• Feb. 15, 2018 | Laos

    Five Christians Detained for Celebrating "European" Religion

    [303] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Detained Khmu Believers.
    These five men were arrested for holding a Christmas celebration.

    Five Khmu believers were arrested and fined for holding a Christmas celebration on Dec. 15. The Christians had received permission from village authorities, but district officials arrested them after learning they had invited a pastor from a neighboring village. The five believers were held in prison for a few nights and fined about $600 before being released. Read More.

  • Feb. 15, 2018 | Bangladesh

    Pray for New Believers in a Safe House

    [197] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Safe House Inhabitants.
    The new believers at the safe house are learning to study the Bible.

    After focusing on an unreached area for the past 11 months, an evangelist has seen hundreds of Muslims come to faith in Christ. As a result, some have experienced persecution. A young married couple took shelter in a VOM-supported safe house for several months when they were kicked out of their family because of their Christian faith. Read More.

  • Feb. 15, 2018 | Kenya

    Pray for Naomi, Whose Husband Was Killed by Islamists

    [225] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Naomi.
    Naomi recovered enough after the death of her husband to continue to farm her land.

    Christian widows whose husbands were killed in Islamist attacks are gradually returning to their coastal Kenyan homes. After an attack in June 2014 in which Islamists went door to door killing Christians, Naomi and her four children fled to her parents' home in another village. Read More.

  • Feb. 08, 2018 | China

    Pray for Christians Sentenced to Prison on False Charges

    [382] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Ju Dianhong and Liang Qin.
    Christian Tu Yan has spent nearly a year in jail awaiting trial for her alleged involvement in the cult.

    On Jan. 16, a court in Lincang, located in China's southern Yunnan province, sentenced Ju Dianhong and Liang Qin to 13 years and 10 years in prison, respectively. The two believers, along with others who received shorter sentences, were convicted of participating in cult activity. Read More.

  • Feb. 08, 2018 | Myanmar

    Pray for the Family of a Murdered Burmese Christian

    [276] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Aung and children.
    Than left behind his wife and four children.

    "Than," a 37-year-old Christian father of five, was brutally murdered by unknown attackers recently. His wife, Aung, discovered his body on the side of the road, covered in blood, as she returned from collecting firewood for cooking. Than's killers had slit his wrists, stabbed him in the chest and beat him severely. Read More.

  • Feb. 08, 2018 | Nigeria

    Pray for Christians Suffering from Recent Attacks

    [223] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Kitibu Christian villagers.
    Muslim Fulani herdsmen have long sought to remove Christians from grazing lands, but in recent years their close ties with Boko Haram have worsened attacks.

    On Jan. 16, Fulani herdsmen attacked the village of Kitibu, Taraba state, in northern Nigeria, killing more than 100 people. They burned more than 1,000 homes, some with people still inside, and many people are still missing. Read More.

  • Feb. 01, 2018 | Tajikistan

    Pray for Gulnora, Wife of Imprisoned Pastor

    [403] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Gulnora and Bakhrom.
    Pastor Bakhrom and Gulnora Kholmatov before his imprisonment.

    While making the six-hour journey to visit her imprisoned husband, Gulnora suddenly became ill. She was taken to a local hospital, too sick to even visit her husband. After being diagnosed with high blood pressure, she was transferred to a hospital closer to her home. Gulnora's problems with hypertension began in April 2017, after the secret police arrested her husband, Pastor Bakhrom Kholmatov. Read More.

  • Feb. 01, 2018 | India

    Pastor Gideon Murdered by Hindu Activists

    [255] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Pastor Gideon's church.
    Pastor Gideon was murdered by Hindu activists after he planted a church.

    Hindu activists murdered a VOM-supported pastor in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu in January. Pastor Gideon Periyaswamy's body was discovered in his home on Jan. 20, 2018, by members of his congregation. The pastor's killers hanged his body with a noose around his neck to make it look like a suicide, but it was clear that he was killed before being hanged. Read More.

  • Feb. 01, 2018 | Tanzania

    Pray for Pastor John, Whose Church Was Burned

    [248] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Pastor John.
    Tanzania has a large Christian population, but evangelists in Muslim majority areas face intense persecution.

    Pastor John serves with his family in an area of Tanzania that is almost entirely Muslim. When his denomination sent him to the area, there were no members in the church. Over time, however, John built the church up by knocking on doors and sharing the gospel. Then, during an all-night prayer meeting, a group of men came and set the church on fire, burning the simple thatch church to the ground. Read More.

  • Jan. 25, 2018 | China

    Pray for Christians Whose Church Was Destroyed

    [410] prayers in [21] nations have been posted for Golden Lampstand Church Members.
    Officials destroy the Golden Lampstand building this month. Inset: the church shortly after completion.

    Authorities used explosive charges to demolish the Golden Lampstand Church in Linfen, Shanxi, on Jan. 9, destroying the place of worship for 50,000 believers. VOM has supported the church since the building's construction in 2009, and church members have faced ongoing persecution. Read More.

  • Jan. 25, 2018 | Sri Lanka

    Pray for Church Members Recovering from an Attack

    [241] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Attacked Church Members.
    VOM staff members encourage Sri Lankan Christians.

    On Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, three Buddhist monks and two other men interrupted worship at the Lighthouse Church in Pupuressa, threatening the congregation and asking the pastor if he had government approval to worship in the building. They then dragged the pastor outside to beat him and assaulted a church member who attempted to intervene. Read More.

  • Jan. 25, 2018 | Nigeria

    Pray for Rebecca, a Widow Who Fled Boko Haram with Her Children

    [267] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Rebecca.
    This pastor was injured as he fended off attackers.

    Rebecca, one of the many widows VOM serves in Nigeria, was forced to relocate to Jos after Boko Haram attacked her village in Adamawa state at the end of December. She and her children fled to another village, where a VOM worker met them and brought them to Jos. Read More.

  • Jan. 19, 2018 | Tanzania

    Pray for a Christian Boy Being Persecuted at School

    [487] prayers in [22] nations have been posted for Persecuted Christian Student.
    A pastor's son has been punished and bullied in school because of his faith.

    A young boy who is one of only two Christians at his school in Zanzibar has been punished by teachers and bullied by students because of his faith. One day a group of Muslim boys locked him in an outhouse for several hours, and another day they held him down and forced him to drink urine. The Muslim boys were never punished. Read More.

  • Jan. 19, 2018 | China

    Pray for Churches Whose Christmas Eve Services Were Shut Down

    [218] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Pressured Chinese Churches.
    Chinese Christians are arrested in an undated photo from China Aid.

    Authorities throughout China worked to shut down Christmas Eve services and other holiday activities in late December, going so far as to arrest three believers two days before Christmas on "illegal publication" charges. Several churches were warned that if they gathered in unapproved locations their church buildings would be destroyed. Read More.

  • Jan. 19, 2018 | Kyrgyzstan

    Pray for a Church Recovering from an Islamist Attack

    [253] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Recently Attacked Church.
    This altar Bible survived the fire that destroyed the rest of the Evangelical Christian Baptist Church.

    Islamic militants threw Molotov cocktails through windows of the Evangelical Christian Baptist Church in Kaji Say early on Jan. 3. Although the inside of the church was badly damaged by the resulting fire, an open Bible on the altar survived the flames even though the altar cloth was destroyed. Read More.

  • Jan. 11, 2018 | Pakistan

    Pray for Aliza, Injured in a Deadly Church Bombing

    [445] prayers in [22] nations have been posted for Aliza.
    Several children were seriously injured in the blast.

    Aliza, a 1-year-old girl, lost her foot as a result of an injury suffered in the Dec. 17 Quetta church bombing that killed 11 people and seriously injured 50 others. Read More.

  • Jan. 11, 2018 | Laos

    Pray for Five Christians Arrested at a Christmas Celebration

    [269] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Arrested Christians.
    Public evangelism is prohibited in Laos.

    Four Hmong Christians and one Khmu Christian have been in prison since Dec. 30, when they were arrested for hosting a Christmas celebration without the permission of village authorities. Read More.

  • Jan. 11, 2018 | Korea, North

    Pray for Missionary L, Releasing Gospel Balloons

    [310] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Missionary L.
    This missionary often comes dangerously close to North Korean border guards while dropping gospel-printed balloons in the river bordering North Korea.

    "Missionary L" is using a simple, time-tested method of sending the gospel into North Korea, but it's not without risk. The missionary releases orange plastic gospel balloons printed with the first chapter of Genesis into the river, where the current carries them to North Korea. Read More.

