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IRAN: Three Christians Conditionally Released

Iranian Christians are pleased to report that three of the five men arrested at a picnic in August have been conditionally released, and request prayer for them and for the release of the two still detained. On Friday 26 August Ramiel Bet Tamraz, Amin Nader

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CHINA: Communist Party Readies Crackdown on Christianity

The Communist Party has just enacted much tougher laws that criminalise Christians if they do not pledge loyalty to the state. Chinese President Xi Jinping has warned that all religions now have to become “Chinese” and the new laws will attempt to bring churchgoers and

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PAKISTAN: Lawyers seek New Hearing within a Few Weeks

Asia Bibi’s lawyers have made a request to the Pakistani Supreme Court seeking to appoint another judge immediately or a new colleague to hear the case. The request sent to the Chief Justice comes after yet another postponement of Bibi’s hearing, in which her defence team are

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Christians Facing Islamic Extremists: ISIS

Region: Iraq, Syria “Convert, pay a tax, leave or die.” The self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS) became infamous when it invaded the city of Mosul, Iraq, in June 2014. Mosul, which is the ancient biblical city of Nineveh, has been home to Christians for almost 2,000

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Ethiopia: Nothing’s Going to Stop Them

In the past 30 years, evangelical Christians in Ethiopia have grown from 1% of the population to more than 20%. Allan Sherer, the Horn of Africa Director for Front Line Mission, calls that church growth “one of the great Gospel stories of our generation.” That

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Yklas’ Family Hopes for Early Release

It was difficult to know what to expect as we met with the family of Yklas Kabduakasov, a Christian convert from Islam who is serving two years in a prison labour camp in Kazakhstan for sharing his Christian faith with Muslims. I hoped to both

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BURMA: Pray for Brother Xi, Falsely Accused

Brother ‘Xi’ has been falsely accused of human trafficking because of his Christian activities in Burma. “I have peace in the Lord, though I was falsely accused because of my faith and Christian activities,” he said. “The opposition has tried to cause me problems in

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KENYA: Al Shabaab Claims the Lives of Six Christians

An attack in the early hours of 6 October in north-east Kenya by al Shabaab militants resulted in the murder of six Christians. The militant group’s own radio station, Radio Andalus, reports that the grenade and gun attack on a residential compound in Mandera, on

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PAKISTAN: Prayer needed for Final Appeal

Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death for allegedly committing blasphemy, will have her final appeal heard today. The hearing before the Supreme Court of Islamabad is the third and final stage of a trial that began in 2009, with the woman’s death sentence

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Prayer: The Life Blood of Persecuted Christians

In the hours leading up to Jesus’ arrest, He went to Gethsemane with His disciples, feeling “overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death” (Matthew 26:38). Jesus, knowing what was about to come upon him, turned to prayer. Prayer was his connection with the Father,

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