• Jul. 18, 2024 | Benin

    Christians Persecuted by Voodoo Priests

    [133] prayers in [8] nations have been posted for Christians in Benin.
    Christians in Benin are regularly persecuted by voodooists.

    In Benin, local politicians are often strongly influenced by voodoo priests. In one part of the country, voodoo practitioners have convinced police to arrest four pastors because of songs they heard Christians singing during worship services. The complaints about the Christians' songs have interrupted the services and activities of roughly a dozen churches in that area. Read More.

  • Jul. 18, 2024 | India

    Christian Wins Fellow Inmates for Christ

    [92] prayers in [6] nations have been posted for Poonam.
    In Poonam's state, even carrying a Bible can lead to conversion charges.

    While meeting for prayer on June 28, 2023, Poonam Bind, her parents and another sister in Christ were arrested on charges of converting Hindus. They spent the next two months in jail. Poonam and the other Christian women with her used the time to minister to the other 150 female inmates in the jail and led many of the women to place their faith in Christ. "I realized God had a wonderful plan for those people to be saved, and so I was there," Poonam said. "I saw how people were treated and troubled and how badly they needed Jesus in their lives." She continues to disciple many of the women who came to Christ in the jail. Read More.

  • Jul. 18, 2024 | Tunisia

    Churches Face New Restrictions

    [89] prayers in [6] nations have been posted for Christians in Tunisia.
    Christian activities like baptisms are coming under increasing scrutiny in Tunisia.

    Christians in Tunisia are finding it harder to gather and worship the Lord together. Front-line workers say the Tunisian government has banned Christians from meeting in hotels or other public gathering places without official pre-approval. "Only foreigners and officially registered NGOs [non-governmental organizations] are allowed to meet in those facilities," said a front-line worker. The worker added that one church leader has been harassed and "can no longer lead weekly services on Wednesdays and Saturdays." Read More.

  • Jul. 11, 2024 | Laos

    Christian Widow Abandoned by Family

    [162] prayers in [11] nations have been posted for Mrs. Thai's family and village.
    In Laos, many villages will not permit Christians to bury their dead in local cemeteries.

    Mrs. Thai, a Christian widow in a Khmu tribal village in Laos, was persecuted by her own family and kicked out of her house because of her faith. She lived alone, and none of her family cared for her. She passed away on December 27, 2023. Her family did not want to take responsibility for her funeral. Members of the local body of Christ came to bury her, but the village headman would not permit them to bring it into the village cemetery, concerned that it would displease the ancestor spirits. Read More.

  • Jul. 11, 2024 | Kenya

    Bibles "Food of Life" in Northern Kenya

    [124] prayers in [8] nations have been posted for Bible distribution.
    Audio Bibles are a strategic resource reach people with the gospel in parts of Kenya.

    Christians in remote parts of northern Kenya cannot easily access or afford Bibles that are often available for purchase only in far-away cities like Nairobi. Some churches in this part of Kenya have only one Bible to share among their congregations. A local pastor said that one young man refused to do his schoolwork so he could focus on studying the Bible when it was his family's turn with their church's Bible. Without knowledge of God's Word, many Christians in that region have been vulnerable to the influence of Islam. VOM worked with a local group of pastors and lay ministers to distribute more than 14,000 Bibles, including illustrated and audio Bibles, in this remote region of Kenya. Read More.

  • Jul. 11, 2024 | Colombia

    "Red Zone" Pastor Requests Prayer for Sick Daughter

    [140] prayers in [9] nations have been posted for pastor and his family.
    Teoboldo and Denise's daughter is battling a heart condition. Pray for healing.

    Teoboldo and Denise minister in one of Colombia's "red zones," areas dominated by guerrilla violence and illicit activity associated with illegal drug trade. They have been threatened and confined to their house; at other times, they have been forced to cancel worship services because of threats. They've had friends killed for refusing to comply with the warnings from guerrillas, yet they remain faithful amid the risk. "This is the area where God has placed us. That is where we are going to stay until God tells us otherwise," Teoboldo said. The couple has three children, but their middle child died two years ago from complications during heart surgery. Read More.

  • Jul. 04, 2024 | Nepal

    Family Evicted, Beaten for Faithful Witness

    [213] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Blawan Kumar.
    Pray for Blawan Kumar and his family.

    Jailed as a murderer, Blawan Kumar Paswan had no hope. Then, a Christian in his prison shared the gospel with him. Blawan placed his trust in Jesus Christ and was baptized. A jailer observed the changes in Blawan's life and recommended early release after he had served 10 years. Blawan returned to his village and dedicated his life to sharing the gospel, but persecution followed. His uncle evicted his family and took their possessions. On December 1, 2023, a group of drunken men beat Blawan and his wife, Bina. They accused the couple of spoiling their culture by preaching about Jesus. Read More.

  • Jul. 04, 2024 | Nigeria

    Jihadists Refuse to Release Abducted Woman

    [160] prayers in [10] nations have been posted for Mrs. Baraka.
    Islamic militants have been destroying homes and killing or kidnapping Christians in Kaduna State, Nigeria for years.

    Church leaders request prayer for a woman abducted in early March of 2024 in Kaduna State, Nigeria, from an area with a majority-Christian population. "Fulani jihadis opened sporadic gunfire on the entire area," said a front-line worker. "And while Mrs. Musa Baraka was running to safety, in the confusion, the militants picked her up and shot her 32-year-old son." The son survived and underwent surgery for his wounds in early May. Read More.

  • Jul. 04, 2024 | Iran

    Woman Led to Christ Through Film's Example

    [141] prayers in [8] nations have been posted for a new believer.
    God is using Christian publications and transform lives in Iran.

    A popular film in Iran has sparked conversations about Christianity among Muslims in the country, and one woman's life was changed. The movie is not a Christian film, but it portrays a Christian character who acts in a kind-hearted, forgiving way. A woman watched some of the film and decided to pray to Jesus, saying, "Jesus, if you are real, show yourself to me!" The next day, a Christian woman visited her shop and felt compelled to give her a magazine: "Please accept this magazine as a gift from God." Read More.

  • Jun. 27, 2024 | Israel

    Christians Help the Hungry in Gaza

    [181] prayers in [11] nations have been posted for Christian ministry in Gaza.
    A Christian ministry in Gaza feeds people trying to survive the war.

    A pastor in Gaza and his team are regularly providing hot meals to hundreds of people sheltering and trying to survive the current conflict. "We have been able to distribute meals to the people in Rafah and the middle of the Gaza Strip," the pastor said. "The situation is very dire, and people are desperate for food." Read More.

  • Jun. 27, 2024 | Tanzania

    "Pastor's Libraries" Equip Tanzanian Pastors

    [129] prayers in [9] nations have been posted for Tanzanian pastors.
    Study Bibles and other resource materials help Tanzanian pastors lead their congregations.

    Many Tanzanian pastors lack access to biblical training and in-depth study resources needed to help their congregations stand firm in their faith. Front-line workers in central Tanzania recently handed out 706 boxes of "Pastor's Libraries" containing study Bibles and other Christian educational aids designed to help pastors train themselves. "Even before we can attend a Bible college, it feels now like we have a Bible college at home through these materials," said one church leader upon receiving the boxed study kit. The kits were distributed to pastors from several denominational groups. Read More.

  • Jun. 27, 2024 | Colombia

    Young People Vulnerable to Guerrilla Recruitment

    [130] prayers in [9] nations have been posted for Rodrigo and Astrid.
    Rodrigo and Astrid are concerned about their grandchildren, who have been targeted by Colombia's violent Marxist guerrillas.

    Rodrigo and Astrid have planted eight churches in the region of Sucre, one of Colombia's "red zones," or dangerous areas controlled by guerrilla activity. The guerrillas have extorted them, prohibited them from having services, issued curfews and threatened them. Their oldest grandson has a child with a guerrilla officer, and they fear for his life and the life of their 4-year-old great-granddaughter. Their 14-year-old grandson, who lives with them, has also shared his desire to join a guerrilla group, enticed through the promise of material gifts and financial incentives. Read More.

  • Jun. 20, 2024 | Nepal

    Pastor Faces Year in Prison

    [190] prayers in [11] nations have been posted for Pastor Keshab.
    In Nepal, baptisms are seen as violations of anti-conversion laws.

    After someone posted a video online of Pastor Keshab Raj Acharya praying against the spread of coronavirus in 2020, police arrested him for spreading misinformation about the virus, claiming that he told people they would be immune to it if they converted to Christianity. Investigations revealed other videos recording baptisms of new Christian converts, which further riled authorities. Eventually, the charges included "outraging religious sentiment," proselytizing and other violations of anti-conversion laws. Read More.

  • Jun. 20, 2024 | Laos

    Sons Abandon Christian Father

    [76] prayers in [4] nations have been posted for Dong.
    Dong's sons stole his land and livelihood.

    When Dong became a believer in Jesus Christ, his adult sons became angry that he followed what they saw as a foreign religion. They moved out of his house and took all his farmland and supplies for themselves, leaving him no way to grow food or earn income. Dong appealed to the village chief, who said he would only intervene with the sons if Dong agreed to give up his Christian faith. Read More.

  • Jun. 20, 2024 | Sierra Leone

    Transformed by the Word of God

    [146] prayers in [11] nations have been posted for Pastor Osman.
    Pastor Osman now uses audio Bibles to spread the gospel.

    Pastor Osman was once a practitioner of witchcraft. "I have killed many people," he said. One day, a pastor visited his village and shared the gospel with Osman, and the message of Christ's forgiveness changed Osman's heart. "It was very difficult for me to leave my practice of witchcraft," he said. "This message sounded good to me to be free from the evil that I was in. The pastor said that whatever you have done, God will forgive you." After receiving an audio Bible, Osman continued to be changed by God's Word. "I would listen to it secretly," he said. Read More.

  • Jun. 13, 2024 | Cuba

    Pastor Under House Arrest on False Pretenses

    [200] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Pastor Ramos.
    Pastor Dizzis Ramos with his wife, Nidia. Pastor Dizzis has been targeted by Cuban officials because of his Christian witness.

    Pastor Dizzis Ramos' public ministry has made him a target of government officials in his atheistic Communist country. He serves his local community through construction projects for elderly people in need. Earlier this month, he and another pastor were charged for allegedly falsifying receipts after they legally purchased cement for a construction project. Pastor Ramos was placed under house arrest and the other pastor taken into custody. They are also unable to reach the lawyer who has been handling their case. Read More.

  • Jun. 13, 2024 | West Africa

    Former Imam Threatened for Following Christ

    [152] prayers in [9] nations have been posted for Ahmed.
    In West Africa, converts from Islam often face severe persecution.

    Ahmed was training to become an imam when he heard someone calling his name, seemingly from above. When he looked up, he saw a man on a cross staring down at him. "When I saw that, I was not able to go to the mosque," he said. "I returned home and didn't attend mosque that day because I was really afraid." Jesus appeared to Ahmed several more times over a period of years, even after he did become an imam. Ahmed described those appearances to the Muslims who attended his mosque, and they thought he was seeing demons. Read More.

  • Jun. 13, 2024 | Bhutan

    Gospel Workers Persevere Despite Pressures

    [148] prayers in [9] nations have been posted for Christians in Bhutan.
    Bhutan is an isolated, majority Buddhist country.

    Because of geographical isolation and the hostility of the government toward Christianity, Christians in Bhutan face pressure from many directions. However, front-line workers in Bhutan continue to live out their faith in Christ and reach out with the gospel. One gospel worker asked for prayer that their youth and women's programs and training programs for Sunday school teachers will be adequately resourced. Read More.

