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PAKISTAN: Dozens of Believers Accused of Blasphemy

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

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INDIA: Persecution, Poverty and Inequity

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

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PHILIPPINES: Pray for Aljon, Escaped from Kidnappers

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

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CHINA: Church Leaders Detained, Churches and Crosses Demolished

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

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IRAN: Pastor Irani Faces 18 New Charges

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.

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The Cost of Finding the Truth

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

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NIGERIA: Pray for John Yakubu, Tortured for Faith

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

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IRAQI KURDISTAN: Churches Open Doors to Refugees Fleeing ISIS

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

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ISRAEL: Pray for the Witness of Local Evangelist

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

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CHINA: Gao Zhisheng Released

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

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CAMEROON: Pastor Abducted and Killed

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.

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UKRAINE: Four Young Mission Workers Murdered

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.

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NEPAL: Pray for Jaya, Attacked for Evangelising

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

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IRAN: Mother of Sentenced Believer Urgently Seeks Prayer

A ministry organisation working in Iran recently received an emergency prayer request from a mother whose 32-year-old son has been sentenced to death. ‘Amir’ has been in prison for the past two years after he was caught with a truckload of Bibles. On 23 July,

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TAJIKISTAN: Pray for Local Church Members

On Sunday 20 July, officials from the Committee on Religion interrupted a worship service of the International Church in Tajikistan, which meets in a building owned by the Russian Baptist Church, to question leaders about the church’s government registration. They continued to question the building’s

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SUDAN: Meriam Ibrahim finally arrives in US

Meriam, the courageous Sudanese women who refused to deny her Christian faith, finally arrived in the United States with her family on 31 July. Meriam, who had been sentenced to death and refused to renounce her faith, was finally freed by a Sudanese court, and

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Emergency Relief for Iraqi Christians

On 17 July, Christians in Mosul, Iraq were given three choices by the Islamic militant group ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham). 1. Convert to Islam 2. Pay a protection tax 3. Leave before 19 July or be killed In line with their demands,

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INDIA: Church Attacked, Pastor Assaulted in Uttar Pradesh

The Nazarene Church at Sehkari Nagar, Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh was attacked on 16 July by activists of the Hindu extremist group, Bajrang Dal. In the attack, the gang ransacked the church; physically assaulted the pastor and vandalised church property. In a media report, the pastor

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