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TAJIKISTAN: Convert Suffers Severe Persecution

Nadia, a Christian convert in Tajikistan, is experiencing severe persecution from her Muslim family members. Nadia converted from Islam to Christianity in 2011 and was baptised. When her mother found out, she beat Nadia, burned her Bible and tore her clothing. Nadia tried to run

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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: Prayer Requests

Islam is gaining influence in the country and Muslim extremists are trying to gain a political hold. Traditional African religions are also growing in number with members claiming that Jesus is a God of white people. When 27-year-old Nadine became a Christian three years ago,

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30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World: Ramadan

Unite with Christians worldwide to pray for the advance of the Gospel in the Muslim world during Ramadan, a 30 day fast observed by Muslims. This booklet will equip you to intercede for Muslims and is a fantastic resource for your church or small group.

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Dorcas Centre | India Project Update

The final bricks are being laid for the Dorcas Centre, a boarding house and training facility for Christian widows who have lost their husbands and homes through persecution. Find out how your generous support will help impact hundreds of Christian sisters in India. The Dorcas

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LAOS: Christian Families Face Expulsion

Families in two villages have been asked to leave their homes and resettle elsewhere because they have turned to Christ. Village chief Keang Khean of north-central Laos has asked all Christians to leave immediately. Tensions are high in the village, which is located in Luang

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PAKISTAN: Family Pressured to Compromise Charges

A Christian family is being pressured to compromise on charges against two men who allegedly abducted raped and tortured 15-year-old Fouzia Bibi from village Roday (District of Kasur). On 25 January, Fouzia was delivering milk to the landlord when two men armed with pistols reportedly

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TANZANIA: Two Pastors Attacked by Muslim Extremists

On 2 June, Pastor Robert Ngai was attacked in north-eastern Tanzania by a group of radical Muslims. They broke into his home and attacked him with machetes. He was rushed to hospital and is being treated in ICU. Two nights before the attack on Pastor

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SOMALIA: Christian Woman Imprisoned and Tortured

A Christian woman in Somalia has been imprisoned for participating in underground Christian work, VOM workers report. ‘Fatima’ had helped with underground work for 10 years before being arrested on Monday 27 May. She has reportedly faced questioning and severe torture and Somali authorities have

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PHILIPPINES: Christians Forced to Flee Homes

One hundred and sixty Christians were recently forced to flee their village after it was attacked by Muslim extremists, according to a VOM worker. The villages of Malipayon, Saban of Barnagay, Maybula and New Bunawan were attacked at about 9am on Saturday 1 June. An

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SAUDI ARABIA: Two Believers Imprisoned Over Conversion

In July 2012, Maryam (28), a Saudi convert to Christianity, fled the country. Subsequently, her employer, Henna Sarkees (51), a Christian Lebanese national, was charged with abusing his position by coercing her to convert. Also, an un-named Saudi national was charged with facilitating Maryam’s flight

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CHINA: Christians Sentenced and Imprisoned for “Cult Activity”

Seven Christians charged with ‘cult activity’ have all received prison sentences ranging from three to seven-and-a-half years. Last year, more than 200 officers and government officials in Henan Province raided a house church, taking more than 50 Christians into custody and ultimately detaining others. Those

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PAKISTAN: Taliban Kidnap Young Disciple of Christ

A 16-year-old Christian convert from Islam by the name of Aman Ullah was kidnapped by the Taliban on 25 May in Peshawar, the heart of Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province. “We don’t know which of the 32 different Taliban groups operating both in Afghanistan and Pakistan

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God’s Witness Protection Program

We recently caught up with John Wilson, Executive Director of Voice of the Martyrs Australia, to give you an exclusive insight into our safe house ministry. It’s a dangerous ministry that requires a high level of security to protect believers who carry emotional and physical

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IRAN: Largest Persian Speaking Church in Tehran Closed

The Central Assemblies of God church in Tehran was closed last Thursday, 23 May, due to pressure from Iranian security authorities. The main reason for closure of the church is that the Iranian security authorities wanted to limit the church service to just the Armenian

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SIERRA LEONE: 150 New Christians Baptised

A VOM worker reports that 150 new believers were baptised recently in the village of Kaboreh, and 80 of them are converts from Islam. VOM has provided bicycles, motorbikes, megaphones and Bibles to Christian leaders in this village, and they have seen many of their

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INDIA: Judicial System Resolves Missionary’s Murder

Fourteen years after Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two young sons were burnt to death by a mob, two more suspects have been arrested from Odisha’s (formerly known as Orissa) Keonjhar district. Long-sought fugitives Ghanshyam Mahanta and Ramjan Mahanta were arrested on 17 May

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SRI LANKA: Christians Under Attack

In recent months, Christian persecution in Sri Lanka has intensified owing to the rise in Buddhist nationalism in the country. Extremist Buddhist groups such as the Bodu Bala Sena (Buddhist Strong Army) and the Sinhala Rawaya (Sinhala Echo) have incited religious disharmony and carried out

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UZBEKISTAN: Criminal Conviction and Fines

Sharofat Allamova, a Protestant from Urgench in north-western Uzbekistan, has been given one and a half years of corrective labour, after being convicted under criminal charges brought for the “illegal production, storage, import or distribution of religious literature”. Allamova will be placed in a low-paid

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