  • Jan. 04, 2018 | Vietnam

    Pray for Three Families Evicted from Their Village

    [463] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Evicted Families.
    The three families are living under a tarp in the jungle.

    Three Christian families were recently forced from their homes by relatives, with the tacit approval of village authorities. The attackers demolished the Christians' houses and took their farmland, so the believers and their children have been forced to live under a tarp in the jungle. Read More.

  • Jan. 04, 2018 | Sri Lanka

    Pray for a Pastor Forced to Stop Holding Services

    [296] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Sri Lankan Pastor.
    Churches in Sri Lanka often face opposition from Buddhist monks.

    Local authorities in a Sri Lankan village have ordered a pastor to stop holding Christian worship services. On Dec. 9, a police officer and a member of the local peace committee questioned the pastor about his church's worship activities. According to the officer, a number of villages in the area had complained about the Christian services. Read More.

  • Jan. 04, 2018 | Indonesia

    Pray for Pastor Abraham, Charged with Blasphemy

    [321] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Pastor Abraham.
    Pastor Abraham Ben Moses (Photo Credit: UCA News)

    An Indonesian pastor was charged with blasphemy recently after he shared his Christian faith in a taxi. In a widely circulated video, Pastor Abraham Ben Moses is heard speaking with a taxi driver about the Prophet Muhammad's teachings on marriage. He can also be heard asking the driver to convert to Christianity. Pastor Abraham's Internet evangelism has also been cited as a basis for the blasphemy charges, which were filed against him after Indonesia's second-largest Islamic organization complained to authorities. Read More.

  • Dec. 28, 2017 | Myanmar

    Pray for the Family of Tai Tai, Killed for His Faith

    [511] prayers in [21] nations have been posted for Tai Tai's family.
    Tai Tai's family

    "Tai Tai," a recent Christian convert in Shan state, was killed this past summer because of his Christian faith. After becoming a believer in January 2017, the 41-year-old had been active in his church and in sharing the gospel with the Palong people. Read More.

  • Dec. 28, 2017 | Uzbekistan

    Pray for Irina, Facing Charges for Possessing Christian Materials

    [304] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Irina.
    Uzbek Christians are at risk for even having a Bible in their home.

    On Nov. 10, police in Andijan, in eastern Uzbekistan, raided the apartment of Irina Stepanova, a member of a local Baptist church. Read More.

  • Dec. 28, 2017 | Uganda

    Pray that Leticia Will Get Her Daughter Back

    [350] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Leticia.
    Leticia lost her daughter after she became a Christian.

    When Leticia told her Muslim family she had become a Christian, they waited until she had left the house and then cleared her room of all her belongings. Her father cursed her and told her she was no longer his child. Read More.

  • Dec. 21, 2017 | Pakistan

    Eleven Killed in Church Attack

    [445] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Injured Pakistani Christians.
    A VOM partner prays with one of the bombing victims.

    At least 11 people were killed and 50 seriously injured in an attack Sunday, Dec. 17, on a Methodist church in Quetta, Pakistan. Read More.

  • Dec. 21, 2017 | China

    University Bans Christmas as "Western Religious Culture"

    [243] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Christians celebrating Christmas.
    The notice banning Christmas

    The Communist Youth League at Shenyang Pharmaceutical University, in northeastern China, published a notice recently prohibiting student associations from holding Christmas celebrations. Read More.

  • Dec. 21, 2017 | Sri Lanka

    Pray for Christians Ordered to Stop Worshiping

    [274] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Sri Lankan Believers.
    Sri Lankan Christians have refused to stop worshiping.

    On Nov. 17, three officials from the Mahaweli Development Authority and three Buddhist monks entered the Church of Gospel Ministry, Palatiyawa, and threatened to take the Christians' land if they continued to hold worship services. Read More.

  • Dec. 14, 2017 | Belarus

    Pray for Christians Detained for Distributing Christian Literature

    [343] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Harassed Church Members.
    Members of an evangelical church in Belarus were detained after distributing literature on the street.

    Police have detained and questioned members of an evangelical church in northern Belarus three times in the last two months for distributing Christian literature. On Oct. 14, police arrested Andrei Fokin as he and other believers distributed Christian books and magazines in the Lepel town market. He was released after a warning, but later fined for repeat offenses. Read More.

  • Dec. 14, 2017 | Iran

    Pray for Two Iranian Christians Recently Released on Bail

    [244] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Mohammad Ali Torabi and Abdol-Ali Pourmand.
    Mohammad Torabi (left) and Abdol-Ali Pourmand (right) were released on an exorbitant bail sum. (Photo Credit: Mohabat News)

    Mohammad Ali Torabi and Abdol-Ali Pourmand were each released from prison on $60,000 bail in late November, following their arrest in mid-October on unspecified charges related to their Christian activities. Read More.

  • Dec. 14, 2017 | China

    Pray for Pastor Li Wanhua, Harassed and Pressured by Chinese Police

    [251] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Li Wanhua.
    Pastor Li Wanhua (second from left) in front of a police station.

    Chinese police have repeatedly harassed a house church pastor in recent months, pressuring him to join the state-run Three Self Church. On Nov. 9, security officials arrested Pastor Li Wanhua at his home and took him in for interrogation. Read More.

  • Dec. 07, 2017 | India

    Pray for Christian Leaders Charged with Forced Conversions

    [336] prayers in [21] nations have been posted for Christian Leaders.
    Nearly every week, a pastor is arrested in India after sharing the gospel.

    In September, six Christian lay leaders were invited to a man's house to pray for his sick wife. While praying, a group of people arrived at the house, forced the Christians outside and beat them. Read More.

  • Dec. 07, 2017 | Algeria

    Pray for Algerian Christians Facing Increasing Intimidation

    [236] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Intimidated Algerian Christians.
    Christians in one group met in the mountains for communion.

    Authorities in northwestern Algeria shut down a church and arrested several Christians recently. "Over the past few months, it seems that the Algerian government is doing this all over the country," a VOM worker said. On Nov. 9, authorities in Ain Turk closed a church, confiscated its equipment and arrested several worshipers after accusing the church of illegally printing materials for evangelism. Read More.

  • Dec. 07, 2017 | China

    Pray for Christians Forced to Reject Their Faith

    [240] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Pressured Chinese Christians.
    Village Christians have been forced to remove religious images and replace them with images of President Xi Jinping.

    Government officials in Jiangxi province have pledged to help Christians living in poverty under the condition that they reject their faith, follow communism and replace their pictures of Jesus with pictures of President Xi Jinping. Read More.

  • Nov. 30, 2017 | Myanmar

    Pray for Htin and His Wife, Kicked Out of Their Village

    [421] prayers in [21] nations have been posted for Htin and Wife.
    Htin and his family continue to serve the Lord.

    After placing their faith in Christ in December 2016, "Htin" and his wife became the only Christians in their village. When family and friends learned of their conversion to Christianity, they told Htin that he and his wife were no longer welcome. Read More.

  • Nov. 30, 2017 | Korea, North

    Pray for Hoon, Learning About Jesus in China

    [250] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Hoon.
    Missionary Lee with some of the trafficked North Korean women.

    "Hoon," a North Korean working in China, has been learning about Jesus from a Chinese missionary for several months, but they may no longer be able to meet. Missionary "Lee" gave Hoon an MP3 player to help him study Scripture, and Lee could tell that Hoon was open to the gospel. Recently, however, China has tightened its control over those working with North Koreans, and one of Lee's friends who is a pastor was recently interrogated by Chinese police. Read More.

  • Nov. 30, 2017 | Bangladesh

    Pray for Imam Fedu, a New Christian Convert

    [267] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Imam Fedu.
    Imam Fedu heard the gospel from a Christian worker.

    Imam Fedu, a Muslim scholar and teacher in Bangladesh, recently placed his faith in Christ after receiving a Christian tract and hearing the gospel from a Christian worker. "Jesus is the Savior," Fedu said. He immediately resigned from his Muslim work and made plans to be baptized. Read More.

  • Nov. 23, 2017 | Eritrea

    Pray for Arrested Christian Students and Children of Arrested Parents

    [392] prayers in [23] nations have been posted for Arrested Christian Students.
    Eritrean Christians have been under attack for the past seven months.

    Sixteen Christian students were arrested earlier this month, the latest in a series of arrests since May 2017. The students, who were arrested after being discovered praying together, were held for more than two weeks before being released. Read More.

