TAJIKISTAN: Fines for Bible Translation
  • 26 March 2020

Over the past six months, the leaders of four different churches in Tajikistan have received huge fines because they were part of a plan to create a new Tajik translation of the Bible. According to some Tajik Christians, the current translations available in their language use archaic words and sometimes the translation is unclear. In […]

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IRAN: Term of Exile Increased for Christian Convert
  • 19 March 2020

Iranian Christians request prayer for Christian convert Ebrahim Firouzi who has had his period of exile extended by eleven months. In November 2019, after completing a five-year prison sentence on charges of “acting against national security”, Ebrahim started serving a two-year period of exile in Sarbaz, near the border with Pakistan in relation to a […]

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IRAN: Second Prison Sentence for Iranian Convert
  • 12 March 2020

Family and friends request prayer after Christian convert Ismaeil Maghrebinejad was given a second prison sentence – two years for “membership of a group hostile to the regime” in addition to an existing three year sentence. Ismaeil (65) was arrested in Shiraz on 25 January 2019 and charged initially with “propaganda against the state and […]

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CHINA: Shandong Authorities Ban Online Preaching
  • 12 March 2020

Authorities in China’s Shandong province have banned online preaching and ordered the eradication of non-official churches. Shandong’s two state-run Christian organisations, the Three-Self Patriotic Movement and China Christian Council, released a statement on 23 February. In it, they claimed “supervision departments” ordered all online preaching cease and churches that gather in secret be eliminated. In […]

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CHINA: Religious Funerals Banned
  • 05 March 2020

Christian funerals are being forbidden in some areas of China, as authorities begin enforcing new regulations to ensure the conducting of so-called “civilised” ceremonies. In the state of Zhejiang, funerals are only allowed to take place in government-approved church buildings. While clergy may be permitted to visit families of the deceased in homes, they are […]

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