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Jeremy’s Story

Jeremy was just 11 years old when he sneaked out of home every Sunday to go to church, hiding his new-found Christian faith from his Muslim family. Growing up in Malaysia, Jeremy faced many challenges and often felt empty and rejected. Born out of wedlock

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Prayers for the Persecuted this Easter

Easter is a time of great joy for those of us who celebrate – large family meals, extra church services, visits to the Show and Easter egg hunts. Our long weekend here in Australia is often so filled to the brim with festivities, we may

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PAKISTAN: Terrorist Threat to Pakistan Churches

Authorities in Pakistan fear that a terrorist linked to Islamic State is planning an attack that could target Christians in Punjab province at Easter. The bomber is likely to try to carry out a suicide attack in Lahore, according to a contact of VOM’s partner

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NORTH KOREA: Defectors Sharing the Gospel

Mrs Han, a North Korean defector, is determined to share her faith with her countrymen. After defecting a few years ago, Mrs Han came to know Christ in South Korea. She then joined a VOM training program for defectors that teaches the basic tenants of

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UGANDA: Boy Stands for Christ Despite Beatings

Joshua, a 10-year-old Ugandan boy, has been beaten by his father and uncle ever since they learned three months ago that he had left Islam to follow Jesus. Despite the repeated beatings, Joshua has not wavered in his faith. He loves Jesus and knows the

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NIGER: Five New Churches in Two Years

Christian workers on the ground in Niger report a chain reaction of disciple-making over the last two years. One man who went through a VOM-sponsored church planting program went on to share the Gospel with seven others. After those seven people were well-developed in their

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Prisoner’s one Request: Pray for Eritrea!

Twen Theodros has spent 13 years behind bars in Eritrea. Despite having suffered brutal treatment, this young woman, who is described as a “precious, lovely Christian” by those who know her, is more concerned about others than for her own wellbeing. VOM’s partner, Release International,

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Editorial

We will continue to build God’s church!

We will continue to build God’s church! Dear Friends, This is the sentiment echoed by believers at the very highest level in China. Recently, I travelled to China and sensed that the air was thick with nervous anticipation regarding the newly announced regulations by the

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IRAQ: Revival of Life in Qaraqosh

For many Christian families in Qaraqosh, this Easter is particularly special, as they will be celebrating it at home for the first time since fleeing the city in 2014. The city, located in northern Iraq’s Nineveh Plains, was occupied by the Islamic State group for

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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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Fearless for Christ

Four masked gunmen charged into Mohammad Yousuf Bhat’s home on the evening of 1 July 2016, pushed his wife aside and demanded to talk to him. After he stepped forward, the gunmen escorted the 43-year-old father of three outside his home in the Kashmir Valley,

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Persecuted but not Forgotten

Hien and his wife Binh are Hmong, a tribal group that worships ancestors and give ‘gifts’ to the village witchdoctor to appease the spirits. One of Hien’s children became possessed by a demon and he would become very stiff as though bound with chains. In

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Left Tied to a Post

A post had been erected in the middle of the village and Quy, with his hands tied behind his back, was being beaten. All the villagers were banned from coming near but they watched as three policemen mercilessly beat Quy. They kicked, punched and even

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PHILIPPINES: Young Girl’s Unwavering Faith

In the Philippines, one girl has stood firm for her Christian faith despite her young age. Not too long after accepting Christ, Jen-Jen began to experience pressure from adult authority figures, one of whom was a school teacher with militant views. One day, the teacher

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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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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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