  • Jun. 06, 2024 | Laos

    Christian Wife, Young Son Cast Off

    [203] prayers in [11] nations have been posted for Kaew.
    Kaew and her son

    Kaew placed her trust in Christ through the prayers of her parents, who became Christians after her marriage. Her husband and his parents, as well as their village, opposed her decision to follow Christ and tried repeatedly to make her recant. On December 30, 2023, Kaew's husband and other villagers berated and beat her until she passed out. When she regained consciousness, she was given one more chance to recant, but she insisted on following Christ. In anger, her husband threw her out of the house. Read More.

  • Jun. 06, 2024 | India

    Pastor Perseveres After 44 Days in Jail

    [153] prayers in [8] nations have been posted for Akhilesh.
    Police took family Bibles as "evidence" when they arrested Akhilesh.

    Akhilesh led his family to faith in Christ after being physically healed through prayer. As others joined in their family worship and placed their faith in Christ, a church grew. Eventually, 2,000 people were meeting for worship during the week. A radical Hindu leader warned Akhilesh that he would face serious consequences if he did not close down the church, but they continued to meet. Then, in September 2022, police arrested Pastor Akhilesh for his gospel work and confiscated the family's Bibles. Read More.

  • Jun. 06, 2024 | Cote d'Ivoire

    Audio Bibles Help Disciple New Converts

    [133] prayers in [7] nations have been posted for Bible distribution.
    Audio Bibles are a powerful tool for evangelism and discipleship in the Ivory Coast.

    Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) has a population of nearly 30 million people. Muslims are its largest religious group, representing around 40% of the population. Around 37% of the population identifies as Christian. The remaining 33% of the country are mostly followers of local ethnic religions, found mainly in the north of the country. While the Christian population is significant, Bibles are hard to access or afford for many people, and roughly 30% of the population is illiterate. Front-line workers recently delivered 500 solar-powered audio Bibles to northern parts of the country. Read More.

  • May. 30, 2024 | Nepal

    Church Landlord Evicts Christians

    [173] prayers in [11] nations have been posted for Pastor Mukhiya.
    Building owners in Nepal are often unwilling to rent space to Christians.

    For 15 years, Pastor Mahesh Mukhiya has led a congregation of 70 Christians for worship and fellowship in a rented house in their village. In September 2023, Hindu extremists threatened the owner of the rented house, demanding he cancel the rental agreement. After a second threat, the landlord agreed to evict the congregation. Pastor Mahesh searched for a new building in which the Christians could meet, but the extremists had issued warnings throughout the village. Read More.

  • May. 30, 2024 | Jordan

    Christian Convert Harassed, Fired

    [144] prayers in [9] nations have been posted for Muhammad.
    Employers, family and friends regularly persecute Jordanian Christian converts who leave Islam to follow Christ.

    Muhammad placed his trust in Christ two years ago. When his employer recently learned of Muhammad's decision to follow Christ, he began to harass him. After Muhammad asked his employer to stop the harassment, Muhammad's boss forced him to work 14-hour shifts and ultimately fired him. Muhammad is now looking for a new job. Read More.

  • May. 30, 2024 | Mozambique

    Islamists Attack Churches, Abduct Children

    [149] prayers in [8] nations have been posted for Christians in Mozambique.
    Islamic fighters are burning churches in northern Mozambique.

    In February 2024, Islamic insurgents with the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS) in Mozambique destroyed 18 churches and killed many people in a sustained attack against Christians in the northern part of the country. The Islamists recorded videos of themselves destroying Christian symbols, including crosses. More than 700,000 people, most of them Christians, have been displaced by radical Islamic militants in the Cabo Delgado province of northern Mozambique. One Christian leader said that the church is currently experiencing "a moment of tribulation." Read More.

  • May. 23, 2024 | Colombia

    Pastor's Wife Held at Gunpoint

    [206] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Javier and Katherine.
    Javier, Katherine and their two children have been displaced multiple times and had their lives threatened by guerrillas who oppose their witness for Christ.

    Javier and Katherine lead a church in Buenaventura, considered to be the most dangerous city in Colombia. The couple ministers by caring for the needs of the community, which has drawn negative attention from the guerrillas who control the area. Through Javier and Katherine's ministry, many have placed their faith in Christ and lives have been transformed, which has brought further opposition. Their lives have been threatened, and they have been forced to move several times, but they remain committed to sharing the hope of Christ. Earlier this year, Katherine was held at gunpoint by her brother-in-law, a guerrilla commander, while Javier was trapped, unable to help her. Read More.

  • May. 23, 2024 | Ethiopia

    Church Destroyed by Fire

    [144] prayers in [9] nations have been posted for Ethiopian churches.
    Many Ethiopian churches have been destroyed in recent years.

    While Ethiopia is a majority-Christian nation, Islam is a growing force. Muslims now compose nearly 40 percent of the population, and Islamic extremists actively persecute Christians, sometimes violently, especially in areas close to the Somali and Sudanese borders. Sometimes the extremists destroy churches, and they recently set fire to one in Homosha, located in the far western part of the country near the border with Sudan. "Now the Christians in that area don't have a place to meet for worship," said a front-line worker. Read More.

  • May. 23, 2024 | Iran

    Kolbars Imprisoned, Killed for Converting

    [148] prayers in [8] nations have been posted for Kolbars.

    Kolbars are Kurds who live mostly along the Iranian border with Iraq. For generations, they have carried items over high mountain passes between the two nations. Their name means "those who carry loads on their back." It is extremely dangerous work - every year, kolbars are killed by freezing temperatures, from falling off precipitous heights or after being shot by Iranian border guards. Desperation and a lack of job opportunities drive many Iranian Kurds into the life-threatening career: "They are a neglected people group," said a front-line worker. Read More.

  • May. 16, 2024 | Nigeria

    Hundreds Abducted by Islamists

    [195] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Christians in Nigeria.
    Islamic terrorist groups regularly target Chistian children for abduction in Nigeria.

    In early March 2024, Islamic militants raided several boarding schools in northern Nigeria and abducted more than 300 people. "I spoke to a pastor who personally knows an elderly Christian woman who was among those abducted," a front-line worker shared. "Her son was shot in the arm when trying to protect her and is currently hospitalized." Officials do not know if the attackers were members of Boko Haram or ISWAP, two Islamist groups active in the area. Read More.

  • May. 16, 2024 | Lebanon

    Abusive Husband Trusts in Christ on Christmas Day

    [143] prayers in [7] nations have been posted for Yasmin and family.
    Druze men often wear traditional clothing.

    Yasmin, who grew up as a member of the Druze community, became a follower of Christ in 2020. When her family learned of her new faith, they immediately rejected her. Her husband attacked her and attempted to stab her. But the couple eventually reconciled, and Yasmin's husband, Amir, allowed her to live in their home. Amir gradually became curious about Yasmin's new faith and would stay up late at night to watch Christian TV channels after others had fallen asleep. Read More.

  • May. 16, 2024 | Sri Lanka

    Church Awaiting Justice Remains Under Attack

    [139] prayers in [8] nations have been posted for Anura and Ayesha.
    Ayesha (right) helps lead a Sri Lankan church that is under fire.

    Anura and Ayesha lead a church in western Sri Lanka that has been repeatedly attacked in recent years. Some of the perpetrators of these attacks are facing charges in court. However, Ayesha reported, every time the court dates near, groups in the village try to stir up trouble by breaking Buddha statues or throwing human feces on them and then blaming the church for dishonoring Buddhism. So far, no progress has been made in these cases. In 2023, attackers threatened new converts from the villages and pelted stones at their houses. Read More.

  • May. 09, 2024 | Middle East

    Iranian Refugees Bear Witness in Hospital

    [187] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Monir and family.
    Monir in a coma.

    Monir and her Iranian Christian family were living in a neighboring country when she suddenly fell into a coma. An ER doctor said she had died from a massive stroke, so her family rushed her to a second hospital where a doctor said she was "as good as dead." He gave her only a 3% chance of survival even with surgery. The family convinced him to try, but before he began, Monir's family gathered around her to pray. A Muslim woman nearby asked what they were doing and then requested prayer for her mother who was about to undergo dangerous surgery. Read More.

  • May. 09, 2024 | Nepal

    Elder Arrested After Hindu Mob Disruption

    [136] prayers in [9] nations have been posted for Brother Omkar.
    Police held elder Omkar Lohoni for six hours without any criminal charges.

    During a worship service on Sept. 9, 2023, members of Hindu radical groups and Hindu media outlets aggressively disrupted the service and blamed elder Omkar Lohoni for promoting Christianity in the area. Police arrested Omkar and held him in custody for six hours. Brother Omkar leads three fellowships with about 250 believers, and he thinks Hindu radicals targeted him because he is a well-recognized person among the Christians in this area. Read More.

  • May. 09, 2024 | Niger

    Pastor Wrongfully Imprisoned

    [146] prayers in [10] nations have been posted for Pastor Moussa Bagwari.
    Nigeriens who convert to Christianity regularly face persecution from family members.

    Front-line workers report that Pastor Moussa Bagwari was "falsely accused and imprisoned in what seems to be an effort to destroy his reputation and Christian influence." Due to his imprisonment, his wife, Lariya, and their four children were left without any financial support and were forced to return to Pastor Moussa's home village. His extended family should have cared for them, according to cultural norms. But Pastor Moussa's family are all Muslims and would not allow Lariya or her children to live with them. Read More.

  • May. 02, 2024 | Bhutan

    Pastor's Children Left Stateless

    [219] prayers in [11] nations have been posted for Pastor Abhaya and family.
    Bhutanese Christians meet in secret because of government persecution.

    Christians in Bhutan often risk losing their citizenship or other rights because of their faith in Christ. Pastor Abhaya and his wife have been denied a marriage certificate by the government, which jeopardizes their whole family, especially their children, who have been denied citizenship. The family may have to relocate to another country for the sake of their children. Read More.

  • May. 02, 2024 | Arabian Peninsula

    Radical Muslim Infiltrates Secret House Church

    [147] prayers in [9] nations have been posted for pastor and underground church.
    Converts to Christianity in some nations in the Arab Peninsula face potential death sentences.

    The pastor of a small underground church for Christian converts on the Arabian Peninsula suspected that one member of the group wasn't a genuine follower of Christ. Though the man had attended meetings for several months, the pastor felt unsettled toward him. When the pastor confronted the man, he admitted to being part of a group working to stop Muslims from placing their trust in Christ. Surprisingly, the infiltrator still wanted to participate in the meetings even after he admitted to spying on the group. Read More.

  • May. 02, 2024 | Chad

    Learning to Let Go of Vengeance

    [155] prayers in [7] nations have been posted for Akua Kwame.
    Christians in southern Chad are regularly attacked by marauding Fulani militants.

    Church deacon Akua Kwame was attending a morning prayer meeting in May 2023 when radical Fulani tribesmen attacked his village. When the militants shot bullets and arrows through church windows and tried to break into the building, the pastor yelled for everyone to get out. As they fled, the pastor and the church administrator were shot and killed. Akua said several arrows pierced his clothes, but none hit him. Later that day, he was tasked with the painful job of identifying the bodies of 12 people killed in the attack, including a two-year-old child. Read More.

  • Apr. 25, 2024 | Nepal

    Pastors in Danger After Church Foundation Destroyed

    [201] prayers in [11] nations have been posted for Pastor Pramod and Pastor Dilip.
    Hindu radicals demolished the foundation of this church building.

