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Rabbi David Saperstein Appointed New Ambassador for International Religious Freedom

Posted on August 1, 2014 by

White House- President Obama has appointed Rabbi David Saperstein

By Kristin Wright, Director of Advocacy at Open Doors USA President Obama has appointed Rabbi David Saperstein as the new Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious freedom. It’s an important appointment that comes at a crucial time, as religious freedom around the…
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Where Are The Iraqi Refugees Now?

Posted on July 30, 2014 by

By noon on July 19th, all Christians were expected to be out of Mosul, Iraq, having been given the ultimatum by the Islamic extremist group ISIS to leave, pay a huge fine or be killed. Before this ultimatum was given,…
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World Watch List Challenge – #29 Sri Lanka

Posted on July 28, 2014 by

After surviving a failed murder attempt, a Sri Lankan pastor and his family learn the biblical keys to facing persecution risks in Monaragala. Monaragala, a district southwest of Sri Lanka, is home to Katharagama Devalaya, a Buddhist temple that draws…
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Ramadan Day 30- Peace

Posted on July 27, 2014 by

The tiny ship rocked back and forth, tossed across the white caps like scrap, the sailors sure it would soon be broken into match sticks.  One frightened sailor crawled to the opening in the deck to call to the sleeping…
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Ramadan Day 29- Joy

Posted on July 26, 2014 by

Somalia – Nishan, 27, had just graduated from college, and was interning at a hospital when he first heard the gospel message. Three years later, he made known to his family that he had become a follower of Jesus Christ….
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Write To An Iranian Prisoner

Posted on July 25, 2014 by

Pastor Saeed Abedini is an American citizen who was thrown into an Iranian prison in the summer of 2012. A few months later, he was sentenced to 8 years in prison due to his Christian activities. Pastor Saeed represents hundreds…
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Ramadan Day 28- Love

Posted on July 25, 2014 by

On the second floor of the Abgineh Glass and Ceramics Museum in Tehran Iran, in a small, unremarkable cabinet resides a collection of oddly-shaped bottles labeled only as ‘sprinklers.’  In ancient Middle East, these bottles were known as ‘tear-catchers’; vessels…
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Meriam Ibrahim Arrives in Italy- Finally Free

Posted on July 24, 2014 by

By Kristin Wright, Director of Advocacy at Open Doors USA Sheltered inside the US Embassy in Khartoum for the past month, and prevented from leaving Sudan, Meriam Ibrahim was wondering if she would actually be able to leave- right up…
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Ramadan Day 27- Self Control

Posted on July 24, 2014 by

The idea of Self control is demonstrated by Muslims on the 27th day of Ramadan, when Muslims celebrate the night that they believe God first revealed the words of the Quran to Mohammad.  On this night, the “Night of Power”,…
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North Korea: Then and Now

Posted on July 23, 2014 by

The god-like worship in this closed nation, along with the harsh living  conditions are images that often come to mind when thinking of North Korea. While many ask God to change these circumstances and free the people of North Korea…
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