Top Menu

Blog

yousf

INDIA: Family of Christian Leader Killed by Militants

An entire community of believers is grief-stricken by the murder of Mohammad Yousf Bhat, a Christian convert from Islam who was shot to death at his home in Kashmir. On 1 July, four gunmen wearing uniforms and masks pushed their way into Yousf’s home before

READ MORE arrow1
Asia Bibi

PAKISTAN: Asia Bibi’s Blasphemy Conviction Reviewed

Pakistan’s Supreme Court ruled to suspend Asia Bibi’s execution as they review her blasphemy conviction, which has had Bibi incarcerated for nearly five years. No hearing date has been set for the mother of five, who is the first woman to receive the death penalty

READ MORE arrow1
China

CHINA: Fear of Religious Liberty Crackdown

New security laws recently passed by the Chinese government could further limit religious freedom on the Chinese mainland and beyond. China Aid warns that the wording of these new laws is “intentionally vague” and may prompt greater “persecution and abuse based on perceived threats to

READ MORE arrow1
Eben

Life for Prisoners’ Wives

Eban is one of many women in Vietnam whose husbands have been put in prison for their outspokenness and protest about discrimination against Christians. She now has a daily struggle to support her family on her own. But one thing she never regrets, despite her

READ MORE arrow1
JamesAndJohn

Unafraid to Die for Jesus

It was 9am when the beatings began again, but this time it was different. The two young evangelists had been dragged outside the police office and into the village square and the villagers were invited to come and show allegiance to their country by beating

READ MORE arrow1
Egypt

EGYPT: Coptic Boy’s Ramadan Gesture Ends in Detention

At sundown each day during Ramadan, observant Muslims customarily break their fast at their evening meal by eating dates. On the evening of 10 July, 16-year-old Fawzi Osama, a Coptic Christian, was on the street in the northern city of Alexandria, handing out dates to

READ MORE arrow1
Belarus

BELARUS: Pastor Fined, May Face Criminal Case

Nearly three weeks after police and riot police raided a Sunday worship service in Gomel in south-east Belarus, a court fined Pastor Sergei Nikolaenko for leading an unapproved religious meeting. Nikolaenko’s Reformed Orthodox Transfiguration Church has already been banned from meeting and police have searched

READ MORE arrow1
Habila Adamu, who survived being shot in the face by Boko Haram, recently lost his sister, Tabita Adamu and two of her children, in a bomb attack.

NIGERIA: Pray for the Adamu Family

Tabita Adamu and two of her eight children were among five killed in a suicide bomb attack on a church on 5 July. Tabita is the sister of Habila Adamu, who survived being shot in the face by Boko Haram in 2012. Habila, whom VOM

READ MORE arrow1
Vietnam

VIETNAM: Authorities Crushing Christian Minorities

A new report from Human Rights Watch claims the oppression of Vietnam’s Christian Montagnards (mountain people) has reached a critical state. The report, Persecuting “Evil Way” Religion: Abuses against Montagnards in Vietnam, claims government authorities have arrested Christians, detaining them sometimes for days or even months.

READ MORE arrow1
Iran

IRAN: Christian Prisoner Informed of Early Release Date

Iranian Christians rejoice in a positive development in the case of Farshid Fathi, in prison since December 2010, who has been informed that he is due for early release. Farshid was among 22 believers arrested in Tehran on 26 December 2010 as part of a

READ MORE arrow1
Nigeria

NIGERIA: Boko Haram Members Convert to Christianity

Members of Boko Haram have reportedly come to faith in Christ after missionaries fearlessly preached the Gospel in north-eastern Nigeria. A Nigerian ministry affiliated with Christian Aid has aggressively sought to plant churches in some of the most dangerous parts of Nigeria, paving the way

READ MORE arrow1
Pakistan

PAKISTAN: Police Rescue Christian from ‘Mob Justice’

A Christian father of four was beaten, had his head shaved, his face blackened, and was dragged through his Pakistan village before he was rescued by police on 30 June. Awais Qamar’s wife, Rukhsana, and two other family members also were beaten and had their

READ MORE arrow1
Sudan

SUDAN: Update on Pastors on Trial

Two South Sudanese pastors on trial in Khartoum had their latest hearing on 2 July. During the hearing, the judge questioned Pastor Yat and Pastor Reith, focusing on why they should be involved in Christian ministry in an Islamic country, and decided their case would

READ MORE arrow1
NorthKorea

NORTH KOREA: Pray for Scripture Balloon Launch

Please pray that Scripture balloons in an upcoming launch will reach North Korea and that the Lord will prepare the hearts of the men and women who find the balloons. Once the balloons are launched, it can take weeks or even months for them to

READ MORE arrow1
Israel

ISRAEL: Rising “Aggression” Towards Palestinian Christians

There is concern that a large number of Muslims residing in Palestinian territories and Israel have become “radicalised,” creating deepening divisions between faith communities. Church leaders report that tensions between Muslims and Christians have risen since 2014, with some blaming the rise of Islamic State

READ MORE arrow1
Sudan

SUDAN: Update on Pastors on Trial

Christians in Sudan request our continued prayers for Michael Yat (49) and Peter Yen Reith (36), two South Sudanese pastors on trial in Khartoum who had their latest hearing on 25 June. At the hearing the prosecution produced one person who gave testimony, but brought

READ MORE arrow1
Iran

IRAN: Saeed Abedini’s Imprisonment Marks Grim Milestone

American Pastor Saeed Abedini has now spent over 1000 days in captivity in Iran – nearly three years suffering in prison – separated from his wife, Naghmeh, and their two young children. Pastor Saeed has endured much in the past 1000 days. He still suffers

READ MORE arrow1
ForsakingFamily-Lufti

Forsaking Family for Christ

Bombs rain down on villagers in the Nuba Mountains each week as the Sudanese government continues its campaign to kill or expel the Nuba people. While many of the region’s residents are Muslim, a faithful remnant of Christians remains, unwilling to leave their homes and

READ MORE arrow1
BrickKilnMartyrs

Pakistan’s Brick Kiln Martyrs

The terrified couple clung to each other inside their one-room home while the mob of angry Muslims outside shouted insults and threats: “They have burned the Holy Koran! We will teach them a lesson!” Shama cried as her husband, Shahzad, tightened his arms around her

READ MORE arrow1
Pakistan

PAKISTAN: The Case of Blasphemy Victim Asia Bibi

Friday 19 June marked the tragic six-year anniversary of the arrest of Asia Bibi (also known as Asia Noreen), a Christian mother and the only woman on death row for blasphemy. It started when Asia was working alongside a Muslim woman who refused to touch the ‘unclean’

READ MORE arrow1