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Sudan

SUDAN: Believers Charged for Protesting Takeover

In April 2017, a group of Christians had gathered to prevent the confiscation and sale of a church-owned school in Omdurman. The three-day protest ended when police arrested several men. Soon afterwards, an armed mob attacked the women remaining at the scene. Several men rushed

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Pakistan

PAKISTAN: New court date for Asia Bibi

A new date is expected to be announced soon for the trial of Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi. She’s facing the death penalty after being accused of insulting Islam – something she denies. Her case has gone to the country’s highest court, but her hearing

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China

CHINA: Government Passes Restrictions

Christians in China ask for prayer as the government continues to further restrict Christian activity. In February, churches were ordered to report their religious activities to authorities. In March, the Communist Party disbanded its Religious Affairs Bureau and the Communist Party’s Central Committee absorbed the

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Nigeria

NIGERIA: Missing Chibok Girls Feared Dead

After relatives and activists commemorated on Saturday the 4th anniversary of the Chibok girls’ kidnapping, there are now fears that many of over 100 girls still missing will never return home. Of the 276 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram on 14 April 2014, 57 escaped,

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Pakistan

PAKISTAN: Two Christians Killed in Drive-By Shooting

At least two Christians were killed and three others were wounded when gunmen opened fire on a group of Christians gathered in the Essa Nagri area of Quetta, Pakistan. ISIS’s local branch claimed responsibility for Sunday’s deadly attack, marking its third attack on Christians in

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Iran

IRAN: Hadi Asgari Released on Bail

Hadi Asgari was released on 11 April from Evin Prison. Previously, he was refused bail, but a judge reconsidered and he was set free on conditional release after posting bail. Convert to Christianity, Hadi Asgari was originally arrested on 26 August 2016 while on a

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NewsletterP3

New Religious Ordinance

A new religious ordinance took effect in China on 1 February, with the stated intent of implementing greater controls to “eradicate extremism” in the interest of national security. Under the ordinance, organisers of unapproved religious activities and anyone providing a venue for illegal religious events

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Supplying their Basic Needs

High in the mountain regions of northern China there are believers who are desperate for the Word of God. They are farmers living in a very poor area and yet, their Christian faith is strong. As the land is mainly unfarmable and their resources to

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Editorial

We will continue to build God’s church!

We will continue to build God’s church! Dear Friends, This is the sentiment echoed by believers at the very highest level in China. Recently, I travelled to China and sensed that the air was thick with nervous anticipation regarding the newly announced regulations by the

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NewsletterP4

Persecution is Normal for Us

“In the past, persecution meant bodily harm, now they use psychological pressure. It’s a mental warfare out there too.” Therefore, what keeps you going? we asked. “I never thought about stopping serving the Lord. God is God and there is no other. I need to

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nigeria

NIGERIA: Kidnapped Leah Sends Message Home

Leah Sharibu, the Nigerian Christian girl still being held captive by Boko Haram, reportedly asked her released friends to pass her mother a message, which read: “My mother you should not be disturbed. I know it is not easy missing me, but I want to

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iran

IRAN: Two Believers Await Ruling on Prison Terms

Two Iranian Christians continue to await a judge’s decision on their appeal of prison sentences they received in December 2017. Eskander Rezaie and Suroush Saraie, both of whom have been previously imprisoned, face eight-year sentences if their appeal is denied. Eskander was arrested in July

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algeria

ALGERIA: Churches Closed as Repression Escalates

Algeria’s Presidential Decree of March 2006 made any form of witness to Muslims a criminal offence. Amendments to the law in June 2007 mandated that Christian activities could only take place within government-approved associations and structures. The repressive measures are the efforts of a regime

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NigeriaUpdate

PROJECT UPDATE: Nigeria

Our mission partner in Nigeria continues to reach out to people who have been displaced by violence, killing, physical wounding and loss of homes. In the last two weeks their outreach team has gone to Miango and Dong. Yesterday they visited three displaced centres for

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NK-RadioBroadcasts

PROJECT UPDATE: Radio Broadcasts

In 2018 Voice of the Martyrs Australia is helping to fund projects initiated by Voice of the Martyrs Korea to equip and encourage the North Korean underground church through radio broadcasts. Below is a recent update from VOM Korea regarding these broadcasts. When we first

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pakistan

PAKISTAN: ISIS Claims Murders of 4 Christians

ISIS says it was behind a terrorist attack on a Christian family in Quetta, Pakistan, that killed four people on Easter Monday. The relatives had been riding in a rickshaw when motorcycle-riding gunmen opened fire on them. Three men and a woman died in the

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telaviv

ISRAEL: Pray for a Bible Book Store in Tel Aviv

A book store in Tel Aviv owned and operated by the Bible Society of Israel is currently on trial, accused by the property owner of conducting missionary activities and violating its rental agreement. The book store, which has rented the same property since 1961, is

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nigeria

NIGERIA: Christian Girl Remains Captive

A Christian school girl in Nigeria spent Easter as a hostage of Islamist militants after she refused to convert to Islam. Leah Sharibu was among 111 schoolgirls who were kidnapped on 19 February from the Government Girls’ Science Technical College in the north-eastern town of

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GoodFriday

The Hope of Easter Begins

Today is Good Friday. It is a day for Christians which marks reflection and mourning but most of all hope. For Christians in restricted nations, Easter is a time which carries an increased risk of persecution. On Easter Sunday 2016, in an attack targeting Christians,

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india

INDIA: Ministry Partners Acquitted

Family and friends of eight Christian workers in India were elated when the men were acquitted of all charges. Nine years ago, the men were serving in a Children’s Bible Club sponsored by Mission India. The attackers disrupted the meeting, beating those attending and burning

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