• Jun. 17, 2021 | Nigeria

    One Killed and Others Wounded, Missing After Islamist Attack on Church

    [171] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Haske Baptist Church members.
    CUS202101AM_0007 The burned remains of a Nigerian home after an attack by radical Islamists.

    Radical Fulani Muslims killed one, wounded another and kidnapped five others in an attack on Haske Baptist Church in Manini Tasha village, Kaduna state. Read More.

  • Jun. 17, 2021 | Iran

    Sowing Gospel Seeds Through Street Ministry

    [105] prayers in [11] nations have been posted for Front-line workers.
    Front-line workers in Iran are advancing the gospel by ministering to those who are living on the streets.

    Economic conditions in Iran have led to extremely high inflation and increased unemployment. Many who have lost jobs and financial stability are living on the streets, and front-line workers have observed children foraging for food in trash bins in order to relieve their hunger. As a result, pastors and workers in the Iranian house church network have begun ministering to those on the streets. Read More.

  • Jun. 17, 2021 | Pakistan

    Christmas Care Pack Strengthens Faith in God

    [85] prayers in [10] nations have been posted for Anila.
    Pakistani children receiving Christmas Care Packs.

    Anila is a young girl who lives with her older sister, mother, and alcoholic father who spends all of the family's money on his addiction. The family has experienced much emotional trauma because of his alcoholism, and Anila's mother has attempted suicide. Read More.

  • Jun. 10, 2021 | Lebanon

    Families Find Hope Through Christian Ministries

    [183] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Christian ministry in Lebanon.
    Workers help with meal distribution at an outreach center.

    VOM workers recently reported how God is at work in families through the outreach efforts of a Christian ministry in Lebanon. Through visitation, food distribution, family counseling, Discovery Bible Study groups and educational and athletic programs for kids, Christian workers have had many opportunities to share the hope of Christ. Read More.

  • Jun. 10, 2021 | Somalia

    Hopeful Update for Imprisoned Christians Awaiting Trial

    [155] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Imprisoned Christians.
    Pray for Somali Christians who are imprisoned for their faith in Christ.

    Several Christians who were arrested earlier this year have recently seen a positive turn in their case. These Christians are currently in custody in Somaliland, a semi-autonomous area of Somalia. They were arrested earlier this year and were originally accused of spreading Christianity. Read More.

  • Jun. 10, 2021 | Iran

    Police Chief Helps Distribute Bibles

    [145] prayers in [12] nations have been posted for those who received Bibles.
    Farsi New Testaments being delivered under the cover of night.

    A Persian house church leader had two boxes of Farsi New Testaments in the trunk of his car. When he saw that he was approaching a police checkpoint, he pulled over and left the boxes of Bibles on the side of the road. Later that night, the police chief saw the boxes on the roadside and thought they might contain contraband, so he put them in his truck and took them home. Read More.

  • Jun. 03, 2021 | Benin

    Man Cursed by Witch Doctor Finds Peace in God

    [260] prayers in [20] nations have been posted for Man Cursed.
    Benoit's family tried to have him cursed by a witch doctor because of his Christian faith.

    Benoit gave his life to Christ and the problems began. Read More.

  • Jun. 03, 2021 | Bangladesh

    Angry Mob Beats Four Christian Men on First Day of Ramadan

    [179] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Ramadan Attack.
    The attack sent several to the hospital.

    Christians were attacked during Ramadan. Read More.

  • Jun. 03, 2021 | Indonesia

    Bodies of Two Christian Men Found in Mountains

    [176] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Two Men Found.
    The men's bodies were found in the mountains.

    Two Christian farmers were found murdered. Read More.

  • May. 27, 2021 | Nigeria

    33 Christians Killed in Recent Attacks by Islamists

    [269] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for the believers.
    Nigerians driven from their homes and living in a camp for internally displaced peoples.

    Islamic militant Fulanis have targeted and killed several Christians in a series of attacks across predominantly Christian communities in Benue state. Read More.

  • May. 27, 2021 | Israel

    Bible Students Request Prayer

    [189] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for the students.
    The Dome of the Rock.

    A VOM worker recently sent prayer requests from a Bible school in Israel. The students are part of an online biblical studies program and live in various countries throughout the Middle East. Read More.

  • May. 27, 2021 | Laos

    Man Evicted from Village for Faith in Christ

    [180] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Keo.
    Keo, 61, has been evicted from his village for his faith in Jesus Christ.

    After Keo's wife suffered from numerous health problems for several years, a witchdoctor told the couple to live separately until his wife found healing. Read More.

  • May. 20, 2021 | Benin

    Young Woman Rejected by Family for Following Christ

    [306] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Divine.
    Divine was kicked out of her house because of her faith in Christ.

    A young woman experienced persecution from her family for her newfound faith in Christ. Divine accepted Christ after a front-line worker shared the gospel in her village. Shortly after she became a Christian, her family began to beat her and refused to give her any food to eat. Read More.

  • May. 20, 2021 | Vietnam

    Pastor's Wife Advances the Gospel While Hospitalized

    [201] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Nguyen Thanh.
    Nguyen Thanh has continued to share the gospel while undergoing cancer treatment.

    A pastor's wife has led over 30 patients to Christ and shared the gospel with many more while hospitalized to receive cancer treatment. Nguyen Thanh and her husband have dedicated their lives to advancing God's kingdom among remote villages throughout Vietnam. Read More.

  • May. 20, 2021 | Yemen

    Finding Christ on the TV and Radio

    [172] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Christians in Yemen.
    Christian media efforts are advancing the gospel in Yemen.

    VOM workers have been contacted recently by Yemenis who are coming to faith in Christ through various media outlets. One woman reached out to a VOM worker after seeing a Christian TV program. Unbeknownst to her at the time, her husband was also watching the same show, and he contacted the worker as well. Read More.

  • May. 13, 2021 | Uganda

    Former Muslim Tortured and Driven from Home

    [290] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Geoffrey.
    Geoffrey and his family.

    Geoffrey is a former Muslim who confessed Christ as his Savior earlier this year. When Geoffrey's father learned of his newfound faith, he tortured him so badly that local police authorities intervened to stop the torture. Read More.

  • May. 13, 2021 | Ethiopia

    Christians Attacked by Orthodox Leaders

    [176] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Imprisoned and Injured Believers.
    A group of reformed Orthodox priests

    A group of believers was recently hospitalized and imprisoned by Ethiopian Orthodox leaders. Earlier this month, 16 Christians, including some reformed priests, were imprisoned after Orthodox leaders raided the home of one of the priests where the men were gathering. Read More.

  • May. 13, 2021 | Iraq

    Opportunity to Share the Gospel Among Unreached People Group

    [189] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Shabak people.
    Believers gathered in Bible study in Iraq.

    VOM workers are seeing doors of opportunity open for ministry to an unreached and unengaged people group in Iraq. The Shabak of Iraq are Islamic with very little Christian presence among them. They experience harsh discrimination from other Iraqis and Kurds, including violent attacks, which presents a barrier to reaching them with the gospel. Read More.

  • May. 06, 2021 | Iran

    "Can I Really Have My Own Bible?"

    [236] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Christian couple with new Bibles.
    Christians in Iran are hungry for God's Word, but access is limited.

    A Christian couple were recently blessed by receiving Bibles. After VOM workers placed Bibles and Christian literature in the backseat of a taxi, the taxi driver distributed them to the believers in his small group. Read More.

  • May. 06, 2021 | Laos

    Families in Two Villages Threatened with Prison, Expulsion from Schools

    [181] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Families threatened with prison.
    Believers in Laos pray during a Bible study.

    After several families in two villages accepted Christ, authorities in each village pressured them to reject the "foreign religion." In one village, authorities threatened to imprison four families if they didn't reject Christ. Read More.

