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PAKISTAN: Upcoming Court Hearing

The court handling the case of Pakistani Christian Imran Ghafur announced a new court hearing on Friday 17 May. Imran has been in prison for nearly 10 years on blasphemy charges. In January 2010 Imran Ghafur was sentenced to life in prison and fined the

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Pastor Abraham Ben Moses Released from Prison

Pastor Abraham Ben Moses has been released from prison this month after spending two years behind bars for blasphemy in Indonesia. Pastor Abraham was first arrested in December 2017 after a YouTube video of him surfaced teaching about the differences between the Bible and the

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BURKINA FASO: Church Leader Killed by Islamists

Gunmen who attacked a Protestant church in Burkina Faso on 28 April asked the pastor and six others to convert to Islam before they shot them. Burkina Faso is long known for its peaceful co-existence among religious communities. But over the past two years, attacks

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Pakistan: Asia Bibi Finally Free

Asia Bibi is finally out of Pakistan. Officials have confirmed that Asia has been released. Her lawyer has told CNN she is now in Canada, where two of her daughters have already been granted asylum. The Christian woman was acquitted of blasphemy by the Pakistan

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UGANDA: Unwilling to Forsake Christ

When Ssuubi became a believer, his wife and children were given to another man and he was fired from his job teaching Islam. Then his family tried to kill him. Despite these difficulties, Ssuubi was determined to follow Christ, even when he felt the Lord

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From our CEO: May 2019

Malaysia and Brunei are very interesting, yet complex countries. They both have Muslim-majority populations and both apply their own manner of control over their inhabitants, based on their brand of Islamic law. I hope this month’s newsletter provides some insight into the challenging environment in

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Finding Christ in Malaysia

For Nisa, a mother of seven, life after becoming a Christian meant persecution for her faith and extreme poverty. Nisa, a tenacious woman, didn’t want anything to do with Christianity until someone prayed for her and she was completely transformed. Born into a Muslim family,

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Pastor Ahmad

Churches in Brunei must be registered and are heavily monitored; for this reason there has been considerable growth in secret, house churches. Pastor Ahmad oversees a number of these house churches, which he says can operate in relative freedom – albeit with much caution –

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Hope for Revival in Brunei

Even through imprisonment and interrogation, faithful servants, Jasmin and Nazif, continue to evangelise in Brunei and pray in hope that, one day, they will be able to do so freely. Jasmin and Nazif have both been imprisoned for evangelising and, at one time, Jasmin was

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Converted through the Koran

Amira, from Malaysia, was a devout Muslim praying and reciting verses from the Koran daily until she began searching for truth and had a radical conversion to Christ. Amira studied at a Catholic school as a child but refused to take part in any of

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Christians in Brunei

It is becoming increasingly difficult for Christians to practise their faith and ministry in the Kingdom of Brunei Darussalam. With a ruling Muslim government and spies in churches using laser surveillance technology, every movement is being monitored carefully. The Sultan, Hassanal Bolkiah, along with the

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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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INDONESIA: Prison Sentences for Church Bombings

A married couple has been convicted and sentenced for their part in the bombing of three churches in Surabaya in May 2018. Agus Satrio Widodo received a sentence of eight years, and his wife Damayanti received 40 months after a court found them guilty of

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PAKISTAN: Christian Woman Assaulted and Locked in a Room

After fleeing domestic abuse, Aansa Bibi took a job as a house cleaner for a Muslim family. Her employer’s daughters enjoyed listening to Aansa sing Christian worship songs, but the girls’ aunt cautioned her brother about allowing an infidel Christian to work in their home.

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KYRGYZSTAN: Violent Attacks Against Christians

In October 2018, a young Christian, Eldos Sattar uuly, sustained a broken jaw and other injuries after a violent attack in the Issyk-Kul Region of Kyrgyzstan. Those responsible were charged. They were sentenced to house arrest; however this is not being enforced. Problems have continued

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INDIA: Former Muslim and Former Hindu Lead Church

A married couple who started a new church in their city had to change venues recently because of persecution. Hani, a former Hindu, and Chakama, a former Muslim, have actively shared their faith ever since coming to Christ and getting married. The community where they

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KENYA: Somali Pastor Beaten

The Somali pastor of an underground church in Kenya near the Somali border suffered a broken thigh bone and other injuries after Muslim extremists beat him with wooden clubs on the evening of Friday 8 March. Pastor Abdul, a 30-year-old father of three, had finished

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Nigeria: Discipleship Centre Severely Damaged by Fire

An accidental fire has severely damaged the top floor of a vital discipleship centre in Nigeria and it is in urgent need of repair. A VOM ministry partner runs the centre which offers firsthand help and vocational training for persecuted believers. Most of the young

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