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CHINA: Four Christians Detained in Guangzhou Church Raid

A small house church in China’s southern Guangdong province was raided in the middle of a service last Sunday, detaining church pastor Huang Xiaoning and three other attendees. Huang was in the middle of a sermon when officials from the local police station and neighbourhood

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Project: Myanmar Emergency Packs Distributed

We are currently in the process of distributing emergency packs to 4,000 people in the Kachin state area of Myanmar. These people are Christians and have been displaced through continuous harassment which included mortars and airstrikes by government forces. There are more than 10,000 people

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I Have Lost Bing Bing!

Pastor Estefanus relates his story and heartache Pastor Estefanus was not at the main church on that fateful Sunday when the bombs exploded at the Pentekosta Church Central Surabaya (GPPS), as he was preaching at another church in West Surabaya when it happened. “I have

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A Life so Needlessly Taken

by Craig Tee Daniel aged 15, is described by Ms Sumidja, his loving grandmother who he lived with, as a typical young boy in character, but a diligent grandson who knew what he desired. He attended church every week faithfully. Following carpark duty for the

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Church under Attack

Pastor Yonathan, Pentekosta Church Central Surabaya (GPPS) interview by craig tee “As a pastor of GPPS Ministry I was conducting my normal 6am service on Sunday 13th May 2018, which is one of four services we have and was about to pronounce the benediction to

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Philippines: Supporting the Family of a Martyred Pastor

With the help of our supporters Voice of the Martyrs has been supporting the family of a martyred pastor. Pastor Feliciano and his 24-year-old son Darwin were killed in 2015 as they were bathing in the Culaman River in southern Philippines, the same river where

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Editorial

Christianity Under Attack

I travelled to Surabaya two days after the bombings of 13 May took place and I was struck by the uneasy calm which enveloped the city. Whilst there, I attended many celebrations of the lives of victims, and funerals too. I was taken aback by

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ProjectVietnamBibleCollege

Project: Vietnam Bible College

With the help of our supporters, we have helped fund a Bible college in Vietnam. We recently sent much needed funds for the purchase of classroom equipment and bedding for boarding students. Our contact at the Bible college reports that the classrooms have been fully

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CHINA: Underground and Official Churches Targeted

As of the end of May, almost 100 house churches in the central Chinese province of Henan have been shut down. Along with those closures, authorities have taken action against the official Three-Self Patriot Movement churches, demanding that all crosses be removed from their buildings.

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LAOS: New Law Further Restricts Front-line Workers

Under a new law, all religious activity in Laos must be approved by multiple government offices. Approval is rarely, if ever, given. This means the work of VOM-supported front-line workers and other evangelists would be considered illegal. The law is supposed to apply to people

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Myanmar: We are Helping Kachin Christians

Voice of the Martyrs Australia will be travelling to Myanmar next week to distribute emergency packs to displaced persons. Thousands of people have been displaced as Myanmar’s military has renewed its offensive against the mainly Christian Kachin people, pounding them with airstrikes and artillery, burning

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NIGERIA: Seven More Killed by Suspected Herdsmen

A fresh attack attributed to Fulani herdsmen has left seven killed in Tseadough village, in the Kwande local government area of Benue state, in Nigeria’s Middle Belt. The assailants stormed the village in the early hours of Sunday 3 June, while people were asleep, the

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ERITREA: Prisoner Released

Voice of the Martyrs has received confirmation that Pastor Oqbamichel Haiminot (also spelled Okbamichael) has been released. VOM contacts say he is in need of medical care. Pastor Oqbamichel Haiminot, senior pastor of the Kale Hiwot (Word of Life) Church became the first senior Eritrean

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CHINA: Schools Working to Eliminate Christianity

Teachers in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, recently sent messages to the parents of infants and primary school students, demanding that the parents disclose their religious beliefs. One Christian said school officials have even come to Christian parents’ homes and workplaces, asking them to renounce their faith

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Project: Deep Wells for India

An estimated 27 million Christians live in India, making up 2.2% of the population. Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Hindu nationalist organisation has seen a 20% increase in membership and an emboldened base aimed at further cementing India’s Hindu identity.

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MYANMAR: Thousands Flee Fresh Fighting in Kachin State

Myanmar’s military has renewed its offensive against the mainly Christian Kachin people in Myanmar (Burma). The military stepped up its campaign against the Kachin people in April, pounding them with airstrikes and artillery. Troops have displaced thousands and occupied churches, interrogating entire congregations. As well

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ALGERIA

ALGERIA: Two More Protestant Churches Closed Down

The authorities in Algeria have closed down two more Protestant churches, amidst growing pressure on the country’s Christian minority. Over the past weekend, police sealed off two churches in the north-eastern province of Kabylie, where much of the growth in the church is happening. One

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RUSSIA

RUSSIA: Church Attack in Chechnya

On Saturday 19 May, four gunmen stormed the Archangel Michael Orthodox Church in Grozny, Chechnya. Before they were shot dead by police, they had killed one church member and two security officers. Two other officers and another church member were also injured. According to the

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