Tag Archives | persecuted church

Iran

Iran: The Honour of Being Tortured

Arrested and tortured, the young church pastor wanted to talk to his leader. What would he say? Where was God in his suffering? Pastor Hormoz describes the surprising words of this young man. Listen to the full interview here.

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PHILIPPINES: Christians in Danger

The rise of Islamic radicalism throughout the globe has placed religious minorities in dire situations as they have become the prime target for many. Most would view the Middle East and Africa to be the primary location for Islamic radicals attacking Christians, however, Southeast Asia

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Mexico

MEXICO: Protestants Expelled, Homes Destroyed

Thirty evangelical Protestants in Chiapas, Mexico were expelled by local community leaders and saw their homes and property destroyed on 4 January. This incident continues a trend of hostilities against Protestants in rural Mexico and this village specifically. Despite state and federal officials being notified

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SENEGAL: Christians Threatened by Islamic Militants

Christians in Senegal face increasing threats from Islamic militant groups. In the past year, Islamist activities have led to the arrests of three imams and two female Boko Haram members, who were discovered transporting explosives under their veils. As a security measure, the Senegalese government

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China

CHINA: House Churches Targeted

Authorities in the southern province of Guangdong have forced Huaqiao City Church out of its premises by pressuring its landlord to end its lease. All other potential landlords the church has approached have refused to rent out property. Meanwhile, in Guizhou, also in the south,

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Tearing down walls in North Africa (excerpt)

‘Jay’ has served for more than a decade among Muslims in North Africa, sharing the love of Christ and discipling believers to become strong in their faith and share Jesus’ love with their countrymen. Here, he describes how God is tearing down walls to allow

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Nigeria

NIGERIA: Christians Still Suffering

Since Christmas Day, hard-line Islamist terrorists from Boko Haram have murdered nearly 100 people in attacks ranging from Maiduguri and its surrounding towns in Borno State, to Madagali in Adamawa State, north-east Nigeria. In its six-year history of military offensives, Boko Haram has murdered upwards

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Kazakhstan

KAZAKHSTAN: Imprisonment for Yklas Kabduakasov

On 28 December the City Court in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana increased the punishment handed down to Seventh-Day Adventist Yklas Kabduakasov in November to two years’ imprisonment in a labour camp. The lower court had given the 54-year-old father of eight a seven-year sentence of restricted

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Listen to the Book that Shocked the World

“In solitary confinement, we could not pray as before. We were unimaginably hungry; we had been drugged until we acted like idiots. We were as weak as skeletons. The Lord’s Prayer was much too long for us – we could not concentrate enough to say

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Pakistan

PAKISTAN: Cleansing Islamabad of Poor Christians

Between 2007 and 2012 some 100,000 settlers arrived in Islamabad from Taliban-infested, war-ravaged Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), as well as from Balochistan and Punjab. This pushed Islamabad’s population to two million, with the growth occurring predominantly in slums. In

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NORTH KOREA: Pastor Sentenced to Life in Prison

Korean-Canadian Pastor Lim Hyeon-soo has been in detention since February 2015 for entering the country to evangelise to the people of the hermit kingdom. The official charge has been committing “state subversive plots and activities” and, as a result of the charge, Mr Hyeon-soo has

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Cuba

CUBA: Neighbourhood Churches Targeted for Demolition

Please pray for our brothers and sisters in the city of Santiago de Cuba where government officials have reportedly issued demolition orders to all churches in one neighbourhood. Pastors and families living in the church properties targeted in the Abel Santa María area of the

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CHINA: House Church Shut Down by Officials

A Chinese house church has been ordered to close down by local officials in Dazhou, Sichuan province. It is not surprising to see such actions taken by the Communist Party of China as they continue to juggle the massive rise in Christianity among their citizens.

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Bangladesh

BANGLADESH: Pastors Receiving Death Threats

Pastor Barnabas Hemrom recently received a letter containing death threats against him and nine other area pastors. The letter stated, “This time our plan is to kill one by one all those who are preaching Christianity in Bangladesh. Our country will be run only under

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Christmas for Persecuted Christians

Secret celebrations and the threat of attack: this is Christmas for many believers of the persecuted church. VOM Australia’s General Manager, Tom Carr, speaks on Vision Radio about Christmas in restricted nations, with how we can help and remember them. Listen to the full radio

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PAKISTAN: Brick Kiln Workers Beaten and Robbed by Police

On 21 November, seven brick kiln workers were travelling home when they were stopped by three officials for a routine inspection. However, the men say they were treated with suspicion when they gave their Christian names, and were accused of stealing the money they were

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PAKISTAN: Christian Girl May Have Been Kidnapped

A young Christian girl, Agnes Shaukat, daughter of Shaukat Masih of Lahore Cantt, has been missing since 20 November. Her family suspect her employer is involved. According to a rickshaw driver the family hired on a monthly basis to take her to and from a

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Syria

SYRIA: Assyrian Christians Released

Syrian Christians rejoice that several more Christian hostages have been released by Islamic State (IS) this month, but request prayer for the many who remain in captivity. On 24 November ten Assyrian Christians were released by IS (five women and five men). This follows the

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IRAQ: New Law to Force Children to Become Muslim

A new law in Iraq would require the conversion of children to Islam if their father were to convert or if their mother were to marry a Muslim man or a Muslim-background Christian. The long-term implications for this would be devastating as changing identification documents

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India

INDIA: Pregnant Christian Woman Loses Child After Beating

Around 40 Christians in the village of Balanagar gathered in the house of a local Christian on 12 October to hold a prayer meeting. At approximately 7:30pm a mob of 60 Hindu radicals, led by the former village council president, Mr Sati Srinivasulu, stormed into

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