Persecuted christians

‘I WILL DIE BUT I WILL NOT BOW TO THIS IDOL’ – THE COURAGEOUS FAITH OF KHUSHAL FROM INDIA

“Around 250 people surrounded my house, they caught hold of me and dragged me for about half a kilometer to the nearby temple. When we arrived at the temple they pushed me towards the idol and ordered me to bow down; I mustered all the strength that was left within me and said, ‘I will die but I will not bow to this idol.’” Khushal, a 50-year-old Pastor from central India, describes the...
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Local muslims stone three Christians do death during protest

09/25/2018 Washington D.C.  (International Christian Concern)  –  On September 22, 2018, a family in western Kenya laid one of their kin to rest after he and two other men were attacked by a Muslim mob and stoned to death. Fredrick Mukanda Bahati was a mason in Elwak, Mandera, a town close to the Kenya-Somalia border. He worked in Elwak for six months before his death. ...
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30 YEARS AS AN EVANGELIST IN INDIA, 30 YEARS OF PERSECUTION, AND A LIFETIME OF GOD'S FAITHFULNESS: RAVI'S STORY

When we meet 65-year-old Ravi, one of Open Doors’ local partners in India, he is dressed in a white cotton kurta, his white hair parted on the left. He smiles and greets us saying, “Jaimasih ki beta, kaise ho,” which means, “Praise the Lord, child; how have you been doing?” in Hindi. Ravi has faced all kinds of persecution for his faith in Jesus. He tells us his story, saying, “It has...
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HEARTACHES, HEALINGS AND HIGH HOPES: AN INTERVIEW WITH A CHRISTIAN MOTHER IN INDIA

Jaanvi* doesn’t know exactly how old she is - she thinks maybe 37 or 38. She’s married and has four children. She lives in a village with about 500 houses – but no church building. There are just four other Christian families in her village. She’s seen God work in amazing ways, but she has also faced rejection and anger from her neighbours because of her faith. She tells us her story. ...
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HIS CHURCH IN INDIA WAS DESTROYED THREE TIMES - BUT SUJIT WON'T GIVE UP

"I have seen miracles happen in Jesus’ name, and have clearly witnessed God transform the lives of many people. I was able to lead 60 people to Christ in and around the village I live in.” God has been working powerfully through Sujit, a church leader from rural India. He experienced persecution from his family when he first became a Christian - he was even kicked out of their home...
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Pakistani Christians’ homes ransacked by mob, after son falsely charged with abduction, rape

A Pakistani family seeks justice almost two months after their 22 year old son was falsely accused of abducting a 19 year old woman, which led in turn to the looting and ransacking of Christians’ houses.
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INDIA: NINE-YEAR-OLD WHO WAS RAPED AND MURDERED WAS TARGETED FOR HER FAITH

Please note this story contains content of a sensitive and upsetting nature.  It is with great sadness that we tell you of our sister, Anjali Masih, who was reportedly gang-raped and killed on 5 August in Gurdaspur, Punjab, India. She was just nine years old.  Anjali was playing with her friends when three men lured her away with the promise of a guava. She was then...
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Thousands of Christians persecuted in Bangladesh over land

The minority lives in constant fear of forced expropriations. Some 1,500 Christians have been displaced following a land dispute in Dinajpur. In Dhaka, a Catholic man continues to pay the bills of his house, even after it was illegally occupied by a Muslim. For clergyman, "the government and the expropriators consider us weak.”
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WELCOME TO THE HORN OF AFRICA'S SECRET CHURCH

When Open Doors worker Joy* arrived at the secret church meeting, taking care to see that no one was following her, it was a baking hot day. She says, “The believers arrived one-by-one at a secret location. Outside it was sweltering, and inside it was not much better. “But as soon as our meeting started, with the group singing God’s praises, my skin defied the heat and broke out in...
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Christian Converts From Iran Violently Targeted by Mob

A Muslim mob has attacked a group of Christians worshiping in a Greek refugee camp.
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ÄGYPTEN: VERHAFTET WEGEN EINER WASSERFLASCHE

German language Christen wurden während des Ramadan schikaniert und verfolgt (Open Doors, Kelkheim) – „Für mehr als zwei Stunden wurde ich auf einer Polizeistation festgehalten, man behandelte mich äußerst erniedrigend und dabei habe ich überhaupt nichts getan.“  Hani Shamshoun Girgis (31) wurde von der ägyptischen Polizei durchsucht und verhaftet, nur weil er Christ ist und...
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THE SECRET FAITH OF A SAUDI MOTHER

19 June 2018 'Ding.' The sound of an incoming message disturbs the silence in Nawal’s* kitchen. She had just been preparing lunch for her young children. It’s a WhatsApp message from an unknown number. Just a few words - an encouraging message in Arabic. She knows this is a message from her Christian friend, letting her know that she is praying for her. Nawal bows her head,...
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China Moves to Regulate House Churches with Temporary Permits

