• May. 21, 2020 | Nigeria

    Pandemic Hasn't Stopped Attacks or Aid

    [183] prayers in [12] nations have been posted for Christian villages being attacked.
    This woman in northern Nigeria received food aid at a VOM distribution.

    The global pandemic has not stopped Muslim militants from continuing their attacks on Christian villages in northern Nigeria. Read More.

  • May. 21, 2020 | Laos

    Young Couple Become Non-Citizens

    [136] prayers in [10] nations have been posted for Phiarune and Lai.
    Phiarune and his wife, Lai, paid a heavy price after they became believers.

    A young couple who placed their faith in Christ less than six months ago have already paid a heavy price. Read More.

  • May. 21, 2020 | Turkmenistan

    Police Raid Christian Meetings

    [111] prayers in [10] nations have been posted for Christians fined for religious gatherings.
    Police raided home meetings in Turkmenistan.

    Police have raided several Christian meetings at private homes recently. A homeowner was fined a week's wages when police raided his home during a Christmas celebration. Read More.

  • May. 14, 2020 | Nigeria

    Militant Attacks Continue Through March

    [232] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Attacked Christians.
    Displaced Nigerian Christians await a food distribution.

    In the last week of March, Christians reported multiple attacks by both Boko Haram terrorists and Fulani Islamic militants in the north. On March 23, Boko Haram ambushed a military convoy, killing about 70 soldiers and taking some captive. Read More.

  • May. 14, 2020 | Central Asia

    University Teacher Loses Job Because of Faith

    [209] prayers in [20] nations have been posted for Vera.
    Central Asian women live under conservative societal rules.

    A Christian woman was dismissed from her job teaching Russian at a national university after school officials learned of her faith. Read More.

  • May. 14, 2020 | Somalia

    Somali Scholars Urge Followers to Defend Islam

    [166] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Somali Christians.
    This cleric issued a warning against a Christian ministry.

    Realizing that a growing number of Somalis are leaving Islam and embracing Christianity, Somali Islamic leaders are issuing warnings and urging their followers to defend Islam. Read More.

  • May. 07, 2020 | Laos

    Three Families Expelled from Village

    [340] prayers in [23] nations have been posted for Exiled Families.
    This family was removed from their village by force after they became Christians.

    Three Christian families from the Akha tribe were expelled from their village recently after refusing to renounce their faith in Christ. Read More.

  • May. 07, 2020 | Iraq

    Iraqi Christian Asks for Prayer After Brother's Murder

    [249] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Brother of Murdered Christian.
    Families often apply heavy pressure to new converts to get them to come back to Islam.

    An Iraqi Christian is asking for prayer after his brother was killed because of his faith. Read More.

  • May. 07, 2020 | Guinea

    Widow Remains Faithful After Being Kicked Out of Several Homes

    [227] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Zainab.
    Zainab is being cared for by a pastor along with other persecuted believers.

    Zainab, a blind widow, was kicked out of her in-laws' home after refusing to give up her Christian faith. Read More.

  • Apr. 30, 2020 | Indonesia

    Family Worship Interrupted by Muslim Neighbor

    [271] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Family Threatened.
    Two Muslim men threatened a family meeting for worship in their home during stay at home orders.

    A Christian family worshiping at home were interrupted recently by a Muslim neighbor who burst in and told them they could not hold a Christian meeting in their house. Read More.

  • Apr. 30, 2020 | Pakistan

    Imprisoned Christian Mourns Loss of His Mother

    [238] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Imran Ghafur.
    Imran Ghafur has been in prison for more than 10 years.

    Imran Ghafur, a Christian who has been imprisoned for 10 years on a blasphemy conviction, learned recently that his elderly mother had died on Feb. 1, 2020. Read More.

  • Apr. 30, 2020 | Kenya

    Christians Face New Threats Along Somali Border

    [201] prayers in [12] nations have been posted for Christians Threatened by Al Shabab.
    Al Shabab seeks a pure, Muslim society.

    Christians in the Kenya-Somalia border region are concerned about new threats and attacks by the Somali militant group al-Shabab. The militants released a video recently in which they threatened "infidels" coming into the region, calling the settlement of Christians in Muslim areas "Kenyan colonization." Read More.

  • Apr. 23, 2020 | Syria

    Refugee Remains Faithful Amid Hardships

    [321] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Abdallah.
    Abdallah felt a pull toward Christ from an early age.

    Abdallah, a Syrian refugee in Lebanon, holds fast to his Christian faith despite suffering unemployment, homelessness and persecution from Muslim family members. Read More.

  • Apr. 23, 2020 | Southeast Asia

    Hmong Christians' Home Destroyed

    [196] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Hmong Christians.
    Angry relatives destroyed their house while the Christian family was gone.

    A family of Hmong Christians returned home one evening to find their home destroyed. When the family became Christians, their relatives worried that their ancestral spirits would be offended. Read More.

  • Apr. 23, 2020 | Israel

    Messianic Jews Harassed by Ultra-Orthodox

    [216] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Messianic Jews.
    Members of the radical group stand outside the church. Credit: Middle East Concern.

    Messianic Jews in the city of Arad have faced ongoing harassment from a group of ultra-Orthodox Jews, but they are thankful that their most recent interaction was more peaceful. Read More.

  • Apr. 16, 2020 | Tajikistan

    Church Leaders Fined for Translating the Bible

    [354] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Fined Churches.
    Arranging translation the Bible into a local language got Christians in Tajikistan into trouble.

    Four churches in Tajikistan have been fined for their participation in a Bible translation project. Between August 2019 and January 2020, the committee for religious affairs fined church leaders the equivalent of between $700 and $1,100. Read More.

  • Apr. 16, 2020 | Afghanistan

    God's Kingdom Advancing One Heart at a Time

    [204] prayers in [11] nations have been posted for Underground Small Groups.
    Afghans are being won to the Lord on heart at a time.

    Hundreds of small groups are meeting in homes throughout Afghanistan to study the Bible using a storytelling method, according to a VOM worker. Read More.

  • Apr. 16, 2020 | Indonesia

    Church in Central Java Forced to Close

    [199] prayers in [10] nations have been posted for Members of Closed Church.
    Neighbors protested the church outside as the police met with the pastor.

    Another church in Central Java was forced to close in February. Police, local officials, neighbors and members of the Indonesia Muslim Clerics Council interrupted services on Sunday morning, Feb. 16, to demand that the service be halted. Read More.

  • Apr. 09, 2020 | Laos

    Young Couple Kicked Out of Home

    [331] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Phu, Sri, and baby.
    Sri's mother-in-law beat her severely for her faith in Christ.

    A young married couple were expelled from their family's home recently after coming to faith in Christ. Phu and Sri married at a young age and moved in with Phu's parents. After Sri gave birth to their daughter, she was often ill and had no one to care for her while Phu was working long hours on a banana plantation. Read More.

  • Apr. 09, 2020 | Mexico

    Displaced Families Share the Gospel

    [198] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Exiled Families.
    Families who were kicked out of their home village after they decided to follow Christ are now thriving in a new place.

    More than a year after being expelled from their village because of their faith, a group of Christians are now sharing the gospel with their new neighbors. Read More.

  • Apr. 09, 2020 | Burkina Faso

    Islamists Murder Two Church Leaders

    [220] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Families of Lankoande Babribile and Tindano Omar.
    Lankoande Babribile

    In mid-February, Islamic extremists murdered two church leaders in eastern Burkina Faso, announcing to the community that they will not tolerate Christianity in the area. On Feb. 10, the extremists arrived at the home of well-known church leader Lankoande Babribile and shot him to death in front of his wife. Read More.

