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NIGERIA: One Year of Captivity for Leah Sharibu

On 19 February 2018, at 5:30pm, Boko Haram entered the town of Dapchi, Nigeria, wearing military uniforms and driving trucks mounted with machine guns. They approached the Government Girls’ Science and Technical College (GGSTC) and ordered 110 schoolgirls to enter their trucks. They then disappeared

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ETHIOPIA: Two Injured in Arson Church Attacks

The town of Alaba Kulito in southern Ethiopia was the scene of a horrific attack against Christians on 9 February. According to a VOM Canada source, at least 13 churches were burned — some completely destroyed — along with other church-owned property. While there were

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COLOMBIA: Pastor Killed, Leaving the Church ‘Terrified’

Pastor Leider Molina, 24, had just finished preaching in his church in Caucasia, Antioquia state in north-west Colombia, on Friday 9 February. As he stepped outside, he was hit by five bullets. Molina was known as a passionate preacher and an active youth leader working

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CHINA: Declaration of Religious Freedom

Voice of the Martyrs Korea and China Aid have launched a campaign to encourage church leaders to add their names to a declaration of religious freedom written by the Chinese pastor of the Chengdu Early Rain Church, Wang Yi. The document, entitled “A Joint Statement

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MYANMAR: A Pastor Has Been Killed

Pastor Tun Nu was last seen alive on the evening of 19 January, when an armed rebel group forced him to leave his home, telling Nu their leader wanted to question him. Pastor Nu had been a missionary with Gospel for Asia in a troubled

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CHINA: New Hotline for Reporting Religious Activities

A government office in Henan province announced on 28 January that a hotline has been established to report “illegal religious activities”. The announcement from the Wenfeng Street Community Office promised confidentiality and offered cash rewards. The announcement also threatened fines of up to $41,350 AUD

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CUBA: Government Restricts Bible Imports

As the government tightens its control of religious life in Cuba, Christians there expect it to become more difficult to bring Bibles into the country. The need for Bibles continues to increase as more people come to Christ through the faithful witness of the local

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PAKISTAN: Pervaiz Masih Acquitted

A Pakistani lower court acquitted a Christian of blasphemy after a three-year trial – for lack of evidence against him. Normally blasphemy cases are passed along to higher courts. However, on 19 January, a lower court judge accepted the application for acquittal, though allowing the

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NORTH KOREA: Defectors Sharing the Gospel

Mrs Han, a North Korean defector, is determined to share her faith with her countrymen. After defecting a few years ago, Mrs Han came to know Christ in South Korea. She then joined a VOM training program for defectors that teaches the basic tenants of

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IRAN: Further Arrests of Christian Converts

Iranian Christians request prayer for two converts who were recently arrested and detained. On 23 January, Sina Moloudian, was arrested in Esfahan and then on 25 January Ismaeil Maghrebinejad was arrested in Shiraz. Iranian intelligence agents arrived at the house of Sina Moloudian (26) without

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Project: MP3 Bibles for Egypt

In Egypt last year, 2000 MP3 bibles were distributed throughout the country, assisting those who may find physical copies problematic. The 2018 project, funded by Voice of the Martyrs Australia, with the help of our supporters, was created for both blind and illiterate believers, giving

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Project: 10,000 Christian DVD’s Distributed

In many areas throughout the world, resources such as videos and DVD’s are a great way to minister the word of God to all kinds of people in a creative way. This project, funded by Voice of the Martyrs Australia, with the help of our

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Christmas Care 2019 – Thank You

Your generosity in sponsoring Christmas Care packs has made a valuable impact in the lives of thousands of children around the world. Each pack included a children’s Bible along with other necessities such as food and stationary supplies for school. Your eagerness in this initiative

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PAKISTAN: Asia Bibi Blasphemy Acquittal Upheld

Pakistan’s top court has rejected a challenge to the acquittal of a Christian woman on blasphemy charges. The Supreme Court upheld its decision to overturn Asia Bibi’s conviction and death sentence. She was originally convicted in 2010 after being accused of insulting the Prophet Mohammed

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ALGERIA: Authorities Shut Down Church Again

Christians in Algeria request prayer for a congregation in the Kayblie region, which faces ongoing pressure from the authorities. After officials sealed the church building in October, the congregation continued to meet for worship in a tent erected in the church yard. On 28 January,

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KENYA: Christian Family Bribed to Convert then Attacked

A Christian family living just outside Nairobi, Kenya has been facing attack and threats by a local group of Muslims. Hassan has been beaten on multiple occasions, the most recent attack occurred on 19 January. His family has received constant death threats and bribes to

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Project: Motorcycles for Pastors in Vietnam

Travelling by motorcycle is the most economical and effective transportation for pastors to grow their ministries in many parts of the world. Countless pastors across Vietnam are in charge of a number of different churches and need to travel long distances, often on muddy roads

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Project: Bible School in Chang Ping

Sending young adults to Bible college in places like Mongolia isn’t just beneficial for them but also for their churches and local communities as they return hungry to serve. Four students from Inner Mongolia had the chance to attend and complete Bible college in Beijing

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Asia Bibi Freed. Acquittal Upheld

Voice of the Martyrs, along with our partner Release International welcomes the decision by Pakistan Supreme Court to uphold acquittal of Asia Bibi. Calls for Pakistan to protect Asia and Christian minority, review cases of 200 other Christians behind bars and repeal blasphemy laws. ‘We are

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INDIA: Evangelist Recovering Two Years After Attack

Two years after an attack by radical Hindus left him nearly comatose, Dr Anjaneya Swami is gradually improving. The evangelist was hospitalised with a brain haemorrhage in 2017 following the attack and subsequent police interrogation. He had been distributing Gospel tracts near a Hindu temple

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