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MOHAMEDREZA ERLITT VERHÖR UND FOLTER

German language Der Christ wurde von Mitarbeitern des iranischen Sicherheitsdienstes gefesselt und entführt Mohamedreza wuchs als Muslim auf, doch er hatte Zweifel an seiner Religion. Durch einen Freund hörte er von Jesus und entschied sich Christ zu werden. Als Mohamedreza bei einer Kirche anklopfte, um mehr über Jesus zu erfahren, wurde er abgewiesen, denn die Behörden gehen...
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MY FATHER WOULD KILL ME' - SECRETLY FOLLOWING JESUS IN MOROCCO

“I am so afraid that my parents will find out. My father would kill me.” These are the words of Nadeen*, a young secret believer from Morocco. When she says her father would kill her if he found out about her hidden faith, that isn’t just a turn of phrase. She’s being deadly serious. Nadeen is a 21-year-old student from a Muslim family, who came to faith after meeting another...
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NORTH KOREA'S FOOD FIGHT: EMPTY STOMACHS AND FULL HEARTS

It was the first time the leader of North Korea and the leader of South Korea had met in over a decade, and the food they ate together was full of symbolism. There were dishes from the two leaders’ childhoods, noodles specially imported from Pyongyang, and the mango mousse even had a map of a united Korea on it. But this meal is something that ordinary North Koreans can only dream about....
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Two Pakistani Christian brothers sentenced to death for blasphemy

A Pakistani court last week sentenced two Christian brothers to death for blasphemy. Since their arrest in 2014, Qaisar and Amoon Ayub had been held in District Jail Jhelum, in Punjab province, 200 km north of Lahore, for allegedly posting “disrespectful material” on their website, according to  AsiaNews . For security reasons the two were kept in prison for the 13 December...
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Open letter from Catholics of Datong: We cannot remain silent on the oppression of our faith

The letter is addressed to the government authorities, asking for religious freedom, but also to the faithful of the world (and perhaps to the Vatican) asking how to behave in the face of persecution. The loor communities have suffered destructions of crosses, churches, bans on gatherings. Since 2005, the diocese has no bishop
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CHINA: DESPITE OPPOSITION, MISSIONARIES PERSEVERE THROUGH BURNOUT AND MARRIAGE PRESSURES

For more than 30 years, the world has marvelled at the phenomenal Christian revival taking place in China, sometimes at seemingly break-neck speed. There is little doubt that much of this astonishing growth and outpouring of God’s Spirit was made possible by the sacrifice of many faithful martyrs. But there is another group of Chinese believers who have also sacrificed much, an often...
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Egypt bus attack survivors ask ‘how could this happen again?

Egypt’s Copts are still reeling from  a second bus attack  in two years on the desert road to a monastery in  Minya  and asking why there was no protection for them. It should have been a joyful day. On Friday 2 November a Coptic family had celebrated the baptisms of two little boys, four-month-old Emile and 5-month-old Noufir, which had taken place in the...
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Seeking the Living Water this Thanksgiving

Gurunath In chapter 13 of The Last Words of the Martyrs , I introduce you to Gurunath. He is serving a life sentence, but William, one of ICC's regional managers, met him when he was temporarily released from prison because his father was dying. So when you meet a man whose life has ended for all...
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25-YEAR-OLD BELIEVER FROM KYRGYZSTAN BEATEN FOR REFUSING TO DENY HIS FAITH

A 25-year-old believer from a Muslim background from Kyrgyzstan has been beaten for refusing to deny his faith in Jesus. Eldos Satar Uluu was home alone when three men broke into his house. "They began hitting him and kicking him until he fell on the floor. They shouted at him that he is a ‘kafir’ (infidel), and that he had betrayed Islam. Then they kicked his head while on the floor,...
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LIGHTS IN THE DARKNESS: THE COURAGEOUS FAITH OF THE CHURCH IN PAKISTAN

Imagine being told that if you go to church, you could die. Would you dare to go? This was the situation facing a group of Christians one Easter in Pakistan. The Taliban, the self-proclaimed Islamic State and other Islamic extremist groups had sent out warnings that Christians would suffer during Easter. The Christians knew they were serious – church bombings have become horrifically...
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WILL ASIA BIBI’S RELEASE LAUNCH A NEW WAVE OF CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION IN PAKISTAN?

November 1, 2018 by  Robert Kenna  in  Stories of Persecution   November 1, 2018, will forever be the day after one of the most  well-known prisoners in the world was released . Asia Noreen (better known as Asia Bibi, which means sister Asia) was arrested in June 2009 after a dispute with some Muslim women. She was accused of blasphemy and sentenced to death...
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Hanoi, free, but forced to exile the famous Catholic blogger "Mother Mushroom"

Hanoi (AsiaNews) - After two years in prison, the Vietnamese authorities have ordered the release of the well-known Catholic  dissident blogger Nguyễn Ngọc Như Quỳnh,  on condition that the activist moves to the United States of America. Known as "Mẹ Nấm" (Mother Mushroom), the 39-year-old mother of two had been arrested in October 2016 and  sentenced to 10 years in...
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Imprisoned Iranian pastor got help from unlikely source to spread Gospel

Mojtaba Hosseini (photo: Open Doors) Mojtaba Hosseini, 30, was the leader of a fast growing house church movement in Iran until the authorities raided his church, arrested him, and sentenced him to three years in the notorious Evin Prison. Like all Iranian Christians, Hosseini knew the risks involved with his underground activities, according to a report by Open Doors. “Why...
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‘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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