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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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NIGERIA: Six Christians Killed

Christian leaders reported that gunmen killed six Christians in an early morning attack on Dinu village in southern Plateau state. Rev Johnson Kikem, chairman of a nearby Regional Church Council of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN), reported that church members who fled the

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IRAN: Eight Christians Imprisoned

On 16 July, eight Iranian Christians received jail sentences between one and six years after being found guilty of ‘action against the national security’ and ‘propaganda against the system.’ Seven of the Christians were reportedly arrested in October 2012, when security forces raided an evening

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PAKISTAN: Christian Teenager Gang Raped

In July, a 14-year-old Christian girl in Punjab was abducted and raped. According to her father, the men responsible have threatened to attack Christian properties and churches if the family proceeds with charges against them. Sharing Life Ministry Pakistan (SLMP) reported that the teenager was

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HONDURAS: Pastors’ Lives Threatened

Eight pastors have been murdered in Honduras in 2013. In the most recent attack, which took place on 19 June, Pastor Eduardo Mejia was stabbed to death. Pastor Mejia led a church called “God Is Love.” The other seven pastors died from gunshot wounds. An

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UGANDA: Persecuted Teen Returns to School

Susan Ithungu, a teenager who was abused because of her Christian faith, began a new school term recently. Susan suffered permanent damage to her legs as a result of being kept in a tiny room for three months by her father. After multiple surgeries and

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SRI LANKA: Pastor and Christians Assaulted

A Christian pastor and his congregation in Sri Lanka were assaulted by a Buddhist monk and his associates during a Sunday service on 23 June. A monk began to insult and attack the pastor with a tree branch while he was on an errand in

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