Christmas in Jordan
  • 27 November 2019

Christmas Day is an official public holiday in Jordan and, although Christians make up less than 10% of the population, the majority of homes and businesses are adorned with Christmas decorations. Christians in Jordan celebrate the birth of Jesus as the Son of God, while the Muslim majority participates in the commercialism of Christmas – […]

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PAKISTAN: Christian Family Claims Their Son’s Murder is Being Covered Up
  • 21 November 2019

The family of Akash Masih, an 18-year-old Christian who worked at Aman Bakery in Sialkot, Pakistan, claims that their son was murdered by his Muslim co-workers on 24 September. According to Akash’s father, his son was killed because of discrimination and religious jealousy. “My son was an expert at baking and making shawarma and burgers,” […]

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IRAN: Upcoming Court Hearing
  • 21 November 2019

Christians in Iran face constant danger when living out their faith. This is particularly true for those who convert from Islam. For many, faith in Christ leads to torture and imprisonment. Ismaeil Maghrebinejad, 65, was taken into custody in January on charges of propaganda against the state. In a hearing on 22 October, charges of […]

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CUBA: Evangelist Arrested for Public Preaching
  • 21 November 2019

A lay evangelist was arrested in the central Cuban city of Camagüey in October after police heard him preaching in public. Juan Bautista is well known to local authorities, who have repeatedly told him to stop his public evangelism and have claimed he has a mental illness. But Juan has faithfully continued to share the […]

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CHINA: Chengdu Pastor to be Tried
  • 21 November 2019

Sichuan authorities moved ahead with the prosecution of Early Rain Covenant Church pastor, Wang Yi on Friday. His trial is expected to be held soon. Wang has been in custody since 9 December 2018, when officials seized around 100 members of his church. He was charged with “inciting subversion of state power”, for his Christian […]

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ERITREA: Christians Suffer Under Worsening Conditions
  • 14 November 2019

Conditions in Eritrea continue to deteriorate despite a peace treaty signed with Ethiopia earlier this year that earned Ethiopia’s president, an evangelical Christian, the Nobel Peace Prize. “The country is becoming worse and worse,” an Eritrean Christian said. “[There is] no electricity, little internet connection, the economy is bad and people are suffering. All phone […]

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TURKEY: Christian Convert Teacher Dismissed from Duties
  • 14 November 2019

Turkish Christians request prayer for Christian convert, Esma, who has been withdrawn from her teaching duties. She is being investigated by the National Education Board after the Turkish press accused her of missionary activities through her social media account. Esma, 40, a graduate from Ataturk Religious Faculty of Erzurum University, has been working at Hasan […]

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NIGERIA: Release of Captured Students and Staff
  • 14 November 2019

The six students and two staff members of a Christian-run school in Kaduna state who were kidnapped on 3 October were released on 26 October. Police claimed responsibility for the rescue, stating that they had “intercepted” the students and staff, and rescued them unhurt. Parents of the students, however, insist that the police did not […]

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INDIA: Pastor’s Family Narrowly Escapes Extremist Mob
  • 14 November 2019

A pastor and his family in north-east India had a narrow escape when Christian villagers managed to head off a violent attack by extremists. The mob brandishing swords, bricks and rods were minutes away from reaching the family after smashing their way into their home in Bihar state and threatening to kill them. Pastor Palathingal […]

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NEPAL: Living the Christian Life with Beautiful Aroma
  • 06 November 2019

An extremely poor family who came to Christ has experienced intense persecution but also rapid spiritual maturity. The family is so poor that they live in a shelter on government-owned land. One day they met a pastor who told them about Christ. Eager for the hope Jesus promised, they accepted Christ as a family. They […]

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CHINA: New Measures Forbid Baptism
  • 06 November 2019

Authorities in China’s Zhejiang province have forbidden baptism in a new set of measures. Changes in church location, church growth, adjustment of service times, and offering boxes have also been forbidden. Other prohibited items include an individual bank account for the church and donations from other countries. Local community directors have been charged with overseeing […]

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UKRAINE: Worship Ban in Luhansk
  • 06 November 2019

Since 2014, the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine has been under the control of rebels. This self-declared government has imposed oppressive religious restrictions. Last year, an order was made that no religious groups may hold services of any kind without registration. Subsequent to the deadline of October 2018, no Protestant church of any kind was […]

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