The U.S. embassy in Southeast Asia continues to receive reports that terrorist organizations could attempt to carry out attacks against Western connections. With religious passions stirred to a fever pitch, believers are being cautioned to be even more watchful.
According to sources, in many places with a high Islamic population, Christianity is considered a tie with the West. That association frequently paints a target on those involved with outreach and ministry. When warnings like this come, contingency plans often go into effect.
Among those taking the warnings seriously, is Teen Missions International (TMI), who says they've received a direct threat.
"In one of the sensitive countries where we have a Bible school, that on the television program, it was broadcast live that they were going to attack our Bible school after Ramadan on the 14th," TMI's Bob Bland told Mission Network News.
According to Bland, there are 25 students in the Bible school--students who are having a great impact in the area through child evangelism. "We take that very seriously and of course we're concerned for the sake of our students, and concerned for the sake of the ministry. But there are people out there that will attack Christians, so we need prayer for the safety of these young people."
Teen Missions, a ministry that challenges, trains, and disciples young people, currently operates Bible Schools in four locations in throughout the region.