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INDONESIA: Pastor and Assistants Arrested for Baptisms

Pastor Onekesyi Zegaand and three of his assistants were arrested recently by a district police officer after being accused of baptising Muslims. The allegations were made on 20 June, when a Muslim family reported that a family member had become a Christian and been baptised

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VIETNAM: Bibles Confiscated from House Church

Local authorities confiscated 16 Bibles and some hymnals from a group of Hmong believers during a house church meeting two weeks ago, a VOM worker reports. The house church of 30 families was formed two months ago after an evangelist came and shared the Gospel

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IRAN: Court Refuses Pastor Saeed’s Appeal

An Iranian court has rejected an appeal from Saeed Abedini, the American Christian pastor held in Iran for his Christian faith, and refused to reduce the eight-year prison sentence according American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ). Abedini, 33, an American citizen, has been held

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Bibles Plus Update | Thank You!

With your help, we have raised over $140,000 to provide persecuted Christians with Bibles Plus Packs. Praise God! Praise the Lord for His faithfulness! By His grace, through your generosity and prayer, we have raised over $140,000 to provide Bibles Plus Food Packs to persecuted

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Urgent Prayer Update From Egypt

An exclusive update from our contact in Egypt about the increasing unrest in recent weeks. Please join Christians worldwide in praying for the persecuted church in Egypt. Dear Friends There has recently been a tragic outbreak of violence against Christians in Egypt. After protesting the

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The Rise of Extreme Islam in East Africa

Muslim extremists are pouring resources into east Africa resulting in an increase of attacks against Christians. Read this report to find out more about the challenges Christians are facing in this region. Islamic extremism is on the rise in three formerly safe, majority-Christian countries in

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KAZAKHSTAN: Pastor Victim of Soviet-Era Methods

Lyazzat Almenova (34) is a member of Grace Church in Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana. In 2011 her mother made allegations against the church, claiming the pastor had caused her daughter to become ‘schizophrenic’. After a state ‘expert’ confirmed the diagnosis, the police started investigating Pastor Kashkumbayev

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EGYPT: Nonstop Attacks

Christians in Egypt are experiencing increased attacks in conjunction with the government’s attempt to disperse two groups calling for the reinstatement of former President Morsi. At least 800 people have been killed and 4,000 injured during recent protests. Forty church buildings have been attacked and

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INDONESIA: Evangelists Jailed for Three Years

Two Christians in Indonesia have been given a three-year jail sentence after being arrested originally for ‘evangelising Muslims’. The two Christians, known as Kashfi Rasyid and Jalaludin, were convicted despite their lawyer’s insistence in court that the trial violated their human rights. Much of the

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IRAN: Believer Sentenced to 10 Years Imprisonment

Christian convert from Islam Mohammad-Hadi Bordbar, known as Mostafa, was sentenced to ten years in prison for being a part of an “anti-security organisation” and “gathering with intent to commit crimes against Iranian national security” on 31 July. He was arrested on 27 December 2012

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PHILIPPINES (Mindanao): Christian Villages Attacked

Two Christian villages in Midsayap, Cotabato, were attacked by the Muslim Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) on 29 July and 31 July. More than 70 armed men attacked the villages, using four boats to reach the villages and to carry away their spoils. They ransacked

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EGYPT: Christian Girls Snatched by Traffickers

One of the challenges facing Christian families, particularly in Upper Egypt, is the kidnapping of young Christian girls. It generally happens when the girls enter their teen years. Last year, a Helsinki Commission hearing revealed that the number of disappearances and abduction of Christian girls

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CHINA: Chinese house church leader Samuel Lamb dies

One of the most well-known Christian leaders in China, Pastor Samuel Lamb, died on Saturday 3 August in Guangzhou, aged 88. Lamb, was targeted by the government because of his refusal to merge his illegal house church into the Three-Self Patriotic Movement, the state-regulated Protestant

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NORTH KOREA: Balloon Launches Help Spread the Gospel

A VOM worker reports record launches of New Testaments into North Korea in July. For the month of July alone, 23,130 New Testaments were launched into North Korea. A chief of Security Vision informed VOM partners of a North Korean website threatening organisations that launch

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IRAN: Imprisoned Pastor Now Receiving Medical Care

Pastor Saeed Abedini has been in prison in Iran for over 300 days and has finally received medical treatment a private hospital in Tehran. During his incarceration, he has been subjected to beatings which have caused internal injuries. For the first time since he was

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VIETNAM: Recent Convert Tortured and Imprisoned

A new Christian, “Bao,” is being pressured by village authorities to recant his faith, a VOM worker reported. After Bao and his family converted to Christianity four months ago, authorities told Bao he could not live in the village and that he could not use

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INDIA: New Amendment Could Restrict Christian Evangelism

A proposed amendment to the “Freedom of Religion” law in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh poses a threat to potential conversion to Christianity. The amendment stipulates a mandatory one-month advance notice to the district magistrate by both a prospective convert and the minister who

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Bibles Plus Boots | Fearless Fundraising Project

Through Thirteen Three’s Fearless youth events, we are aiming to raise $15,000 to give Bibles Plus Boots packs to 600 persecuted pastors in Nigeria. Find out why they need gumboots and why our team is so excited about this project. Gumboot Evangelists Jono Fox from

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Pastor Magtoto’s Story

Pastor Magtoto leads a church of 30 families in a devout Muslim area on the Filipino island of Mindanao. Her congregation faces frequent threats from Muslims who want to drive Christians from the area. Find out why Pastor Magtoto chooses to stay despite persecution. Always

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