  • May. 06, 2021 | Malawi

    Opposition Increasing as Many Muslims are Turning to Christ

    [201] prayers in [21] nations have been posted for Christians facing heightened opposition.
    Yao church planters walking to a church building.

    Muslims in Malawi are staging rallies and making threats as many are placing faith in Christ. A front-line worker said, "We have seen an unusual move of the Holy Spirit as Muslims are putting their trust in Christ in large numbers." In response, Muslim groups throughout Malawi are mobilizing to convince those who have converted to Christianity to return to Islam, and they are threatening new believers to choose between following Christ or being killed. Read More.

  • Apr. 29, 2021 | Benin

    Former Satan Worshipper Now Follows Christ

    [273] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Jean.
    Jean used to worship Satan, now he worships Christ.

    Jean's family were devil worshippers who participated in traditional ceremonies, worshiping Satan and cursing people, when an evangelist came to his house in 2011 to share the gospel. As the evangelist preached about the peace of God in Jesus, Jean placed his trust in Christ. Read More.

  • Apr. 29, 2021 | Mozambique

    Christians Seeking Refuge Face Additional Challenges

    [191] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Displaced Christians.
    Displaced Christians are living in camps while waiting to seek refuge in a safer area of Mozambique.

    Believers are displaced and waiting to find refuge after fleeing recent attacks. After militant Islamists recently besieged the town of Palma, many were driven from their homes with nothing more than the clothes they wore. Read More.

  • Apr. 29, 2021 | Myanmar

    Christian Families Pressured to Choose Jesus or their Village

    [177] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Believers facing opposition.
    A Christian family in Myanmar, evicted from their village years ago.

    Eleven families of believers from the Palaung tribe in Shan State have experienced pressure from villagers to leave their new Christian faith. Villagers grew angry because the believers had gathered to worship and pray. Read More.

  • Apr. 22, 2021 | Iran

    "The Most They Can Do is Kill Me"

    [285] prayers in [21] nations have been posted for Hamed.
    A red New Testament in Farsi next to a portrait of the Iranian ayatollah.

    A Muslim religious leader and professor named Hamed began chatting with Christians on a Christian broadcasting website. He was angry that someone would proclaim Jesus as the way and the truth. That conversation turned into Hamed writing in every day with questions. A week later, Hamed wrote to say that he had given his life to Christ secretly, but that he was afraid of the reaction of his family and workplace. Read More.

  • Apr. 22, 2021 | Mozambique

    Christian Persecution Especially Severe as Militants Continue Assault in Cabo Delgado

    [196] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Attacked Christians.
    Islamists sieged the town of Palma, burning homes and vehicles, and killing many.

    Islamist insurgents recently led a three-day siege that left several people dead, hundreds trapped and many missing. In March, hundreds of al-Shabab attackers entered Palma completely unannounced, entering houses and killing whomever they found. Read More.

  • Apr. 22, 2021 | Uganda

    Believer's Family Torments Him Daily

    [210] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Sohail.
    Pray for Sohail and his wife

    Sohail became a believer several years ago, but his family refuses to accept his beliefs. Shortly after his conversion, they ran him out of the house. Today, Sohail, his wife, and their children live nearby, and his family continues to cause trouble. Read More.

  • Apr. 15, 2021 | Pakistan

    Christians Injured in 2013 Peshawar Bombing Still Recovering

    [254] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Samina Azeem and Aqeel Arif.
    Samina Azeem awaits yet another surgery on her foot to correct injuries she sustained when a suicide bomber attacked her church in 2013.

    Two Christians who were among the 150 injured in the 2013 suicide bomb attack on All Saints Church in Peshawar are still recovering. Aqeel Arif's left leg was injured in the blast, and doctors later had to amputate his leg due to subsequent infection. Read More.

  • Apr. 15, 2021 | West Africa

    Fulani Believers Receive Bibles

    [185] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Fulani Believers.
    Many Fulanis across the Sahel are eager to hear God's Word.

    This year, many Fulani believers have received audio Bibles as part of an ongoing effort to deliver God's Word among the Fulani tribes in central and northern Sahel. Read More.

  • Apr. 15, 2021 | Indonesia

    Suicide Bombers Attack Church, Injure 19

    [174] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Injured Believers.
    Suicide bombers attacked Surabaya Central Pentecostal Church in 2018 in Indonesia.

    Suicide bombers attacked the Hati Yesus Maha Kudus church in Makassar as its Palm Sunday service ended on the morning of Sunday, March 28. An Islamic extremist couple on a motorcycle attempted to enter the front gate of the church parking lot. Read More.

  • Apr. 08, 2021 | Ethiopia

    They Thought They Could Wipe Out the Church

    [264] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Believers with a new worship space.
    Believers did not give up their faith after their worship space was taken away.

    When Muslims in eastern Ethiopia forced a small congregation out of the home used for meetings, they expected the Christian presence in their area to cease, but the number of believers has increased in the last year. Biblical Christians in the region, which is 98 percent Muslim, used to meet for worship on Sundays in the living room of one of the believers. Local Muslims pressured the man's landlord to evict him, and then the believer was unable to rent another house because the same Muslims had threatened other landlords. Read More.

  • Apr. 08, 2021 | Pakistan

    Woman Working to Provide for Family Pressured to Convert to Islam

    [203] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Samina and Amjed Masih.
    Samina (right) has been pressured by her Muslim co-workers to convert to reject Jesus Christ. She is working to provide for her family as her husband Amjed (left) suffers from kidney disease.

    In 2016, Samina Masih started working in a factory to support her family and cover her husband's medical expenses. Amjed, her husband, has suffered from kidney disease for six years and requires dialysis three times a week. Recently, as Samina prayed at work, her Muslim co-workers stopped her and pressured her to convert to Islam. Read More.

  • Apr. 01, 2021 | Ethiopia

    Christian Mother Recently Widowed

    [286] prayers in [21] nations have been posted for Liya.
    Liya and her new baby son.

    Liya was eight months pregnant when her husband was killed by rioting Muslims in 2020. When riots broke out against Christians in central Ethiopia, Liya's husband rushed home from his job in another city. While he traveled, the attackers found him and killed him. Read More.

  • Apr. 01, 2021 | Afghanistan

    Christians Endure Persecution as God's Kingdom Advances

    [190] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Christians Reaching the Unsaved.
    Christians must meet secretly in very small groups.

    Christians in Afghanistan continue to face difficulty, discrimination and persecution from family members, radical Islamist groups and the government for their faith in Christ. Workers in the country have asked for prayers regarding our persecuted family and the advancement of God's kingdom. Read More.

  • Apr. 01, 2021 | Eritrea

    Christian Women Released from Island Prison

    [201] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Previously Imprisoned Women.
    The notorious Nakura prison.

    On Feb. 26, 2021, a group of 21 Christian women was released from the notorious Nakura prison. Many of the released prisoners were part of a large group of Christians arrested in the summer of 2017. Over 200 were arrested, including a group taken during a wedding celebration. Read More.

  • Mar. 25, 2021 | Israel

    Tough Times for Ethiopian Believers

    [290] prayers in [20] nations have been posted for Ethiopian Believers in Israel.
    Ethiopian believers in Israel experience double persecution.

    The extreme circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic have led to great highs as well as difficult valleys for Messianic members of the Ethiopian expatriate community in Israel. Many Ethiopian Jews have immigrated to Israel, and some of those have embraced Jesus as Messiah. Read More.

  • Mar. 25, 2021 | Saudi Arabia

    Believer Facing Prison and Family Harm

    [222] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Arab convert.
    His problems began after the believer helped his sister flee the country.

    An Arab convert from Saudi Arabia has suffered great difficulties after being exposed as a follower of Jesus. Last year, the believer was open about his faith and was reported to the authorities. Conversion is illegal and punishable by death in Saudi Arabia, and authorities opened an investigation against him. Read More.