    Two brothers, Pastor Pramod and Pastor Dilip, lead a group of 17 growing churches, and the members of one of these churches began constructing a new church building. Suddenly, a group of Hindu radicals swept into the location and completely destroyed the newly laid foundation. Read More.

  • Apr. 25, 2024 | Central African Republic

    Survivor of Attack Needs Healing

    [180] prayers in [9] nations have been posted for Xavia.
    Women in the CAR lack access to trauma care.

    Xavia, 30, survived a brutal assault eight years ago. During a 2016 attack, rebels with a militant group set fire to numerous homes in her village. Her husband, mother, father and sisters were burned alive. Xavia was tied up and subjected to horrific torture, rendering her unable to have additional children. She doesn't know how she survived the assault but only remembers waking up in an evacuation truck. She was sent to another country for surgery, but her emotional wounds need additional healing. Read More.

  • Apr. 25, 2024 | Iran

    Imprisonment Leads to Salvations

    [144] prayers in [7] nations have been posted for Iranian Pastor.
    Distributing Bibles and Christian literature in Iran can lead to prison time.

    An Iranian pastor who was released from prison in 2023, after serving many years for leading a house church, reported that God enabled him to work as an evangelist behind bars despite constant surveillance. He said that when he started his sentence, "I began to think that this was a dangerous place and that it would not be possible to witness to anyone." But later he found ways to secretly witness to others and eventually led 13 prisoners to Christ. "During the recreation times, I would walk around in a spirit of friendship with these new believers and teach them how to grow in their faith and answer their questions," he said. Read More.

  • Apr. 18, 2024 | Laos

    Tribal Christians Imprisoned for Building Church

    [189] prayers in [12] nations have been posted for Tribal Christians.
    Laotian authorities arrested these men for building a church.

    Late in 2023, police in Laos arrested three Christians from the Akha people group for building a church and held them without giving any information to family or friends for several months. On January 26, 2024, authorities demolished the building these brothers in Christ had constructed. Read More.

  • Apr. 18, 2024 | Lebanon

    God at Work Amid Hardship

    [142] prayers in [9] nations have been posted for believers in Lebanon.
    Local art at the site of the 2020 fertilizer explosion.

    Some local Christian leaders in Lebanon have reported an inspiring work of God even as many in the country are struggling amid economic hardship and political instability. "You're aware of the many crises Lebanon is facing," said one pastor. "In the past year alone, we have endured unemployment and underemployment, a dysfunctional government, hyperinflation, and war along our southern border." Then he added, "And yet we are seeing one of the greatest gospel movements in the country's history. Read More.

  • Apr. 18, 2024 | Mauritania

    Christians Arrested, Threatened

    [143] prayers in [9] nations have been posted for Mauritanian Christians.
    Christians have very limited access to Christian material in Mauritania.

    In December 2023, Mauritanian authorities arrested a group of around 15 Christians after a video of them participating in a baptism was posted online. All of the arrested Christians were former Muslims. Mauritania is dominated by Islamist leadership, and conversion from Islam is illegal. "At first, no lawyer would defend them," said a front-line worker. "The officials tried to get them to apologize on social media for spreading the gospel, to agree to never promote Christianity, and to return to Islam," he added. Read More.

  • Apr. 11, 2024 | Turkey

    Pastor's Name on ISIS Hit List

    [201] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Turkish believers.
    Masked gunmen connected to ISIS entered a Turkish church and killed a man inside.

    On Sunday, January 28, two masked gunmen entered a Catholic church in Istanbul during a service and randomly shot and killed a 52-year-old man. The self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility. Turkish police quickly arrested two suspects with ties to ISIS and later arrested 25 more after raiding numerous locations. Afterwards, police contacted a pastor of a rapidly growing church in another part of Turkiye and told him that his name was on an ISIS hit list. Read More.

  • Apr. 11, 2024 | Iran

    Magazine in Elevator Restores Man's Faith

    [147] prayers in [8] nations have been posted for Farid.
    Chrisitan literature is a powerful witnessing tool in Iran.

    Farid placed his trust in Christ six years ago, but with no church to attend, he had not been growing in his faith. While riding in an elevator, a Christian woman gave him a magazine and said, "This is a gift for you." Farid was startled and wondered if it was a special kind of advertising campaign. But after the woman left, he read it. "I came upon a page that really touched my heart," he said. "On that page, they interviewed believers who shared their stories of faith. Read More.

  • Apr. 11, 2024 | Malawi

    Yao Christians Under Severe Pressure

    [156] prayers in [8] nations have been posted for Yao Christians.
    If Malawian children convert from the traditional religion of their tribe they can face extreme persecution.

    Roughly 2.5 million Malawians are part of the Muslim Yao people group. According to front-line workers, God has been moving significantly among the Yao people in the last two decades. But in recent years, Yao Christians have experienced severe pressure. "They are beaten and cast out of their communities," said a front-line worker. "When others find out they are Christian, they have 24 hours to leave the village, and then they will put a fatwa on their life," he added. Read More.

  • Apr. 04, 2024 | Nepal

    Children's Bibles Lead to Salvation

    [178] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Bishwas and new believers.
    Bishwas and his mother, Kamala, learned about Christ in the children's Bible he received last year.

    Bishwas Thapa, a 10-year-old boy who has been regularly attending a children's fellowship for the last year, received a children's Bible during a distribution event. His mother, Kamala, was attracted by the colorful pictures and began to read the Bible herself. Through this Bible, both Bishwas and Kamala came to know Jesus Christ as their Savior. Read More.

  • Apr. 04, 2024 | Benin

    President of Benin Seeks Voodoo Priest's Blessing

    [150] prayers in [9] nations have been posted for Benin Christians.
    Audio Bibles are popular in Benin because of its high illiteracy rate.

    The West African nation of Benin is the birthplace of voodoo. Every year on January 10, the country celebrates National Voodoo Day, which includes occultic ceremonies attended by political leaders seeking favor from voodoo shamans. "Voodoo is its name in Benin, but these types of demonic groups can be found throughout West Africa," a front-line worker said. These groups are sometimes called "secret societies" and have names like the Poro and Bundu in Sierra Leone and the Ogboni in Togo. Members of these groups regularly attack and persecute Christians whom they see as a threat to their dominance. Read More.

  • Apr. 04, 2024 | Laos

    Four Families Under Threat from Village

    [145] prayers in [10] nations have been posted for KhamKeo.
    KhamKeo has brought three other families in his village to Christ.

    KhamKeo placed his trust in Christ after he was healed from gallbladder disease. Eventually, the change in his life caused his wife and children to place their trust in Christ as well. The family began to experience opposition from neighbors and coworkers who noticed that they did not participate in the worship of local spirits. KhamKeo bought land some distance from the village and built a hut there, but the villagers were still unhappy with his family, so they moved again. Read More.

  • Mar. 28, 2024 | India

    Pastor, Son Brutally Beaten for Christian Worship

    [190] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Pastor Zahir and Ashok.
    Hindu extremists attacked Pastor Zahir and his son during a worship service like this one.

    While 80 Christians gathered on Feb. 19, 2023, to worship, a mob of Hindu extremists broke into the church and demanded proof that they had permission to be there. When the mob began to attack Pastor Zahir, his son, Ashok, defended him and also became a target. The two men were kicked, punched and beaten with a microphone stand until they were both bleeding and unconscious. Other members of the congregation were also injured as the mob ransacked the church while shouting Hindu slogans. When the police arrived, they took Zahir into custody and questioned him but refused to accept his criminal complaint against the attackers. Read More.

  • Mar. 28, 2024 | Mali

    Bibles in Minority Languages Bring Joy

    [142] prayers in [8] nations have been posted for Mali Christians.
    Bibles are hard to obtain in Mali, so Christians rejoice when they receive their own copy.

    In Mali, Bibles are scarce and difficult to obtain outside of the capital, especially in minority languages. Front-line workers have been partnering with VOM for several years to get Bibles of various languages and types, including children's illustrated Bibles and audio Bibles, into the hands of Christians scattered across the vast nation. During one recent distribution, 50 full Bambara-language Bibles and 50 Boomu Bibles were distributed along with 250 New Testaments. A brother named Matthew received his with joy, saying, "I am glad to have the Bible in my mother tongue. It will do good for my family." Read More.

  • Mar. 28, 2024 | Middle East

    Parents of Convert Shoot Relative in Leg

    [153] prayers in [10] nations have been posted for Amir and his family.
    Iraqis who convert to Christianity can face violent reactions from their Muslim family members.

    "Please pray that my parents will calm down and surrender to the Lord," requested Amir, an Iraqi convert to Christianity. He recently learned that his enraged parents had shot his brother-in-law in the leg in retaliation for Amir and his family converting to Christianity and fleeing the country. Other members of Amir's family have had to flee for their lives after converting from Islam. Despite the pressure and danger, Amir prays that more family and friends will come to know Christ as their savior. Read More.

  • Mar. 21, 2024 | Iran

    Christian Arrests Increase

    [222] prayers in [11] nations have been posted for Iranian Christians.
    Iranian house church leaders know they face possible arrest.

    Front-line workers in Iran report an increase in the number of Christians being arrested, partly due to regional tensions and conflicts. "Persecution against Iranian Christians is rising," a front-line worker said. "Every Christmas and Easter, officials usually arrest some Christians, but this year the number went way up, and we're concerned about what might occur around Easter." The worker mentioned that in the past, Iranian officials would occasionally arrest church leaders and later release them with a strong suggestion that the Christians leave the country. Read More.

  • Mar. 21, 2024 | Kyrgyzstan

    Repressive New Religion Laws Considered

    [154] prayers in [9] nations have been posted for Christians in Krygyzstan.
    Locations for worship in Kyrgyzstan would be severely limited under proposed religion laws.

    The State Commission of Religious Affairs (SCRA) in Kyrgyzstan has proposed new religion laws. The laws currently in effect in this Central Asian country already require registration of churches and limit how churches can form, but the proposed laws are even more stringent. The laws require registration and regular re-registration as well as intrusive reporting procedures. They also set the minimum size for an organization restrictively high and require "founding members" to provide signatures and identifying information, opening individual Christians up to surveillance and harassment. Read More.

  • Mar. 21, 2024 | Nepal

    Young Bride's Refusal to Renounce Faith Brings Husband to Christ

    [166] prayers in [11] nations have been posted for Anisha and Ashish.
    Anisha rented a small, unfurnished room alone after her eviction.

    Anisha and Ashish, who married early in 2023, went to a local church in search of healing from demonic spirits that harassed Ashish. Church members prayed for them, and Ashish was healed. The newlyweds began to read the Bible they had received at the church and soon wanted to place their trust in Jesus Christ. When Ashish's parents found the Bible, they insisted that the young couple renounce Christ and stop going to church. Ashish agreed, but Anisha did not. Read More.

  • Mar. 14, 2024 | Burkina Faso

    Church Elder Murdered

    [272] prayers in [12] nations have been posted for Esther and her family.
    Pray for Burkina Faso

    On June 12, 2023, Ibrahim Saidou was traveling to buy farm supplies when he decided to visit the church where he served as an elder. Ibrahim lived in an area of Burkina Faso where Islamic terrorist groups associated with the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS) actively work to establish purely Muslim territory ruled by Islamic law. These groups regularly attack churches and Christian leaders. On his way to the church, Ibrahim was attacked and murdered by a group of Islamic militants. Read More.

