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23 June 2018 | 365 Days of Prayer

NEPAL
Pray for strong Christian leaders in each of Nepal’s seventy-five districts.
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Philippine President Duterte: “I Can’t Kill Priests”

ICC Note: In response to the recent unresolved murders of three Catholic priests, Philippine President Duterte said he could not kill […]

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Gang-Rape of 41 Shows True Face of Iran Towards Religious Minorities

ICC Note: Iran’s Basij, a branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, stands accused of gang-raping 41 women in the […]

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Four Indian Christian NGO-Workers Kidnapped and Raped

ICC Note: In Jharkhand, India this week four Christian women were kidnapped at gunpoint and gang-raped. They are workers for […]

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India Christian Girl Desires to Bring the Gospel to Her Attackers

ICC Note: A Christian girl and her mother were dragged and beaten for their faith, by people she describes as […]

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Jakarta Sentences the Mastermind Behind Several Bombings to Death

ICC Note: Aman Abdurrahman, the spiritual leader of Jammah Ansharud Daulah (JAD), Indonesia’s largest terrorist group linked to the Islamic State, […]

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Al-Shabaab Video Worries Kenyan Leaders

ICC Note: Al-Shabaab released an hour long video as a tribute to their fallen insurgents. This video has raised concerns […]

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Is Extremism on the Rise in Madagascar?

ICC Note: A Cardinal in Madagascar, Désiré Tzarahazana of Toamasina, believes there are signs of rising Islamic Extremism in his […]

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New Report Details Brutality Against Syrian Christian Clerics

ICC Note: A new report released by the Assyrian Monitor for Human Rights analyzes history’s impact on the current situation […]

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22 June 2018 | 365 Days of Prayer

COLOMBIA
Pray for evangelists who share the Gospel in red zones.
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Gusui Church in Henan Raided by Local Authorities

ICC Note: China aid reports that on May 22, officials from various government agencies raided Gusui Church in Henan province, China. […]

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Accomplice in Eastern Kenya Killing of Teachers Caught

ICC Note: One of the accomplices in the murder of three Christian Teachers in Western has been caught. Mumina Eroba […]

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Food Insecurity Threatens Nigeria

ICC Note: One of the members of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly namely Alhaji Mohammed Okpoku, raises concern about […]

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Mosul Church Damaged by ISIS About to Collapse

ICC Note: During ISIS’ occupation of Mosul, the militants actively sought to destroy all symbols of Christianity. Before destroying churches, […]

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Philippine Priests Ask for Permits to Carry Guns After Targeted Shootings

ICC Note: According to Philippine National Police (PNP), more than 200 priests and preachers from other religious background want to carry […]

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Christian Family Prevented From Burying Loved-One

ICC Note: A family of Christian converts attempted to bury a loved one in Marnaiyan Village, in India. This is a […]

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Anti-Christian Hate Speech is Brought Before Court

ICC Note: A case has been brought to the attention of Hyderabad High Court in which two Hindu Nationalist individuals […]

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Uzbek Christians Jailed and Fined for Worshiping

ICC Note:  One Christian was imprisoned and three others were fined for worshiping without state permission in Uzbekistan. The Christians […]

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Egypt’s Victimized Christians Forced to Settle Out of Court

ICC Note: Out of court settlements, known as reconciliation sessions, are increasingly being used as a platform to force Egypt’s […]

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NIGERIA: “Please Wish Her Happy Birthday” – Missing Chibok Girl’s Mother

For the 20th birthday of one of the missing Chibok girls, her mother has sent a plea: “Please wish her a happy birthday and remember her in your prayers,” CNN reports. The mother of Dorcas Yakubu – kidnapped by Boko Haram from a boarding school

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NIGERIA: Two Christian Returning from Church Killed by Fulani Militant Ambush

Muslim Fulani herdsmen on Sunday 10 June killed two Christians and seriously wounded another in central Nigeria as they made their way home from a church service, local sources said. Ibrahim Weyi, 45, and Larry More, 53, were said to be hacked to death when

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CHINA: Four Christians Detained in Guangzhou Church Raid

A small house church in China’s southern Guangdong province was raided in the middle of a service last Sunday, detaining church pastor Huang Xiaoning and three other attendees. Huang was in the middle of a sermon when officials from the local police station and neighbourhood

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21 June 2018 | 365 Days of Prayer

EGYPT
Pray for an end to kidnapping Christians for ransom.
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ICC Provides Education Among Hmong Community

06/20/2018 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – The Hmong community is a marginalized ethnic group in Vietnam. Many Hmong are […]

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Church Concerned About End to Humanitarian Aid in Kachin State

ICC Note: Church aid workers in Kachin state are concerned that the Myanmar military’s warning to the Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC) […]

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Four Years of BJP Rule Has Deeply Affected India’s Christians

ICC Note: The last four years of BJP rule in India have been very difficult for Christians and other religious […]

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Kidnapped Christian Woman Finally Reunited with Father

ICC Note: When ISIS swept through Iraq, it engaged in a genocide against religious minorities. Yazidi women were the primary […]

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Activists Fear Mandatory Quranic Teaching Will Normalize the Marginalization of Pakistan’s Christians

On May 4, 2018, the provincial government of Punjab passed a bill making the teaching of the Quran mandatory in schools across the province.