  • Mar. 25, 2021 | Algeria

    Two Christians Sentenced to Prison for "Shaking Faith"

    [207] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Rachid Seighir and Nouh Hamimi.
    Pastor Rachid Seighir was convicted of shaking the faith of Muslims in Algeria. (photo credit: Morning Star News)

    A pastor and another Christian have been sentenced in absentia to two years in prison and a $3,745 USD fine for "shaking the faith of Muslims" through their Christian bookstore in Oran, Algeria. Pastor Rachid Seighir was the manager of the bookshop, while Nouh Hamimi worked as a salesperson. The bookstore has been closed since 2017 through an order from the governor of the state. Read More.

  • Mar. 18, 2021 | Laos

    Family Barred from Two Villages for Christian Faith

    [304] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Gate and his family.
    Gate (center) and his wife (right) have been barred from two villages for their Christian faith. Yet, they remain firm in their faith in Jesus Christ.

    Shortly after Gate and his wife became Christians, his parents and the leader of their village forced the couple and their young child out of their village because of their faith. With no place to stay, Gate started to build a home for his family on farmland he owned in another village about a mile away. Read More.

  • Mar. 18, 2021 | Ethiopia

    Christians Rejoice After Church Destroyed

    [206] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Enewari Full Gospel Church members.
    The Enewari Full Gospel Church was burned.

    Angry community members burned down a church after a medical missions team shared the gospel. The Enewari Full Gospel church hosted the medical missions team last year in an effort to bless their community of Debre Brehane. Many people came seeking medical attention, angering local Orthodox extremists. Read More.

  • Mar. 18, 2021 | Korea, North

    Many Audio Bibles Already Distributed This Year

    [206] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for North Korean believers.
    North Koreans listen to God's Word using an audio Bible they received.

    So far this year, VOM has distributed many audio Bibles to North Koreans who work in China. These audio Bibles have proven valuable to those who have received them. "Through the MP3, I learned that God created the world, and that God is alive and protecting us," said one North Korean who received an audio Bible. Read More.

  • Mar. 11, 2021 | Laos

    Family Fined for Hosting Worship Gatherings

    [284] prayers in [20] nations have been posted for See and His Family.
    Village authorities fined See (right) after his family hosted worship gatherings in their home.

    On Jan. 4, authorities in See's village learned of the Christian worship gatherings that had been taking place in his family's home. The village leader and other authorities visited him, seizing official documents that stated he and his family of five were part of the village and changing the date to three years earlier. Read More.

  • Mar. 11, 2021 | Philippines

    Newly Baptized Followers of Christ Face Persecution

    [217] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for New Christians in Mindanao.
    Christians in the Philippines mourn following an Islamic extremist attack.

    Several new Christians on the predominantly Islamic island of Mindanao are enduring various forms of persecution. Read More.

  • Mar. 04, 2021 | Iran

    The Book with All the Answers

    [290] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Tala.
    Tala's sister working on the crossword puzzle.

    A new believer who has been scared to talk about her faith with her family walked in to a surprising sight: Her brother reading a Bible and her sister working on a crossword puzzle in a Christian magazine. Read More.

  • Mar. 04, 2021 | Niger

    Rejected Son Now Leading Others

    [221] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Annahi.
    Annahi

    A young man who was kicked out of his home when he became a Christian is now leading a church. Annahi became a Christian as a teenager after he visited a church out of curiosity. After he gave his life to Christ, he was chased out of his Muslim family's home, and his father disinherited him. Read More.

  • Mar. 04, 2021 | Yemen

    Man Accused of Blasphemy Faces Death

    [283] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Bashir.
    Bashir

    A man accused of blasphemy in Yemen may face the death penalty. Bashir Al-Bakari was arrested in Jan. 2021 by the Muslim Brotherhood militia in Taiz, who accused him of apostasy and preaching Christianity. Read More.

  • Feb. 25, 2021 | Pakistan

    Imran Released After Decade-Long Imprisonment

    [276] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Imran Ghafur.
    While in prison on a false blasphemy charge, Imran's mother died.

    Imran Ghafur, who spent more than 10 years in prison on a false blasphemy charge, was acquitted and released late last year. Read More.

  • Feb. 25, 2021 | Somalia

    Christians Arrested in Somalia

    [232] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Christians in custody.
    Pray for the release of the Somali believers.

    Eleven Christians are currently in custody in Somaliland, a semi-autonomous area of Somalia. Five believers were arrested on Jan. 21, including an Ethiopian woman and a couple with their newborn baby. When they were brought to court on Jan. 25, the 11 believers were told they are suspected of spreading Christianity. Read More.

  • Feb. 25, 2021 | Syria

    Syrian Refugee Growing in Faith

    [197] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Ishmael.
    The front-line worker mentors other young men through sports.

    A Syrian boy who came to Christ while taking refuge in another country continues to follow the Lord. Ishmael left Syria with his family when the war broke out. He started school in the country where they were living as refugees but had to leave school at age 8 in order to work and help his father provide for the family. Read More.

  • Feb. 18, 2021 | India

    Pregnant Mother Beaten, Loses Baby

    [379] prayers in [21] nations have been posted for Lila.
    Christians in India risk attacks by Hindu radicals when they worship in church.

    Radical Hindus recently attacked Christians in India, beating several church members, including a pastor, and killing an unborn baby. One extremist assaulted Lila Bhai, who was eight months pregnant with her second child. Read More.

  • Feb. 18, 2021 | Iran

    Firouzi Re-Arrested

    [282] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Ebrahim Firouzi.
    A screenshot from a video Ebrahim Firouzi released before his re-arrest. (Credit: Article18)

    Iranian Christian convert Ebrahim Firouzi was summoned from internal exile in early February 2021 to a court hearing, after which he was re-arrested. Ebrahim had already spent nearly seven years in prison and was completing a three-year internal exile 1,000 miles from home. Read More.

  • Feb. 18, 2021 | Ethiopia

    Local Officials Oppose Church Being Rebuilt

    [200] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Local government officials.
    Believers pray over the plans for the new buildings before construction was stopped.

    Though a church in the Alaba zone received permission to rebuild a church destroyed by Muslim extremists in 2019, local officials are not allowing them to begin work. On Feb. 9, 2019, extremists systematically moved through the town of Alaba Kulito dismantling churches. Read More.

  • Feb. 11, 2021 | Myanmar

    Christ on the Throne

    [310] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Christians in Myanmar.
    Christians know their hope is in the Lord, not the government.

    Christians in Myanmar request urgent prayer after a military coup that occurred on Feb. 1. A military junta (committee) had ruled Myanmar for more than five decades, and when national elections were held in 2015, the country entered its brightest period of history in the modern era, said a VOM worker in Myanmar. Read More.

  • Feb. 11, 2021 | Iran

    From Smuggling Drugs to Smuggling Bibles

    [211] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Former Drug Smuggler.
    A former drug addict is now baptizing new believers.

    A former drug smuggler became an evangelist after meeting Jesus. The man's father was an Islamic leader who groomed his son to become an Islamic cleric. However, the son abandoned the path his father intended, turning to alcoholism and drugs. Read More.

  • Feb. 11, 2021 | Ethiopia

    Persecution Changed Priorities for Members of Destroyed Churches

    [204] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Members of Destroyed Churches.
    One of the destroyed churches.

    After Muslim mobs destroyed 12 churches in the Alaba zone in 2019, believers waiting for their churches to be rebuilt report an increased dedication to missions and outreach in their communities. In a single day, extremists moved through the town of Alaba Kulito and destroyed 12 church buildings. Read More.

  • Feb. 04, 2021 | Middle East

    Extremists Threaten Pastor with Knives

    [331] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Threatened Pastor and His Family.
    The pastor and his family serve in a difficult part of the Middle East.

