God sustains Petr in prison

The Czech Foreign Ministry says that the recent court sentencing of Christian aid worker and Czech national Petr Jasek  (pictured) to 20 years in prison in Sudan  was not backed by facts, and is now trying to negotiate Petr’s release. Appeals of his case and those of two others accused with him are expected. Release…

TURKEY: Pray for end to pastor’s prison ordeal

Pastor Andrew Brunson has been behind bars in western Turkey since October – because officials suspect he’s a ‘terrorist’. In fact, he and his wife, Norine, love Turkey and have served its people for the past 23 years. Pray that Andrew will be released immediately so that he and Norine can continue their ministry at Izmir…

Shocking news from Sudan

Christians in Sudan request further prayer for three imprisoned Christians who were sentenced at a court hearing on Sunday 29th January. The court sentenced Petr Jasek to life in prison for espionage, to six months in prison for spreading rumours that undermine the authority of the state, to a fine of 100,000 Sudanese Pounds (approx….

Crackdown on unregistered churches

Chinese officials continue to clamp down hard on unregistered (‘illegal’) churches across their nation. Our partner China Aid reports that ‘dozens’ of Christians were detained or arrested across remote, northwestern Xinjiang province at the end of 2016, for holding church gatherings. Meanwhile, in coastal Zhejiang province, Pastor Zhang Chongzhu has been stripped of his licence…

Three little words to change the world – Paul Robinson, CEO

If we’re honest some words of Jesus have become so familiar to us that we overlook the context and the impact they would have had on their first audience – and ultimately what they really mean for us today. Take ‘Love your enemies’ (Matt 5:44). How radical was Jesus really being? Some might think that…

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS IN 2016

We can’t thank you enough for your faithful support and your prayers this year on behalf of our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world. Your prayers are vital in helping to sustain Christians around the world who are undergoing persecution because of their love for Jesus. We truly believe that we can do nothing…

Blasphemy petition delivered to Pakistan High Commission in London

Thank you to everyone who signed our petition calling for the repeal of the blasphemy laws in Pakistan, and for the many messages of support and concern for Christians in Pakistan. We recently met with the Pakistan High Commission in London and presented the petition. At the same time we were able to emphasise the…

China’s house churches need your prayers as crackdown continues

Our Chinese family needs your prayers as officials continue to clamp down hard on house churches across their nation. Please pray for our brothers and sisters in China, amid a fresh wave of persecution which appears now to have spread to the north-west. Our partner China Aid reports that ‘dozens’ of Christians have been detained…

UZBEKISTAN: Tohar Haydarov released from prison

22 November 2016 Uzbekistan has released Christian prisoner Tohar Haydarov (33) after six years and 10 months of his ten year sentence, local sources have confirmed to Open Doors. His release came unexpectedly for everyone involved. The Uzbek authorities didn’t alert anyone and there was nobody to pick Haydarov up from the prison. On 7…

Sudan accused hearing today

The case against three Sudanese Christians and a Czech believer continues today when they are due to appear again in court in Khartoum. Please pray God’s peace over our brothers, pastors Hassan Abduraheem and Kowa Shamaal, Abdulmonem Abdumawla and Petr Jašek. Sudanese officials have accused the four of funding rebel movements in areas such as…

IRAN: FOUR CHRISTIANS RELEASED FROM SOLITARY CONFINEMENT

Relatives and friends of three Christians from Azerbaijan and an Iranian Christian are delighted to report that they have all been released from prison on bail, and the Azerbaijanis were able to travel back home yesterday (6th November). Eldar Gurbanov (48), Yusif Farhadov (51) and Bahram Nasibov (37) from Baku in Azerbaijan had been invited…