Pray for 17-Year-Old Shahzad Masih, Charged with Blasphemy

Aug. 17, 2017 | Pakistan

Pray for Pastor Kim, Who Helps Trafficked North Korean Women

Aug. 17, 2017 | Korea, North

Pastor Ariaan, India.

Aug. 17, 2017 | India
Pray for Pastor Ariaan, Accused of Forcibly Converting Hindus

Sogwo Arig in China

 Another needy lost people who must be discipled.

The Sogwo Arig are a Mongolian tribe living in the midst of countless small Tibetan clans in one of the most remote locations in the world. Today one of the few remaining Sogwo Arig cultural features is their Mongolian style of yurt. All Sogwo Arig are followers of either Tibetan Buddhism or Bon. They worship at crude sacrificial altars, constructed of yak dung piled about three feet high, upon which they regularly offer animal sacrifices to various gods and demons.

Ministry Obstacles
Evangelists will need to overcome severe weather, rugged terrain, linguistic and cultural barriers, and fierce packs of dogs which the Sogwo Arig have trained to attack strangers.

Outreach Ideas
Much prayer is needed to prepare the hearts of the Sogwo Arig people, accompanied by workers willing to establish friendships with these people. Gospel recordings will be helpful.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There may be no followers of Jesus among the Sogwo Arig at present, but pray for those the Lord will soon call to himself. Pray for the availability of Scripture and other resources to help them grow in the faith. Pray they will be renewed in the image of God in true righteousness and holiness.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the remotely located Sogwo Arig of China to soon be privileged to hear of Christ and what He has done. Pray the message comes to them clearly and accurately, in their mother tongue. Pray for several exposures to the gospel message, as it usually requires several in order to understand and believe.

Scripture Focus
“Let the nations be glad and sing for joy; For You will judge the peoples with uprightness and guide the nations on the earth.” Psalm 67:4

Islamic Clerics Warn Against Spread of Christianity in the Most Islamic City in Iran

No one can stop the spread of the gospel of the white horse of Revelation.


Qom, arguably the most Islamic city in Iran, is a socially and religiously conflicted city where house churches are hunted down and conversion to Christianity is viewed as an action against national security.

Mohabat News – Christianity has been growing at an exponential rate in the last couple of decades in Iran, causing the Islamic government a great deal of concern. In a most recent expression of their distress, one of the high profile Islamic seminary officials, Ayatollah Alavi Boroujerdi, stated “accurate reports indicate that the youth are becoming Christians in Qom and attending house churches”. However, this is not a new development. Earlier reports had also shown a surprising rise in the number of Iranians turning away from Islam and converting to Christianity.

One of the most senior Islamic Shi’ite clerics who has repeatedly expressed his concern over the spread of Christianity among the youth in the country is Ayatollah…

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Christian Hungary on Collision Course with European Union’s Islamic ‘Blackmail’

Good for Hungary!


(CBN) BUDAPEST – In a time when most of Europe is in the grips of atheism, there is a nation where Christianity seems to not only be holding its own but some say is thriving.

Imagine a government that is unabashedly Christian, that thinks Christian values are worth defending; that wants to protect and even nourish the family.

Welcome to Hungary.

A Christian Nation

Hungary’s constitution is explicitly Christian, and says that marriage is between one man and one woman and that life begins at conception. It even includes the phrase, “God bless the Hungarians.”

Hungary’s Faith Church, with 300 branches, is one of the largest Pentecostal churches in Europe, with 70,000 attendees.

Help for Persecuted Christians

And the Hungarian government has taken on the role of protecting Christianity. It’s even set up an office to help persecuted Christians worldwide.

When CBN News revealed the story of Sweden’s…

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Another Eritrean prisoner dies


Eritrean mother of three dies in desert prison

Our sister Fikadu has died in an Eritrean prison camp within three months of her arrest.

Her three children do not have their father to care for them either: he was detained with Fikadu, along with every single member of their church, as our partners working in Eritrea reported in May.

Fikadu was detained during a mass arrest in Adiquala, part of an ongoing crackdown on evangelical Christians across Eritrea. By last week, she had died.

Please ask God to comfort Fikadu’s children and her husband.

The crackdown on Eritrea’s Christians continues. A total of 210 believers have been detained since April, mostly in raids on their own homes. In the first week of August, 23 Christians were arrested in Asmara. In July, 16 teenage girls on national service were detained in the same camp as Fikadu – as were other Christians and relatives who tried to visit them.

There have been reports of female prisoners having their hair shaved off. One woman arrested in June in Nefasit has reportedly become ‘mentally ill’ due to harsh prison conditions. The cause of Fikadu Debesay’s death is unknown but Metkel Abiet, the desert camp where she was held, is known for its extreme temperatures.

  • Ask our heavenly Father to comfort Fikadu’s children and her husband, and reassure them of His unfailing love.
  • Pray for the release of all 210 Christians detained since April – and the many other Christians behind bars in Eritrea. Some pastors have been detained indefinitely.
  • Lift up the Eritrean authorities in prayer, and ask God to touch their hearts. Pray for an end to their restrictive policies.
  • Join our Pray173 prayer campaign to help bring freedom for long-term prisoners of faith in Eritrea.

Long prison sentences given to twelve Christians in Iran


During the past week, we’ve received news that twelve Christians in Iran have been given heavy sentences of at least ten years in prison. The Christians comprise three separate cases of four men each, and include eight Iranian converts from Islam (including Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani who was released from prison in 2012 after being sentenced to death for apostasy). Several of the men are out on bail, while others are already in prison.

Mansour Borji, Advocacy Director of  Article 18, an organisation that defends persecuted Christians in Iran, stated: “The charges and sentences are out of fear, the sentences are harsh and the whole way the court hearings have been conducted… tells us about how the Iranian government is fearful of the growth of Christianity inside Iran.”

Read about Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani and three other converts given ten-year sentences

Read about Pastor Victor Bet-Tamraz and three converts given long prison sentences

Read about Iranian convert and three Azeris given ten-year prison sentences **

Lastest on latter link: Lift up in prayer 46-year-old Naser Navard Goltapeh, a recent Iranian convert, who now faces the prospect of ten years behind bars in Iran’s notorious prison system. Pray that he will know the presence of the Holy Spirit and the comfort of the Good Shepherd who is with him even in the darkest valley (Psalm 23:4). Ask that the Almighty will restrain the hand of evil and expose the deception (Proverbs 26:26) of so-called moderates, who speak conciliatory words to Western leaders while increasing the persecution of Christians.

Pakistani Christian sentenced to life imprisonment for blasphemy

Yet another Pakistani travesty of justice!


CLAAS, a religious freedom advocacy group updated Voice of the Persecuted on the case of Zafar Bhatti, a Christian in Pakistan who was falsely charged of blasphemy and now sentenced to life imprisonment by a Pakistani court on May 3, 2017.

Bhatti had been charged under blasphemy law section 295C and telegraph act section 25D in 2012 for sending blasphemous text messages from his mobile phone, which is according to reports was not registered to his name. He denies the charges.

Since 2012, he has been imprisoned in Adiala Central Jail Rawalpindi. Considering the threats to his life, the case was conducted in the jail on April 24 but the judgment was reserved for later dates. On May 3, the Additional session judge jailed him for life.

Usually courts hand down a death sentence to those who are charged under 295-C, but because there was no concrete evidence against Bhatti, he was sentenced to life imprisonment instead.

In 2012 Islamabad, the lawyers’ bar passed a resolution that no lawyer will represent Bhatti in the court, but CLAAS accepted his responsibility. They’re also helping to care for his family.

Due to threats against the accused and their lawyers, CLAAS tried to move the case to Lahore but the request was denied.

Nasir Saeed, director CLAAS-UK said it is very unfortunate that even though there was not enough evidence against Bhatti, instead of freeing him, the court has sentenced him to life imprisonment because of pressure from Islamists.

“The blasphemy law is continuously being misused in Pakistan to take revenge and settle personal scores. Christians are the most targeted group, and several Christians have been burnt alive, and even their towns and churches are often attacked and set to fire.”

“The lower court’s judges always hesitate to make decisions on the merit, or free people accused of blasphemy, and instead transfer their burden to the higher court without realizing how their decision will impact the accused and their families’ lives.”

CLAAS says they will appeal against the lower court’s decision to the Lahore high court. They believe Bhatti is innocent and will be freed by the higher court. Unfortunately, it will take several years for his case to be heard by the High Court.

Please pray for Bhatti and his family who are suffering needlessly.

Recently Pakistan’s National Assembly passed a resolution to prevent abuse through introducing safeguards. However, all such calls have faced strong opposition in the past. Those who’ve demanded changes in the blasphemy law were silenced and threatened with death.  The governor of Punjab Salman Taseer and Minister for Minority Affairs, Shahbaz Bhatti were savagely killed, as their acts were considered equal to blasphemy by hardliners.

Nevertheless, this latest resolution is clearly something to be welcomed and another reason to continue praying for the repeal of the laws so nobody has to suffer needlessly,  CLAAS told Voice of the Persecuted.

Meanwhile, Nabeel Masih, a 16-year-old accused of blasphemy in Punjab, has just been denied bail for the second time. He has been in jail since September after being accused of ‘liking’ on Facebook an allegedly blasphemous post. Nabeel’s friends say he’s been framed.


Ashfaq Masih, a Christian bicycle mechanic from Lahore, was arrested by police on 15 June after being accused of “blasphemy” following his refusal to give a Muslim customer a discount for being a “holy man”. Police have officially registered a case against him, but at the time of writing it is not known if the allegations will result in Ashfaq facing criminal prosecution.

