CHINA: Christians Thrive, Despite Increase in Persecution

A new report released last week tracking Christian persecution in China reported a marked rise in arrests, harassment, and imprisonment of Christians in China for the seventh year in a row. Despite this, or perhaps partially as a result of it, Christianity has been growing

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LAOS: Police Arrest Three Pastors

Three Christian pastors in Laos have been arrested and detained for “spreading the Christian religion” by reproducing a DVD of a Christian film. Pastor Bounma of Alowmai Village Church, Pastor Somkaew of Kengsainoi Village Church and Pastor Bounmee of Savet Village Church, were arrested on

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ERITREA: More Than 20 Church Leaders Recently Arrested

It has been reported by Release International ministry partners that more than 20 Christians have been arrested in the Eritrean capital of Asmara within the past few weeks. The arrests took place at the homes of the accused, indicating that they were planned in advance

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EGYPT: Family Sentenced To 15 Years’ Jail for Apostasy

The criminal court of Beni Suef (115km south of Cairo) has sentenced an entire family to prison for converting to Christianity. Nadia Mohamed Ali, who was born into a Christian family, converted to Islam when she married Mustafa Mohamed Abdel-Wahab 23 years ago. When Mustufa

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UZBEKISTAN: Raids, Criminal Charges, Bible Destruction

After two raids on her home in Urgench in north-west Uzbekistan in January and being detained for 11 hours, Protestant Christian Sharofat Allamova is facing criminal prosecution for “illegally” storing religious literature, the police officer who led the raids told Forum 18 News Service. The

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RUSSIA (Chechnya): Bible Translation Provokes Extremists

While Chechnya (Chechen Republic) presently consists of about 1.4 million people, less than two percent of the population reflects its former predominant Russian leadership and citizenship. Since President Ramzan Kadyrov came into power in 2007, Sunni Islam has become the main religion. This includes the

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AZERBAIJAN: Closure of Greater Grace Church

On 9 January, Greater Grace Protestant Church in Azerbaijan’s capital of Baku lost its final appeal against closure. This means that any further religious activity carried out by the church is now considered illegal according to the recent Supreme Court ruling. Unfortunately, those representing the

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INDIA: Tribal Christians Brutally Beaten

As a result of two recent attacks by Hindu extremists, more than 100 Christian villagers have been forced to flee from Tamsai (in Thane District of Maharashtra State) for “rejecting their tribal identity.” Apparently, the Hindu nationalists involved in the attacks were angered that these

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IRAN: American Pastor Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison

Christian pastor Saeed Abedini, an American imprisoned in Iran on charges of evangelising, was sentenced on Sunday 27 January to eight years in prison. He will serve the time in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison, known as one of the most brutal. Pastor Abedini’s trial was

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INDIA: Extremists Attack Satellite Church in Bangalore

Hindu extremists recently attacked a satellite church that is working among the extremely poor of Bangalore. The perpetrators entered the church while the service was taking place. Thankfully, most of those who participated in the service had safely escaped, with the exception of two church

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Aring’s Story | God’s family is a BIG family

Last year, 76-year-old Aring and his wife Mah were facing the possibility of starvation in southern Myanmar. “When my wife and I did not have any food to eat, we just prayed and trusted the Lord.” Find out how God answered their prayers. Aring and

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INDONESIA: Church Bulldozed in Permit Dispute

About 40 local government officials watched as a bulldozer destroyed the unfinished church building of the Batak Christian Protestant Church (HKBP) in the Bekasi region on 21 March. Officials ordered the destruction because the HKBP had no building permit. Although church leaders were in the

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VIETNAM: Hmong Church Leader Beaten to Death in Police Custody

According to a local church leader, police beat Vam Ngaij Vaj around his neck and shoulders and probably electrically shocked him, resulting in his death on 17 March. Vaj, of Cu Jut District, Dak Nong Province in Vietnam’s Central Highlands, and his wife were clearing

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Unashamed | Thirteen Three Event Report

Thirteen Three recently finished a series of youth events raising awareness and funds for persecuted Christians in Colombia. We have so much to thank God for from this event series! Over 2900 youth attended 13 Unashamed events hosted by local churches across NSW and QLD.

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Bibles Plus | Food for the Soul and Body

For only $25, you can give a Bibles Plus pack to a persecuted Christian family struggling with spiritual and physical hunger. Donate Now ‘We need more Bibles!’ This is the frequent cry of persecuted Christians, especially those in rural areas and conflict zones where Bibles

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The blood-spattered Bible is a symbol of what it means to be a Christian in northern Nigeria where the Muslim militant group Boko Haram uses bombings and village raids in an attempt to rid the region of Christians. The Bible was retrieved from the Deeper

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