Persecuted christians

Living again after escape from Saudi Arabia

You might remember Adam from Saudi Arabia, who has been beaten, imprisoned and falsely accused because of his faith. We asked for your prayers – and they have been answered.    Adam* was determined to stay in Saudi Arabia, even if it involved more time in prison, such was his passion to serve Jesus there. But with persecution intensifying, Adam was persuaded to join his...
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Pakistan: Christians continue to face blasphemy convictions and violent attacks

While Pakistan celebrates 75 years of independence, the Christian minority continues to face discrimination, harassment and violence because of their faith. On 8 August, a Catholic man was killed and 3 teenagers injured when two gunmen on motorbikes opened fire in a Christian colony in the town of Mastung, 45kms south of Quetta, central west Pakistan. The victim, Wilson Masih, was...
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New believers in Vietnam and Laos bravely refuse to deny Jesus amid persecution

Two recent incidents highlight the dangers facing those in Vietnam and Laos who convert from tribal beliefs to Christianity. This summer, Hoa* from Vietnam gave her life to Jesus. The single mother to a three-year-old girl heard about the gospel from a friend. But coming from a tribal Hmong background, she knew it was a risky decision to make – and so it proved.  On hearing of...
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Valentina is going home for Christmas. But she knows it isn’t safe to stay for long.

Valentina (15) in Colombia can't live at home - it wouldn't be safe. Because of her Christian faith, and because her dad's a church leader, she faces persecution from guerrilla gangs and indigenous groups. Thanks to your ongoing prayers and support, she can live at the Colombia Children's Centre run by Open Doors. If you were to ask Valentina her favourite thing about Christmas, it...
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Militants Stop Christians From Going to School in Nigeria

Nigerian authorities are failing to protect the right to education of displaced persons in the country.   “Over 500 students are out of school in Kwall County,”  the National President of Irigwe Students testified recently. The Irigwe is a heavily persecuted people group in Nigeria’s Plateau State, where Kwall is located. The Irigwe Students official said that Fulani militants have...
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Three stories of Bangladeshi converts being persecuted – but standing strong

Three recent stories from Bangladesh show some of the different ways in which our Bangladeshi brothers and sisters face persecution – with believers from a Muslim background experiencing the most intense targeting. This persecution is physical, social and economic. But these courageous Christians are standing strong in their faith. Marjina was brutally attacked When Marjina found...
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Catholic church attacked in Punjab while Sikhs threaten Catholics

A parish church located some 50 kilometres from Amritsar is vandalised. The Nihang, a Sikh warrior order, threatens to “take action’, targeting Christians for allegedly carrying out conversions. The local parish priest, Fr Poochalil, urges Catholics to pray to Our Lady Queen of Peace for peace and tranquillity.  A group of unidentified men attacked the Catholic Church of the Child...
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From middle-class to desperation: Iktimal’s story of persecution and hope

Iktimal in Syria lost everything when armed militia took over her village. Here’s how she found hope at a Centre of Hope run by local Open Doors partners. “We had a big house and many olive fields,” Iktimal remembers. “One year, the harvest gave us enough to buy two houses. We also had a driving school with about 50 cars. We had a very good life. We had no idea that our stable life...
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Christians Make Up 90% of Islamabad’s Sanitation Workers; But That’s Not the Whole Story

 A recent article brought attention to the fact that 90% of Islamabad’s street cleaners are Christian. These workers receive little to no salary, often waiting between weeks and months for a paycheck. Christians and other religious minorities are exclusively targeted for positions like these in Pakistan. In fact, when recruiting for these types of positions, many employers...
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Six Indian Christian women arrested at birthday party accused of forced conversions

Please pray for six Christian women who have been accused of forcibly converting others by a Hindu extremist group. Their lawyer believes they have been denied bail due to political pressure. Six Christian women from Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh State, India, have been arrested after they were accused of carrying out forced conversions. Christians are increasingly being harassed and...
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Nicaragua: Police arrest another priest amid growing tensions

As relations between the Nicaraguan Church and the Sandinista regime become increasingly strained, another priest has been reportedly arrested by the police. Fr Oscar Danilo Benavidez Tinoco, from the Diocese of Siuna, is been held in a detention centre in Managua, though the reason for his arrest remains unknown. Nicaragua's Diocese of Siuna has reported the arbitrary arrest of one of...
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Evil Evin

It takes up a strip of land in the Evin neighborhood of Tehran, Iran. But the real estate and walls that serve as Evin Prison symbolize the evil, torture, and broken lives of so many Christians. Its chains have shackled religious freedom for decades. Iranian Christians face a cascade of everyday threats and struggles for simply expressing their faith publicly. It is inside Evin’s walls,...
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Christian man in Egypt killed in front of his son and two nephews