  • Apr. 02, 2020 | Syria

    Children Targeted by Extremist Ideology

    [350] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Refugee Children.
    Syrian refugee children

    A VOM partner who operates a summer camp and supports a school in Syria has requested prayer for the many children affected by the conflict there. Read More.

  • Apr. 02, 2020 | Korea, North

    Chinese Citizen Remains in North Korean Prison

    [255] prayers in [11] nations have been posted for Deacon Jang.
    Deacon Jang, aka Zhang Wen Shi

    Zhang Wen Shi, also known as Deacon Jang, is an ethnically Korean Christian who lived and ministered in Changbai, China, a town located on China's border with North Korea. Read More.

  • Apr. 02, 2020 | Indonesia

    Protests Against Churches Continue

    [193] prayers in [10] nations have been posted for Santo Joseph Church.
    A mob met a construction crew at the Santo Joseph church.

    Protestors have stopped construction of a new church building in Pangkal Pinang on Bangka Island's east coast. Read More.

  • Mar. 26, 2020 | Turkey

    Front-Line Worker Encouraged by Church Growth

    [280] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Church planters seeing growth.
    This church in Turkey ministers to both Turkish people and Iranians.

    A believer working to plant churches in each of Turkey's 81 provinces reports that three years of work is bearing fruit. A third church began services recently in one of Turkey's major cities, and the first church planted there has grown from 10 members to nearly 100 in less than three years. Read More.

  • Mar. 26, 2020 | Nepal

    Community Warns Against Following Foreign Religion

    [241] prayers in [12] nations have been posted for Ishika.
    Ishika's husband told her to stop following a foreign religion.

    After seeking treatment at home and abroad for a longstanding illness, Ishika was restored to health when a church shared the gospel with her and prayed for her. Grateful to God for her healing, she continued to attend church and placed her faith in Jesus Christ. Read More.

  • Mar. 26, 2020 | Kenya

    Terrorists Threaten Pastor

    [239] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Threatened Pastor.
    Pastors in Kenya who work with Muslims often encounter terrorist threats.

    A pastor in Kenya is asking for prayer after receiving repeated death threats by phone. Although the calls are anonymous, the pastor suspects they are coming from members of al-Shabab. Read More.

  • Mar. 19, 2020 | Myanmar

    Imprisoned Pastor Cannot Leave Wa State

    [307] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Rev. Ai and family.
    Buddhism has a strong hold in Myanmar.

    Rev. Ai was arrested in 2018 along with other Christian leaders during a separatist crackdown in Wa state. His family struggled while he was in prison, and members of the Wa State Army prevented other believers from helping them. Read More.

  • Mar. 19, 2020 | Morocco

    New Christian Denied Child Support

    [243] prayers in [12] nations have been posted for Latifa.
    A woman sharing the gospel in Morocco.

    When a woman named Latifa came to know Christ, her husband vehemently opposed her new faith. Eventually, he gave her an ultimatum: Give up your faith or I will divorce you. Latifa chose her faith, and her husband divorced her. Read More.

  • Mar. 19, 2020 | Indonesia

    Local Muslims Reject Church's Presence

    [278] prayers in [12] nations have been posted for Pillar Asih church members.
    Christians in Indonesia gather in a house church meeting.

    When local Muslims in the Bekasi City area noticed that some Christians were using an empty building for a worship service on Jan. 23, they gathered at the building to protest the meeting. Read More.

  • Mar. 12, 2020 | Iran

    Redeeming Women Bound by Islam

    [288] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for New Believers.
    A women's meeting in Iran

    Christian workers in Iran have been ministering to women driven to prostitution, and at least 15 of the women have come to know Christ. Read More.

  • Mar. 12, 2020 | China

    Online Preaching Banned

    [217] prayers in [12] nations have been posted for Chinese Christians.
    The official notice released by the religious bodies

    The two official church bodies in Shandong province announced in a joint statement that authorities have banned all online preaching. Read More.

  • Mar. 12, 2020 | Korea, North

    Gospel Message Reaching North Korean Capital

    [223] prayers in [11] nations have been posted for North Koreans in Pyongyang.
    North Korean defectors also broadcasts messages of truth and and love into North Korea over the radio.

    Memory cards loaded with videos explaining Jesus and Christianity are reaching citizens in Pyongyang. Someone living in the country's capital, where only the most loyal citizens are permitted to live, wrote an encouraging letter recently to Christian workers in the region. Read More.

  • Mar. 05, 2020 | Pakistan

    Bombing Victim Suffers Ongoing Health Issues

    [345] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Mehak.
    This sweet girl continues to deal with major health complications as a result of the church bombing in 2013.

    A young victim of the Peshawar church bombing is experiencing new medical issues as a result of her injuries. Mehak was just 4 years old when she was severely injured in the Sept. 22, 2013, bombing that killed her father. Read More.

  • Mar. 05, 2020 | Laos

    Young Believer Denied Medical Care

    [234] prayers in [12] nations have been posted for John.
    John (left) gave up medical treatment for his injured leg so he could continue to follow Christ.

    John became interested in Christianity through a friend who shared Christian music and videos with him. He came to faith in Christ after eventually finding a pastor in another village who explained the gospel to him. But about six months after professing his faith, his foster parents and others in his village began to complain, cursing him and treating him badly. Read More.

  • Mar. 05, 2020 | Sri Lanka

    Buddhist Monks Lead Assault on Pastor

    [218] prayers in [12] nations have been posted for Attacked Christians.
    Buddhist monks demanded that the church in the village stop meeting.

    On Sunday, Feb. 2, a group of Buddhist monks led a mob of 150 people to a house church in north central Sri Lanka. The mob demanded an end to the worship service and threated violence if it continued, but police allowed the Christians to continue the service. Read More.

  • Feb. 27, 2020 | Nepal

    Finding Peace in Christ

    [328] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Grishma.
    Grishma was kicked out of her home as a teenager when she decided to follow Christ.

    Grishma came to faith in Christ in 2016 after some teenage friends invited her to church. She had never known who her father was, and her stepfather abused her. When he learned that she had become a Christian, he beat her and threatened to stop paying her school fees. Read More.

  • Feb. 27, 2020 | Iran

    A Great Harvest Waiting in Iran

    [230] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Christian Workers.
    New believers must be secretly baptized, like this man was in a shower.

    Though Iranians have faced political and economic crises in recent months, Christian workers report that they are more open to the gospel than before. Read More.

  • Feb. 27, 2020 | Malawi

    Yao Believers Gather for Worship and Encouragement

    [219] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Yao Believers.
    New believers from the Yao people groups met together for fellowship and encouragement.

    About 750 Christians from the Yao people group gathered recently for fellowship, worship, prayer and mutual encouragement. The Yao believers, who are spread across three different countries, had never gathered for worship in such a large group. Read More.

  • Feb. 20, 2020 | Nigeria

    Fulani Islamic Militants Attack Christians in Plateau State

    [319] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Attacked Christians.
    The bodies of some of the dead

    On Jan. 8, 2020, Fulani Islamic militants attacked the predominantly Christian village of Kulben, in northern Nigeria's Plateau state, killing at least 12. Read More.

  • Feb. 20, 2020 | China

    Churches Further Restricted by New Religious Regulations

    [230] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Christians facing new restrictions.
    Christians worship in the rubble of a destroyed church. (Photo: China Aid)

    The Chinese government enacted new regulations this month that require religious leaders and organizations to display complete devotion to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The regulations state that "religious organizations must spread the principles and policies of the CCP, … educating religious personnel and citizens to support the leadership of the CCP, supporting the socialist system, adhering to and following the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics." Read More.