  • Nov. 23, 2017 | Iran

    Pray for Pastor Mohammed Ali Torabi, Being Held in an Unknown Location

    [269] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Pastor Mohammed.
    Pastor Mohammed Ali Torabi was arrested. (Photo Credit: Mohabat News)

    The leader of a house church in Khuzestan province, Pastor Mohammed Ali Torabi, was arrested on Oct. 18 at his workplace and taken to an unknown location. Two Christian converts from Islam were arrested the same day in the same city, but they were released after interrogation. Read More.

  • Nov. 23, 2017 | China

    Pray for Li Aijie, Beaten for Refusing to Divorce Her Husband

    [264] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Li Aijie.
    Li Aijie's own family beat her.

    The wife of an imprisoned Christian human rights lawyer was severely beaten by family members recently for refusing to divorce her husband. Li Aijie has been an outspoken advocate for her husband, Zhang Haitao, since his arrest in June 2015. Authorities have pressured her family to persuade her to stop speaking out on his behalf, even threatening Li's 80-year-old mother. Read More.

  • Nov. 16, 2017 | Laos

    Praise God for the Release of Four Men and Faithfulness of Seven Families

    [335] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Released Laotian men.
    Sanyahak is thankful to be back with his family and is ready to continue sharing the gospel.

    Four Christian men arrested over the past two months were released from jail recently. The first believer to be arrested, "Sanyahak," was detained in early October after 40 people came to know Christ through his witness. The three other men were later arrested, amid ongoing harassment of seven Christian families in the community. Read More.

  • Nov. 16, 2017 | Central African Republic

    Pray for Mary, Widowed by Islamists

    [273] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Mary.
    Christians in CAR were targeted by the rebels, including Mary's husband. (Photo Credit: World Watch Monitor)

    Mary's husband, Pastor Jean-Paul, was shot to death on Feb. 7 outside his church in Ramandji. Mary said he was killed by Islamists who want to eliminate all Christians from the community. Read More.

  • Nov. 16, 2017 | Pakistan

    Pray for VOM Workers and All Pakistanis Affected by Sickening Smog

    [223] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Smog-affected believers in Pakistan.
    Pray the smog will lift soon so children like these can receive Action Packs.

    Thick smog has blanketed parts of Pakistan for the past two weeks, affecting every aspect of life. The smog has dangerously reduced visibility and caused health issues for many in the affected areas. It has also hindered VOM's work in the country, delaying the distribution of Action Packs and other work that requires travel. Read More.

  • Nov. 09, 2017 | Sri Lanka

    Pray for Believers Receiving Christian Literature

    [325] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Sri Lankan Believers.
    Sri Lankan Christians received materials to help them grow in their faith.

    About 50 people gathered at a 250-year-old church in Matara, on Sri Lanka's southern coast, in mid-October to receive books intended to help them grow in faith. Two students led a worship service to express gratitude to God for the books. Days later, a second distribution took place in north-central Sri Lanka. Read More.

  • Nov. 09, 2017 | Eritrea

    Pray for the Children of Believers Who Are in Detention Camps

    [294] prayers in [20] nations have been posted for Children of Detained Believers.
    Eritrea has arrested more than 200 Christians this year, leaving many kids orphaned.

    Fikadu Debesay, a mother of three children, died a few weeks ago at Metkel Abiet, an Eritrean detention camp. Fikadu had been imprisoned for worshiping in a Lutheran church not recognized by the government. She and her husband were among 33 believers arrested on the same day in May. The harsh treatment she endured in the camp and the extreme desert temperatures reportedly contributed to her death. Read More.

  • Nov. 09, 2017 | China

    Pray for Pastor Zheng, Whose Church Was Forced to Close

    [250] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Pastor Zheng.
    The Chinese government forced this fellowship to close.

    After resisting government pressure to join the state-run Three Self Church, the Ci Ai Fellowship in China's southern Guangdong province was forced to close on Oct. 25. Government authorities took church members' ID cards, confiscated the church's Christian literature and summoned Pastor Zheng Shaoyun for questioning. Read More.

  • Nov. 02, 2017 | Indonesia

    Pray for a House Church Being Pressured to Close

    [366] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for House Church Members.
    This church in Bekasi, Indonesia was ordered to close in 2010, so believers met outdoors.

    A house church in East Java, Indonesia, is being pressured by local authorities and the Islamic group Wahidiyah to stop meeting in a pastor's home. Although neighbors did not initially object to the house church, some have begun to complain since authorities and the Islamic group publicly criticized the pastor for meeting without a religious permit. Read More.

  • Nov. 02, 2017 | Pakistan

    Pray for Zhafar Bhatti, Imprisoned Since 2012

    [297] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Zhafar.
    Zhafar

    Zhafar Bhatti, who was arrested and charged with blasphemy in July 2012, remains in prison, where he has been beaten several times. Zhafar, a traveling salesman for various medications, often used his door-to-door presentations to also share the gospel. He established a small NGO called "Jesus World Mission" with the purpose of helping the poor. Read More.

  • Nov. 02, 2017 | Laos

    Pray for Christians Imprisoned and Harassed by Local Authorities

    [244] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Imprisoned and Harassed Christians.
    Officials in Laos often put the greatest pressure on new believers.

    Local authorities in a Laotian village have imprisoned four Christian men and harassed numerous other Christian families in recent weeks. Police arrested the first believer, "Sanyahak," in early October after he had led nearly 40 people to Christ. Read More.

  • Oct. 26, 2017 | India

    Pray for Six Christian Leaders Recently Released from Prison

    [366] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Christian Leaders.
    Radical groups often have Christians arrested for alleged proselytism.

    Six house church leaders were released on Oct. 1617 after being detained for a month on false charges that they forced Hindus to convert to Christianity. The five men and one woman rejoiced that during their time in jail they were able to share the gospel with fellow prisoners. Read More.

  • Oct. 26, 2017 | Pakistan

    Pray for Pastor Zalaal as He Prepares to Build a New Church

    [235] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Zalaal.
    VOM has served with Pastor Zalaal for many years.

    Pastor "Zalaal" is ready to purchase land and begin construction on a new church building to replace one destroyed by angry Muslims while it was being built in late 2013. The Muslims were upset that Pastor Zalaal had led many Muslims to Christ, and as a result his congregation has faced repeated persecution. Read More.

  • Oct. 26, 2017 | Laos

    Pray for Christians Detained and Pressured to Renounce Their Faith

    [234] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Detained Christians.
    These believers also run the risk of arrest for worshipping Jesus in their village.

    In September police arrested six Christian couples and interrogated them for eight hours, pressuring them to renounce their faith and stop conducting worship services. "Whoever is a Christian will not be able to get any help from the government," they told the couples. Read More.

  • Oct. 19, 2017 | Kazakhstan

    Pray for Yklas Kabduakasov, Recently Released from Prison

    [267] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Yklas.
    Yklas Kabduaksov was released earlier this month.

    Yklas Kabduakasov, a Christian convert from Islam, was released from prison on Oct. 2 after spending more than two years in detention for "inciting religious hatred." He was arrested on Aug. 14, 2015, and spent time in pre-trial detention, under house arrest and finally in a labor camp. Read More.

  • Oct. 19, 2017 | Indonesia

    Pray for Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, Imprisoned for Blasphemy

    [279] prayers in [12] nations have been posted for Basuki.
    Former governor and Indonesian Christian Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, aka Ahok, began his prison sentence this month. (Photo Credit: World Watch Monitor)

    Jakarta's Christian governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, was sentenced recently to two years in prison after being convicted of blasphemy against Islam. Read More.

  • Oct. 12, 2017 | India

    Pray for Pastor Arjun and His Family as They Recover from a Brutal Attack

    [424] prayers in [23] nations have been posted for Pastor Arjun and Family.
    When extremists entered their home, both the pastor and his wife, and their son, were injured.

    A 60-year-old pastor and his family were beaten by Hindu radicals recently because they refused to stop their ministry work. Members of the Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) had warned Pastor Arjun several times to stop his evangelical work and prayer meetings, but he continued to share the gospel despite their warnings. Read More.

  • Oct. 12, 2017 | Turkey

    Pray for a Pastor Concerned About His Children's School Environment

    [261] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Turkish Pastor.
    Christian kids in Muslim majority Turkey face an uphill battle in school.

    A pastor in Turkey has asked that we pray for his two elementary-age children, who are surrounded by Muslims at school. Christian children in Muslim cultures often face great difficulties; their beliefs are actively mocked, both by teachers and students. Read More.