    A pastor and his family haven't left their home for more than 30 days after receiving threats from extremists. The pastor serves in a difficult area of the Middle East and has lived under pressure for many years. Read More.

  • Feb. 04, 2021 | China

    House Church Pastor Given Five Years in Prison

    [224] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Pastor Li Juncai.
    The church after the cross was removed.

    Chinese Communist Party authorities recently sentenced a Henan house church pastor to five and a half years in prison after he refused to let officials place patriotic slogans in his church. Pastor Li Juncai also received a fine of more than $7,000 USD. Read More.

  • Feb. 04, 2021 | Iran

    Two Sisters Lead House Churches

    [202] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for "A" and her sister.
    Two sisters have planted 27 house churches.

    In an Islamic regime where women do not have many rights, God is using women as his brave ambassadors. After someone shared the gospel with Sister A, she became a believer and was later baptized. Read More.

  • Jan. 28, 2021 | Turkey

    Producing Christian Truth in a Dark Place

    [264] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Christian literature producers.
    Turkey can be a dark place for Christians to work in.

    A group of Turkish believers who produce Christian literature ask for prayer as they operate in Turkey's tense climate for believers. After nine years of publishing a theological magazine, "we are still able to do our job in this dark atmosphere," they wrote. Read More.

  • Jan. 28, 2021 | Iran

    A Surge of Bibles into Iran

    [199] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Believers needing Bibles.
    The number of believers began growing faster than the leaders expected, leading to a need for Bibles.

    Believers in Iran training new Christians realized the house churches were growing at such a rate that they needed to smuggle Bibles into the country. Read More.

  • Jan. 28, 2021 | Nigeria

    Ongoing Attacks in Northern Nigeria

    [213] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Christians in Gora Gan.
    One of the burned homes

    Christians in the Gora Gan community sent urgent requests for prayer as they were under attack by Fulani militants. The area has experienced repeated incursions by Fulani attackers against the Christians there. Read More.

  • Jan. 21, 2021 | Ethiopia

    Pastor Martyred While Preaching

    [344] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Pastor Aklilu's family.
    Pastor Aklilu

    A man enraged with a pastor went to the pastor's church and stabbed him just as he began his sermon. Pastor Aklilu of Hossana, Ethiopia had been intentional about sharing the gospel in his community. Read More.

  • Jan. 21, 2021 | Laos

    Worship Continues in Spite of Persecution and Tight Conditions

    [219] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Mr. Han.
    Worship in Mr. Han's home can get cramped because so many have come to Christ.

    Mr. Han came to Christ when he hit a dead end after many years of being sick. Neither the doctor nor the village witchdoctor could help him, even though he spent most of his money and killed much of his lifestock. He heard that Jesus could perform miracles, so he took his whole family to the Christian village to accept Christ. Read More.

  • Jan. 21, 2021 | Lebanon

    Still Serving Syrian Refugees

    [196] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Front-line workers.
    Syrian refugees who remain in Lebanon continue to need practical assistance.

    Front-line workers in Lebanon continue to assist the many Syrian refugees still in the country. One pastor has dedicated part of his church property to growing produce for refugee families, an endeavor carried out by the refugees themselves who are planting, maintaining, picking and distributing the produce. Read More.

  • Jan. 14, 2021 | Laos

    Teenager Kicked Out of House for Following Christ

    [321] prayers in [20] nations have been posted for Sa.
    Since being kicked out of her home, Sa is now living with her Christian friend who led her to Jesus.

    After several conversations about Jesus with Peng, her 14-year-old friend, 15-year-old Sa finally accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior. Leaders in Sa's village have a history of persecuting Christians, and numerous villagers hate Christians, evicting many believers. Read More.

  • Jan. 14, 2021 | Tanzania

    Providing Homes for Persecuted Pastors

    [193] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Pastors evicted from their homes.
    One of the families who received a home.

    Pastors working in Tanzania's semi-autonomous islands face oppressive persecution as Muslim political leaders have systematically tried to remove all churches from the region. Read More.

  • Jan. 14, 2021 | Myanmar

    Five Families Kicked Out of Village in Rakhine State

    [200] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Maung Cia and his family and friends.
    Maung Cia (middle) and his family were one of five families kicked out of their village after they participated in a worship service.

    After being shackled for three days and fined for buying a banana from a Christian vendor, Maung Cia sought out a pastor in a neighboring village. The pastor shared the gospel with Maung and two of his friends, and they all accepted Christ. Read More.

  • Jan. 07, 2021 | India

    Family Blessed By Christmas Care Pack

    [222] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Sahil and his family.
    Children receive Christmas Care Packs.

    Last fall, 6-year-old Sahil received a VOM Christmas Care Pack filled with a Bible, a toy and personal hygiene products. When he returned to his home with the backpack, his father's eyes filled with tears. His mother, who passed away a few years ago, had always wanted to give her son a nice backpack, but it was not something his single father could afford to buy. Read More.

  • Jan. 07, 2021 | Laos

    Next Door to the Enemy

    [187] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Khmu Christian families.
    Christians worship right next door to a man who opposes them.

    Tensions have deepened in a Khmu village where two families have come to Christ and one lives next door to a high-ranking solider - who happens to despise Christians. Read More.

  • Jan. 07, 2021 | Cuba

    Authorities Try to Force Church from Home

    [189] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Pastor Osmani and wife.
    Pastor Osmani and his wife are being forced from their home by Cuban authorities.

    After a two-year standoff, authorities informed a Cuban pastor on Nov. 13, 2020, that he had 24 hours to vacate his home, which functions as a house church. Read More.

  • Dec. 31, 2020 | Egypt

    On the Run as Converts to Christianity

    [292] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Adel and his wife.
    Adel and his wife fled Egypt after severe persecution.

    An Egyptian couple bears on their bodies the effects of their choice to follow Christ. When Adel became a believer in 2009, his brother and his friends brutally beat him, crushing his shoulder. Read More.

  • Dec. 31, 2020 | Laos

    Permission to Follow Christ Denied

    [229] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Wat and his wife.
    This 27-year-old woman refused to renounce Christ in spite of the threat of going to prison.

    When Wat and his wife wanted to accept Christ, the front-line worker who shared the gospel with them was afraid. He knew their village head was a tough man. So he advised them to ask for permission first. Read More.

  • Dec. 24, 2020 | Vietnam

    13 Families Beaten, Kicked Off Land

    [242] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Thirteen Hmong families.
    One of 13 Hmong families in Vietnam recently pushed out of their village after being beaten and having their land confiscated.

    Thirteen Hmong families moved from Northern Vietnam to the Dak Lak province after enduring physical beatings and having their land confiscated. Read More.

  • Dec. 24, 2020 | Pakistan

    Freed from the Brick Kiln

    [199] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Hamza.
    Hamza and his family will now operate a rickshaw business.

    A laborer in Pakistan who has experienced ongoing persecution from the owner of the brick kiln where he was indentured is now free. Read More.

  • Dec. 24, 2020 | Laos

    Six Believers Evicted from Village at Gunpoint

    [193] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Six Believers Evicted.
    Christians in Laos who were forced out of their village are praying they can return home soon.

    Near the end of July, six believers were evicted from their village in the Luang Nam Tha province for their Christian faith. Armed village leaders and others invaded their homes and demanded they leave the village. Read More.

  • Dec. 17, 2020 | India

    Angry Mob Displaces 84 Christians

    [255] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Displaced Christians.
    Christians in Odisha state experienced massive attacks that began in a similar fashion.

    A Hindu mob drove 84 Christians out of their homes in eastern India after the Christians refused to convert back to Hinduism. Read More.

  • Dec. 17, 2020 | Syria

    War, Trauma and Cancer

    [210] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Rida and Wife.
    His choice to follow Christ has been costly.

