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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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INDONESIA: Aceh, Sharia for Everyone

Aceh’s provincial administration and legislative council have approved a new by-law that will force everyone in Aceh to abide by Sharia (Islamic) Law. The Qanun Jinayat (a by-law governing behaviour) will apply to the territory of Aceh. Muslims and non-Muslims, local population and visitors, will

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NIGERIA: Islamists Kill 59 Pupils in Boarding School Attack

Last week suspected Boko Haram Islamists killed 59 people in an attack on secondary school students as they slept, in the latest school massacre to hit Nigeria’s troubled north-east. Gunmen from Islamist group Boko Haram shot or burned to death 59 pupils (originally thought to

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AUSTRALIAN MISSIONARY DEPORTED FROM NORTH KOREA

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS Australian missionary John Short has arrived in Beijing after being released by North Korean authorities. Mr Short, 75, was arrested last Sunday, 16 February, for leaving Christian tracts in the Korean language at a Buddhist temple. His arrest became an

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KENYA: Pastor Murdered

Assistant Pastor Lawrence Kazungu Kadenge was murdered in the early morning hours of 2 February while guarding the Glory of God Ministries Church in Mombasa. Although police are still investigating the murder, it is believed that radical Muslims may have killed the 59-year-old assistant pastor

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Released prisoner and family say “Thank You!”

Recently a VOM worker visited Dmitry Shestakov, a pastor and former Christian prisoner from Uzbekistan. Dmitry, spent four years in prison for his Christian work in Uzbekistan. Dmitry was released in January 2011, but he had difficulty supporting his family because of his criminal record

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