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Nigeria Loses $14 Billion So Far

ICC Note: The ongoing attacks by herdsmen in Nigeria has hindered the nation financially. In hopes of making changes, the […]

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Chinese Pastor Yang Hua Released from Prison, Suffers Health Problems

ICC Note: According to Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), Living Stone Church Pastor Yang Hua was released from prison on June 19. […]

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Central African Republic: More Sexual Violence

ICC Note: Christian women and girls in Central African Republic are under great pressure as a result of suffering from […]

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Iranian Christians Await Outcome of Court Hearing

ICC Note: It is expected that by June 28th, two Iranian Christian men will receive a verdict which could send […]

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Christian Pastor Beaten and Arrested While Following Proper Conversion Procedure in India

ICC Note: A Christian pastor and his lawyer were beaten after being accused of forcefully converting 11 Hindus to Christianity. […]

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Project: Myanmar Emergency Packs Distributed

We are currently in the process of distributing emergency packs to 4,000 people in the Kachin state area of Myanmar. These people are Christians and have been displaced through continuous harassment which included mortars and airstrikes by government forces. There are more than 10,000 people

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20 June 2018 | 365 Days of Prayer

PAKISTAN
Pray that Christian communities whose churches were bombed will rest in the peace of Christ.
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State Rhetoric Increases Challenges Facing Turkish Christians

Perhaps nowhere else in the Middle East is nationalism more enshrined within a culture than in Turkey, a country which labels itself as a modern secular state.

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Myanmar’s Ethnic Groups Ask Australia for Help

ICC Note: Over five hundred migrants from Myanmar gather in Perth to call on Australia and other western governments to take […]

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Indian Christians Fear 2019 Elections Will Bring New Wave of Violence

ICC Note: Christians and other religious minorities in India fear the looming May 2019 national elections will bring a new […]

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Erdogan Pursues Plan to Develop “Pious Generation”

ICC Note: President Erdogan has long pointed to his desire to raise up a “pious generation.” Whereas fifteen years ago […]

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Asia Bibi Marks Nine Years Since Arrest for Blasphemy in Pakistan

Supreme Court Appeal Remains Indefinitely Adjourned 06/19/2018 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Today, June 19, 2018, International Christian Concern […]

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Ignorance as the Best Defense: Why 30 Percent of CPCs Receive Little Attention

There are two regions in the world that account for 60 percent of the US State Department’s Countries of Particular Concern (CPC).

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5 Terrorists Behind the Marawi Siege Reportedly Killed

ICC Note: The Philippine military said today they have captured the base of IS-linked Maute terrorists in the south, after they […]

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Aid Organizations Leave Second City in CAR Due to Attacks

ICC Note: Increased violence in the Central African Republic has ousted international charities from a second city. After the UPC, […]

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The Archbishop of Kinshasa Calls on President to Keep Agreement

ICC Note: Archbishop of Kinshasa, Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, is again requesting that the government of DRC fulfill its obligation […]

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Reconciliation Session Used to Pressure Christians

ICC Note: After Coptic Christians protested a group of Muslim men swimming naked in a canal, a Muslim mob was […]

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Police in India Slow To Respond to Church Burning

ICC Note: Police in southern India have been slow to respond to a church burning, only registering a FIR 10 […]

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I Have Lost Bing Bing!

Pastor Estefanus relates his story and heartache Pastor Estefanus was not at the main church on that fateful Sunday when the bombs exploded at the Pentekosta Church Central Surabaya (GPPS), as he was preaching at another church in West Surabaya when it happened. “I have

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A Life so Needlessly Taken

A Life so Needlessly Taken by Craig Tee Daniel aged 15, is described by Ms Sumidja, his loving grandmother who he lived with, as a typical young boy in character, but a diligent grandson who knew what he desired. He attended church every week faithfully.

