Turning your church into a Prayer Powerhouse

In Acts Chapter 12 Luke provides an account of how King Herod tried to appease the Jews by executing James (v2) and by arresting Peter (v3) and plotting to have him executed also. But, King Herod’s plans were thwarted by God’s intervention (vv 7-10). On this occasion God acted in response to the fervent prayers…

Jail threat for street evangelists in Nigeria

Legislation proposed by the Muslim governor of Kaduna state could see street evangelists fined and pastors sent to jail for up to two years for socalled ‘offensive’ preaching. Christian leaders in Nigeria have voiced their concerns over the Religious Regulation Bill, proposed by Governor Nasir El-Rufai, which was sent to the state assembly last October….

Ever been to a party and ended up in jail?

Three Christians from Azerbaijan and one from Iran are behind bars in an unknown location in Iran – after they were arrested at an engagement party. Pray for our four brothers in Iran: the Azeris are being held in solitary confinement and consular officials have not been allowed to visit them. They believe they were…

Why Russia’s ban on evangelism is a wake up call for the West

21st July 2016 What should Western Christians do about Russia’s regressive ban on sharing your faith? Tom Hardie, head of communications at Release International, responds Unless you follow Christian news closely, you may have missed the big story about Russia this week. And I’m not talking about the ban on Olympic athletes travelling to the Rio Games….

Converts from Islam in Malaysia Detained in ‘Faith Purification Centers’

Converts to non-Islamic faiths in Malaysia can be detained for more than three months in ‘Faith Purification Centers.’ While some converts are arbitrarily arrested and sent to the centers, detention in one of the three camps is “slowly gaining preference among sharia judges in Malaysia” as an alternative to prison sentencing, Mohd Al Adib Samuri…

Iran: Ebrahim Firouzi suffers physical abuse at the hands of prison guards

On 21st August 2013 Ebrahim was arrested with two friends during a raid by plain-clothed security officers. He had also been detained in 2011 and earlier in 2013 because of his Christian activities. The other two believers were released on bail after several months. On 2nd October 2014 Ebrahim was relocated from Evin Prison in…

Thailand: Refugee Crisis in South East Asia  

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea When we hear about the ‘refugee crisis’ in the media, it often refers to the rising number of people making the perilous journey across the Mediterranean Sea to the European Union to seek asylum. We are aware of Lebanon’s vast camps, Hungary’s closed borders, Istanbul’s cold streets….

IRAQ WAR ‘TRAGEDY’ FOR CHRISTIANS IN THE MIDDLE EAST

‘War has sown the seeds of religious violence for a generation. The future looks bleak for Christians in Iraq, as the Shia-Sunni sectarian conflict spreads across the Middle East.’ The Iraq war has been a tragedy for Christians in Iraq and the Middle East, believes Release International, leading to a massive exodus of historic communities…

Imprisoned Christian in Iran Hopes for Appeal

A convert from Islam sentenced to five years in prison on a concocted charge of ‘disturbing the national security of Iran’ is expected to be granted an appeal this month after waiting more than a year for a hearing. Although there is no evidence that any action will be taken other than to confirm his…

Iran: Maryam ‘very brave’ to return to prison

A Christian woman who had been on a hunger strike to protest denial of medical treatment received permission to go to a hospital on June 6, but she was ordered to return too soon, sources said. Maryam Naghash Zargaran, 36, returned to Evin Prison on June 27, after being on a medical furlough for 21…