Tag Archives | persecuted church

EarlyRain

CHINA: Pastor’s Wife Released on Bail

On the evening of 9 December 2018, over 100 members of the Early Rain Covenant Church were arrested in coordinated raids on their homes. The pastor, Wang Yi, remains in detention and is facing up to 15 years in prison. Several others, including his wife,

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Henan

CHINA: Officials Plan to Turn Church into Hotel

Officials in central Henan province recently informed some church leaders of their intent to seize the church’s building and turn it into a hotel. Although the church is a member of the officially recognised Three-Self Patriotic Movement, officials banned the church from meeting last year.

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Burkina

BURKINA FASO: Terrorists Kill 29 Christians in Two Attacks

Two terrorist attacks in Burkina Faso have left 29 Christians dead and countless others fearing for their lives. The twin attacks, which took place on 9 and 10 June, specifically targeted Christians and came on the heels of a series of attacks targeting churches in

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eritrea

ERITREA: Christian Crisis in the Horn of Africa

On 9 July 2018, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki (president since 1993) signed a “declaration of peace and friendship” and declared the “state of war” officially over. President Afwerki had long used the ‘Ethiopian threat’ as a pretext to justify

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india

INDIA: Released After Ten Years!

When the popular Hindu swami (religious leader), Lakshmanananda Saraswati, was killed in August 2008, Maoist rebels claimed responsibility for the attack. Despite this claim, Hindu militants turned their anger towards the Christians of Odisha state (then known as Orissa). Riots exploded, particularly in the Kandhamal

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mosul

IRAQ: Five Years after IS Occupied Mosul, Returnees Live in Fear

The Islamic State’s three-year occupation of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul and its surrounding villages ended nearly two years ago. Yet the city and its diminished number of Christian residents remain vulnerable. Last month the Iraqi government announced it would arm residents of 50 villages around

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Project: Philippines Motorbikes for pastors

Mindanao in the Philippines can be dangerous for believers, especially for those who minister in remote areas. Late last year, Voice of the Martyrs Australia, with the help of our supporters, funded a project to provide ten motorcycles for pastors, leaders and evangelists who travel

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Project: Pakistan Eye Screenings and Operations

Throughout March and April, Voice of the Martyrs Australia, with the help of our supporters, funded over 1100 eye screenings and 167 lifechanging vision operations in Pakistan. These were coordinated by Dr Reginald Zahiruddin. Prior to the operations, eye screenings were advertised throughout churches and

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india

INDIA: Election Results Raise Concerns for Christians

As more than 600 million citizens cast their ballots in the Indian general election, Christians and members of other religious minorities had added concerns about the outcome. Those concerns were realised after the results came in, for the Hindu-nationalist BJP party captured 303 of the

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nigeria

NIGERIA: Evangelist Severely Beaten in Bauchi State

An evangelist visiting family members in Bauchi Sate was severely beaten recently and left for dead by Muslim villagers. Adamu was raised as a Muslim but placed his faith in Christ after hearing the Gospel on the radio. Since then, he has been sharing the

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Project: Teacher Support in Mindanao

Christians in Mindanao, in the Philippines, face varying degrees of persecution from rebel groups, radical Muslims and a communist government. Last year Voice of the Martyrs Australia, with the help of our supporters, set up a project to aid four teaching staff at the Anchor

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NEPAL: Assaulted Pastor Recovering from Trauma

More than a month after Pastor Dhurba Kumar Pariyar was attacked by Maoist rebels, he remains in pain and faces mental trauma. Despite that, he has found strength in the Scriptures, as well as the testimonies of others who have suffered for their faith. Pastor

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iran-blog

Iran: Cross Removed from Recognised Church

Iranian Intelligence agents, along with EIKO (Execution of Imam Khomeini’s Order) officials directly under the control of the Supreme Leader, raided an Assyrian Presbyterian Church in the north-western city of Tabriz on 9 May. The agents changed the locks, tore down the cross, and ordered

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turkey

TURKEY: Entry Ban on Christian Workers

For years Turkey has placed restrictions on religious leadership training. As a result, many pastors in the country have been foreign nationals. However, new visa restrictions are now being placed on foreign religious workers entering the country. In early April, an American pastor (name withheld)

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eritrea

ERITREA: More than 140 Believers Arrested on One Day

More than 140 Christians were arrested as they gathered in a private courtyard in the Mai Temenai area of Asmara, in Eritrea last Friday. Our partner Release Eritrea reports that 104 women, 23 men and 14 children were arrested. The arrests came amid rising tensions

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burkinafaso

BURKINA FASO: Ten More Christians Killed

Ten more Christians were killed as attacks on churches continues in northern Burkina Faso. The ten, including a Catholic priest, died in attacks on 12 and 13 May. On 12 May, in the village of Dablo, 90kms from the city of Kaya, between 20 –

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china

CHINA: Cash Rewards for Information on Christian Activity

One Chinese city is now offering to pay for information on anyone involved in “illegal religious activities”. Authorities in Guangzhou have offered rewards equalling as much as $2,100 to those reporting the activities. The largest rewards are paid for information leading to the arrest of

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imran

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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