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. The charges were added after Pastor Tandin was detained for conducting an illegal religious gathering. The pastor has been released on bail but may still be forced to serve the prison term. The pastor's co-worker, M. B. Thapa, was sentenced to two years and four months or a fine equivalent to $1,678. He was released after paying the fine. VOM contacts are concerned for the welfare of Pastor Tandin’s wife, Nengboi, and their three young sons, especially if the pastor is required to serve his sentence.

  • 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 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 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 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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  • 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 "Ranjay" and Christian Leaders

    "Ranjay" and other Christian leaders may face persecution in the months to come from members of the RSS.

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  • Pray for "Asim" a Church Planter from Iraq

    Pastor "Asim," who was planting a church in Mosul, was forced to flee the city in July when the Islamic State (IS) began threatening to kill Christians and other non-Muslims.

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  • Pray for Family of Pastor Kesvere; Kidnapped and Killed by Boko Haram

    Boko Haram militants attacked the village of Bargaram, Cameroon, on July 24, killing dozens, including Pastor Jean Marcel Kesvere.

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  • Pray for Huang, a Christian Arrested for Going to Police

    A Christian man was arrested in western China when he and a group of other church members tried to reclaim Bibles and other illegally confiscated church property from a police station.

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  • Pray for John Yakubu, Tortured for Faith

    John Yakubu, a Nigerian Christian, was tortured by Boko Haram terrorists recently for refusing to convert to Islam.

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  • Pray for Families of Four Christian Martyrs

    Four Christian men who had volunteered with a Christian radio station were captured and beaten to death by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. The four men were kidnapped from a church, and their bodies were later found in a mass grave.

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