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EGYPT: Christians Murdered for Refusing to Pay Muslim Tax

Two Coptic Christians (government employees) were shot dead last week for refusing to pay Jizya, the Muslim poll tax on Christians. Emad Damian, 50, and his cousin Medhat Damian, 37, from the village of Sahel Selim in Assuit Province, were contacted two days before their

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MOROCCO: Christian Convert Imprisoned for Evangelising

During a recent court hearing, a Moroccan Christian man was ordered to serve a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence for evangelising Muslims. On 28 August, police raided the home of 34-year-old Mohamed el Baldi, of Ain Aicha, confiscating his Bible and about 30 additional Christian books. Following

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AFGHANISTAN: MP – “Execute Afghan Christian Converts”

A member of Afghanistan’s Parliament has suggested that all those who have converted from Islam to Christianity should be executed, according to Islamic Sharia Law, in order to stop the rapid growth of Christianity among Afghans within and outside the country. An Afghani news service,

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PHILIPPINES: Displaced Christians Wait to Return Home

Voice of the Martyrs is helping hundreds of Christians who were run out of their villages at the end of July by the Muslim Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF). The government has provided only 1 or 2 kilograms of rice to the evacuees, not nearly

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CHINA: House Church Pastor Attacked by Government Agents

Li Shuangping, pastor of Linfen house church, was abducted, beaten and threatened by government agents on the night of 13 August. While Li was driving to his home in Shanxi province, a man who appeared to be drunk staggered in front of his vehicle, at

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VIETNAM: Praying Christians Brutally Assaulted by Police

On 31 July, a group of Christians in Ho Chi Minh City were assaulted by police while gathered in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral for prayer. They were praying for the resolution of land disputes because the government has been trying to confiscate their

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INDONESIA: Pastor and Assistants Arrested for Baptisms

Pastor Onekesyi Zegaand and three of his assistants were arrested recently by a district police officer after being accused of baptising Muslims. The allegations were made on 20 June, when a Muslim family reported that a family member had become a Christian and been baptised

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VIETNAM: Bibles Confiscated from House Church

Local authorities confiscated 16 Bibles and some hymnals from a group of Hmong believers during a house church meeting two weeks ago, a VOM worker reports. The house church of 30 families was formed two months ago after an evangelist came and shared the Gospel

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IRAN: Court Refuses Pastor Saeed’s Appeal

An Iranian court has rejected an appeal from Saeed Abedini, the American Christian pastor held in Iran for his Christian faith, and refused to reduce the eight-year prison sentence according American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ). Abedini, 33, an American citizen, has been held

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Bibles Plus Update | Thank You!

With your help, we have raised over $140,000 to provide persecuted Christians with Bibles Plus Packs. Praise God! Praise the Lord for His faithfulness! By His grace, through your generosity and prayer, we have raised over $140,000 to provide Bibles Plus Food Packs to persecuted

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Urgent Prayer Update From Egypt

An exclusive update from our contact in Egypt about the increasing unrest in recent weeks. Please join Christians worldwide in praying for the persecuted church in Egypt. Dear Friends There has recently been a tragic outbreak of violence against Christians in Egypt. After protesting the

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The Rise of Extreme Islam in East Africa

Muslim extremists are pouring resources into east Africa resulting in an increase of attacks against Christians. Read this report to find out more about the challenges Christians are facing in this region. Islamic extremism is on the rise in three formerly safe, majority-Christian countries in

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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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