Saturday, March 1, 2008

MALAYSIA:Bibles Confiscated at Airport

On January 28, a customs officer confiscated two boxes containing 32 Bibles from a Christian woman in a Kuala Lumpur airport in Malaysia. According to Compass Direct News, "Online news agency Malaysiakini reported that upon arrival at the airport, Juliana Nichols was asked to open boxes and declare their contents. Despite producing a letter from her parish priest stating that the English Bibles were meant for use in her church, the officer told Nichols the texts needed to be cleared with the Internal Security Ministry's Control Division of Publications and Al-Quran Texts." The Compass report added that Rev. Dr. Hermen Shastri, general secretary of the Council of Churches of Malaysia, released a statement stating, "The Bible is Holy Scripture for Christians," and "no authority on earth should deny Christians the right to possess, read and travel with their Bibles." Shastri called for the immediate release of the Bibles and an official apology from the customs department. This incident is the latest in a series of seizures of Christian literature by the Malaysian government.
Pray for the people of Malaysia, who are concerned by the government's crackdown on religious freedom.
Ask God to protect and encourage Malay-Muslim converts who are cut off from meeting with a larger fellowship of believers.
Joshua 1:9

Source:Compass Direct News
As in the days of Noah....

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