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INDIA: Pray for Aju, Released After 42 Days in Prison

Authorities arrested Aju Mathew as he took 14 poor children living in a Christian children’s home on a field trip in southern India. They then falsely charged him with human trafficking and the conversion of minors. Aju spent 42 days in prison, enduring poor conditions

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ROMANIA: Extreme Betrayal

In Communist Romania, churches were closed and pastors arrested as part of a seven-year drive to “eliminate the nations of all superstition.” So when Brother Vasile and his wife began holding more church meetings in their little home, they knew it would not escape the

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Persecuted but not Forgotten

Hien and his wife Binh are Hmong, a tribal group that worships ancestors and give ‘gifts’ to the village witchdoctor to appease the spirits. One of Hien’s children became possessed by a demon and he would become very stiff as though bound with chains. In

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Left Tied to a Post

A post had been erected in the middle of the village and Quy, with his hands tied behind his back, was being beaten. All the villagers were banned from coming near but they watched as three policemen mercilessly beat Quy. They kicked, punched and even

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ALGERIA: Partial Pardon for Imprisoned Christian

Algerian Christians are grateful that Slimane Bouhafs, imprisoned since September 2016 for blasphemy, has received a partial pardon. His three-year sentence was reduced by 16 months on 5 July, the national day of Algeria, following a decree by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika which provided clemency to

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UGANDA: Pray for Rebecca, Kicked Out of Her Home

A 23-year-old Ugandan woman was thrown out of her home by her family recently because of her new Christian faith. Rebecca came to faith in Christ after being healed of an illness. Her family had invited imams to pray, taken her to local shamans and

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CHINA: Failed Appeals

A court in China’s north-western Xinjiang denied the appeals of five Christians, condemning them to lengthy prison sentences. A Chinese court rejected the appeals of Zheng Lan, Cheng Yajie, Wang Lulu, Liu Yan, and Yang Zhaocun, Christians facing 3-5 year sentences for “gathering a crowd

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IRAN: Four More Christians Receive 10 Year Sentences

Iranian Christians request prayer for Christian converts Yousef Nadarkhani, Mohammadreza Omidi, Yasser Mossayebzadeh and Saheb Fadaie, who have been given 10 year prison sentences for propagating house churches and promoting “Zionist Christianity”. Yousef and Mohammadreza have also been sentenced to 2 years’ exile, Yousef in

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PHILIPPINES: Young Girl’s Unwavering Faith

In the Philippines, one girl has stood firm for her Christian faith despite her young age. Not too long after accepting Christ, Jen-Jen began to experience pressure from adult authority figures, one of whom was a school teacher with militant views. One day, the teacher

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IRAN: Four Christians Receive 10 Year Sentences

A judge in Iran has sentenced four Christians to 10 years imprisonment each for engaging in missionary activities and “conducting activities against national security.” Judge Ahmedzadeh handed down the sentences in the case involving Iranian national Nasser Navard Goltape, and Yusif Farhadov, Eldar Gurbanov and

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Rejoicing Behind Prison Bars

I remember interviewing two ex-prisoners in Laos who were arrested and imprisoned for sharing the Gospel. Their treatment was severe, they were beaten then left in a small, dark prison cell, with stocks binding their ankles. Part of their punishment was to deprive them of

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PAKISTAN: Two Chinese Students Killed by ISIS

Two Chinese students, whom the Pakistani government accused of “preaching,” were kidnapped and killed by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS) in May. Chinese nationals, Li Xinheng and Lu Ling Lina lived in Quetta, Pakistan, where they were studying at a local language school with the

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KAZAKHSTAN: Yuri Pak Released from Prison

Yuri Pak was released from prison Saturday 17 June. Yuri a teacher, dean of a high school and a local church leader was sentenced to two years in prison, after being convicted of making a false emergency-services call. In April 2015, someone used Yuri’s mobile

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ERITREA: One Hundred Christians Recently Detained

The Eritrean government has stepped up its campaign against Christians, arresting almost a hundred followers of Christ in recent weeks. The arrests came as believers in the repressive East African country marked ten years since government officials placed the Eritrean Orthodox Patriarch, Abune Antonios, under

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Hebrews 13:3

Remember the prisoners as if chained with them—those who are mistreated—since you yourselves are in the body also. Hebrews 13:3

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1 John 4:11

 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 1 john 4:11

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Psalm 146:5

Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, Whose hope is in the Lord his God, Psalm 146:5.

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EGYPT: Christians Standing Strong

After last Friday’s bus attack on Coptic Christians in Minya, Egypt, which claimed 29 lives, Dr Michael Youssef says the church there is standing stronger than ever before. Following the fourth major ISIS attack against the Coptic Christian community in just six months, Leading The

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EGYPT: Threats Continue for Egypt’s Copts

A bomb was found outside an Egyptian church just south of the capital, Cairo on 29 May, according to Coptic news site Watani. A guard reportedly found the bomb inside a paper box by the gate to the Anba-Barsoum al-Erian Monastery, in the Greater Cairo

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