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EGYPT: A New Church and New Attacks for Christians

After Christians in the of Al-Galaa village in Samalout, Minya, Egypt received permission to expand the church serving three villages, fanatic Muslims have increased their attacks on Christians and their property. In early January 2015, church elders in Al-Galaa finally received a positive decision but,

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NIGERIA: Army Frees Women and Child Hostages

Nigeria’s army has rescued at least a dozen kidnapped women and children held captive by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram. In a statement, military spokesman Col Sani Kukasheka Usman said the group was rescued as the army cleared Boko Haram camps on Monday 14

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PAKISTAN: Mob Sets House of Christian Family on Fire

The home of a Christian family was reduced to ashes when a mob torched it on 10 September. The radicals reportedly also tried to burn alive the Christian family inside the house. Christian Boota Masih, 38, who lives in Islamabad, says the alleged perpetrators were

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PAKISTAN: Villagers Beaten in Hunt for ‘Blasphemer’

Please pray for our Christian family in Punjab after police detained a believer accused of blasphemy by business rivals and beat local Christians in their search for him. Allegations against Pervaiz Masih, 35, arose one morning in early September after he won a contract to

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TURKEY: Death Threats Target Protestants

Fifteen Turkish Protestant congregations and their leaders have been targeted since 27 August by a strident campaign of death threats sent to their Facebook, email, websites and mobile phones. The threats followed the style and jargon typically used by Islamic State (IS), vowing to kill,

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PAKISTAN: Court Clears Way for Father to Visit Asia Bibi

A Pakistani court has directed the Punjab provincial government and police to give the father of death row convict Asia Bibi prison visitation rights, a family lawyer says. The directive comes two days after Soran Masih filed a petition in the Lahore High Court demanding

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NIGERIA: 500 Days since Chibok Abductions

The President of the Ekklisiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) has revealed that over 176 of the girls kidnapped from a school in north east Nigeria by Boko Haram terrorists last year are from families belonging to his denomination. Reverend

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LEBANON: Christian Minister Attacked by Two Men

A Christian minister in Lebanon was attacked last week by two men who threatened to “break him” if he carried out his plans to open an evangelistic centre for Muslims.  The minister required emergency medical care for injuries to his head and other parts of

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PAKISTAN: Pray for a Muslim Leader Studying the Bible

A VOM partner asks that we pray for a mosque leader in Pakistan who started a Bible study course two months ago. ‘Mohammed’ is a respected Muslim leader who teaches the Koran to children. He told Christian workers that he feels no peace in his

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IRAN: Christian Released from Prison

An Iranian Christian has been released from prison after a three-and-a-half-year sentence for “propaganda against the regime” and “acting against national security”. Alireza Seyyedian, a Church of Iran member, was originally sentenced to six years’ imprisonment, 90 lashes and a fine, but his sentence was

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SYRIA: Islamic State Abducts Dozens of Christians

Islamic State (IS) militants have captured dozens of Christian families after seizing a strategically located town in the central Syrian province of Homs on Friday 7 August.  At least 230 people were kidnapped or detained, including dozens of Christians, some of whom were taken from

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IRAN: Religious Freedom in Decline

Despite Iran’s promises to maintain the rights of the country’s religious minorities, persecution is still a matter of tremendous concern for various faith groups. However, it seems that the Islamic regime has a particular interest in the systemic persecution of Christians. A report from the

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PAKISTAN: Raped, Forcibly Married and Converted to Islam

A report released by the Aurat Foundation states that every year over 1000 women from religious minority groups are abducted, raped, and forcibly married to their rapist as they are forcibly converted to Islam. Forced marriages usually follow a similar pattern: girls, often between the

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INDIA: Christian Leader Killed by Militants

An entire community of believers is grief-stricken by the murder of Mohammad Yousf Bhat, a Christian convert from Islam who was shot to death at his home in Kashmir. On 1 July, four gunmen wearing uniforms and masks pushed their way into Yousf’s home before

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PAKISTAN: Asia Bibi’s Blasphemy Conviction Reviewed

Pakistan’s Supreme Court ruled to suspend Asia Bibi’s execution as they review her blasphemy conviction, which has had Bibi incarcerated for nearly five years. No hearing date has been set for the mother of five, who is the first woman to receive the death penalty

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Gracia Burnham Testimony

Gracia was held hostage by Muslim militants in the Philippines. Listen as she describes some of what she experienced.   Listen to Gracia’s full speech, given in the USA.

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