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LAOS: Christians Released

Six Christians in Laos who spent more than a month in jail for celebrating Christmas have now been set free. The Christians in Vientiane province were taken into custody because they had not sought official permission to hold a Christmas celebration. Most were ethnic Hmong

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CHINA: Officials Auction Church to Pay Fine

Authorities forcibly sold three sites of the largest house church in the capital China’s southern Guizhou province Sunday, only informing the owners on the day of the auction. On 11 February, Su Tianfu, pastor of Huoshi Church, the largest house church in Guiyang, Guizhou, received

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RUSSIA: Terror Strikes in Dagestan

On Sunday 18 February a local Islamic jihadi attacked Christians as they emerged from Kizlyar’s Russian Orthodox church. They had been ushering in Lent when the gunman approached, cried “Allahu Akbar” and opened fire. To keep the gunman outside, believers barricaded the church door while

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UGANDA: High Cost of Faith in Eastern Region

Uganda’s population is 85% Christian, with a Christian president and a secular constitution which guarantees religious freedom. However, persecution with impunity is becoming prevalent in the Muslim-dominated Eastern Region. Munabi Abudallah put his faith in Christ on 20 January and within 24 hours had lost

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MYANMAR: Pray for the Family of Murdered Christian

‘Than’ a 37-year-old Christian father of five, was brutally murdered by unknown attackers recently. His wife, Aung, discovered his body on the side of the road, covered in blood, as she returned from collecting firewood for cooking. Than’s killers had slit his wrists, stabbed him

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KENYA: Students Attacked in High School Clash

On the night of 23 January, several students at a high school beat and stabbed fellow classmates for refusing to convert to Islam. Tensions had been growing for weeks at Jamhuri High School in northern Nairobi due to the complaints of the Muslim students –

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NIGERIA

NIGERIA: Renewed Fulani Attacks on Christian Community

No fewer than 75 corpses have been recovered following a string of attacks by Fulani herdsmen on the predominantly Christian community of Miango, in the Bassa local government area of Plateau state, central Nigeria. Jerry Datim, a religious leader from the area, told World Watch

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PAKISTAN: Asia Bibi Remains in Prison, in Good Spirits

Asia Bibi, a Christian mother, was convicted of blasphemy after a co-worker accused Bibi of insulting the prophet Mohammed. While she maintains her innocence, an accusation of blasphemy is enough to warrant the death penalty in Pakistan. Asia’s conviction has brought international attention to the

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TAJIKISTAN: Pray for Gulnora, Wife of Imprisoned Pastor

Gulnora’s problems with hypertension began soon after the secret police arrested her husband, Pastor Bakhrom Kholmatov. Bakhrom, 42, was arrested on 10 April 2017 in a raid on the Sonmin Sonbogym (Good News of Grace) Protestant Church by secret police. They also harassed and beat

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PAKISTAN: Killer of Christian Student Freed

The Multan High Court has ordered the release on bail of Ahmed Raza, the Muslim student arrested for killing Sharoon Masih, 17, his classmate of Christian faith. The latter was beaten to death after being found “guilty” of drinking from the same water dispenser as

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UGANDA: Refusal to Convert Ends in Tragedy

A Christian woman has been brutally attacked with a machete by her Muslim husband for refusing to convert to his religion. The attack led to the death of the woman’s one-week-old twins. Regina Navatovu, 35, lived with her husband, Asuman Sekidde, in Bumogolo village in

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VIETNAM: New Religion Law Fuels Christians’ Fears

Vietnam’s Law on Belief and Religion, which came into force on 1 January has alarmed Christians. It insists religious groups must be registered and approved by the government. They also believe that the law’s vague wording could be exploited to limit church activities. Despite some

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editorial-Feb

Indonesia – God’s proving ground

Our recent visit to Indonesia highlighted how God uses HIS methods to reach those whom HE uses for HIS kingdom. The outpouring of the hearts of the faithful as they recount their testimonies of how God used them to reach the seemingly unreachable Muslims and

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INDIA: Complained of Threats before he was Hanged

The body of Rev Gideon Periyaswamy, 43-year-old pastor of the church of Maknayeem in Adayachery village, in India’s southern Tamil Nadu state, was found hanging from the roof of his house on 20 January. Church congregation members who discovered his body described his knees bent

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CHINA: Christians arrested in “cult” crackdown

A crackdown on “cults” in Yunnan province has led to mass arrests of Christians – with many now facing long jail sentences. Six members of a church in the Lincang area have just been handed sentences of up to 13 years – after a court

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TANZANIA: Punished and Bullied Because of his Faith

A young boy who is one of only two Christians at his school in Zanzibar has been punished by teachers and bullied by students because of his faith. One day a group of Muslim boys locked him in an outhouse for several hours, and another

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Baptism by Fire

For James and his colleagues, it was going to be a trial by fire and the big question was, “would they come through this fiery experience without the smell of smoke on their clothes?” James has a home church of about 50 believers. At a

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Awakened to the Truth

Born in Indonesia and coming from a devout Muslim family, Jacob was no different from any of the other Muslim children. His indoctrination into the Muslim faith began at a very young age. From kindergarten and into primary and high school years, Jacob was forced

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A Heart Prepared for the Gospel

When she saw her father had collapsed, Ruth heard a voice say, “Put your hand on your father” and to her amazement her father immediately got up. When her father had recovered, he fell to his knees and cried out in a loud voice, “God

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IRAN: Christians Receive Eight Year Sentences

Two Iranian Christians were sentenced to a total of eight years in prison by a revolutionary court in December 2017, after being convicted of national security-related crimes. Suroush Saraie and Eskandar Rezaie, who are both members of the Church of Iran denomination, each received seven-year

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