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Our local partners in Bangladesh recently captured raw footage of beautiful worship: men and women declaring their commitment to follow Jesus and celebrating their freedom in Christ during a secluded baptism. Every person in the video below was converting from other religions.
After being alerted of “suspicious activities,” police came to the house of the couple where they found Christian materials and made arrests.
According to Middle East Concern, during a press conference on October 5, a Somaliland police colonel stated that two individuals had been arrested for apostasy (leaving a religion) and for being “evangelists spreading Christianity.” The couple has three children. The case is scheduled to be forwarded to the relevant court.
Participating in a house church in Iran.
This was their crime that would imprison them for the next 10 years of their lives. While they received no official trial (not uncommon for Christians arrested for house church involvement), they were sentenced. In July, the young men learned their appeals were rejected. They would be behind bars as prisoners of conscience that would likely land them in Evin Prison, known as Iran’s “torture factory.”
“Let the world see that I love the Lord Jesus,” Nisreen says. “He said whoever is ashamed of Me I will be ashamed of him in front of My Father. So why would I be ashamed of Him? He is my refuge and the shelter of my children.”
Why might she be afraid? Simple: She is a Christian who converted from Islam. She has lived through nearly 10 years of brutal war. And she lives in Syria.
Since the start of the Syrian civil war almost 10 years ago, Open Doors has stood with the local church to help Christians—believers who are forced to flee war, threatened by extremists, persecuted and who lost everything.
Because of their love to Christ they helped everybody around them. When the non-Christians asked why they were doing this, they explained them the Gospel. As a result of being so loving and caring as a church, many were attracted to the Gospel and accepted Jesus as their Savior. “The best hope we can offer is the hope that Jesus Christ offers.”