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Church under Attack

Church under attack Pastor Yonathan, Pentekosta Church Central Surabaya (GPPS) interview by craig tee “As a pastor of GPPS Ministry I was conducting my normal 6am service on Sunday 13th May 2018, which is one of four services we have and was about to pronounce

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Philippines: Supporting the Family of a Martyred Pastor

With the help of our supporters Voice of the Martyrs has been supporting the family of a martyred pastor. Pastor Feliciano and his 24-year-old son Darwin were killed in 2015 as they were bathing in the Culaman River in southern Philippines, the same river where

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Christianity Under Attack

CHRISTIANITY UNDER ATTACK I travelled to Surabaya two days after the bombings of 13 May took place and I was struck by the uneasy calm which enveloped the city. Whilst there, I attended many celebrations of the lives of victims, and funerals too. I was

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19 June 2018 | 365 Days of Prayer

KAZAKHSTAN
Pray for the availability of Christian materials in the Kazakh language and for pastoral training.
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Kachin Baptist Convention Halts Aid to IDPs after Threat by Burmese Army

ICC Note: The Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC) has been helping internally displaced Kachin after the tatmadaw (Burmese army) resumed its offensive […]

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Christians in India Feel Growing Pressure from Hindu Nationalists

ICC Note: Pressure against Christians in India is growing as the 2019 national elections approach. Persecution under the BJP-led government […]

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Pre-ISIS Prejudices Against Iraqi Christians Continue

ICC Note: The military defeat of ISIS did not eliminate old feelings of prejudice that many feel towards Iraq’s Christians. […]

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Christianity Still Suffering in Sudan

ICC Note: An essay in “Edinburgh Companions to Global Christianity” highlights the dangers for Christians in Sudan. In the wake […]

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100 churches closed in China province

Scores of churches have been shut down in a central China province as the crackdown on Christianity continues. By the end of May, almost 100 house churches had been forcibly closed in Henan, according to Release partner China Aid. Even state-registered churches…

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Cattle Conflict Continues in Nigeria: Religious Civil War

ICC Note: Uninterrupted cattle conflict between groups in Nigeria leads the nation to the edge of religious civil war. Although […]

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Australian Nun Set to Be Deported by Duterte Wins Stay

ICC Note: Sister Patricia Fox from Australia was set to be deported by Philippine President Duterte after he accused her of […]

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Pastor in Eritrea Released After Decade in Prison

First Senior Pastor to Be Arrested After 2002 Crackdown Released 06/18/2018 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern […]

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Christians in Pakistan Wait as New Location for Shut Down Church is Selected

ICC Note: Pakistani Christians from Nayya Sarabah, a Muslim-majority village located in the Punjab province, wait as negotiations remain deadlocked […]

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Coptic Christians Beleaguered on all Sides

ICC Note: Although the official number of Christians living in Egypt is considered a state secret, Egypt is home to […]

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18 June 2018 | 365 Days of Prayer

BHUTAN
Pray for the growth of secret house churches in Bhutan.
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Fulani Militants Have Caused $1 Billion in Damage in Benue Alone

ICC Note: More than $1 billion worth of property has been destroyed by Fulani militants in Benue state alone according […]

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Philippines Police Arrests Suspect for Murdering Priest

ICC Note: On June 15, Philippine police announced they have apprehended the prime suspect in the killing of Father Richmond […]

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Paradox Abounds in the Nineveh Plains

ICC Note: While many Iraqi Christians desire to stay and rebuild the Nineveh Plains, just as many are ready to […]

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17 June 2018 | 365 Days of Prayer

TURKMENISTAN
Pray for revival among ethnic Turkmen, for new church plants and for church growth.
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Islamic Parties in Pakistan Claim They Will Impose Sharia

ICC Note: A coalition of Islamic parties in Pakistan has pledged to impose Sharia if elected in the July general […]

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Missing Pastor Raymond Koh’s Wife Writes to Malaysian PM

ICC Note: Malaysian pastor Raymond Koh has been missing since February 13, 2017, after he was abducted in broad daylight by […]

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Eritrean Government Control Reaching the Level of North Korea

ICC Note: The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Eritrea in the UK, claimed that the British government and International community intentionally […]

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Evin Prison Sanctions Puts Iran on Notice

ICC Note: Christian prisoners held in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison are singled out because of their faith and thus undergo […]

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16 June 2018 | 365 Days of Prayer

IRAN
Pray that church leaders will be able to stay in place and not have to flee.
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Police Raided Guangzhou Church, Detained Four

ICC Note: On June 10, police raided the Bible Reformed Church in Guangzhou, Guangdong province in China and briefly detained pastor […]

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Turkish Media Calls Converted Church a Mosque of Conquest

ICC Note: Turkish media outlet Hurriyet Daily, which is connected with President Erdogan, has run a story calling the transformation […]

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Trump Promises Actions to Aid Persecuted North Korean Christians

ICC Note: President Trump said that “things will be happening” for the persecuted North Korean after he had an unprecedented meeting […]

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Two Christian Returning from Church Killed by Fulani Militant Ambush

ICC Note: Three Christians in Nigeria were heading home after Church, when they were ambushed by Fulani militants. Two of […]

