Cameroon - the Weh people
A believer called Eugene had trained a small team of Weh Bible translators.
Through illness and financial difficulties, Eugene’s team shrank to just him and one other member. But worse was to come.
In 2018, terrible conflict came to the region. Eugene says, ‘Huge numbers of homes were burnt to the ground. Families had to flee to the bush for their lives. Churches couldn’t meet. A Bible translator I knew was attacked and killed. His wife had her arm chopped off. It was a terrible time.’
Eugene and the team had to flee. But still he continued to translate Scripture, despite difficulties. His three children are still traumatised. The team regrouped but faces daily battles against power cuts, sometimes working through the night to make the most of the limited electricity supply.
And one of his translation team recently got sick and died. He never got to see the printed New Testament. In fact, no one will see it printed – unless the funds are raised.
Despite all the obstacles that have been put in Eugene’s path to bringing Scripture to the Weh people, he is so close to his goal. He just needs the funds to print the completed New Testament.
- that the funds will be raised to make these New Testaments widely available
- that the Lord will speak to the hearts of the Weh people in the language of their heart
Thousands of Christians in Malawi have been left homeless and in need of urgent assistance in the wake of Cyclone Freddy, which has also hit Madagascar and Mozambique ... countries that are far less evangelised than Malawi.
In Malawi, the cyclone has displaced close to 160,000 people. Torrential rain, flooding, and mudslides have caused over 320 known deaths. Hospitals are being overwhelmed with the injured and children have been orphaned in this natural disaster.
Those who can are sheltering in the schools and churches that are still standing, or have found refuge in newly set-up camps. People are often currently taking shelter in buildings lke schools which can be housing over 4,000 other survivors. In such desperate circumstances, even basic essentials are hard to come by, and everyone is struggling for food. Clean water is also hard to come by, so an outbreak of cholera is also a constant threat.
Food aid is being sent to Malawi from South Africa ... the need is enormous in this record-breaking storm, and Malawi is often a country that receives the least aid in Africa, due to its landlocked position.
- for the adequate supply of basic essentials, food, shelter and clothing to internally displaced people in Malawi
- for protection from the aggravation of the existing problems by outbreaks of the sorts of diseases that can follow on from natural disasters of this sort
Alimujiang Yimiti, also known as Alim, converted from Islam to Christianity in 1995 and served as a house church pastor to Uyghurs in Kashgar, Xinjiang. His work in Xinjiang painted a target on his back, as the Chinese government began to scrutinize Uyghurs in the area. In 2007, authorities initially accused Alim of using his business to “infiltrate” Christian ideology into Kashgar.
Alim was criminally detained on Jan. 12, 2008, for “inciting separatism” and “unlawfully providing state secrets to overseas organizations” due to a conversation he had with an American colleague, possibly about his interaction with authorities in 2007.
Twice before his final sentencing in August 2009, the Court in Kashgar secretly tried Alim. After the first trial, they decided there was not enough evidence to convict him. The prosecution decided to drop his separatism charge and tried him a second time a year later. For both secret trials, Alim’s family was prohibited from attending.
Since Alim’s trial and conviction, the world has come to know about China’s crimes against humanity in Xinjiang, also known as East Turkistan.
An estimated 1-2 million Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and other ethnic minorities are kept in concentration camps.
According to witness testimonies in the Uyghur Tribunal in 2021, prisoners were forcefully sterilized, tortured, and “re-educated.”
No other news about Alim or his family is currently available.
- For the protection of God's Uyghur people from the persecution that is being heaped up on their ethnic group because it is (generally) Moslem and therefore persecuted by the communist state
- For justice and peace for the Uyghur people as a whole and an end to their suffering and persecution