ERITREA: Christians Suffer Under Worsening Conditions
  • 14 November 2019

Conditions in Eritrea continue to deteriorate despite a peace treaty signed with Ethiopia earlier this year that earned Ethiopia’s president, an evangelical Christian, the Nobel Peace Prize. “The country is becoming worse and worse,” an Eritrean Christian said. “[There is] no electricity, little internet connection, the economy is bad and people are suffering. All phone […]

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TURKEY: Christian Convert Teacher Dismissed from Duties
  • 14 November 2019

Turkish Christians request prayer for Christian convert, Esma, who has been withdrawn from her teaching duties. She is being investigated by the National Education Board after the Turkish press accused her of missionary activities through her social media account. Esma, 40, a graduate from Ataturk Religious Faculty of Erzurum University, has been working at Hasan […]

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NIGERIA: Release of Captured Students and Staff
  • 14 November 2019

The six students and two staff members of a Christian-run school in Kaduna state who were kidnapped on 3 October were released on 26 October. Police claimed responsibility for the rescue, stating that they had “intercepted” the students and staff, and rescued them unhurt. Parents of the students, however, insist that the police did not […]

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INDIA: Pastor’s Family Narrowly Escapes Extremist Mob
  • 14 November 2019

A pastor and his family in north-east India had a narrow escape when Christian villagers managed to head off a violent attack by extremists. The mob brandishing swords, bricks and rods were minutes away from reaching the family after smashing their way into their home in Bihar state and threatening to kill them. Pastor Palathingal […]

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NEPAL: Living the Christian Life with Beautiful Aroma
  • 06 November 2019

An extremely poor family who came to Christ has experienced intense persecution but also rapid spiritual maturity. The family is so poor that they live in a shelter on government-owned land. One day they met a pastor who told them about Christ. Eager for the hope Jesus promised, they accepted Christ as a family. They […]

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CHINA: New Measures Forbid Baptism
  • 06 November 2019

Authorities in China’s Zhejiang province have forbidden baptism in a new set of measures. Changes in church location, church growth, adjustment of service times, and offering boxes have also been forbidden. Other prohibited items include an individual bank account for the church and donations from other countries. Local community directors have been charged with overseeing […]

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UKRAINE: Worship Ban in Luhansk
  • 06 November 2019

Since 2014, the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine has been under the control of rebels. This self-declared government has imposed oppressive religious restrictions. Last year, an order was made that no religious groups may hold services of any kind without registration. Subsequent to the deadline of October 2018, no Protestant church of any kind was […]

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CHINA: Officials Demolish Megachurch and Arrest Leaders
  • 31 October 2019

Chinese Christians in Anhui are said to be “outraged” after their state-registered megachurch was demolished and their pastors arrested. Demolition work began at Funan County Christian Church last Friday, partway through a worship service. Elderly church members knelt down in front of the church, begging officials not to destroy the building. Several fainted and required hospital […]

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SUDAN: Church Property Ownership Results in Criminal Charges
  • 31 October 2019

Eight church leaders are facing criminal charges over a law that puts all church properties under the control of the government. These eight leaders of the Sudanese Church of Christ (SCOC) — including its president, Ayouba Telyan — were arrested in August 2017 after refusing to turn over control of their church’s property to a […]

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IRAN: Ebrahim Firouzi Released from Prison
  • 31 October 2019

Ebrahim Firouzi was released from Rajaei Shahr prison on 26 October. He will now serve two years’ internal exile in the city of Sarbaz, near the border with Pakistan. The prison warden wanted to send Ebrahim directly to exile, but he was allowed temporary release to sort out personal affairs, including retrieving personal documents still […]

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30 Day Challenge – December 2019
  • 31 October 2019

“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.” James 1:2-3  (NKJV) The Apostle Paul was under house arrest in Rome. His situation was far from favourable; he was awaiting possible execution or exoneration – both options loomed over him. He wanted to […]

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Project: Vietnam – A House for Tran
  • 31 October 2019

Tran found Christ when his daughter was miraculously healed. After his conversion, he immediately began serving the Lord wholeheartedly, assisting with church planting, sharing the Gospel and baptising people. When his parents discovered he was a Christian, they kicked him and his family out of their home, threatening and cursing them. The family were left […]

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