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Will you ask Pakistan to release this mom, condemned to death for following Jesus?

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Asia Noreen Bibi is a faithful Christian whose crime is telling her Muslim co-workers about her faith in Jesus. For that, she was denounced in 2009 as having blasphemed Islam. Today, she sits in prison, awaiting an appeal of her […]

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Despite police, defiant Beijing church sees massive, positive changes in today’s China

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For six months, Beijing’s 1,000-member Shouwang Church has attempted to hold outdoor services after officials blocked them from taking possession of a $4 million property. Today, the church’s leaders are under house arrest. Any church member who shows up at […]

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Compass Direct: northern Sudan’s Muslims warn Christian leaders to get out

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Muslim extremists have sent text messages to at least 10 church leaders in Khartoum saying they are planning to target Christian leaders, buildings and institutions, Christian sources in Khartoum tell the Compass Direct news service. “We want this country to […]

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Reuters: Muslim youths hack Christian family of eight to death

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Muslim youths hacked a Christian family of eight to death in Nigeria’s volatile Plateau state, continuing a week of religious violence, according to the British news service Reuters. Over the last month, extremists have killed 24 Christians, reported the human rights group Compass Direct, […]

Christian Pakistani nurse asks police to arrest her videotaped rapist

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A Christian nurse here has told police she was raped by a Muslim co-worker who filmed the act and showed it to her family in an attempt to blackmail her into renouncing her faith and marrying him. Christians have little legal or societal standing […]

Small church’s delegation tries to slip past police, show solidarity with Beijing Christians

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Five members of a small suburban “house church” got up at 4 a.m. Sunday hoping to slip past police and worship Jesus with persecuted believers from the 1,000-member Shouwang Church in Beijing. However, police were out in force and caught the […]

China releases five church leaders two years after “Linfen police riot”

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Five Chinese Christian leaders arrested in the “Linfen police riot” have been released after two years in a labor camp. On Sept. 13, 2009, 400 local police and Chinese government officials descended upon the church, demolished its buildings and clashed with hundreds […]

China arrests Catholic priests, church members as campaign intensifies

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Priests and church members in China’s immense underground Catholic Church were arrested this weekend in the community of Tianshui — as the Chinese government continues its persecution of Christians. Among those rounded up were the administrator of the underground diocese, Father John Baptist Wang […]

Eight Somalis lose everything for Jesus

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Since January 19, members of Al-Shabaab, an Islamic Somali extremist group, have confiscated five farms from Muslims who converted to Christianity. Three other farms were confiscated from Muslims who merely showed an interest in Christ. They had attended Bible studies in the cities of […]

Should we ask guardian angels to protect the persecuted?

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  Is it foolish to ask God to send His angels to protect the persecuted? Back in the 1950s, an American missionary and his wife accepted an assignment where two missionaries had been killed by tribemen – not the most […]

Christians experiencing growing legal nightmare under “shari’a” in Islamic republics

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Christians in Islamic republics are experiencing a growing legal nightmare. Muslim shari’a law prohibits Christians testifying against Muslims in court. As a result, in Pakistan and Iran, Christians are without rights in any court case involving a dispute with a […]

Will you pray for Nigeria’s beseiged Christians?

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After the killings of more than 50 Christians and the burning of more than 80 homes in the last 90 days, the government of Nigeria has been asked to halt anti-Christian violence.          At least six Christians were killed […]

Pakistan’s Christian parents carefully teach their kids not to violate blasphemy laws

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Pakistan’s notorious “blasphemy” laws are putting Christian children at risk. Christians say they are having to carefully teach their kids diplomatic answers to protect them from accusations of blaspheming Islam, the Koran or Mohammed. “If they write anything or misspell anything to do with the […]

In Uzbekistan it’s illegal to own a Bible or pray together

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The former Soviet republic of Uzbekistan is taking a hard line on Christians. Recently a Christian in eastern Uzbekistan was beaten by police, another was threatened with death and a Baptist congregation was threatened with prison for failure to co-operate in a pre-trial investigation of […]

Prayer requested as security ministry attempts to shut down Iranian Christian News website

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The Iranian National Security Ministry is targeting Farsi-language websites which do not adhere to strict Shi’ite Muslim theology. Among those hit in cyber-attacks is Mohabat News, which serves Persian Christians in Iran and surrounding countries. “The most recent attack took place […]

