The Persecuted Church Across the World

Pastors, Newly Marrieds Arrested at Reception – November 30th 2022

International Christian Concern, November 30, 2022 (excerpts) Nine Christian pastors were arrested and jailed on false charges of conversion activities in Azamgarh, in the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, on Monday.  The pastors and a recently married Christian couple were arrested by police at a wedding reception. Radical Hindu nationalists pressured the police to […]

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Mali – Missing – Presumed Kidnapped – November 30th 2022

Aid to the Church in Need, November 22, 2022 (excerpts) Fears are growing that a priest who disappeared in Mali has been abducted by Islamist militants.  German missionary priest Father Hans-Joachim Lohre went missing on Sunday (20th November) after celebrating Mass at a convent in Bamako, the country’s capital. Catholic charity Aid to the Church […]

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Woman Restrained by Family Opposed to Christ – November 30th 2022

Voice of the Martyrs, 10 November 2022 (excerpts) Sita is a 65-year-old woman and the only believer in her family.  She was an active member of the church, but three years ago, her son married a woman who is aggressively opposed to Christianity.  The daughter-in-law turned the family against Sita.  Since that time, the family […]

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100 Killed in Somalia Terrorist Attack – November 2nd 2022

International Christian Concern, 31 October 2022 (excerpts) Al-Shabaab, a terrorist group affiliated with Al-Qaeda, launched a deadly attack in Somalia’s capital city, Mogadishu, on Saturday, October 29.    Two cars packed with explosives blew up within minutes of each other near the city’s busy Zobe intersection.  Following the explosion, militants opened gunfire on passers-by.    […]

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Church Planter Questioned by Authorities – November 2nd 2022

The Voice of the Martyrs, October 27, 2022 (excerpts) More than one million refugees have flooded into Lebanon because of the civil war raging in neighbouring Syria.  Pastor Bassam recently opened a new church near the Syrian border to minister to refugees and others in that region.  After the church’s initial service, Pastor Bassam was summoned […]

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Islamists Kill 15 Christians in Nigeria – November 2nd 2022

Morning Star News, October 27, 2022 (excerpts) Suspected Fulani herdsmen and other terrorists killed two Christians in north-central Nigeria on Friday (Oct. 21) after slaughtering 13 others in two prior attacks. The assailants attacked a village in Obi County late at night, killing Moses Saaku and Aondofa Saaku and wounding a Christian woman, all members of […]

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Fines, car park worship ban for New Life Church – October 19th 2022

Forum 18, 3 October 2022 (excerpts) On 25 September, Police banned Minsk’s New Life Church in Belarus from meeting for Sunday worship in the car park of the building from which officials forcibly evicted it in February 2021.  Police detained the pastor Goncharenko and another pastor Bokun.  A judge fined each 2 months’ average wage […]

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Iran Punishes Christians with Harsh Sentences – October 19th 2022

Morning Star News, 16 October 2022 (excerpts) When authorities in Iran summoned a Christian couple in Tehran on Aug. 13, the house-church members supposed it concerned the return of their confiscated belongings. Instead, Homayoun Zhaveh and his wife Sara Ahmadi were detained in Tehran’s Evin Prison, notorious for its harsh treatment of people deemed political […]

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A Bangladeshi convert persecuted but still strong – October 19th 2022

Open Doors, 7 October 2022 (excerpts) In Bangladesh, our Bangladeshi brothers and sisters face persecution – with believers from a Muslim background experiencing the most intense targeting.  But these courageous Christians are standing strong in their faith. When Marjina found out that her son Monju had become a Christian, she was devastated.  The majority of […]

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China ‘Liquidates’ House Church in Crackdown – October 5th 2022

Morning Star News, August 26, 2022 (excerpts) Authorities in China on Aug. 19 officially “liquidated” an historical house church in Shaanxi Province in a crackdown on churches that refuse to join the state-controlled Three-Self Church. The Church of Abundance, which began about 30 years ago, had been targeted as a “cult”, but officials closed it as […]

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