  • Mar. 14, 2024 | Laos

    First Believers in Village Threatened with Expulsion

    [172] prayers in [9] nations have been posted for Oudong and Lae.
    Oudong and Lae

    Oudong and his wife, Lae, placed their trust in Christ in May 2023, becoming the first Christians in their village. Two weeks after their conversion, the village head came to their home and told them to stop worshiping Jesus Christ because Buddhism and animism were the only religions permitted in the village. The couple, along with their four children, began to travel two hours each way to gather in worship and fellowship with believers in another city, but this did not satisfy the authorities. Read More.

  • Mar. 14, 2024 | India

    Pastor Dies After Third Attack on Church

    [176] prayers in [10] nations have been posted for pastor's family and church.
    Hindu radicals continued to harass the church after the pastor's death.

    Pastor Gangireddy died July 14, 2023, from burns he suffered during an attack on July 8. The church continues to face pressure from Hindu radicals, who have planted signs in front of the church with slogans like "Born a Hindu, Die a Hindu." This attack was the third against the church, which Pastor Gangireddy planted 20 years ago. Amid much opposition, Pastor Gangireddy stayed in the village and faithfully shared the gospel until his death. Read More.

  • Mar. 07, 2024 | Pakistan

    Cousins Appeal Death Sentence in Blasphemy Case

    [228] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Young Christian Men.
    Having a Bible in prison has been a comfort to this young Christian on death row.

    In spring of 2023, two young men from a Christian family were convicted under Pakistan's harsh blasphemy laws of blaspheming the Islamic prophet Mohammed. Conviction under these laws brings a mandatory death sentence. These laws are applied disproportionately against the small Christian minority in Pakistan. While these men appeal their cases, they remain on death row. Their families struggle to pay legal fees and provide for the young men's needs in prison. Read More.

  • Mar. 07, 2024 | Korea, North

    Gospel Message Reaches Hermit Kingdom via Airwaves

    [143] prayers in [10] nations have been posted for Radio Broadcasting.
    Radio broadcasts are recorded almost daily at the VOMK radio studio.

    For years, front-line workers have been broadcasting the gospel message into North Korea using shortwave radio. Their broadcasts include Bible readings, sermons by early Korean Christians, hymns and common North Korean songs that have been rewritten with Christian lyrics. Official and unofficial surveys, as well as an increase in jamming efforts by the North Korean government, continue to show that these broadcasts are effectively reaching listeners in North Korea. A North Korean defector reported that he enjoyed listening to the rewritten songs, and he mentioned one that he especially enjoyed, originally titled "Our Party Is the Best" but changed to "Our God Is the Best." Read More.

  • Mar. 07, 2024 | Benin

    Christian Convert Flees Forced Marriage

    [161] prayers in [11] nations have been posted for Aisosa.
    Women who convert to Christianity in Benin are often forced to marry older Muslim men.

    Aisosa's father is a traditional tribal sorcerer in Benin. When he started performing ceremonies for a certain local god, his family members began to die. Eventually, all of Aisosa's siblings and her mother died. Then Aisosa became sick, and her father wanted her to sacrifice a chicken to his god, but Aisosa did not want to worship her father's god any longer. A Christian woman in her village reached out to the 23-year-old and invited her to church. Read More.

  • Feb. 29, 2024 | Niger

    Pray for Christians Following Coup

    [204] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Nigerien Christians.
    The Christian community in Niger faces increased pressure since the government was overthrown in July, 2023.

    Armed terrorists, often connected to the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS), have ravaged parts of Niger, particularly in the west near its borders with Mali and Burkina Faso. Much of the country's small Christian population has been displaced in the violence: "Many have seen their parents or family members shot and killed," a front-line worker said. Additionally, after Niger's president was overthrown by military officers in a July 2023 coup, the Islamic Council of Niger has been pushing to change the country from a secular democracy into an Islamic republic governed by sharia law. Read More.

  • Feb. 29, 2024 | Iran

    Illustrated Bible Changes Woman's Life

    [162] prayers in [12] nations have been posted for Darya.
    The illustrated Action Bible is popular with children and adults in Iran.

    Darya was depressed and scared. Her much older husband had suddenly died of a stroke, and her 8-year-old son had become angry and violent. "I consulted with different psychologists about my son's behavior, but nothing improved," Darya said. "Once in the middle of the night my son came into my room with a knife in his hand. I was so afraid that I didn't sleep at all that night, and I just kept trying to calm my son down." The next day she told a friend what had happened. That friend was a Christian who prayed for her and gave her an illustrated Action Bible to give to her son. When Darya went home, she started to read the Gospels. Read More.

  • Feb. 29, 2024 | Bhutan

    Young Evangelist Undaunted by Barriers

    [160] prayers in [9] nations have been posted for Narmith.
    Bhutan's king identifies himself as the defender of the Buddhist faith, and government policies are designed to discourage and silence Christian witness.

    Narmith, a new Christian in a discipleship program in Bhutan, has been growing in her faith and has had many opportunities to practice sharing her testimony and the gospel with others. Recently, she met two women with severe hearing impairments. She spent the entire afternoon with them, explaining through improvised hand signs how much Jesus loves them before praying for them. One woman was moved to tears after the prayer and conversation. Read More.

  • Feb. 22, 2024 | Laos

    Officials Summon Christians to Hear Police Ultimatum

    [219] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Houy Khoun Christians.
    Police and village officials summoned local Christians to threaten them.

    In August 2023, district police officials summoned the Houy Khoun village chief and all local Christians to a meeting where they outlined steps that would be taken against Christians to halt the spread of their faith. Authorities threatened to demolish the pastor's home (which also serves as a house church), enforced restrictions that do not allow new members to join the church, and warned them against evangelizing in the village or elsewhere in the district. The Christians boldly challenged the right of the police to close or damage the church. Read More.

  • Feb. 22, 2024 | Middle East

    Muslims Attack after Family Converts

    [175] prayers in [9] nations have been posted for Khalida and family.
    Converts to Christianity in Egypt are often forced to flee.

    Khalida, her two sons and a daughter placed their trust in Christ years ago after having dreams about him. When Muslim extremists in their community heard about their conversion, they attacked the family and tried to kill them. The family barely survived. The enraged Muslims then formed a mob that attacked and burned several churches that were helping Khalida's family. Read More.

  • Feb. 22, 2024 | Mexico

    Martyr's Widow Perseveres with Help from Body of Christ

    [171] prayers in [10] nations have been posted for Feliciana.
    Feliciana and her children stand firm in their faith after her husband was martyred.

    Feliciana's husband pastored a church in a town in Oaxaca, Mexico, until he was killed in 2014 for his bold witness for Christ. After her husband's murder, Feliciana struggled to provide for her family, and her two children became seriously ill. With VOM's help, she has been able to continue the work of leading the church in her town, and her children are healthy and thriving. Read More.

  • Feb. 15, 2024 | India

    Martyr's Family Finds Help, Healing

    [225] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Sunita and Stuti.
    Like other Christian widows in India, Sunita has been neglected by her non-Christian in-laws.

    Pastor Vinod was killed in 2021, leaving behind his wife, Sunita, and 13-year-old daughter, Stuti. They have struggled emotionally and financially with their loss while living with Hindu family members who refuse to help them. Front-line workers have helped them get counseling, which has given them tools to express and process their emotions and begin to regain some joy. Read More.

  • Feb. 15, 2024 | Benin

    Destroyed Church Rebuilt, Reopened

    [168] prayers in [9] nations have been posted for Benin Christians.
    Voodooists destroyed this church building on National Voodoo Day in 2023. It has now been rebuilt with help from the global body of Christ.

    On January 10, 2023, in a small town in central Benin, a group of voodooists burned down a church when Christians refused to honor local idols. Benin is considered the birthplace of voodoo, and the country celebrates National Voodoo Day on January 10 each year. Occult practices, which include worshiping idols, sacrificing animals and wearing special talismans to ward off evil, are widespread. With VOM's help, the church has been rebuilt and reopened. Read More.

  • Feb. 15, 2024 | Lebanon

    Christian Convert Escapes from Locked Room

    [162] prayers in [9] nations have been posted for Khaled.
    Most Lebanese are Muslims, but around 30% of the country is Christian.

    Khaled's Lebanese Muslim family was displeased when he decided to become a follower of Christ. After learning about his newfound faith, they attacked him and locked him in a room away from his wife, attempting to force him to return to Islam. But Khaled escaped and eventually reunited with his wife. She was also not supportive of his conversion and only allowed him to return if he paid the full cost of their housing and living expenses without any financial assistance from her. He found a new job, is paying the expenses, and is trying to demonstrate God's love to his wife. Read More.

  • Feb. 08, 2024 | Cuba

    Wisdom Needed in Online Communications

    [195] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Cuban Christians.
    Christians in Cuba ask for prayer for wisdom as they face increasing restrictions from their atheistic Communist government.

    The atheistic Communist government in Cuba has enacted a new law intended to control the online spread of misinformation, especially that which is related to the country's reputation, national security, revolution, government leaders and ideology. Christians in Cuba have reported concerns about the law's enforcement as the government has defined "misinformation" broadly and indicated that it will prosecute violators with heavy scrutiny. Some have reported instances of government prosecution simply for sharing Bible verses in social media posts, which the government then interpreted as a threat to the regime. Read More.

  • Feb. 08, 2024 | Middle East

    Abused Teenager and Her Family Flee

    [173] prayers in [9] nations have been posted for Zara.
    Converts in Iraq face extreme pressure.

    In 2015, Zara, then 19, was abducted and horribly abused for several days by her kidnappers. Her entire Muslim family had become followers of Christ, and some Muslim extremists wanted to punish them. "They told her what they were doing was not a sin," said a front-line worker, "but that it was their religious obligation because of her conversion to Christianity." After her kidnappers released her, Zara and her family eventually fled to another country, but they continue to struggle. Read More.

  • Feb. 08, 2024 | Laos

    Former Soldier Sacrifices Pension, Remains Faithful

    [163] prayers in [8] nations have been posted for Phet and his family.
    Confiscation of family registration books is a common tactic used against Christians.

    Phet, 71, and his wife placed their trust in Christ in 2005. As a veteran of the Laotian army with more than 30 years of service, Phet is entitled to a government pension but was denied it. The commander said he would approve the pension if Phet would recant his faith. Phet answered, "My family and I, we already accepted Christ, and we could not turn back to worship the ghost spirits any longer." His wife and children agreed, saying, "God, our Father, will take care of us." Phet's family experienced increasing persecution in their village, and the police took their family registration book, which holds important records such as birth and marriage certificates, educational records, and work permits. Read More.

  • Feb. 01, 2024 | Iran

    Pastor Faces 20-Year Sentence

    [247] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Pastor Avedian.
    Pastor Anooshavan Avedian

    On Sept. 18, 2023, Pastor Anooshavan Avedian, who is 61 years old with a wife and two children, was summoned by police to Evin prison to begin a 10-year prison sentence. Pastor Avedian was arrested on Aug. 21, 2020, when approximately 30 security agents raided his home while family and friends gathered to pray and worship. The group met in his home because the government closed their church several years earlier. Government agents confiscated Bibles and mobile phones, taking Pastor Avedian and two Christian converts to Tehran's notorious Evin Prison. Read More.

  • Feb. 01, 2024 | Nepal

    SD Cards, Daughter's Healing Bring Family to Faith

    [161] prayers in [8] nations have been posted for Manju and family.
    In August, front-line workers gave Manju and each of her children their first Bibles.

