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The Song of a Martyr

In Nigeria, Pastor Selchun’s right hand was brutally cut off by Muslim extremists. Lying dead around him were other pastors and friends: 300 in total. When Pastor Selchun’s hand fell to the ground he lifted the other and sang boldly: “He is Lord, He is

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SUDAN: Church School Seized

Authorities in south-eastern Sudan arrested the headmaster of a Christian school last week and took over its property, sources said. Armed police and officials from the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) on 5 September arrested the Reverend Samuel Suliman and 12 teachers at the

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PAKISTAN: Massacre of Christians Averted

Christians in northwest Pakistan narrowly escaped with their lives after security forces foiled a suicide bomb plot against them. Security guard Samuel Masih opened his community’s main gate to four Taliban bombers — and died in a hail of bullets. Two other guards were injured,

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LAOS: New Believers Pressured to Reconvert

Nine Christian families, a total of 38 people, have been fined 800,000 kip ($130) by village authorities – the apparent value of the village’s spirits. Authorities are also pressuring the families to sacrifice a pig to the spirits. If they do not pay the fine,

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If You Aren’t Ready, Then Run

Poor Elijah. We’re always kind of down on Elijah, aren’t we? After his stunning victory on Mount Carmel, he flees Jezebel when she threatens to kill him after he put to death her 300 prophets of Baal. Jonah also finds his way into the ‘Hall

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PHILIPPINES: Church Elder Brutally Murdered

Fifty-two-year-old Perfecto Padilla, a dedicated church elder from Sultan Kudarat, Philippines, was brutally murdered by two Muslim men on 11 September at 6pm local time. Brother Perfecto was resting outside his house in a hammock when two Muslim men came by on motorbikes and began

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UZBEKISTAN: Prisoner Granted Asylum

Three years ago, Pastor Dmitry Shestakov and his family fled Uzbekistan after he had spent four years in a labour camp and subsequently received numerous death threats. The family’s journey of freedom officially ended on 30 August as they arrived in the United States, where

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