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TURKEY: Entry Ban on Christian Workers

For years Turkey has placed restrictions on religious leadership training. As a result, many pastors in the country have been foreign nationals. However, new visa restrictions are now being placed on foreign religious workers entering the country. In early April, an American pastor (name withheld)

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eritrea

ERITREA: More than 140 Believers Arrested on One Day

More than 140 Christians were arrested as they gathered in a private courtyard in the Mai Temenai area of Asmara, in Eritrea last Friday. Our partner Release Eritrea reports that 104 women, 23 men and 14 children were arrested. The arrests came amid rising tensions

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BURKINA FASO: Ten More Christians Killed

Ten more Christians were killed as attacks on churches continues in northern Burkina Faso. The ten, including a Catholic priest, died in attacks on 12 and 13 May. On 12 May, in the village of Dablo, 90kms from the city of Kaya, between 20 –

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china

CHINA: Cash Rewards for Information on Christian Activity

One Chinese city is now offering to pay for information on anyone involved in “illegal religious activities”. Authorities in Guangzhou have offered rewards equalling as much as $2,100 to those reporting the activities. The largest rewards are paid for information leading to the arrest of

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PAKISTAN: Upcoming Court Hearing

The court handling the case of Pakistani Christian Imran Ghafur announced a new court hearing on Friday 17 May. Imran has been in prison for nearly 10 years on blasphemy charges. In January 2010 Imran Ghafur was sentenced to life in prison and fined the

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NEPAL: Five Christians Arrested

Five Christians, including two foreign nationals, were arrested on 23 April on allegations of attempted proselytisation. The arrests happened during an early morning raid on a hotel in Ghorahi. The police seized Bibles, computers and other items, including cash. Before being arrested for preaching Christianity

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BURKINA FASO: Church Leader Killed by Islamists

Gunmen who attacked a Protestant church in Burkina Faso on 28 April asked the pastor and six others to convert to Islam before they shot them. Burkina Faso is long known for its peaceful co-existence among religious communities. But over the past two years, attacks

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China: Sermons with Too Much Religion Not Allowed

A Three-Self Church preacher in the Demonstration Zone of Shangqiu city, in China’s central Henan Province, was disappointed when the sermon that he had sent to the local authorities for approval was denied. The reply, which he received on 15 March, stated that the content of the sermon

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nigeria

NIGERIA: Infant Dedication Concludes in Massacre

On Sunday 14 April, Safaratu and her husband John Kabiru Ali dedicated their baby to the Lord in a special service in the Ruhaniya Baptist Church in Nigeria’s central, Middle Belt state of Nasarawa. Later in the day, as believers gathered for a celebration dinner,

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uganda

UGANDA: Unwilling to Forsake Christ

When Ssuubi became a believer, his wife and children were given to another man and he was fired from his job teaching Islam. Then his family tried to kill him. Despite these difficulties, Ssuubi was determined to follow Christ, even when he felt the Lord

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LAOS: Christian Arrested, Asked to Renounce Faith

Police in southern Laos have allegedly arrested, beaten and detained a man in Savannakhet province for practising his Christian faith last Thursday, according to Radio Free Asia’s (RFA) Lao service. The man named Agoon was arrested for another crime, based on a police accusation –

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EasterBlog

Prayers for the Persecuted this Easter

Easter is a time of great joy for those of us who celebrate – large family meals, extra church services, visits to the Show and Easter egg hunts. Our long weekend here in Australia is often so filled to the brim with festivities, we may

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Pakistan

PAKISTAN: Terrorist Threat to Pakistan Churches

Authorities in Pakistan fear that a terrorist linked to Islamic State is planning an attack that could target Christians in Punjab province at Easter. The bomber is likely to try to carry out a suicide attack in Lahore, according to a contact of VOM’s partner

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indonesia

INDONESIA: Prison Sentences for Church Bombings

A married couple has been convicted and sentenced for their part in the bombing of three churches in Surabaya in May 2018. Agus Satrio Widodo received a sentence of eight years, and his wife Damayanti received 40 months after a court found them guilty of

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KURDISTAN: Church Built with State Approval

Hope awakens in northern Iraq as another church is built with the support of the government. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) supervised the construction of the first Armenian Orthodox Church in Erbil through their department of religious affairs. According to a local news source, a

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india

INDIA: Prayer Needed for Upcoming election

India’s 2019 general election will take place in seven phases from 11 April to 19 May. The new parliament will be announced on 23 May. The Hindu nationalist BJP has ruled with a simple majority for the past five years. Its electoral success is the

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belarus

BELARUS: Registration Refused for Church Activities

Officials have rejected the registration application for the Pentecostal Your Will Be Done Church in Minsk for the sixth time, after a government official pressured a potential landlord to not rent their facility to the church. Due to fear of punishment, the congregation has chosen

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niger

NIGER: Persecution is Fertiliser for the Gospel

A VOM partner ministry worked with 144 evangelists in Niger last year, providing discipleship training and opportunities to help them support themselves. The evangelists then visited communities throughout the country, sharing the Gospel and teaching people about Jesus. As those hearing the Gospel began to

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