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Release International’s Martyrs’ Day (June 29)

In our 50th year we are launching Martyrs’ Day – on June 29 – to remember today’s courageous Christians who suffer for their faith in Jesus – even to the point of death. Please set aside as much time as you can…

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Archbishop’s Call for Prayer Misconstrued as Attack on Indian Democracy by Hindu Nationalists

ICC Note: An open letter by the Archbishop of New Delhi, calling for a year of prayer before the 2019 […]

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Authorities in Pakistan Arrest Individuals Involved in 2017 Church Bombing

ICC Note: The Counter Terrorism Department of Balochistan in Pakistan has arrested two individuals involved in the 2017 bombing of […]

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Leaving Hell Behind: The Story of May Joo, Part 2

May Joo had been deceived. A woman lied to her about a restaurant job across the North Korea – Chinese border.

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Iraqi Bishop Recalls Abduction Experience

ICC Note: An Iraqi priest, now a bishop, recalls his abduction by al-Qaeda in 2006 and reflects how this foreshadowed […]

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15 June 2018 | 365 Days of Prayer

CHAD
Pray for President Idriss Deby.
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Kachin IDPs and Their Sense of Desperation Seven Years After Civil War

ICC Note: Seven years after Tatmadaw (Burmese army) and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) interrupted a ceasefire agreement, the number of […]

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ICC Provides Food for Persecuted Syrian Refugees

06/14/2018 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Syrian Christians who have escaped their war-torn country face incredibly trying circumstances to […]

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Kidnapping of Coptic Christians on the Rise

ICC Note: The targeted kidnapping of Coptic women and girls has always been a strategy used by Islamists to force […]

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Police Search for Man that Assaulted Christian Pastor in India

ICC Note: Police in India’s Kerala state are searching for a Hindu man that assaulted a Christian pastor on June […]

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Religious Leaders in Zimbabwe Stress on Peace

ICC Note: Catholic, Evangelical, and Apostolic Church leaders gather together and speak on the need to end violence in Zimbabwe. […]

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Bible Translator Killed Causing Major Disruptions in Cameroon

ICC Note: Bible projects in Cameroon are being interrupted by massive attacks on Christians. Reports state that a bible translator […]

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Father Richmond Nilo Became the Third Priest Murdered in the Philippines

ICC Note: Father Richmond Nilo was shot to death on June 10 as he was in preparation for evening mass in […]

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Pakistan Remains One of World’s Most Difficult Countries for Christians

ICC Note: The asylum plea of a Pakistani Christian family in the U.K. has thrust the issue of Christian persecution […]

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Coptic Christians Forced to Observe Ramadan

ICC Note: Although it is illegal in Egypt to arrest a Christian who fails to observe Ramadan, a 2016 Fatwa […]

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Project: Vietnam Bible College

With the help of our supporters, we have helped fund a Bible college in Vietnam. We recently sent much needed funds for the purchase of classroom equipment and bedding for boarding students. Our contact at the Bible college reports that the classrooms have been fully

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VIETNAM: Activists Released

Vietnamese lawyer and pro-democracy activist Nguyen Van Dai and his colleague Le Thu Hua were released from prison into exile on 7 June and were allowed to fly to Germany. On 5 April, Nguyen Van Dai, Le Thu Ha and four other activists were sentenced

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CHINA: Underground and Official Churches Targeted

As of the end of May, almost 100 house churches in the central Chinese province of Henan have been shut down. Along with those closures, authorities have taken action against the official Three-Self Patriot Movement churches, demanding that all crosses be removed from their buildings.

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LAOS: New Law Further Restricts Front-line Workers

Under a new law, all religious activity in Laos must be approved by multiple government offices. Approval is rarely, if ever, given. This means the work of VOM-supported front-line workers and other evangelists would be considered illegal. The law is supposed to apply to people

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14 June 2018 | 365 Days of Prayer

NIGERIA
Pray for the many widows and orphans left by Boko Haram and Fulani attacks.
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Seven Years of Ongoing Conflicts Affect 150,000 Kachin Lives

ICC Note: On June 9, 2011, the Burmese army Tatmadaw broke the ceasefire agreement between the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and […]

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Leaving Hell Behind: The Story of May Joo, Part 1

May Joo’s sharply dressed frame and short hair gave her a hard look that projected defensiveness, yet her quiet and timid demeanor surprised me.

