Archive | April, 2017


KAZAKHSTAN: Fined for Easter Worship

Police raided at least two Baptist meetings for worship on Easter Sunday, in the central city of Temirtau and the southern city of Taraz. Officers issued four summary fines totalling about nine months’ average wages with no court hearings. Such fines for meeting for worship

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SRI LANKA: Pastor Under Pressure

Please pray for a pastor in Sri Lanka’s Kalutara district whose home has been attacked twice in the space of two days. The pastor received a letter from a local official stating that his religious worship activities were not registered and that he could only

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PAKISTAN: Parliament Calls for Reform of Blasphemy Laws

There have been fresh calls within Pakistan’s Parliament to reform the nation’s blasphemy laws. The resolution follows the mob-killing of a student earlier this month. Pakistan’s top court is investigating the murder of the journalism student from Abdul Wali Khan University in North-West Pakistan, for

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MEXICO: Tribal Christians Building Bridges of Peace

In a community dominated by members of the Wixárika tribe, many of whom still partake in pagan rituals (involving the use of a hallucinogenic drug) and sacrifices offered to their gods, remains a group of about 25 evangelical Christian converts. Many other converted followers of

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NIGERIA: Three Years of Agony for Chibok Parents

For the families of the 195 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped from their dormitories three years ago, grief and despair have been compounded by fear, as the perpetrators of their agony continue to terrorise their town and carry out further abductions with impunity. Since Boko Haram jihadists

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CHINA: Pray for Pastor Yang Hua

A Chinese pastor who has been in prison for the past 16 months was admitted to hospital last month with a serious medical condition. In mid-March, dark, painful lesions appeared on Yang Hua’s legs and continued to spread. Prison doctors gave him painkillers but offered

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Trafficked: Earthly Captivity to Eternal Calling

Jong-su grew increasingly nervous as she sped away from the North Korean border in the smuggler’s vehicle. She had crossed the Yalu River into China the previous night, after her boyfriend had threatened to report her illegal trading business because she had rejected his marriage

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Martyred by North Korean Assassins

When Pastor Han answered a phone call one afternoon at his church in Changbai, China, near the North Korean border, his wife saw no particular reason for concern. She knew, however, that for several months both Chinese police and South Korean intelligence officers had been

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