  • Oct. 12, 2017 | Laos

    Pray for Village Leaders as They Learn About Christianity

    [249] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Village Leaders.
    These believers in Laos won the right to worship God in their village.

    After observing a miraculous healing earlier this year, seven families in a Laotian village accepted Christ. When the families began visiting a nearby village every Sunday to worship with the man who shared the gospel with them, authorities in their own village scolded and questioned them. Read More.

  • Oct. 05, 2017 | Egypt

    Pray for Three Families Forced to Flee ISIS Attacks

    [361] prayers in [20] nations have been posted for Displaced Families.
    Coptic Christians in Egypt have long been targets of Muslim extremists because of their identity.

    Earlier this year, an extremist group associated with the Islamic State in the Sinai Province carried out a series of attacks on Christians in the northern Sinai, killing believers, destroying churches and bombing buses. Read More.

  • Oct. 05, 2017 | Uganda

    Pray for Isaac, Whose Shop Was Destroyed by Muslims

    [272] prayers in [20] nations have been posted for Isaac.
    VOM supplies pastors and Christian workers in Uganda with tools to help them share the gospel.

    "Isaac" recently opened a shop to sell Christian videos and music, including some of his own recordings. But Muslims broke into the shop and took Isaac's speakers so that he can't play the music. Although he reported the burglary to authorities, they did not investigate. Read More.

  • Oct. 05, 2017 | China

    Pray for Families Affected by the Closing of a Christian School

    [249] prayers in [20] nations have been posted for Christian school students.
    More than 50 million Christians in China meet "illegally" every week.

    In July, authorities closed a Christian school in Henan province, claiming it was brainwashing children. National security officers confiscated materials used at the school, which operated out of a woman's home, and also removed items belonging to a house church that met there. Read More.

  • Sep. 28, 2017 | Iraq

    Pray for "Mustafa," Who Found Christ While Fighting ISIS

    [381] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Mustafa.
    The actions of ISIS have cause many Muslims across the Middle East to question their faith.

    As Mustafa and his fellow soldiers engaged ISIS fighters in Mosul, he began to wonder why he was fighting people from his own religion. Wasn't ISIS practicing what the Quran taught? Disillusioned with Islam, he began to look for answers among the Christians. Read More.

  • Sep. 28, 2017 | Pakistan

    Pray for Imran Ghafur, Who Remains in Prison

    [273] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Imran Ghafur.
    Imran Ghafur has been in prison since 2009.

    Imran Ghafur, who was sentenced to life in prison after Muslims accused him of burning pages of a Quran in 2009, remains in prison as the courts delay his appeal. Read More.

  • Sep. 28, 2017 | Vietnam

    Pray for Christians Expelled from Their Town

    [253] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Expelled Vietnamese Believers.
    Brave men and women travel all over rural Vietnam sharing the gospel.

    A group of Christians in central Vietnam have lost their homes and farmland because of their faith in Christ, but they remain faithful to the Lord. Several families in the Central Highlands, including some former Communist Party members, have become Christians over the past few years through the witness of a VOM-supported evangelist. Read More.

  • Sep. 21, 2017 | Pakistan

    Pray for the Family of Sharoon Masih, Murdered by Classmates

    [435] prayers in [25] nations have been posted for Sharoon Masih's family.
    The family of Sharoon Masih, murdered by his classmates, because he was a Christian.

    A Christian teenager was beaten to death by classmates recently after being accused of drinking from the same glass as a Muslim. Sharoon Masih, 17, had begun classes at the exclusive MC Model Boys Government School Burewala in Punjab only three days before his murder. Read More.

  • Sep. 21, 2017 | Gaza Strip

    Pray for Musa, a New Christian in Hiding from His Family

    [266] prayers in [24] nations have been posted for Musa.
    Muslim converts in Gaza and the West Bank must practice their faith in secret.

    Pray for a young man in Gaza who came to faith in Christ through Internet ministries. Since becoming a Christian, "Musa" has been threatened and attacked many times by his family. Read More.

  • Sep. 21, 2017 | Tanzania

    Pray for the Church of a Pastor Killed While Showing the JESUS Film

    [307] prayers in [21] nations have been posted for Tanzanian church.
    Mary Elijah also lost her husband in a Muslim attack on Christians in their village.

    A pastor working in a remote area of Tanzania was attacked by angry villagers while showing the JESUS film. Pastor Paul Oloru was described as influential in his community, but he angered some tribal leaders by speaking out against customs like female circumcision and tribal religious practices. Read More.

  • Sep. 14, 2017 | India

    Pray for Jailed VBS Chaperones

    [382] prayers in [23] nations have been posted for VBS Chaperones.
    These three adults were freed, but six others remain in prison.

    Police in India arrested nine adults traveling with a group of 60 children to a Vacation Bible School (VBS) program this summer. The children and their chaperones sang Christian songs and read the Bible as they traveled by train, attracting the attention of a group of Hindu extremists. Read More.

  • Sep. 14, 2017 | Laos

    Pray for Vu, Rejected by Her Family

    [283] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Vu.
    Many young people are rejected by their families when they give their lives to Christ.

    "Vu" placed her faith in Christ earlier this year while working in the Laotian capital of Vientiane. Several months later, she shared her faith with her parents and brother in hope that they, too, would become Christians. Instead, they cursed her. Read More.

  • Sep. 14, 2017 | Pakistan

    Pray for Esmail, Unemployed After an Attack by Colleagues

    [271] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Esmail.
    Esmail and his wife no longer have a means of financial support.

    A Pakistani Christian man lost his taxi business recently after two Muslim colleagues destroyed his car. "Esmail" was never shy about sharing his Christian faith, and when he began driving a taxi several years ago he continued sharing it with other taxi drivers, even giving a Bible to one especially interested colleague. But two other drivers disapproved of Esmail's boldness, accusing him of trying to persuade Muslims to give up their faith. Read More.

  • Sep. 07, 2017 | Tanzania

    Pray for Christians Whose Possessions Were Taken

    [375] prayers in [22] nations have been posted for Tanzanian Christians.
    In spite of attacks against them, this church in Zanzibar, Tanzania continues to meet.

    A pastor and several church members in a southeastern Tanzanian village had all of their belongings and cash confiscated after they refused to contribute to a ceremony involving witchcraft. Read More.

  • Sep. 07, 2017 | India

    Pray for Pastor Perry and His Church, Attacked by Hindu Extremists

    [265] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Pastor Perry's Church.
    Pastor Perry and his family

    Hindu extremists attacked a church in Karnataka state recently, beating the pastor and burning everything in the church. Shortly after Pastor "Perry" and about 40 church members gathered for a special midday prayer meeting, more than 100 Hindu extremists rushed in and began beating the Christians with rods. Read More.

  • Sep. 07, 2017 | Turkey

    Pray for Pastor Andrew Brunson, Charged with Spying

    [278] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Andrew Brunson.
    Andrew Brunson (World Watch Monitor)

    An American pastor who has been imprisoned for almost a year is now facing espionage charges. Andrew Brunson, who has lived in Turkey for 23 years, was arrested last October and accused of membership in an Islamic terrorist organization. Read More.

  • Aug. 31, 2017 | Pakistan

    Pray for Christians Still Recovering from Peshawar Bombing

    [341] prayers in [24] nations have been posted for Injured Pakistani christians.
    Mehak was badly injured in the bombing four years ago.

    Although it's been nearly four years since suicide bombers struck the historic All Saints Church in Peshawar, killing more than 80 Christians, some of the more than 150 injured are still recovering. Read More.

  • Aug. 31, 2017 | Laos

    Pray for "Noum" and Her Sons, Who Are Now Homeless

    [266] prayers in [21] nations have been posted for Noum and Sons.
    New believers often face the worst persecution in Laos.

    After 54-year-old "Noum" and her two sons became Christians, her husband angrily refused to let them practice their faith. Then, when village authorities and witchdoctors accused Noum of angering the spirit presiding over the village, Noum's husband threatened to kick her out of the house if she didn't renounce her faith. Read More.

  • Aug. 31, 2017 | China

    Pray for Children Barred from Attending Church

    [273] prayers in [21] nations have been posted for Christian Chinese youth.
    China doesn't want parents and grandparents to teach their children about Christianity.

    Government officials in China's Zhejiang province are currently monitoring churches to ensure that children aren't attending. In addition, more than 100 area churches received verbal warnings against teenagers attending church services, Sunday school or other church-related activities. Read More.