    When Manju's husband became a follower of Christ, Manju and their children were very opposed to his faith and berated him to abandon it. But in May 2023, a pastor asked her to watch a film about Jesus. He installed a memory card with several videos on her phone. The family began to watch these films, calling the pastor to explain parts they did not understand. Manju invited the pastor to her house one day. While he was there, 14-year-old Sharda was watching one of the videos by herself when she experienced a demonic attack. Read More.

  • Feb. 01, 2024 | Nigeria

    Teens Traumatized by Islamist Violence Attend Camp

    [168] prayers in [10] nations have been posted for Nigeria Teens.
    Camps provide a safe place for young Nigerian persecution victims to receive inner healing.

    Front-line workers recently held a camp for teenagers from several different areas across Nigeria where militant Fulani Muslims and Boko Haram militants have slaughtered thousands of Christians. Each teen in attendance during the camp had lost one or both parents in Islamist attacks. Some of the young people continue to live in areas where militant attacks are common. Read More.

  • Jan. 25, 2024 | Mexico

    Bold Witness Beaten 40 Times

    [254] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Gabriela.
    Gabriela continues to advance the gospel in rural Mexico amid ongoing opposition.

    Gabriela lives in a rural village in Oaxaca, Mexico, where members of her Mixteca community adhere to Christo-paganism, a syncretistic blend of pagan practices and Roman Catholicism that is opposed to the gospel. Because of her boldness in sharing her faith, she has been attacked by her neighbors as well as her husband, who is embarrassed by her commitment to Christ. She has been beaten an estimated 40 times and hospitalized on several occasions. Read More.

  • Jan. 25, 2024 | Middle East

    Family Forced to Flee

    [165] prayers in [11] nations have been posted for Pastor Maged.
    The Great Pyramid of Giza, near Cairo

    Pastor Maged was planting a church in a rural part of Egypt when his family came under severe persecution. Repeatedly they fled, and repeatedly they were pressured. Eventually, they were forced to live underground where raw sewage seeped into their basement living quarters. After some time, they relocated to another Arab nation where Pastor Maged is active in church leadership. Read More.

  • Jan. 25, 2024 | Laos

    Brother Risks Eviction by Choosing to Honor God

    [163] prayers in [9] nations have been posted for Mr. Wru.
    Villagers have threatened to evict Wru for his faith.

    While Wru was making funeral arrangements for his mother in July 2023, the village headman asked permission to play a game that involved gambling during the funeral observances. Funeral observances in Laotian villages are often considered community affairs and include a variety of activities. Wru told the headman no, stating, "I am a Christian, and I want to give honor to my God. I do not support the idea of gambling, especially in my mother's funeral." The village headman, feeling that he had "lost face" in the interaction, was angry and threatened to kick Wru and any other Christians out of the village. Read More.

  • Jan. 18, 2024 | Algeria

    Christians Struggle Amid Government Crackdown on Churches

    [216] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Algerian Christians.
    Algerian Officers Close a Church in 2019

    In 2019, the Algerian government permanently closed many churches, and several others that closed temporarily during the pandemic have not been allowed to re-open. "Many believers have gone for months or even years without gathering with their brothers and sisters in Christ," a front-line worker said. While Christians in Algeria are receiving biblical training via the internet and Arabic Christian satellite TV channels, relying on the internet and other media sources can leave them vulnerable to false teaching and manipulation. Read More.

  • Jan. 18, 2024 | India

    Digital Resources Transform Hearts

    [160] prayers in [10] nations have been posted for Angira.
    SD cards are small, making them easy to carry and distribute.

    Bibles and SD cards that contain Bibles as well as other Christian materials are having a profound impact in India. One recipient, Angira, said, "I received an SD card that would change our lives. As we began listening to its contents, we discovered the teachings of Jesus Christ, which resonated deeply within us. Eventually, we made the decision to embrace our faith and received baptism. Today, we are proud members of the local church, actively engaging with our community by sharing the gospel with others." Read More.

  • Jan. 18, 2024 | Korea, North

    Convicted Murderer Growing in Faith

    [172] prayers in [11] nations have been posted for Mr. K.
    Mr. K read Tortured for Christ in prison.

    Mr. K, a student in a discipleship program for North Korean defectors, is currently serving time in prison for a murder he committed in South Korea. Mr. K had thought that he could never be forgiven for what he had done, but he was deeply encouraged when Christian friends told him the Lord had forgiven his sin and that he could still be used by the Lord. He began studying the Bible and reading inspiring books like Tortured for Christ in prison. Read More.

  • Jan. 11, 2024 | Laos

    Christian Loses Position on Village Council

    [202] prayers in [12] nations have been posted for Siporn.
    Siporn and his wife

    Siporn is a faithful Christian and a member of the village council in his community. In August, the president of the council confronted Siporn about his faith, promising that Siporn would succeed him as council president if Siporn would recant. Siporn answered, "I will not stop believing in my God, because I have found the truth and chosen the right path for my life." The council then met without Siporn and voted to remove him from his position. Read More.

  • Jan. 11, 2024 | Nepal

    Hindu Mobs Vandalize Three Churches

    [162] prayers in [8] nations have been posted for churches in Nepal.
    A cow-slaughtering incident has led to an upsurge in anti-Christian violence in Nepal.

    On Aug. 30, 2023, three churches in one district were attacked in the daytime by groups of 20-25 people each. One Christian leader reported that the groups pelted the buildings with stones and bricks, causing damage to windows, doors and gates. The groups chanted Hindu religious slogans during the attacks. Read More.

  • Jan. 11, 2024 | Benin

    Sisters Beaten, Nearly Killed by Father

    [187] prayers in [11] nations have been posted for Renee and Rebecca.
    Two young women in Benin.

    Renee (22) and Rebecca (19) are half-sisters. Their father has four wives and practices animistic sorcery. Years ago, Renee's mother was unable to conceive, so she went to a Christian outreach hoping for a miracle. There she placed her faith in Christ and received prayer; later she became pregnant and gave birth to Renee. Renee's father was not pleased when his wife took Renee to church. Renee's half-sister, Rebecca, became a Christian while training at a hair salon with someone who sang worship songs. Read More.

  • Jan. 04, 2024 | Nigeria

    Family Escapes Attackers, Fire

    [234] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Sade.
    Sade and her daughters.

    Sade, who has been nearly blind most of her life, heard screams as attackers raided her village, so she ran with her three daughters in search of safety. Radical Muslim Fulani men had attacked her village before, so Sade knew their lives were in danger. She, her children and several others took shelter in her brother's apartment. When militants found them and couldn't break in, they set the building on fire. The apartment filled with smoke, but the group feared leaving. Read More.

  • Jan. 04, 2024 | Pakistan

    Muslim Girl Requests Bible, Chooses to Follow Christ

    [176] prayers in [9] nations have been posted for Rabyia.
    The Lord is calling Muslims to himself through his Word.

    Rabyia, a young Muslim, asked a Christian evangelist to give her a Bible. She later called him back with a story. She had started reading the Bible in Genesis and then skipped ahead to the Gospels. At first, she thought that Christians had taken the story of Jesus as a prophet of Islam and twisted it to come up with the story she read in the Bible, as she had been taught in school. Then, she had a dream in which she saw a bright light and heard a voice say, "This is my word. Read it." She began reading the Bible intently and found that it brought her peace. Read More.

  • Jan. 04, 2024 | Korea, North

    Wisdom for Outreach to North Korean Defectors

    [157] prayers in [8] nations have been posted for defectors.
    As a mobile ministry, classes are held in homes, coffeeshops, campsites and other locations.

    Front-line workers serving North Korean defectors in South Korea have seen an increase in the number of North Koreans expressing interest in joining their basic Christian discipleship classes. These classes use a mobile format to reach students in various parts of the country. Read More.

  • Dec. 28, 2023 | Laos

    Village Headman Becomes Christian, Loses Status

    [230] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Sed.
    Sed and his wife joyfully received new Bibles from a front-line worker.

    Sed, the headman of his village and a faithful Christian, hosted a worship service in his home. District officials reprimanded him and gave him an ultimatum: stop believing in Christ or lose his position in the village. Sed chose to follow Christ, telling the authorities, "I will not recant my faith. I love God because he brings peace to my family. I rejoice in my God." He was immediately forced to sign a resignation letter, losing the post he had held for 18 years and the income he received from that position. Read More.

  • Dec. 28, 2023 | Nepal

    Believer Seeks Reconciliation with Parents

    [178] prayers in [10] nations have been posted for Jitendra.
    Jitendra must earn his living as a driver-for-hire.

    Jitendra is the only Christian in his family, and he earns daily wages as a driver. When his parents, who are wealthy, divided their property among their children, they did not give him anything because of his decision to follow Christ. Read More.

  • Dec. 28, 2023 | Benin

    Christian Broadcaster's Life Threatened

    [182] prayers in [9] nations have been posted for Amadi.
    A village in Benin.

    Amadi was a Muslim who enjoyed arguing with Christians. But he often wrestled with questions that caused him to doubt his beliefs. One night he had a dream in which a fearsome creature was attacking him and wouldn't stop, even though he cried out for Allah. But when he used the name of Jesus Christ, the creature vanished. Read More.

  • Dec. 21, 2023 | Sri Lanka

    Bold Witness Draws Opposition

    [202] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Anuradha.
    Anuradha is a bold witness for Christ in her community.

    In July, Anuradha shared the gospel with three families in her Sri Lankan village and invited the pastor of her church to pray for them. When word of this reached the local temple, the monk and 50 other people came to Anuradha's house and threatened her to stop these Christian activities. She boldly answered them that she would not stop. A few days later, nearly 80 people came to her home and demanded that she be investigated by the police. Read More.

  • Dec. 21, 2023 | Azerbaijan

    Gospel Reaches Beyond Capital City

    [146] prayers in [9] nations have been posted for Azerbaijan.
    People walk along the Caspian Sea in Baku.

    Azerbaijan is a small nation of 10 million people tucked among the Caspian Sea, Iran, Armenia, Georgia and Russia. Its population is 85% Shia Muslim and 2% Christian. Christian ministry efforts have historically focused on the country's capital city, Baku, where 25% of the population lives. But local Christians have increased their efforts to reach beyond the capital. "Christians are using media to connect with Azerbaijanis outside of Baku," said a front-line worker. Read More.

  • Dec. 21, 2023 | Mozambique

    Christians Remain at Risk

    [143] prayers in [10] nations have been posted for the Cabo Delgado region.
    Muslim extremists in Mozambique

    Since 2019, the Cabo Delgado region of Northern Mozambique has been the site of extremist Muslim attacks in which thousands have been killed and at least 100,000 displaced. The attackers are part of a group connected to the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS) that seeks to establish a region ruled by sharia law. Some of the deadliest attacks came in 2021 near a massive oil processing installation under construction, garnering worldwide media coverage. Since then, the region remains extremely dangerous for Christians. Read More.

  • Dec. 14, 2023 | Nepal

    Pastor Attacked by Hindu Radicals

    [213] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Pastor Tamang.
    Hindu radicals attacked Pastor Bhim with black paint.

    Pastor Bhim Tamang, 63, was visiting a new believer in Christ and sharing the Word of God with him on Sept. 4 when a group of Hindu radicals burst into the home. They hit Bhim, broke his hearing aid, burned his Bible and warned him to stop preaching. Police officers arrived to protect Bhim and his colleagues, but the radicals pushed through and smeared black paint on Bhim's face. The police believed that, due to the aggressiveness of the radicals, Bhim and his colleagues would not be safe at the local station, so they took the Christians to district headquarters. Read More.

