Your sister Maryam is back in prison – but still sick

Maryam Naghash-Zargaran has been returned to her prison cell from hospital – before medics were able to treat her properly for serious health problems. Please pray that God will heal and comfort our Iranian sister who’s now back behind bars in Tehran’s Evin Prison. Maryam had been on hunger strike in protest at the lack…

China: Family pressured to hire local lawyers

In an alleged attempt to prevent international reporting on the case of an incarcerated Christian family, government officials in China’s coastal Zhejiang province recently pressured their relatives to only hire local lawyers. On the night of April 25, uniformed and plainclothes police officers broke into the home of Wen Xiaowu, a church pastor who provided…

Chance to scrap Egypt’s blasphemy law

Reformers are pushing for Egypt’s ‘blasphemy law’ to be scrapped – but government ministers are trying to block their efforts.  Please pray that campaigners will be successful in their attempt to see this controversial law dropped. The law is almost always used to prosecute those who are seen to criticise Islam and is often misused…

RYAN STEPS UP TO ABSEIL CHALLENGE

Hi, My name is Ryan Spence, I’m 19 years old and on July 2, I will be taking part in the Release Abseil Challenge to raise funds for persecuted Christians, specifically for prisoners of faith and their families. Prisoners like Alimjan Yimit, who is serving a 15-year prison sentence for his Christian activities in China,…

SUDAN: IMPRISONED PASTORS BRING MEN ON DEATH ROW TO CHRIST

Pastor Michael Yat and Pastor Peter Yen Reith, members of the South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church, were arrested in Sudan at the end of 2014, but released in August 2015 after thousands of people like you prayed and spoke out on their behalf. We were able to speak to them about their experiences of persecution,…

Sudan: Pastor Re-Arrested Could Face Capital Crime Charges

Pastor Kuwa Shamal of the Sudan Church of Christ was re-arrested by the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) on Tuesday 24 May, Middle East Concern reports. He was first detained on 18 December and held for three days. He was then released but required to report to the NISS on a daily basis. In…

Alister McGrath’s Theology of Suffering

About Alister McGrath Alister Edgar McGrath is a theologian, priest, intellectual historian, scientist, and Christian apologist. He currently holds the Andreas Idreos Professorship in Science and Religion in the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford, and is Professor of Divinity at Gresham College. He is an Anglican priest, ordained within the…

IRAN: MOHAMMEDREZA OMIDI RELEASED ON BAIL

Iranian Christians are pleased to report that the third Iranian Christian arrested in Rasht on 13th May has also been released. Yasser Mossayebzadeh and Saheb Fadaie had both been released at the end of May, but the third Christian, Mohammedreza Omidi, remained in detention. On 7th June Mohammedreza was also released on posting bail. The…

George Whitefield’s Theology of Persecution

George Whitefield is well-known as an evangelist who was part of the Evangelical Revival in England in the 18th century along with John and Charles Wesley. Whitefield’s theology of persecution is explained in his famous sermon, “Persecution Every Christian’s Lot.” Whitefield was not persecuted or martyred although there were some who ardently opposed Whitefield’s message….

IRAN: EXORBITANT BAIL SET FOR THREE IMPRISONED CHRISTIANS

Yasser Mossayebzadeh, Saheb Fadaie and Mohammadreza Omidi (Youhan), who were arrested on 13 May in Rasht, Iran, remain in custody after exorbitant bail amounts were set for them. The three Christians from the Church of Iran denomination are being held pending payment of 100,000,000 Toman each (approx. £23,000). The men were arrested as part of…