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SRI LANKA: Christians Targeted in Several Attacks

Our Christian brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka were targeted in several attacks in recent weeks. Around midnight on 21 December, two petrol bombs were thrown into a pastor’s premises in Ahangama, Galle District. Thankfully, the pastor and his family were not injured. On Christmas

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PAKISTAN: Deadly “Reform” to Controversial Blasphemy Laws

The Federal Sharia Court, the organisation that determines whether or not Pakistan’s laws comply with Sharia law, has ordered the Pakistani government to remove life imprisonment from punishments for blasphemy, leaving death as the only consequence. Most fear that Muslims will abuse this new law

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CHINA: Update on Alimujiang Yimiti

This month marks Alimujiang Yimiti’s sixth year in prison. Alimujiang was first charged in 2009 for “providing state secrets to overseas organisations.” However, many believe the real reason for his incarceration is his zealous commitment to share the Gospel and for leading a church in

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INDIA: Pastor and Wife Brutally Attacked

A Baptist pastor in Andhra Pradesh, India, is in a critical condition after he and his wife were attacked on 30 December by a group of radicals wielding swords, knives and sticks. Pastor Namha Mosses, 45; his wife, Suvartha; and their 7-year-old daughter were asleep

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SOUTH SUDAN: Female Church Workers Raped and Killed

Scores of female church workers were massacred last month as they sought refuge at a church in the central South Sudanese town of Bor. The women, several of whom were elderly, had fled rebel attacks to hide in the St Andrew’s Episcopal Church compound, when

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IRAN: Christian Prisoner: We Celebrate Christmas in Prison!

Farshid Fathi was arrested on 26 December 2010 in Tehran. He was eventually tried in January 2012 and sentenced to six years in prison for “acting against national security through membership of a Christian organisation, collection of funds and propaganda against the Islamic Regime by

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MALAYSIA: Church Attacked with Molotov Cocktails

The Church of the Assumption in Penang was attacked on Sunday, 26 January, by two men on a motorcycle who threw Molotov cocktails into the building. The building sustained minimal damage, as only one of the Molotov cocktails exploded. The attacks came less than 24

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NIGERIA: Christians Killed in Boko Haram Attacks

At least 22 Christians were killed by members of Boko Haram on Sunday, 26 January, when the Islamists attacked a church in Waga Chakawa village, located in Adamawa state. Another 25 from the village were killed while fleeing their homes, which the attackers had set

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VOMedical Sudan

Believers in Sudan suffer intense persecution and lack basic medical care. Find out how VOM is serving our Sudanese brothers and sisters through our VOMedical program. Believers in the Nuba Mountains area in Sudan suffer intense persecution and lack basic medical care. More than a

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Persecution Update from Sudan

God is doing a great work in Sudan despite the terrible humanitarian disaster which has uprooted thousands of Christians from the Nuba Mountains and forced them to flee to refugee camps. Read Pastor Wani’s story and get a glimpse into the reality of life for

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Welcome to 2014

A special New Year message from John Wilson, VOM’s Executive Director. John shares an exclusive insight into some of the exciting VOM programs that are coming up in 2014. The New Year is a wonderful opportunity to praise God for His blessings to our ministry.

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ALGERIA: Church Attacked for Third Time

On the night of 12 November, a group of assailants attempted to set a church ablaze in southern Algeria. The group dispersed after police arrived, but no suspects were apprehended. The church has faced other attacks in recent years. In 2010, assailants broke through the

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EGYPT: Well-Known Convert Arrested

Mohammed Hegazy, a high-profile convert from Islam who is now known by his Christian name, Bishoy Armia Bolous, was arrested outside a café in Menia, Upper Egypt, on 4 December for “inciting sectarian strife.” Bishoy, 31, was reportedly working for a Christian satellite TV station

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KENYA: Tensions High After Pastors Murdered

Tensions between Christians and Muslims remain high in Kenya’s Mombasa region following the murder of two pastors in separate incidents on 20 October. Charles Matole, 41, leader of Mombasa’s Vikwatani Redeemed Gospel Church, was found dead in his church that Sunday morning. He had been

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CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Country Descends into Chaos

As rebel groups and soldiers ravage the country of Central African Republic (CAR), the international community fears the possibility of religious genocide. The rebels, known as “Seleka” (meaning “Alliance”), have been pillaging villages, raping women, conscripting children as soldiers, and brutally murdering innocent victims in

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PAKISTAN: Federal Court Calls For Mandatory Death Sentence for Blasphemy

An influential court in Pakistan is calling for the mandatory death sentence for blasphemy. VOM Australia’s partner, UK-based religious liberty group Release International believes the move – if implemented – could result in further attacks and accusations against Pakistan’s Christian minority. It could also lead

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IRAN: Update – Church Leaders Released from Prison

After 220 days in prison, Pastor Farhad Sabokrouh and another church minister, Naser Zamen-Dezfuli, were released on 4 December 2013. On 23 December 2011, Iranian authorities raided their Assemblies of God church service and arrested everyone in attendance, including children. Several hours later, the authorities

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CHINA: Church Members Arrested Despite Church’s Registration

More than 20 believers from Nanle County Christian Church, in Henan province, were recently detained. The crackdown occurred despite the fact that the church was legally registered, beginning with arrests on 16 November, when the pastor, Zhang Shaojie, arrived at the church for a meeting

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TANZANIA: Youth Pastor Killed in Machete Attack

The brutal murder of a youth Pastor in Tanzania confirms suspicions of an ongoing campaign of Christian persecution in the region and raises concerns over the rise of radical Islamists in East Africa. Two others were also attacked but are recovering. On 22 October, at

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