In early July, Pakistan’s Interior Minister met with Facebook’s Vice President of Global Public as the Pakistani government continued its efforts to introduce what would amount to a global Islamic blasphemy law on social media. They discussed “steps and actions being taken [by Facebook] to remove blasphemous content that is illegal in Pakistan”, and the Minister later affirmed “the understanding shown by Facebook … and the cooperation being extended to us on these issues”.

Last month, Pakistani authorities handed down the death sentence to a Shia Muslim man for posting “blasphemous” statements on social media, while a 16-year-old Christian boy from Punjab is currently being held in jail and denied bail after being accused of liking and sharing a post which “insulted” the Kaaba in Mecca, the holiest Islamic site in the world.

Pray for Ashfaq Masih, who appears to be the latest victim in another case of Pakistan’s infamous “blasphemy” laws being used to settle personal grudges against the vulnerable Christian minority. Pray that the authorities will not give credence to the allegation against him and that he will be able to return safely to work. Pray that the people who run Facebook will not bow to demands to limit freedom of speech, which would amount to the creation of an online Islamic blasphemy law.

Pray for kidnapped Nigerian pastor 

Pastor Jen (pictured) and his driver were on their way to a church seminar in central Nigeria last Friday (August 4th) when they were ambushed on the road from Jos to Abuja.

Yohanna Maina, who was driving, says that armed Fulani militants stopped their car by shooting at it on the Kafanchan-Kwoi-Bwari highway near Jere.

Please pray for the safe return of Pastor Jen Tivkaa Moses who has not been seen since.

Yohanna said Pastor Jen was praying loudly as they were led into the bush at gunpoint – despite the fact his captors were beating and threatening to kill him unless he stopped praying. His kidnappers have since reportedly demanded a 1 million naira (£2,100) ransom.

The driver was held for several hours until his captors realised he’d been injured in the ambush and let him go.

Pastor Jen is director of the Christian Education Department of the Evangelical Church Winning All. ‘He’s a man of prayer and strong faith, and I am convinced that God will see him through this terrible ordeal,’ says Yohanna.

  • Please stand with Christians in Jos who are praying for Pastor Jen’s safe return. Ask Him to comfort Jen and his family.
  • Ask God to heal Yohanna and help him recover from his ordeal.
  • Pray that the Nigerian authorities will make concerted efforts to clamp down on militant activity around Jos. Pray that God will fill His people in the area with fresh faith and courage to withstand persecution.

(Source: Morning Star News)

Thank God for the release of our sister, Zhang Xiuhong, in China

Thank God for the release of our sister, Zhang Xiuhong, the accountant of Huoshi Church in Guiyang, southwest China. She had been detained for more than two years after being falsely convicted of ‘illegal business operations’. Her original five-year sentence was reduced on appeal to three years’ imprisonment with a five-year probation.Thank God that she says her ordeal has only strengthened her faith: she writes that she ‘enjoyed the bounty of grace because of my trust in the Lord who called me and brought me unspeakable glory and joy’. Please continue to pray for the release of her pastor, Yang Hua. (Source: China Aid)

One North American Pastor in North Korea released*


 Canadian pastor released
 News release


Kim Dong Chul is a South Korean missionary who was arrested in Rason City in North Korea in October 2015. He is serving a ten-year sentence in labour camp.
Read the full Prayer Profile, which includes details about Kim’s arrest and sentence, his family, prison conditions and daily prayer points (dated to begin this coming Sunday, 19 March).

Read about this week’s session on North Korea at the UN Human Rights Council


In late February, Hyeun-soo Lim, a Canadian pastor serving a life sentence in North Korea, was allowed to meet with the Swedish ambassador in Pyongyang

Read more about the visit

1/12/2016 North Korea (Reuters)


Kim Dong Chul

A Korean-American recently appearing on television in North Korean custody has been identified according to both Reuters and CNN as Christian pastor Kim Dong Chul, formerly of Fairfax, Virginia. The pastor, if confirmed, would be the second westerner to be held captive by the North Korean regime after Canadian pastor Hyeon-Soo Lim* was detained in February of 2015 with a ten year sentence. According to Ma Young-ae, a North Korean defector working as a missionary in New York, Kim Dong Chul is in fact a Korean-American pastor whom she said informed church gatherings he was a missionary aiding North Koreans through medical aid via China.

Full Story

  • Pray for the swift and safe release of Pastor Kim Dong Chul
  • Pray for the strength and courage of Christians in North Korea who must practice their faith
    in secret because it’s too dangerous to meet with other believers
  • Pray for the growing community of underground Christians in North Korea, numbering between 200,000 and 400,000, who continue to live out their faith despite the dangers
  • Other expats still detained include: Lim Hyun-Soo (Canada-life imprisonment), Kim Gook-gi, Choi Chun-gil and Kim Jung Wook (all South Koreans and with little chance of leaving the country alive). Revelation 2:10. Please pray!
  • Lim Hyun-Soo

Jewish Outreach Amsterdam

Jewish Outreach Amsterdam

Pray for Amsterdam!

Please continue to pray for our summer outreach team as they tell Jewish people about Jesus in Amsterdam. The team has been out since Monday – conversations about the Messiah have taken place throughout each day and thousands of postcards, leaflets and invitations to gospel meetings have been handed out.

Our efforts have resulted in many opportunities to share Jesus ‘the Peacemaker’ with the Jewish people of Amsterdam and anyone else who will stop to listen. Here are some of the team’s encounters for your prayers…

Meeting Jewish people where they are 
While part of the team have been focusing on the city centre, others have been out in the local neighbourhoods and knocking on the doors in the Jewish quarter of Amsterdam.

French CWI missionary Aurel had an amazing opportunity during a visit to a Jewish neighbourhood yesterday. After several hours delivering gospel leaflets to Jewish homes, Aurel found himself outside an Israeli Kosher restaurant. He approached three Orthodox Jewish men outside and greeted them with ‘Shalom!’ One of the men looked at Aurel’s t-shirt and asked him the question back, ‘Who is He?’ Aurel replied that ‘He’ is Jesus, the Messiah who came to bring peace on earth. Another of the men, a tall Hassidic man, was clearly not impressed with this answer but listened as Aurel explained that there was no contradiction between the Old and New Testament Scriptures and how Jesus had come to fulfil the Torah, not do away with it. They went on to discuss man’s inability to keep the Law of Moses perfectly. Aurel also had the opportunity to tell the men that there is no contradiction in being Jewish and following Jesus. By the end of their time together, the restaurant owner asked when Aurel was going to be back to continue the conversation and for some delicious Israeli food! Please pray for the salvation of all three men.

Better than any drug 
Israeli CWI missionary Igal met a group of young people in the streets who were openly smoking marijuana which is freely available in the coffee shops of Amsterdam. He challenged them as to why they felt the need to smoke and they replied that it made them feel peaceful. This gave Igal the chance to share his own testimony with them – how his life had been destroyed through drug abuse but how he found true peace when Jesus entered his life. Having heard Igal’s story, the young people began asking questions about how it was possible for Jesus to bring such a drastic change in a person’s life. Igal went on to share the Good News about how Jesus offers the forgiveness of sins and transform lives. Before they left, Igal and fellow Hungarian CWI missionary Bogi, prayed with the young people and Igal challenged them to seek God and ask him to reveal Jesus to them. They promised they would so please pray that each of them would know true repentance and faith in Jesus for themselves.

Read all about Him 
Yesterday the team delivered hundreds of leaflets, explaining who Jesus is and what he came to earth to accomplish, to approximately half the Jewish homes in Amsterdam. The other half will be getting them through their letterboxes today in time for Shabbat this evening. The Dutch leaflets, which were produced specially for the outreach, are on the subjects of ‘When Messiah comes how will we know him?’, ‘No greater love,’ and ‘Ask the Rabbis’. They all clearly lay out how the promised Messiah would come and save his people from their sins. They also give people details on how to contact the outreach team for free literature and to speak about Jesus. Pray that Dutch Jewish people will read the leaflets and get in touch with the team and that, through their witness, the Lord will bring many Jewish people to himself.

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Thank you for your prayers and support as we partner together to see Jewish lives in Amsterdam changed by Jesus! 

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Sudhan in Pakistan

 Yet another unreached people. Will you send up a prayer for them?

The city of Rawalakot, the capital of the Sudhan tribe, suffered significant damage from the 2005 Kashmir earthquake. Sudhuns are a tightly knit community, and female education is highly valued. Wahabi influence has recently been noted among the Sudhans.

Ministry Obstacles
Pakistan is generally hostile to Christian witness, made worse by Wahabi influence.

Outreach Ideas
Focused, sustained prayer is needed to prepare the hearts of the Sudhan community to receive the Gospel of Christ when it comes. Spiritual matters are spiritually understood.

Pray for them
There likely are no followers of Christ among the Sudhan community. But please pray for those that the Lord will soon call to himself, that they will clearly understand the grace and truth offered through faith in Christ, resting fully on his finished work on the cross, and the power of His life within them.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for labourers for this harvest field and that the proud Sudhan community will clearly see their need for a Saviour, and recognize Jesus as the provision God has provided.

Scripture Focus
“All nations you have made will come and worship before you, O Lord; they will bring glory to your name.” Psalm 86:9

Ladakhi Mangrik people of India

Mangrik in India

The Mangrik have traditionally been farmers. Muslim butchers ensure a supply of mutton to the Mangrik, as the latter refrain from killing animals. They have attained a high level of literacy and some have even gone for higher education to the universities of Jammu and Kashmir.

Ministry Obstacles
It may be that the Mangrik people have formed an incorrect view of what Christians believe, based upon observation of nominal Christians in their region.