  • Feb. 20, 2020 | Myanmar

    Pastor Imprisoned for Sharing the Gospel

    [216] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Pastor Sam and Wife.
    A worship service in Myanmar

    A pastor in Wa state served two months of hard labor in a prison camp recently after religious authorities noticed an increasing number of people converting to Christianity. Read More.

  • Feb. 13, 2020 | Nigeria

    Pastor Testifies of Eternal Hope Before His Execution

    [399] prayers in [21] nations have been posted for Lawan Andimi.
    Lawan used the video his terrorist captors took of him to declare his trust in a good God.

    A pastor executed by Boko Haram militants left an inspiring legacy in the form of a hostage video. The Reverend Lawan Andimi was kidnapped from his village in Adamawa state on Jan. 2, 2020. Read More.

  • Feb. 13, 2020 | Laos

    Destroyed House Church Now Larger than Before

    [236] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Laotian House Church.
    A house church in Laos is constructed

    When police destroyed a building in February 2019 that was being used as a house church in Boke province, they may have thought they were eliminating their "Christian problem." But Christ can't be limited by a building. Read More.

  • Feb. 13, 2020 | Korea, North

    Widower Ministers to Husbands of Exploited Women

    [241] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Mr. K.
    A front-line worker worships with North Korean women in China.

    The widowed husband of a sex-trafficked North Korean woman is now ministering to other Chinese men who purchased trafficked wives. Read More.

  • Feb. 06, 2020 | Sri Lanka

    Buddhist Monks Threaten Christian Gathering

    [332] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Threatened Christians.
    Buddhist monks have a lot of power and influence in Sri Lanka.

    In December, 15 Buddhist monks and 35 community members descended on a church in Nivithigala, in southeastern Sri Lanka, to confront a group of Christians who had gathered for Bible study. Read More.

  • Feb. 06, 2020 | Nepal

    Jesus Is Healer and Savior

    [269] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Laxmi.
    Laxmi and her 7-year-old daughter were kicked out of home by her husband.

    Laxmi, a young Nepali woman, accepted Christ in 2017 after being healed from a long illness through the prayers of a local church congregation. She continued to attend the church after her recovery, but her husband told her, "You went to church for healing and now you are healed, so you don't need to go to church." Read More.

  • Feb. 06, 2020 | Myanmar

    Christians Arrested on Way to Christmas Service

    [214] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Arrested Christians.
    This group of believers was also arrested by the Wa State Army. Before they were released, their captors shaved their heads.

    Members of the United Wa State Army, a Marxist-influenced militia that controls territory near Myanmar's eastern border with China, arrested 24 Christians as they made their way to a Christmas service on Dec. 24, 2019. Read More.

  • Jan. 30, 2020 | Sudan

    Reaping Fruit in the Nuba Mountains

    [298] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Missionaries to the Shawaya People.
    One of the team members preaches to a group of villagers.

    A ministry team based in Sudan's Nuba Mountains is having good results as it works among a people group with no established churches. Three full-time missionaries are reaching out to the Shawaya people in Sudan and South Sudan. Read More.

  • Jan. 30, 2020 | Korea, North

    Increased Security in China Could Hinder Work

    [233] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for North Korean Chrisitans.
    A Christian reaching out to North Koreans prays for someone.

    A tightening security situation in China is making ministry to North Koreans there increasingly difficult. New regulations in China are putting pressure on both Chinese and North Korean churches inside China. Read More.

  • Jan. 30, 2020 | India

    Former Orissa Prisoners Concerned About Finding Work

    [231] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Garnath and Bhaskar.
    Friends gathered outside the prison for the release of one of the prisoners.

    Released from prison after more than 10 years of unjust incarceration, two of the men accused of murdering a Hindu leader wonder how they will now provide for their families. Over the course of several months last year, all seven men originally accused of the murder were granted bail by India's Supreme Court and released from prison. Read More.

  • Jan. 23, 2020 | Nepal

    Christian Woman Blinded by Husband

    [388] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Woman Blinded.
    Mamta was beaten so badly by her husband that she lost her vision.

    Mamta could not abandon Jesus Christ even after job loss and a beating. Read More.

  • Jan. 23, 2020 | Indonesia

    Church Permit Revoked

    [229] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Church Closed.

    A church was closed just days before Christmas. Read More.

  • Jan. 23, 2020 | Myanmar

    Army Official Arrested for Celebrating Christmas

    [241] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Official Arrested.
    The Wa Army destroyed churches in the region in 2018.

    A high-ranking army official was among three soldiers arrested for celebrating Christmas. Read More.

  • Jan. 16, 2020 | Central Asia

    Church Grateful for New Baptism Facility

    [262] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for New Central Asian Believers.
    A Central Asian believer is baptized in a pool.

    In some parts of Central Asia, new Christians face persecution immediately after coming to faith in Christ. Viewed as extremists, they are issued massive fines and detained for "illegal religious gatherings." Read More.

  • Jan. 16, 2020 | Middle East

    Believer Under House Arrest

    [261] prayers in [12] nations have been posted for Majida.
    Women in the Arabian Peninsula are treated like property.

    A young woman in the Arabian Peninsula remains detained by her family after revealing that she had become a Christian. Majida, 29, came to faith in Christ three years ago through the witness of a woman she met at work. Read More.

  • Jan. 16, 2020 | Ethiopia

    Churches Hire Protection After Inter-Church Conflict

    [214] prayers in [12] nations have been posted for Full-Gospel Church.
    Ethiopia is a majority Christian country, but most Christians belong to the Orthodox church.

    Some churches in northern Ethiopia have had to close their doors and hire police protection after facing strong opposition from the country's historically dominant religious group. When the Full Gospel Church in Axum decided to build a new facility, members of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church held mass protests and threatened to destroy the church. Read More.

  • Jan. 09, 2020 | China

    Early Rain Pastor Sentenced to 9 Years in Prison as Harassment Continues

    [323] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Early Rain Covenant Church Members.
    The Early Rain Covenant Church continues to experience harassment.

    More than a year after police arrested 100 believers and shut down their church, the members of Early Rain Covenant Church continue to face harassment and threats. In late December, Senior Pastor Wang Yi was sentenced to nine years in prison, while his wife and child remain under house arrest. Read More.

  • Jan. 09, 2020 | Algeria

    Muslim- "Jesus Is Proud of You"

    [225] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Algerian Christians.
    Police placed a seal on the door of this church and several others in the region last year.

    As authorities in Algeria move to shut down long-established churches, a young Muslim man left a surprising note on the door of one of the sealed church buildings. Read More.

  • Jan. 09, 2020 | Laos

    Abusive Husband Demands Return of Children

    [240] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Mrs. Khoun and Children.
    Mrs. Khoun fled with two of her children, but her husband is pressuring them to get them back.

    Mrs. Khoun, who came to faith in Christ last year, loves to listen to a Christian radio program that broadcasts sermons and other Christian teaching in her language. Her husband has always opposed her Christian faith, and his harassment, including beatings, has grown more severe. Read More.

  • Jan. 02, 2020 | Nigeria

    Two Children Left for Dead

    [490] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Philip and Grace.
    A VOM worker recently met with Philip.

    Philip Yakubu and his sister, Grace, are still recovering from a violent attack in which 8-year-old Philip lost his eye. The siblings were playing in their home one evening in September 2018 when Islamist Fulani herdsmen broke into the house. Read More.

  • Jan. 02, 2020 | Pakistan

    My God Will Provide

    [271] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Asif.
    Asif was a valued employee until his boss found out he was a Christian.