    War, trauma and a child stricken with cancer drove Rida and his wife to seek hope at a Christian church, and there they met and accepted Jesus Christ. When the couple, who had formerly been committed Muslims, told Rida's father about their conversion, he beat and cursed his son, spitting on him and telling him he would receive no inheritance. Read More.

  • Dec. 17, 2020 | Egypt

    Constant Abuse for Egyptian Converts

    [188] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Nour.
    Life is not easy for those who leave Islam to follow Christ in Egypt.

    The path to Christ for an Egyptian convert is not a smooth one. Nour has followed this road for more than 18 years after coming to faith in 2002. Read More.

  • Dec. 11, 2020 | Laos

    Pray for Families Denied Rice Following Drought

    [249] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Families Denied.
    These families remained firm in their faith when they were denied rice after a drought.

    Authorities in a Laos village denied rice distributions for Christian families. Read More.

  • Dec. 11, 2020 | Iran

    Imprisoned Christian Dangerously Depressed

    [229] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Depressed Christian.
    Christian activity is highly dangerous in Iran.

    A Christian woman in prison is dangerously depressed. Read More.

  • Dec. 11, 2020 | China

    Bob Fu Faces Continued Harassment in the U.S. by Chinese Communist Party

    [186] prayers in [12] nations have been posted for Bob Fu Harassed.
    Bob Fu

    Bob Fu, founder of ChinaAid, has been the target of harassment by Chinese Communist Party actors ongoing since September. Read More.

  • Dec. 03, 2020 | India

    Virus Restrictions Embolden Those Opposed to Christianity

    [255] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Families under restrictions.
    One of the affected families.

    Christians in the state of Chhattisgarh have faced a tough time since coronavirus restrictions were placed in India. According to a VOM worker, they face four main challenges: they are not allowed to farm, which is their main source of income; they live in ongoing fear of social excommunication; they are prohibited from using communal wells; and their Christian activities are closely monitored. Read More.

  • Dec. 03, 2020 | China

    Hotel Fined for Allowing Christians to Conduct Worship Activities

    [195] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Chinese Christians.
    Chinese authorities fined the Xiamen Sea View Garden Hotel for allowing Christians to gather at the hotel.

    On Oct. 16, Chinese authorities charged the Xiamen Sea View Garden Hotel with violating regulations on religious affairs. The hotel allowed Christians to gather several times from late June to early August. Authorities fined the hotel owners the equivalent of nearly $3,000. Read More.

  • Dec. 03, 2020 | Myanmar

    Woman Kicked Out of Her Village for Following Christ

    [210] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Leah.
    Leah has grown in her faith since being thrown out of her village for it.

    After her mother and sisters died, villagers isolated Leah, a Christian, to the point where she could no longer survive on her own. She traveled to a nearby village where the missionary and pastor who had led her to Jesus Christ lived. Read More.

  • Nov. 26, 2020 | Cuba

    Officials Demolish Second Church in Santiago de Cuba

    [279] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Pastor Alain and congregation.
    Authorities previous demolished another church in Santiago.

    The congregation of an Assemblies of God church stood outside singing and weeping as authorities in Santiago de Cuba demolished their church. The Los Pinos congregation has operated for more than 10 years in this city at Cuba's southeastern tip, but authorities decided it must be destroyed. Read More.

  • Nov. 26, 2020 | Laos

    Laotian Teenager Kicked Out

    [226] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Monthida.
    Monthida is now living with a pastor's family.

    A Laotian teenager was kicked out after her mother and stepfather realized she had become a Christian. Monthida, 16, accepted Christ after a friend brought her to church. Whenever Monthida would come home late from school, her mother would quiz her on where she had been and why she was late. Read More.

  • Nov. 26, 2020 | Iran

    Imprisoned Christian's Son Expelled from School

    [206] prayers in [11] nations have been posted for Ali and his son.
    Believers are imprisoned for their Christian activities, but others continue to share the gospel in spite of the risks.

    An imprisoned Christian is asking for prayer specifically for his son. Ali was arrested for his participation in a house church, and he is being kept in a prison separate from other Christians arrested at the same time. He also says he is often insulted by other prisoners for his faith. Read More.

  • Nov. 19, 2020 | Myanmar

    Front-Line Worker Accused of Denigrating Buddhism

    [258] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Aung Tun Oo.
    Buddhism has a strong hold in Myanmar.

    A Christian accused of speaking against Buddhism has been told that a verdict will be delivered this fall. Aung Tun Oo was accused by two radical Mahbahtah monks of denigrating Buddhism in 2017. Read More.

  • Nov. 19, 2020 | Mali

    Kidnapped Swiss Missionary Dead

    [203] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Beatrice's Family.
    Beatrice was known for distributing tracts like this one, called "Have you read the Bible?"

    Swiss missionary Beatrice Stockli arrived in Mali in 1998 as part of a missions team. Beatrice grew close to a local pastor's family, staying in Timbuktu for several years and becoming known for distributing tracts. She was kidnapped in April 2012 during an Islamist insurgency in the country and held for 10 days before being released. She briefly returned to Switzerland but returned to Mali in 2013 against her family's wishes and the advice of her government. Read More.

  • Nov. 19, 2020 | China

    Early Rain Elder Twice Banished

    [196] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Li Yingqiang and family.
    Elder Li Yingquiang spent time in prison, then exile before returning to Chengdu. He's been forced out again.

    A leading elder from the Early Rain church has been forced out of Chengdu again after intense pressure. Elder Li Yingqiang was arrested in Dec. 2018, a few days after lead pastor Wang Yi had been arrested. Li Yingqiang spent eight months in prison before banishment from the city of Chengdu for one year. Read More.

  • Nov. 12, 2020 | Kazakhstan

    Pastor Jailed

    [269] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Pastor Zhetis.
    Pastor Zhetis has long dealt with harassment from the local authorities as he serves in Shymkent.

    A pastor in Shymkent spent 10 days in prison on a false charge of breaking pandemic quarantine requirements, the latest in a string of harassments. Read More.

  • Nov. 12, 2020 | Indonesia

    Village Will Not Allow Renovation for Christian Home

    [198] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Christian accused of causing unrest.
    Christians are allowed to worship in Indonesia, but Muslim radicals often use laws to restrict them.

    A Christian in Indonesia has been told by local officials that she cannot renovate her house if she intends to use it for Christian purposes. Read More.

  • Nov. 12, 2020 | Laos

    Pray for Village Elder Ostracized by Family for Faith

    [200] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Khampang.
    Khampang is discouraged by his family's rejection.

    Khampang came to Christ after witnessing God's goodness and being healed. Only two others in his village were Christians, and both had experienced harsh reactions from their families. Read More.

  • Nov. 05, 2020 | Ethiopia

    Christian Loses Hand in Beating

    [346] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Kofi.
    Kofi is willing to sacrifice his life for Christ.

    When the young Ethiopian man came to faith his community turned against him, but he remains committed to following Christ. Kofi grew up as a Muslim, but when an evangelist introduced him to Christ, he was instantly drawn to the saving grace of God and became a Christian. Read More.

  • Nov. 05, 2020 | Myanmar

    Lingering Effects of Imprisonment

    [214] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Aikhun Plot.
    Christianity has been rendered illegal in Myanmar's Wa State.

    A key denominational leader targeted by Communist separatists continues to suffer lasting effects from his imprisonment. In 2018, the Wa State Army arrested Christians and at least 120 pastors in northeastern Myanmar, including Aikhun Plot. In prison, he spent most of his time with a metal leg chain digging into his ankle, causing long-term bone damage and pain, and he also contracted a skin disease. Read More.

  • Nov. 05, 2020 | Lebanon

    Pastor in Lebanon Struggling as He Serves

    [237] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Baki.
    Serving among the Muslim majority people in Lebanon can be discouraging.

