CHINA: Wife’s plea for gravely ill jailed pastor

A pastor in China is paying a high price for following Christ – not only is he in jail for his faith and separated from his family but he is now seriously ill. While serving as co-pastor of a large unregistered church in Guiyang, Yang Hua was detained in December 2015 and charged with divulging…

TURKEY: DAY OF PRAYER TODAY

Protestant church leaders in Turkey have called for a day of prayer for Turkey today. While this date has been designated as a global day of prayer for Turkey since 2009, this day of prayer comes at a time of huge significance for Turkey. On April 16 a referendum was held to decide if Turkey…

Freed prisoner makes a promise…

What would you promise yourself after spending more than a year in a prison in a foreign country? Perhaps you’d commit to never going back to that place again, or taking a year off to recuperate; perhaps enjoying a few good meals or sleeping in a comfortable bed again. In an interview shortly after his…

CHINA: A Poem Penned in Prison by our sister in Christ

Poem by Zhang Xiuhong  This year I didn’t hear the sweet voice of my baby, I didn’t embrace the wanderer come back from afar, I didn’t see my loved one’s thin and weak figure, I didn’t have heart-to-heart talks with my sister, I didn’t taste the delicious food prepared by my mother-in-law, I didn’t bask…

IRAN: One small step from baptism to detention

An Iranian mother and son have paid a heavy price for turning to Christ – just months after they were baptised. Veronika and Augustine were arrested in Urmia, northwest Iran, on February 20 and haven’t been seen since. Please pray that they will put their total trust in God during their ordeal. Veronika and Augustine,…

SUDAN: Rejoice and pray on with us!

Czech Christian aid worker Petr Jašek (right) is reported to be safely back in Prague after Sudan’s President pardoned him and released him from jail yesterday. The Czech Foreign Minister brought Petr home last night after flying out to Khartoum to negotiate his release earlier the same day. Thank you for your prayers. Let’s praise…

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…