    A Christian man who lost his job after refusing to convert to Islam is currently in hiding after receiving death threats. Asif, who was a valued supervisor at a garment factory, used to lead 10 coworkers in prayer before work every morning. In 2017, the factory owner approached him and told him to stop the prayers. Read More.

  • Jan. 02, 2020 | Vietnam

    Report- All Churches in Region Facing Persecution

    [258] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Church members after church closings.
    New believers often experience the worst persecution.

    Front-line workers ministering to tribal groups in south-central Vietnam report that every single church in their region is facing difficulties. The believers said Christians are being watched and that many churches have been shut down. At one church, police arrived during Sunday worship and took away Bibles, chairs, tables and five motorbikes. Read More.

  • Dec. 26, 2019 | Iraq

    Christian Convert Hopes in the Lord

    [303] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Khalda.
    Iraqi Christian converts from Islam can feel quite lonely.

    Khalda, a young Iraqi Christian who was forced to flee his family and his country, is now growing in faith as he hopes in the Lord. When his father urged him to get married and drop out of school, Khalda insisted on finishing school and also became a follower of Jesus Christ. "I started knowing the Lord and going to church," he said. But after learning that Khalda had left Islam and placed his faith in Christ, his family began to beat him. Read More.

  • Dec. 26, 2019 | Kenya

    Ten Killed in Bus Attack

    [235] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Targeted Christians.
    Militants removed Christians from the bus and shot them to death.

    Gunmen killed 10 people, mostly workers from Nairobi, aboard a bus in northern Kenya on Dec. 6. The Islamist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack on the passengers, many of whom were traveling to job sites in Mandera, a city on the Somalia-Ethiopia border. Read More.

  • Dec. 26, 2019 | Nepal

    Widowed Roommates Trust in God

    [238] prayers in [12] nations have been posted for Rabiya and Shilpa.
    Widows Rabiya and Shilpa are shunned by their community because of their faith in Christ.

    Rabiya and Shilpa became roommates after their husbands were killed in an accident many years ago. When Rabiya became sick a few years ago, she turned in desperation to a church for prayer. After she was healed, both women made a commitment to follow Christ and started attending church regularly. Read More.

  • Dec. 19, 2019 | India

    Five Remaining Orissa Prisoners Freed

    [248] prayers in [12] nations have been posted for Buddhadev, Bhaskar, Durjo, Sanatan and Munda.
    Three of the men as they are let out of prison.

    The five remaining men accused of killing a Hindu leader that sparked massive sectarian riots in Odisha (Orissa) state were freed on bail by order of the Supreme Court after 11 years in prison. The Supreme Court of India ordered that the five men be granted bail on Nov. 26, and the men were freed earlier this month. Read More.

  • Dec. 19, 2019 | Eritrea

    More Arrests

    [203] prayers in [11] nations have been posted for Imprisoned Christians.
    Eritrean pastor Pastor Haile Nayzgi has been in prison since 2004.

    Twenty-five more Christians were recently arrested in the town of Dekemhare, adding to the approximate 300 Christians arrested earlier this year. The 25 were from various denominations around town and were arrested on the last weekend in November. Read More.

  • Dec. 19, 2019 | Burkina Faso

    Fourteen Killed in Church Attack

    [204] prayers in [11] nations have been posted for Families Involved in Church Attack.
    Pastor Pierre Ouedraogo of Sirgadji was among six church members who were executed by militants in April 2019. (Credit: World Watch Monitor)

    At least fourteen people were killed after gunmen opened fire inside a church on Sunday, Dec. 1. Many others were injured in the church in Hantoukoura in far eastern Burkina Faso. Thousands of Christians have been displaced because of attacks in the last two years throughout the country, and between 4,000-5,000 Christians have relocated to the capital city from around Burkina Faso. Read More.

  • Dec. 12, 2019 | Pakistan

    Brick Kiln Owner Beats Christian Laborer

    [353] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Hamza.
    Hamza led a Muslim coworker to Christ.

    Hamza, who was raised as a Christian in a family indebted to a brick kiln owner, didn't experience persecution until he brought a Muslim to church. The kiln owner had no problem with Hamza attending church, but their relationship changed drastically when Hamza brought a Muslim coworker to church and the man accepted Christ. Read More.

  • Dec. 12, 2019 | Uganda

    Police Abduct Young Christian

    [250] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Isaac.
    Young believers whose parents don't agree with their faith are at risk.

    A young man who refused to convert to Islam has not been seen or heard from since his recent abduction by police. After Isaac's mother accepted payment to convert to Islam, she turned her four children over to a Muslim cleric for religious education. Read More.

  • Dec. 12, 2019 | Middle East

    New Believer Seeks Fellowship

    [228] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Yousef.
    Believers in the Arabian Peninsula can feel quite lonely without fellowship.

    A new believer living in the Arabian Peninsula is requesting prayer for fellowship. Yousef came to faith in Jesus after growing up Muslim in Saudi Arabia. He said he often had questions about Islam and God, but no one could answer them. Read More.

  • Dec. 05, 2019 | Central African Republic

    Refugee Hopes to Reestablish Local Church

    [277] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Matthew and Family.
    Some of the Christians driven from their villages want to retun home.

    Like thousands of other Christians in the Central African Republic, Matthew and his family left their town in 2017 when it was overrun by Muslim rebels. They fled into the bush with nothing more than the clothes they were wearing and have lived as refugees ever since. Read More.

  • Dec. 05, 2019 | India

    New Believer Persecuted over Rumors of Paid Conversions

    [221] prayers in [11] nations have been posted for Aarav.
    Aarav was beaten and evicted from his home after coming to faith.

    Aarav came to faith in Christ after being healed from a long illness when a local minister prayed for him. When Aarav invited the minister and his family to his home, about 50 members of a militant Hindu group gathered at Aarav's house and began shouting and banging on the doors. Read More.

  • Dec. 05, 2019 | Iran

    Increased Gas Prices Could Hinder Christian Work

    [195] prayers in [11] nations have been posted for Iranian front-line workers.
    Christians in Iran meet in small cell groups secretly in homes.

    Gas prices in Iran increased by as much as 300 percent in November, and the government has also limited the amount of fuel that can be purchased for each private vehicle. While transportation costs have tripled, salaries remain the same. Read More.

  • Nov. 28, 2019 | Vietnam

    Villagers Confiscate Christian Woman's Land

    [323] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Chau.
    Chau was kicked out of her village while away on a visit to her daughter.

    A Christian woman in the village of Dak Lak lost her home and land recently when villagers decided to expel her because of her Christian faith. Read More.

  • Nov. 28, 2019 | Turkey

    Officials Threaten Legal Action Against Church

    [214] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Newly Opened Church.
    Local officials want to find a way to legally remove a church in Turkey.

    A newly opened church in Turkey is facing potential legal problems. After years of prayer and searching, church leaders finally found a suitable building with an owner willing to rent to them. They began holding services, and the congregation gradually began to grow week by week. Then, the police began calling the pastor asking for information, and recently district officials questioned him for two hours. Read More.

  • Nov. 28, 2019 | Ethiopia

    Rebuilt Churches Bring Unity

    [199] prayers in [10] nations have been posted for Church members in unity.
    Ethiopian believers in front of one of the newly constructed homes.

    Church leaders in an area that experienced large-scale persecution in 2017 say the local church has been greatly strengthened by support from Christians outside the country. People who had stopped coming to church have begun to return after seeing Christians' homes rebuilt. Read More.

  • Nov. 21, 2019 | Algeria

    Authorities Continue to Close Churches

    [327] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Closed churches.
    Special police forces (in green) remove worshippers from an Algerian church.

