Isaac Rana Bonik, Tearfund Bangladesh. ‘We celebrate it with our families starting with interdenominational prayer at 6am. Last year 800 people gathered locally to celebrate. This practice started in Dhaka more than 30 years ago. It now happens in different parts of the country where there are big Christian communities and different churches. ‘After the […]
‘Bounty’ on underground Christians Cross removals continue London embassy refuses Release petition The Chinese authorities are offering cash rewards for information about so-called ‘illegal’ church services. It’s part of an ongoing crackdown on Christianity in the country. Officials are offering cash rewards... The post CHINA CLAMPDOWN TIGHTENS appeared first on Release International.
As upheavals in Sudan continue, Release International sees a window of opportunity to end the persecution of Christians in that country. Protesters in Sudan are continuing to demonstrate for a civilian-led democracy, following last Thursday’s coup that ousted Omar al Bashir after... The post SUDAN: ‘WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY’ TO END CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION – RELEASE INTERNATIONAL […]
Authorities in Pakistan fear that a terrorist linked to Islamic State is planning an attack that could target Christians in Punjab province at Easter. The bomber is likely to try to carry out a suicide attack in Lahore, our contact says. Please... The post Terrorist threat to Pakistan churches appeared first on Release International.
Interview with Trans World Radio, March 2019 Persecution and war have forced hundreds of thousands of Christians to flee for their lives. Release International has launched an appeal to help these refugees from countries such as Syria, Iraq and Eritrea. In Syria,... The post Supporting Christians in Flight appeared first on Release International.
“My soul is very sorrowful, even to death. Remain here and watch.”
Just as we do, Jesus experienced distressing emotions. Anxiety, sorrow, fear and even horror were evident as Jesus contemplated his path ahead. He shared his distress with his disciples and God Himself. Clearly, it was important to him that his friends ‘keep watch’, so much so, that he rebuked and exhorted them to try again when they fell asleep. Jesus knew that their ‘keeping watch’ would not change the difficult path that lay ahead for him but it was important to Jesus the man that his close disciples witnessed his distress. Even today as we try to ‘keep watch’ when others suffer along difficult paths, do we sometimes fall asleep or detach through apathy, fear hopelessness or feelings of powerlessness? Human suffering is ultimately an individual task, which Jesus’ drawing away from the disciples to be with God perhaps reflects. Still, we are called to bear witness to others’ sufferings and pray for them – hoping and trusting that it will be a transforming experience for those who suffer and those who keep watch. ... See MoreSee Less