  • Dec. 14, 2023 | Korea, North

    North Korean Christians Receive Bibles

    [163] prayers in [10] nations have been posted for underground Christians.
    Bibles are getting into the hands of Christians in North Korea.

    Front-line workers are making new connections with Christians in the underground church and distributing Bibles into North Korea through many methods, new and old. Owning a Bible or even portions of Scripture is extremely risky in North Korea. After a recent meeting with front-line workers and North Korean Christians, VOM President Cole Richards shared, "Few North Koreans have ever had access to Scripture - or even to the core gospel message - because of the Communist-inspired regime's unceasing efforts to restrict access. Read More.

  • Dec. 14, 2023 | Afghanistan

    Christian Afghan Refugees Fear Forced Return

    [163] prayers in [10] nations have been posted for Afghan Christians.
    Two Afghan men chat

    Afghan Christians struggling to survive as refugees in neighboring countries ask for prayer. According to international relief agencies, Afghans constitute the third-largest displaced population in the world after Syrian and Ukrainian refugees. Those groups report at least 1.2 million Afghans fled when the Taliban seized control in August 2021, joining many who had previously evacuated. In total, around 8 million Afghan refugees are believed to live in neighboring countries, including some Christians, says a front-line worker: "Pray for God's peace, protection and provision for them and that they will not be deported back to Afghanistan." Read More.

  • Dec. 07, 2023 | Sri Lanka

    Christmas Care Distribution Makes Way for New Church

    [186] prayers in [12] nations have been posted for churches in Sri Lanka.
    Children at a Christmas Care pack distribution in Sri Lanka.

    A church in the Batticaloa area of Sri Lanka conducted their first Christmas Care Pack distribution early in the summer. One of the distribution points was in a hunters' village deep in the jungle. The children in this village were overjoyed to receive their packs. No church was in this village prior to the distribution, but this event gave front-line workers the opportunity to negotiate with the village leader to allocate land to build a church. Read More.

  • Dec. 07, 2023 | Laos

    Mother and Children Rejected for Faith

    [164] prayers in [10] nations have been posted for Phin and her family.
    Phin with one of her daughters.

    When Inn's uncle shared the gospel with his family in February 2022, Inn was the only one who accepted Christ. The village leaders threatened Inn and his parents, saying he would be kicked out of school and jailed and the whole family would be evicted. Inn sought refuge with front-line workers so that he could finish high school and grow in his faith. Inn stayed in touch with his family, sharing about Christ whenever he could. Those gospel seeds took root. In January 2023, Inn's mother, Phin, and his two sisters accepted Christ. Village officials made daily threats, and Inn's father persecuted them as well. Read More.

  • Dec. 07, 2023 | Arabian Peninsula

    Local Churches Minister to Stateless New Believers

    [161] prayers in [10] nations have been posted for New Believers.
    A family gathering in a Gulf nation.

    The nations of the Arab Peninsula attract people from around the world. Some come to participate in a religious pilgrimage while others arrive seeking job opportunities. Very few who decide to settle are ever given the opportunity to become citizens. "I know of one family where a grandfather came for a visit and stayed. Some of the family members have since become Christians," said a front-line worker. "And if they, or other second- or third-generation people living in the country, experience persecution the church becomes their only refuge." Read More.

  • Nov. 30, 2023 | Israel

    God at Work Amid the Horror of War

    [216] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Israel.

    Front-line workers shared how God is moving in Israel, including Gaza and the West Bank, amid the conflict raging throughout the region. One Christian leader said, "Please pray for believers inside of Gaza. As the conflict intensifies, and the possibilities of death increase, there is a growing intentionality to share the gospel with friends and families. We have heard testimonies of those living in shelters because their homes have been damaged and are sharing boldly - and there seems to be an openness." Read More.

  • Nov. 30, 2023 | Brunei

    Decree Requires Islamic Indoctrination of All Children

    [176] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for children in Brunei.
    The Islamic government of Brunei requires Islamic education for all children.

    In October 2023, the government of the Islamic sultanate of Brunei announced a radical change in education policy to be implemented from Nov. 1. All 2nd to 5th grade students, including Christian children, are required to attend one hour per day of Islamic instruction. This includes practicing Islamic prayers and studying the Quran. This decree from the sultan applies to public and private schools. Read More.

  • Nov. 30, 2023 | India

    Pastor Harassed, Imprisoned over Conversion Claims

    [167] prayers in [12] nations have been posted for Pastor Santosh.
    Hindu radicals in India routinely damage or destroy churches to hinder Christian worship.

    Since 2020, Pastor Santosh has been harassed and pressured by members of the Hindu nationalist group RSS. His church has been vandalized, he has been threatened and struck, and the group has repeatedly pressured the police to file charges against him for conversion of Hindus. In October 2022, he was jailed for a month without bail. "When a person goes to jail, he breaks," Santosh said. "I felt broken, too. After coming out of the jail, I was petrified. I did not go any place for months. Read More.

  • Nov. 23, 2023 | Malaysia

    Court Investigates Disappearance of Pastor Raymond Koh

    [201] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Koh family.
    Susanna and her daughters hold photos of Raymond.

    On Feb. 13, 2017, a group of men on motorbikes and in SUVs abducted Pastor Raymond Koh. His wife, Susanna, and their children have not heard from him since, though Susanna has continued to seek information from the police and Malaysia's justice system. Susanna filed a legal case requesting new inquiries into her husband's disappearance, which she believes was connected to a 2011 confrontation with the Islamic religious police. The judge hearing the case visited the scene of the abduction on Nov. 6 and 7 to learn more about the situation. Read More.

  • Nov. 23, 2023 | Nepal

    Husband Abandons Christian Wife, Children

    [164] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Bindu.
    Bindu (left) with her children

    Five years ago, Bindu and her three children put their faith in Christ, becoming the first Christians in their village. Bindu's husband, Hari, is strongly Hindu and actively tried to stop them from going to church. On Christmas day 2021, while Bindu and the children were preparing to attend a Christmas celebration, he began to beat them, knocking one of his daughters unconscious and chasing them out of the home. Bindu and her daughters decided to return home, and the persecution and abuse continued. Hari tried many times to open a case for divorce and finally left the village. Read More.

  • Nov. 23, 2023 | Kenya

    Islamists Burn Widow's Home a Second Time

    [168] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Grace.
    Smoke fills the street of a Kenyan town.

    Radical Islamic groups based in Somalia regularly attack Christians in Kenya who live near the border. Late in the evening of January 2, 2022, al-Shabab terrorists from Somalia broke into a house, pulled out a Kenyan father of four named Joseph and questioned him about his religion. When Joseph boldly declared that he was a Christian, they beheaded him. They then threatened his wife, Grace, and set the home ablaze. On September 26, 2023, terrorists returned to the village and destroyed Grace's rebuilt home. Read More.

  • Nov. 16, 2023 | Egypt

    Sudanese Refugees Flee to Egypt

    [208] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Sudanese Refugees.
    Sudanese fleeing an earlier conflict.

    More than a million Sudanese refugees have fled to neighboring countries since fighting erupted in Khartoum on April 15, 2023. Egyptian authorities report that nearly 300,000 Sudanese have arrived in Egypt since the fighting began, significantly adding to the more than 4 million Sudanese who had fled there during previous wars seeking safety and improved economic opportunity. Read More.

  • Nov. 16, 2023 | Arabian Peninsula

    Pressure Increases on Christians in Small Gulf State

    [165] prayers in [9] nations have been posted for Young Followers of Christ.
    People shopping in an Arab Gulf nation.

    Front-line workers report that new believers in a small Gulf nation are under increasing pressure after one of their leaders was deported for his faith. "Most of the local Christians are young in faith and also young in age," a front-line worker explained. "The community [members] had grown a bit relaxed and weren't expecting anything like this to happen, so it caught them by surprise." Read More.

  • Nov. 16, 2023 | Sri Lanka

    Evangelist Proclaims Christ in Hindu Stronghold

    [170] prayers in [11] nations have been posted for Sam.
    Hindu opposition to Christianity makes evangelism risky in Sri Lanka.

    Sam, a pastor in the majority-Hindu northern part of Sri Lanka, was sharing the gospel with a friend who seemed open to learning about Jesus. Without warning, the friend became aggressive and struck Sam in the face. Another time, villagers accosted him and berated him with profanity for his evangelism efforts. Sam remains faithful to his calling and is committed to his goal of sharing the gospel with 200 people this year. Read More.

  • Nov. 09, 2023 | Laos

    Christian Brother Insulted for Choosing Christ

    [173] prayers in [8] nations have been posted for BoonTaWong.

    BoonTaWong came to Christ because he wanted a changed life like he saw in other Christians. That decision brought the attention of the main religious leader of his community, who began to threaten and harass BoonTaWong. He demanded that BoonTaWong recant his faith in Christ, blamed his Christian faith for causing BoonTaWong's wife to die, and mocked the impoverishment of most Lao Christians. Read More.

  • Nov. 09, 2023 | Congo, Democratic Republic of the

    Bombed Church Blamed for Explosion

    [180] prayers in [11] nations have been posted for Christians in DRC.
    Christians gather inside a large church in the DRC.

    On Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023, hundreds of Christians gathered at a church in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to end a weeklong series of prayer meetings. The gathering was so large that chairs and tarps were placed outside to provide overflow seating. Those in attendance did not know that radical Islamic group ADF (Allied Democratic Forces) had buried a bomb in the outdoor seating area. Just after a children's choir finished performing, the bomb exploded, killing 15 people and seriously injuring roughly 70 more. "Now some people are saying that we planted the bomb!" said one assistant pastor, explaining, "Those people think we are trying to gain sympathy and funding." Read More.

  • Nov. 02, 2023 | Cuba

    Churches Share Hand-Copied Bibles

    [212] prayers in [12] nations have been posted for Bibles for Cuba.
    Printing Bibles is illegal in Cuba.

    In Cuba, Bibles are precious and sometimes scarce. Even when Bibles are available, they can cost a third of a worker's monthly income. But Christians in Cuba are hungry for God's Word and are finding creative solutions to the limited access. Read More.

  • Nov. 02, 2023 | Morocco

    Hope after the Earthquake

    [165] prayers in [10] nations have been posted for Morocco.
    Moroccan homes destroyed by the September 8 earthquake.

    On September 8, 2023, a massive 6.8 earthquake rattled parts of Morocco, killing nearly 3,000 and affecting roughly 300,000. One Christian family lives near the epicenter of the quake and shared their experience. They were awoken around 11 p.m. and rushed outside as buildings around them shook and collapsed. "It was a dramatic experience," said the front-line worker. "We were on the street all night long as the village we had lived in for 20 years was destroyed." The worker reported that 1,000 people died in that village alone. Read More.

  • Nov. 02, 2023 | Korea, North

    Discipleship Program Encourages Outreach

    [152] prayers in [10] nations have been posted for Discipleship Program.
    Christian defectors take mission trips to meet other North Korean defectors in various parts of South Korea.

    Students in a discipleship training program for North Korean defectors spend a large portion of the training doing hands-on ministry in areas known to have large communities of other North Korean defectors. Pray for these students as they focus their strategy on Christian discipleship, evangelism, Bible study and helping students engage in life-changing connection with the church. Due to various factors, some of these students are not always able to finish the program, but several former students have shown interest in returning. Read More.

