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ETHIOPIA: Christian Loses Hand in Beating

ETHIOPIA: Christian Loses Hand in Beating

When the young Ethiopian man came to faith his community turned against him, but he remains committed to following Christ. Kofi grew up as a Muslim, but when an evangelist introduced him to Christ, he was instantly drawn to the saving grace of God and became a...

NIGERIA: Boko Haram Kills 12 Christians, Kidnaps Others

NIGERIA: Boko Haram Kills 12 Christians, Kidnaps Others

Militants believed to part of the original Boko Haram sect under the leadership of Abubakar Shekau attacked Takulashi village near Chibok. The attack took place on 1 November, when six-gun trucks filled with insurgents entered the village and started shooting. They...

COLOMBIA: Paramilitary Groups Close at Least 60 Churches

COLOMBIA: Paramilitary Groups Close at Least 60 Churches

In the last few weeks, field workers in Colombia have been inundated with reports of paramilitary groups closing churches throughout northern Colombia in the states of Antioquia, Bolívar, Chocó and Córdova. They began compiling a list, which has grown to 60 churches....

UGANDA: Woman Poisoned by Family

UGANDA: Woman Poisoned by Family

A VOM-supported Christian woman died earlier this month from complications due to poisoning. After several days, she was struggling to walk and in great pain. Her family knew she was ill, and her father sent a message to her saying she would not survive. After a month...

Malaysia: Working with Muslim Background Believers

Malaysia: Working with Muslim Background Believers

Recently, one of our workers in Malaysia sent us an update on his work with Muslim background believers, highlighting the story of a woman named Aeni. Aeni is a Muslim background believer who had a supernatural encounter with the Lord whilst she was sick in Hospital. She saw Jesus in her dream. She is a ...

Children: The Most Vulnerable Victims of Persecution

Children: The Most Vulnerable Victims of Persecution

On World Children’s Day, we remember Christian children in restricted nations who inevitably become victims of persecution, as they are the most vulnerable members of society. In a few nations, this vulnerability leaves them susceptible to severe persecution such as forced labour, abduction, forced marriage, extreme abuse, terrorist attacks and the loss of their parents. ...

IRAN: Christian Flogged for Drinking Communion Wine

IRAN: Christian Flogged for Drinking Communion Wine

On 15 November, Iranian Christian convert Saheb Zaman Fadaie received 80 lashes for drinking communion wine. He is the second Christian to have this sentence implemented in two months. This sentence was issued against Fadaie, as well as two others, in September 2016. They also received a 10 year prison sentence for acting against national ...

ALGERIA: Churches Closed by Pandemic Remain Unopened

ALGERIA: Churches Closed by Pandemic Remain Unopened

As the COVID-19 pandemic has swept the world, places of worship in many nations have been closed to prevent the spread of the virus. In Algeria, all places of worship and entertainment have been closed since March. In August, governing officials decided to gradually reopen places of worship, beginning with large mosques consisting of over ...

UGANDA: Christian Radio Preacher Murdered

UGANDA: Christian Radio Preacher Murdered

David Omara was the pastor of Christian Church Centre and a well-known radio preacher in northern Uganda. During his radio broadcast on 31 October, he contrasted Christianity to Islam. After finishing the broadcast at about 9pm, Pastor David received a phone call from a listener who expressed appreciation for his message and invited him to ...

LAOS: Village Elder Ostracised by Family for Faith

LAOS: Village Elder Ostracised by Family for Faith

Khampang came to Christ after witnessing God’s goodness and being healed. Only two others in his village were Christians, and both had experienced harsh reactions from their families. One young man was disowned by his family, and a teenager was kicked out of his family home. As a result, both young men were forced to ...

MYANMAR: Lingering Effects of Imprisonment

MYANMAR: Lingering Effects of Imprisonment

A key denominational leader targeted by Communist separatists continues to suffer lasting effects from his imprisonment. In 2018, the Wa State Army arrested Christians and at least 120 pastors in north eastern Myanmar, including Aikhun Plot. In prison, he spent most of his time with a metal leg chain digging into his ankle, causing long-term ...

CUBA: Religious Leaders Under Pressure to Sign Agreement Regarding Church Demolition

CUBA: Religious Leaders Under Pressure to Sign Agreement Regarding Church Demolition

Cuban authorities in the city of Santiago de Cuba are pressuring religious leaders to sign an agreement regarding the demolition of their church. The Assemblies of God church, led by Pastor Faustino (Fausto) Palomo Cabrera, located in the Abel Santamaria neighbourhood of Santiago de Cuba, was demolished by authorities on 30 October. The demolition began ...

ETHIOPIA: Christian Loses Hand in Beating

ETHIOPIA: Christian Loses Hand in Beating

When the young Ethiopian man came to faith his community turned against him, but he remains committed to following Christ. Kofi grew up as a Muslim, but when an evangelist introduced him to Christ, he was instantly drawn to the saving grace of God and became a Christian. As Kofi grew in his faith, he ...

NIGERIA: Boko Haram Kills 12 Christians, Kidnaps Others

NIGERIA: Boko Haram Kills 12 Christians, Kidnaps Others

Militants believed to part of the original Boko Haram sect under the leadership of Abubakar Shekau attacked Takulashi village near Chibok. The attack took place on 1 November, when six-gun trucks filled with insurgents entered the village and started shooting. They killed 12 Christians during the attack and were able to escape, kidnapping multiple women ...

SRI LANKA: Pastor Forced to Close Ministry Following Threats and Intimidation

SRI LANKA: Pastor Forced to Close Ministry Following Threats and Intimidation

A pastor in Sri Lanka has been forced to close his ministry after being detained by police and threatened by Buddhist monks. On Sunday 18 October, police arrived at the pastor’s house in Bakamuna, located in the Polonnaruwa district of Sri Lanka. Police ordered the pastor, whose identity has been withheld, to immediately report to ...

PAKISTAN: Hope for Christian Girl who had been Ordered to Stay with her Muslim Abductor

PAKISTAN: Hope for Christian Girl who had been Ordered to Stay with her Muslim Abductor

According to Pakistan’s Minister for Human Rights, the Sindh High Court has ordered Arzoo Raja, a 13-year-old Christian girl, be recovered by police and moved into a shelter home. This comes almost a month after Arzoo’s parents claim their daughter was abducted, forcefully converted, and forcefully married by their 44-year-old Muslim neighbour. This news comes ...

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