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CHINA: Book Store Employee Arrested

In December 2012, an employee of a Christian bookstore in central China was asked to come to a police station to retrieve $6,000 worth of books that had been seized from the store in a raid several months earlier. However, when Mr Li arrived at

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Youth Coordinator Report from Nigeria

Jono Fox recently travelled to Nigeria with Voice of the Martyrs to meet persecuted Christians. He will be sharing his experiences at this year’s Thirteen Three Fearless youth events to help raise awareness and funds for Nigerian Christians. We caught up with Jono recently to

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NIGERIA: The Deadliest Place to be a Christian

With countries like North Korea, Pakistan and Somalia topping the list as some of the world’s worst persecutors of Christians, it’s hard to imagine that none of these countries hold the highest Christian death toll. In 2012, that shameful distinction went to Nigeria, where almost

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EAST AFRICA: Pastor Murdered in Tanzania

Persecution of Christians by Muslim extremists continues to increase in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. Pastor Mathayo Kachili was killed in Buseresere, Tanzania, recently by radical Muslims who attacked him with machetes. Pastor Mathayo was a husband and father of 12 children. VOM workers met with

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Persecution Update from Iran | Mohammed’s Story

Mohammed is a former drug addict who came to know Christ four years ago. Now he is a bold evangelist in Iran, sharing the Gospel with everyone he meets. God is using evangelists like Mohammed to grow the church in Iran despite persecution. Mohammed* says

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MYANMAR: Christian Converts Lose Jobs and Homes

Persecution is increasing in Myanmar as more people turn to Jesus Christ. Buddhists who convert to Christianity have difficulty keeping jobs and are often driven from their homes, according to a VOM worker. Two families currently working with VOM’s Burma fish farm project lost their

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NIGERIA: Extremist Violence Targets Christians in Borno

According to Stefanos Foundation, gunmen pulled over a bus near Maiduguri on Saturday 20 April, demanded passengers declare their faith and then killed the six people who said they were Christian. Meanwhile, in Gwoza, also in Borno state, Islamists are reported to have embarked upon

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SYRIA: Two Bishops Kidnapped by Rebels

Two prominent Syrian bishops, who had warned of the threat to religious tolerance and diversity from the two-year conflict in their country, were kidnapped on Monday 22 April by armed rebels in the northern province of Aleppo, state media said. SANA news agency said the

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PAKISTAN: Police Watch while Christian Neighbourhood is Ransacked

A Muslim mob attacked Christian-owned shops and a church in the Francis Colony of Gujranwala, Pakistan on Wednesday 3 April following a dispute between Christian youth and a Muslim cleric a day earlier. The violence occurred only a few hours after Pakistan’s Supreme Court condemned

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MALI: Christian Work Continues Amid Civil War

Though Mali is ravaged by civil war, life and work continue in the southern part of the country, a VOM worker reports. Several safe houses in the region continue to shelter groups of former Muslims who were threatened by their Muslim families. The Christian converts

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IRAN: American Pastor’s Condition Worsens in Prison

American Pastor Saeed Abedini, who is serving an eight-year prison term in Iran because of his Christian faith, has been suffering from internal bleeding for months – injuries received from beatings in prison. A story by Jordan Sekulow for the American Centre for Law and

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2012 Bibles Plus Report

Thanks to the generous response of our supporters, over 4440 persecuted Christian families were helped through Bibles Plus in 2012. The Need The vision of Bibles Plus is to provide holistic care for persecuted Christians struggling with spiritual and physical hunger. Our 2012 Bibles Plus

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How Much Does the Bible Mean to You?

Bounchan was imprisoned for his Christian ministry in Laos for over 10 years. Despite the risks, he went to extraordinary lengths to smuggle Bibles into prison. We’re so blessed to have such easy access to the Bible in Australia. But in many restricted nations, owning

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PAKISTAN: Christian Wins Blasphemy Appeal

Pakistan Christian Younis Masih, who had been sentenced to death for blasphemy, has been released on appeal Wednesday 3 April. The father-of-four had been in jail since November 2005. He was set free after a successful appeal to the High Court in Lahore. Pakistan Christian

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CHINA: Christian Dies in Police Custody

A small house church in western China was raided by five policemen and 15 locals in late February. The pastor was thrown to the floor and restrained while police scuffled with a 50-year-old male church member. When the pastor told police the other man had

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EGYPT: Hostility against Christians Escalates

More than one year after the country’s 2012 revolution, violence against Christians in Egypt has escalated. One of the recent attacks occurred on 15 February, when a mob of a few hundred Islamic militants threw stones and set fire to St Georgas Coptic Church, located

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