Outreach Ideas
Even though the Mangrik people may have a fairly high literacy rate, using oral means of communicating the Gospel of Jesus may be the best approach. Recordings, and stories from Scripture will likely have a favourable result.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There is no indication that any of the Mangrik community know Christ as Savior. But pray for those that will soon come to know and follow him. Pray they will have nothing to do with the deeds of darkness, living as children of light. Pray they will be zealous to know and follow Christ.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the Mangrik community to continue to be able to care for their families adequately. Pray for competent village-level leadership.

Scripture Focus
“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.” Matthew 9:37-38

Ladakhi Bible on-line

The Changpa in India

Changpa in India

Changpa in India

The Champa inhabit the frozen deserts that separate Ladakh from Tibet in Jammu and Kashmir. The name Champa may have been derived from their traditional drink, chang. Their staple food is barley and the meat of yak and wild horse. The major economic resources of the Champa are yaks and goats. Their snow desert habitat does not have any communication or health service facilities.

Ministry Obstacles
The Champa live in a remote region.

Outreach Ideas
Christian workers can carry the message of Jesus to these people by recounting stories from Scripture, and Scripture recordings.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There likely are no followers of Christ among this Buddhist community, but pray for the ones that will soon emerge. Pray they will forgive one another, just as Christ forgave them.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Champa community will ge provided with needed health care, and that they will be able to prepare their children to enter the 21st century in a productive manner.

Scripture Focus
“All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.” Matthew 25:32

The Chrame, China.

Another unreached people-do you care?


Chrame in China

The Chrame are a member of the Tibetan nationality, but feel they have little in common with the Tibetans. All Chrame adhere to Tibetan Buddhism. It forms a major part of their ethnic and cultural identity. The Chrame inwardly long for the restoration of their kingdom and their former prestige among the other peoples of the area. The Chrame are one of the most unreached people groups in China. There has never been a single known Chrame church or Christian believer.

Ministry Obstacles
No Christian presence or history among the Chrame provides little point of reference for Christian witness.

Outreach Ideas
Christians need to establish relationships with this people group, building bridges of friendship.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Even though there are no followers of Jesus presently among the Chrame, pray for those that will one day soon come forth. Pray they will have power to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Chrame will increasingly feel their need for forgiveness of sin, and will seek a Savior.

Scripture Focus
“And those who lead many to righteousness [will shine] like the stars for ever and ever.” Daniel 12:3

Nigeria-Pray for Elizabeth as She Waits for Her Daughter’s Return

Aug. 03, 2017 | Nigeria
Pray for Elizabeth as She Waits for Her Daughter’s Return

Why are the Nigerian government preventing their return to family??

Pray for Two Vietnamese Women Kicked Out of their Home for their Faith

Aug. 03, 2017 | Vietnam
Pray for Two Women Kicked Out of their Home for their Faith

Pray for the Family of Imprisoned Pastor Haile Nayzgi

Aug. 03, 2017 | Eritrea
Pray for the Family of Imprisoned Pastor Haile Nayzgi
There are hundreds more like him. What are the Eritrean regime accomplishing by locking them up? Nothing! Just creating misery! In fact just acting as refiners of their faith.

EGYPT – Christian army recruit murdered four days after joining up

A 22-year-old Christian Egyptian army recruit was beaten to death on 20 July, hours after arriving at a new camp near Cairo, only four days into his military service. Joseph Reda Helmy’s body was found with serious bruises and signs of torture, according to a lawyer representing the family. Joseph had been planning to get married in October. Military police have detained three non-commissioned officers who are reported to have claimed that an officer ordered them to beat up Joseph; the family’s lawyer believes he was targeted because of his faith.

At least one year’s military service is mandatory for Egyptian men aged 18-30, unless they quality for an exemption

At least one year’s military service is mandatory for Egyptian men aged 18-30, unless they quality for an exemption

Following his murder, Joseph’s death was announced from the loudspeakers in mosques in his village, where he is said to have been well loved by both Christians and Muslims.

From Wataninet here


MYANMAR (BURMA) – Mob destroys pastor’s house and church

Burmese Script

On 22 July, a Buddhist mob attacked three Christian homes and a church in a village in Myanmar, allegedly following the conversion of some members of the Buddhist community to Christianity. The church pastor’s house and the church were completely destroyed, along with several motorbikes owned by Christians. The pastor and his family are now living on the side of the road. The pastor said, “I and my family decided to serve the Lord in this village, we cannot run from this village, if we die, then we will die.”

Myanmar is 87% Buddhist and in 2015 the government passed a law requiring anyone wishing to change their religion to obtain official approval.

From Barnabas Fund Project Partners


IRAN – Maryam released


Maryam released from prison!

Thank you for your prayers for Maryam Naghash Zargaran, an Iranian convert to Christianity, who, we are delighted to report, was released from prison yesterday (pictured).

Maryam has served a four-year sentence in the women’s ward of Evin Prison in Tehran. She was imprisoned in July 2013 after being found guilty of ‘propagating against the Islamic regime, and colluding to undermine national security’.

Maryam suffers from heart disease, for which she requires regular medical attention. Harsh prison conditions have also resulted in her suffering from depression.

Please join Iranian Christians in thanking God for her release and continue to pray for her health and wellbeing: that the Lord will strengthen Maryam mentally and physically, that she will receive the medical attention she needs and that she will adjust well to ordinary life after her long prison sentence.
(Source: Middle East Concern)

Praise God that our Iranian brother Amin Nader Afshar was released on bail last week. Amin was recently sentenced to 15 years in jail: his co-accused, Pastor Victor Bet Tamraz and Hadi Asgari, were both given ten-year sentences. Amin went on hunger strike for 21 days after his sentencing, demanding his release on bail pending his appeal. Hadi remains in jail: pray that he too will be released on bail. Pray also that the three men’s appeals will all be successful. (Source: Middle East Concern)

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Reports from Evin prison in Tehran indicate that Maryam is again in need of urgent medical care. She has suffered severe weight loss and the stressful conditions in prison have exacerbated her congenital heart condition.





On September 17, 2016  Iranian Christian convert, Maryam Naghash Zargaran (Nasim) was sent back to Evin prison when the extension of her medical furlough was rejected, reports Voice of Iranian Christians (Vocir). Maryam (Nasim) will finish out her four year sentence regardless of her serious and deteriorating health condition. Please pray for healing and endurance and keep her family in your prayers. Share her story and encourage others to pray for her well-being and permanent release. Raise your voices for Iranians imprisoned for their Christian faith.  Speak out of the serious human rights abuses Christians are facing in Iran. 

Write To Encourage Maryam Naghash Zargaran (Nasim)

Update: Maryam has been allowed temporary leave from Evin Prison to get medical aid. Prison authorities allowed Maryam to go home on Sunday 28th August. Her family hope that on this occasion the medical leave will be long enough for Maryam to receive adequate care.



Maryam Naghash Zargaran-Nasim

(Voice of the Persecuted) Iranian Christian prisoner, Maryam Naghash Zargaran (Nasim) suffers serious physical difficulties had been granted temporary medical leave. We’ve been informed she has been told to report back to the prison. When Iran grants medical leave to prisoners, you can be assured they’re gravely ill. Please pray for this Christian sister. Pray that they will at least allow her enough time to receive the full medical treatment she needs. Pray they will take her health condition seriously and give her the ongoing treatment she needs. Pray for her family who is heartbroken with worry she will not survive her prison term. Please lift her up to our Lord asking for permanent release from prison with expectancy for God to set her free.

Pray for all Christian prisoners in Iran and for the Holy Spirit to guide our brothers and sisters worshiping underground. Pray for the faith and rights of those converting from the Islamic faith. Iran is only second to China in the amount of those coming to Christ. Pray they will be bold and courageous sharing the Gospel and the love of Jesus with the lost.



IRAN – Christian prisoner ‘close to coma’   Your prayers are desperately needed for an Iranian Christian woman who is serving a four-year sentence in Tehran’s Evin prison.


Jailed Iranian Christian seriously ill – but still officials refuse to set her free.
Our Iranian sister Maryam has gone on hunger strike again but security officials are still refusing to release her so she can receive proper treatment.
Please pray for Maryam Naghash Zargaran whose health has deteriorated sharply in the three weeks since she’s been on hunger strike. Her blood pressure is now very low and she has symptoms of possible early multiple sclerosis.
She is demanding her immediate release and protesting at the inadequate treatment she’s received for serious health issues while she’s been in Tehran’s Evin Prison. A judge refused her request – under pressure from the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence.
Maryam has been on hunger strike before, prior to being allowed out of her cell for three weeks last month to receive hospital treatment. But she was back behind bars on June 27, before her treatment was complete.
She’s serving a four-year sentence for ‘acting against national security’ – apparently because of her work on an orphanage with former prisoner of faith, Pastor Saeed Abedini.
Prison officials who gave Maryam a medical examination last week confirmed her condition is serious.

  • Ask God to comfort, sustain and heal Maryam: pray that she will know He is her shepherd and protector.
  • Pray that the officials who are barring Maryam’s release will be moved with compassion and allow her out in order to receive proper care.
  • Pray that all our brothers and sisters behind bars for their faith in Iran will know God’s peace and presence today. Pray that their witness will impact guards and inmates alike.


