IRAN: Government Concerned with the Growth of Christianity
  • 25 July 2019

Iran’s intelligence minister, Mahmoud Alavi, has openly expressed concern about the spread of Christianity in the Islamic republic. According to the International Shia News Association, Alavi blamed “evangelical propaganda” for the increase in Iranian Muslims converting to Christianity in Iran.  Despite Christianity being criminalised in a country where the government is entangled with hard-line Islam, […]

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CHINA: Pastors Told What to Preach
  • 25 July 2019

Officials in China’s third largest province are trying to persuade pastors to include communist ideology in their weekly sermons. The same officials are also forcing pastors to affirm traditional Chinese beliefs, such as ancestral worship, that conflict with Scripture. At issue is the approval of pastors within the Three-Self Patriotic Movement, the government-approved Protestant body that faces […]

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CHINA: Sentencing of Pastor John Cao set for 25 July
  • 22 July 2019

The Pu’er Intermediate People’s Court in Yunnan province will declare the sentence of Pastor John Cao on 25 July at 10am Beijing Time. Pastor John Cao served as a missionary in Myanmar’s Wa State, transforming the lives of more than 2,000 impoverished minority children by building 16 schools and worked to fight poverty in the […]

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PAKISTAN: Pastor Acquitted of Blasphemy Charges
  • 18 July 2019

Jadoon Masih, a Pentecostal pastor who was arrested two years ago on charges of blasphemy, was acquitted on 12 July by the High Court in Lahore. Before his arrest, Masih was a pastor at Nasiri Pentecostal Church. While this is good news for Masih and the Christian community of Pakistan, the potential for mob violence […]

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INDIA: Christian Families Forced to ‘Reconvert’ or be Banished
  • 18 July 2019

Twelve Christian families in eastern India have been faced with an ultimatum by village leaders. They can ‘reconvert’ to the Sarna tribal religion or they can be forever banished from Mahuatoli village, located in the Gumla District of India’s Jharkhand state. The trouble started last month when, on 14 June, a mob attacked the 12 […]

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SYRIA: Bomb Attack on Qamishli Church
  • 18 July 2019

On Thursday 11 July, the Syriac Orthodox church of the Virgin Mary in Qamishli, North-east Syria, was targeted in a car bomb attack. Although there were no known fatalities, state media reported that 11 civilians were injured and that the church and nearby properties sustained material damage. The attack on the church, which is in […]

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