Write a Letter to Alimujiang Yimiti

Alimujiang Yimiti is a house church leader in China who has been in prison for over five years. Writing letters is a tremendous encouragement to imprisoned Christians and in some cases has led to their release. Alimujiang’s Story In September 2007, Chinese government officials closed

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NIGERIA: Six Killed in Raid on Village

Six people were killed and many more were injured in an attack on a village in a Christian area in the northern state of Kaduna on Saturday. Stefanos Foundation, adds that a substantial amount of property was also destroyed in the raid by ‘terrorists’ on

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LIBYA: Egyptian Christian Detained and Mistreated

Prayers have been requested following the arrest of an Egyptian Christian businessman in Benghazi, capital of Cyrenaica province, eastern Libya. Sherif Ramses is a businessman who runs a bookshop in Benghazi. The stock includes Christian books, intended for sale to the many expatriate Arabic speaking

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IRAN: Letter from Imprisoned American Pastor

According to the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), Pastor Saeed Abedini – a US citizen facing a lengthy prison sentence in Iran because of his Christian faith – has spoken out in a letter from prison. The 32-year-old Pastor Saeed stated that the

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Ribur and Roy are Christian evangelists in a strict Muslim area in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. For the past few years they have been witnessing to Muslims through a mission providing locals with assistance for farming and cattle breeding. This practical service has enabled them to

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NIGERIA: At Least 20 Killed in Suicide Bombing

At least twenty people have been killed by a series of bombings targeting buses in a predominantly Christian neighbourhood of Nigeria’s northern city of Kano. A rescue official on the scene reported, “I saw three buses on fire. One of them was fully loaded with

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IRAN: Wife of Pastor Saeed Testifies Before Human Rights Commission

On 15 March, Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of American-Iranian Pastor Saeed Abedini, tearfully presented the case of her imprisoned husband’s torture to a US congressional committee on human rights. “Saeed is a husband and an amazing father,” she explained during the hearing. “Our kids hold

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SYRIA: Silent Exodus of Assyrian Christians

In the midst of terrible war and chaos, Syria’s Christian minority is facing insurmountable challenges due to distinct persecution. Vicious attacks have been made by militant Islamists and criminals, resulting in a massive exodus of believers who are being forced to flee the country. According

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ERITREA: Number of Christians Arrested Rises to 50

The number of Christians arrested in the Eritrean capital Asmara in the last month is now thought to have risen to 50. Thirty arrests were made on 20 January, at a worship meeting of the Philadelphia Church in a private home in the district of

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ALGERIA: Conviction Upheld for Convert from Islam

An Algerian judge under pressure from Islamists to uphold a Christian’s conviction for alleged proselytising rescinded his one-year prison term today but doubled his fine, a lawyer said. Ibaouene Mohamed was sentenced in July 2012 to one year in prison and a fine of 50,000

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TANZANIA: Pastor Beheaded in Religious-Linked Brawl

Pastor Mathayo Kachili of an Assemblies of God Church in Tanzania was killed last Monday in a brawl between Christians and Islamic extremists. According to Denis Stephano, the local police commander, tensions between Muslims and Christians in Buseresere, a town located in Tanzania’s Geita Region,

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SAUDI ARABIA: Arrests of 53 Ethiopian Christians

While attending a worship service in the private rented home of a fellow believer, 53 Ethiopian Christians were arrested by Saudi authorities in Dammam, the capital of the country’s Eastern Province. The incident, which took place at about 10 am on 8 February 2013, included

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INDIA: Christian Villagers Assaulted by Angry Mob

On 14 January, three Christian women were attacked by Hindu extremists in Tamsai village (located near Navi, Mumbai). The incident took place while they were washing clothes at a public well. It all began because the 12-year-old daughter of one of the Christian women listened

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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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