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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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Amnesty International denounces North Korean cruelty

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The plight of Christian inmates in North Korea’s huge network of concentration camps has been denounced by the human rights group Amnesty International, which unveiled new satellite photos that show the camps have grown dramatically in size. Testifying about the terror of […]

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North Korea brutal to Christians

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North Korea is using Christians as guinea pigs to test chemical and biological weapons. Christians caught possessing Christian literature, conducting Bible studies or gathering for prayer meetings are subject to imprisonment – and so are their entire families, including children […]

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Husband, wife get 25 years for allegedly touching Koran without washing their hands

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A Pakistani court has convicted a Christian couple, Munir Masih and Ruqqiya Bibi, to 25 years in prison for allegedly touching the Koran without washing their hands — an incident they deny ever occurred. According to the Centre for Legal Aid Assistance and […]

China’s jailed Nobel winner and the Cross

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Sitting alone in a Chinese jail cell gives poet and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo plenty of time to contemplate.          “Faraway place,” he writes in Experiencing Death,      “I’ve exiled my life to     “this place without sun     “to flee the era […]

God is with you … no matter what!

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Amid the turmoil of a world gone mad, we have the wonderful assurance that He is with us. As we hear of the terrible persecutions of our Christian brothers and sisters worldwide, there is one thing that we know. He […]

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 […]

North Korean Christians strong, but intensely persecuted

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American Christians confuse freedom of religion and freedom in Christ such that their ultimate pursuit is not fullness in Christ but the freedom to remain spiritually immature. So says Rev. Eric Foley, a Colorado Springs pastor who teaches his congregation […]

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 […]

Will evangelism, fighting for women’s rights become illegal in Nepal?

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Nepal’s Christians are concerned that the Himalayan nation’s new constitution will make evangelism illegal. As currently proposed, the new constitution would make it a criminal offense for anyone to play any part in another person changing their religion – with a maximum penalty of five […]

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 […]

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,” […]

Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy “black law” hits Christian bookstore owner

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Christian businessmen Gulzar Masih and son Suleman are in hiding after a business rival invoked Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy law to accuse them of defiling the Koran. Meanwhile, a Christian leader says “extremist elements are getting stronger” in his nation. Increasingly, […]

Will you join 150 million Chinese Christians in four days of prayer and fasting?

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Will you fast and pray with your persecuted brothers and sisters in China? In an unprecedented move, clergy from dozens of mainland Chinese house churches have announced that they are taking the dangerous action of  petitioning China’s legislature, asking that the […]

IN HER OWN WORDS: Arrested, held for 48 hours. Her crime: going to church

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The following has been smuggled out of China, past what is called the “Great Firewall of China,” which the Communist Chinese government uses to block e-mail, Facebook, Twitter and other communications between its citizens and the rest of the world. […]

Mother’s Day will be lonely for Aasia Bibi

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Aasia Bibi, 45-year-old mother of five sentenced to death in Pakistan for sharing her faith in Jesus, will spend Mother’s Day in solitary confinement. However she is greatly encouraged upon hearing of prayers being offered worldwide on her behalf. On April 20, Christians […]

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 […]

Egyptian father and daughter safe in France

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A father and daughter who fled Egypt to Syria after spending two and a half years in hiding for becoming Christians have arrived in France and have applied for asylum there, human rights advocates said. Maher Ahmad El-Mo’otahssem Bellah El-Gohary, 58, […]

Christians called to light a candle for Aasia Bibi

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Will you pray for Aasia Bibi? She’s been in jail for more than a year. What is her crime? The Christian mother of five said to a fellow Pakistani co-worker, “Jesus saved me. What has Mohammed ever done for you?” Speaking against Islam, the […]

Egyptian army turns its guns on Christian monks

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Egyptian Christians are facing intensified persecution — with open attacks by Muslim hardliners. “Due to a lack of police protection during all of the commotion surrounding the demonstrations in January and February,” reports Michael Terheyden, reporting for Catholic Online, “some Coptic monasteries […]

Blasphemy laws are being abused in Pakistan

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Blasphemy laws are being used to intensify persecution of Christians in Pakistan. Already believers in Jesus have been targeted for decades. Now, police seem to look the other way when Muslim mobs destroy Christians’ homes or commit other atrocities. Recently […]

Assassinations kill chances of Muslim anti-blasphemy rule at the U.N.

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A Muslim push to get the U.N. to approve worldwide anti-blasphemy rules has been quietly dropped after the recent murders of two Pakistani politicians who opposed that country’s controversial laws. Pakistan’s strict regulations against defaming the Prophet Mohammed or speaking negatively […]

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 […]

Malaysian Christian activist asks for your prayers

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  The Muslim-dominated government of Malaysia may have called off a plan to stamp serial numbers on 35,000 impounded Bibles — but the problem is not yet resolved, says a young activist. The Christian Federation of Malaysia is praying about whether to […]

Pakistan mob attacks church after hearing Florida pastor burned Koran

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Tension continues to spread throughout Pakistan’s eastern Punjab province after public announcements that an American preacher burned a Koran. Police struggled to control a mob attempting to destroy a Full Gospel Assembly church in Lahore after clerics in local mosques denounced the incident. Two separate […]

China keeps faithful away from underground bishop’s funeral

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  On Ash Wednesday, 95-year-old Bishop Andrew Hao Jinli of Xiwanzi, who shepherded believers in the illegal, underground Catholic church in northeastern China, died of natural causes.  Security forces were mobilized to block the faithful from paying last respects or […]

China celebrates Lent with new crackdown on Christians

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The Chinese government has begun its annual observation of Lent – what has become a yearly wave of repression against Christians. “Like clockwork,” notes Brett M. Decker, editorial page editor of The Washington Times, “China’s communist government ramped up its […]

New Malaysian restrictions on Bibles: “ridiculous,” “Communist”

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An on-going battle to bring Bibles to Malaysia has taken a new twist – with a prominent Catholic bishop and the opposition political party denouncing new restrictions.   The Ministry of Home Affairs has ruled that 35,000 Bibles impounded at two […]

23-year-old faces death penalty for accepting Jesus

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Twenty-three-year-old Christian convert Shoaib Assadullah asks your prayers. Jailed in Afghanistan since last year, his crime is that he converted to Christianity, then shared his newfound faith with friends.   A letter recently smuggled out portrays a young man in […]

Gunmen on cycles kill Christian candidate

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  Motorcycle-riding gunmen shot and killed a Christian leader who was the frontrunning candidate for governor in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno state. Six others died in the attack, including a 12-year-old boy. The violence came just weeks ahead of April elections that […]

Egyptian Christians pray for new government tolerance

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More than 5,000 Egyptian Christians protested outside the state-run television network headquarters on Monday – demanding army protection after a Coptic church was set on fire in a Cairo suburb.   Their protests came as Christian leaders asked fellow believers […]

Afghan convert facing execution has been released

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Said Musa has been released from death row! KABUL, Afghanistan — Said Musa, an Afghan Christian convert who had been ordered to recant his faith in Jesus or be hanged to death — has been released.   Thousands of Christians had […]

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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 shows up at the park designated for Sunday services is

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 want this country to be purely an Islamic state, so we mu

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 the numbers are exploding," he writes. "The government

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

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