50 More Homes Burned in Gojra

Attacks in Korian village last Friday left over 47 Christian homes burned and Christian women and children severely injured by burns. The next day, August 1, 2009, a separate accusation of blasphemy incited riots by another extremist Muslim group to burn approximately 50 more Christian homes in Gojra, Pakistan. The overall damage has led to 14 deaths, over 100 Christian homes and churches burned, and a large need for protection. We are currently drafting a letter to the Pakistani embassy asking for police protection of Christians in Pakistan. Please consider sending your own copy when it is posted later today or tomorrow. Your voice matters and can get medical help and protection for your brothers and sisters. You may read a more in-depth report here.

Please see the photos below from our partner at the Center for Legal Aid and Assistance Settlement (CLAAS).

Learn more about Jubilee Campaign and consider donating today! Indicate that you want to designate funds to Pakistan and 100% of your money will go directly to the Aid to Family Victim’s Fund that helps with these missions resulting from religion-based violence.

200 Christians Burned in Faisalabad, Pakistan

Jubilee Campaign’s partner in Pakistan Joseph Francis sent disturbing news on Thursday, July 30, that 40 Christian houses and churches were burned by local Muslims in Gill Wala Chauck, a village in Faisalabad, Pakistan. The incident, reported to him by a panicked eyewitness, happened in the evening around 8:00 p.m. during a Christian marriage ceremony.

An eyewitness called Mr. Francis and told him approximately 200 Christians were set on fire. Women and children are burned severely. Fire brigade vans arrived to control the fire but the Muslim mob did not allow them to pass by laying down in front of the vans and creating a blockade. The riots were incited by broadcasts from local mosques.

A team headed by Joseph Francis, director of the Center for Legal Aid and Assistance Settlement (CLAAS), is going to Faisalabad immediately to help the injured and burned victims and will assure they receive medical treatment. Local police have arrived on the scene but the situation is reportedly out of control as thousands of Muslims have gathered for this purpose on the announcement of the local Mosques.

The event is reminiscent of the recent July 1st, 2009, incident in Bahminwala village, Kasur.  We ask for your support and prayer in this matter and we will keep you updated with the latest information as we receive it.

We also give thanks to the Lord that this past Monday, a judge finally granted bail to permit the release of Joseph Francis from jail in a case which originates out of false accusations that Joseph attempted to re-convert a young lady who had converted to Islam by dousing her in kerosene and threatening to set her on fire.  Joseph is in good spirits, and he expresses deep gratitude for all those who prayed for him during his incarceration.

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Anecho: A Night of Worship for the Persecuted

~ANECHO~ “to endure or bear bravely”

Jubilee Campaign is planning a special night of worship to pray for and respond to the persecuted church around the world. Please mark October 9 on your calendars and stay tuned for details.

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Help Save Chinese Activist!

Please intervene to help save the life of Chen Guangcheng, a blind activist in China, jailed for exposing China’s brutal one-child policy!

If you are among the millions of Facebook users in the world, please join the group “ACT NOW to help Chen Guangcheng!” and invite your friends to do the same! If the link does not work directly, type in “Chen Guangcheng” in your search engine and the group will turn up.

For more information on how YOU can help, please visit www.friendsofchen.com.

Background on Chen:

The self-taught Chinese lawyer was first taken into policy custody in September 2005, after exposing China’s brutal population control tactics in the Shandong Province. For months Chen was held without trial, subjected to beatings, and denied contact with his lawyer, his wife, and other advocates. On August 24, 2006, Chen was formally sentenced to serve four years and three months in prison for “damaging public property and gathering people to block traffic.” Throughout the trial, Chen’s lawyers were denied access to their client, harassed and beaten, and key witnesses were blocked from testifying; the trial itself lasted less than two hours. Since that time, Chen has made numerous unsuccessful attempts to appeal his sentence.