Czech Christian may face death sentence for act of compassion

A Czech Christian has joined three other believers in the dock in Khartoum facing a possible death sentence. Sudanese officials accuse Petr Jašek and three Sudanese men of funding rebel movements in areas such as South Kordofan and Darfur. In fact, all they have done is show compassion for a student from Darfur who was badly…

SUDAN: Church school seized in Sudan as teachers branded ‘rebels’

We take education for granted in the UK: it’s a right our children are entitled to and it’s even protected in law. We certainly don’t expect armed police to turn up one day, take over the school and detain the staff. But in Sudan things are different, especially if you’re Christian. On Monday last week,…

IRAN: Iranian Christians seized during day out

Iranian Christians seized during day out It was supposed to have been a relaxing fishing trip and picnic with family and friends but that all ended when government agents turned up and arrested five members of the group. The five men – all Christians – have not been seen since the incident in Firuzkuh, east…

PRISONER UPDATES

Our partner Bob Fu of China Aid was able to highlight the case of Pastor Zhang Shaojie at a special meeting at the White House last month. Zhang has been sentenced to 12 years in prison in China simply because of his Christian activities as a pastor. Click here to read the latest on Pastor…

Pray for justice for Algerian Christian!

Christians around the world need the prayers of their brothers and sisters in countries like the UK and Ireland – where it is easier to share prayer needs openly and talk about religion – to help them endure and survive persecution. One of those now in need of our prayer support is Slimane (pictured), who…

CHINA: Our Chinese brother Zhang Kai needs urgent prayer!

Please pray for Christian lawyer Zhang Kai: security officials are close to his house in China and seem determined to put him back behind bars. Zhang was only released from prison in March: he was held for eight months for representing Zhejiang churches whose crosses had been removed. Last month, he gave a televised interview…

Pakistan: Please pray for Asia and sign petition!

A long-awaited appeal against a death sentence for ‘blasphemy’ is reported to be scheduled for the second week of October for Asia Bibi (pictured), our Christian sister who is on death row in Pakistan. Asia has been in jail for seven years – ever since she got into a dispute with her fellow farm workers in…

IRAN: Update on our sister Maryam

Friends of Christian prisoner Maryam Naghash Zargaran are pleased to report that Maryam has been allowed home on medical furlough. Maryam, who was previously granted medical furlough for a range of health issues in June 2016, returned to Evin Prison, Tehran on 27th June to continue serving a four-year prison sentence on charges of ‘acting…

Chinese pastor writes letter to his wife from prison

Chinese house church pastor Yang Hua recently wrote to his wife from prison, sharing good news of answered prayer, and reminding her of the eternal promises of God. To my dear wife I’m well! It must be the result of everyone’s prayers that my lower back pain is no longer an issue. I sleep soundly at night. The Book…

REQUEST FOR ADVOCACY ON BEHALF OF IRANIAN PRISONERS OF FAITH

Readers of Light in the Darkest Places will be aware that there are several Christians being detained in Iran on account of their faith. Would you be willing to go one step further by raising their cases with the Iranian authorities, calling for their unconditional release? Writing a letter to a government is clear sign…