CHINA: The Bible According to Confucius
  • 12 September 2019

Three-Self church clergy are being forced to interpret the Bible through the prism of traditional Chinese culture as part of CCP’s campaign to make religions “more Chinese”. On 18 July, the Religious Affairs Bureau of Yuzhou city in the central province of Henan distributed to all local Three-Self preachers, a copy of the book entitled […]

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INDIA: Hindu Radicals Demand Death for Organisers of Christian Film Screening
  • 12 September 2019

Around 100 Christians were attacked by Hindu radicals on 23 August for watching the Christian film He Will Come Again in the home of a Christian woman in Jamalpur village, located in India’s Bihar state. The screening of the Christian film incited Hindu radicals to not only attack the local Christians, but also demand the […]

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CHINA: Wang Yi Unable to Meet with Lawyer as Investigation Ends
  • 12 September 2019

Court agents informed the lawyer for imprisoned pastor, Wang Yi that the government’s investigation into the pastor has concluded – even though the pastor’s lawyers have not met with him since his arrest. Pastor Wang’s lead lawyer, Zhang Peihong, said he applied to visit his client on 17 July, but the receptionist at the Chengdu […]

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TAJIKISTAN: Bakhrom’s Family Anticipates his Release Next Year
  • 12 September 2019

Bakhrom’s Kholmatov’s family say they are looking forward to Bakhrom’s expected release in April of 2020. According to Bakhrom’s wife Gulnora, the first two years were a struggle, but now that his release date is less than a year away, she feels like she is nearing the end of a difficult season. Gulnora began to […]

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NIGERIA: Government Official Claims Leah Sharibu is Alive
  • 05 September 2019

A Nigerian government official has claimed that Leah Sharibu, a Christian teen kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2018, is still alive. This comes more than a month after a Christian aid worker, also kidnapped by Boko Haram, indicated that Sharibu had been killed by her Boko Haram captors. “Contrary to false reports, she [Leah] is […]

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INDONESIA: Community Forces Church to Close Building
  • 05 September 2019

Officials closed a church in Central Indonesia after neighbours protested its existence. Pastor Tigor Yunus Sitorus built a home in the Bantul neighbourhood in 2003 intending for it to double as a house church. When community members learned he was using the house for non-Muslim religious activity, they protested. “We are the Muslim majority; we […]

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CAMEROON: Bible Translator Butchered to Death, Wife Maimed
  • 05 September 2019

A Bible translator in Cameroon has been killed in a brutal machete attack. Angus Abraham Fung was among seven people who were murdered when Islamic Fulani herdsmen stormed the Northern Province town of Wum. Efi Tembon, who leads a ministry in the region called, “Oasis Network for Community Transformation,” said that the assault was sudden […]

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PAKISTAN: Series of Sexual Assaults
  • 05 September 2019

Five young Christian girls have been sexually assaulted in different parts of the province of Punjab in just the last two months. Christian women and girls are among Pakistan’s most vulnerable members of society. In many cases, they are considered soft targets for abuse and assault because they are a double minority. To the assailants, […]

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IRAN: Upcoming Appeal Hearing
  • 29 August 2019

Iranian Christians request prayer for an upcoming appeal hearing, scheduled for 3 September, at which the sentences given to six Iranian Christian believers will be reviewed. The hearing will combine three long-standing and related cases. The first case involves Assyrian Pastor Victor bet Tamraz and Persian Christian converts Amin Nader Afshari and Kavian Fallah Mohammadi, […]

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ERITREA: At Least 150 Christians Arrested in Clampdown
  • 29 August 2019

At least 150 Eritrean Christians have been arrested by government officials during the last two months, with some of them held in an underground prison. The most recent arrests occurred on 18 August when Eritrean security officials detained 80 Christians from Godayef, an area near the airport of the capital, Asmara. They were taken to […]

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CHINA: Human Rights Lawyer Still Missing After Two Years
  • 29 August 2019

Gao Zhisheng, a prominent human rights lawyer, has experienced persecution for many years. Since 2006, he has been released and re-arrested numerous times, often disappearing to undisclosed locations at the hands of the authorities. When Gao had gone missing on 13 August 2017, family and friends had assumed he had been apprehended by the authorities […]

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AFGHANISTAN: God at Work, More Labourers Needed
  • 29 August 2019

Christian workers report several encouraging developments in the difficult mission field of Afghanistan. Though Christian faith was once more prominent in the country, most Afghans today have never heard the Gospel, do not know a Christian and have been raised since birth to pursue an unquestioned allegiance to Mohammed’s teachings. Local and national governments are […]

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