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19/06 June 2019

A minute for the persecuted church – China

Edited and submitted by Al Coats   In China, there are two kinds of churches: the state-sanctioned church, and the underground churches. The vast majority of Christians in China worship in the underground churches, because the state-sanctioned churches are too heavily regulated by the government. Over the last few years, the government has removed thousands […]

19/05 May 2019

A minute for the persecuted church – INDIA

Edited and submitted by Al Coats   On April 11, India’s national election began. In this election, some 900 million voters will choose 543 members of India’s national parliament. The party that wins the majority of those seats will form India’s next government after the election ends on May 23. As a part of their […]

19/03 March 2019

A minute for the persecuted church: Evin Prison, Iran

edited and submitted by Al Coats   This February marked the 40-year anniversary of the founding of the modern Islamic Republic of Iran. Over the last four decades, the regime has cultivated an institutional tool of repression so dark that it has earned an international reputation as a type of “torture factory.” Officially, however, it […]

19/02 Feb 2019

A minute for the persecuted church: Vietnam

edited and submitted by Al Coats   Due to its ethnic background and high percentage of practicing Christians, Vietnam’s Hmong community is often targeted and harassed by both the government and neighboring communities. In a communist country where Christianity is often seen as unpatriotic or a threat to the regime, Hmong Christians constantly face discrimination, […]

19/01 Jan 2019

The Stans of Asia on the Silk Road

photo credit: Trevor Cole   by Agnes Chung   Epiphany on January 6 celebrates the baptism of Jesus and the three agi who paid homage to him at birth. One Magus traversed Taxila, an ancient Silk Road city in Pakistan on route to Bethlehem, according to Taxilan tradition said historian John of Hildesheim. In the […]

18/11 November 2018

Prayer for the persecuted Church

Hated for following Jesus: even by family By Greg Musselman, Minister at Large, The Voice of the Martyrs Canada   “Lina” (not her real name) grew up in a strict Muslim home in Northern Nigeria. But that didn’t stop the then 13 year-old from wanting to find out more about Christianity; she says she was […]

18/09 September 2018

A minute for the persecuted church: China

Edited and submitted by Al Coats   On June 4 at 3:30 pm, local authorities raided Autumn Rain Covenant Church in Sichuan, China to summon pastor Wang Yi and preacher Li Yingqiang ahead of their scheduled prayer vigil for 1989 Tiananmen crackdown. Two hours later, pastor Wang Yi, his wife Jiang Rong, four preachers and […]

Inspiring Faith

A minute for the persecuted church: – Somalia

Edited and submitted by Al Coats   A small community of 30 elderly Christians in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, lives in constant fear of militant Islamists and even their relatives.  “Those born in the 90’s have become intolerant and do not understand their elders who profess Christianity. Therefore the elders flee, go away from […]

18/03 March 2018

A minute for the persecuted church: Nigeria

Edited and submitted by Al Coats   In Nigeria, a new wave of attacks has seen scores killed in Christian communities across the country. The violence has hit the north-east state of Adamawa, one of the most affected by the Boko Haram terrorist group, and also the Middle Belt states of Nasarawa and Benue where […]

18/02 February 2018

A minute for the persecuted church: Iran

Edited and submitted by Al Coats   Iran’s religious minorities are hopeful that the current protests may bring positive change. Shortly after Christmas, Iranians took to the streets to protest social and economic grievances. The Iranians who are protesting have had it with an ideological regime that represses them and can’t even provide economic security. […]