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SYRIA: Christians Subjugated in Raqqa

Since January 2014 the terror group ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq/Syria) has ruled the northern city of Al Raqqa. Sharia is enforced and the whole community lives in terror of ISIS’s extreme violence. Recently 20 Christian leaders were taken captive and given three options: convert

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INDONESIA: Aceh, Sharia for Everyone

Aceh’s provincial administration and legislative council have approved a new by-law that will force everyone in Aceh to abide by Sharia (Islamic) Law. The Qanun Jinayat (a by-law governing behaviour) will apply to the territory of Aceh. Muslims and non-Muslims, local population and visitors, will

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NIGERIA: Islamists Kill 59 Pupils in Boarding School Attack

Last week suspected Boko Haram Islamists killed 59 people in an attack on secondary school students as they slept, in the latest school massacre to hit Nigeria’s troubled north-east. Gunmen from Islamist group Boko Haram shot or burned to death 59 pupils (originally thought to

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AUSTRALIAN MISSIONARY DEPORTED FROM NORTH KOREA

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS Australian missionary John Short has arrived in Beijing after being released by North Korean authorities. Mr Short, 75, was arrested last Sunday, 16 February, for leaving Christian tracts in the Korean language at a Buddhist temple. His arrest became an

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KENYA: Pastor Murdered

Assistant Pastor Lawrence Kazungu Kadenge was murdered in the early morning hours of 2 February while guarding the Glory of God Ministries Church in Mombasa. Although police are still investigating the murder, it is believed that radical Muslims may have killed the 59-year-old assistant pastor

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Released prisoner and family say “Thank You!”

Recently a VOM worker visited Dmitry Shestakov, a pastor and former Christian prisoner from Uzbekistan. Dmitry, spent four years in prison for his Christian work in Uzbekistan. Dmitry was released in January 2011, but he had difficulty supporting his family because of his criminal record

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Beaten in prison … Beaten in school!

David who is now 17 years of age told us of the psychological and physical persecution that is inflicted on the Christian students at his school. The father of one student is a prison guard and he would often tell his son of the satisfaction

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KAZAKHSTAN: Pastor Given a Four-Year Suspended Prison Term

Retired Presbyterian Pastor Bakhytzhan Kashkumbayev was given a four-year suspended prison term in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana on 17 February. He was convicted of harming the health of a church member, even though that church member has repeatedly insisted to state authorities that her health was

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IRAQ: Baghdad Christians in ‘More Than Desperate’ Crisis

Canon Andrew White, known as the ‘Vicar of Baghdad’, has asked for urgent prayer for the church in Iraq amid intense violence. With frequent bombings and shootings in cities such as Baghdad and Mosul, monthly death tolls have soared recently. January’s toll of 1,000 dead

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AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN MISSIONARY ARRESTED IN NORTH KOREA

URGENT PRAYER REQUESTED! News of an Australian man arrested in North Korea while on a tour has come as a great shock to the international Christian community. Seventy Five-year-old John Short, a Hong Kong based missionary, was arrested in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea

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CHINA: Crackdown Preceded Chinese New Year Celebrations

Before the commencement of the nation’s Chinese New Year celebrations, which began on 31 January, Christians were targeted several times in what is believed to be a crackdown on church activity. In Beijing, members of a church group were arrested on 24 January when they

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TURKEY: ‘Ugly’ Charges against Turkish Pastor Dropped

Protestant Pastor Orhan Picaklar was informed earlier this month that what he called “ugly slanders” against his character and conduct have been officially dropped by the Turkish prosecutor investigating his case. Picaklar was detained on 11 November 2013 and held for two days in the

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NIGERIA: Over 100 Dead in Attack

Around 100 suspected Boko Haram militants have killed 106 people – 105 men plus one elderly woman, in an attack on a village in Nigeria. The attackers stormed the mainly Christian village of Izghe, in Nigeria’s restive north-eastern Borno state, on Saturday. Borno has been

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IRAN: Shahnaz Jayzan Released from Prison

Shahnaz Jayzan, an Iranian Christian arrested in December 2011, was released from prison on 28 January. Shahnaz was imprisoned along with Naser Zamen-Dezfuli, Davoud Alijani and her husband, Pastor Farhad Sabokrouh. The three men were earlier freed after spending over 200 days in jail. Shahnaz’s

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PAKISTAN: Christians Devastated by Death of Preacher

Friends of a popular Pakistani preacher, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver, believe he may have been murdered because of his conversion from Islam. Rashid Mehmood, 33, came from a rich, influential Muslim family but turned to Christ in 2005. Though he trained as

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Thirteen Three Report

2013 was a fantastic year for Thirteen Three. We have so much to thank God for! Read this exciting report on our Fearless event series and find out how youth responded to raise money for persecuted Christians in Nigeria. 2013 Fearless Events Thirteen Three’s Fearless

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Pastor John’s Story: A Modern-Day Job

Pastor John Ali Doro lost his wife, four children and two grandchildren in an attack against Christians in Nigeria. In the midst of terrible grief, the story of Job has taught him to continue trusting God and to pray for those who killed his family.

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