Each year in March or April, homes around Central Asia are abuzz with activity. It’s Ramadan, the holy month in the Islamic calendar, where Muslims fast in the day and break fast together. For Christians, who are the minority and persecuted, it can be a very lonely time.
Christmas in Iraq? Yes. Christmas has been an official holiday since 2020 in this 95.5% Muslim country. But not many know about the Christ behind Christmas. Peace, hope and joy are what Iraqis are still desperate for.
Think persecution and one thinks of the big Muslim or communist nations. But persecution is also rife for the Mien ethnic minority in Laos. These stories will challenge anyone in faith.
Afraid. Grieving. Depressed. That is how more than half of Yemeni children are feeling, with more than one in five feeling this constantly. A far cry from the nation it once was in Biblical times, when it was under the rule of the Queen of Sheba. The country desperately needs the peace and hope that Jesus came to give more than 2000 years ago.