Pray for Five Arrested Believers


Iranian Christians continue to face persecution, including charges that can carry the death penalty. Five Christians -- Mohammad Taslimi; Hamidreza Borhani and his wife, Zainab Akbari; Moluk Ruhani; and Sepideh Morshedi -- were arrested on Sept. 2 and are being held without charge. Authorities seized their Bibles, computer equipment and mobile phones. Several other Christians have been arrested since August, and Iranian officials have charged several church leaders with crimes of "enmity against God" and "spreading corruption on Earth," both of which can carry the death penalty.

  • Pray for Believers Attacked by Boko Haram

    In late August, more than 100 Boko Haram insurgents stormed a church in Adamawa state, Nigeria, killing more than 70 people and kidnapping an unknown number of teenage girls.

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  • Pray for Shri and Asha

    A Christian couple in northeastern India's Bihar state were hospitalized after being beaten by Hindu extremists who vowed to kill them.

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  • Pray for Pastor Tandin, Sentenced to Prison, but on Bail

    On Sept. 10, Pastor Tandin Wangyal was sentenced to nearly four years in prison on charges of receiving money for spreading Christianity in the Buddhist nation of Bhutan.

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  • Pray for Pastor Kim, Facing Fines for Christian Activities

    Authorities raided the home of Pastor Stanislav Kim on Aug. 2 in Chirchik, Uzbekistan, detaining 11 teenagers and three adults who had gathered for a volleyball game.

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  • Pray for Asia Bibi, Appeal Postponed for Sixth Time

    Asia Bibi's appellate hearing scheduled for Sept. 9, 2014, was again postponed, this time at the request of her husband, Ashiq Masih. Asia Bibi was arrested in June 2009 and sentenced to death on a blasphemy conviction.

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  • Pray for Pastor Nthurima Fabian Whose Church and Home were Burnt to Ground

    The Full Gospel Church in Marsabit, Kenya, was burned by unknown arsonists in the early hours of Sunday, Aug. 24, along with Rev. Nthurima Fabian’s home adjacent to the church.

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  • Pray for Kanoa and Continued Church Growth

    A Bible school student named “Kanoa” recently told VOM sources that a house church in his home village continues to grow in the face of persecution.

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  • Pray for Arne and Bernadette, Christians Under Investigation

    VOM contacts “Arne” and “Bernadette” are under police investigation after a rumor circulated that a church in the area was allowing a Malay girl to attend services.

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  • Pray for Aljon, Escaped from Kidnappers

    In early August, suspected Islamists attempted to kidnap a church elder serving in a Muslim community in Mindanao. "Aljon" was followed by a van and two men on a motorcycle after he left his store, but he received a call warning him of the danger and was able to escape.

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  • Pray for Staff of Ukrainian Seminary

    On July 9, armed men from a pro-Russian separatist group demanded that all staff leave the Donetsk Christian University, a seminary in Ukraine, warning that any who resisted would be severely punished. In addition to the seminary, the separatists took over several other buildings owned by Christian groups even though vacant buildings were available.

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  • Pray for Kollol, Christian Forced to Perform Hindu Ritual

    "Kollol" and his wife were attacked by 15 radical Hindus during a June 4 prayer meeting in their home.

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