Turkey: Upcoming hearing for Andrew Brunson

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Friends of Andrew Brunson request prayer for the upcoming court hearing on 12 October when Andrew will answer charges related to espionage. Andrew faces charges related to terrorism as well as espionage that could result in a 35-year prison sentence.The indictment is based on “evidence” supplied by secret witnesses, accusing Andrew of links to the FETO organisation (blamed for the … Read More

Sudan Releases Bible Shipments Detained in Port Years Ago

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Country long starved of Arabic-language Scripture.By Our Sudan Correspondent JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – In a surprise move, Sudan has released shipments of Bibles long held in port, including one detained nearly six years ago, according to the head of the Bible Society in Sudan. The Rev. Ismail Abdurahman Kenani, Khartoum-based director of the Bible Society in Sudan, said port … Read More

Authorities Seal Shut Three Church Buildings in Indonesia

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Islamists pressure local officials, Christian leaders say. By Our Southeast Correspondent October 4, 2018 (Morning Star News) – Police in Jambi, on Indonesia’s island of Sumatra, last week escorted members of a Methodist church congregation out of their building and sealed the door shut. While church members wept, the Jambi Civil Service Police pasted a notice declaring the building was sealed … Read More

Kurdish Authorities in Syria Close Schools Run by Assyrian Christians

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De facto regional government discouraging return of Assyrian refugees, critics say. By Our Jerusalem Correspondent JERUSALEM, October 3, 2018 (Morning Star News) – Kurdish authorities in northeastern Syria have closed private schools administered by the Syriac Orthodox Church, which Assyrian Christians say threatens the survival of the Christian community in the region. The schools in the Kurdish-governed northeastern region of … Read More

Iran: Two Christian converts receive prison sentences

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Iranian Christians request prayer for Saheb Fadaei and Fatimeh Bakhteri, who have received prison sentences of 18 and 12 months respectively for “spreading propaganda against the regime.” Saheb and Fatimeh are members of the “Church of Iran” – a denomination with an unconventional interpretation of the Trinity. They were among a group of people arrested in Rasht at a house … Read More

Rebels in Burma Detain More than 90 Christian Leaders, Shut Down More Churches

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Some students forced to serve in UWSA forces, sources say. By Our Burma Correspondent YANGON, Burma, October 1, 2018 (Morning Star News) – After shutting down at least 10 churches in early September, ethnic Wa rebels in eastern Burma (Myanmar) have closed dozens of other churches and detained 92 Christian leaders and 42 students in a bid to curtail Christian activities, … Read More

Four Children, Grandmother among 17 Christians Slain in Attack by Muslim Herdsmen in Nigeria

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Armed soldiers accompanied herdsmen, residents say. By Our Nigeria Correspondent JOS, Nigeria, October 1, 2018 (Morning Star News) – Armed Fulani herdsmen accompanied by militants in Nigerian army uniforms killed 17 Christians in their homes in the heart of Jos, north-central Nigeria, on Thursday (Sept. 27), including four children, area sources said. At about 7:30 p.m. in an area known as … Read More

Coptic Christians Deprived of Home Worship Hall in Egypt

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Islamists damage, plunder four homes. By the Editor September 26, 2018 (Morning Star News) – Nearly a year after declaring that attacks on Christians had hit a level not seen in decades, a Coptic Orthodox bishop in Egypt continues to lament a stream of incidents of violence against churches in Upper Egypt. Coptic Orthodox Bishop-General of Minya Anba Makarios this month … Read More

Leah Sharibu’s Father, Church Raise Plea after Boko Haram Threat

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Christian leaders call for three days of prayer and fasting. By Our Nigeria Correspondent JOS, Nigeria, September 25, 2018 (Morning Star News) – Following disclosure of a video by Boko Haram Islamic extremists threatening to kill Christian high school student Leah Sharibu within one month, Christian leaders in Nigeria have declared three days of prayer and fasting. In the video disclosed … Read More

Rebel Force Attacks Churches in Burma

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Extremist militants aim to restrict missionary activity, sources say. By Our Burma Correspondent YANGON, Burma, September 24, 2018 (Morning Star News) – Ethnic Wa rebels this month shut down churches or destroyed their buildings and temporarily detained several clergymen in eastern Burma (Myanmar), sources said. On the border with China, soldiers of Myanmar’s largest ethnic rebel group, the United Wa … Read More