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A New Life through Knowing God’s Love

On the island of Sulawesi, in Indonesia, 16-year-old Yolanda was rebelling against her father. Her relationship with her family had broken down and at an early age, she began drinking alcohol and getting herself into all kinds of trouble. Eventually she ran away from home.

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The Light is Coming to West Java

Whenever people describe Indonesia, they tend to refer to it as the world’s most populous Muslim nation, however in West Java, the Light of the World is shining brightly. Just over nine years ago, with a calling to reach the Sundanese tribal group in West

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One day as he watched a movie about unreached people groups, tears rolled down Andi’s cheeks. “I couldn’t hold back my emotions. Both compassion for the people and a passion to serve flowed into my heart.” This was the beginning of  Andi’s journey of faith

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NORTH KOREA: Spreading the Gospel

A new shortwave radio program created by North Korean defectors and Voice of the Martyrs is reaching an estimated two million North Koreans nightly. Each 90-minute program includes a Scripture reading, encouraging messages from Christians around the world, readings from Pastor Richard Wurmbrand’s Tortured for

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IRAN: Persecution Causing Church Growth

One of the worst countries in the world for Christians to be living in is also the country where the church is growing the fastest. That country is the Islamic Republic of Iran, which is listed as the eighth worst Christian-persecuting country in the world on

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MYANMAR: Pastors Detained for Three Months Without Trial

Pastors Dom Dawng Nawng Latt, 65, and La Jaw Gam Hseng, 35, were arrested on 24 December 2016, after helping a couple that had complained to military officials about the destruction of their house. The officials released the couple but detained the pastors, claiming they

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Two Sudanese Men Released

After 510 days in prison, Rev Hassan Abduraheem and Mr Abdulmonem Abdumawla were released last Thursday after receiving a presidential pardon. The two were arrested in December 2015 along with Voice of the Martyrs field worker Petr Jasek and Rev Kuwa Shamaal. Rev Shamaal was

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MIDDLE EAST: Former Muslim now Following Christ

Pastor ‘Abraham’ works in an area with a high concentration of Syrian refugees. He often struggled with fear when sharing the Gospel with Muslims, but then he had an experience where the Lord told him not to fear. Soon after that, ‘Fadi’, a Syrian man

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INDONESIA: Jakarta’s Christian Governor Found Guilty

In a tense trial that was widely seen as a test of religious tolerance in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, also known as Ahok, was “found to have legitimately and convincingly conducted a criminal act of blasphemy, and because of that we

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NIGER: Pray for Christina as She Witnesses to Muslims

After attending a VOM-led training session with her husband, ‘Christina Saleh’ has begun to meet with women in four villages, teaching Christians and witnessing to Muslims. Before attending the training session, Christina had been afraid to openly share the Gospel. Muslim women had frightened her

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SUDAN: Church Compound Illegally Occupied

Christians in Sudan request prayer against continued efforts to take over church property. Last week, the police and an armed mob occupied part of the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SPEC) compound in Omdurman which includes houses, offices and school premises. Against the wishes of the

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MEXICO: Tribal Christians Building Bridges of Peace

In a community dominated by members of the Wixárika tribe, many of whom still partake in pagan rituals (involving the use of a hallucinogenic drug) and sacrifices offered to their gods, remains a group of about 25 evangelical Christian converts. Many other converted followers of

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CHINA: Pray for Pastor Yang Hua

A Chinese pastor who has been in prison for the past 16 months was admitted to hospital last month with a serious medical condition. In mid-March, dark, painful lesions appeared on Yang Hua’s legs and continued to spread. Prison doctors gave him painkillers but offered

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Memories of a North Korean Defector

When North Korea was established as an independent nation after World War II, its leader, Kim Il Sung, outlawed all religions except the worship of himself as the ‘Great Leader.’ Churches were destroyed, Bibles were confiscated and teaching children about Jesus became very dangerous. For

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ZAMBIA: Rejected by Family after Becoming a Christian

‘Azibo’, a young Zambian, placed his faith in Christ early last year after talking with a front line worker about the nightly dreams he’d been having about Jesus. When he returned home and told his family about his new Christian faith, they gave him one

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JERUSALEM: Extreme Scars

He’d heard the rumors. In fact, Thomas had heard it directly from other disciples who had seen the Master alive. At least that’s what they had said. “When I see his hands and put my fingers into the nail holes, when I put my hand

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EASTERN EUROPE: Extreme Parable

In a forest one day, three young trees all agreed to pray that they would be used for some noble purpose rather than decay from old age. The first tree wanted to become a manger where tired cattle could feed after a long day’s work.

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EGYPT: Churches Provide Homes for Coptic Christians

Some 48 families have received apartments in Mostaqbal City, Ismailia governorate, according to Father Youssef Shoukry, the pastor of Saint Bishoy Coptic Orthodox Church in Ismailia, who is in charge of the welfare of Coptic Christian families that fled systematic attacks by terrorists in al-Arish, North

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CHINA: Churches Ordered to Install Surveillance Equipment

The government in China’s coastal Zhejiang Province recently ordered surveillance equipment to be installed in churches, allowing them to easily monitor church activities. At the beginning of March, authorities in Zhejiang demanded that Three-Self Churches install surveillance cameras and have been dispatching officials to forcibly

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