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November 2018
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Persecution – Open Doors persecution survival training

With violent persecution occurring almost daily in India and numerous churches vandalised, attacked or burnt, Open Doors is providing Persecution Survival Training to victims. The training, run by its partners, helps Christians work through questions and equip them to face the persecution that may come in the future. The group says it is a…

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November 2018
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Persecution – Chinese police steal from church

More than 1,000 government agents, including police, forced their way into an unofficial church in Henan province on 14 September and removed items from the building. Church members had locked the church doors, but the officials broke into the church building, ignoring requests from church leaders to show identification. They then took away items…

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November 2018
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Persecution – US pastor Andrew Brunson released in Turkey

Andrew Brunson, the American evangelical pastor imprisoned for two years in Turkey and most recently held under house arrest, has been released and allowed to return to the US. He was accused of terrorist related offences, but he has always denied the allegations, and his supporters have said the evidence against him was spurious…

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November 2018
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Christian bakers win ‘gay cake’ free speech case

The UK Supreme Court has ruled that a Christian bakery in Northern Ireland did not break discrimination laws when it refused to bake a cake with a slogan supporting gay marriage. The result is a major boost for freedom of speech. However, it does not overturn previous cases against Christian hotel owners or marriage…

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August 2018
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Persecution: USA – Facebook ban for professor

An American professor and author was banned from posting or commenting on Facebook for 24 hours, after he responded to a post by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). The post, which showed a group of primary-aged children being taught to celebrate Gay Pride, also explained how Hollywood A-lister Jodie Foster had helped the presenter,…

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August 2018
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Persecution: USA – US artists forced to make gay invites

Two Christian business owners have been told by a US court they must use their artistic talents to create invitations for a gay wedding. The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled against graphic designers Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski, who run a stationery company that makes invitations for weddings and other events. The two owners…

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August 2018
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Growing threat to Christians across Africa

Christians in Nigeria, Burkina Faso and Mali are suffering increased attacks from Fulani Islamists, amidst global concerns over Islamist consolidation in northern Africa. Violence has escalated across those parts of Africa where Christians have contact with Fulani herdsmen. The Fulani are Muslim and, though living alongside Christians for years, hardcore Islamist teachings have led…

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August 2018
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Persecution: UK – Pastor Song update

The governor of a different prison has been asked to investigate the case of Pastor Song, the former Brixton prison chaplain who claims he was ousted according to a hard-line Islamist agenda. Evangelical Times has previously reported that, in August 2017, he was expelled from the prison by a new senior chaplain who is…

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July 2018
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Persecution: Myanmar – Kachin Christians escape

Two thousand Kachin Christians, who were trapped in the jungle in northern Myanmar following attacks by the Myanmar (Burmese) army in April, have now reached safety, travelling on foot and by elephant. Barnabas Fund reports that although they are now free and safe, many are still in desperate need and thousands have taken shelter…

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June 2018
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US evangelical pastor stays in Turkish prison

American pastor Andrew Brunson continues to be held behind bars in Turkey following yet another postponement in the controversial trial against him. The Turkish authorities have accused Brunson of terrorism and espionage related offences, and prosecutors are seeking a 35-year prison sentence. However, his legal team says he is innocent of any wrongdoing. Brunson,…

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May 2018
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Persecution: Sudan – Sudanese pastor murdered

Masked attackers in Western Sudan murdered a church pastor in Darfur, along with his wife and two daughters in March. According to reports from Barnabas Fund, the attackers broke into his house early in the morning, gathered the family in the living room and asked Pastor Stephen to explain why he had not responded…

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May 2018
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Persecution: China – Chinese church crackdown

China has increased its pressure on Christians in China, especially in the central Henan province, where public security bureaus and religious affairs commissions have been targeting house churches. According to reports from US organisation China Aid, a new initiative in Nanyang, Henan, explicitly forbids any kind of religious gatherings in people’s homes. Anyone caught…

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