Archive | July, 2016


No Backing Down

If Wang Hongwu had appeared sad and beleaguered, it would have been completely understandable. Her husband, Pastor Yang Hua, had been arrested only four weeks earlier, and she was now being trailed by Chinese government authorities. However, when we met her and her 5-year-old son

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When Will Mummy Come Home?

Du Hongbo always thought he would be the one sent to prison. Instead, he has been a single dad to his two young boys for the past two years while his wife has been in prison. In 2014, Du Hongbo was a full-time Christian worker,

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IRAN: Pastor Charged with National Security Crimes

Yousef Nadarkhani, the Church of Iran pastor acquitted of apostasy in 2012, has been charged with “acting against national security.” Pastor Nadarkhani was summoned to the 13th Branch of the Revolutionary Court in Rasht on 24 July, where he was charged and released, but was

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COLOMBIA: Pastors Threatened by Guerilla Groups

A violent guerrilla group summoned nine Colombian pastors to a meeting on 8 July after the pastors refused to pay “protection money” in June. On 7 July, the National Liberation Army (ELN) sent a note ordering the pastors to attend a meeting across the border

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NIGERIA: Martyrs Survived by Grieving Families

Two church workers in Nigeria have recently been killed by militants in separate incidents. Eunice Elisha was murdered in the early hours of 9 July near Nigeria’s capital of Abuja. The 42-year-old mother of seven had gone out to preach as usual, her husband Pastor

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A Promise to Act

“When he calls to Me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.” Psalm 91:15 In the bottom drawer of my dresser, carefully folded and organised by type, are stacks of clothes to mend. One

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PAKISTAN: Father Expects No Justice for Daughter

The father of a 16-year-old girl allegedly raped by her neighbour believes she has little hope of justice because the accused is well-connected politically in the local area. Nasar Masih believes the police will ultimately favour the suspect, whom he believes was able to rape

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IRAN: Christian Prisoner Physically Abused

Ebrahim Firouzi, a Christian prisoner in Rajai Shahr Prison in Iran, has suffered physical abuse at the hands of prison guards when he was forced to attend an appeal hearing. On 21 August 2013 Ebrahim was arrested with two friends during a raid by plain-clothed

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CHINA: Pastor Yang Hua Threatened by Authorities

Pastor Yang Hua, who has been held for more than six months on charges of “divulging state secrets,” has recently received a series of threats from prison officials. Pastor Yang told his lawyer that prosecutors had threatened his life and those of his wife and

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