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Surprise Alliance Formed in Iraq

ICC Note: Although Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr had previously said that he would not work with Iraq’s pro-Iranian bloc, he […]

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North Koreans Not Benefiting from Trump-Kim Agreement, say Rights Groups

ICC Note: Despite the seemingly successful summit between US President Trump and North Korean leader Kim held on June 12, rights […]

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Boko Haram Militants Destroy a Catholic Catechetical Building in Nigeria

ICC Note: Boko Haram militants damaged a Catholic catechetical building on Monday, June 11 in Nigeria. Nigerian media reported that […]

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Growing Extremist Group in Mozambique Likened to Boko Haram

ICC Note: Mozambique’c Cabo Delgado region, in the North of the country, has seen growing tension and violence due to […]

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Christian Couple in India Falsely Accused of Forced Conversion by Relative

ICC Note: A Christian couple to be married on May 28 was falsely charged with forced conversions in India’s Jharkhand […]

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Indian Christians Fear BJP Victory in 2019 Elections Will Legitimize Persecution

ICC Note: Christians in India fear a BJP victory in the 2019 general elections will legitimize attacks against their community […]

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Fire Erupts in Egyptian Church

ICC Note: An accidental fire which erupted in a Cairo church was extinguished after a nearby mosque used its speakers […]

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13 June 2018 | 365 Days of Prayer

MALDIVES
Pray for the courage and boldness of Maldivians who place their faith in Christ.
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Three Churches Reopened in Algeria

ICC Note: Algerian Christians have reported increasing governmental pressure in recent months. However, the authorities have unexpectedly reopened three recently […]

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Christians in Nepal Face New Threat of Persecution

ICC Note: Nepal has been home to one of the fastest growing Christian communities in the world in recent years. […]

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Christian Family from Pakistan Begs British Prime Minister for Asylum

ICC Note: A Christian family from Pakistan has appealed to the British Prime Minister to allow them to be granted […]

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Future of Iraq’s Christians Remain in Limbo

ICC Note: The Nineveh Plains, the traditional home of Iraq’s Christians, has undergone much turmoil within the last decade. Christians […]

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North Korean Christians Pray for Peace and Their Leader During Historic Summit

ICC Note: As the historic summit between Trump and Kim takes place, North Korean Christians are praying for the change of […]

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12 June 2018 | 365 Days of Prayer

LAOS
Pray that God’s Word will reach more remote villages via radio, print or digital media.
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Philippine Church Rejects Proposal to Arm Priests for Protection

ICC Note: In response to the recently killings of priests in the Philippines, calls have been made to arm priests as […]

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Korean Missionaries Arrested, Church Closed in Wenzhou

ICC Note: Two South Korean missionaries in Wenzhou city were arrested and their church was shut down in late May. The […]

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Inter-faith Agreement Reached on Rebuilding the Church of Kokheh

ICC Note: Christians and Muslims have reached an agreement to revive the Church of Kokheh and make it a place […]

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Telskuf’s Christians: Rebuilding through Resilience

In a country filled with numerous competing militias and anonymous terrorists, Iraq’s Christians are forced to navigate life in a world of smoke and mirrors.

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Pastor Released From Captivity in Burkina Faso

06/11/2018 Burkina Faso (World Watch Monitor) – The pastor abducted on Sunday with his family in Burkina Faso’s north-eastern province […]

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Mauritania Adds Law Requiring Death Penalty for Blasphemy of Islam

ICC Note: Mauritania’s already strict Islamic laws have become worse. According to Voice of the Martyrs, Mauritania passed a law […]

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Christian Man in Pakistan Beaten to Death by Police Seeking Extortion Money

ICC Note: A poor Christian man in Pakistan was beaten to death by police reportedly seeking to extort money from […]

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Hindu Leader in Nepal Fakes Assassination Attempt to Blame Christians

ICC Note: A Hindu nationalist leader has been accused of faking an assassination attempt reportedly to stoke communal violence against […]

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Moroccan Christians Treated as Second Class Citizens

ICC Note: Although Morocco has made positive improvements regarding religious freedom, Christians still live as second class citizens. While Christians […]

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11 June 2018 | 365 Days of Prayer

LEBANON
Pray for greater unity between churches and denominations.
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Images of Jesus Demolished in China’s Henan Province

ICC Note: Local officials removed images of Jesus at a well-known Catholic pilgrimage site in Henan province on June 5. […]

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Christian Charity Responds to Food Crisis in South Sudan

ICC Note: A Christian charity has begun an emergency campaign to care for children in South Sudan. This majority Christian […]

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Jharkhand’s Anti-Forced Conversion Law Used to Persecute 15 Christians in May

ICC Note: Fifteen Christians in India’s eastern state of Jharkhand have been charged with forced conversions under the state’s new […]

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Woman Freed from ISIS Captivity

ICC Note: The Yazidi community is rejoicing at the return of a young woman who was captured by ISIS in […]

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10 June 2018 | 365 Days of Prayer

MYANMAR
Pray for pastors receiving their first study Bible.
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Christians in Indonesia Targeted by the Radical Islamists

