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SYRIA: Homs Priest Killed By Assassins

Dutchman Frans van der Lugt, a Jesuit priest who refused to leave the embattled city of Homs, Syria, in solidarity with the few Christians still living there, was killed by assassins on Monday 7 April in his garden. He was 75. Independent news accounts reported

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PAKISTAN: Update Asia Bibi Appeal Postponed

The appeal hearing for Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi was this week adjourned to a date unspecified. Judges at Lahore High Court were expected to have heard final arguments in her appeal against a death sentence for ‘blasphemy’ on Monday. The Punjab farm labourer has been

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CHINA: Detained Christian Leads Fellow Prisoners to Christ

During a recent visit with his family, imprisoned believer Wenxi Li excitedly shared that several more prisoners have become Christians after hearing the Gospel message! Prior to this, while awaiting his trial last year, Wenxi had led three other prisoners to Christ. Wenxi, who has

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NEPAL: Pastor Attacked for Distributing Bibles

Pastor Mohan Limbu was confronted by about 60 local Hindus while distributing Bibles in a Nepali village. He was told to leave the village and never return. The Hindus accused him of giving the villagers money to convert to Christianity. After leaving the village on

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KENYA: Six Fatalities after Church Attacked by Gunmen

On the morning of 23 March, as a congregation gathered for worship at their church in Likoni, a hooded gunman burst through the church’s back door and began firing indiscriminately. Those who tried to flee through the church’s main door were met with gunfire from

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PAKISTAN: Blasphemy Death Sentence for Christian

A Christian road sweeper from Lahore, Pakistan, has been sentenced to death for blasphemy. Judges passed sentence on Sawan Masih in a hearing held in private due to the ‘sensitive nature’ of the case. They also fined him 200,000 Rupees (about $2,200). Father-of-three Sawan is

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Bibles Plus comes to Nepal!

We are excited to announce that we will be distributing our Bibles Plus program in Nepal. Our national contacts understand the importance of God’s Word reaching the believers in many rural communities who cannot afford to own their own Bible. The land-locked nation of Nepal

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Central Asia: Hungry for the Word

Traditional Islam is on the rise in Central Asia and several Muslim countries (Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey and Pakistan) invest huge amounts of money in sending missionaries into countries in Central Asia. Their effectiveness is high and even Russians are being converted to Islam. With

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Bibles Plus gives hope in China

“According to the Chinese Communist government sources, over the past 24 years the government has made available 60 million legal Bibles, or possibly 25% of the actual need just to supply believers. No one knows exactly how many have been provided illegally, but we know

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LAOS: Officials Attempt to Force Christians to Abandon their Faith

On 2 December 2013, five Christian families received an eviction order from the Natahall village authorities and the Phin district police. The Lao authorities deemed that believing in the Christian faith was contrary to local religious beliefs and customs. They therefore acted to ban the

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KENYA: Four Killed in Attack on Church

On Sunday morning, multiple gunmen stormed the packed Joy Jesus Church in Likoni, Kenya. Two individuals were proclaimed dead at the scene, another two died as a result of their injuries and 17 are still being treated in hospital. Police responded quickly to the attack,

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SRI LANKA: Pastor’s Family Attacked for Christian Activities

On the evening of 16 February, a mob of approximately 250 villagers led by 11 Buddhist monks stormed a pastor’s property in Asgiriya, Kandy district, demanding that worship services at the site cease immediately. The monks belong to the hardline nationalist organisation, ‘Bodu Bala Sena’

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Nigeria: Attackers Kill more than 150

More than 150 people have been killed since Friday in central and northern Nigeria in separate attacks on villages populated by a concentration of Christians. On Friday 14 March, gunmen raided three villages in Kaduna state in central Nigeria, killing at least 114 people. In

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Pakistan: Update – Asia Bibi’s Appeal Hearing Postponed

Asia Bibi’s appeal hearing has been postponed “to a later date”. The Christian woman was sentenced to death without evidence on the basis of the ‘blasphemy law’. Set for Monday 17 March, the first hearing was cancelled due to the absence of one of the

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North Korea: Dozens Detained, 33 to be Executed

On 27 February captured South Korean Baptist missionary Kim Jung-wook (50) fronted a North Korean press conference in Pyongyang to ‘confess’ to ‘anti-State’ crimes and plead for mercy. Dozens of people accused of assisting Kim were immediately arrested and banished with their families to labour

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IRAN: Pray for Pastor’s Recovery from Surgery

Pastor Behnam Irani, who has suffered complications as a result of stomach ulcers and intestinal problems, underwent surgery on 22 February at Shahid Madani Hospital in Karaj. The surgery was said to be successful, and the pastor is doing well. He was scheduled to return

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INDIA: Andhra Pradesh Emerging Hotbed of Anti-Christian Violence

Church leaders in India are alarmed over a dramatic increase in attacks on Christians in the state of Andhra Pradesh, where in recent weeks one pastor has been murdered, others beaten, and churches demolished. The All India Christian Council documented 72 incidents of anti-Christian violence

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SYRIA: Christians Subjugated in Raqqa

Since January 2014 the terror group ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq/Syria) has ruled the northern city of Al Raqqa. Sharia is enforced and the whole community lives in terror of ISIS’s extreme violence. Recently 20 Christian leaders were taken captive and given three options: convert

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