    A pastor in Lebanon is struggling under repeated challenges. Pastor Baki grew up in a Muslim family but later converted to Christianity. He became a pastor and now often leads other Muslims to Christ in his mountain community in Lebanon. Read More.

  • Oct. 29, 2020 | Uganda

    Woman Poisoned by Family

    [297] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Anna's children.
    Anna is now healthy at home with her heavenly father.

    A VOM-supported Christian woman died earlier this month from complications due to poisoning. Anna came to Christ from a Muslim background, and her family did not accept her choice. Read More.

  • Oct. 29, 2020 | Syria

    Pray for Pastor Zaki in Damascus

    [205] prayers in [12] nations have been posted for Pastor Zaki.
    A pastor distributes a Bible along with food aid to a refugee.

    Christian leaders in Syria are struggling to operate fully after years of trying circumstances and constant instability. War, economic struggles, and now coronavirus all contribute to a constant influx of displaced peoples in need. Read More.

  • Oct. 29, 2020 | Colombia

    Paramilitary Groups Close at Least 60 Churches

    [207] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Pastors and members of closed churches.
    A secretly-taken photo of one of the closed churches.

    In the last few weeks, field workers in Colombia have been inundated with reports of paramilitary groups closing churches throughout northern Colombia in the states of Antioquia, Bolívar, Chocó and Córdova. They began compiling a list, which has grown to 60 churches. Read More.

  • Oct. 22, 2020 | Laos

    Teenager Kicked Out

    [320] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Seng.
    Seng will commute to school by bicycle.

    Only days after he accepted Christ, 15-year-old Seng was already facing the persecution Jesus often spoke about. After his parents learned of his decision, they sat down to talk with him, telling him he needed to renounce his "foreign" faith. Read More.

  • Oct. 22, 2020 | Iran

    Court Removes "Muslim" Toddler from Christian Parents

    [265] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Sam, Maryam and Lydia.
    Sam, Maryam and Lydia

    An Iranian court has taken a "Muslim" child out of the home of the Christian couple who adopted her. Sam and Maryam adopted Lydia from a local orphanage in the city of Bushehr when she was three months old. Lydia has significant health issues, including a heart defect and digestive problems. Six months after the couple adopted her, intelligence agents arrested Sam and Maryam in their home. Read More.

  • Oct. 22, 2020 | Ethiopia

    Finding a Good Heart

    [207] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Shaikh Adam.
    Sheik Adam is now sharing the gospel in his hometown after coming to faith in Christ.

    ​When a local Islamic leader saw a Christian helping people from different tribal and religious groups, he experienced Jesus' transformational power. Sheikh Adam saw a VOM-supported front-line worker serving people from both evangelical and Orthodox churches in a Muslim-majority region, and he wondered why. The front-line worker told him, "This is what we've learned from Christ and the Bible." Read More.

  • Oct. 15, 2020 | Somalia

    Family in Police Custody

    [320] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Family arrested for evangelizing.
    Somali is one of the world's most highly restricted nations for Christians, but God still prevails there.

    A Somali Christian family is in police custody after being arrested for evangelism in Somaliland, a semi-autonomous region of Somalia. Hargeisa police released a statement on Oct. 5 that they had captured "two individuals who were apostates and evangelists spreading Christianity … Read More.

  • Oct. 15, 2020 | Laos

    Bomb, Fire Used Against Christians in Bru Village

    [211] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Christian families in danger by villagers.
    These three families are determined to follow Christ in their home village in spite of the persecution.

    A Bru community in rural Laos was so determined to drive out a group of Christian families that they resorted to drastic measures. "They were so resistant to their faith, they were trying to scare them out of the village or to renounce their faith," a VOM field worker said. Read More.

  • Oct. 15, 2020 | Egypt

    Convert Couple Severely Tested

    [234] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for John and Malika.
    John and Malika escaped their abusive families.

    Though Egypt has a small Christian population, life is not easy for Muslims who choose to convert to Christianity. John, a committed hardliner Muslim, came to faith in 2014 after studying the Bible in order to convince Christian friends to convert to Islam. His wife, Malika, also became a Christian after observing his new character for three years. Read More.

  • Oct. 08, 2020 | Pakistan

    Muslim Convert Faces Murderous Family

    [288] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Huzaifa and family.
    Huzaifa and his family

    A Muslim man came to faith after a Christian family witnessed to him for more than 10 years. Huzaifa had been a devout Muslim since childhood, but he was impressed with how loving Christians were. When a young Christian woman began to work in his shop, she answered his questions about her faith and invited him to church. Read More.

  • Oct. 08, 2020 | Israel

    Congregation Facing Repeated Harassment from Anti-Missionaries

    [196] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Beit Hallel Messianic Congregation.
    Anti-missionary groups oppose Messianic (Christian) meetings.

    The Beit Hallel Messianic Congregation in Ashdod, southern Israel has experienced systematic harassment from the local anti-missionary group. Read More.

  • Oct. 08, 2020 | Ethiopia

    Persecution Did Not Destroy Churches

    [188] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Christians rebuilding churches.
    This church that was attacked has since been rebuilt.

    When mobs damaged three churches in a small village southeast of Addis Ababa, it initially seemed like their enemies had succeeded. Christians were discouraged and humiliated, and some new believers left. Read More.

  • Oct. 01, 2020 | Turkey

    Turkish-Born Resident Expelled

    [261] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Damla.
    Damla has lived in Turkey all her life, but the government doesn't want her there anymore.

    Another Christian has been kicked out of Turkey on the same grounds used by the government to eject more than 50 foreigners in the last 18 months. Damla Villanueva, 26, was born in Turkey and has lived there all her life, and her parents have been in the country for almost three decades. Read More.

  • Oct. 01, 2020 | Laos

    Villagers Threaten to Kill Christians

    [201] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Christian families facing threats.
    VOM purchased rice for the families.

    A community in Laos blatantly told the four Christian families living among them that the only way to get rid of Christians is to kill them. In an effort to get the Christians to leave, villagers have illegally logged all the trees on the property of one of the Christians. Read More.

  • Oct. 01, 2020 | Nepal

    No Home or Job for Jesus-Follower

    [208] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Binsa.
    Binsa was rejected by her parents after she became a Christian.

    A young woman was first kicked out of her home and later fired from her job after she became a Christian. 24-year-old Binsa grew up in a Hindu family. One day, she heard a gospel song on the radio, which led her to think about Christianity. Read More.

  • Sep. 24, 2020 | Uganda

    Three Children Kicked Out by Grandmother

    [318] prayers in [20] nations have been posted for Penny, Elijah, and Charity.
    Penny cared for her younger siblings after their grandmother abandoned them for becoming Christians.

    Three children in Uganda have been living on their own since their grandmother forced them out of her home for becoming Christians. Penny, Elijah and Charity's parents are Muslim, and when it was time for Penny, the oldest, to attend school, her parents couldn't afford it. A teacher in her grandmother's town agreed to teach the children, so the they moved in with their grandmother. Read More.

  • Sep. 24, 2020 | Ethiopia

    Anti-Government Rebels Kill Pastor

    [218] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Pastor Negus's family.
    Pastor Negus was killed by anti-government rebels.

    A pastor in western Ethiopia was murdered after he refused to give money to a rebel group. Pastor Negus, in ministry for 20 years, was from a small town in the West Elega Zone of the Oromia region. Read More.

  • Sep. 24, 2020 | Uzbekistan

    Children Stop Harassment

    [215] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Shokhida Musallam and husband.
    Shokhida Musallam

    An older believer whose adult children were persecuting her for her faith has been granted a reprieve. Shokhida Musallam and her husband became Christians about 20 years ago, but their Muslim children opposed their conversion. Read More.

