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Housing persecuted Christians

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Country/Region: Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India

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Thousands of Christians in three South Asian countries have lost their homes. Living in squalid conditions, without proper homes or places to worship, they are vulnerable, despised and cannot help themselves.

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Homeless Christians in Pakistan

“I have a dream in which I tell my friends, ‘This is my home that protects my family; it may be small but it is filled with God’s love and grace.’”

A pastor’s plea - Sri Lanka

“We lost all our belongings, and we also suffered many illnesses without any proper medical attention. We were living in a refugee camp till 2011. We have now moved back to our village with hope and vision to rebuild the ministry and make an impact for God. Land belonging to the church, which had a building, was destroyed in the war. As the church we will be grateful if this church could be rebuilt to serve the communities.”

Rosalina, a Christian girl from Orissa, India

“In July 2009, we had to return back to our village. We put up small tents with tarpaulin to stay in most unhygienic and unsafe condition… Only by the grace of God we are living and I praise and thank God.”

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India

At Christmas 2007, Hindu extremists entered the homes of their Christian neighbours telling them that they had to convert to Hinduism or leave. Many Christians were wounded or killed, unless they managed to escape into the jungle. Their houses and churches were burned down or rendered uninhabitable by the extremists. In August 2008 brutal attacks started again, continuing unabated for two months. At least 400 villages were “cleansed” of all Christians. Over 56,000 Christians were left homeless.

Pakistan

Following a housing dispute in which authorities reneged on their promise of providing land, more than 2,000 poor and vulnerable Christians became homeless in June 2009. They ended up living in tents along the centre of a highway with up to 20 people per tent. The only water supply ran beside an open pit latrine and waste dump. Two people died from the heat that first summer. In 2010 the government moved the families to a camp outside the city, but their tents were badly damaged by the devastating floods later that year.

Sri Lanka

The ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka that lasted more than 30 years has left the north and east districts of the country in a war-ravaged state: devastated land and vegetation, houses in ruins, and up to half a million people displaced and living in temporary camps. Since the war ended in May 2009 reconstruction work has begun, but many Christians are still without permanent homes. They meet together to worship in tents and sometimes under trees.

Can you or your church help provide a home?

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With your support, Barnabas Aid can enable local Christian groups to provide proper houses and churches for these homeless Christians in South Asia.

Since Barnabas Aid began in 1993 we have built hundreds of homes and scores of churches, transforming the lives of needy Christians under pressure. Help us to keep helping!

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sevenhundred.jpg for simple, one-room house in Orissa, India (pictured). The overhanging roof creates a veranda for cooking.

twothoufivehunpounds.jpg builds a four-room house in Pakistan with a kitchen and bathroom with toilet/shower and electricity.

threethoufivehunpounds.jpg average cost for a basic house in Sri Lanka. Including indoor kitchen, toilet and water supply.

sixthoupounds.jpg typical cost of a new church building in Sri Lanka, becoming beacons of hope in these broken communities.

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  • On this Good Friday, give thanks to God for the death of Christ and for His gift of eternal life. Praise Him too for the example of those Christians who have persevered in their faith at the risk of their lives and who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of Christ and the Gospel. Pray that their martyrdom will inspire their suffering brothers and sisters in Christ to endure whatever hardships befall them and will convince their persecutors of the truth and power of the Gospel. Pray too that their bereaved families and churches will not grieve without hope (1 Thessalonians 4:13). Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed 4 hours ago

  • Cry out to the Lord for Christians in the Central African Republic (CAR) who have been driven from their homes by the violence that has engulfed their country. Attacks by Islamist Séléka militants and retaliation from “anti-balaka” militias has generated a huge humanitarian crisis in which around two million people, many of them Christians, are in need of emergency assistance. Give thanks for the work of Barnabas partners who have been providing food rations to hundreds of displaced believers in the capital, Bangui, and distributing food, medicines, clothing and seeds to thousands in various regions. Pray that the aid will reach those who need it most, and that the Lord will comfort the relatives and friends of the thousands who have been killed in the fighting. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Thu, Apr 2014 00:00

  • “Jesus Christ performed tremendous miracles in all our lives through this Shalom Camp.” A pastor spoke of how God had worked through a Barnabas-sponsored weekend Bible camp for persecuted Christians in Sri Lanka. The camp was attended by believers from five different churches that had been the target of threats or attacks by Buddhist or Hindu extremists. The participants heard teaching on the Biblical basis for persecution and took part in group discussions; they came away refreshed and encouraged, and for many the camp was a time of great spiritual renewal. Give thanks to the Lord for the peace He has brought to these persecuted believers, and ask that the weekend will continue to bear much fruit in their lives. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Wed, Apr 2014 00:00

  • Pray for a church leader in Sri Lanka, S.S. Johnpillai, who was threatened at gunpoint by attackers who claimed to be Special Forces officers. The minister was in a hut next to his church building in Guadalupe, Trincomolee when, he said, the men “appeared out of nowhere”. The intruders put a gun to Johnpillai’s head and accused him of holding a Communion service in honour of the founder of the Tamil Tigers, the government’s opponents in the country’s long and bloody civil war. The government had that day made it a criminal offence to commemorate the group. The gunmen ignored Johnpillai’s protests that he had not dedicated Communion to the group’s founder, and they threatened to shoot him. Ask the Lord to support and strengthen Johnpillai as he recovers from this terrifying ordeal. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Tue, Apr 2014 00:00

  • Lift up to the Lord persecuted Christians in Sri Lanka, where at least 65 anti-Christian incidents took place during 2013, including repeat attacks on several believers and their property in October 2013. However, a Sri Lankan government minister from a Buddhist nationalist party denied the accounts, saying that they might be “made up”. The minister claimed that Sri Lankans are “one family … trying to live together after a long civil war”. Pray that the Sri Lankan government will recognise the danger that our brothers and sisters face from militant Buddhists and that the authorities will provide effective protection for vulnerable Christians. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Mon, Apr 2014 00:00

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