  • Aug. 24, 2017 | Myanmar

    Pray for Tin and His Family, Searching for a New Home

    [409] prayers in [27] nations have been posted for Tin and Family.
    Nine of Tin's family members were badly injured.

    A few months after Tin and his family came to faith in Christ, a group of Buddhist monks in their village demanded that they return to Buddhism. The monks met with villagers about the family's conversion to Christianity, and the villagers suggested that the family be banned from the village or even killed. Read More.

  • Aug. 24, 2017 | Pakistan

    Pray for Pastor Mashar and His Church, Which Faces Constant Threats

    [246] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Pastor Mashar.
    Pastor Mashar and his wife have had to relocate due to persecution.

    Pastor "Mashar" has pastored a church in Pakistan since 2012. During his ministry, people have accepted Christ and experienced healing from the Lord. As a result, he and his church members have received numerous death threats. Read More.

  • Aug. 24, 2017 | Sierra Leone

    Pray for Christians Facing a Growing Islamic Presence

    [260] prayers in [22] nations have been posted for Sierra Leonean Christians.
    New believers in Sierra Leone are entering God's Kingdom every day.

    In the past several years, Islam's presence and influence have grown dramatically in Sierra Leone. By some estimates, more than 75 percent of the country is now Muslim, up from about 55 percent just seven years ago. Read More.

  • Aug. 17, 2017 | India

    Pray for Pastor Ariaan, Accused of Forcibly Converting Hindus

    [393] prayers in [22] nations have been posted for Pastor Ariaan.
    Pastor Ariaan and his family have lost their home and his daughter's schooling in addition facing a lawsuit.

    Pastor "Ariaan" has been charged with forcibly converting Hindus to Christianity and has been ordered by police not to pray, share the gospel or host prayer meetings in his home. In addition, his landlord has ordered him to leave his home, and his daughter has been denied admission to school. Read More.

  • Aug. 17, 2017 | Korea, North

    Pray for Pastor Kim, Who Helps Trafficked North Korean Women

    [334] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Pastor Kim.
    Pastor Kim prays with one of the men to whom he is ministering.

    Every year, hundreds of North Korean women are sold in China either as prostitutes or as wives for Chinese men. These women are enslaved in brothels or homes, and if caught outside they are sent back to North Korea, where they are likely to face harsh punishment. Read More.

  • Aug. 17, 2017 | Pakistan

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

    [315] prayers in [22] nations have been posted for Shahzad Masih.
    Shahzad Masih (Photo Credit: Morning Star News)

    A Pakistani teenager is being held by police in an unknown location after a co-worker accused him of blasphemy. Shahzad Masih, 17, who worked as a cleaner in a hospital to help support his family, apparently got into an argument with a Muslim co-worker, who later reported his alleged blasphemous statements to an Islamic activist. Read More.

  • Aug. 10, 2017 | Kenya

    Pray for Sarah Ambetsa, Widow of a Murdered Pastor

    [410] prayers in [21] nations have been posted for Sarah.
    Sarah has been supporting her sons since the death of her husband.

    Sarah Ambetsa's husband was killed in 2014 as he shared the Sunday morning message at the Joy in Jesus Church in Mombasa. Attackers entered the church that morning and began shooting at worshipers, killing the pastor and six others. Read More.

  • Aug. 10, 2017 | Middle East

    Pray for Ceger and Naza, Who Fled Their Home After Death Threats

    [269] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Ceger and Naza.
    This couple was forced to flee their home in Iraq even though they didn't want to.

    After years of threats, attacks and ostracism by their Muslim families, "Ceger" and his wife, "Naza," finally had to leave their home in Iraq. Read More.

  • Aug. 10, 2017 | Tajikistan

    Pray for Bakhrom Kholmatov, Imprisoned for "Extremist" Songs

    [297] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Bakhrom.
    This pastor will spend three years in prison for singing.

    Pastor Bakhrom Kholmatov, who has been detained by secret police since April 2017, was sentenced recently to three years in prison. Read More.

  • Aug. 03, 2017 | Nigeria

    Pray for Elizabeth as She Waits for Her Daughter's Return

    [280] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Elizabeth and Mariam.
    Elizabeth is anxious for her daughter to be released.

    After waiting three years for Boko Haram to release her youngest daughter, Mariam, Elizabeth is now waiting to bring her home. The Islamic extremist group released Elizabeth's 20-year-old daughter and 81 other "Chibok girls" in May. Since then, the girls have been in the government's custody and their families have received no explanation as to why. Read More.

  • Aug. 03, 2017 | Vietnam

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

    [283] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Mai Bao and Sister-in-law.
    These two women were kicked out of their home after they decided to follow Christ.

    "Mai Bao" and her husband spent years seeking healing for her illness before finally asking a Christian to pray for her. After she was healed, Mai Bao decided to give her life to Jesus. But the rest of her Hmong community saw her change of faith as a rejection of their values. Read More.

  • Jul. 27, 2017 | India

    Pray for Pastor Sultan's Family and Church Following His Martyrdom

    [426] prayers in [22] nations have been posted for Pastor Sultan's Family.
    Pastor Sultan and his wife, Sarabjit

    Pastor Sultan Masih, 50, of Temple of God church was found shot dead July 15 in northern India's Punjab state. His martyrdom took place in front of his church, two months after Hindu extremists witnessed his church celebrating its 25th anniversary. Read More.

  • Jul. 27, 2017 | Laos

    Pray for Five Families Facing Pressure from their Village and Local Government

    [254] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Five Laotian Families.
    Lao village officials put the heaviest pressure on new believers.

    After local government officials tried to entice five Christian families with a better lifestyle if they rejected their faith, the families stood firm in their beliefs. The families were offered homes with electricity and water, and better schools if they denied Jesus. Read More.

  • Jul. 27, 2017 | Egypt

    Pray for Christians under the Threat of Attack

    [258] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Targeted Egyptian Christians.
    More than 100 Egyptian Christians have died in the last eight months. (Photo Credit: World Watch Monitor)

    In the last eight months, more than 100 Coptic Christians have been killed in attacks on church groups and individuals. And recently, security services urged Christians not to be seen publicly around religious activities because they have intelligence that the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists were planning attacks. Read More.

  • Jul. 20, 2017 | Nigeria

    Pray for Sanga Barau Who is Undergoing Surgeries Following an Attack

    [433] prayers in [23] nations have been posted for Sanga.
    Sanga will need more surgeries to repair the damage to her jaw.

    In April 2016, Sanga Barau was walking to her farm in northern Nigeria when Muslim Fulani herdsmen (a nomadic tribe which often collaborates with Boko Haram terrorists) shot in her direction. The bullet struck her upper neck, dislocating her jaw and damaging teeth. She fell unconscious. Read More.

  • Jul. 20, 2017 | India

    Pray for Aju Mathew, Released After 42 Days in Prison

    [263] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Aju.
    Aju spent 42 days in prison on false human trafficking charges.

    Authorities arrested Aju Mathew as he took 14 poor children living in a Christian children's home on a field trip in southern India. They then falsely charged him with human trafficking and the conversion of minors. Read More.

  • Jul. 20, 2017 | Iran

    Pray for Two Christian Men Who Received Lengthy Prison Sentences

    [296] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Hadi and Amin.
    These two believers are scheduled to spend at least the next 10 years in prison.

    In July, The Islamic Revolutionary Court sentenced Hadi Asgari and Amin Afshar Naderi to 10 years in prison. Amin received an additional five years for blasphemy. The court also ruled the two are not allowed to leave the country for two years following their prison terms. Read More.

  • Jul. 14, 2017 | Myanmar

    Pray for Friends and Family of Tabitha, Who Died Recently

    [396] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Tabitha's family.
    Tabitha

    "Tabitha," the only Christian in an unreached area of Myanmar, died recently after Buddhists attacked her home. She had served faithfully for seven years and seen little fruit from her work. Finally, during the past year, 12 Buddhists had accepted Christ and been baptized. Read More.

  • Jul. 14, 2017 | Uganda

    Pray for Rebecca, Kicked Out of Her Home

    [273] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Rebecca.
    Rebecca

    A 23-year-old Ugandan woman was thrown out of her home by her family recently because of her new Christian faith. Rebecca came to faith in Christ after being healed of an illness. Her family had invited imams to pray, taken her to local shamans and even taken her to a hospital, but nothing had worked. Finally, a visiting Christian evangelist prayed for Rebecca and she recovered from her illness. Read More.