ICC Note: UCA News interviews Delphine Alles, a researcher on Indonesia on the latest terrorist attacks against Indonesian churches that took […]

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The Threat of Fulani Militants Exceeds Boko Haram

ICC Note: The past year has seen an increase in attacks by Fulani Militants on Christian farmers that has surpassed […]

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Pastor Saved From Angry Crowd in Bangladesh by Christian Woman’s Testimony

ICC Note: A Christian woman in Bangladesh has saved a pastor from an angry mob of Muslims and Hindus. According […]

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A Syrian Executioner’s History of Abuse

ICC Note: A local Syrian news source reporting on the death of a Syrian military leader in Aleppo includes statements […]

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9 June 2018 | 365 Days of Prayer

CHINA
Pray for VOM’s Bible distribution program, Christian literature printing and front line worker ministry. #365prayer

 
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Former Korean American Detained by North Korea Shares his Testimony

ICC Note: Kim Hak Song, one of the three American detainees released last May by North Korea, shared his testimony with […]

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Vietnam Releases, Expels Christian Human Rights Lawyer to Germany

Nguyen Van Dai and Colleague Le Thu Ha Regain Freedom 06/08/2018 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) […]

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Murders of “Rationalists” in India Represent Decline of Religious Freedom

ICC Note: According to forensic reports, the same gun was used to kill both a prominent journalist and a scholar […]

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COME AND HEAR PETR JASEK – CHRISTIAN WORKER IMPRISONED IN SUDAN FOR SPYING

You are invited to come and hear the remarkable story of Christian worker Petr Jasek, who was accused of spying in Sudan and jailed for 445 days. Petr Jasek, a champion of the persecuted church, is in the UK on a speaking…

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Christian Pastor and Family Kidnapped in Burkina Faso

ICC Note: The kidnapping of a Christian pastor and his family occurred earlier this week. There are Islamic militants operating […]

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Christians in Nigeria Forced Into Hiding

ICC Note: A Nigerian pastor, his family, and a recently converted Christian woman have all gone into hiding due to […]

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Appeals Court Rejects Atheist’s Attempt to Remove ‘In God We Trust’ from American Currency

ICC Note: A federal appeals court recently denied an atheist’s persistent attempts to remove the phrase, “In God We Trust,” […]

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Two More Christians Die in Pakistan’s Unsafe Sewer System

ICC Note: Two Christians in Pakistan have died while trying to unblock a sewer without proper safety gear. Due to […]

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ISIS Tunnels Plague Previously Held Provinces

ICC Note: The difficultly of militarily overcoming ISIS militants was further complicated by the number of tunnels that ISIS dug […]

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Bethlehem Priest Recovering After Assault

ICC Note: A priest in Bethlehem who was the victim of an assault is recovering after suffering minor injury. The […]

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Myanmar: We are Helping Kachin Christians

Voice of the Martyrs Australia will be travelling to Myanmar next week to distribute emergency packs to displaced persons. Thousands of people have been displaced as Myanmar’s military has renewed its offensive against the mainly Christian Kachin people, pounding them with airstrikes and artillery, burning

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8 June 2018 | 365 Days of Prayer

KENYA
Pray for pastors and churches along the coast and in northern Kenya, where they are under increased attack. #365prayer
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Pakistan’s Justice System Fails a Christian Father Seeking Justice for His Daughter

Due to widespread discrimination, Pakistani Christians are both socially and economically deprived.

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Surviving a Deadly Al-Shabaab Attack by a Whisker

We heard gunshots from the nearby quarry and started fleeing for our lives; little did we know that another group of three heavily armed al-Shabaab fighters was approaching our quarry from the gate.

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Christians in Pakistan Forced to End Church Services and Move Church Out of Village

ICC Note: Forty Christian families in Pakistan’s Punjab province have been forced to stop worship services in their church because […]

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China Moves to Regulate House Churches with Temporary Permits

ICC Note: China’s State Administration for Religious Affairs issued a circular on June 1 urging unregistered church groups to apply for […]

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Iranian Authorities Arrest Christian Convert

ICC Note: Iran’s harsh Islamic regime continues its campaign targeting Christians by arresting Mohammadali Yassaghi. He has been accused of […]

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US Missionary to Niger Still Alive After 20 Months in Captivity

ICC Note: Jeff Woodke, a US missionary based in Niger, was kidnapped by an Islamic Extremist group in 2016. This […]

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Islamic Group Slaughters Seven More in Mozambique

ICC Note: Seven more people have been hacked to death in Northern Mozambique. The group believed to be responsible is […]

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Radicals in India Claim Church Attacked Modi by Voicing Concern Over Rising Persecution

ICC Note: A twitter storm has erupted in India following a letter written by the Archbishop of Goa and Daman […]

