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NIGERIA: Seven More Killed by Suspected Herdsmen

A fresh attack attributed to Fulani herdsmen has left seven killed in Tseadough village, in the Kwande local government area of Benue state, in Nigeria’s Middle Belt. The assailants stormed the village in the early hours of Sunday 3 June, while people were asleep, the

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ERITREA: Prisoner Released

Voice of the Martyrs has received confirmation that Pastor Oqbamichel Haiminot (also spelled Okbamichael) has been released. VOM contacts say he is in need of medical care. Pastor Oqbamichel Haiminot, senior pastor of the Kale Hiwot (Word of Life) Church became the first senior Eritrean

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CHINA: Schools Working to Eliminate Christianity

Teachers in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, recently sent messages to the parents of infants and primary school students, demanding that the parents disclose their religious beliefs. One Christian said school officials have even come to Christian parents’ homes and workplaces, asking them to renounce their faith

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Project: Deep Wells for India

An estimated 27 million Christians live in India, making up 2.2% of the population. Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Hindu nationalist organisation has seen a 20% increase in membership and an emboldened base aimed at further cementing India’s Hindu identity.

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MYANMAR: Thousands Flee Fresh Fighting in Kachin State

Myanmar’s military has renewed its offensive against the mainly Christian Kachin people in Myanmar (Burma). The military stepped up its campaign against the Kachin people in April, pounding them with airstrikes and artillery. Troops have displaced thousands and occupied churches, interrogating entire congregations. As well

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CHINA: Pastor Yang Hua Sentenced

After secretly trying Yang Hua for “divulging state secrets,” a judge sentenced the pastor of Living Stone Church on 5 January to two years and six months in prison. Pastor Yang, also known by his legal name, Li Guoshi, has been held since 9 December

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MIDDLE EAST: “Thousands Coming to Christ!”

An encouraging message from Arabic broadcasters in the Middle East…. Despite the mass exodus of many Christians, the church is far from empty in Syria, Iraq, Jordan and other parts of the Middle East. God has been very faithful. There are strong Christian believers remaining,

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EGYPT: Four Arrests for Copt Cathedral Bombing

Egyptian police have arrested four people in the wake of the bombing that killed dozens of Christians at Cairo’s Coptic Christian cathedral last month, the Interior Ministry said. The death toll from the bombing at a chapel next to St Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo has

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SUDAN: Pastor Released from Prison

Christians in Sudan are thankful that Rev Kuwa Shamal Abazmam Kurri, the head of the mission office of the Sudan Church of Christ, was released from prison on Monday 2 January. He is one of four men detained since December 2015 in Khartoum who have

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SYRIA: Pray for Christians in Aleppo, City Ravaged by War

Christians in Aleppo are asking for prayers for their city, which has been destroyed by the civil war. A VOM contact reports, “Currently, it is a ghost city, no life and complete destruction. Pray this city will have life again and the church will play

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CHINA: Xinjiang Woman Imprisoned for Holding Bible Study

A local court in China’s western Xinjiang sentenced a Christian woman to three years in prison for holding a Bible study. Ma Huichao, who was taken into police custody along with four other Christians when officials claimed their Bible study met without government approval, stood

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Evangelism: Feeling Like a Project

Tears misted Basma’s eyes as she touched my arms and looked at me. “Beautiful. You are beautiful.” It was the look a proud mother would give her daughter. Basma had been a mother to me in many ways. She had taken me in as a

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THIRTEEN THREE Resource Kit

Thirteen Three is committed to encourage the next generation of Australian youth to be bound with our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ. We want to empower and inspire youth to live out the importance of Hebrews 13:3 by remembering the persecuted church. To help

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Training Future Leaders

In 2002 when Rebekha Bibi first accepted Christ, her family tried to kill her. VOM helped her through this trying time and supported her desire to reach Hindus and Muslims in Pakistan. Rebekha’s love for God grew and soon she could attend a VOM-sponsored Bible

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Knowing The Cost

Knowing that his church could be attacked at any time. Knowing the cost, Prasad Bandi continues to serve as its pastor. Then, during evening services on 22 February 2015, someone on a motorcycle threw a Molotov cocktail at the church. Within minutes, flames had consumed

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ENGLAND: Extreme Love for God’s Word

In the sixteenth century, King Philip II took a hard line against those who would try to interpret Scripture for themselves. Anyone found studying the Bible during this time was hanged, burned at the stake, drowned, torn in pieces, or buried alive. The inquisitors from

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LAOS: Jesus Paid The Price

How do you train someone to face persecution? In this interview you’ll hear how one Bible teacher points his listeners to Jesus’ example. “Jesus persevered. Jesus paid the price. Why not us?” he says. Listen to the full interview on VOM Radio here

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RUSSIA: Extreme Birthday Parties

“Is it my birthday today, or yours?” the young Christian asked, a twinkle in her eye. “Yours today,” said her father. “Mine was last week.” For Christians in Communist nations, birthdays were a great excuse to get together with other believers. Some families would gather

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The Bitter Gospel

It took a horrific attack on her church for Emily to realise that her understanding of God was wrong. Three years ago, her bishop asked her to move to a new church plant near Mombasa, Kenya. The Joy in Jesus Church in Likoni was struggling,

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INDONESIA: Trial of Christian Governor at a Crossroads

An Indonesian court will decide next week whether to push forward with a controversial blasphemy trial of Jakarta’s Christian governor, who is accused of insulting the Koran, a judge told a hearing on Tuesday. Several hundred Muslim protesters stood outside the Jakarta court, calling for

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