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IRAN: Further Arrests of Christian Converts

Iranian Christians request prayer for two converts who were recently arrested and detained. On 23 January, Sina Moloudian, was arrested in Esfahan and then on 25 January Ismaeil Maghrebinejad was arrested in Shiraz. Iranian intelligence agents arrived at the house of Sina Moloudian (26) without

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CHINA: Police Harass Hunan Church

Police in China’s southern Hunan Province repeatedly harassed a church, eventually attempting to close it. On 11 November, more than 30 officials entered Huoxing Church after painting over cameras at the church door in order to mask what happened. Some officials claimed they had come

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INDIA: Pastors Arrested and Accused of “Conversion Racket”

Two pastors have been detained since 22 July, when they were arrested on accusations of running a 13-year ‘conversion racket’. The men were teaching a discipleship lesson to 18 believers when members of the Hindutva youth movement interrupted their class and accused them of converting

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IRAN: Pastor Nadarkhani Arrested in Violent Raid

Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani has been detained following a violent raid on his home in Rasht by the police on the morning of 22 July. Police smashed the front door of the pastor’s home, punched the pastor and his teenaged son Daniel, and used electrical batons

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CHINA: Christian Couple Detained for Sharing their Faith

Pastor Liang Ziliang and several other church members in Heshan, Guangdong, were distributing Christian brochures and carrying anti-abortion banners in a local park when police began to photograph them. That night, Liang and his wife, Li Yinxiu, were called to the police station and detained

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CHINA: Four Christians Detained in Guangzhou Church Raid

A small house church in China’s southern Guangdong province was raided in the middle of a service last Sunday, detaining church pastor Huang Xiaoning and three other attendees. Huang was in the middle of a sermon when officials from the local police station and neighbourhood

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CHINA: Four Christians Detained for Evangelising

Authorities charged four members of a house church in China’s south-western Sichuan province with “obstructing government administration” for distributing Christian flyers at a local university on 25 April. Wang Yi, the pastor of Autumn Rain Blessing Church, reported that four of his congregation members went

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Baptism by Fire

For James and his colleagues, it was going to be a trial by fire and the big question was, “would they come through this fiery experience without the smell of smoke on their clothes?” James has a home church of about 50 believers. At a

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BELARUS: Detained for Distributing Christian Literature

Police have detained and questioned members of an evangelical church in northern Belarus three times in the last two months for distributing Christian literature. As recent as 14 October, police arrested Andrei Fokin as he and other believers were distributing Christian books and magazines in

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LAOS: Standing for God at Christmas

Late last week, a local church from a small village in Laos was about to conduct a Christmas service when the police arrived. The police were claiming the church did not have the necessary permission or paperwork, and they were there to shut down the

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ERITREA: Pray for the Children of Believers

Fikadu Debesay, a mother of three children, died a few weeks ago at Metkel Abiet, an Eritrean detention camp. She had been imprisoned for worshiping in a Lutheran church not recognised by the government. She, along with her husband were among 33 believers arrested on

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INDIA: Bible School Chaperones Arrested

Police in India arrested nine adults travelling with a group of 60 children to a holiday Bible school program. The children and their chaperones sang Christian songs and read the Bible as they travelled by train, attracting the attention of a group of Hindu extremists.

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ERITREA: Christian Mother Dies in Prison

Fikadu Debesay, who was detained with her husband in May during raids targeting Evangelical Christians in Adi Quala town, Eritrea, has died in incarceration. The mother of three reportedly died last week in Metkel Abiet, a desert camp situated between the towns of Gahtelai and

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NIGERIA: Freed Chibok Girls Held

Elizabeth waited three years for Boko Haram to release her youngest daughter, 20-year-old Mariam. Today, months after Mariam gained her freedom, Elizabeth is still waiting to bring her daughter home. Government officials are holding Mariam and the other 81 girls released with her in Nigeria’s

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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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MYANMAR: Pastors Detained for Three Months Without Trial

Pastors Dom Dawng Nawng Latt, 65, and La Jaw Gam Hseng, 35, were arrested on 24 December 2016, after helping a couple that had complained to military officials about the destruction of their house. The officials released the couple but detained the pastors, claiming they

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CHINA: Pray for Pastor Yang Hua

A Chinese pastor who has been in prison for the past 16 months was admitted to hospital last month with a serious medical condition. In mid-March, dark, painful lesions appeared on Yang Hua’s legs and continued to spread. Prison doctors gave him painkillers but offered

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INDIA: Impunity Emboldens Attackers

On 17 March, Assemblies of God pastor Ajay Kumar and Bible college student Assaryav were lured into a trap in Begusarai, Bihar state and then bashed by Hindu militants. Not only did police not intervene, they subsequently arrested the two Christians on charges of “forcible

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ERITREA: Christian Women Die Following Hunger Strike

Two Pentecostal Christians are reported to have died in Eritrea on 17 March, days after being transferred to a hospital from detention, where they had been on hunger strike. According to the Eritrean website Erimedrek News, the two women, who were detained in Wi’a military

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