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ICC Joins More Than 300 Groups Calling North Korea to End Rights Abuses

ICC Note: A Human Rights Watch joint letter signed by 52 organizations, including coalitions representing more than 300 NGOs around the […]

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Controlled Explosion Near Iraqi Christian Town

ICC Note: Approximately 100 bombs planted by ISIS near the Christian town of Bashiqa have detonated in a controlled explosion […]

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NIGERIA: Seven More Killed by Suspected Herdsmen

A fresh attack attributed to Fulani herdsmen has left seven killed in Tseadough village, in the Kwande local government area of Benue state, in Nigeria’s Middle Belt. The assailants stormed the village in the early hours of Sunday 3 June, while people were asleep, the

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ERITREA: Prisoner Released

Voice of the Martyrs has received confirmation that Pastor Oqbamichel Haiminot (also spelled Okbamichael) has been released. VOM contacts say he is in need of medical care. Pastor Oqbamichel Haiminot, senior pastor of the Kale Hiwot (Word of Life) Church became the first senior Eritrean

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CHINA: Schools Working to Eliminate Christianity

Teachers in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, recently sent messages to the parents of infants and primary school students, demanding that the parents disclose their religious beliefs. One Christian said school officials have even come to Christian parents’ homes and workplaces, asking them to renounce their faith

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Project: Deep Wells for India

An estimated 27 million Christians live in India, making up 2.2% of the population. Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Hindu nationalist organisation has seen a 20% increase in membership and an emboldened base aimed at further cementing India’s Hindu identity.

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MYANMAR: Thousands Flee Fresh Fighting in Kachin State

Myanmar’s military has renewed its offensive against the mainly Christian Kachin people in Myanmar (Burma). The military stepped up its campaign against the Kachin people in April, pounding them with airstrikes and artillery. Troops have displaced thousands and occupied churches, interrogating entire congregations. As well

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7 June 2018 | 365 Days of Prayer

BANGLADESH
Pray that Christians will find greater favour with governing authorities. #365prayer
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Filipino Catholic Priest Shot by Two Gunmen in Laguna Province

ICC Note: Father Rey Urmeneta, a former chaplain of the Philippine National Police was injured after two gunmen shot him on […]

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ICC Helps the Families of Al-Shabaab’s Latest Victims in Kenya

06/07/2018 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – On February 16, al-Shabaab militants attacked a school in Wajir County, located in […]

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Christians in India Use Non-Violence to Confront Rising Persecution

ICC Note: Christians in India’s Tamil Nadu state are using the path of non-violence to confront the rising tide of […]

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Violations of Rights of Iraqi Christians Continue

ICC Note: A number of Iraq’s Church leaders are asking that the government adopt laws that treat all citizens equally […]

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Two Christian Leaders Abducted in Burkina Faso with Families

ICC Note: Two Christian Leader and their families were abducted in Burkina Faso over the past two weeks. They were […]

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Kachin Catholic Church Damaged by Burmese Army

ICC Note: Holy Family Catholic Church in conflict-torn Kachin State was damaged by Myanmar’s military on May 30. The soldiers fired […]

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Nigeria’s Middle Belt Report: May Sees Largest Attack in 2018 and Growing International Recognition of Crisis

By Nathan Johnson  06/06/2018 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – May continued to be a month of devastation and death […]

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Myanmar military launches brutal attacks on Christian areas

 Our family in Myanmar are in desperate need of our prayers as the military renews its offensive against the Christian Kachin people in the north of Myanmar.  Troops using artillery, helicopter gunships and infantry are reportedly setting fire to homes, forcing people…

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Supreme Court Rules for Colorado Baker Who Refused to Make Same-Sex Wedding Cake

ICC Note: On Monday, the United States Supreme Court voted 7-2 in favor of a Colorado baker who declined to […]

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Christians in Bangladesh Rally to Remember Deadliest Incident of Persecution

ICC Note: Christians in Bangladesh rallied earlier this week to remember the country’s deadliest attack on their community. On June […]

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New Details on Secret Witness in Imprisoned Pastor’s Case

ICC Note: A witness for imprisoned Pastor Andrew Brunson who was not allowed to testify has shared new details about […]

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6 June 2018 | 365 Days of Prayer

PAKISTAN
Pray that Islamic extremists will become increasingly disillusioned and seek Christ. #365prayer
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Vietnamese Pastor, Activists Lose Their Appeals Against Convictions to Overthrow Government

ICC Note: Pastor Nguyen Trung Ton and three other members of a democracy group in Vietnam have lost their appeals against […]

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International Advocates Call for Release of Four Christians in India

ICC Note: A UK-based Christian advocacy group has called for the release of four Christians arrested on forced conversion charges […]

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Cabinet Reshuffle in Saudi Arabia Focuses on Religion

