength.
Recent incidents of church burnings and physical attacks against Christians have… Read more