China jails “underground” church’s elders, steps up crackdown

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Three elders of a large congregation in China’s Jiangsu province hav been arrested “Official persecution against the Suqian house church in coastal Jiangsu province escalated Saturday with the administrative detention of three of the church’s elders, according to the China Aid Association. […]

Resolving Bible shortage not easy when printing Scriptures is illegal

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EDITOR’S NOTE: For nearly a quarter of a century Asia Harvest has been providing Bibles to the estimated 50 to 150 million Christians who worship in illegal “house churches” in China. In the early years, this consisted of hosting many short-term teams […]

1 million signatures sought for Pakistani mom facing death for witnessing about Jesus

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“Our Christ sacrificed His life on the cross for our sins. … Our Christ is alive,” those are the words that Asia Bibi, a wife and mother, used to defend her faith against mocking co-workers who tried to make her […]

After five letters to China’s president ignored, church leader pleads for his flock

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  Pastor Zhang Mingxuan EDITOR’S NOTE: In China today, the only churches permitted are those with government-paid pastors who deliver government-approved sermons. Children under 18 are barred. So, the vast majority of Chinese Christians meet illegally in “house churches.” Their membership […]

Visiting house-arrested Chinese pastor difficult for longtime friend

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EDITOR’S NOTE: China’s government has for 16 weeks been coming down hard on Beijing’s 1,000-member Shouwang Church — banishing some members from the Chinese capital, pressuring employers and landlords to shun members. The following, provided by the China Aid Association, is an […]

Missing Christian told of 50 days of torture by Chinese police

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Editors note: This account by prominent Chinese attorney Gao Zhisheng is provided by the New York-based China Aid Association. Gao is currently missing after being taken into police custody in April 2010.  Gao is a Chinese human rights attorney and dissident […]

Chinese professor writes open letter to Communist officials on behalf of church

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Editor’s Note: For 14 Sundays in a row, police have forcibly detained any members of the 1,000-member Shouwang Church in Beijing who show up at an outdoor meeting place. The church’s leadership is under house address. Many members have lost […]

Chinese Christian dad writes letters to beloved toddler killed in accident

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For 13 weeks, the Chinese government has blocked the 1,000 members of Beijing’s Shouwang Church from being able to meet for Sunday services.  They are among an estimated 70 million to 150 million Chinese Christians who refuse to worship in the […]

China says Christian used “superstition to undermine law enforcement”

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Shi Enhao, a leader in China’s growing underground church movement, disappeared last month — and it turns out he’s been in police custody, held on “suspicion of using superstition to undermine national law enforcement.” Shi is one of as many as 150 million […]

Muslim extremists target Ethiopian churches

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Churches in predominantly Muslim northern Nigeria, Africa, are now being fitted with metal detectors because of threats of bomb attacks. Worshippers in Christian churches are also having their bags and persons searched over fears of explosives being smuggled inside. Nigerians, […]

Couple’s 12th anniversary spent in jail defying campaign against Beijing church

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      Chinese Christians Chu Xiaodong and Yu Xingmei spent their 12th wedding anniversary in jail. Their crime? They showed up for church in China’s capital of Beijing. They were promptly arrested as the Chinese government’s campaign against the 1,000-member Shouwang […]

China pressures employers to fire members of Beijing’s defiant Shouwang Church

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In a disturbing new development in the 12-week long clash between the Chinese Communist Party and members of Beijing’s 1,000-member Shouwang Church, the Chinese government is pressuring employers to fire church members from their jobs. “In the 12 weeks since Shouwang […]

Sudan Christians facing genocide, bishop pleads for worldwide prayer

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“We are facing the nightmare of genocide of our people in a final attempt to erase our culture and society from the face of the earth.” That’s the warning of African Episcopal Bishop Andudu Adam Elnail in northern Sudan’s Nuba Mountains. […]

Raid on church misses New Testaments … police didn’t know what they were!

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Police raiding a 100-member Baptist church in Sumgait in the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan, confiscated members’ Christian literature and Bibles, but left behind New Testaments — apparently because they didn’t recognize what they were. A frightening aspect to the raid, […]

China government continues campaign against 1,000-member church

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    Another 20 Christians were arrested Sunday, (June 5, 2011) as the Chinese government continued its campaign against the Shouwang Church of Beijing. The church’s crime? They dared to defy the Chinese Communist Party. Beijing suppresses any religious activity outside the control […]

Do you dare to get involved?

