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CENTRAL ASIA: Clampdown on Christianity

Throughout Central Asia, Christians are facing worship bans, arrest and torture as Islamic nationalism gains ground. A recent survey revealed that 263 people had been punished in Kazakhstan during 2017 for hosting religious meetings, offering religious literature, or other religious crimes. Most of those prosecuted

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TURKEY: Pastor Andrew Brunson Sent Back to Jail

American pastor Andrew Brunson’s hopes of being released from jail in Turkey have been dashed yet again. Yesterday, a judge ordered Pastor Andrew to remain behind bars, despite intense international lobbying raising hopes he would be freed. Turkey has just declared an end to the

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KYRGYZSTAN: Church of Muslim Converts Told to Close

A church in Kyrgyzstan that is home to many former Muslims has been ordered to cease its Sunday worship. A local source told World Watch Monitor that services at the church, which is led by a convert from Islam, have been interrupted twice in the

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Abraham Ben Moses

On 7 May, the Tangerang District Court in Indonesia sentenced Reverend Abraham Ben Moses to four years in prison and issued him a 50 million Rupiah fine (4,750 AUD) for religious defamation. If he cannot afford to pay the fine, “it can be replaced with

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IRAN: Two Believers Await Ruling on Prison Terms

Two Iranian Christians continue to await a judge’s decision on their appeal of prison sentences they received in December 2017. Eskander Rezaie and Suroush Saraie, both of whom have been previously imprisoned, face eight-year sentences if their appeal is denied. Eskander was arrested in July

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PAKISTAN: Asia Bibi Remains in Prison, in Good Spirits

Asia Bibi, a Christian mother, was convicted of blasphemy after a co-worker accused Bibi of insulting the prophet Mohammed. While she maintains her innocence, an accusation of blasphemy is enough to warrant the death penalty in Pakistan. Asia’s conviction has brought international attention to the

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TAJIKISTAN: Pray for Gulnora, Wife of Imprisoned Pastor

Gulnora’s problems with hypertension began soon after the secret police arrested her husband, Pastor Bakhrom Kholmatov. Bakhrom, 42, was arrested on 10 April 2017 in a raid on the Sonmin Sonbogym (Good News of Grace) Protestant Church by secret police. They also harassed and beat

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CHINA: Christians arrested in “cult” crackdown

A crackdown on “cults” in Yunnan province has led to mass arrests of Christians – with many now facing long jail sentences. Six members of a church in the Lincang area have just been handed sentences of up to 13 years – after a court

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IRAN: Christians Receive Eight Year Sentences

Two Iranian Christians were sentenced to a total of eight years in prison by a revolutionary court in December 2017, after being convicted of national security-related crimes. Suroush Saraie and Eskandar Rezaie, who are both members of the Church of Iran denomination, each received seven-year

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Helen’s Song

Helen speaks about her experience of imprisonment inside a shipping container in Eritrea and how she remained faithful to her God.

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CHINA: Pastor Yang Hua Update – Critically Ill

Earlier this year, we posted the story of Pastor Yang Hua who was arrested and detained since December 2015, then in January 2017, sentenced to prison under the charge of “illegally possessing state secrets” for two years and six months. Since then, Pastor Yang Hua

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PAKISTAN: Mentally Ill Christian Man Held in Jail

A Pakistani Christian man with mental health issues who was arrested on the day of his son’s funeral has been charged with blasphemy and is being held in custody. Iqbal Masih, 65, who is a retired father of nine, and is from Fazlia Colony, Lahore,

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IRAN: Christian Convert Loses Appeal

An Iranian convert to Christianity has had his 10-year prison sentence upheld after losing his appeal. Naser Navard Gol-Tapeh was sentenced in May alongside three Azerbaijanis, Eldar Gurbanov, Yusif Farhadov and Bahram Nasibov, each were given 10-year sentences for “missionary activities” and “actions against national

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PAKISTAN: Pray for Zafar

Our brother Zafar is facing the prospect of spending the rest of his life behind bars in Pakistan over false accusations of blasphemy. Zafar Bhatti, who is being held in Adyala Jail in Rawalpindi, was sentenced to life imprisonment in May, after he was accused

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IRAN: Christian Convert Arrested in Iran

On 19 October, a member of the Payam-e Aramesh (meaning ‘Message of Peace’) house church in Dezful was arrested and transferred to another city named Ahwaz. Shortly before arresting Abdol-Ali Pourmand (also referred to as Elyas), security authorities raided his home while he was away

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LAOS: Church Leader Imprisoned

We have a request for urgent prayer! On 2 October two high-profile members of the Ministry of Defence together with other local authorities, arrested a church leader in Laos. The reason given for the arrest is because the church leader believes in Jesus and is

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IRAN: Jailed Christians Face Difficult Appeal Hearing

An Iranian judge known for his harsh sentences will supervise the appeal hearing launched by a well-known pastor and three other Iranian Christians against their long prison sentences for what authorities consider dangerous Christian activities. Evangelical Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani along with three other Christians Mohammadreza

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CHINA: Imprisoned Chinese Pastor is “Barely Alive”

Pastor Zhang Shaojie of the Nanle Country Christian Church, in the Henan Province, is “barely alive” after suffering various forms of torture in prison, according to reports from his daughter. He is currently serving a 12-year prison sentence which officially began in 2014. His daughter

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