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Where The Front Line Begins

When it comes to sharing the Gospel in hostile and restricted nations, front line workers must use wisdom and creativity. In Laos, travelling evangelists distribute VOM-provided radios to people in remote villages so they can listen to Christian broadcasts from a neighbouring country — and

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INDONESIA: Trial of Christian Governor at a Crossroads

An Indonesian court will decide next week whether to push forward with a controversial blasphemy trial of Jakarta’s Christian governor, who is accused of insulting the Koran, a judge told a hearing on Tuesday. Several hundred Muslim protesters stood outside the Jakarta court, calling for

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PAKISTAN: Father of Kidnapped Girl Shot

Gulzar Masih, the father of a deaf and dumb girl who was kidnapped from her home in Sialkot, Punjab, is in a critical condition after being shot by his daughter’s kidnapper, Ghulam Hussain. Gulzar’s daughter, Asima, was kidnapped five months ago by the family’s neighbour

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NIGERIA: Martyrs Survived by Grieving Families

Two church workers in Nigeria have recently been killed by militants in separate incidents. Eunice Elisha was murdered in the early hours of 9 July near Nigeria’s capital of Abuja. The 42-year-old mother of seven had gone out to preach as usual, her husband Pastor

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PAKISTAN: Father Expects No Justice for Daughter

The father of a 16-year-old girl allegedly raped by her neighbour believes she has little hope of justice because the accused is well-connected politically in the local area. Nasar Masih believes the police will ultimately favour the suspect, whom he believes was able to rape

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The Chocolate Farmer who Loved the Lord

Johannes was terrified when he heard his neighbour screaming for help as he was being badly beaten by terrorists. He ran to his village for help. As he ran, he could still hear the cries of his friend, calling for help. The sound of his

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PAKISTAN: Christian Boy Dies After Being Set on Fire

A 14-year-old Pakistani Christian boy who was beaten and set on fire by two Muslim men after answering truthfully that he was a Christian has died due to third degree burns over more than half his body inflicted during the attack. According to prominent Pakistani

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New Life, New Identity

  Thirteen Three sponsors Bible college students who live in restricted countries. Our desire is to see the Gospel spread in these areas. Therefore, it is vital to invest in the next generation of leaders whom God is equipping to be His instruments for this

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A Prison Letter

VOM received this letter from a prisoner in the Ukraine. Even in prison, this brother is sharing Christ. He prays that we believers will learn to love and serve Muslims. Dear VOM ministers, brothers and sisters! Peace be with you! The grace of the Lord

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NIGERIA: ‘Suicide Bomber’ Claims to be Missing Schoolgirl

Authorities in Cameroon and Nigeria are investigating a claim from a would-be suicide bomber that she was one of a group of schoolgirls abducted in 2014. The Nigerian government is sending parents to Cameroon to attempt to identify the girl. She told investigators in Cameroon

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ALGERIA: Church Issued with Closure Order

A church affiliated with the Protestant Church of Algeria received a letter from the district authorities last week, requiring the church to cease all religious activities on the grounds that they are in breach of a 2006 decree which regulates non-Muslim worship. The authorities have

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COLOMBIA: Pray for Milena, Husband and 3 Sons Killed

A Christian woman, ‘Milena,’ and her family lives in an area of Colombia controlled by The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas. Milena’s husband and three of her four sons have been killed by FARC guerrillas because of their involvement in an evangelical church.

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UGANDA: Two Communities Grieve over Attacks

Pastor Bongo Martin was brutally killed on 23 December when he and other members of his church resisted the efforts of local militant Muslims to take over their land in the Namutumba district. The 32-year-old church leader was attacked with a sword after protesting about

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When an Islamic State fighter wants to talk

What would you do if an Islamic State fighter wanted to meet up with you? You’d probably have lots of questions. Is his spiritual hunger real, or is it a trap? Hear what happened when a Christian worker was introduced to an Islamic State fighter,

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KAZAKHSTAN: Imprisonment for Yklas Kabduakasov

On 28 December the City Court in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana increased the punishment handed down to Seventh-Day Adventist Yklas Kabduakasov in November to two years’ imprisonment in a labour camp. The lower court had given the 54-year-old father of eight a seven-year sentence of restricted

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Heaven is Rejoicing

When a fully veiled woman came to his church and asked to be baptised, this Iraqi pastor wasn’t sure how to respond. But the woman had been reading and memorising the New Testament, and her faith in Christ was genuine. Listen to the account of

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PAKISTAN: Cleansing Islamabad of Poor Christians

Between 2007 and 2012 some 100,000 settlers arrived in Islamabad from Taliban-infested, war-ravaged Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), as well as from Balochistan and Punjab. This pushed Islamabad’s population to two million, with the growth occurring predominantly in slums. In

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PAKISTAN: Brick Kiln Workers Beaten and Robbed by Police

On 21 November, seven brick kiln workers were travelling home when they were stopped by three officials for a routine inspection. However, the men say they were treated with suspicion when they gave their Christian names, and were accused of stealing the money they were

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IRAN: Prisoners Released

Suroush Saraie was released from Adel Abad Prison in Shiraz on 11 November. It is now known that fellow prisoners Mehdi Ameruni, Seyed Bijan Farokhpour Haghigi and Eskander Rezai have also been set free. Officially, they have been granted temporary leave from prison. However, they

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Three Misconceptions about Persecuted Christians

I have the privilege of helping connect believers with their persecuted family. In my conversations with believers, I have seen some common misconceptions about persecuted Christians. They are Super Hero Christians This is probably the most common misconception. When we hear powerful testimonies of believers

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