  • Sep. 17, 2020 | Mozambique

    Islamists Displace Thousands

    [283] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Displaced Christians.
    Thousands have been displaced from their homes.

    Islamic insurgents seek to establish a caliphate in East Africa, rendering life in the northern coastal regions impossible and severely affecting Christians. Islamists have been active in the region for the past three years, but a group has now launched attacks on villages from the north, displacing thousands into other parts of the country. Read More.

  • Sep. 17, 2020 | Laos

    A Living Understanding of the Scriptures

    [214] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Sei Wang and her husband.
    Sei Wang refused to abandon her faith even under threats from her husband.

    A pastor's teaching on suffering was timely for a young woman attending a discipleship seminar. Sei Wang, 20, gave her life to Christ earlier this year, unbeknownst to her husband. One Sunday morning in June, he followed her to church and discovered her new faith. Read More.

  • Sep. 17, 2020 | Cuba

    Communist Officials Seek to Close Church

    [195] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Pastors and members of closed churches.
    Cuban Christians live under constant pressure.

    A legally registered church in central Cuba is being forced to close after three years in existence. The house church of 60 in Holguin was established with the proper paperwork in 2017. In 2019, however, various government agencies began restricting the church's activities. Read More.

  • Sep. 10, 2020 | Turkey

    American-Born Wife of Turkish Pastor Expelled

    [273] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Joy and Lütfü.
    Joy met her husband Lutfu while working in Turkey. With a Turkish husband and three children who are Turkish citizens, she wants to stay.

    The US-born wife of a Turkish citizen was recently told that her residency permit was revoked, even though she has lived in Turkey for nearly 10 years. Joy Subaşıgüller was told her residency permit had been revoked on June 5. Read More.

  • Sep. 10, 2020 | Tanzania

    Pastor and His Wife in Zanzibar Assaulted

    [211] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Pastor Philemon and family.
    Churches in Zanzibar have been under assault for decades.

    Vandals attacked the Calvary Mission Church in Mwamboni, Zanzibar on Feb. 24 and Feb. 29, 2020. Before the attack, Pastor Philemon Mafilili, 51, said he had received threats from a local official. Read More.

  • Sep. 10, 2020 | Ethiopia

    Priests Provoke, Then Attack Evangelicals

    [198] prayers in [12] nations have been posted for Shango and his friends.
    The evangelical families faced years of harassment before their homes were burned down.

    When five families came to faith in a small village, they became at odds with the rest of their community. Shango became a believer in 2002. Through his faithful witness, he led four other families to faith in Jesus, and they worshipped at his house. Read More.

  • Sep. 03, 2020 | Laos

    Transformation for Young Man

    [289] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Khamla and family.
    A young man experienced transformation after being set free.

    Khamla was devastated when his wife left him. One day, as he walked past the Buddhist temple in extreme sorrow, something that looked like a small bird hit him in the chest. He became a strange person, violently strong and unable to communicate. Read More.

  • Sep. 03, 2020 | Sri Lanka

    Villagers Demand an End to Christian Worship

    [201] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Church members told to stop worshipping.
    Christians in Sri Lanka worship openly, but under pressure.

    On June 28, a group of about 30 individuals descended on the Jesus Witness Church house service in eastern Sri Lanka, demanding that the family stop the worship. From outside, a member of the group phoned the pastor and told him he was not allowed to hold worship in their village. Read More.

  • Sep. 03, 2020 | Tanzania

    Wife Discovers Young Convert's Books

    [224] prayers in [12] nations have been posted for Juma.
    When his wife discovered the young man's Christian books, his conversion was revealed.

    Juma met with his pastor secretly after coming to Christ, afraid that his Muslim family would find out about his conversion. When his wife eventually found some of his Christian books, she immediately called his brothers, all radical Muslims. Read More.

  • Aug. 27, 2020 | Uganda

    Two Muslim Friends Become Brothers in Christ

    [290] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Syamusudini and Muhindo.
    These two young man have become each other's family.

    Syamusudini began sharing the gospel with friends at school after being rejected by his Muslim family and moving in with a local pastor. One of his friends, Muhindo, listened carefully and soon decided that he, too, would follow Christ. Read More.

  • Aug. 27, 2020 | Myanmar

    Persecution Fosters New Church Strategy

    [213] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Front-line workers in Myanmar.
    Leaders in the Wa State region will move to house church worship.

    Pastors and front-line workers in Myanmar's Wa region are rethinking church strategies after an intense season of persecution. Read More.

  • Aug. 27, 2020 | Pakistan

    Family of Martyred Christian Grateful for Ongoing Support

    [211] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Rahib's family.
    Rahib's family is thankful for the assistance that is allowing them to navigate this difficult time.

    A couple whose only son was killed in a shooting two years ago is surviving economic losses amid the pandemic with assistance from VOM. In April 2018, 16-year-old Rahib Khalid was leaving a church service in Quetta, Pakistan, when four men on motorbikes sprayed the area with gunfire, killing Rahib and another Christian. Read More.

  • Aug. 20, 2020 | China

    Cross Removals Continue

    [267] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Christians facing government crackdowns.
    Officials removed two more crosses from two churches in Wenzhou.

    Chinese authorities removed two more crosses from church buildings in Wenzhou, Zhejiang, on July 7, reminiscent of mass cross removals across the province in 2014. Read More.

  • Aug. 20, 2020 | Vietnam

    Woman Burned After Refusing to Abandon Christian Faith

    [259] prayers in [21] nations have been posted for Dinh.
    Dinh suffered major burns on her legs, requiring hospital treatment.

    A 49-year-old woman was assaulted by local authorities after she refused to give up her Christian faith. On May 5, 2020, authorities visited Dinh and told her they would help her during the coronavirus pandemic if she would sign a statement giving up her faith. Read More.

  • Aug. 20, 2020 | Tanzania

    Christians Under Pressure

    [185] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Church members facing destroyed churches.
    Christianity has a long history in Tanzania, but Islamists are trying to push it out.

    Though Tanzania is a majority-Christian country, Christians in some areas face intense persecution, and it seems to be growing. According to a VOM worker, Muslim hardliners have burned or demolished six churches there in the last year. Read More.

  • Aug. 13, 2020 | Nigeria

    Islamist Attacks Continue

    [256] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Christians with loved ones lost to attacks.
    VOM is helping feed some of the displaced.

    When Islamists sent a warning letter to the Bakkai community in Kankara state, villagers requested protection from local vigilantes. But when the attack occurred, on June 28, the militants easily overpowered them, killing nine and injuring many others. Read More.

  • Aug. 13, 2020 | Laos

    New Believer Disinherited by Family

    [191] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Jai.
    Jai's family cut him off from any inheritance after he accepted Christ.

    When Jai placed his faith in Christ in December 2019, his Hmong family was very unhappy with him. They told him he could have no share in their father's inheritance, and they divided the property among themselves. Read More.

  • Aug. 13, 2020 | Iraq

    Turkish Attacks Displace Christians in Kurdistan

    [184] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Displaced Christians.
    VOM has distributed aid previously in the Dohuk region.

    Turkish bombardments in northern Iraq this summer have displaced Christians in the Zakho district for the second time since 2014. Read More.

  • Aug. 06, 2020 | Iran

    Twelve Arrested in Coordinated Raids

    [260] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Arrested Christians.
    Iranians worship in a house church.

    Intelligence agents from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp (IRGC) arrested 12 Christians in coordinated operations on Tuesday, June 30, and Wednesday, July 1. Read More.

  • Aug. 06, 2020 | China

    Officials Target Xingguang Church in Fujian

    [189] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Xingguang church members.
    More than 100 officials dragged personal belonging into hallways in order to destroy them.