  • Jul. 14, 2017 | Vietnam

    Pray for Mr. Lee, Arrested and Beaten

    [254] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Mr. Lee.
    With little access to Christian materials in rural Vietnam, smuggling is a vital method of bringing God's Word into Christian homes.

    A Vietnamese believer was arrested and beaten recently after police raided his home looking for Christian materials. Read More.

  • Jul. 07, 2017 | Laos

    Pray for Keowynn, Kicked Out of His Home by His Son

    [387] prayers in [20] nations have been posted for Keowynn and his family.
    Koewynn and his family in front of their shelter.

    "Keowynn" and his family recently moved to a new area to share the gospel with an unreached people group. As his new church grew, however, his oldest son began to reject God. He started drinking and abusing drugs, and he wants nothing to do with his father's Christian faith. Read More.

  • Jul. 07, 2017 | Tanzania

    Pray for Three Young Christian Women Abused by Muslim Leaders

    [325] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Abused Christian Women.
    Young Christian girls can be targets for militant Muslims.

    Three teenage girls who converted from Islam to Christianity were subsequently raped by their former imams and pressured to return to Islam through marriage to Muslim men. VOM worked with local Christians to rescue and relocate the young women before they could be forced into Muslim marriages, and we have also helped with their education. Read More.

  • Jul. 07, 2017 | China

    Pray for Pastor Zhang Shaojie, Tortured in Prison

    [301] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Zhang Shaojie.
    Pastor Zhang Shaojie

    Pastor Zhang Shaojie, who is serving a 12-year prison sentence in Xinxiang Prison, Henan Province, is reportedly being tortured by starvation and sleep deprivation. The pastor, along with 23 church members, was arrested on Nov. 16, 2013, on a false fraud charge and for "gathering a crowd to disrupt the public order." Read More.

  • Jun. 30, 2017 | India

    Pray for Pastor Falgun and His Family, Attacked by Hindu Militants

    [424] prayers in [22] nations have been posted for Falgun and family.
    Pastor Falgun and his wife are under treatment at the hospital after an extremist attack.

    Hindu militants attacked a Christian family recently as they prayed in their own home. On May 3, Pastor "Falgun", his wife and his sister- and brother-in-law were praying for a sick neighbor when about 10 members of a Hindu extremist group rushed into the home and attacked the pastor with sticks. Read More.

  • Jun. 30, 2017 | Eritrea

    Pray for 45 Christians Arrested in Adi Quala

    [271] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Arrested Christians.
    Pastor Haile Nayzgi has spent the last 13 years in prison in Eritrea.

    On May 13, Eritrean security forces arrested 45 believers during a house-to-house search specifically targeting evangelical Christians in the town of Adi Quala. All of the Christians, including children, elderly men and a disabled woman, were taken to a nearby village. Read More.

  • Jun. 30, 2017 | Kazakhstan

    Pray for Yuri Pak, Recently Released from Prison

    [245] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Yuri Pak.
    Yuri spent two years in prison on dubious charges.

    Yuri Pak was released from prison on June 17, 2017, after spending two years in prison on a conviction of making a bomb threat. VOM workers and Christians in Kazakhstan believe the government targeted Yuri because of his outspoken faith and his ability as a teacher to influence students. Read More.

  • Jun. 23, 2017 | Kenya

    Pray for Diana as She Recovers from an Attack by Muslim Extremists

    [430] prayers in [20] nations have been posted for Diana.
    Diana and Austin are happy to be on the road to recovery.

    Diana continues to recover from wounds she suffered three years ago when Muslim extremists attacked her church one Sunday morning. She and her husband, Austin, were among 21 worshipers severely wounded in an attack on the Joy in Jesus Pentecostal Church in Mombasa, Kenya. Read More.

  • Jun. 23, 2017 | Iraq

    Pray for Christina, a 6-Year-Old Girl Freed from the Islamic State

    [320] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Christina Abada.
    Christian was rescued after three years as an ISIS captive. (Photo credit: thestevennabil, Twitter)

    Christina Abada, a 6-year-old Iraqi girl, was reunited with her Christian family on June 9 after being held by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS) for three years. Read More.

  • Jun. 23, 2017 | Pakistan

    Pray for the Families of Two Chinese Students Killed by ISIS

    [268] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Chinese Students' Families.
    Li Xinheng and Lu Ling Lina were studying Urdu in Quetta, Pakistan. (Photo credit: usmanmasood44, Twitter)

    Two Chinese students, whom the Pakistani government accused of "preaching," were kidnapped and killed by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS) in May. Read More.

  • Jun. 16, 2017 | Uganda

    Pray for Moses, Facing Persecution from Muslim Family and Friends

    [402] prayers in [21] nations have been posted for Moses.
    With assistance from VOM, Moses will be able to support his family with a small carpentry business.

    Moses, who recently left Islam to follow Jesus, has faced repeated persecution since his conversion. Read More.

  • Jun. 16, 2017 | India

    Pray for Six Christians Arrested on False Charges

    [252] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Falsely Charged Christians.
    The Christians appeared before the court

    Six Christian leaders were arrested on May 10 as they conducted an open air gathering in Mau, Uttar Pradesh. A local Hindu political leader reportedly bribed the police to have them arrested after area Hindus claimed the men were coercing people to convert to Christianity. Read More.

  • Jun. 16, 2017 | China

    Pray for Zhang Xiuhong, Imprisoned for Church Work

    [262] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Zhang.
    Zhang was the first member of Living Stone Church to be arrested

    Zhang Xiuhong, a volunteer accountant for the Living Stone Church (or Huoshi) in China, was recently sentenced to five years in prison because of her work with the church. She was arrested in July 2015 on charges of operating an illegal business, but her trial didn't conclude until February 2017. Read More.

  • Jun. 09, 2017 | Indonesia

    Pray for Three Churches Closed by Islamists

    [395] prayers in [25] nations have been posted for Worshippers in Closed Churches.
    Islamists gathered in front of the church property in protest.

    Three churches in West Java, Indonesia, were closed on May 23 after Islamic education leaders protested their existence in the area. Read More.

  • Jun. 09, 2017 | Sri Lanka

    Pray for Christians Affected by Increasing Persecution

    [245] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Sri Lankan Christians.
    The Kithu Sevana prayer center in northwestern Sri Lanka was destroyed by a mob on Jan. 5, 2017. (Photo: World Watch Monitor)

    On May 18, about 30 Buddhist monks led 200 people in a protest against a church in Devinuwara. Intimidation of Christians and attacks on places of worship have increased recently, with more than 20 incidents occurring across the country since the beginning of this year. Read More.

  • Jun. 09, 2017 | Eritrea

    Pray for Christians Arrested for Their Faith

    [298] prayers in [20] nations have been posted for Eritrean Christians.
    The Christian parents of these girls were also arrested.

    Eritrean security officers have arrested all members of the Kale Hiwot church in Adiquala, near the Ethiopian border. Among those arrested were 12 children, the youngest of whom is just 2 months old. Read More.

  • Jun. 02, 2017 | Philippines

    Pray for Christians Kidnapped and Terrorized in Extremist Attack

    [410] prayers in [20] nations have been posted for Kidnapped Christians.
    VOM workers say many people fled the area after the attacks.

    Fourteen Christians were kidnapped on May 23 during an attack on Marawi, Philippines. About 100 Islamic extremists overran the city, firing machine guns and marking the territory as their own by raising black ISIS flags. Read More.

  • Jun. 02, 2017 | Uganda

    Pray for Francis, a Christian Worker Receiving Threatening Messages

    [257] prayers in [20] nations have been posted for Francis.
    Someone is threatening to kill Francis because of his Christian work.

    "Francis," a Christian worker in Uganda, received a threatening text message on April 6 warning him about his work. Calling Francis an infidel, the message's sender warned him that he knows where he lives and will beat Francis if he ever catches him "abusing Islam" again. Read More.

  • Jun. 02, 2017 | Afghanistan

    Pray for a Kidnapped Aid Worker and Family of a Murdered Worker

    [269] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for an Aid Worker.
    The German woman who was killed has served the Afghan people for 13 years.

    Two women working for Sweden-based Operation Mercy were targeted by unknown attackers at their guest house in Kabul, Afghanistan, on May 20. A German national and her Afghan guard were killed, while a woman from Finland was kidnapped. Read More.

  • May. 26, 2017 | China

    Pray for Li Heping, Recently Released from Prison

    [393] prayers in [20] nations have been posted for Li Heping and his Brother.
    Li Heping (right) next to his brother, Li Chunfu, after his release

    After nearly two years in prison, Christian human rights lawyer Li Heping returned home to his family earlier this month. Li was arrested in July 2015, along with a group of other attorneys, for defending evangelical believers and others targeted by the government. Read More.