    Authorities shut down three more churches in Algeria last month. On Oct. 16, days after Christians protested the government's crackdown on churches, authorities forcibly removed Light Church worshippers from their building in north-central Algeria and sealed its doors. Read More.

  • Nov. 21, 2019 | Iran

    50 Years Since Seeds for the Gospel Were Planted

    [232] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Gladys Bliss.
    Mark, Gladys and their children in an earlier photo.

    In October 1969, American missionaries Mark and Gladys Bliss and their children were traveling to visit believers in northern Iran when their car collided with another vehicle. All three of their children were killed along with the baby son of Haik and Takoush Hovsepian, who were traveling with them. Read More.

  • Nov. 21, 2019 | China

    Baptism and Offering Boxes Forbidden

    [210] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Zhejiang Churches.
    A copy of the agreement in which the measures were introduced.

    A new set of measures adopted in Zhejiang province now forbid changes in location, church growth, adjustment of service times and offering boxes. Local officials now control a church's number of attendees, service times and types of activities, and churches must have a supervision team. Read More.

  • Nov. 14, 2019 | Burkina Faso

    Evangelist Attacked by Armed Gunmen

    [318] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Yaya and Family.
    Evangelists in Burkina Faso baptist a new believer.

    Two armed men forced an evangelist in northern Burkina Faso out of his house one night recently. When they led Yaya outside, he managed to escape into the darkness as the men shot at him several times. Read More.

  • Nov. 14, 2019 | Nepal

    Widow Refuses to Worship Snake God

    [254] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Tavesa.
    Tavesa struggles financially after being kicked out of her son's home.

    Tavesa, a widow who lives with her son, became a Christian three years ago after being healed of an illness through prayer. Her son told her repeatedly to stop following Jesus, and when she refused, he kicked her out of his house. Read More.

  • Nov. 14, 2019 | Cuba

    Evangelist Arrested for Public Preaching

    [227] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Juan Bautista.
    Juan Bautista was arrested while street preaching.

    A lay evangelist was arrested in the central Cuban city of Camagüey in October after police heard him preaching in public. Juan Bautista is well known to local authorities, who have repeatedly told Juan to stop his public evangelism and have also claimed he has a mental illness. Read More.

  • Nov. 07, 2019 | Egypt

    Woman Flees Father and Brother Planning to Kill Her

    [370] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Acenath.
    In some Muslim cultures, it is acceptable to kill women who have shamed their family.

    Acenath was a married mother of three children when she became a Christian. She kept it secret for many years, but her family eventually learned of her Christian faith. They first tried to persuade her to return to Islam, but when five members of her extended family also came to know Christ, Acenath's father decided she was a "virus" that had to be stopped. Read More.

  • Nov. 07, 2019 | Eritrea

    Christians Suffer Under Worsening Conditions

    [264] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Eritrean Christians.
    Many Christians in Eritrea were driven to worship underground after 2002.

    Conditions in Eritrea continue to deteriorate despite a peace treaty signed with Ethiopia earlier in 2019 that earned Ethiopia's president, an evangelical Christian, the Nobel Peace Prize. "The country is becoming worse and worse," an Eritrean Christian said. Read More.

  • Nov. 07, 2019 | Laos

    Police Fear Growth of Christianity

    [245] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Lao Believers.
    A growing number of people in the community are turning to Christ.

    Police in a province near the border with Thailand have become so concerned about the number of people converting to Christianity that they have forbidden worship and asked Christians to renounce their faith. Read More.

  • Oct. 31, 2019 | Nepal

    Living the Christian Life with Beautiful Aroma

    [381] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for New Christian family.
    This family has very little materially, but they are spiritually rich.

    An extremely poor family who came to Christ has experienced intense persecution but also rapid spiritual maturity. The family is so poor that they live in a shelter on government-owned land and lease land to grow crops. At each harvest, they owed their landlord half of their crops and they struggled to survive. Read More.

  • Oct. 31, 2019 | Sri Lanka

    Villagers Assault Christians

    [238] prayers in [12] nations have been posted for Christians assaulted by villagers.
    Behind Sri Lanka's island beauty, there are some who want the nation to be purely Buddhist.

    A group of 10 villagers assaulted six Christians as they were on their way to church on Saturday, Sept. 21. The villagers beat the Christians with sticks, injuring five of them so badly that they required hospital stays. Read More.

  • Oct. 31, 2019 | Cameroon

    Willingly Making Sacrifices

    [247] prayers in [12] nations have been posted for Pastor Silas and fellow pastors.
    One of the homes burned by Islamists in Cameroon.

    A VOM-supported pastor whose home was destroyed by Islamists continues to shepherd his congregation despite the risks. Boko Haram militants destroyed Pastor Silas's home and the homes of several other pastors in northeastern Cameroon. Read More.

  • Oct. 24, 2019 | India

    Young Christian Woman Killed by Neighbors

    [352] prayers in [20] nations have been posted for Naadir.
    Naadir (center with the green shirt) and his daughter (held by a neighbor) watched family members murder his wife because of her faith.

    A young woman from Jharkhand state, in eastern India, was attacked and killed by neighbors in front of her home recently as her husband and 3-year-old daughter watched in horror. Read More.

  • Oct. 24, 2019 | Indonesia

    Two Christian Men Released from Prison

    [220] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Andreas and Bintang.
    Andreas Sarno and Bintang Sirait spent eight months in prison for sharing a gospel tract in a Muslim neighborhood.

    Two elderly Christian men who were imprisoned in February for distributing gospel tracts on the island of Sumatra have been released. Read More.

  • Oct. 24, 2019 | Iran

    Three Christian Converts Sentenced to Prison

    [225] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Asghar, Mohammadreza, and Friend.
    Sharing your faith could be an imprisonable offense in Iran.

    Three Christian converts from Islam were sentenced recently to six months in prison because of their Christian faith and activities. On Sept. 16, 2019, Asghar Salehi and Mohammadreza Rezaei, along with another Christian convert, were summoned to court and issued six-month prison sentences for "propaganda against the system through promoting Zionist Christianity." Read More.

  • Oct. 17, 2019 | India

    Pastor Beheaded by Radical Communists

    [493] prayers in [25] nations have been posted for Saisha and her children.
    Saisha is grieving the loss of her husband.

    Members of India's Naxalite political group have killed another evangelist in India's Odisha state. Pastor Saanvi had shared the gospel in villages near his home for the past six years as a bi-vocational minister, even planting house churches in two of the villages. Read More.

  • Oct. 17, 2019 | Vietnam

    Hmong Christians Receive Audio Bibles

    [235] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Displaced Hmong Believers.
    A Hmong woman who received an audio Bible.

    A group of displaced Hmong believers joyfully received a gift of Bibles earlier this year. The Christians, who relocated to central Vietnam after facing severe persecution in the Hmong ethnic region of northern Vietnam, are now viewed as squatters and are refused the rights of legal citizens. Read More.

  • Oct. 17, 2019 | Egypt

    New Converts Hunger for Christ

    [242] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Women in Bible School.
    Former Muslims are learning more about Christ through an underground Bible school.

    An underground Bible school for former Muslim women who have come to faith in Christ has experienced significant growth in the past year. Read More.

  • Oct. 10, 2019 | Nepal

    Young Wife Beaten and Kicked Out of Home

    [348] prayers in [21] nations have been posted for Sreva.
    Sreva and her son.

    Sreva's husband, who was not a Christian, allowed her to attend church because he had seen a positive change in her. But Sreva and her husband live with her husband's parents, and they are unhappy that she attends church. Recently, while Sreva's husband was away at work, they took her Bible and began beating her with it. Read More.

