Tag Archives | persecuted church


VIETNAM: New Law to Control Religion

Vietnam’s new “Law on Belief and Religion,” scheduled to come into effect this year, will add another layer of governmental repression and control to an already pressurised Church, says Vo Tran Nhat, Executive Secretary of the Vietnam Committee on Human Rights. “They’re going to adopt

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PAKISTAN: Christian Boy Dies After Being Set on Fire

A 14-year-old Pakistani Christian boy who was beaten and set on fire by two Muslim men after answering truthfully that he was a Christian has died due to third degree burns over more than half his body inflicted during the attack. According to prominent Pakistani

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UGANDA: Woman Beaten for Accusing Imam

Muslims in eastern Uganda beat and raped a young Christian woman for testifying that a mosque leader killed her father because of his faith, sources said. The imam at a mosque in Kanyumu village, Pallisa District, Sheikh Musana Ibrahim, and two other Muslims killed Samson

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New Life, New Identity

  Thirteen Three sponsors Bible college students who live in restricted countries. Our desire is to see the Gospel spread in these areas. Therefore, it is vital to invest in the next generation of leaders whom God is equipping to be His instruments for this

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How your Gifts made an Impact in 2015

In 2015 we were able to oversee 125 projects in 24 different countries. This wide variety of exciting projects has impacted the lives of our beloved brothers and sisters in restricted nations. On their behalf we thank you for your kindness. These projects and quotes

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INDIA: Pastor and Pregnant Wife Attacked

An Indian pastor and his pregnant wife were assaulted and their church set on fire on Sunday 17 April after they refused to praise a Hindu god. Pastor Dinbanhu Sameli, 30, and his wife, Meena, 26, seven months pregnant, lead a church in the troubled

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UZBEKISTAN: Persevering Despite Jail Conditions

Latipzhon Mamazhanov, a Christian believer who had been arrested and jailed for 16 days in Fergana, eastern Uzbekistan, was released on 28 March. Police illegally raided Latipzhon’s home, and those of other Christians in Fergana, on 12 March while in search of religious literature. Latipzhon

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The Impact of your Giving

Do you realise how much of an impact your practical giving makes to a believer in a restricted nation? During late December 2015, when I was in Vietnam, I was able to bring some practical gifts that were sent to our office by some of

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AZERBAIJAN: Christian Prisoner Needs Urgent Prayer

Please pray for an Azeri brother who is in prison in Georgia on what is strongly believed to be false charges that he was in possession of drugs. ‘Shimon’ (not his real name) was arrested in Georgia last May. A contact of our partner office,

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MEXICO: Pastor Pedro Vazquez Released

On 29 March Pastor Pedro Vazquez was abducted from his village in Chiapas, Mexico, by a violent group known as Chinchulines. Pastor Vazquez was held in a nearby village and his family members and church congregation were very concerned that he would be killed. Pastor

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NIGERIA: Released Pastor Fails to Survive in Wilderness

On 21 March, assailants kidnapped three church leaders at gunpoint after storming the church prayer camp site in Kaduna, north-central Nigeria, where the clergymen were supervising preparations for an Easter church service. With the use of a mobile phone that was owned by one of

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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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NIGERIA: Boko Haram Demands Ransom

Boko Haram is seeking a ransom of nearly $75 million for the release of the 219 schoolgirls kidnapped from the Nigerian town of Chibok two years ago, sources close to the group have reported. The terror sect is thought to have issued the demand during secret

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CHILE: Two Christian Churches Ablaze

On Thursday 31 March, two Christian churches in Chile, one Catholic and one evangelical, were set ablaze by supporters of the Mapuche cause, a movement of indigenous Chileans which seeks to rid the area of religions contrary to their indigenous beliefs. These were the most

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A Prison Letter

VOM received this letter from a prisoner in the Ukraine. Even in prison, this brother is sharing Christ. He prays that we believers will learn to love and serve Muslims. Dear VOM ministers, brothers and sisters! Peace be with you! The grace of the Lord

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EGYPT: Copt Cleared of Fake Facebook ‘Blasphemy’

An Egyptian Copt, Bishoy Kameel Garas, has been declared ‘innocent’ after he spent more than half his 6-year sentence for charges including defamation of Islam, the Cairo Court of Cassation has ruled. Garas, now in his late twenties, was jailed in September 2012 for offending

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INDIA: Pastor and Family Hospitalised After Assault

A pastor and his family are recovering in hospital after being badly beaten by Hindu extremists led by their village council leader. Please pray for Pastor Sumati Prakash, his wife Urmila and their 15-year-old son, Hemansu, who were attacked at their church after the Sunday

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Five ways to support the persecuted church at youth

  Last month I posted three reasons why the persecuted church is important for your youth group. In today’s post I’m going to give you five practical ways to incorporate the persecuted church into your youth group. Click on one of these links to find

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Writing Letters to Christians in Prison

Aim Encouraging our persecuted brothers and sisters who are in prison to stand firm in their faith. Goals Youth will be educated that Christians are still imprisoned today for their faith. Youth will encourage a jailed believer by writing a letter to them. Background Christians

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CHINA: Human Rights Lawyer Zhang Kai Released

Chinese human rights lawyer and religious freedom defender Zhang Kai was released on 23 March 2016, according to social media reports. Zhang Kai was detained on 25 August 2015 and accused of “disturbing social order,” stealing and spying, among other crimes. During six months’ detention

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