  • May. 26, 2017 | India

    Pray for Shahri, the Widow of a Murdered Pastor

    [284] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Shahri.
    Shahri lost her husband, yet she continues to lead the church he founded.

    "Shahri's" husband was among the first in his tribal group to accept Jesus. Although his family were members of the priest caste in their animistic religion, he came to know Christ and soon started a small church in their village. He was threatened and beaten many times by local communist rebels, who ultimately murdered him at his home because of his Christian faith. Read More.

  • May. 26, 2017 | Turkey

    Pray for Altan, Unable to Attend Church

    [270] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Altan.
    Turkey has at least 40 above ground churches, but it's difficult for converts to attend openly.

    A Turkish believer has been unable to attend church for months, after being warned that he would lose his job if he continued. "Altan" became a believer in western Turkey, where he attended church regularly. Read More.

  • May. 19, 2017 | Colombia

    Pray for a Church Planter Receiving Death Threats

    [425] prayers in [23] nations have been posted for Xavier.
    Xavier serves at great personal risk in paramilitary country.

    "Xavier Gonzalez," a church planter working in one of Colombia's most dangerous areas, receives frequent death threats. Years ago, he felt God leading him to start a church in one of the country's poorest cities. Read More.

  • May. 19, 2017 | Korea, North

    Pray for the Spread of the Gospel Through Radio Broadcasts

    [319] prayers in [20] nations have been posted for Gospel Broadcasts into North Korea.
    North Korean defectors share the gospel in the North Korean dialect via radio waves.

    A new shortwave radio program created by North Korean defectors and VOM is reaching an estimated 2 million North Koreans nightly. Each 90-minute program includes a Scripture reading, encouraging messages from Christians around the world, readings from Pastor Richard Wurmbrand's Tortured for Christ and a recitation of the Nicene Creed. Read More.

  • May. 19, 2017 | Israel

    Pray for Christians Targeted by Ultra-Orthodox Jews

    [262] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Messianic Jews.
    Ultra- Orthodox Jews attacked a Messianic congregation.

    Messianic Jews are requesting prayer after a meeting center and some congregants' homes were targeted by ultra-Orthodox Jews recently in south Israel. Read More.

  • May. 12, 2017 | North Africa

    Pray for Hiba, Expelled and Threatened by Her Family

    [437] prayers in [26] nations have been posted for Hiba.
    Women in Hiba's country need the freedom found in Christ.

    "Hiba," a North African Christian, is starting a new life after being kicked out of her family for converting to Christianity. After learning of her conversion, her father tortured her and, along with her brother, threatened to kill her. Read More.

  • May. 12, 2017 | India

    Pray for Pastor Aaryan, Arrested for Sharing the Gospel

    [271] prayers in [22] nations have been posted for Pastor Aaryan.
    Pastor Aaryan

    Pastor "Aaryan" was arrested in early January after being attacked by Hindu radicals during a worship meeting with about 70 other Christians. The Hindus filed a complaint alleging that Pastor Aaryan was conducting forced conversions, and he was held in jail for 15 days before being bailed out. Read More.

  • May. 12, 2017 | Myanmar

    Pray for Two Pastors Detained for Three Months Without Trial

    [267] prayers in [22] nations have been posted for Two Detained Pastors.
    Pastors Dom Dawng Nawng Latt and La Jaw Gam Hseng (Morning Star News)

    Pastors Dom Dawng Nawng Latt, 65, and La Jaw Gam Hseng, 35, were arrested on December 24, 2016, after helping a couple that had complained to military officials about the destruction of their house. Read More.

  • May. 05, 2017 | Sudan

    Pray for a Christian Family Whose Home Was Destroyed

    [443] prayers in [28] nations have been posted for Mona's family.
    Mona Matta and her three children in jail in Omdurman, Sudan. (Photo credit: Morning Star News)

    On April 24, police arrested 27-year-old Mona Matta and her children, ages 2, 4 and 6, at their home near Khartoum while her husband, Azhari Tambra, was away. Read More.

  • May. 05, 2017 | China

    Pray for Pastor John Cao, Arrested Recently by Chinese Authorities

    [284] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Pastor John.
    John Cao supported Myanmar's poor.

    On March 5, police arrested Cao San-Qiang (John Cao), a Chinese pastor known for his work among Myanmar's poor. Authorities charged Pastor Cao with "organizing illegal crossings of national borders." Read More.

  • May. 05, 2017 | Middle East

    Pray for Fadi, a Former Muslim Now Following Christ

    [302] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Fadi.
    Brave partners in the Middle East are sharing their faith with even the most intimidating enemies.

    Pastor "Abraham" works in an area with a high concentration of Syrian refugees. He often struggled with fear when sharing the gospel with Muslims, but then he had an experience where the Lord told him not to fear. Read More.

  • Apr. 28, 2017 | Sri Lanka

    Pray for Pastor Ishara, Whose Church Is Being Threatened

    [426] prayers in [21] nations have been posted for Pastor Ishara and his church.
    Pastor "Kasun" faced similar community opposition to his church in Sri Lanka.

    On March 25, a Buddhist monk led a group of about 50 people into a church and demanded that the Christians cease worship activities. When police arrived, they scolded the Christians for disturbing the peace and ordered the pastor to go to the station for an interview. Read More.

  • Apr. 28, 2017 | Niger

    Pray for Christina Saleh as She Witnesses to Muslim Women

    [293] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Christina Saleh.
    After attending VOM-supported training, Christina Saleh is more bold in sharing her faith with Muslims.

    After attending a VOM-led training session with her husband, "Christina Saleh" has begun to meet with women in four villages, teaching Christians and witnessing to Muslims. Before attending the training session, Christina had been afraid to openly share the gospel. Muslim women had frightened her by showing her the graves of missionaries, and some vendors in the local market had stopped accepting her money when they learned she was a believer. Read More.

  • Apr. 28, 2017 | Laos

    Pray for Kamea and Her Children as They Start a New Life

    [284] prayers in [21] nations have been posted for Kamea.
    Village authorities in Laos often accuse describe Christianity as a tool of the American CIA.

    "Kamea," a single mother of three children, is starting over in a new village after being evicted from her home because of her Christian faith. She was led to Christ through her 18-year-old son, who became a Christian while working in a large city for a year. Read More.

  • Apr. 21, 2017 | Laos

    Pray for Hmong Christians Expelled from Their Village

    [406] prayers in [20] nations have been posted for Hmong Christians.
    These are some of children of the evicted Christian families.

    Four Hmong Christian families in Laos who were driven from their village because of their faith continued to share Jesus even while camping in a rice field. Read More.

  • Apr. 21, 2017 | Iran

    Pray for Pastor Victor and Other Believers Facing Charges in Tehran

    [262] prayers in [21] nations have been posted for Pastor Victor and friends.
    These five Iranian Christians were arrested for their involvement in house churches.

    Several Christian men face charges related to evangelism in Tehran, and two are still in prison. Pastor Victor, Amin Nader Afshar and Kavian were arrested at the pastor's house during a Christmas celebration in 2014 and released on bail in early 2015. Pastor Victor was charged with evangelism, acting against national security and conducting illegal Christian gatherings. Read More.

  • Apr. 21, 2017 | Mali

    Pray for the Distribution of Bibles in Southern Mali

    [240] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Pastors distributing Bibles.
    A pastor receives a Bible.

    There is a shortage of Bibles in the Sikasso Region of southern Mali, and the Bibles are desperately needed because of an increasing number of new Christian believers. In the past, Islamic extremists destroyed Bibles first when attacking villages. VOM recently replaced 1,200 Bibles, but that number represents only a fraction of what is needed in the area. Read More.

  • Apr. 14, 2017 | Syria

    Pray for "Rasima" and "Fadia," Discipling Young Women in Damascus

    [424] prayers in [28] nations have been posted for Rasima and Fadia.
    This woman came to faith through the work of a VOM partner.

    Rasima and her sister, Fadia, began to search for a church in Damascus after the Lord appeared to both of them in a dream. Although the Muslim sisters initially looked for a traditional Christian church a big building with a cross on top during their search they came across a nondescript building with a table full of Bibles in front; it was a VOM partner church. Read More.

