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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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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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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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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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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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banlgadesh

BANGLADESH: Christian Brothers Beaten and Threatened

A Hindu man named Bhargav heard the Gospel and came to faith in Christ. A week later, he shared his faith with a Muslim friend, who didn’t respond to the Gospel but told his Hindu neighbour about Bhargav’s conversion. The Hindu neighbour then spread the

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iraq

IRAQ: Revival of Life in Qaraqosh

For many Christian families in Qaraqosh, this Easter is particularly special, as they will be celebrating it at home for the first time since fleeing the city in 2014. The city, located in northern Iraq’s Nineveh Plains, was occupied by the Islamic State group for

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vietnam

VIETNAM: Hmong Christians Hospitalised After Mob Attack

Four Vietnamese Christian families – 24 people in all – have been attacked by a mob led by the village chief, local sources have revealed. Four people were hospitalised for eight days after the 1 March attack, with injuries to their heads and arms. All four families

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israel

ISRAEL: Family of Messianic Jews Facing Threats

Eitan and his family, who are Messianic Jews, face threats from ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel because of Eitan’s work on videos for the One for Israel YouTube ministry. Eitan, his wife and their young child were forced to move after they received death threats. In

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