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Letters for Philippines

  When I meet persecuted Christians they often say, “Don’t forget us”! How could I? Each one of the people I meet leaves an imprint in my mind. Their testimonies strengthen, challenge and encourage my faith in the Lord, and years after meeting them I

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Indonesia: Stenley

  (page 44) This testimony is from the book Extreme Devotion. It contains 365 days of devotions using stories of persecuted Christians from around the world. When Stenley got off the boat on the remote Indonesian island, he felt the spiritual darkness. The people practised

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NORTH KOREA: Pastor Han Chung-Ryeol Murdered

Pastor Han Chung-Ryeol, a VOM partner, was brutally murdered on Saturday 30 April in Changbai, China. Pastor Han, 49, reportedly left his church building in Changbai at 2pm, and his mangled body was discovered at 8pm. He is believed to have been killed by North

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UGANDA: Pastor Poisoned After Theological Dispute

A Baptist pastor in eastern Uganda was poisoned to death after an intense theological dialogue with a Muslim villager. Micah Byamukama, pastor of Kasecha Baptist Church in Kasecha village, died at Kabweri Health Centre on 15 May after consuming an insecticide laced into his food.

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DR CONGO: Thousands Flee Militant Islamist Violence

Islamist militants are suspected to have killed between 20 and 40 villagers in the eastern areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Late in the evening on 3 May, attackers carried machetes and axes into a village located within the North Kivu province. “Between

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Sri Lanka: Part of God’s Plan

How can God allow suffering and persecution? What is His plan? In this interview excerpt, Rev Godfrey Yogarajah of Sri Lanka explains how the church can be prepared for persecution by understanding God’s plan and his ultimate triumph. Listen to the full interview on VOM

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Is this Holistic Mission?

People need the Gospel, don’t they? More than anything else. We need to share the Good News with the lost and encourage believers with God’s Word. But what about when physical needs are more urgent; when a person needs help to survive before they’re in

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SUDAN: Church Leader Released

Christians rejoice at the news of the release of one Christian leader from prison in Khartoum, while another pastor who was arrested one week later remains in custody. Sudanese authorities released Telahoon ‘Telal’ Nogossi Kassa Rata on 10 May, according to sources close to the

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UZBEKISTAN: Pray for Tohar Haydarov

Uzbek Christian Tohar Haydarov learned recently that he will be required to serve all 10 years of his sentence without the possibility of parole. Tohar has been in prison since March 2010, when he was arrested on drug charges. His church members say the charges

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