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IRAN: Mother and Son Arrested

Two Christians have been arrested in Iran by the repressive Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The mother and her son were arrested at the end of February in Iran’s West Azerbaijan Province. Their home was initially raided and Bibles and books about theology were seized.

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CHINA: Pray for Pastor Jin Tianming, Under House Arrest

The pastor of a house church has been under house arrest since 2011 in China for refusing to join the Three-Self Church. Pastor Jin Tianming’s home is closely guarded by three government agents and he is given just two hours of personal time each day.

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SYRIA: Jihadists Threaten Damascus

A new al-Qaeda-led jihadist coalition, Hay’at Tahrir al Sham (HTS), recently perpetrated several devastating attacks deep inside Damascus. On 19 March HTS launched a massive military assault just 2km from the walls of the Old City, having entered the area through tunnels. Whilst they were

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Christian Villagers who Begged for Water

Persecuted Christians living in the district of Kandhamal, Odisha face the daily problem of not having access to clean water for drinking and cooking. Often, they must walk several kilometres a day and stand in line at small wells in Hindu villages. Because the local

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EUROPE: Muslim Conversions Spike Church Growth

Church attendance in Europe seems to be skyrocketing with the rapid conversions of Iranian and Afghani immigrants to Christianity. Europe has a history of low church growth, but these Muslim background believers are reported to be bringing faith back to life. One bishop says that

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PHILIPPINES: Anchor Bay Bible College

Students celebrating the goodness of God, giving thanks for the financial support received from Australian Christians to support the students and upgrade the Bible School.  

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SUDAN: Petr Jasek Shares about his Time in Prison

After spending 445 days imprisoned in Sudan on false charges that included “espionage” and “waging war against the state,” long-time VOM staff member Petr Jasek is finally home with his family in Prague. For nearly 15 months, Petr was moved among five prisons in Khartoum,

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COLORADO: Extreme light

“I lost all my friends at school. Now that I’ve begun to ‘walk my talk,’ they make fun of me.” Rachel’s journal entries showed her disappointment that the very people to whom she wanted to show Christ’s love turned away from her. But she wouldn’t

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INDIA: Village Passes Resolution Banning Non-Hindu Faiths

A village council in Benje village, located in India’s Chhattisgarh state, passed a resolution on 6 February 2017, banning the practice of non-Hindu faiths, essentially deeming Christianity illegal. This resolution was passed despite a decision by the High Court of Chhattisgarh overturning similar resolutions. A

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SUDAN: Czech Christian Released after 14 Months in Prison

Petr Jašek, the Christian aid worker sentenced to life in prison in Sudan for spying, is back home on Czech soil after the Czech Foreign Minister flew to Khartoum on Sunday to negotiate his release. Jašek is reported to have arrived in Prague after Sudanese

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Today, You Know Their Names

Sixty-one years ago, five men lost their lives on a stretch of sand on the Curaray River in Ecuador. Had they not lost their lives, it’s unlikely you’d know the names of Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Ed McCully, Pete Fleming and Roger Youderian. Instead, their

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Evangelism and New Believers

“Why should I choose Jesus instead of my Hindu gods?” the young man asked. Our team of evangelists were excited for the opportunity to answer his question. After explaining the Gospel to the young man, he became troubled when he understood that all his Hindu

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Bible Smuggling

In Vietnam today, Bibles are still being printed secretly as Christians hunger for God’s Word in their own dialect. Motorbike couriers at night wait, well hidden in the jungle, to receive their precious cargo of Bibles in the early hours of the morning. The truck

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Whatever it Takes

A few years ago, a VOM worker heard about a believer who carried a single Bible deep into a forested region of south-western India. Today, 70% of those living in a Hindu village there have accepted Christ. This is just one example of God’s Word

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PAKISTAN: Boy Refused Bail in ‘Blasphemy’ Case

A Pakistani Christian boy accused of blasphemy for ‘liking’ and ‘sharing’ a Facebook post which “defamed and disrespected” the Kaaba in Mecca – the building at the centre of Islam’s most sacred mosque – has been refused bail. Lawyers for Nabeel Masih, 16, argued that

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SYRIA: Pray for Saif and Naama

An Assyrian family was forced to leave their home, business and community in northern Syria because of the war. As refugees, they began attending prayer meetings, a Bible study, and the whole family soon put their faith in Jesus. ‘Saif’ invited twenty more Assyrian families

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Nankpak Parents and Siblings Killed

Eight-year-old Nankpak Kumzwam watched his mother lie face down on the ground as a screaming Islamic rioter ran toward them. Her cheek was stained with dried blood from a gunshot wound, and she looked physically and emotionally exhausted. They had slept on the ground for

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Luis – Ministering in Guerrilla Zones

As the sound of gunfire grew louder, 10-year-old Luis and his brother ran to their room and crawled under their bed. They knew the gunfire meant guerrilla fighters from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) were again attacking their small jungle village. When soldiers

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CHINA: Living Stone Church Pastor Sentenced

Almost two weeks after his trial on 26 December 2016, Pastor Yang Hua of Living Stone Church, Guizhou, has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison. On the day of his trial, police blocked the road in front of the court and

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