Your prayers are needed following an attack against another Christian in Egypt. On 5 July, Abdel-Masih Sadeq Khalil was tragically killed by a Muslim extremist in front of his son and two nephews. A 58-year-old Christian man from Egypt was brutally murdered in front of his son and two nephews, with the attacker heard saying, “I killed this Christian kaffir to get to paradise.” ...
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Nigeria is World’s Scariest Country to be a Christian

At least 896 civilians have been killed in violent attacks in Nigeria during the first three months of 2022. This, according to Open Doors, includes hundreds of Christians who were murdered because of their faith.  Open Doors is a non-denominational organization supporting persecuted Christians in the world.  Open Doors cited a report by SBM Intelligence, a Nigeria-based...
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Mocked. Beaten. Yet unshaken: Why Mehr in India has courageous faith

Mehr in India was viciously attacked for being a Christian - and, when she got to hospital, doctors and nurses refused to treat her. All because she follows Jesus. But you can help Mehr's faith - and that of other Indian Christians - remain unshaken. For Mehr*, an Indian Christian in her twenties, being violently assaulted was only the start of her persecution. After the attack, she...
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From rejection to restoration – how Agnes is healing from her kidnapping ordeal, thanks to you

After experiencing rejection from her community on top of her ordeal at the hands of Islamic militants Boko Haram, Agnes from Nigeria is slowly healing, thanks to your prayers and support. Please note that you may find some details of this story particularly distressing.   “The day I found freedom, I felt so much joy in my heart. I stayed with the soldiers, but nobody...
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Aisha from Chad experiences God’s comfort after persecution, thanks to you

Aisha and her family had to flee their home in Chad because of persecution – but your prayers and support have sustained them as they start to build a new life. Islamic extremism is on the rise in West Africa, but you are helping to strengthen believers as they face increasing violence and hostility.   Aisha’s* journey to faith in Jesus began when her 27-year-old son Mansour*...
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Threats, poisoned pets and nowhere to bury your dead: life for Kyrgyzstan’s Christian converts is getting worse

There is rising persecution in Kyrgyzstan against Christian converts. You can hear some of their stories here, as well as how your prayers and support are equipping Open Doors partners to stand with persecuted believers. Kerim* wasn’t allowed to attend his mother’s funeral. In his small village in Kyrgyzstan, the fact that he is a Christian is enough to ban him. After everyone left,...
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How a smuggled Bible changed Dhea’s life

Dhea in South East Asia didn't want the Bible that a missionary gave her. She tried to destroy it. But something stopped her - and when she started reading it, she chose to follow Jesus. As a Christian and as a woman, she has faced extreme persecution - but remains hopeful and active in ministry.   By any measure, Dhea has had a difficult life. Even before she became a Christian...
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How persecuted Christians in Vietnam forgave and blessed their neighbours

Your gifts and prayers mean that this community of persecuted Christians are able to show Jesus’s love to their neighbours – in the form of clean water from a well. Christians in Vietnam often face persecution from their neighbours, particular in rural areas where tribal communities are expected to follow traditional gods. Members of these groups who choose to follow Jesus face...
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“You thought of me without knowing me” – Latifa’s story

You’ve helped Latifa from North Africa as she’s faced rejection, shame and abuse. School is often a place where big decisions are made. This was certainly true from Latifa* from North Africa – but not in the academic sense. “When I was a student, I was influenced by the Gulf War, which made me identify more with Islam,” Latifa recalls. “I decided to wear a veil. I considered Islam as...
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Christian Convert Assassinated in Iraq Following TikTok Video

The 20-year-old daughter of a Muslim Cleric who converted to Christianity was found murdered on March 7 in northern Iraq. The assassination of Iman Sami, who was known as Maria, is suspected to have been retaliation by her family following a TikTok video she posted where she was singing Christian spiritual songs.   Jeff King, ICC’s President, shared his concern that  “For...
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Sarah in North Africa was thrown out because of her faith. Twice

Sarah in North Africa was thrown out of her home because of her faith. Later, her husband threw her out of another home. As a woman, she is particularly vulnerable – throwing out endangered her. Around the world, millions of women from religious minorities face persecution for their faith and their gender. See Sarah. See change. Sarah in North Africa has faced persecution for her faith,...
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How a secret Christian escaped Somalia

Nala found out about Jesus online – and made an extremely risky decision in choosing to follow Him. In Somalia, that decision could mean her death sentence. Here’s her extraordinary story. It’s very rare to hear the story of a Somali Christian. It’s hard to even estimate how many people from Somalia are Christians, because of the extreme secrecy they are forced to live in. It’s estimated...
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