    On June 11, authorities in China's Fujian province destroyed more than a dozen Christian homes that had been used as worship spaces by members of the Xingguang Church. Read More.

  • Aug. 06, 2020 | Eritrea

    More than 600 Christians Now Imprisoned in Eritrea

    [202] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Imprisoned Christians.
    Pastor Haile Naygi has been in prison since 2004.

    The number of Christians imprisoned in Eritrea has reportedly risen to 640 in recent months. In May, 15 women were arrested at a house church and are now imprisoned in Mai Serwa, the same prison where Helen Berhane was held in a shipping container. Read More.

  • Jul. 30, 2020 | Egypt

    The Lord Jesus Has Chosen You

    [342] prayers in [21] nations have been posted for Ahmed.
    Ahmed found his way to the Lord despite unbelievable obstacles.

    A young man was beaten, held captive and later disinherited after becoming interested in Christianity. Ahmed was 16 when he found a scrap of paper on his bus seat that said, "The Lord Jesus has chosen you for Him." Read More.

  • Jul. 30, 2020 | Vietnam

    Displaced Families Temporarily Hosted by Local Christians

    [201] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Displaced families.
    This family of 5 were displaced from their home.

    Thirteen Christian families are temporarily living with Christian host families in another province after being displaced by the government. Read More.

  • Jul. 30, 2020 | Nepal

    Woman Stoned by Neighbor

    [214] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Miriamu.
    Miriamu at the hospital after receiving treatment.

    A Christian woman spent a week in the hospital after a neighbor attacked her. Miriamu became a Christian in 2014, but when the distance became too great to travel to the nearest church for worship, she decided to start her own in her home. Read More.

  • Jul. 23, 2020 | Laos

    No Rice for Christians

    [312] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Starving familise.
    Villagers do not allow the Christians to farm.

    Seven families from two tribal groups are nearing starvation after village authorities confiscated their farmland because of their faith in Christ. About 50 people from the Khmu and Hmong tribes form the seven families. "Their faith is strong and everyone is actively serving one another and the Lord," wrote a VOM partner. Read More.

  • Jul. 23, 2020 | India

    Young Husband Killed by Fanatics

    [243] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Kande's wife and children.
    Hindu fanatics harassed Kande for two years until they murdered him.

    When Kande Mudu became a Christian in 2018, the Hindu fanatics in his village in Jharkhand state pressured him to renounce his faith. When he refused to participate in Hindu religious festivals, they threatened him. Read More.

  • Jul. 23, 2020 | Uganda

    She Transformed Her Bar into a Church

    [230] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Betty.
    Betty and her family in the former bar.

    Betty became a believer late in her life, and this complete life change prompted her to turn a bar she owned into a church. Her decision to leave Islam deeply angered her three adult sons. Read More.

  • Jul. 16, 2020 | Turkey

    Syrian Christian Shares Christ While Serving Muslims

    [271] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Church Leader in Turkey.
    A committed Muslim man gave his life to Christ after he saw how Christians cared for him.

    A Syrian church leader in Turkey has been serving his community during the coronavirus pandemic by transporting sick people to the hospital. Read More.

  • Jul. 16, 2020 | India

    Hindu Radicals Kill Christian Teenager

    [248] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Samaru's family.
    Samaru was killed by Hindu extremists.

    On June 4, Hindu fanatics in Odisha state burst into the home of 16-year-old Samaru Madkami and kidnapped him. They then took Samaru and other Christian villagers they had kidnapped to a wooded area. Although the other Christians managed to escape, the Hindus overpowered and killed Samaru, burying him nearby. Read More.

  • Jul. 16, 2020 | Guinea

    Christian Woman Faces Difficulties After Husband's Death

    [231] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Miraha.
    These women are all believers from Muslim backgrounds who have been rejected by their families.

    Miraha, a Christian woman in Guinea, has faced ongoing difficulties since her husband's death. Her Muslim in-laws tried to persuade her to marry her husband's brother and convert to Islam, but she refused to abandon her faith in Christ. Read More.

  • Jul. 09, 2020 | Central Asia

    Church Members Minister to the Sick

    [267] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Ministering Church Women.
    Believers in Central Asia understand that Christ-like actions speak loudly in their culture.

    Members of a church in a Central Asian country are reaching out to help those affected by the coronavirus, even though their church is closed and their pastor is stuck in Russia. Read More.

  • Jul. 09, 2020 | Laos

    Authorities Hold Church Leader Without Charges Because of Coronavirus

    [209] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Phong.
    Frightened at the number of people turning to Christ, officials arrested a pastor and told believers to renounce their faith.

    A church leader who has not yet been charged with a crime remains in prison while officials wait for an end to the "Covid situation." Phong was arrested in early March after refusing police orders to renounce his faith. About 130 Christians live in Phong's village, and police thought that arresting him would cure their Christian "problem." Read More.

  • Jul. 09, 2020 | Ethiopia

    Orthodox Extremists Burn Down Full Gospel Church

    [216] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Members of Full Gospel Church.
    Timaru was the first man attacked by the youth.

    On March 10, a mob of several hundred Ethiopian Orthodox extremists assaulted three men at the Enewari Full Gospel Church and burned all buildings on the property. After destroying the church, the mob confronted evangelical believers at their homes and told them they would kill them if they left their houses. Read More.

  • Jul. 02, 2020 | Korea, North

    Propaganda Film Helps Lead Defector to Christ

    [247] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Mrs. An.
    Ms. An learned how to pray from a propaganda film in North Korea.

    Mrs. An wasn't yet a Christian when she was arrested in China as a North Korean defector, but she did know how to pray. She had learned about prayer from an anti-Christian propaganda film she had seen while still in North Korea. Read More.

  • Jul. 02, 2020 | Israel

    New Christian Faces Daily Struggles in Orthodox Jewish Culture

    [216] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Noa.
    It is common for Orthodox Jews to limit children's education to the Torah and Jewish traditions.

    A former Orthodox Jew who came to faith in Jesus Christ is now homeless and has little hope of finding work. After meeting a Christian worker nine years ago, Noa gradually came to understand and believe the gospel. And recently, he placed his faith in Jesus as Savior. Read More.

  • Jul. 02, 2020 | Laos

    Father Expels and Threatens Sons for Attending Church

    [197] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Chan and Huang.
    After he kicked two boys out, their father graffitied angry warnings against coming home if the boys don't leave Christianity.

    A teenager and his younger brother were kicked out of their home recently for attending church. Chan and Huang were in a church service outside Vientiane on May 24 when their father burst in and began swearing at them. He told them to stop worshiping and go home. Read More.

  • Jun. 25, 2020 | Laos

    Christian Families Expelled from Village

    [296] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Mua family.
    Some of the family members camping on the side of the road after they were kicked out of the village.

    Two Christian families were expelled from their Laotian village recently after declaring their faith in Christ. When the Mua family became Christians, village leaders wrote an official complaint to district authorities, saying, "[Our] village does not want to cooperate or associate with those that take on the Jesus religion. … We dislike that the Christians keep coming to tell others about this Jesus religion. It is annoying." Read More.

  • Jun. 25, 2020 | Congo, Democratic Republic of the

    VOM Supports Orphans of Martyrs

    [212] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Orphaned Children.
    The two children now live with their grandmother.

    VOM is supporting four children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) whose missionary parents were killed by Muslim extremists. On the night of Oct. 16, 2014, Islamists attacked Cadeau and a neighboring village in the DRC, killing the missionaries and 11 members of their church. Read More.

  • Jun. 25, 2020 | Syria

    Border Closures Complicate Relief Efforts

    [189] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Christians serving the needy.
    A Syrian woman collects food aid from a church at a previous distribution.

    Border closures related to coronavirus suppression have complicated an already difficult situation in Syria. The closures have halted the transport of food aid and have also prevented pastors from traveling into and out of the country. Read More.