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  • 27 November 2020
From our CEO: December 2020

Dear Friends, During this time of celebration of the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus, let us take a moment to remember those who do not have the privilege, as we do, to openly celebrate. Living under the threat of persecution, however, faith surpasses all the suffering, threats and exclusion. Voice of the Martyrs […]

  • 26 November 2020
CHINA: Joint Prayer Network in Beijing Banned by the Government

A joint prayer network in Beijing has been disbanded by the local government. Many pastors within the network were summoned and asked to shut down their churches. The Beijing Ministerial Joint Prayer Network (BMJPN) was founded in 2004 by Pastor Jin Mingri from one of the largest house churches in Beijing, Shouwang Church. He has […]

  • 26 November 2020
PAKISTAN: Judges Failing to Acquit Christians Due to Fear of Extremists

Pakistan prosecutes anyone who is seen to be insulting Islam, with the resulting penalty of life in prison or a death sentence. It is claimed that judges in smaller courts in Pakistan are too afraid to let Christians go free in blasphemy cases due to the threat from extremists. Sajid Christopher Paul, President and Executive […]

  • 26 November 2020
SOMALIA: Update – Arrested Couple Released

On 21 September, police in the self-declared autonomous region of Somaliland detained a Christian couple. They were described as “apostates and evangelists spreading Christianity.” The couple, who are the parents of three children, appeared in court several times after their detainment. In the wake of pressure from European governmental representatives, the regional court ordered on […]

  • 26 November 2020
MYANMAR: Frontline Worker Accused of Denigrating Buddhism

A Christian accused of speaking against Buddhism has been told that a verdict will soon be delivered. Aung Tun Oo was accused by two radical Mahbahtah monks of denigrating Buddhism in 2017. Since the case was registered, Aung Tun Oo has been summoned to the court 54 times. A VOM worker in Myanmar asked for […]

  • 23 November 2020
Malaysia: Working with Muslim Background Believers

Recently, one of our workers in Malaysia sent us an update on his work with Muslim background believers, highlighting the story of a woman named Aeni. Aeni is a Muslim background believer who had a supernatural encounter with the Lord whilst she was sick in Hospital. She saw Jesus in her dream. She is a […]

  • 19 November 2020
Children: The Most Vulnerable Victims of Persecution

On World Children’s Day, we remember Christian children in restricted nations who inevitably become victims of persecution, as they are the most vulnerable members of society. In a few nations, this vulnerability leaves them susceptible to severe persecution such as forced labour, abduction, forced marriage, extreme abuse, terrorist attacks and the loss of their parents. […]

  • 18 November 2020
IRAN: Christian Flogged for Drinking Communion Wine

On 15 November, Iranian Christian convert Saheb Zaman Fadaie received 80 lashes for drinking communion wine. He is the second Christian to have this sentence implemented in two months. This sentence was issued against Fadaie, as well as two others, in September 2016. They also received a 10 year prison sentence for acting against national […]

  • 18 November 2020
ALGERIA: Churches Closed by Pandemic Remain Unopened

As the COVID-19 pandemic has swept the world, places of worship in many nations have been closed to prevent the spread of the virus. In Algeria, all places of worship and entertainment have been closed since March. In August, governing officials decided to gradually reopen places of worship, beginning with large mosques consisting of over […]

  • 18 November 2020
UGANDA: Christian Radio Preacher Murdered

David Omara was the pastor of Christian Church Centre and a well-known radio preacher in northern Uganda. During his radio broadcast on 31 October, he contrasted Christianity to Islam. After finishing the broadcast at about 9pm, Pastor David received a phone call from a listener who expressed appreciation for his message and invited him to […]

  • 18 November 2020
LAOS: Village Elder Ostracised by Family for Faith

Khampang came to Christ after witnessing God’s goodness and being healed. Only two others in his village were Christians, and both had experienced harsh reactions from their families. One young man was disowned by his family, and a teenager was kicked out of his family home. As a result, both young men were forced to […]

  • 11 November 2020
MYANMAR: Lingering Effects of Imprisonment

A key denominational leader targeted by Communist separatists continues to suffer lasting effects from his imprisonment. In 2018, the Wa State Army arrested Christians and at least 120 pastors in north eastern Myanmar, including Aikhun Plot. In prison, he spent most of his time with a metal leg chain digging into his ankle, causing long-term […]