Here are a handful of news-bites from around the world included in the December issue of EN. May these encourage us as well as spur us on to pray for our brothers and sisters around the world facing severe persecution.
CAR: more deaths
Three pastors were among those killed on December 5 in violence in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic.
Another pastor is on the run with his family after he learnt that the rebels were looking for him. He is from a Muslim background and went into hiding after the rebels burnt his home and that of relatives living close by. World Watch Monitor
Iran: Bible completed
After 18 years of work, the translation of the Bible into modern Persian was completed on December 13.
Working alongside some of the best Hebrew and Greek consultants in the world, every word has been checked with the original languages. The work to typeset and finalise files for printing is under way, and the plan to print and distribute 100,000 copies of the Bible is under way. Elam Ministries
Iran: joy unexplainable
A note associated with Christian prisoner Farshid Fathi was reported on January 1, addressing those who have been praying for him during his over 1,100 days in prison.
Arrested in 2010 in Tehran and sentenced to six years in prison, he wrote of how he was celebrating Christmas with unexplainable joy in Christ. He described his walk with Christ as filled with, ‘great endurance, afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, sleepless nights, hunger, purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love, truthful speech and the power of God’. Mohabat News
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