5-5-5 Challenge: Yemen

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5-5-5 2013 WWL

[en]Yemen, situated on the Arabian Peninsula, consists mostly of desert. The country’s main source of income comes from its petroleum industry. However, poverty is a big problem in Yemen as one in every three Yemenis is unemployed.

When the winds of the Arab Spring reached Yemen, the government used excessive violence to crack down on protestors. As a result of the unrest many expatriates, including Christians, left Yemen.

In this Middle Eastern nations family and government are the main sources of Christian oppression and persecution. The Constitution declares that Islam is the state religion, and that Shari’a, Islamic law, is the source of all legislation. The government forbids the proselytising of Muslims.

On March 18, 2012 an American language teacher, Joel, were shot dead by gunmen in Yemen’s second largest city, Taiz. Joel was driving to work on a Sunday morning when he was fired on by gunmen on a motorbike. The al-Qaeda-linked militant group, Ansar al-Sharia, said it carried out the attack, “in response to a Western campaign to preach Christianity among Muslims.”

The number of Muslim background believers is estimated to be between 500 and 1 000. They are not allowed to have their own gatherings and so they meet in secret locations.

Yearly, about five to six Christian converts are imprisoned for a duration varying from a few days, up to half a year. Often, these Christians are not officially charged making it very hard to prove that they are being detained due to their Christian faith.

Source >> http://opendoorsusa.org/

There is some religious freedom for foreigners here and there are a few official churches for several thousand Christian expats and refugees in Aden, but in the north, no church buildings are allowed. The country is very unstable and large numbers of expats have left the country. Evangelism is prohibited and conversion is forbidden. Yemenis who leave Islam may face the death penalty. The few hundred Christians from a Muslim background face persecution from authorities and family, and extremist groups use this threat to pressure them to recant.

Pray:

  • That isolated believers will find ways to meet together.
  • That vocational training programs supported by Open Doors will help Yemeni believers to stand strong.
  • Suicide bomb attacks killed over 100 in 2012. Pray for peace in this deeply divided country.

Source >> http://worldwatchlist.us/ [/en]

[id]Yemen, yang terletak di Semenanjung Arab, merupakan negara gurun pasir. Pemasukan utama negarai ini adalah industri minyaknya. Tetapi, kemiskinan tetap menjadi masalah utama di Yaman. Tercatat 1/3 penduduknya adalah pengangguran.

Saat gerakan Arab Spring mencapai Yaman, pemerintah menggunakan kekerasan untuk mengatasi para demonstran. Dengan keadaan ini, banyak orang asing memilih meninggalkan negera ini, termasuk banyak orang Kristen.

Di Yaman, sumber utama aniaya terhadap orang Kristen adalah keluarga dan pemerintah. Konstitusi Yaman menyatakan bahwa Islam adalah agama negara, dan hukum Syariah, merupakan sumber dari semua aturan perundangan. Pemerintah melarang seorang Muslim berpindah agama.

Pada tanggal 18 Maret 2013, seorang guru bahasa berkebangsaan Amerika, Joel, ditembat mati di kota Taiz. Joel sedang merangkat bekerja di Minggu pagi saat dia ditembak. Kelompok Ansar al-Sharia, yang berhubungan dengan al-Qaeda, menyatakan bertanggungjawab atas pembunuhan itu dengan menambahkan bahwa, “itu merupakan respon terhadap propaganda Barat dan penginjilan Kristen.”

Jumlah MBB diperkirakan 500-1.000 jiwa, yang terpaksa harus berkumpul dengan sembunyi-sembunyi. Rata-rata setiap tahun ada 5-6 orang Kristen MBB yang dipenjara tanpa melalui tuntutan dan pengadilan.

Sumber >> http://opendoorusa.org/

Ada sedikit kebebasan beribadah bagi orang asing di Yaman, ada juga gereja yang resmi yang melayani ribuan orang asing dan para pengungsi di Aden. Tetapi di daerah Utara, gereja dilarang. Yaman masih dalam kondisi belum stabil, banyak orang asing yang meninggalkan negara ini. Penginjilan dan pindah agama sangat dilarang. Orang Yaman yang memeluk agama Kristen menghadapi hukuman mati. Ancaman bisa datang dari keluarga, pemerintah, dan juga kelompok-kelompok militan.

Berdoa:

  • Supaya kelompok MBB bisa bersekutu tanpa sembunyi-sembunyi.
  • Supaya pelatihan kerja yang disponsori oleh Open Doors bisa membantu penduduk di sana untuk mandiri.
  • Bom bunuh diri membunuh hampir 100 orang di tahun 2012. Berdoa supaya ada kedamaian di negara ini.

Sumber >> http://worldwatchlist.us/ [/id]

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