  • Oct. 10, 2019 | Sri Lanka

    Buddhist Monk Assaults Pastor

    [225] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Pastor of Potters House Church.
    Villagers sometimes oppose Christians because they don't fit community norms.

    A Buddhist monk and about 10 other individuals forced their way into the Potters House Church in Dambulla on Aug. 7, 2019, and assaulted the pastor during a prayer meeting. Read More.

  • Oct. 10, 2019 | Algeria

    Government Closes Eighth Church

    [206] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Church members after church closings.
    The Algerian government has been systematically closing churches, like the church of Ait-Mellikeche. (Photo: World Watch Monitor.)

    Authorities closed and sealed another church building in Algeria recently, making it the eighth church closed since November 2017. On September 24, the police director in Boghni announced that a church building in Boghni had been sealed at the governor's order. Read More.

  • Oct. 03, 2019 | Laos

    Pastor Threatened at Gunpoint

    [323] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Threatened Pastor.
    New believers often face the harshest opposition in Laos.

    In June, authorities in a Laotian village threatened a local pastor at gunpoint, insisting that he and his congregation renounce their faith and that he sign a document agreeing to cease worship in his home. Read More.

  • Oct. 03, 2019 | Uganda

    Teens Driven from Home

    [240] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Hanifah and Nasira.
    Nasira (left) and Hanifah (right) worry about their mothers, who they left behind.

    Two half-sisters remain fearful after being kicked out of their home for attending church. Hanifah, 15, and Nasira, 14, were driven from their home by their father, who became a polygamist after converting to Islam. Read More.

  • Oct. 03, 2019 | Jordan

    New Christian Forced to Flee Country

    [222] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Ammer.
    Baptism is often the act that clarifies a new believer's position… sometimes resulting in persecution.

    A Christian convert from Islam was forced to move to another city and eventually leave the country after someone reported his conversion to authorities. After accepting Christ, Ammer's family treated him badly, beating him and claiming he was insane. Read More.

  • Sep. 26, 2019 | India

    Hindu Radicals Beat Pastor at Prayer Meeting

    [327] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Radicals beat pastor.
    Pastor Mahesh and his wife in the hospital.

    On July 19, Pastor Mahesh was leading a prayer meeting in Tamil Nadu state, when three Hindu extremists entered the building and began to beat him with a metal rod. Read More.

  • Sep. 26, 2019 | Indonesia

    Another Church Closed

    [214] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Neighbors shut another church.
    Police arrive to shut down the church.

    After Muslims in Sari Agung hamlet objected to a Pentecostal Church in Indonesia that was meeting in a neighborhood home, local officials agreed to close the church. Read More.

  • Sep. 26, 2019 | Turkey

    Christians Find Place to Worship After Two-Year Search

    [207] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Church finds home.
    The building the church found is ideal.

    A church in Turkey that has been looking for a worship space for two and a half years has finally found one. Read More.

  • Sep. 19, 2019 | India

    Bibles Bring Joy to Kandhamal

    [273] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Christian Leaders in Odisha.
    Believers in Odisha are still recovering from the 2008 riots.

    Earlier this year, VOM workers provided Bibles to 50 pastors and Christian leaders for distribution to their congregations in Kandhamal district, Odisha state, which suffered massive anti-Christian riots in 2008. Hindu nationalists, who blamed Christians for the death of a political figure, killed 45 people, displaced about 50,000 and destroyed thousands of homes. Read More.

  • Sep. 19, 2019 | China

    Christian Man Injured in Church Demolition

    [221] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Injured Christian.
    Last year, government workers removed crosses from the tops of churches in Henan.

    On July 12, 2019, a demolition crew hired by local authorities surrounded a house church in Zhengzhou, Henan province, at 11:30 p.m. During a scuffle with the work crew, a Christian man who was at the house church with his wife was severely beaten, suffering three severed tendons in his wrist. He was later taken to a hospital unconscious. Read More.

  • Sep. 19, 2019 | Uganda

    Susan Ithungu Faces New Health Challenges

    [230] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Susan Ithungu.
    Susan (right) and the woman who cared for her while she recuperated at Susan's school.

    Susan Ithungu, who suffered permanent leg damage as a young girl after being locked in a small closet for becoming a Christian, is now facing a new health challenge. Read More.

  • Sep. 12, 2019 | Nepal

    Young Athlete Chooses Christ Over a Sports Career

    [329] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Unnat.
    Unnat was baptized after escaping from his father's home.

    A young Nepali athlete has chosen to follow Christ, at the cost of losing all family support for his dream of becoming a professional athlete. Read More.

  • Sep. 12, 2019 | Niger

    Family Rejection Leads to Community Acceptance

    [232] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Karina Ali.
    Karina's witness touched members of her Muslim community.

    When Karina Ali became a Christian after reading Bible stories about Jesus, her Muslim father was so angry that he kicked her out of the house and refused to pay her school fees. Read More.

  • Sep. 12, 2019 | Tajikistan

    Family Eagerly Awaits Bakhrom Kholmatov's Release

    [210] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for The Kholmatov Family.
    Bakhrom and his wife before he was arrested. He could be released in April 2020.

    The family of imprisoned pastor Bakhrom Kholmatov is looking forward to his scheduled April 2020 release. The past two years have been difficult, as his wife has experienced various stress-related health problems, but Gulnora and the children say they feel they are now on the downward slope of a difficult season. Read More.

  • Sep. 05, 2019 | India

    Second of Two Kandhamal Prisoners Released

    [312] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Garnath and Bijaya.
    Bijaya, second from the left, was reunited with his wife and children after more than 10 years.

    Two men held falsely responsible for the catalyst to the 2008 anti-Christian Kandhamal riots have been released. India's Supreme Court ordered the release of Garnath Chalanseth in May and Bijaya Sanset in July. Four other Christian men remain in prison. Read More.

  • Sep. 05, 2019 | China

    Wang Yi Unable to Meet with Lawyer as Investigation Ends

    [243] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Wang Yi.
    Wang Yi's lawyer has not been allowed to see him.

    Court agents informed the lawyer for imprisoned pastor Wang Yi that the government's investigation into the pastor has concluded - even though the pastor's lawyers have not met with him since his arrest. Read More.

  • Sep. 05, 2019 | Uganda

    Woman Chased Away for her Faith

    [262] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Fazira.
    Fazira and her children are looking for a new place to live.

    After becoming a Christian, Fazira's Muslim husband chased her away - twice. Fazira accepted Christ after her son, who had long battled an illness, experienced healing. Secretly, she started attending church and eventually brought her children. When her husband realized she was no longer attending mosque, he chased after her with a stick. Read More.

  • Aug. 29, 2019 | Nepal

    New Convert Cut off Financially by Husband

    [355] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Chenbagam.
    Chenbagam's husband stopped sending money home for her support after she became a Christian.

    A young woman is now financially destitute but spiritually rich after coming to know Christ. Chenbagam was married at age 14, a common practice among Hindus in Nepal. Her family was impoverished, however, and Chenbagam's husband decided to work in Saudi Arabia. Chenbagam became ill and spent nearly everything her husband was earning on various treatments, including visits to a witch doctor. Read More.

  • Aug. 29, 2019 | Sri Lanka

    Buddhist Monks Threaten Pastor

    [231] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Threatened Pastor.
    Militant Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka sometimes organize against Christians.

    As Christians worshipped inside their Assemblies of God church in Gampaha District on June 6, 12 Buddhist monks organized a demonstration outside. When the pastor called police, they arrived, but they also brought the monks and the assembled crowd inside the church with them. Read More.

  • Aug. 29, 2019 | Indonesia

    Community Forces Church to Close Building

    [215] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Pastor Tigor and congregation.
    Neighbors posted protest signs against Pastor Tigor's house church.