  • Oct. 26, 2023 | Laos

    Widowed Christian Threatened with Loss of Home

    [227] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for La.
    Sister La's home is at risk.

    La and her husband became Christians while seeking a cure for his illness. Though he died three months later, they remained faithful due to the love and care they received from their brothers and sisters in Christ. In 2020, her daughter married a non-believer, and her son-in-law moved into her house. He practices animism, making offerings to spirits and trying to force his mother-in-law to do the same. He threw away La's Bible and tries to keep her from practicing her Christian faith. Read More.

  • Oct. 26, 2023 | Benin

    Christian Teenager Attacked by Father

    [172] prayers in [11] nations have been posted for Urbi.
    Some young women in Benin

    During a fall 2022 revival meeting in her village, 19-year-old Urbi Izegbe committed her life to Christ. Her family was not happy with her decision and responded by insulting her, threatening her and even withholding food from her. Her father also forbade her from attending church. But Urbi decided that her relationship with Christ was the most important thing in her life, so she continued participating in church services and activities. On August 11, 2023, when she returned home from a church meeting, her father attacked her and tried to kill her using a broken bottle as a weapon. Read More.

  • Oct. 26, 2023 | Iraq

    Christian Student Murdered by Former Friends

    [161] prayers in [11] nations have been posted for Christians in Iraq.
    A mosque in Iraq

    One day in May 2023, an Iraqi pastor answered his phone, not knowing it would be the last call he would receive from a young Christian friend. On the line was a university student who had recently converted from Islam. Some of the student's former friends had arrived at his home, saying, "We know about your new faith. We are going to give you a chance to come back." The group told him he could claim not to believe in any god, but he could not remain a Christian. The assailants gave him 24 hours to recant, or they would kill him. Read More.

  • Oct. 19, 2023 | Israel

    Urgent Prayer Needed for Families, Churches of Gospel Workers

    [226] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Christians in Israel.
    Many have suffered since Hamas fighters launched attacks along the Israeli-Gaza border on Oct. 7, 2023.

    Christians in Israel (including the West Bank and Gaza) have requested prayer amid ongoing conflict that began on Oct. 7 when Hamas fighters launched attacks along the Israeli-Gaza border. A church in one of the communities infiltrated in the initial coordinated attack asks for prayer as they seek to share the love of Christ and meet the needs of their community. Another church located in a major city struggles to meet the needs of their community as an unofficial blockade has restricted daily goods such as food and fuel. Read More.

  • Oct. 19, 2023 | Jordan

    Syrian Christian Refugees Fear Return

    [158] prayers in [11] nations have been posted for Syrian Christians.

    Since the 2011 outbreak of civil war in Syria, hundreds of thousands have fled to neighboring countries, including Jordan. Many refugees have had the opportunity to hear the gospel during their displacement, and a significant number of Syrians have become followers of Christ through the witness of Jordanian Christians. Some Syrian refugees now worry that the government of Jordan is planning to force them to return to Syria. "I could be killed at the border," said one Syrian Christian. Read More.

  • Oct. 19, 2023 | Burkina Faso

    Fulani Believer Killed in Islamist Attack

    [163] prayers in [10] nations have been posted for Christians in Burkina Faso.

    Amadou Kabore was born into the Muslim Fulani tribe in Burkina Faso. In 2021, he watched the JESUS film and placed his trust in Christ. His decision to follow Christ enraged his father and brothers, and they beat Amadou severely. Amadou fled to the nearby nation of Togo for safety. Front-line workers helped him secure housing and enroll in a vocational training program in his new country. Read More.

  • Oct. 12, 2023 | Laos

    Christian's Land, Livelihood at Stake

    [207] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Khamphone.
    Khamphone with his family

    Before Khamphone became a Christian, he was a respected fortuneteller. He often helped villagers, including village elders and police officers, by consulting the spirits, and for this he was rewarded with a piece of land to farm. He hired 20 workers to help him prepare the land for rice season. In December 2022, Khamphone became a Christian. When this was discovered, the village leader told him he must recant his faith in Christ or lose his land. Read More.

  • Oct. 12, 2023 | India

    Christian Girl Dies After Intentional Crash

    [171] prayers in [10] nations have been posted for Prakash and family.

    Lavanya's whole family came to faith in Christ after she was miraculously healed from paralysis and other disabilities she had struggled with since birth. She loved to travel with her father, Prakash, when he would share the gospel with others. Prakash was warned by Hindu radicals to stop his evangelistic outreach. On Jan. 16, 2023, while Prakash and Lavanya were traveling home via bike from a neighboring village, some who had threatened Prakash followed them in a vehicle and caused the bike to crash, seriously injuring father and daughter. Read More.

  • Oct. 12, 2023 | Morocco

    Moroccan Church Leader Regularly Interrogated

    [152] prayers in [10] nations have been posted for Christian in Morocco.
    An isolated street in Morocco

    A Christian in Morocco is experiencing regular pressure and intimidation by police authorities. "His moves are constantly monitored, and he is regularly questioned by police," a front-line worker shared. He is under gradual but increasing pressure from officials, and the continual surveillance and interrogations have negatively impacted his health. Read More.

  • Oct. 05, 2023 | Kenya

    Muslims Stone Church, Pastor's Home

    [208] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Pastor Matthew.
    Pastor Matthew and his family

    Pastor Matthew leads a small church in northern Kenya. Every Sunday as he preaches, Muslims from the surrounding neighborhood pummel the church with rocks. They occasionally throw stones at the home where he, his wife and their four children live. Their family and other Christians in the town are regularly discriminated against, especially at funerals, which are usually communal events. Pastor Matthew recalled attending a funeral where he was served a meal and sat down to eat with a group of men. Read More.

  • Oct. 05, 2023 | Eritrea

    Former Prisoner Grateful for Prayers

    [168] prayers in [10] nations have been posted for Joseph.

    A Christian imprisoned in Eritrea several times for his faith expressed gratitude to the global body of Christ for their ongoing support in prayer: "You have been praying for us, and I want to thank you," Joseph said. He also shared how communism is Eritrea's most significant challenge and that its president, who trained in China, launched a brutal crackdown on the Christian community in 2004, closing most churches and arresting many Christian leaders. Those imprisoned without trial are held in inhumane conditions, including metal shipping containers. Read More.

  • Oct. 05, 2023 | India

    Pastor and Elders Sentenced Under Anti-Conversion Law

    [159] prayers in [10] nations have been posted for Pastor Jawahar.
    Pastor Jawahar and his wife

    On Dec. 26, 2021, Pastor Jawahar was in his home in Madhya Pradesh state, talking with other members of the church, when Hindu fanatics - including police officers - entered, accusing these Christians of trying to convert Hindus by fraud. After interrogation and intimidation in the home, the police took Jawahar and two elders to the police station and charged them with coerced conversion under the state's so-called "Freedom of Religion" law. Pastor Jawahar was jailed for 45 days without due legal process. Read More.

  • Sep. 28, 2023 | Togo

    New Believer Attacked by Sorcerers

    [257] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Abraham.
    Abraham was assaulted by sorcerers for his decision to follow Christ.

    A young Christian in Togo was severely beaten recently by local sorcerers who were angry that he had become a follower of Christ. Abraham, who lives in a village where sorcery and human sacrifice are practiced, is currently hospitalized for wounds he suffered in the attack. Pray for his physical recovery as well as his healing from mental and emotional trauma. Read More.

  • Sep. 28, 2023 | Nepal

    Hindus Harass Christians in Remote Village

    [156] prayers in [10] nations have been posted for Pastor Amrit.

    Local Hindus vandalized a church in an isolated area of Nepal recently and threatened its pastor, but the church continues to meet for worship and fellowship. When a group of Hindus busted the church's windows with rocks in the middle of the night, the pastor, Amrit Mahara, began sleeping in the church to protect it from further damage. A short time later, the Hindus interrupted a worship service to demand that the church stop meeting. Read More.

  • Sep. 28, 2023 | Jordan

    Christian Woman Beaten by Muslim Husband

    [180] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Ghazal.
    Christians in Jordan sometimes face violent persecution from their families because of their faith.

    After a woman in Jordan became a Christian, her Muslim husband began to beat her frequently. Ghazal, who left Islam to follow Christ, was beaten so severely recently that she had to be hospitalized. "He knocked her front teeth out," a front-line worker said, "yet she is holding fast to her faith." Read More.

  • Sep. 21, 2023 | Burkina Faso

    Christian Widow Threatened by Animist Family

    [221] prayers in [12] nations have been posted for Femke.
    Children in Burkina Faso often work with their widowed mothers crushing rocks.

    Femke was married to a village witch doctor for 33 years and was terrorized by demons. The spirits would drive her mad and tell her information her husband would use in his fortune-telling. When he died suddenly, she sought spiritual freedom. A pastor prayed for her, and she was healed of all demonic oppression. Read More.

  • Sep. 21, 2023 | Laos

    Christian Teens Resist Family Persecution

    [190] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Ton and Tan.
    Ton and Tan

    Ton, 18, and Tan, 16, are teenage sisters who became Christians and have been harassed repeatedly for this decision. Recently, their mother said that she will sell her daughters to any men who make an offer. Their older sister has also begun trying to bribe them into a life of prostitution with offers of phones and jewelry. The mother pressures the girls to prostitute themselves and regularly mocks their faith. Read More.

  • Sep. 21, 2023 | India

    Young Man Stands Firm in Faith Amid Ongoing Pressure

    [174] prayers in [10] nations have been posted for Ajay.
    Christians in India remain firm in faith amid ongoing pressure from their communities.

    Ajay, 24, has been pressured by his community and the police to return to Hinduism. The police arrested him and brought a false charge against him in an attempt to make him recant his faith. He was jailed for 9 days. Despite the ongoing pressure, Ajay has persevered in his faith. Read More.

  • Sep. 14, 2023 | Nepal

    Attack by Hindu Radicals Broadcast on Social Media

    [219] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Shiva and Kamleshor.
    Members of a threatened church continue to fellowship together.

    Shiva and Kamleshor are leaders of a group of 20 Christians who have been meeting for fellowship in a Maithili-speaking region of Nepal. On June 24, a group of more than 40 Hindu radicals surrounded the home where they were meeting to threaten and mock them, live-streaming their abusive actions on social media for three hours. These brothers were discouraged but thankful for the body of Christ remembering them in prayer. Read More.

  • Sep. 14, 2023 | Morocco

    Lack of Access to Bibles Limiting Discipleship

    [160] prayers in [10] nations have been posted for Moroccans.
    Nearly all Moroccans are Sunni Muslims, and Christian converts face opposition from their communities as well as the government.

    Only a fraction of 1 percent of the population of Morocco are Christians, and lack of access to Bibles limits the growth of Christian communities. "Believers and seekers in this country face a shortage of physical Bibles and are usually obligated to interact with God's Word in an online or digital format, which is not accessible for everyone," a front-line worker said. Additionally, new followers of Christ are often threatened by family members, discriminated against by landlords, and forced to relocate unexpectedly. Read More.

  • Sep. 14, 2023 | Mexico

    Pastor Continues Evangelism in Face of Opposition

    [159] prayers in [9] nations have been posted for Pastor Filadelfo.
    Pastor Filadelfo led this sister (far left) to Christ after praying for her to be healed.

    Pastor Filadelfo, a former drug trafficker who is now an evangelist, has been jailed repeatedly for his gospel witness and was kicked out of his village for refusing to renounce Christ and return to the traditional religious practices of the village. Because of the prayers and support he has received through VOM, Filadelfo is able to continue to share the gospel in Southern Mexico, praying for the sick and providing Bibles to believers who don't have one. Read More.