Family and friends of Maryam (Nasim) Naghash-Zargaran, a believer from a Muslim background, are greatly concerned about her health and request prayer for her treatment and release from prison.   On July 5th Maryam went on hunger strike as a protest against the lack of adequate medical treatment for long-standing health problems. She has refused solids and liquids and has not allowed prison medical staff to give her serum. Sources close to the family say that her condition is serious and that Maryam is close to becoming comatose.   Maryam has a history of heart problems. In addition, she has recently been suffering from pain in her ears and severe headaches. She has lost a lot of weight and continues to suffer from depression. Although the medical authorities in the prison recognise the severity of her condition and the need for treatment, the prosecutor’s office has refused to allow Maryam to leave prison to receive adequate care. The only recent concession was in October 2015, when she was allowed to go to a hospital for a few days, but forced to return to prison without receiving full treatment.   It has been reported that fellow prisoners in the prison ward showed their support for Maryam by forgoing family visits on Sunday as a form of protest.   Maryam was arrested in January 2013 in connection with her work on an orphanage with former Christian prisoner Saeed Abedini. She was charged with ‘acting against national security’ and was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment, which she started serving in July 2013 in the women’s ward at Evin. A request for a retrial was refused.   View her prisoner profile here.   (Source: Middle East Concern)

  • Pray Maryam would be allowed to receive proper treatment in hospital.
  • Pray that God would sustain Maryam and her family and friends during this critical time and that she would be released from prison, healed and restored.


Voice of the Persecuted Note:  On May 29th, Maryam’s blood pressure suddenly dropped and she fell unconscious. She was then transferred from prison to the hospital. Sources claim it took a few minutes before she was able recognized her relatives who came to see her in the hospital. Though she desperately needed to stay in the hospital, she was taken back to the prison without proper treatment. This sister needs our help.

As with other cases that have drawn international attention and outcry, we have seen prisoners receive better treatment and even released by the Iranian regime. Let us not be idle and act quickly. Please PRAY and SPEAK OUT for our sister suffering in Iran.  SIGN THE PETITION for the Immediate & Unconditional Release of the Imprisoned Christian Convert Maryam Naghash Zargaran. Share this story and encourage many to sign the petition.  Be her VOICE!


LATEST…Your sister Maryam is back in prison – but still sick
Maryam Naghash-Zargaran has been returned to her prison cell from hospital – before medics were able to treat her properly for serious health problems.
Please pray that God will heal and comfort our Iranian sister who’s now back behind bars in Tehran’s Evin Prison.
Maryam had been on hunger strike in protest at the lack of proper medical care she’s had in jail. She was ‘almost comotose’ by the time she was finally allowed out of prison for treatment on June 6, having deposited a bond of £74,000.
When a court ordered her return to jail last week, her family applied to have her medical leave extended. The prosecutor’s office refused – and threatened to confiscate her bond money. She was returned to jail on Monday.
Maryam, who has a Muslim background, has been in jail since 2013 because of her work on an orphanage with Pastor Saeed Abedini. She’s serving a four-year sentence.

  • Please pray that God will heal and strengthen Maryam in a way that human doctors cannot. Pray for her swift release.
  • Thank God that Maryam’s fellow prisoners have been supporting her and backing her bid for medical treatment.
  • Pray that every Christian behind bars in Iran today will know God’s peace and presence.

(Source: Middle East Concern)

Violence in Vietnam

Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer
Psalm 4:1

Vietnam – Nationalist gangs terrorise Christian community

Gangs of nationalist youths have terrorised a Christian community in Song Ngoc, north-east Vietnam, attacking a church and homes and targeting Christian business owners. Following weeks of intimidation and low-level violence, church leaders appealed to authorities saying, “we see that the attacks have been carried out in an orchestrated manner, and the police know well what is occurring, but are ignoring what is going on”. Some of the perpetrators called for the expulsion of two church leaders, who are helping impoverished local fisherman in a legal case against the government following a marine pollution disaster in April last year.

Vietnam’s communist government cracks down ruthlessly on dissent and Christians are viewed as enemies of the one-party state. All churches are required to be officially registered with the authorities. In November 2016, the government passed a new religion law which was hailed by state media as guaranteeing religious freedom, although the vague legislation banning any religious activity that could “harm social order and/or national unity” seems likely to give authorities leeway to crack down on religious freedom where it is deemed to be against the interests of the state.

Pray that the peace of God will guard the hearts and minds of the Christian community in Song Ngoc (Philippians 4:7), even as they face harassment and violence. Ask the Lord to give church leaders strength as they stand against the government for the rights of poor fishermen. Pray that the courage of these men of God will cause non-Christians to realise that their boldness – like that of Peter and John – comes from being with Jesus (Acts 4:13).

Al-Shabaab Militants Kill Seven Christian Men in Eastern Kenya

Militants Go Door to Door and Kill Men for Christian Faith
07/24/2017 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that in early July, al-Shabaab militants led a series of attacks in Kenya’s Lamu County. Between July 5 and July 8 2017, militants raided three villages, Pandanguo, Jima, and Poromoko, killing three police officers as well as seven Christian men: Said Mbigo, Matei Mlatia, Peter Mburu, Teresio Munyi, Mwangangi Muneni, Katana Karisa Chai, and Musyoka Maithya.
On July 5, over 200 militants raided Pandanguo village in Lamu County, killing three police officers posted at the Pandanguo police station, looting homes and the local dispensary. On July 8, 15 of the militants returned and attacked the nearby villages of Jima and Poromoko.
According to locals contacted by ICC, the militants went door to door in Jima and Poromoko, killing seven Christian men. Schools in the three villages were closed and Christian families have evacuated to a church in Witu town.
The attackers have been targeting Christians living in Lamu County especially farmers in the interior areas where small-scale agriculture thrives,” Pastor Henry Divayo, head pastor of the church in Witu town, told ICC. “[The militants in Jima] were asking the villagers to produce their identification cards and if you were found to be a Christian you would be shot or slaughtered.”
Victims have been evacuated to camps where food and security is provided by [the] government and the Kenya Red Cross,” Divayo said. “We are hosting more than 200 people in our church and we expect the number to increase as more families are evacuated from Boni Forest.”
The government has been in the forefront in giving security to churches but a lot more needs to be done,” Divayo continued. “We need more well equipped police officers in churches, schools and hospitals.”
Since 2011, Kenya has been aiding the fight against al-Shabaab in Somalia. In retaliation, al-Shabaab and its supporters have targeted Christians across the border in Kenya. On July 5, 2014, al-Shabaab attacked a Hindi village in Lamu which left nine dead. Militants also attacked Garrisa University on April 2, 2015, where 148 Christian students were killed. On June 12, 2016, the Islamic terrorists attacked Mpeketoni, Lamu County, killing 48 who couldn’t recite Quaranic verses.
ICC’s Regional Manager for Africa, Nathan Johnson, said, “The Kenyan government must provide safety and stability to all of its people. They must end al-Shabaab’s reign of terror that has been thriving on the border with Somalia. We pray for the families of the deceased and for peace to come to a region that has seen such violence towards Christians. We hope that Kenya’s government can take effective action to rid Kenya of these terrorist actions.

The Hui of China

 An unreached people-do you care enough to pray?
Hui in China

Numbering over 10 million, the Hui are the largest and most widespread of China’s Muslim nationalities, and are widely scattered throughout the country. Their ancestors are largely Arabs, Persians, and Mongols. One of the worst cases of genocide in history occurred between 1855 and 1873 when one million Hui people were massacred. They may be the largest people group in the world without a single known Christian fellowship group, although there are a few scattered believers.

Ministry Obstacles
The Hui have a long history of strong commitment to Islam. In recent years an increasing number of Hui have traveled to Mecca for the annual Haj pilgrimage.

Outreach Ideas
Pray the many Han Chinese believers in Jesus will desire to reach out to the Hui people.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray the few Hui followers of Jesus will desire to find each other in order to fellowship. Pray the Spirit of Christ will protect their faith and send teachers and other helpers.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the needy Hui people to increasingly be aware of their need for forgiveness of sin, and that Isa (Jesus) has been provided as a sin offering. Pray they will hunger to find out more about this Man, and that this hunger will be satisfied.

Scripture Focus
“You purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.” Revelation 5:9

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Alimjiang Yimiti


A lot can happen in eight years.

When I think back over that time, I’m so thankful for the fullness of my life, the highs and the lows.

Then I think of Alim. 

Alim is a Christian from Xinjiang Province in China. He was arrested in February 2008, almost a year after I started working at CSW. Eight years ago today he was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

His crime? Well, UN experts have ruled that he is being detained ‘solely because of his faith’; and although he’s used all the appeal options open to him, his sentence was upheld.

For eight years, every word he’s spoken with his wife has been watched over by prison guards.

How many birthdays, weddings and family gatherings have passed by during this time?

That’s when the reality of just how much he’s missed hits me.

And it’s why I’m writing to you: Alim urgently needs our prayers today, on the eight-year anniversary of receiving his sentence, knowing that another seven years lie ahead.

Let’s pray:

  • For God to give Alim strength and faith to endure his prison sentence
  • That God would move the hearts of the authorities so that Alim can have more regular visits from his wife and children
  • That God would move powerfully to restore the lost years to Alim and his family.

I’ve known the joy of being a parent for the last four years: playing with my daughter, watching her grow, telling her stories and kissing her goodnight. My heart breaks for all that Alim has missed.

Let’s pray that God would do more than we can ask or imagine, and make up the years that Alim has lost with his family.

Alimujiang Yimiti images

 Wife of imprisoned Uyghur Christian
Alimujiang Yimiti reports that her husband
has lost a lot of weight since her last visit
and that he looks pale. However, she said
he is still doing well spiritually. Alimujiang
was arrested in 2008 and sentenced to 15
years for “illegally providing state secrets to
foreign nationals.” Gulinuer and her two
children are allowed to visit Alimujiang for
only 15 minutes every three months. The
couple’s oldest son, who is 15, is sad and
discouraged about his father’s continued
imprisonment, and their 8-year-old son
misses his dad and remains anxious for his
VOM Sources
Photo: Gulinuer and her two sons, now
ages 15 and 8, need prayer and are
awaiting the return of husband and father
Alimujiang Ymiti, who is serving 15 years in
a Chinese prison for his faith.

