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MIDDLE EAST: Former Muslim now Following Christ

Pastor ‘Abraham’ works in an area with a high concentration of Syrian refugees. He often struggled with fear when sharing the Gospel with Muslims, but then he had an experience where the Lord told him not to fear. Soon after that, ‘Fadi’, a Syrian man

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MIDDLE EAST: TERRORIST TURNS TO JESUS

The woman sought “Samuel” out. Samuel’s team came to the area a couple of times every month to distribute food aid to the thousands of Syrian refugees spread out across Lebanon’s countryside. The refugees live in very rough conditions with little opportunity for work or

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MIDDLE EAST: “Thousands Coming to Christ!”

An encouraging message from Arabic broadcasters in the Middle East…. Despite the mass exodus of many Christians, the church is far from empty in Syria, Iraq, Jordan and other parts of the Middle East. God has been very faithful. There are strong Christian believers remaining,

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IRAN: Further Court Hearings Scheduled for Rasht Believers

Iranian Christians request prayer prior to a second court hearing for Yousef Nadarkhani, Yaser Mosibzadeh, Saheb Fadayee and Mohammed Reza Omidi on charges of action against national security. Yaser, Saheb and Mohammed Reza were arrested at a house church gathering in Rasht on 13 May

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Middle East: We have to be His Witnesses

‘Sam’ reaches out to refugees displaced by ISIS from Iraq and Syria. By helping with practical needs – shelter, education, medical aid – Sam and other Christians have the opportunity to share the Gospel and introduce Muslim refugees to Jesus Christ. Such work comes with

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IRAN: Christians Due to Appear in Court

Four Christians belonging to the self-styled ‘Church of Iran’ network are due to appear in Rasht Revolutionary Court on 15 October charged with “actions against national security”. On 13 May security agents raided the home of Yousef Nadarkhani, a church leader who attracted international attention

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NORTH AFRICA: Captain on Trial for Murder

A boat captain faces a prison sentence of up to 90 years after being charged in Spain with the murder of six Christian migrants by allegedly throwing them overboard. According to the indictment against him, the captain and a colleague attacked the six Nigerian Christians

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EGYPT: Christians say they are at ‘Breaking Point’

An imam has been appointed the mediator between Christians and Muslims in an area in Upper Egypt ─ where persecution is most prevalent. Christians are persecuted by their Muslim neighbours because of their faith in Jesus Christ, enduring humiliation, assault, arson and murder in at

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IRAN: Prisoner Granted Medical Leave

Friends of Christian prisoner Maryam Naghash Zargaran are pleased to report that Maryam has been allowed home on medical furlough. Maryam, who was previously granted medical furlough for a range of health issues in June 2016, returned to Evin Prison, Tehran on 27 June to

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IRAN: Christians Arrested at Picnic

The families and friends of five Iranian Christians arrested during a picnic and fishing expedition are deeply concerned for their welfare and are requesting prayer. On Friday 26 August Ramiel Bet Tamraz, Amin Nader Afshar, Hadi Askary, Mohamad Dehnay and Amir Sina Dashti went together

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SYRIA: Churches Serve as Enemies Threaten

President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Peter Maurer, has said about the Battle for Aleppo: “This is beyond doubt one of the most devastating urban conflicts in modern times.” Around 250,000 people remain trapped in Aleppo’s rebel-held east. Russian Defense Minister Sergei

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EGYPT: Copts Attacked

Eight Christian homes were attacked and an equal number of Copts were detained after Muslims in an Egyptian village went on a rampage following rumours of a house church being built. The attack last week in Saft el-Khirsa (180km south of Cairo) trails more than

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YEMEN: Christians Facing Increased Hardships

The civil war in Yemen has created a humanitarian crisis, leaving the Christian minority vulnerable to increased persecution by various militant groups. A mission group is delivering food and water supplies to a small community of Christian families who have no source of income, and

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IRAN: Pastor Charged with National Security Crimes

Yousef Nadarkhani, the Church of Iran pastor acquitted of apostasy in 2012, has been charged with “acting against national security.” Pastor Nadarkhani was summoned to the 13th Branch of the Revolutionary Court in Rasht on 24 July, where he was charged and released, but was

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IRAN: Christian Prisoner Physically Abused

Ebrahim Firouzi, a Christian prisoner in Rajai Shahr Prison in Iran, has suffered physical abuse at the hands of prison guards when he was forced to attend an appeal hearing. On 21 August 2013 Ebrahim was arrested with two friends during a raid by plain-clothed

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The Only Intercessor

Kris kept a little notebook on hand. The Name Notebook. On her trip through several Muslim countries, she met dozens of people. At a salon, Kris took the names of the beauticians she met. From bathroom cleaners to teenagers sitting beside her in a coffee

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MIDDLE EAST: Ali Decides to Continue Serving

The challenges of ministering in a highly restricted country had led ‘Ali’ to sell his house and possessions, with the intent of seeking refugee status in the West. After meeting with other Christian leaders for training in another country, however, he reconsidered his plan. One

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IRAN: Release of Christian Prisoner on Medical Furlough

Maryam (Naseem) Naghash Zargaran was granted temporary release from prison on 6 June to receive medical treatment. Maryam, a believer from a Muslim background, has been held for nearly three years in Evin Prison in Tehran and has been suffering from a variety of ailments,

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IRAN: Christian Prisoner in Urgent Need of Medical Care

Family and friends of Maryam (Naseem) Naghash Zargaran, a believer from a Muslim background who has been held for nearly three years in Evin Prison, Tehran, are greatly concerned about her present situation and request prayer for her treatment and release from prison. On Thursday

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Five Years in Prison for Name Change

Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? That someone could be charged and sent to prison for changing their name. But it’s true. You might be thinking, but what about U2’s lead guitarist who named his daughter Blue Angel? Or Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s daughter Apple? These

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