Two Christians have been arrested in Iran by the repressive Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The mother and her son were arrested at the end of February in Iran’s West Azerbaijan Province. Their home was initially raided and Bibles and books about theology were seized.
The pastor of a house church has been under house arrest since 2011 in China for refusing to join the Three-Self Church. Pastor Jin Tianming’s home is closely guarded by three government agents and he is given just two hours of personal time each day.
A new al-Qaeda-led jihadist coalition, Hay’at Tahrir al Sham (HTS), recently perpetrated several devastating attacks deep inside Damascus. On 19 March HTS launched a massive military assault just 2km from the walls of the Old City, having entered the area through tunnels. Whilst they were
The devastating news of numerous attacks on the Christian communities in the district of Karua, Southern Kaduna on 13 November 2016 has left a certain numbness among those who survived the onslaught. It is believed Fulani herdsmen were responsible, with most of their victims being
Persecuted Christians living in the district of Kandhamal, Odisha face the daily problem of not having access to clean water for drinking and cooking. Often, they must walk several kilometres a day and stand in line at small wells in Hindu villages. Because the local
Our 2016 Bibles Plus campaign reached believers in the Philippines, Indonesia, Laos, Vietnam, India and Nigeria. Our national contacts distributed these packs, including a Bible in the local language, as well as assorted products tailored to meet specific needs for each country. People want God’s
Danjuma was a 13-year-old boy when he was savagely attacked by Islamic extremists who invaded his village. He suffered such horrific injuries to his body that onlookers thought he had died. They even dug a grave for him but Danjuma defied all expectations and became
Just over four months ago, on 13 November 2016, a two-year-old girl died after suffering 75% burns during a bomb attack on a church in Indonesia. Three other young children were also injured – Anita (also two), Trinity (three) and Alvaro (four) – during the
Church attendance in Europe seems to be skyrocketing with the rapid conversions of Iranian and Afghani immigrants to Christianity. Europe has a history of low church growth, but these Muslim background believers are reported to be bringing faith back to life. One bishop says that
In February, a Hmong Christian, Brother ‘Nou’, was confronted at his house by a relative with a gun, a knife and the intent to kill him. Brother Nou has been persecuted by family members repeatedly since coming to faith in Jesus Christ two years ago.
Just as Pastor Li Dexian began his sermon, the doors of the house church burst open. Armed officers of the Chinese Public Security Bureau poured into the room, threatening everyone present and grabbing Li to arrest him. “Wait, please allow me to grab my bag.”
February 2017 at a leaders conference, children’s Bibles were distributed out to pastors and leaders for the children of their church.
Students celebrating the goodness of God, giving thanks for the financial support received from Australian Christians to support the students and upgrade the Bible School.
After spending 445 days imprisoned in Sudan on false charges that included “espionage” and “waging war against the state,” long-time VOM staff member Petr Jasek is finally home with his family in Prague. For nearly 15 months, Petr was moved among five prisons in Khartoum,
We’ve all seen the stories in the news of Christians being forced out of their homes by extremists in the Middle East but it’s no longer just in war-torn countries such as Iraq and Syria. Now Christians in a northern Egyptian city have fled after
On 13 February, Pastor Raymond Koh King Too (62) was kidnapped in Petaling Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur by a group of masked men. No one has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping, nor have there been demands made for a ransom. Owing to the lack of
“I lost all my friends at school. Now that I’ve begun to ‘walk my talk,’ they make fun of me.” Rachel’s journal entries showed her disappointment that the very people to whom she wanted to show Christ’s love turned away from her. But she wouldn’t
A village council in Benje village, located in India’s Chhattisgarh state, passed a resolution on 6 February 2017, banning the practice of non-Hindu faiths, essentially deeming Christianity illegal. This resolution was passed despite a decision by the High Court of Chhattisgarh overturning similar resolutions. A
A Christian family in Chiapas, Mexico, was forced to flee their home after being threatened by members of their Zapatista community. Mardomio and his family were ordered by Mardomio’s father, the village ‘religious teacher,’ to stop attending church and to return to their traditional beliefs,
Petr Jašek, the Christian aid worker sentenced to life in prison in Sudan for spying, is back home on Czech soil after the Czech Foreign Minister flew to Khartoum on Sunday to negotiate his release. Jašek is reported to have arrived in Prague after Sudanese