Pray for the Family of Alimujiang Ymiti
Gulinuer, Alimujiang’s wife, asks that we continue to pray for Alimujiang to overcome the difficulties he faces in prison, such as unkind guards and other prisoners. Pray that he will have enough strength to persevere. She also requests prayer for their children, during this long imprisonment. They face persecution at school. Pray that the Lord will comfort her family. Finally, Gulinuer asks for prayer for the local Uyghur church, that it will stand firm and that more people will come to the Lord.
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation
and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
VOM is assisting the families of prisoners in China.

Alimjiang, the leader with his wife of a house church in Kashgar, was given an unjust 15 year sentence in 2008 in the region of Xinjiang in northwest China, allegedly for ‘providing state secrets to overseas organisations’ and is separated from his wife and two sons who are only given minutes to see him on visits that require hours to travel. The older son, now a teenager lacks a father figure-may the Lord (and or other believer(s) be such to him.

Xinjiang province in western China is especially controlled because the government fears Islamic extremists among the Hui people. Church youth camps and Sunday schools are often targeted.


Alimjan’s mother in law has become a believer but recently had a heart attack. His wife Gulnur has a new job and is encouraged by the prayers of Christians around the world.

Convictions of Malatya Murderers but still no justice.

 Pray these murderers will not escape justice!

Five Turks finally convicted of “Malatya massacre”




UPDATE 27/7/17
Please pray for churches in Turkey who are concerned about a legal review of the sentences handed down last year to those guilty of murdering three Christians in Malatya in 2007. Last week, a court upheld the life sentences for the five perpetrators – but prison sentences for two high-ranking military men accused of planning the murders were declared ‘invalid’ and in need of review. Pray for justice for the families of the three murdered men: Necati Aydin, Ugur Yuksel and Tilmann Geske. (Source: Middle East Concern)

On Wednesday (28 September), five suspects charged with killing three Christians (pictured above, left to right, Necati Aydin, Ugur Yuksel and Tilmann Geske) in Malatya in 2007 were finally convicted and sentenced to life in prison.  There are conflicting reports as to whether these convicted killers are at large or re-arrested.

Thank God for partial justice for the families of three Christians brutally killed in Malatya, Turkey, nine years ago. Yesterday, five men were convicted of murder and handed three consecutive life sentences each. Two military personnel were also given long jail terms: 16 other defendants were acquitted. Ugur Yuksel, Necati Aydin and Tilman Geske were tortured and killed at the Zirve publishing house in Malatya in April 2007. ?????However, because the convicted men plan to appeal, they remain at large: they have already been detained for the maximum limit of five years pending trial. It may take years for their appeal to be heard. The lengthy trial was made more complex by accusations that a criminal organisation was behind the murders, allegations that remain unproven. (Source: Middle East Concern)

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UPDATE Thank God that a court in Turkey has awarded substantial damages (between £200,000 and £250,000) to the families of three Christians murdered in Malatya in 2007 – ruling that the Government was negligent in its duty to protect the men. Ugur Yüksel, Necati Aydin and Tilmann Geske were brutally killed at the publishing business where they worked. A court in Malatya ruled last week that officials ignored intelligence that Turkish nationalists were targeting the three Christians before they were killed. The trial of the five suspects continues, with the next hearing scheduled for March 1 (Prayer Alert, January 12). Pray for justice for the victims’ families. (Source: Morning Star News)

Are we near the end of the trial of the murderers of  Necati Aydin, Ugur Yuksel and German national Tilman Geske drags on 7 years after their brutal deaths?

May the family and friends of the murdered men know peace.

May the Christians in Malatya continue faithful.

That all guilty will be convicted and some (DV) come to Christ.

That judges and officials will hear the gospel and be drawn to Christ.


The victims


The accused


Four of the five suspects on trial for murdering three Christians in Turkey’s southeastern city of Malatya in 2007 have named the fifth suspect as the sole killer. The four men, now in their late 20s and each facing three consecutive life sentences, made their final defence appeals in court on 9 September (which was the 107th hearing in the eight-year long case).

The accused


The trial of the murderers of  Necati Aydin, Ugur Yuksel and German national Tilman Geske drags on 7 years after their brutal deaths. The trial is into it’s 70th hearing. Pray for conclusion and justice.The three men were discovered bound to chairs by their hands and feet; each of them had been brutally stabbed and had their throats cut. Ugur was still alive when they were found but died later in hospital from his many wounds.


The three martyrs-Necati, Ugur and Tilman.


Five men, aged 19 and 20 at the time, were arrested at the scene and charged with murder. They each carried a note that read, “The five of us are brothers, we are going to death, we may not return. Give up any legitimate claim against us.”

Their trial opened in November 2007, and there have been 38 hearings since then but no verdict in the case. It has been complicated by attempts to identify those who instigated the murders.

In its 2012 annual report, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) named Turkey as one of the world’s worst violators of religious freedom. Among the concerns raised about the country were “the delay of trials through lengthy procedures and the lack of convictions on some high profile cases”; the Malatya case was named as oneof them.

The shocking crime attracted high media coverage, and Tilman’s widow, Suzanne Geske, was interviewed on Turkish television shortly afterwards, where she expressed her forgiveness of her husband’s murderers. The couple had three children.

Necati was also married and had two children. Ugar was engaged; his fiancée has since married another Christian man.

Please pray for the conclusion of this trial and justice to be done .


Church leaders cannot train in Turkey.

It is almost impossible for churches to register officially-so people meet in unregistered house groups.

  • Pray for the victims families. Susanne Geske, Micah, Lukas and Miriam. Semse Aydin, Elisha and Ester.
  • For legal counsel who have been threatened.
  • For training of church leaders.
  • For easier church registration.
  • For the Lord to strengthen His people nationwide all at risk and despised.
  • ICC Note: Now six years removed from the brutal murders of three Christians in Malatya, Turkey, new evidence has been uncovered that provides additional support to the belief that the killings were part of a larger plot. The documents are believed to show that the murders were part of a network within the Turkish military and security forces that was aimed at discrediting Turkey’s ruling AKP party and creating the feeling of instability in the country. 

    09/26/13 Turkey (World Watch Monitor) – Nearly six years into the court trial over the murder of three Christians in southeastern Turkey, documents have emerged confirming that secret military units were involved in those assassinations and others.

    Malatya’s 3rd Criminal Court is forcing prosecutors and the military to turn over previously secret documents, throwing light on a shadowy network believed to be behind several decades of assassination and coup plots in Turkey.

    The court is conducting the trial of five men accused of stabbing, torturing and then slashing the throats of Turkish Christians Necati Aydin and Ugur Yuksel and German Christian Tilmann Geske in the Malatya office of Zirve Christian Publishing on April 18, 2007.

    Earlier this month, the Ankara Prosecutor’s Office handed over to the Malatya court confidential intelligence files seized from the General Staff’s Tactical Mobilization Group archives, known as the “Cosmic Room” in the Turkish media.

    According to the most recent indictment in the Zirve case, the documents confirm the existence and illegal activities of secret military units involved in extrajudicial surveillance and assassinations of members of Turkey’s Christian minority communities.

    “These documents have made it easier for us to see the big picture of what kind of an organization this is,” Zirve plaintiff lawyer Erdal Dogan told Taraf newspaper on Sept. 16.

    In effect, the attorney said, prosecuting Malatya’s Zirve case is revealing the structures that previously orchestrated the murders of two other Christians – Italian Catholic priest Andrea Santoro at his parish in Trabzon in February 2006, and Turkish Armenian editor Hrant Dink in front of his Agos newspaper office in Istanbul in January 2007.

    “The structure that committed the Zirve murders is the same structure that committed the Dink and Santoro murders,” Dogan told Hurriyet Daily News last week.

    In the Zirve case, the young suspects were arrested and put on trial, but the instigators behind them obscured their own identities by destroying evidence and mounting clever disinformation campaigns, according to the newly revealed documents.

    The assassinations have all been linked to the Ergenekon conspiracy, a ‘deep state’ organization embedded in various branches of the secular Turkish military. According to the Ergenekon verdicts handed down in August, the group’s express purpose was to discredit and bring down the pro-Islamic Justice and Development Party (AKP) government by targeting Christian minorities and causing civil chaos.


    When will justice be done?

    As a result of changes to the Turkish judicial system, five murder suspects from the brutal killing of three Christians in central Turkey in 2007 may be set free. The new law reduces the number of years that a suspect can be held without conviction from ten years to five years. Now, nearly seven years since the murder, these men may be freed while the court case continues to drag on. The proceedings in the case have been far from smooth with the case being connected to larger conspiracy plots in the country. While the current judge in the case hopes to conclude the case by summer, it may once again be extended. (Photo: A 2008 snapshot of the five Malayta murder suspects. Photo Credit: World Watch Monitor)



    Good Friday, April 18, marked the seventh anniversary of the murders of Necati Aydin, Ugur Yuksel and Tilmann Geske, who were viciously killed in 2007 in the offices of a Christian publishing house in Malatya. During graveside services held in remembrance of the victims, the Muslim family members of Ugur Yuksel, a Christian convert from Islam, cordially accepted a gift of a New Testament. A new law passed in February allowed the release of the five men accused of the murders, but the men have to wear electronic monitors until their trial resumes in June with a new judge and jury. Believers have noted a positive change in the way Christians are treated, saying they are more readily accepted as part of Turkish society.

Iranian injustice.



