Over 200 police raided a house church’s Sunday service on 21 September in Foshan City, in China’s Guangdong Province. More than 100 church members, including children, were arrested. ‘We don’t know exactly why they raided our church,’ a local believer said. ‘The government does not
Authorities raided the home of Pastor Stanislav Kim on 2 August in Chirchik, Uzbekistan, detaining 11 teenagers and 3 adults who had gathered for a volleyball game. Although Pastor Kim, who leads an unregistered church, and his son were not taken into custody, they are
When Islamic State overruns a village in Syria or Iraq, or even a city of two million people such as Mosul, many will flee, creating a huge flow of refugees to surrounding areas. But a few Christian pastors have made the courageous decision to stay
VOM contacts ‘Arne’ and ‘Bernadette’ are under police investigation after a rumour circulated that a church in the area was allowing a Malay girl to attend services. In Malaysia, ethnic Malays are considered Muslim and are prohibited from converting to Christianity. When news of the
Gunmen entered the village of Manjakwa in the Hawul local government area of Borno state and ordered residents either to embrace Islam or be killed. The insurgents were said to have invaded Shaffa and Tesan Aledeh, which are predominantly Christian communities, on Wednesday evening, 10
Fifty-five Christians were recently accused of blasphemy following an argument over a graveyard. Local Muslims registered a case against the 55 Christians in the Tehcil Samandri district of Faisalabad after the believers had begun to prepare part of an old Muslim graveyard for use by
On 26 August 72 Dalit “untouchable” Christians in Uttar Pradesh were re-converted to Hinduism inside an SDA church in Asroi that had been seized and turned into a Hindu Temple. The police have stepped in to ease sectarian tensions. On 28 August they prevented Hindu
In early August, suspected Islamists attempted to kidnap a church elder serving in a Muslim community in Mindanao. ‘Aljon’ was followed by a van and two men on a motorcycle after he left his store, but he received a call warning him of the danger
At least ten leaders from house churches across Hunan province in central China have been detained in what appears to be an ongoing crackdown. The ten were accused of organising ‘cults’ and ‘sects’ and ‘undermining law enforcement’. They have been criminally detained, which, according to
Iranian pastor Behnam Irani is being held in solitary confinement and is facing 18 new charges, including “spreading corruption on Earth,” which is a capital crime. This is similar to “Moharabeh,” or “warring against God,” which was recently charged to another Christian, Pastor Matthias Haghnejad.
Miriam grew up in a typical Muslim family who held fast to the Islamic traditions and its culture. When she was 16 years old, her stepfather arranged her marriage to a Saudi Arabian man, who paid 25,000 Egyptian pounds ($3,700.00) for her. It was simply
Muqadas Liaqat, a 15-year-old Christian girl, was gang raped by two Muslim men on 2 August at Baghwanpura, Lahore. A case was registered against the two Muslim attackers, Ashraf and Muhammad Ghafoor, at the local police station shortly after the attack. According to sources, both
John Yakubu, a Nigerian Christian, was tortured by Boko Haram terrorists recently for refusing to convert to Islam. After surviving multiple attacks by Boko Haram in the Gwoza area, the 43-year-old believer had escaped with his family to a refugee camp in Cameroon. Unable to
Earlier this month, we requested urgent prayer for Amir, a young Christian man sentenced to death after being caught with a load of Bibles. In Iran, publishing, importing or reprinting Bibles or Christian literature is illegal. We are pleased to report that a judge has
Throughout northern Iraq and Syria, the scourge of ISIS, the Islamic State, has forced thousands and thousands into a life without homes, jobs and family. While they face an uncertain future, churches are helping fill that void with help and hope. Many of the churches
An evangelist and group of visitors were harassed by a shop owner and a policeman for distributing Christian materials during Ramadan. The group was distributing Christian literature, CDs and DVDs in Jericho when a Muslim man came out of his store and threw one of
Well-known human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng was released from prison in China’s far west Xinjiang Uyghur Automonous Region into controlled freedom on 7 August. Gao is now staying with family in Xinjiang province, but is under heavy surveillance. Gao was first detained in 2006 and
On Thursday afternoon, 24 July, Boko Haram launched a massive attack targeting Cameroonian military positions at Bargaram (close to the Nigerian border). Between 500 and 600 militants stormed the town and ten Cameroonian soldiers died in the fire-fight which lasted well into the next day.
Four young FEBC (Far East Broadcasting Company) volunteers, who were recently captured by pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine, were brutally beaten to death simply for being Christians. Four young Christian workers were recently captured by pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine and brutally beaten to death.
A Christian woman in western Nepal was attacked recently for spreading her “foreign” religion. ‘Jaya,’ an evangelist who has led 32 people to Christ in the past two years, was beaten by nearly 20 Hindu women and then kicked out of her village. Her father