CHINA: Shanghai Church Raided
  • 12 December 2019

Government agents invaded Wheat Church in Shanghai last Sunday and banned the church. The church was conducting a worship service when the officials broke in. They accused the attendees of conducting religious activities in an illegal place. The church’s preaching was stopped, and all followers were expelled. Around 200 Christians refused to leave. Standing in […]

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ALGERIA: Another Church to be Closed
  • 24 October 2019

Algerian Christians request continued prayer as the systematic government campaign to close churches escalates. On 17 October, another church was informed that it will soon be closed. Christians, who demonstrated peacefully were then arrested by the police. Leaders of the church of Freha have been summoned by police and informed the church will be sealed […]

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ALGERIA: Another Church Building Forcibly Closed
  • 03 October 2019

Algerian Christians request prayer as the campaign to close churches continues. On 24 September, the police director of Boghni announced that a church building in Boghni had been sealed, based on a closure order issued by the Governor of Tizi Ouzou. Boghni is located 35 km south of Tizi Ouzou. The church building serves two […]

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RUSSIA: Place of Worship Shut Down
  • 19 September 2019

Legislation governing religious communities in Russia is complex, contradictory, and often inconsistently applied. In one recent case, a church community was barred from using its place of worship, even though it has done so for two decades. The Verkhnebakansky Baptist Church in Novorossiysk has been worshipping in a two-story building in a residential area for […]

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INDONESIA: Community Forces Church to Close Building
  • 05 September 2019

Officials closed a church in Central Indonesia after neighbours protested its existence. Pastor Tigor Yunus Sitorus built a home in the Bantul neighbourhood in 2003 intending for it to double as a house church. When community members learned he was using the house for non-Muslim religious activity, they protested. “We are the Muslim majority; we […]

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