LATEST: Please pray for our Iranian brothers Yaser Mosibzadeh, Saheb Fadayee and Mohammad Reza Omidi. They have just been given ten-year prison sentences for their involvement in house churches. Mohammad has also been sentenced to two years’ exile in Borazjan, southern Iran, far from his family in Rasht. The three men have still to hear the outcome of their appeal against a sentence of 80 lashes for drinking communion wine. (Source: Middle East Concern)

Iranian Christians still waiting to hear if they’ll be whipped

Three other Iranian Christians – Yaser Mosibzadeh, Saheb Fadayee and Mohammad Reza Omidi – are still waiting to hear if they have won their appeal against a sentence of 80 lashes for drinking communion wine. A second case against them relating to crimes against ‘national security’ has yet to come to court; judges in Rasht have now referred the case to Tehran. Pray they will be acquitted on all counts. (Source: Christian Solidarity Worldwide)
Next time you take communion at church spare a thought – and a prayer – for three Christians in Iran who may be whipped as a punishment for taking communion wine.
The men have appealed against the sentence but if their appeal fails they will receive 80 lashes each.
The lawyer for Yaser Mosibzadeh, Saheb Fadayee and Mohammad Reza Omidi attended a  hearing on Thursday during which they made their appeal against the brutal sentence handed down in September. Please pray that the appeal judge will overturn their sentence when he gives his verdict expected within 20 days.
The three men were arrested in Rasht in May as they celebrated communion. Their lawyer insists it is not illegal in Iran for Christians to drink wine, only Muslims. The three men have a Muslim background.
The three have also been charged with ‘acting against national security’. Iranian officials have threatened further charges if the men meet together or share the gospel with others.
Meanwhile, Christian converts Amin Nader Afshar and Hadi Askary have gone on hunger strike inside Tehran’s Evin Prison unless they receive adequate medical care and a fair trial soon. Hadi is reported to have a kidney infection which has not been treated.
They have been behind bars since their arrest last August, at a picnic in Firuzkuh, but have not yet been charged, despite weeks of interrogation. The other three men arrested with them posted substantial bail and were released.

  • Pray that the appeal judge will scrap the earlier sentence against Yaser, Saheb and Mohammad. Pray that no other charges will be brought against them.
  • Pray that God will protect and heal Amin and Hadi. Amin’s hunger strike has caused his blood pressure to drop dramatically. Pray that they and their three friends will be tried and acquitted soon.
  • Pray that every Christian behind bars in Iran will know that God will prove wrong every false word spoken against them (Isaiah 54:17).

(Source: Middle East Concern)

Iranian Christians Mohammed Roghangir and Massoud Rezai have been prevented from gaining early release from jail on good behaviour. Arrested at a prayer meeting in Shiraz in 2012, Mohammed and Massoud were sentenced to six and five years respectively for ‘action against national security’. A recent appeal by the men for early release was apparently blocked by Iranian intelligence.
Also in Iran, three house church members – Yaser Mosibzadeh, Saheb Fadayee and Mohammed Reza Omidi (known as Youhan) – have just been sentenced to 80 lashes each for drinking communion wine. They plan to appeal. The three Christians from Rasht and their pastor, Youcef Nadarkhani, are due to appear in court on October 15 charged with ‘action against national security’. (Source: Middle East Concern).


Yaser Mosibzadeh, Saheb Fadayee and Mohammed Reza Omidi  have been released on bail. Pray for their exoneration.


Sanga, Nigeria

Jul. 20, 2017 | Nigeria
Pray for Sanga Barau Who is Undergoing Surgeries Following an Attack

Planned murder of Indian Pastor

Pastor Shot and Killed in Drive-By Shooting at Church in Northern India
Local Christians Stage Demonstrations Calling for Perpetrators to be Apprehended
07/17/2017 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that Pastor Sultan Masih was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting outside of his church in Ludhiana on Saturday, July 15. Following the killing, local Christians staged demonstrations calling on authorities to apprehend those responsible for the brutal murder.
According to reports, Pastor Masih was outside of The Temple of God Church on his cellphone when two masked men riding a motorcycle shot the pastor four times around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday night. The masked assailants then sped away on the motorcycle. Witnesses rushed Pastor Masih to the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital where he died.

Pastor Sultan Masih was shot dead outside his church on Saturday, leaving behind his wife Sarabjit, and sons Elisha and Hanok. Please pray for comfort for the family. Jul. 27, 2017 | India
Pray for Pastor Sultan’s Family and Church Following His Martyrdom

The Christian community in Ludhiana, the largest city in India’s north-western state of Punjab, is in shock after a pastor was shot dead outside his Pentecostal church on Saturday evening (15 July).
Relatives of Pastor Masih claimed that they had noticed suspicious activities outside the church for the past two months. Stephen Sidhu, a relative of the slain pastor, told the Times of India, “Some suspicious-looking men were making rounds of the area, clicking pictures and making videos of the church and also of the address on its board. During the silver jubilee function of the church on May 31, about 20 to 25 miscreants arrived and accused the pastor of conversion. There was a campaign going against the church and the priest on a social networking site, too, saying, ‘No conversions.'”
On Sunday, July 16, local Christians staged a demonstration in Ludhiana by blocking traffic on the Jalandhar Bypass Chowk on National Highway 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.. Hundreds of demonstrators blocked vehicles, accusing local authorities of inaction and calling for the perpetrators of the murder to be brought to justice. In response, Ludhiana police have created a special investigation team to investigate the murder, but have yet to bring suspects in for questioning.
This is shocking beyond words,” John Dayal of the United Christian Forum told ICC. “We welcome the relief provided to the family by the Chief Minister of Punjab and his assurance that the crime will be investigated by a special team. We hope and pray that the killers will be soon apprehended.
Attacks on Christians and their places of worship have dramatically increased since the election of the BJP-led central government in 2014. In 2016 alone, ICC documented more than 360 separate attacks on Christians, mostly led by radical Hindu nationalist groups operating with near complete impunity.

William Stark, ICC’s Regional Manager, said, “Attacks on Christians and their places of worship continue to escalate in both number and intensity because of the impunity enjoyed by those committing these attacks. This brutal murder of a pastor outside of his church must be a wakeup call for many in India. Those perpetrating attacks on religious minorities in India, whether the victims be Muslim or Christian, must be confronted and brought to justice. India’s constitution guarantees full religious freedom for all, which means that everyone should be able to live without fear of attack because of their religious identity. Unfortunately, Prime Minister Modi and his BJP-led government have done little to make this constitutional guarantee a reality for India’s religious minorities. This must change or else we will continue to see religious violence in India escalate.

Another unreached people.

 They MUST hear, they MUST be discipled-or the end cannot come!
Angku in China

The Angku were originally part of a large Austro-Asiatic group that occupied much of Yunnan before the Dai and Yi people arrived. “They were driven out of their habitats by the invaders, dispersed and split into the isolated groups they are today.” Most Angku women are fond of chewing betel nut which blackens their teeth and gums. Stained teeth are considered a mark of beauty among Angku women. Since the betel juice only stains temporarily, some women use black dye to artificially stain their teeth. The Angku are staunch followers of Theravada Buddhism. Angku life revolves around the local temple.

Ministry Obstacles
The worldview of the Buddhist is quite different than the worldview of Scripture.

Pray Han Chinese believers will be burdened to carry the Gospel of Christ to this Buddhist community.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There likely are no followers of Christ among the Angku community at present, but pray for those that will soon emerge. Pray they will be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Pray for Scripture availability.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Angku people will be made aware of their need for a Saviour and forgiveness of sin. Pray they will understand and believe that Jesus is that Saviour.

Scripture Focus
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.” Psalm 33:12

Cuban Pastor Sentenced to One Year of Heavy Labor and House Arrest for Homeschooling Children

Pastor Ramon Rigal Was Sentenced on Truancy Charges for Homeschooling His Children

07/13/2017 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on July 7, Pastor Ramon Rigal, leader of Iglesia de Dios en Cristo, was sentenced to one year of heavy labor and house arrest for choosing to homeschool his children. Rigal has openly stated that his decision to homeschool was largely attributed to his Christian faith.

Diario de Cuba reported that, originally, Guantanamo courts had sentenced Rigal to one year of imprisonment. After appealing, this most recent adjudication led to a modified reduction of the punishment. Rigal confirmed that his legal counsel proved that he did not commit any serious criminal act. Rigal commented on the outcome, “I saw a bit more justice during the trial. We had good representation. Our lawyer demonstrated in every circumstance that we had not broken any criminal law.” Despite a strong legal showing, Rigal would still be penalized with the one-year sentence mentioned above.
Pastor Mario F. Barroso, a religious freedom activist from the Patmos Institute, as well as a close friend of Rigal, clarified to ICC, “Correctional labor is a form of forced physical punishment, where the state typically chooses the locations and the working conditions. People sentenced to this penalty are assigned to a ranch or a farm of some sort, and believe me it’s not light work.”
Rigal’s case has garnered some international attention in previous months. In February, Rigal was arrested because of his actions. This led to protests outside of the Cuban Embassy in Washington, DC in May. Protesters specifically picketed with signs that read, “Free the Rigals,” but organizers and participants were also focusing on the larger problem of Cuba’s repression and stronghold on education. Cuban law does not permit homeschooling, founded on the claim that it “promotes capitalist values” and thereby conflicts with the regime’s inculcation of socialism.
Rafael Cardona, ICC’s Latin America Correspondent, stated, “It is very concerning and disheartening when a Christian pastor faces harsh punishment simply for deciding to homeschool his children. It is even more egregious when a tough punishment is still issued despite having adequate legal defense and proving that no criminal laws were violated. In Pastor Rigal’s case, we have to be aware that he made multiple attempts to inform the state about the curricula and content of the education, including any religious elements. Nevertheless, the Cuban authorities still proceeded with a sentence that does not seem to fit the offense. Unfortunately, these kinds of repressive measures taken against people of Christian faith happen commonly in Cuba. We will continue to pray for Pastor Rigal and his family.”
For interviews with Rafael Cardona, ICC’s Latin America Correspondent, please contact Olivia Miller, Communications Coordinator:


Good News for Freedom of Speech

Another Christian street preacher cleared of charges

Andrew Frost has been acquitted of a public order offence charge
Only a week after Mike Overd and Michael Stockwell’s public order convictions were overturned at Bristol Crown Court, another preacher has been acquitted of a public order offence charge.