ICC Note:  Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) continues to push for major reforms within the country. The latest […]

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BURMA: RELIGIOUS CLEANSING SPREADS TO CHRISTIANS. RELEASE CALLS FOR HALT TO ATTACKS BY MYANMAR MILITARY

The Burmese military has renewed its offensive against the Christian Kachin people in Myanmar (Burma), displacing thousands. Release International, which supports persecuted Christians worldwide, fears Christians face a repeat of the brutal ethnic and religious cleansing against the Rohingya Muslims. The military…

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Japanese Christians Detained by China Safely Return Home

ICC Note: 21 members of a Japanese Christian group who were detained between May 5 and 15 across China for their […]

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No One Knows What’s in Kazakhstan’s Mystery Religious Amendment

ICC Note:  Kazakhstan is seeking to amend its Religion Law which requires religious groups to register in order to operate […]

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Christians in Pakistan Forced to Demolish Church in Muslim-Majority Village

ICC Note: Christians in a village in Pakistan have been told they must demolish their community’s church because it is […]

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Iranian Christians Await Relocation to Prison

ICC Note: Four Iranian Christians who lost their appeals of a collective 40-year prison sentence are awaiting their summons to […]

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Andrew Boyd Speaks about the recent attacks on Kachin Christians in Burma

Release’s Andrew Boyd speaks on UCB radio about the recent attacks on Kachin Christians in Burma.

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5 June 2018 | 365 Days of Prayer

INDIA
Pray for the distribution of Bibles in northern India. #365prayer
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Two Men Assault Clergyman in Bethlehem

Assailants Were Harassing Christian Pilgrims Attempting To Enter Church 06/04/18 International Christian Concern (Washington, DC) – International Christian Concern (ICC) […]

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On Tiananmen Anniversary, China Detains Dozens of Christians in Sichuan

06/04/2018 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on June 4 at 3:30 pm, local […]

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Seven Years On and Still No One Charged for Father Tentorio’s Murder

ICC Note: Seven years have passed, yet the Philippines government has not found the culprit for Father Fausto Tentorio’s murder. The […]

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Egypt Uses Reconciliation to Close Churches

ICC Note:  Once again, a reconciliation session was used as the basis of closing a church that was seeking legalization […]

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Pakistan Placed on “Special Watch List” Due to Religious Freedom Violations

ICC Note: The U.S. State Department has once again placed Pakistan on a “Special Watch List” due to severe violation […]

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Groups File Suit to Challenge Ten Commandments Monument at Arkansas State Capitol

ICC Note: The ACLU, along with several atheist and agnostic groups, recently filed suit regarding a Ten Commandments display on […]

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Christians in Nepal Fear Country’s Uncertain Commitment to Religious Freedom

ICC Note: Christians in Nepal are becoming increasingly concerned by their country’s uncertain commitment to religious freedom. In 2015, Nepal […]

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Congressman Calls Out Nigerian President About Fulani Militant Killings

ICC Note: Following in President Trump’s example, United States Congressman and senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Chris […]

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CAR Religious Leaders Say Civil War Not Religious Based

ICC Note: Three of Central African Republics top religious leaders have worked hard to end the fighting in their country. […]

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Kazakh President to Receive Lifetime Authority with New Bill

ICC Note:  The draft of a new bill allowing Kazakhstan’s president Nursultan Nazarbaev to remain the head of Kazakhstan’s Security […]

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Challenges Not Over for Mardin’s Christians

ICC Note: While Turkey’s Syriac Christians in Mardin have welcomed the return of over 50 title deeds, their challenges are […]

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4 June 2018 | 365 Days of Prayer

ISRAEL
Pray that the Good News of Christ will penetrate the growing Ethiopian Jewish community. #365prayer
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Rights Groups Call for Recognition of Repressions in Eritrea

ICC Note: Rights groups have called for the renewal of the mandate of the UN Human Rights Special Rapporteurs for […]

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Pastor and Mother Severely Harassed by Police in India’s Tamil Nadu State

ICC Note: A pastor and his mother in India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu were severely harassed by police after […]

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Despite Warming Relationship, North Korea Still Bans South Korean Influence

ICC Note: Although the two Koreas seem to have a budding détente, Pyongyang is still wary of North Koreans who […]

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Iraq Begins Inspecting Sinjar Mass Graves

ICC Note: Iraqi authorities have begun opening up the mass graves of those killed by ISIS in Sinjar. These graves […]

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Nigerian Vice President Talks About Christians and Fulani Militants

ICC Note:  The Nigerian Vice president denies persecution of Christians in the country at the hands of Fulani militants. He […]

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3 June 2018 | 365 Days of Prayer

ALGERIA
Pray for opportunities to distribute Bibles in every city. #365prayer
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