    Officials closed a church in Central Indonesia after neighbors protested its existence. Pastor Tigor Yunus Sitorus built a home in the Bantul neighborhood in 2003 intending for it to double as a house church. When community members learned he was using the house for non-Muslim religious activity, they protested. Read More.

  • Aug. 22, 2019 | Afghanistan

    God at Work, More Laborers Needed

    [310] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Afghan Christians.
    Prayer is still greatly needed for Afghan believers.

    Christian workers report several encouraging developments in the difficult mission field of Afghanistan. Seven new believers formed a house church after being baptized recently, translators are working on three new Bible projects for minority languages, and followers of Christ are now present in every one of Afghanistan's 34 provinces. Read More.

  • Aug. 22, 2019 | Vietnam

    Imprisoned Hmong Believer Hospitalized

    [261] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Kaub.
    Kaub's health deteriorated so much that authorities took him to the hospital in handcuffs.

    A Hmong believer has been hospitalized as a result of poor treatment in prison, where he has spent the last year on false charges because of his Christian faith. After Kaub became a Christian, villagers destroyed his house. Read More.

  • Aug. 22, 2019 | Uganda

    New Hope for Abandoned Woman

    [233] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Charity.
    Charity said she could not allow her children to become Muslims.

    Charity struggled with depression after her husband became a Muslim and abandoned her. But she stood her ground when he threatened to take their three children. Read More.

  • Aug. 15, 2019 | Mexico

    Eight Christian Families Expelled from Village

    [328] prayers in [21] nations have been posted for Exiled Christians.
    This woman was kicked out of the community, along with eight other Christian families.

    After a family of believers in southern Mexico led seven other families to Christ, village leaders told the Christians they had 15 days to leave the village and that they were losing their inherited land. Read More.

  • Aug. 15, 2019 | Pakistan

    Pray for Family of Murdered Christian Convert

    [264] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Mohammed's Family.
    Sharing the gospel is risky in Pakistan, but there are many faithful brothers and sisters who are faithfully telling others about Christ.

    Mohammed, a former imam, became a follower of Christ in 2015. He got baptized, removed his son from a jihadist training camp and began eagerly sharing his faith with others. Read More.

  • Aug. 08, 2019 | Uganda

    Christian Convert Kidnapped

    [375] prayers in [20] nations have been posted for Sohail.
    Kidnappers tried to convince Sohail to return to Islam by holding him overnight.

    A Christian convert from Islam was kidnapped by unknown attackers recently and questioned about his faith. At midnight, someone knocked on the door of Sohail's rented home and called his name. When he answered the door, some men grabbed him, blindfolded him and took him away. Read More.

  • Aug. 08, 2019 | Nepal

    Christian-Run School Burglarized

    [232] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Nepalese Christians.
    Many areas of Nepal don't have access to education or God's Word.

    Buddhist fundamentalists broke into a school run by Christians recently, searching for proof that the Christians were indoctrinating local Buddhist children. Read More.

  • Aug. 08, 2019 | Vietnam

    New Believer Tortured for Faith

    [265] prayers in [20] nations have been posted for Hmong Christian.
    Officials often leave established Hmong converts to Christianity alone, but newer converts face strong opposition.

    Village leaders tortured a Hmong Christian recently in an attempt to get him and his wife to renounce their new Christian faith. Read More.

  • Aug. 01, 2019 | Syria

    Car Bomb Injures 11 in Front of Church

    [326] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Christians in Syria.
    Assyrian Christians return to their church building to pray after Islamic extremists destroyed it.

    A car bomb injured 11 people during a prayer meeting in front of a Syrian Orthodox church in northern Syria. Locals in the city of Qamishli said that if the attack had happened just minutes later, people would have been emerging from the service and the number of casualties would have been much higher. Read More.

  • Aug. 01, 2019 | Iran

    Eight Arrested in Coordinated Raid

    [239] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Sam Khosravi and his family and friends.
    Iranian believers worship Christ in secret. They gather knowing a network of government informants could expose their house church, leading to their imprisonment.

    Eight Christians from the city of Bushehr were arrested on July 1 in raids conducted by Ministry of Intelligence agents. The eight arrested include Sam Khosravi and his wife, Maryam Falahi; Sam's mother, Khatoon Fatolahzadeh; Sam's brother, Sasan, and his wife, Marjan Falahi; Pooriya Peyma and his wife, Fatemeh Talebi; and Habib Heydari. Read More.

  • Aug. 01, 2019 | China

    Historic Church in Southeastern China Closed

    [227] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Xunsiding Church members.
    Officers form a human wall in front of Xunsiding Church.

    An influential unregistered church in southeast China was forced to close earlier this year after months of hostilities. In May, officials broke into the Xunsiding Church in Fujian province for an inspection, and issued a fine equivalent to $36,000 and closed the church. Read More.

  • Jul. 25, 2019 | Ethiopia

    Attacks Spur Church Growth in the South

    [317] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Attacked Believers.
    This family received a new house after theirs was destroyed in the 2017 attacks.

    After large scale attacks against Christians in southern Ethiopia left three people dead and 38 homes destroyed in 2017, it would have been easy for Christians in the region to give up. Instead, church leaders in this rural region committed to encouraging their people. Read More.

  • Jul. 25, 2019 | Pakistan

    Islamic Holidays Bring Extra Attention to New Christians

    [236] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Gohar's Family.
    A young Pakistani man is baptized.

    A young Pakistani man who came to Christ was murdered shortly after an Islamic holiday. Gohar gave his life to Jesus after listening to a Christian radio broadcast and his whole life changed. "Thank God I left Islam. I want to bring more people to Christ," Gohar told a member of the radio program's follow-up team. Read More.

  • Jul. 25, 2019 | Middle East

    Chained by an Unhealthy Fear

    [230] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Middle Eastern Believers.
    Many believers in the Middle East are hampered by fear.

    Although the Middle East is predominantly Muslim, a number of churches operate openly in countries like Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. One Middle Eastern Christian leader believes these churches have too long been operating in a spirit of fear. Read More.

  • Jul. 18, 2019 | Eritrea

    Authorities Arrest Hundreds of Believers in June

    [322] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Arrested believers.
    Almaz spent time in an Eritrean prison for her faith.

    The Eritrean government increased its pressure on Christians in June, arresting about 500 people in various raids, according to a VOM contact. In one raid on an underground church, authorities arrested 45 believers, including children, pregnant women and elderly people. Read More.

  • Jul. 18, 2019 | Nepal

    Young Man Chooses Jesus over Family

    [257] prayers in [20] nations have been posted for Toofan.
    Toofan's family kicked him out when he became a believer.

    Toofan became a believer two years ago, but he didn't tell his family about his new faith until his baptism earlier this year. His mother tried to persuade him to renounce his faith in Christ, and when that failed his family kicked him out of the house. Read More.

  • Jul. 18, 2019 | Cuba

    Church Leaders Encouraged by Prayer and Support

    [212] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Church leaders.
    The body of Christ in Cuba continues to grow.

    Cuban church leaders recently gathered with other Christian leaders outside the country for a time of fellowship and encouragement. "We feel less alone knowing that you are praying for us," one of the pastors told a VOM worker. Read More.

  • Jul. 11, 2019 | Laos

    Sharing God's Word by Radio

    [264] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Khmu Radio Ministry.
    Radio brings the Word of God into remote Khmu homes.

    Two members of a radio ministry serving the Khmu ethnic minority recently visited four churches in the remote Laos highlands, where Khmu believers joyfully welcomed the two women in the love of Christ. Read More.