Supported by the Christian Legal Centre, Andrew Frost was acquitted last week at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court.

Thank you for your support.

We are only able to help preachers like Mike, Michael and Andrew because of your generosity. 

Andrea Williams commented: “We give God all the glory for these results, which are fantastic victories for freedom of speech and the freedom to share the life-giving news of the gospel.

Help us continue protecting gospel freedoms

Another street preacher acquitted

Last week, Andrew Frost was acquitted of a public order offence charge, where he was accused of causing harassment, alarm and distress to two men in a homosexual relationship.

Andrew was preaching on the streets of Nottingham city centre in March this year. Andrew preached on the consequences of sin, and quoted Luke 13:1-5 and Matthew 15:19.

As he preached, two men holding hands walked by.

Rory Green, a friend of Andrew who was preaching alongside him at the time, gave evidence that the two men shouted abusive comments at Andrew.

Andrew continued to preach from Scripture.

The two men left, but approximately 15 minutes later a woman, who said she was the mother of one of the men, approached Andrew, and accused him of abusing her son and his partner. One of the men then returned and called the police.

The two men claimed that Andrew verbally abused them and directed several lewd comments at them, all of which Andrew denied.

But Andrew was charged under the Public Order Act 1986“with intent to cause harassment, alarm or distress used threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour.”

Supported by the Christian Legal Centre, Andrew was found not guilty at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court last week. The court also ordered the repayment of his legal fees.

Andrew was represented in court by Christian Legal Centre allied solicitor, Michael Phillips.

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‘Jesus can set them free’

Andrew said: “I wanted these men to know the truth, that Jesus can set them free. Because in the sight of God, these things are wrong.”

“I am thankful that the judge saw sense and acquitted me of this charge,” he continued.“Christians need to be free to share the good news of the gospel to anyone who will listen – as we are commanded in Scripture to do.

“I want to say thank you to the Christian Legal Centre for supporting me throughout this process.”

Help others like Andrew to keep sharing the good news

Public order convictions overturned

Thank you for praying for Mike Overd and Michael Stockwell, whose public order convictions were overturned two weeks ago.

Mike and Michael were convicted of religiously aggravated public order convictions in February this year. They were found guilty under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 at Bristol Magistrates’ Court.

Mike and Michael had been arrested for preaching at a Bristol shopping centre in July 2016, along with two other men.

Swedish Court Fails to Protect Midwife Forced to Conduct Abortions


The Swedish Appeals Court issued a decision this week ruling that the government
can force medical professionals to perform abortions. If they refuse, they can lose their jobs. Ellinor Grimmark, a Swedish midwife who holds to the Christian faith, has been denied employment at three different medical clinics simply because she will not perform abortions. “Participation in abortions should not be a requirement for employment as a medical professional. In accordance with international law, the court should have protected Ellinor’s fundamental right to freedom of conscience,” said the Alliance Defending  Freedom’s International Director of European Advocacy Robert Clarke. “For that reason, Ellinor is considering an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.” Grimmark lost her initial case in November of 2015 when a district court found that her right to freedom of conscience did not protect her from being discriminated against for not preforming for
refusing abortions.

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Bonded Slavery in Pakistan

This report is all too common among the lower classes of Christians…

Sold Twice: A Pakistani Christian Brick Kiln Family – please help bonded “slave” labourers
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Nadeem and his wife are bonded brick kiln labourers in Pakistan, and parents of five children aged three to ten. Both are illiterate. Their work is heavy and back-breaking, under the blazing sun.

Nadeem and his family
Nadeem and his family

When Nadeem first began brick-making, ten years ago, he borrowed 42,000 rupees (about £300, €350) from the brick kiln owner. With the passage of time his debt has risen to 215,000 rupees (about £1,500, €1,800). Many brick kiln workers owe money to their employers, for without borrowing it is almost impossible for them to survive financially during the monsoon months when the heavy rain prevents them making bricks. These debts (on which interest is charged) keep the worker “bonded” to their employer, like a slave, unable to leave and seek another job.

Three years ago, Nadeem and his family were sold by his first employer to another brick kiln owner who treated them very badly. Nadeem’s wife fell ill but the brick kiln owner asked Nadeem to use force to make her continue working.

Making bricks is backbreaking work, in slave-like conditions, for Nadeem and his wife, and many Christians like them
Making bricks is backbreaking work, in slave-like conditions, for Nadeem and his wife, and many Christians like them

Then they were sold to yet another brick kiln owner for the cost of their debt – 215,000 rupees (£1,500, €1,800). Nadeem “signed” the agreement with a thumb-print, unaware that the document was committing him and his family to an even worse position. His new owner wants to have all five children working alongside their parents, to increase the number of bricks produced. So Nadeem cannot send them to school. The family cannot go to church any longer because the owner insists they work on Sundays. Until they pay back the ever-growing debt, they are trapped.


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Appalling unjust sentences in Iran

Shocking prison sentences for our Iranian brothers

An Iranian pastor has just paid a high price for refusing to obey official orders about how he should run his church – he’s been given a ten-year jail sentence!

Almost a month after his hearing, Pastor Victor Bet Tamraz has learnt he’s been declared guilty of ‘evangelism’, among other charges. Two Christians on trial with him – Amin Afshar Naderi and Hadi Asgari – also face long prison sentences, on charges which included ‘acting against national security’.

Please pray that God’s peace will fall afresh on Pastor Victor, Amin and Hadi.

The three men appeared in court on June 11 – two-and-a-half years after Victor and Amin were arrested at Pastor Victor’s house in Tehran province on Boxing Day 2014. Hadi was arrested last August at a picnic in Firuzkuh, along with Pastor Victor’s son Ramiel.

Judge Ahmadpour has now sentenced Victor to ten years’ imprisonment, Amin to 15 years and Hadi to ten years plus a two-year travel ban. They plan to appeal.

In a further blow, Pastor Victor’s wife, Shamiran Issavi, has now been charged with ‘participating in foreign seminars’ and ‘acting against national security’. Both she and her son Ramiel are released on bail and are now awaiting trial.

  • Please ask God to reassure these men of His plans and purposes for their lives–Pastor Victor, Amin and Hadi (Jeremiah 29:11). Pray their appeal will be swift and successful.
  • Pray that all charges will be dropped against Shamiran, Ramiel and two other Christians arrested at the same Firuzkuh picnic: Mohamad Dehnay and Amir Sina Dashti.
  • Pray for our entire Christian family in Iran, who will be shaken by Judge Ahmadpour’s verdict: pray they will stand firm in their faith and put their trust in God. Pray that Judge Ahmadpour will recognise that Iran’s Christians want to build up their nation, not ‘threaten its security’.

(Sources: Middle East Concern)

Indian persecution becoming commonplace

Indian Christians beaten – then banned from meeting

Christians in eastern India were beaten and abused and instead of receiving justice were given an order to stop worshipping.

Hindu women raided Pastor Samuel Karjee’s church in Odisha, dragged outside the 12 Christians present and handed them over to a 300-strong mob. The crowd beat them with sticks, kicked and insulted them. Police resolved the issue by closing down the church.

Please pray for justice for our brothers and sisters in Abasing village.

A 24-year-old Christian, Rajata, suffered serious internal injuries and is still receiving hospital treatment. The casualties included 13-year-old Madhusmita who was punched in the stomach. The Christians’ Bibles and devotionals were snatched.

Police did arrest 25 Hindus – and five injured Christians. They were all set free after police and Hindus reached an ‘agreement’ which amounts to a ban on church services. Four Christian detainees were bullied into signing it, despite having had no say in its wording.

Under the ‘agreement’, Christians are allowed to worship only on their own at home. Christian ‘events’ can be held only with advance permission from the police. Any further disturbances will be dealt with by local police, not the courts.

There have been no worship services in Abasing since the June 18 attack, says Pastor Samuel. ‘I can’t tell you how dry and barren we feel,’ he says. ‘Our hearts yearn to pray and worship together.’

  • Lift up in prayer our brother, Pastor Samuel, and his fellow believers in Abasing. Ask God to comfort, protect and strengthen them.
  • Pray that God will touch the hearts of individual police officers in the Abasing area and convict them of the need to uphold religious liberties.
  • Continue to pray for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Government: pray that they will take firm action to stamp out growing intolerance and persecution. There has been a sharp rise in attacks on Christians since Hindu nationalists tightened their grip on power in March elections.

(Source: Morning Star News)


These people became better known when they were marooned on a mountain top besieged by ISIS and when dozens of their women were kidnapped as sex slaves. They need the gospel and labourers to be sent by God to them.

Yazidi in Iraq

Main Language
Some of the Bible in Kurdish Kurmanji: looks like Turkish.

“Încîl û Zebûr” ji hêla “Kitabi Mukaddes Şirketi-yê” ve sala 2009-ê hatiye weşandin.

Heger hûn bi awayeke çapkirî dixwazin, ji kerema xwe bi Kitabı Mukaddes Şirketiyê re bikevin têkiliyê

Largest Religion
Progress Gauge

Introduction / HistoryThe Yazidi are a Kurdish people who follow an old religion related to Zoroastrianism, but which has remnants of Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Where Are they Located?They are located primarily in the Nineveh province of northern Iraq. The sacred valley of Lalish is the center point of their culture. Though some live in Syria, Turkey, Armenia and Georgia, many have emigrated to parts of Europe. Almost all of the Turkish population has emigrated to Germany. The Armenian and Georgian populations largely relocated to Russia. Sweden also has a significant population since 2008.