  • Sep. 07, 2023 | Ethiopia

    Former Muslim Sheikh Sells Pineapples for Christ

    [194] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Abdu.
    Abdu uses his job as a pineapple seller to tell others about Christ.

    Abdu grew up wanting to be an Islamic scholar, so he attended schools focusing solely on the Quran. After studying the Quran for 15 years, he became an Islamic teacher. But in 2022, he met an old friend who had become a follower of Christ. The friend shared the gospel with Abdu on numerous occasions, and Abdu began to question his beliefs. Eventually, Abdu put his faith in Christ. His enthusiasm for teaching the Quran waned, and local Islamic leaders noticed. Read More.

  • Sep. 07, 2023 | India

    Faithful Father and Daughter Stand Alone

    [159] prayers in [9] nations have been posted for Drithi.
    Drithi and her father remained firm in their commitment to Christ amid opposition from Hindu radicals.

    On November 25, 2022, Drithi was worshipping with about 25 other believers when the service was interrupted by a group demanding that the congregation members return to Hinduism. Many of the believers were beaten, including Drithi and her father. Because of this event, 14 of the families returned to Hinduism, leaving Drithi and her father as the only believers. Read More.

  • Sep. 07, 2023 | Turkey

    Congregation Seeks Approval to Establish Place of Worship

    [140] prayers in [9] nations have been posted for Place of Worship.
    Christians in Turkiye hope to renovate this building.

    Christians in eastern Turkiye are often isolated with limited opportunities to fellowship openly with other followers of Christ. But a small Protestant church in eastern Turkiye, in an area close to the Syrian border populated mainly by Kurds and some Syrians and Iranians, has developed a good relationship with a long-standing Orthodox church. Its leaders are willing to allow the young church to repurpose one of their dilapidated buildings, but doing so will require the approval of local officials. Read More.

  • Aug. 31, 2023 | Pakistan

    Faisalabad Mob Targets Christians, Churches

    [193] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Pakistan Christians.
    Muslim extremists damaged or destroyed 25 churches during a recent riot in Pakistan.

    On Aug. 16, a mob of 5,000 Muslim extremists rampaged through Jaranwala, a city in the Faisalabad district, reacting to allegations that two young Christian men had desecrated a copy of the Quran and insulted the prophet Muhammad. Rioters attacked Christian neighborhoods and churches throughout the city. The mob burned or severely damaged 25 churches and 89 homes; hundreds of Christians fled either because their homes and belongings were destroyed or in fear of further attacks. The mob dispersed hours later only after the government dispatched police and soldiers into the area. Read More.

  • Aug. 31, 2023 | Iran

    Many Place Their Faith in Christ Amid Unrest

    [149] prayers in [10] nations have been posted for New Christians.
    Many Iranians are learning the truth about Christ through Christian satellite television broadcasts.

    A young woman killed in September 2022 while in the custody of the Iranian religious police led to a spontaneous uprising. "Iranian women wanted their dignity back," a front-line worker said. In Iran, girls as young as nine can be given in marriage, and a woman's testimony in court is worth only half a man's. Front-line workers report that the young woman's death has caused many Iranians to continue to grow disillusioned with their repressive Islamic government and search for truth elsewhere. Read More.

  • Aug. 31, 2023 | Cameroon

    Elder Christian Murdered in His Sleep

    [162] prayers in [11] nations have been posted for Cameroonian Christians.

    On July 10, militants from the Islamist group Boko Haram snuck into the home of a 75-year-old Christian and killed him in his sleep. This brother is described as a businessman and an active, faithful member of his local church. His family believes that the militants entered the home around 1:00 a.m. and slit his throat. Read More.

  • Aug. 24, 2023 | Mali

    New Christian Family Pressured to Leave Village

    [216] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Kalifa.
    A Baptism in Mali

    Kalifa and his family were all Muslims living in a Muslim village. But then, Kalifa placed his trust in Christ during an evangelistic outreach earlier this year, becoming the first Christian in his village. When others in Kalifa's Muslim community learned about his newfound faith in Christ, they began to persecute him and his family with verbal insults and physical attacks. Read More.

  • Aug. 24, 2023 | Bhutan

    Bible for New Believer Transforms Family

    [152] prayers in [11] nations have been posted for Pema Ongma.
    Reading the Bible transformed Pema Ongmo's family.

    Pema Ongmo, 27, was raised in an animist family and had never heard about Christ until a friend shared the gospel and invited her to church. Her father, a village leader, found out and forbade her to read the Bible the pastor had given her. But she started reading the Bible secretly and began to follow Christ. Her mother became ill, and her father spent all the family's resources looking for a cure. Pema told her father that the Jesus she read about in the Bible healed many people. Read More.

  • Aug. 24, 2023 | Iran

    Mass Arrests of Christians

    [172] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Iranian Christians.

    Nearly 60 Iranian Christians were swept up in a sudden wave of arrests across the country in mid-July, crippling ministry work. "Most ministries have stopped their activities," said a front-line worker. His comments follow reports of three Christians arrested in Tehran on May 9, 2023. Agents of the Islamic Revolutionary Court arrived that morning with search warrants and confiscated mobile phones, laptops, books and pamphlets. Read More.

  • Aug. 17, 2023 | Mexico

    Church Planters Face Unrelenting Pressure

    [230] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Mateo and Elena.
    Mateo, Elena, and their two daughters have endured attacks against their health, safety and livelihood because of their gospel work.

    Mateo and Elena are church planters advancing God's kingdom in Central Mexico. Elena was diagnosed with a rare brain aneurysm that required surgery. However, in the most recent round of tests, the doctors found that the aneurysm had been healed. One even called it a miracle from God. Still, Elena and Mateo continue to face enormous pressure to stop their gospel outreach, including threatening phone calls, an unexplained fire in their house, and spiritual attacks on Elena and their two young daughters. Read More.

  • Aug. 17, 2023 | Ethiopia

    Church Attacked by Militants

    [159] prayers in [11] nations have been posted for Church Attacked.
    A church member's car was destroyed.

    On Sunday, April 3, 2022, militants from the Ethiopian Orthodox Church attacked a Protestant church in western Ethiopia, the second time in less than a month a Protestant church in that area had been attacked. The attackers injured many Christians and burned buildings. One church leader said, "We were hurt because of our faith in Jesus Christ. We are ready to accept any trial and persecution that comes to us because of our faith." VOM helped this congregation rebuild as they continue to witness for Christ in their community. Read More.

  • Aug. 17, 2023 | Bangladesh

    Evangelist Beaten for Testimony at Rally

    [168] prayers in [10] nations have been posted for Juhel.

    During an Islamist gathering denouncing Christianity and encouraging anti-Christian activity, Juhel stood up and shared his testimony about his faith in Christ. Some in the crowd listened with interest because of his reasonable and gentle approach, while others expressed opposition and anger. Some in the group invited Juhel to speak again in the mosque, planning to attack him there. When he turned them down, they planned an ambush instead. Read More.

  • Aug. 10, 2023 | China

    Elderly Evangelist Plants Seeds in Restricted Minority

    [211] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Elderly Evangelist.
    Evangelists in China must traverse remote and difficult terrain to share the Good News about Christ.

    Pray for one Christian woman who has been instrumental in sharing the gospel with a highly restricted minority group. Though she has never received formal training, and despite the physical demands on her frail body, she has been a faithful witness to advance God's kingdom to this people group. Read More.

  • Aug. 10, 2023 | Colombia

    "Red Zone" Pastors Out of Contact

    [151] prayers in [9] nations have been posted for Christian Brothers and Sisters.
    Ministry in Colombia's "red zones" is dangerous and difficult.

    A front-line worker in Colombia reported that he has lost contact with several pastors in the Sucre area in recent months. The state of Sucre is one of Colombia's "red zones," where Marxist guerrillas and paramilitaries exercise violent control over large areas. These groups have recently imposed new restrictions against Christians and churches. Read More.

  • Aug. 10, 2023 | Benin

    BENIN - Pastor's Wife Killed by Islamists

    [166] prayers in [9] nations have been posted for Pastor Amadin.
    Typical homes in Benin

    Pastor Amadin leads a church in a Muslim community in northern Benin. Three Islamic extremists visited his house while he was away and his children were in school. The men attacked his wife with acid, pouring it into her eyes and forcing her to drink it. When neighbors heard her screaming, they rushed to the house, and the attackers fled. Read More.

  • Aug. 03, 2023 | Bangladesh

    Woman Finds Freedom After Traumatic Attack

    [202] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Raissa.
    Raissa had been unable to go into the village without being reminded of the attack.

    When Raissa was a teen, she was kidnapped and raped by a group of Muslim men who wanted to punish her father, a Christian pastor. For years, Raissa felt trapped in her home, unable to leave without being taunted, threatened and retraumatized by her attackers, who had faced no consequences. Raissa asked for help relocating to a larger city where she could be free of her attackers and pursue education and a career. Read More.

  • Aug. 03, 2023 | Korea, North

    Defectors Experience God's Word Through Dance Therapy

    [138] prayers in [8] nations have been posted for Dance Therapy Class.

    North Korean defectors in South Korea are participating in a dance therapy class focused on the Bible to know the word of God and guide them in overcoming trauma. One student looking for a place to learn about traditional Korean dance discovered this dance therapy group, and she is now learning about a personal relationship with Christ through it. Read More.

  • Aug. 03, 2023 | Uganda

    Students Killed by Islamists in Attack on Ugandan School

    [158] prayers in [7] nations have been posted for Boarding School.

    On Friday, June 16, shortly before midnight, Islamic militants believed to be part of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) attacked a boarding school in the western Ugandan town of Mpondwe, located on the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The militants killed 37 students with machetes and through arson of dormitories. They also killed four adults and abducted six students, forcing them across the border into the DRC where the ADF is based. Read More.

  • Jul. 27, 2023 | Pakistan

    Protests Threaten Christians Across the Country

    [202] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Haroon Shahzad.
    Anti-Christian rallies and processions continue throughout Pakistan in protest of a Quran burning.

    After a June 28 incident in Sweden in which pages from the Quran were publicly burned, protests have swept across Pakistan. The prime minister urged the organization of large rallies and convened a joint parliamentary session on July 7 to protest the burning. During these rallies, angry protesters desecrated crosses and insulted Christianity. Christians across the country are bracing for attacks. Read More.

  • Jul. 27, 2023 | Laos

    Teacher's Faithful Witness Leads to Job Loss

    [146] prayers in [9] nations have been posted for Nyok.

    Nyok has taught for 14 years, serving the last six years as director of her village's elementary school. A jealous coworker cursed Nyok, and she began to experience pain. When she prayed to accept Christ, the pain disappeared. Word spread at school that she was a Christian, and Nyok was warned by her administrators, the district education director and the Ministry of Education that, because her job is a government position, she could not follow a "western" religion. Nyok shared her testimony and refused to renounce her faith in Christ. Read More.

  • Jul. 27, 2023 | Burkina Faso

    Pastor Murdered by Islamist Extremists

    [151] prayers in [9] nations have been posted for Pastor Hamidou.
    A typical home in rural Burkina Faso

    Hamidou felt the call of God to spread the gospel. So he left the safety of his home in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, to take the gospel to the northern part of his nation. Though radical Islamists are active in that region, he moved there with his family and planted a church. Read More.