  • Apr. 14, 2017 | Sudan

    Pray for the Family of Younan Abdullah, Killed Defending Christian Protesters

    [260] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Family of Younan Abdullah.
    The Evangelical School in Sudan Photo credit: Morning Star News

    On April 3, a group of Christians gathered at the Evangelical School in Omdurman, near Khartoum, to protest the government's proposed appropriation of property owned by the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church. Read More.

  • Apr. 14, 2017 | China

    Pray for Pastor Yang Hua, Facing a Serious Illness in Prison

    [303] prayers in [25] nations have been posted for Pastor in Prison.
    Pastor Yang Hua's wife and son

    A Chinese pastor who has been in prison for the past 16 months was admitted to the hospital last month with a serious medical condition. Read More.

  • Apr. 07, 2017 | Indonesia

    Pray for the Santa Clara Church, Opposed by Local Muslims

    [415] prayers in [28] nations have been posted for Church.
    This established church was closed after Muslims complained. Though Christianity is legal, Muslim groups have a lot of influence.

    On March 7, hundreds of Muslims converged on the construction site of a new church in Bekasi, Indonesia, removing a sign announcing the church's construction before lodging a complaint with the town mayor. Read More.

  • Apr. 07, 2017 | Zambia

    Pray for Azibo, Rejected by Family After Becoming a Christian

    [282] prayers in [23] nations have been posted for "Azibo".
    VOM provided these Front Line workers with motorbikes to help them move around more efficiently.

    "Azibo," a young Zambian, placed his faith in Christ early last year after talking with a front-line worker about the nightly dreams he'd been having about Jesus. Read More.

  • Apr. 07, 2017 | Algeria

    Pray for Workers Distributing Digital Bibles

    [249] prayers in [20] nations have been posted for Front-line Workers.
    An Algeria woman reads the New Testament.

    A group of Christians are currently traveling across Algeria distributing digital Bibles in the local languages. Read More.

  • Mar. 30, 2017 | India

    Pray for Pastor "Vanu," Whose Church Was Burned by Extremists

    [402] prayers in [22] nations have been posted for Pastor.
    VOM will help the church rebuild

    A Christian congregation in India lost its church building on Jan. 14 after extremists poured gasoline around the church and set it on fire. Read More.

  • Mar. 30, 2017 | Sudan

    Pray for "Esther," a Disabled Christian in the Nuba Mountains

    [287] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Disabled Christian.
    The gift of food was a great encouragement to this disabled widow.

    "Esther," a widow with four young children, lives a difficult life in Sudan's Nuba Mountains. Last June VOM shared a prayer request for Esther, who has physical disabilities caused by polio and lives in a region that is often bombed by the Sudanese government. Read More.

  • Mar. 30, 2017 | North Africa

    Pray for Pastor "Rahim," Who Is Unable to Find Work

    [255] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Pastor.
    Christians in North Africa often can't find employment.

    A pastor who has been arrested several times because of his Christian faith is having difficulty providing for his family because he cannot find work. Read More.

  • Mar. 24, 2017 | India

    Pray for Christians Attacked at a Festival

    [419] prayers in [22] nations have been posted for Christians.
    Hindu extremists cut short a two-day Christian festival in India.

    Hindu extremists attacked believers at a Christian peace festival on Feb. 24 in New Delhi, injuring many in attendance. Read More.

  • Mar. 24, 2017 | Malaysia

    Pray for Pastor Raymond, Whose Welfare Is in Doubt After Abduction

    [334] prayers in [20] nations have been posted for Pastor Raymond.
    Pastor Raymond is still missing (photo credit: The Star/Asia News Network).

    The family of Pastor Raymond Koh fear the worst following his abduction on Feb. 13. Read More.

  • Mar. 24, 2017 | Nigeria

    Pray for Lydia and Williams, Who Survived a Fulani Attack on Their Village

    [288] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Lydia and Williams.
    Fire was set during an attack against Christians in Nigeria (Photo: World Watch Monitor).

    A group of Fulani men attacked a village recently in Kaduna, Nigeria, killing four people and injuring two adults and a young child. Read More.

  • Mar. 17, 2017 | China

    Pray for Pastor Jin Tianming, Under House Arrest Since 2011

    [438] prayers in [28] nations have been posted for Pastor Jin.
    Pastor Jin is still under house arrest in China.

    The pastor of a house church has been under house arrest since 2011 in China for refusing to join the Three-Self Church. Read More.

  • Mar. 17, 2017 | Syria

    Pray for Christians in Aleppo, Food and Jobs Still Scarce

    [275] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Aleppo Christians.
    Many homes and stores in Aleppo have been completely destroyed.

    Pray for Christians living in war-torn Aleppo. Few jobs are available and this has forced many families to share small apartments. Read More.

  • Mar. 17, 2017 | Iran

    Pray for Evangelism Efforts during Persian New Year

    [254] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Evangelists.
    Many Iranians travel to meet with family and friends over the Persian New Year.

    Iranians will celebrate the Persian New Year, known as "Nowruz," on March 21. Hundreds of thousands of Iranians will travel during this holiday period. It is a crucial time for evangelism and discipleship efforts for many churches and ministries focused on Iran. VOM supports a range of efforts including training and conferences for leaders and church planters, Bible distributions to Persian seekers and believers, and ministries focused on sharing the gospel. Please pray that many would hear and receive the Word of God. Read More.

  • Mar. 10, 2017 | India

    Pray for Pastor Patel and Santhayama, Attacked and Arrested at Christmas

    [440] prayers in [26] nations have been posted for Pastor Patel and Santhamaya.
    Pastor Ramesh Patel and his family.

    Pastor Ramesh Patel and his wife were holding a prayer meeting on Dec. 20 at the home of a 60-year-old woman named Santhayama when a group of Hindu radicals raided the home. Read More.

  • Mar. 10, 2017 | Vietnam

    Pray for Nou, Whose Family Tried to Kill Him

    [299] prayers in [22] nations have been posted for Nou.
    A close up of one of Brother Nou's injuries.

    In February a Hmong Christian, Brother "Nou," was confronted at his house by a relative with a gun, a knife and the intent to kill him. Read More.

  • Mar. 10, 2017 | Nigeria

    Pray for Christians Attacked in Kaduna

    [269] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Christians.
    Attackers burned churches and other property. [World Watch Monitor]

    Attacks continue on Christians in Kaduna state despite calls for peace and an increased army presence. Read More.

  • Mar. 03, 2017 | Egypt

    Pray for the Family of Kamel, Who Was Killed by Islamic Extremists

    [518] prayers in [28] nations have been posted for Family of Kamel.
    A photo of one of the Egyptian Christians who was killed by Islamic Extremists (photo credit: World Watch Monitor)

    A Christian man in Egypt's North Sinai region was shot to death by Islamic extremists on Feb. 23 in front of his family, making him the seventh Christian to be martyred in the past month. Read More.

  • Mar. 03, 2017 | West Bank

    Pray for Mary, Who Is Being Discipled by Front-Line Workers

    [284] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Mary.
    Mary and her little boy

    VOM supports Christian workers who meet with many believers in the West Bank, where tensions remain high between Muslims and Christians. One new believer, "Mary," asked to learn more about the Bible... Read More.

  • Mar. 03, 2017 | Laos

    Pray for Four Christian Families Forcibly Deported from their Village

    [287] prayers in [20] nations have been posted for Christian Families.
    This family is not allowed to go back to their home in Laos because of their faith in Jesus.

    VOM Sources In early February, four Christian families were forced out of their village because of their faith in Christ. The families accepted Christ in 2016 after several family members were healed from an illness. Read More.

  • Feb. 24, 2017 | Mexico

    Pray for Mardomio and Family, Evicted from Village

    [447] prayers in [25] nations have been posted for Mardomio and Family.
    Christian families in Chiapas meet to worship even though they face persecution.

    A Christian family in Chiapas, Mexico, was forced to flee their home after being threatened by members of their Zapatista community. Read More.

  • Feb. 24, 2017 | China

    Pray for House Church Leaders Ordered to Join TSPM

    [292] prayers in [22] nations have been posted for House Church Leaders.
    A Chinese official takes photos during a raid on a house church.

    Chinese government authorities have begun pressuring house churches to register with the government and join the Three-Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM). Read More.

  • Feb. 24, 2017 | Middle East

    Pray for "Suraya," Whose Three Children Were Kidnapped

    [323] prayers in [22] nations have been posted for Suraya.
    Suraya hasn't seen her three children since they were taken by her ex-husband.

    Suraya's ex-husband kidnapped their three children more than 13 months ago, after a judge granted her full custody of the children. Read More.