Sudan Releases One of Two Church Leaders Arrested in December

JUBA, South Sudan, May 10, 2016 Sudan has released one of two church leaders jailed since December, sources said. Telahoon Nogose Kassa, head of discipleship at the embattled Khartoum Bahri Evangelical Church, was released after Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) arrested him without charges on Dec. 13, 2015, according to church members. ‘Finally,…

PAKISTAN: PUNJAB CHRISTIANS FLEE AFTER BLASPHEMY ACCUSATIONS

Please pray for our brothers and sisters in Chak village, Punjab in Pakistan: they’re living in fear after local Muslims accused a Christian of blasphemy. The allegations surfaced after Imran Masih’s colleagues at the local health centre where he worked as a cleaner claimed he had been watching a controversial Christian preacher on YouTube on…

NORTH KOREA: AUTHORITIES DENY KILLING PASTOR

The North Korean authorities have denied any involvement in the murder of Korean-Chinese Pastor Han Chung-Ryeol (한충렬)., according to United Press International. Pyongyang’s propaganda outlet Uriminzokkiri released a statement on Thursday 5 May calling the claims ‘absurd anti-North Korean sophistry’. They went on to say: ‘After the murder of Pastor Han on April 30, the…

THE SORROWS AND JOY OF AN ERITREAN CHRISTIAN

Alem was imprisoned for three years at Mai Serwa military camp in Eritrea, because of his Christian activities. He was held in a metal shipping container, beaten up with a plastic baton, and was often subjected to mindless hard labour. When we first met Alem, in a refugee camp in Northern Ethiopia, he just looked…

MEET ZHANG KAI – A COURAGEOUS CHRISTIAN LAWYER

In August 2015 Chinese Christian lawyer Zhang Kai was imprisoned by the Chinese Government and is continuing to suffer in one of China’s ‘black jails’ – prisons in undisclosed locations. Zhang Kai’s ‘crime’ was trying to defend Chinese churches in the courts against the continuing campaign to demolish their buildings and tear down their crosses….

UKRAINE: A BROTHER’S LETTER FROM BEHIND BARS

*Release International has sister ministries all over the world, which share the stories of our persecuted family with Christians in their nations. Our partner in the USA received this letter from a prisoner in the Ukraine who receives the newsletter translated for his country. Even in prison, this brother is sharing Christ. He prays that believers…

Our Brother Martyred 30 April 2016

This post first appeared on the blog of our sister mission in Korea, VOM-Korea. It is written by Dr. Eric Foley, the CEO of that ministry. I want to tell you about one of the great men of North Korea ministry upon the occasion of his martyrdom in Changbai, China this past Saturday, April 30, 2016. His…

UZBEKISTAN: PAROLE WILL NOT HAPPEN

Uzbek prisoner Tohar Haydarov was given the disappointing news that a mid-year parole from prison ‘will not happen.’ Fellow Christians say that the 33-year-old convert from Islam to Christianity has suffered a number of difficulties since his imprisonment in March 2010. Many believe that officials used false evidence to punish Tohar for his Christian faith. Under…