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PAKISTAN: Pray for Zafar

Our brother Zafar is facing the prospect of spending the rest of his life behind bars in Pakistan over false accusations of blasphemy. Zafar Bhatti, who is being held in Adyala Jail in Rawalpindi, was sentenced to life imprisonment in May, after he was accused

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Laos-San

LAOS: Praise God for the Release of Four Men

Four Christian men arrested over the past two months were recently released from jail. The first believer to be arrested, ‘Sanyahak’ (pictured) was detained in early October after 40 people came to know Christ through his witness. The three other men were later arrested, amid

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Algeria

ALGERIA: Church Closed

A church in Algeria’s north-western town of Aïn Turk (15km from Oran city) has been closed down by local authorities. Affiliated to the Protestant Church of Algeria (known as EPA), the church was sealed off by police on 9 November. Authorities in Oran claimed the

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egypt

EGYPT: ISIS Renews Threat to Copts

A pro-Islamic State (ISIS) group media outlet has issued a new threat against Egypt’s Coptic Christians, saying they must be attacked as “infidel fighters” and their churches must be blown up. Twenty-eight Copts were killed in an attack for which ISIS claimed responsibility in which

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iraq

IRAQ: Families Again Forced to Flee Hometown

Hundreds of Iraqi Christian families had recently returned to their hometown of Teleskuf, after being displaced for years due to attacks perpetrated by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group, only to be forced to flee their northern Iraq community all over again. These families

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eritrea

ERITREA: Pray for the Children of Believers

Fikadu Debesay, a mother of three children, died a few weeks ago at Metkel Abiet, an Eritrean detention camp. She had been imprisoned for worshiping in a Lutheran church not recognised by the government. She, along with her husband were among 33 believers arrested on

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Indonesia

INDONESIA: House Church Being Pressured to Close

A house church in East Java, Indonesia, is being pressured by local authorities and the Islamic group Wahidiyah to stop meeting in a pastor’s home. Although neighbours did not initially object to the house church, some have begun to complain since authorities and the Islamic

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Pakistan

PAKISTAN: Death Threats Against Teenager

Five Christian families in rural Pakistan have gone into hiding after death threats were made against an 18-year-old because of his alleged blasphemy against Islam. Sonu Arshad, who lives in the remote village of Sukheki, 200km north of Lahore, belongs to one of the families

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Iran

IRAN: Christian Convert Arrested in Iran

On 19 October, a member of the Payam-e Aramesh (meaning ‘Message of Peace’) house church in Dezful was arrested and transferred to another city named Ahwaz. Shortly before arresting Abdol-Ali Pourmand (also referred to as Elyas), security authorities raided his home while he was away

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PAKISTAN: Claims that Police are Ignoring Bullying

The father of Sharoon Masih, a 17-year-old Christian student that was murdered by a Muslim classmate in August, claims that police are ignoring the anti-Christian bullying taking place at Sharoon’s school. Following the murder, police claim they interviewed other Christian students at MC Model Boys

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PAKISTAN: Police Fail to Protect Christian Girl

Pakistani authorities have been accused of failing to protect a 17-year-old Christian girl who for years has been sexually harassed and stalked by a Muslim man who threatened to throw acid on her. The British Pakistani Christian Association said Tuesday that the girl, Samina Iqbal from

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India

INDIA: Six Christian Leaders Recently Released

Six house church leaders were released on 16-17 October after being detained for a month on false charges that they forced Hindus to convert to Christianity. The five men and one woman rejoiced that during their time in prison they were able to share the

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Laos

LAOS: Church Leader Imprisoned

We have a request for urgent prayer! On 2 October two high-profile members of the Ministry of Defence together with other local authorities, arrested a church leader in Laos. The reason given for the arrest is because the church leader believes in Jesus and is

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Iraq

IRAQ: Christians Forced to Flee Teleskuf

With the recent clashes between the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and the Iraqi Army in the Nineveh Plains of Northern Iraq, hundreds of Christians have been forced to flee the Christian town of Teleskuf, located about 24km north of Mosul. Teleskuf fell into the hands of

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Until his Last Breath

A year after facing persecution for the eighth time, 90-year-old Jatya is prepared to suffer yet again. Jatya is eager to share the evidence of his faithful evangelism with visitors. The frail yet energetic man lives in southern India, in a village heavily populated with

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Newsletter-DesperateForWater

Desperate for Water

In the state of Odisha, India, water is becoming scarce. Water scarcity in India is usually attributed to natural causes, but for people living in Odisha, the lack of water is due to a human factor, and those affected the most are Christians. Due to

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Remembering the Sacrifice

Back in January 1999, a date few would recall, an event of great significance occurred in Mayurbhani, a district in  Odisha, India. Eighteen years ago, a well-armed mob of about 50 people, attacked the vehicle where Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons were

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Mali

MALI: Militants Attack Churches in Northern Regions

In late September and early October, at least three churches in the Mopti region have received “visits” from jihadists. In Dobara, the militants smashed their way into a church from which they removed crosses and furnishings that were later piled up outside and burned. In

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Nepal

NEPAL: President Signs Anti Conversion Bill into Law

A Criminal Code Bill, which includes clauses that criminalise religious conversion and the “hurting of religious sentiment,” was signed into law on 16 October by Nepali President Bidhya Devi Bhandari. The Bill was passed by the Nepali parliament on 8 August. Human rights defenders had

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SUDAN: Christian Refugee Children Denied Food in Camps

Since early September, Christian children are being denied food in Sudan’s refugee camps unless they recite Islamic prayers. A mission aid worker at the camp reports: “The majority [of children] are left in camps, some in a very terrible situation. They are confined in those

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