Ethiopia

Two Christians distributing Bibles in Ethiopia’s Melka Belo region were arrested in separate incidents in March. After enduring some days of harassment and physical abuse, they were both released. One of them, Sheikh Amin, is a resent convert to Christianity, having previously been a mosque leader; while in detention he was repeatedly pressurised to renounce his Christian faith but he refused. The other, Gemechu Jorgo, was hit in the face three times with his own Bible, after reminding his interrogator that he had a constitutional right to practise his faith freely. Praise God for the faithfulness of our two brothers and pray that this may cause their persecutors to question their policy of harassing Christians. The Melka Belo authorities have been trying to incite local Muslims to harass Christians; pray that this policy will fail.

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