What Are Their Lives Like?They were persecuted along with other Kurds by Saddam Hussain and have been misunderstood by Muslims controlling them for centuries. They are scorned and despised as “devil worshippers,” mostly because of their beliefs regarding the “Peacock Angel.”

They are mostly monogamous, though chiefs may take more than one wife.

They are a closed community which avoids prolonged contact with non-Yazidis, accepts no converts and will kill a daughter who marries outside the religion.

In 2007 a girl named Du’a Khalil Aswad was stoned for allegedly converting to Islam. The incident was captured on cell phone video and gained worldwide attention. There was an international outcry and killings in retaliation. Other such honor killings have been reported among the Yazidi.

What Are Their Beliefs?Yazidis believe God created the world and then created 7 archangels to rule it. One of them, the Peacock Angel, passed a test by God in which he would not bow down and worship Adam. As a result he was made the “god of this world.” This story is similar in Islam regarding Satan. However, the Muslim belief is that Satan was punished for not bowing down. The Peacock Angel is “Melek Taus” or “Shaytan”. The latter is the name in the Koran for Satan. Yazidis are forbidden to speak the name “Shaytan.”

Their world view revolves around angels. Besides praying toward the sun, they will fast for certain angels who control the affairs of this world. They aren’t supposed to wear the color blue or eat lettuce. Their holy day is Wednesday and they aren’t supposed to take showers on that day. They celebrate New Year’s Day as the first Wednesday in the month of Nisan. This is the day they believe the Peacock Angel comes to the Earth as God’s representative.

During their pilgrimage to the valley shrine at Lalish, 55 km east of Duhok in Northern Iraq, they will kiss the sacred stone black snake and enter the temple. There they baptize their children, tie colorful cloth to the tomb of the 12th century Sufi mystic who reformed the Yazidi religion, hug pillars, light fires and perform other rituals. If possible, they will carry dirt from Lalish with them and conceal it behind a veil in their home.

Their calendar adds 4,750 years to the Gregorian calendar.

Yazidis believe that they are descendants of Adam, but not of Eve. Instead, they have descended separate from others through Adam’s other wife, Jar or Jer.

What Are Their Needs?They believe Christ is the light of God, but are more focused on angels and pleasing them.

They need to hear the Gospel and see the lives of true believers. Their villages need development and their schools need English teachers.

Prayer Points* For the light of Christ to shine upon them.
* For believers to reach out to them in their Diaspora.
* For other non-Kurdish Yazidis who also worship the Peacock Angel to hear the Gospel.
* For believers among them to be accepted as Yazidis who believe in Jesus and not rejected as cultural traitors.


Profile Source:   Anonymous
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Global Prayer Digest: 2015-12-10
People Name General Yazidi
People Name in Country Yazidi
Population in Iraq 543,000
World Population 719,800
Total Countries 10
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 11 to 14
Progress Scale
GSEC 1  (per
Alternate Names Yezidi
People ID 20455
ROP3 Code 116305
Country Iraq
Region Middle East and North Africa
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 7  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country North of Great Zab river, Dahuk, Ninawa, and Arbil governorates; Surchi dialect near Great Zab river.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Kurdish, Northern (543,000 speakers)
Language Code kmr   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Primary Dialect Behdini
Dialect Code 7929   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Kurdish, Northern

Primary Language:  Kurdish, Northern

Bible Translation  Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1856-2016)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1872-2005)
Bible-Complete Yes   (2008)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type  Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God’s Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Kurdish, Northern
Film / Video Life’s Gold (
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video The Prophets Story (
General Got Questions Ministry
General Kurdish Ministry Resources
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Kurdish New Testament & Psalms
Text / Printed Matter International Bible Society
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Religion Subdivision: Prakriti
Major Religion ▲ Percent *
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.14 %)
0.14 %
Ethnic Religions
99.86 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments ▲ Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Photo Source Bestoun94   Creative Commons
Map Source Bryan Nicholson / cartoMission
Profile Source Anonymous
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

Pastor Zhang update.

Update below on Zhang.

July 4th 2017

We’ve received reports that Pastor Zhang Shaojie, the leader of Nanle Country Christian Church, is currently enduring severe torture. His daughter, Esther, has reported that he is ‘barely alive’, and suffering both physically and mentally from the cruel treatment he’s experiencing, which includes sleep deprivation and starvation – because he recently tried again to appeal against his sentence. His daughter, Esther, said officials told Zhang they would not process his appeal unless he pleaded guilty. The leader of Nanle County Church has served almost four years of a 12-year sentence for ‘fraud’, a sentence that began in 2014.  CSW.

August 28, 2014





Latest: Pastor Zhang has been allowed a Bible! And wife allowed a monthly visit.

Pastor Zhang Shaojie of Nanle County Christian Church in China’s Henan province has lost his final appeal against a 12-year prison sentence for ‘fraud’ and gathering a crowd to disrupt public order’. Pray that Pastor Zhang and his family will know God’s peace: pray too that he will be released early, despite this ruling. (Source: ChinaAid). Pastor Zhang Shaojie has now been in prison for more than a year, having initially been taken into custody on
November 16, 2013. In October last year he was moved from Baiaohe Prison in Neihuang County, Puyang, to Henan
Prison No. 2 in Xinxiang. His family are considering their optons in appealing against his sentence.  

Zhang Cuijuan, sister of Pastor Zhang Shaojie was recently sentenced to one-and-a-half years in prison. Her imprisonment is part of the ongoing persecution of Pastor Zhang and the Nanle County Christian Church. 

Eritrea– arrests total almost one hundred Christians in the past month.

“Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.”Revelation 2:10

More arrests

31st May 2017

eritrea-map-adi-qualagindaThe Eritrean security forces have arrested almost one hundred Christians in the past month.

On 21 May, 49 evangelicals were arrested outside the capital, Asmara, at a post-wedding Hamauti celebration. A Hamauti takes place a week after the wedding at the couple’s home, for friends and relatives to eat, sing, dance and pray together. The bride (name not released) and groom (Tedro Negel), in their late 20s, were among those arrested.

On 17 May, security officials arrested more than 35 Christians from their homes in Adi Quala, a market town 25 km from the Ethiopian border in Eritrea’s Southern Region. They are being held in cells in the local police station. The arrests came after security officials accompanied by representatives of the Eritrean Orthodox Church started a house-to-house search on 15 May.

A group consisting of an Orthodox Church official, an assistant, a local administration officer and a security official visited every home in Adi Quala. They told residents they were verifying food vouchers, but when residents presented their vouchers, the officials made all family members assemble and say whether they were Muslim, Jehovah’s Witness, Orthodox, Lutheran Church, Catholic or Pentecostal. The next day, the security officers went door-to-door in Adi Quala to arrest all who said they were Pentecostal.

A source told World Watch Monitor that similar searches were conducted in several parts of the Central Region, and said: “Those who identified themselves as Pentecostals in the Central Region have not been arrested but the level of fear amongst the believers has greatly increased.

On 9 May, officials arrested ten Christians from a home in Ginda, northeast of Asmara. The four women and six men are being held at Ginda Police Station. Sources said neighbours had reported to local town leaders that Christians were holding meetings.

In 2002, the Eritrean government closed all churches except Eritrean Orthodox, Catholic and Lutheran. Since then, members of illegal churches have met in secret in people’s homes, but the authorities target them and have raided countless Christian homes. Members of permitted churches are also at risk if they criticise the regime. Read more about the persecution of Christians in Eritrea.

The Eritrean government started a fresh crackdown against Christians in May and it is continuing. What makes this persecution different is that whole families are now being arrested and whereas in the past most were picked up at Bible studies or Christian services now believers are being arrested at their homes.

Security officials accompanied by an Orthodox priest are turning up at homes and questioning people over their religious affiliation. All except Muslims, Orthodox, Catholic and Lutheran are liable for arrest.

So far about 160 Christians have been arrested, including families with children. In the capital Asmara 49 people were arrested from Enda Korea during a wedding celebration. Christians in the northern Red Sea region have also been rounded up.

According to our partner, 12 children, one as young as two months, are now in prison with their parents in Adi Quala. One Christian who tried to ask about the Adi Quala prisoners was also arrested.

Unbelievably more than 30 children have been left without parents or guardians and the security police are monitoring them to make sure they do not get support from the Christian community.

Christians are also being detained and sent to the desert island of Nakhura in the Red Sea, where weather conditions are extreme.Pray173 Campaign

Please pray now for all those who have been affected by these arrests, especially for the children in prison and those left to fend for themselves.

Pray for an end to this cruel treatment of believers.

Join our Pray173 prayer campaign to help bring freedom for long-term prisoners of faith in Eritrea.

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Positive news from Turkey.

The Turkish Bible Correspondence Course is reaching some of its highest numbers in history. In recent days over 300 persons a week have been requesting Christian materials. Please ask for the Lord’s blessing on all involved in this excellent program. Pray that those taking the courses will come under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

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News about Iran


Farsi speakers (main language of Iran) number 110 million. Hard copies of Scripture are unobtainable in the region. The main religion is Shiite Islam (cf Sunni Islam in Saudi Arabia). Interested people can now access audio and written Scripture, music and  Christian literature on line. Through texting, voice chats and group studies lonely believers can have fellowship but they all need pastoral care and a church. There are many interested, mainly young people, contacting the sites on the net.

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Other prayer points:

Amin, Afshar and Hadi have been detained without charge since last August and went on hunger strike to get medical care.

Three other men have been sentenced to 80 lashes for drinking communion wine-pray for a successful appeal.

Veronika and son, baptised in Turkey were arrested in February when their home was raided and Christian literature found.


Pray for the Spread of the Gospel to North Korea Through Radio Broadcasts

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