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Congress is discussing the end of a 20-year humanitarian program allowing persecuted Christians in Iran access to the American Embassy — so that they can apply for refugee status and protection, according to International Christian Concern. Without this program,  says ICC, persecuted […]

Wife of martyred Gaza bookstore manager chooses not to hate

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Rami Ayyad was assassinated a few years ago for his work as the head of the Bible society in the Gaza Strip. His murder left his wife, Pauline, burdened with three young children and a heart full of hatred for his […]

Christian gets 5 years in prison for witnessing to neighbor

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  A recent Christian convert in Algeria has received a five-year sentence for witnessing his new faith in Jesus to a neighbor. Throughout Algeria, “unregistered” churches are being ordered closed – but the government refuses to accept any applications for […]

Ex-Muslims in Britain face violence, persecution

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The very idea of persecuted Christians in Britain seems impossible. How can it be? Thousands of British Chrisians worshipping in “underground” churches? British kids living in fear? Absurd? Watch and decide for yourself.

One girl’s heartbreaking story … and victory!

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It is difficult for you and me to even imagine being persecuted like this for our faith. Yet, it happens constantly. Here is one girl’s story … and her victory!

Nigerian Muslim mobs furious over election, burn churches, kill believers

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  While many in Nigeria are still celebrating the victory of Christian presidential candidate Goodluck Jonathan, Christians in northern Nigeria are grieving over mass graves filled with the bodies of their loved ones. The death toll is estimated to exceed 500 — […]

Chinese Catholics defy Day of Prayer ban

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Chinese underground Catholics have decided to challenge their government’s ban on the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China. The Communist government has forbidden the underground Catholic community in Shanghai from visiting the shrine of Our Lady of […]

Iraqi Christian dad of three tortured, murdered

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In the ongoing violence against Christians in Iraq, a 29-year-old father of three was kidnapped for ransom, then when his family did not have the $100,000 demanded, he was tortured, his eyes gouged out and he was beheaded. The horrific death of […]

UN “disturbed” by Indonesian religious violence

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The United Nations has written to the Indonesian government expressing its “concern” about the increasing number of reports about violence committed against religious minorities, reports the Jakarta Globe newspaper. The Indonesian government denies any such violence — or having received […]

Chinese pastors take enormous risk with public request for religious freedom

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The pastors of 17 large “underground” churches throughout China have taken a risky step in petitioning the People’s National Congress to give China freedom of religion. Todd Nettleton of the Canada-based support group Voice of the Martyrs says, “What the […]

1 million Christian kids persecuted, according to Brother Andrew’s Open Doors

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More than 1 million Christian children are victims of persecution worldwide, according to the international support group Open Doors. “Children often pay a high price for their own faith or for the fact that their parents are faithfully following Jesus,” […]

Pontiff foresees “systematic denial” of Christians’ freedom

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Pope Benedict XVI says that Christians’ religious freedom is coming under renewed attack and compared the attackers to Nazis and Bolsheviks. He told members of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences that religious freedom was among the rights that underwent […]

Russian parliament considers new restrictions on Christian literature

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Claiming to be afraid that too many religious groups are “actively propagandizing their religious views,” a committee of the Russian parliament is considering a bill that would restrict who can pass out religious literature. Supporters of the law claim that […]

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Will you ask Pakistan to release this mom, condemned to death for following Jesus?
Asia Noreen Bibi is a faithful Christian whose crime is telling her Muslim co-workers about her faith in Jesus. For that, she was denounced in 2009 as having blasphemed Islam. Today, she sits in prison, awaiting an appeal of her death sentence. ...

posted 3:50:12pm Sep. 27, 2011 | read full post »

Despite police, defiant Beijing church sees massive, positive changes in today's China
For six months, Beijing's 1,000-member Shouwang Church has attempted to hold outdoor services after officials blocked them from taking possession of a $4 million property. Today, the church's leaders are under house arrest. Any church member who ...

posted 2:46:10pm Sep. 21, 2011 | read full post »

Compass Direct: northern Sudan's Muslims warn Christian leaders to get out
Muslim extremists have sent text messages to at least 10 church leaders in Khartoum saying they are planning to target Christian leaders, buildings and institutions, Christian sources in Khartoum tell the Compass Direct news service. “We ...

posted 12:43:02pm Sep. 13, 2011 | read full post »

BBC: Is China facing a spiritual crisis?
Many of China's churches are overflowing, as the number of Christians in the country multiplies, reports Tim Gardam for the British Broadcasting Company. "It is impossible to say how many Christians there are in China today, but noone denies ...

posted 11:00:24am Sep. 13, 2011 | read full post »

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