  • Jul. 11, 2019 | Israel

    Most Messianic Congregations Lack Official Approval

    [202] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Messianic Congregations.
    Orthodox Jews harass Messianic Christians arriving for a worship service. (World Watch Monitor)

    While a few Messianic Congregations in Israel have been able to obtain official nonprofit status and its accompanying benefits, most of the more than 300 Messianic congregations in the country have not. Read More.

  • Jul. 11, 2019 | China

    Wife of Early Rain Pastor Freed After Six Months in Jail

    [230] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Jiang Rong.
    Jiang Rong was released from jail after being held for six months. Her husband is being held in "secret detention."

    Jiang Rong, the wife of Early Rain Covenant Church Pastor Wang Yi, was released on bail after six months in jail. Jiang Rong and her husband were arrested on Dec. 9, 2018, during a raid on their unregistered church of approximately 800 members. Read More.

  • Jul. 04, 2019 | Indonesia

    Two Believers Arrested for Sharing Gospel Tracts

    [356] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Andreas and Bintang.
    Retirees Andreas Sarno (right) and Bintang Sirait (left) are in prison after giving out a tract.

    Two Christian men were imprisoned in February for distributing gospel tracts on the island of Sumatra. Read More.

  • Jul. 04, 2019 | India

    Evangelist Recovering from Beating

    [251] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Dr. Anjaneya Swami.
    Dr. Anjaneya Swami continues to recover from a brutal beating.

    After a long, painful recovery, a former professor who was beaten by Hindu radicals is finally improving. Dr. Anjaneya Swami was hospitalized with a brain hemorrhage in 2017 following an attack and subsequent police interrogation. Read More.

  • Jul. 04, 2019 | Niger

    Mob Torches Churches After Mosque Sermon

    [233] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Church members after attacks.
    One of the burned Nigerien churches.

    A mob of Muslim radicals attacked two churches in Niger's third largest city on June 13 following an imam's inflammatory message. The protestors burned an Assemblies of God church in the Zaria neighborhood, along with the pastor's car, as well as the Life to the Full Christian Church. Read More.

  • Jun. 27, 2019 | Vietnam

    A Culture Shift Among New Believers

    [290] prayers in [11] nations have been posted for New Believers.
    A growing house church in a major city.

    Many people from rural areas and minority tribal groups in Vietnam have embraced Christ in recent decades, but a pastor there said he is now seeing more educated people turn to Christ in the large city where he lives. Read More.

  • Jun. 27, 2019 | Niger

    Christian Refugees Face Ongoing Persecution

    [233] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Christian Refugees.
    Christians in Niger worship in their church after it was attacked and burned.

    On June 8, Boko Haram kidnapped a Christian refugee woman in the middle of the night. They dragged her into the bush and stole all her valuables before sending her back to the refugee camp with a warning for other Christians: Get out of the area within three days or be killed. Read More.

  • Jun. 27, 2019 | Cuba

    Government Revokes Permission for New Church Construction

    [207] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Members of Maranatha Church.
    The Maranatha Baptist Church preceeds the Cuban Revolution.

    Cuba's Communist government recently revoked permission for the Maranatha Baptist Church in Holguin, Cuba, to construct a new building. Read More.

  • Jun. 20, 2019 | Middle East

    Love Transforms Family Relationships

    [292] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Fatima.
    A Palestinian Christian displays a photo of her Muslim daughter.

    A new believer's faith is changing her attitude toward hostile family members. Fatima's in-laws have treated her badly, but as she has grown in faith she has begun to show them the same love Christ showed her. Read More.

  • Jun. 20, 2019 | Iran

    God Is at Work in the Hardest Hearts

    [232] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Secret Believers.
    God can change the hardest hearts.

    Many Iranians have lost faith in Islam, and a VOM contact reports that even some government officials have given their lives to Christ. Recently, an official in Iran's secretive religious police unit came to faith in Christ through the witness of a Christian family member. Read More.

  • Jun. 20, 2019 | Burkina Faso

    Anti-Christian Violence Growing

    [240] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Attacked Church Members.
    Christian children in Burkina Faso

    The situation for Christians in Burkina Faso is deteriorating steadily, according to a VOM worker in the region. In less than two months, Islamists have attacked several churches and one Christian village. On April 28, gunmen attacked the Assemblies of God church in Silgadji, killing the pastor and five church members. Read More.

  • Jun. 13, 2019 | Vietnam

    Adding to the Fire Within the Hmong Ethnic Group

    [310] prayers in [21] nations have been posted for Evangelist to the Hmong.
    Hmong believers desire strong theological training.

    A Christian worker in Vietnam is doing all he can to add to the growing number of Hmong people who are turning to Christ. Read More.

  • Jun. 13, 2019 | Middle East

    Christian Convert Finds New Family in Christ

    [228] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Ahmed.
    Christian converts from Islam in the West Bank often feel deeply alone.

    Ahmed, a young man in the West Bank, was abandoned by his Muslim family because of his physical challenges. He eagerly placed his faith in Christ after meeting some visiting Christians, and these believers have since become his surrogate family. Read More.

  • Jun. 13, 2019 | China

    Officials Plan to Turn Church into Hotel

    [219] prayers in [22] nations have been posted for Christians in Henan Province.
    Police officials interact with members of another church at a police station.

    Officials in central Henan province recently informed some church leaders of their intent to seize the church's building and turn it into a hotel. Read More.

  • Jun. 06, 2019 | Bangladesh

    Christians Face Persecution in Refugee Camps

    [357] prayers in [20] nations have been posted for Believers in Refugee Camps.
    Having several hundred thousand Rohingya people in Bangladesh has created new opportunities to share the gospel.

    Among the more than 600,000 Rohingya people who fled Myanmar in 2017, a relative few have come to faith in Christ while living in refugee camps in Bangladesh. These believers are now facing persecution in the predominantly Muslim camps. Read More.

  • Jun. 06, 2019 | Middle East

    Persecuted Believers Tired and Fearful

    [288] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Ahmed & Amin.
    Some believers feel worn down by persecution.

    Some secret believers in the Middle East say persecution is wearing them down physically and mentally. "We left Islam a long time ago, and now we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ," Ahmed said. Read More.

  • Jun. 06, 2019 | Uganda

    Hope Restored to Widow Supporting Grandchildren

    [225] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Ruth.
    Ruth

    The widow of a man who was killed because of his faith is praising the Lord today. After her husband was killed, Ruth thought she would die herself. "He was my source of everything," she said. Read More.

  • May. 30, 2019 | Nigeria

    Evangelist Severely Beaten in Bauchi State

    [398] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Adamu.
    Admau was visiting his uncle when villages beat him badly.

    An evangelist visiting family members in Bauchi state was severely beaten recently and left for dead by Muslim villagers. Adamu was raised as a Muslim but placed his faith in Christ after hearing the gospel on the radio. Read More.

  • May. 30, 2019 | China

    Chinese Officials Shut Down Large House Church

    [223] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Shouwang Church Members.
    This notice was posted on the door of the church, closing Shouwang for good.

    A large, unregistered house church in Beijing was formally shut down on Saturday, March 23, after an extended battle with Chinese officials. The Shouwang Church first ran into trouble with the government in 2008, when they were evicted from a rented property. Read More.

  • May. 30, 2019 | Syria

    Islamist Violence Driving Muslims to Christ

    [251] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Farhad.
    This new church in Syria is made up of former Muslims.

    A church in Kobani, Syria, is seeing more Muslims turn to Christ after becoming disillusioned with Islam and its violent adherents. "If ISIS represents Islam, I don't want to be a Muslim anymore," Farhad Jasim told NBC News. Read More.