China’s State Administration for Religious Affairs issued a circular on June 1 urging unregistered church groups to apply for temporary permits that are renewable after three years. The underground church community fears that this is the state’s attempt to place them under the guidance of state-sanctioned organizations with the eventual goal to eliminate them. 06/07/2018 China  (...
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COURAGE AND FORGIVENESS SHOWN BY CHURCH BOMBING SURVIVORS IN INDONESIA

06 June 2018 If your church was bombed while you were inside, would you want to go back to the wreckage? This is what the members of the Surabaya Pentecostal Church decided to do, just one week after their church was bombed by Islamic extremists, killing eight people and injuring others. Rev. Yonathan Budiarto, the leader of the church, said, “We must not give in to fear....
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Iran: Suicidal mother and daughter found hope and healing in Jesus

May 24, 2018 By Rudee Becerra — Growing up in Iran, Padina memorized the Quran before she started school. She faithfully recited her prayers every day. “I hated Christians and I became very happy when I found out that they were being persecuted. They always told us that if they killed a Christian, we had a one way ticket to heaven,” she told Hormoz Shariat, president of Iran...
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HEALINGS LEAD PEOPLE IN LAOS TO FAITH IN CHRIST, DESPITE PERSECUTION

Contacts of the charity Open Doors report that many people in Laos are being healed and coming faith in Christ, despite facing persecution. Beun* became a Christian after he met Christians who cared for his dying brother. "When I heard that Jesus is the King of Kings, and when I heard that Jesus is love, I immediately decided to follow Him, even though this was the first time I had ever...
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Untergetaucht im Licht

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CHRISTIAN TEENAGER MURDERED BY FIANCÉ IN INDIA

30 April 2018 A 19-year-old Christian woman from a Hindu background has been murdered by her Hindu fiancé, after he was told by her parents that he must respect her Christian faith. Ashani grew up in a rural village in India. Ashani’s parents and their five children came to faith five years ago after God had healed Ashani from a serious skin condition. She received some Bible...
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Pakistan: Christian woman set on fire after she refuses to convert, marry

April 23, 2018   A Christian woman in Pakistan died on Sunday night (April 22) after a Muslim in the Sialkot area set her on fire for refusing to convert to Islam and marry him, relatives said. Muhammad Rizwan Gujjar poured kerosene on 25-year-old Asma Yaqoob and set her on fire on Wednesday (April 17), resulting in burns on 80 percent of her body, sources said. She and...
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ENTSCHLOSSEN ZU VERGEBEN

German language Vipur aus Indien Vipur* stammt aus einer hinduistischen Familie und wurde Christ, nachdem er auf die Gebete eines Christen hin von einer schweren Krankheit geheilt wurde. Daraufhin wollten Familie und Freunde nichts mehr mit ihm zu tun haben. Doch nach einiger Zeit nahmen Vipurs Frau, vier seiner Brüder und weitere Menschen den christlichen Glauben an. Eine Gemeinde...
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LURED, KIDNAPPED AND ALMOST FORCED TO CONVERT TO ISLAM

14 March 2018 Christian teenager, Romina*, was groomed, kidnapped and held against her will by an Islamic leader intent on converting her to Islam. Now Romina and her family face the shame and stigma their society attaches to her kidnapping. When Romina was young she went to church with her family. But when she reached high school her family decided she should stop going. “When...
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SHEIKH FROM UGANDA FACES FATWA AFTER BEING A SECRET CHRISTIAN FOR TEN YEARS

12 March 2018 Hussein, a 68-year-old Sheikh (Muslim leader) from Uganda, is facing a fatwa (death sentence) after publicly acknowledging that he has become a Christian. He had kept his faith a secret for ten years. COMING ACROSS 'ISA' Hussein grew up in a Muslim home and started attending Islamic classes from the age of seven. After he finished school in 1977 he was granted a...
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Saudi Arabia is modernising, but will this mean greater freedom for religious minorities?

February 23, 2018 By World Watch Monitor The political landscape in the strict Islamic Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is changing, and quickly. A charismatic crown prince seems determined to modernise his country and even speaks of a shift towards a more “moderate” Islam. But will the changes taking place in Saudi also ease the situation for members of non-Islamic faiths?   In...
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OVER 100 CHRISTIANS SENT TO ‘RE-EDUCATION’ CAMPS IN XINJIANG, CHINA

05 February 2018 More than 100 Christians have been sent to ‘re-education’ camps in China’s north-western Xinjiang province over the past few months according to Open Doors sources. These ‘mind-transformation centres’ teach citizens to be loyal to the communist ideology. Most of those detained are from the Uyghur ethnic minority group and have a Muslim background. In recent years...
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Islamic Students Terrorize Town Due to Arrest of Radical Teacher

By Nathan Johnson  01/31/2018 Washington D.C.  (International Christian Concern)  –  “ Our Catholic church has been here for over 40 years and we have been living in peace with the different communities living in Marsabit. This was a surprise to us and we urge the Muslim community to keep calm and respect other people’s freedom of worship. In total, 73 glass...
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