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CHINA: Pastor Yang Hua Sentenced

After secretly trying Yang Hua for “divulging state secrets,” a judge sentenced the pastor of Living Stone Church on 5 January to two years and six months in prison. Pastor Yang, also known by his legal name, Li Guoshi, has been held since 9 December

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NEPAL: Eight Christians Cleared of Charges

Eight Nepali Christians were cleared of “proselytising” charges on 6 December, bringing a close to their ordeal. “Praise the Lord!” a VOM contact said. “All eight Christians having court case got clean sheet today. We are thankful to all who continuously prayed and helped in

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CHINA: Crackdown on House Churches Continues

Our Chinese family needs your prayers as officials continue to clamp down hard on house churches across their nation. China Aid reports that dozens of Christians have been detained or arrested across remote, north-western Xinjiang province in the past two months for holding house church

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Sharing Jesus among the Fulani

Despite being threatened with death and disowned by family members, he was determined to share the Gospel with Fulani Muslims. And David Weeti’s determination hasn’t wavered.  The day after David Weeti’s cousin burned David’s Bible and kicked him out of the house, 20 young men

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Living a Print-Worthy Faith

People love seeing their name in print. During my days as a reporter for a small daily newspaper, people who had been featured in the paper would often stop by to pick up extra copies. They wanted to send them to family or friends, or

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SUDAN: Church Members Convicted of Obstructing Police

Fourteen members and leaders of the Khartoum Bahri Evangelical Church were detained on 7 July for demonstrating against the seizure of the church’s training school. The property had been sold by a “committee” that was appointed by the government but which the church does not

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CHINA: ‘State-run Centre’ Targets Christians

A leaked secret document has revealed the existence of a government body dedicated to church persecution in south-west China. The document reportedly exposes a ‘state-run command-and-control centre’ operating at provincial level in Guizhou – or possibly at a higher level. One of the churches in

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CHINA: Wife of Church Leader Buried Alive

The wife of a church leader in the central Chinese province of Henan was buried alive with her husband underneath the rubble of their freshly demolished church, where she suffocated and died. On 14 April, a demolition team was instructed to begin the demolition of

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Sri Lanka: You Need the Power of God

Those who come to Christ in Sri Lanka face challenges and trials from Buddhist or Hindu family members or village leaders. Sometimes the challenges are extreme: church buildings torn down, Christians beaten and even martyred for their faith. Yet God is at work: even with

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CHINA: More Crosses Forcibly Removed in Zhejiang

Forty-nine crosses have been removed in Zhejiang province since the beginning of 2016 as the Chinese government continues to attempt to eliminate the power of Christianity. Churches which have fought against the removals have had their water and electricity cut off, forcing them to have

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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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Muslims are Coming to Christ

With the rise of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) in 2014, and many terrorist killings each year, it can be easy to focus on the negative. Instead, several Iranian Christian leaders worked together to share eight reasons why Muslims, particularly in Iran, are being drawn

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SUDAN: Three Church Leaders Arrested

Last month security officials detained Telahoon Nogose Kassa, who is head of discipleship at Khartoum Bahri Evangelical Church. Telahoon belongs to the same church as Peter Yein Reith and Yat Michael, the two pastors cleared of capital crimes at a Khartoum court in August 2015.

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CUBA: Neighbourhood Churches Targeted for Demolition

Please pray for our brothers and sisters in the city of Santiago de Cuba where government officials have reportedly issued demolition orders to all churches in one neighbourhood. Pastors and families living in the church properties targeted in the Abel Santa María area of the

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BANGLADESH: Pastors Receiving Death Threats

Pastor Barnabas Hemrom recently received a letter containing death threats against him and nine other area pastors. The letter stated, “This time our plan is to kill one by one all those who are preaching Christianity in Bangladesh. Our country will be run only under

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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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IRAQ: New Law to Force Children to Become Muslim

A new law in Iraq would require the conversion of children to Islam if their father were to convert or if their mother were to marry a Muslim man or a Muslim-background Christian. The long-term implications for this would be devastating as changing identification documents

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PAKISTAN: Christians Petition Supreme Court

Christians in Pakistan have petitioned the Supreme Court to end discrimination against religious minorities in Pakistan’s educational system. Specifically, the petition calls on the court to remove hate speech riddled through textbooks against Pakistan’s religious minorities. So far, provincial governments have failed to remove the

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What if Ananias Said No?

I have been reading the Book of Acts and read, again, the story of Saul’s conversation in Acts, chapter 9. I am always struck by how soon after Saul met Jesus that people were trying to kill him! As I have been reading in Acts

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INDIA: Christians Brutally Assaulted by Radicals

Christian villagers in India’s Chhattisgarh state have reportedly been brutally assaulted by Hindu radicals following the passing of a resolution in the village banning all non-Hindu religious activities. The incident took place in Karmeri village on Tuesday 8 September. According to local sources, a mob

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