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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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INDIA: Persecuted Indian Christians Denied Access to Water

Christians in a village in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh are being denied access to water for their crops – to force them to deny Jesus. They have steadfastly refused. Local Hindus are refusing to sell water from their boreholes to four Christian families,

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PAKISTAN: Christian Accused of Blasphemy

A Pakistani bike shop owner has been accused of blasphemy after telling one of his customers that Christians believe Jesus to have been the final prophet. Ashfaq Masih, 28, was arrested following accusations that he had “disrespected” Islam’s prophet, Muhammad. The incident took place in

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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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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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KENYA: Christian Teacher Shot Dead in Front of his Pupils

Al-Shabaab militants walked into Fafi Primary School, 95 km from Garissa, and shot dead a Christian teacher, Elly Oloo Ojiema ─ right in front of his pupils. They kidnapped another Christian teacher, Joseph Kamau, and a Muslim colleague who tried to protect him. The Muslim

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The Prison Pastor

Imprisoned as a threat to the state, Pastor Kashkumbaev had every reason to feel discouraged. But a pointed question from a Christian brother changed his perspective, leading to a powerful work of God in a Kazakhstani prison. “You will serve 10 years of hard time,”

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An Interview with Petr Jasek

Late in 2015 Petr Jasek went to Sudan on behalf of Voice of the Martyrs to serve hurting people in the name of Jesus Christ. He was arrested then charged with conspiring against the Sudanese government. “They started to slap to my face, I was

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AFGHANISTAN: Attack at Mission Guest House

Two women working for a Swedish mission, known as Operation Mercy, were targeted by unknown attackers at their guest house in Kabul on 20 May. A German national and her Afghan guard were tragically killed, while a woman from Finland was kidnapped. All the mission’s

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IRAQ: Abducted Girl Reunited with Her Parents

After almost three years in captivity, an Iraqi Christian girl abducted by the Islamic State in August 2014 has finally been reunited with her parents. Christina Abada, who is about to celebrate her sixth birthday, was welcomed home last week. Locals say she was released

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PAKISTAN: Sanitary Worker Dies

A young Christian sanitary worker, who fell unconscious due to suffocation while cleaning a drain, died after Muslim doctors in a hospital refused to touch his dirty body as they were fasting, according to local media. The worker, identified as Irfan Masih, along with three

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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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SOMALIA: Al-Shabaab Increases Terror Attacks

Somalia-based terrorist group al-Shabaab has overtaken Nigeria’s Boko Haram as Africa’s deadliest militant group, according to new figures from the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED). The data, compiled by the Africa Centre for Strategic Studies, showed that al-Shabaab was responsible for 4,281

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PAKISTAN: Pastor to Appeal Life Sentence

Zafar Bhatti, a 51-year-old pastor, will appeal a sentence handed down earlier this month by a session court in Rawalpindi. Bhatti was charged under the blasphemy law for sending “blasphemous text messages” from his mobile phone. He denied the charge, pointing out that the phone

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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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CHINA: Pray for Li Heping, Recently Released from Prison

After nearly two years in prison, Christian human rights lawyer Li Heping returned home to his family early last month. Li was arrested in July 2015, along with a group of other lawyers, for defending evangelical believers and others targeted by the government. Li was

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Thank You!

A big Thanks from your Egyptian Brothers & Sisters! As soon as news was received that some Christians in Egypt had been killed and badly injured because of the church bombings on Palm Sunday – 11 April, we reached out to you. We asked you

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Taken into the Jungle to be Shot!

They pulled my hands behind my back, they tightened the ropes and tears began to flow down my cheeks. As they led me away into the jungle, I thought this was going to be my last day on earth. Pastor Victor is a slightly built

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KENYA: Christians Fear Imminent Attack

Al-Shabaab militants appear to have stepped up their campaign of violence in areas bordering Somalia – and Christians in the city of Mandera believe they could be the next target. “The Christians living in Mandera are living in great fear of an imminent attack,” one

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