Prayer fuel: News from around the world

Here are a handful of news-bites from around the world included in the March 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.

Algeria: church growing
The Algerian church is one of the fastest growing in the Muslim world, it was reported in early February.
More than 100 testimonies have been broadcast through SAT-7 and church services are aired several times a week. The Algerian government gave an official licence to the church in 2011, so it can exist and worship freely. Fellowship of European Broadcasters (FEB) 

France: ‘family-phobia’
More than 100,000 people took to the streets of Paris and Lyon on February 9 to protest against the introduction of same-sex ‘marriage’ and proposals to legalise medical procedures that will allow same-sex couples to have children.
President Francois Hollande, who has suffered near-record low poll ratings, has postponed further social reforms, which demonstrators have described as ‘family-phobic’, until after next month’s municipal elections. Christian Concern

Tanzania: slaughter avoided
More than 100 Muslim extremists on Tanzania’s semi-autonomous island of Zanzibar stormed a church, following an evening worship service, on January 11 and beat a visiting preacher.
The mob, including suspected members of Islamic extremist groups, meant to attack the congregation’s senior pastor, Bishop Daniel Kwilemba, who was not present at the church. The men shouted that they wished to slaughter the bishop. Morning Star News


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