Category: ACN news

Don’t give this up for Lent

Aid to the Church in Need asks us not to give up praying for Syria.
After so many years of fighting you may find it hard to keep caring.  Well, read about Elias. He’s one of the luckier Syrians –  he survived being tied to a cross by Daesh.

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Praying for Aleppo

Aleppo was a city of over 2 million people – ten times the population of Aberdeen. It has been inhabited since 5,000BC, making it one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and a world heritage site.  Continue reading

ACN working with other faiths

The main work of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is identifying and publicising cases of persecution wherever they occur around the world. ACN is also heavily involved in supporting persecuted people and communities.

There is another, albeit smaller, aspect of ACNs work. ACN also supports projects aimed at encouraging inter-faith dialogue, community and, where appropriate, reconciliation. Continue reading

How the money is used

This Autumn we raised £270 for SPUC and £200 for Aid to the Church in Need from the sale of Christmas cards. Both organisations are very grateful for the money we raised and have asked me to pass on their thanks.

Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) provide support in 130 countries worldwide helping Christians who are persecuted, oppressed or in pastoral need. Continue reading

Christian Winter in an Arab Spring

The Arab Spring has turned into a Winter for many Christian Arabs as extremists continue to attack churches, kill and violate Christians in an attempt to drive them out of many countries. So many Christians have been forced to flee effects of the Arab Spring that the status of Christianity as a world-wide religion in under threat. Continue reading

Will you help?

You would help your son or daughter, or your friend.

Will you help your brother and sister? 

The plight and suffering of our Christian brothers and sisters is well documented. Some events are so awful they even make the national news, such as the bombing of a church in Nigeria and persecution of Asia Bibi in Pakistan. Many more are documented in ACN posters and leaflets on our church notice board, and still more in the ACN booklet “Persecuted and Forgotten” which was handed out last year.  

The question today is: what are we going to do about it? Continue reading

Christians in the Middle East

“Don’t celebrate Easter otherwise you will be killed like your Christ”

This was the warning issued by extremists as they entered the Syrian capital Damascus. Naseem and Noora explained how and why they and their two girls, 10 and 6, had escaped to Jordan after the mutilated body of their priest, Fr. Haddad, was found dumped in the street. Christians elsewhere in Syria and Iraq are being told to “convert or die”, and priests in particular are being killed because they continue to serve Christians. Continue reading

Nigeria – Archbishop Kaigama talks

Extracts from a talk by Archbishop Kaigama The Archbishop comes from Jos, in Nigeria, and he was speaking at an event organised by Aid to the Church in Need.

Violence against Christians Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama spoke about the violence and attacks that his people have suffered in Nigeria, with hundreds losing their lives at the hands of extremist group Boko Haram who have targeted packed churches for bombings.   “Boko Haram, has introduced a new element of violence, of hatred, of destuction, of killing” he said.

The faith of Christians But there is hope, in the shape of the faith of Christians who, despite their fears of attacks, continue to go to Mass. “The Gospel today encourages us to witness to Christ without shame or fear.” Archbishop Kaigama explained that this was precisely what is happening in Nigeria – faithful witnessing to Christ in the face of extremist attacks that have cost many their lives. But, the archbishop added, “in Nigeria, Syria, and other countries where Christians are persecuted, we are not forsaken… You stand by us.”

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Their daily bread

In Lebanon: Elias and Zena and their children fled to Beirut from Iraq after Islamists killed Elias’ brother. They went to St. Anthony’s clinic, run by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd. Zena’s sister also fled there, after she was raped whilst taking her eldest daughter to school. Her attackers had shouted, “You are Christians. You have no right to live in this land”.

Last year St. Anthony’s clinic treated over 8000 refugees from Iraq, more than a third of them children. However, the aid agencies diverted money away from Iraqi refugees, cutting aid by 50%, because of the crisis in Syria. Continue reading

The suffering church

“When they beat me I prayed to Mary to save me. As soon as I was provided with an opportunity I ran away” – Anup, a 25 yr old Christian student in Bangladesh.

“How could I close the house of God”? – Fr. Ragheed Ganni, replying to gunmen who had told him to close his church in Iraq. After he said this the gunmen killed him.

“Every day I got up early to pray, and every time they saw me they began to insult and mock me because of my Christian faith. I lived through this experience praying and having faith in God.” – Norma, a Phillippino maid, harassed by her colleagues and employers in Saudi Arabia.

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