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07 November 2014 - After the attacks on the Majengo Salvation Army Church last year, we asked you to pray for the church and write to encourage believers there. You faithfully responded to that call, and an Open Doors worker was able to present the church with a package of letters and cards from around the world. One church member, Jeremiah, responded: "You have made us proud to be one in Christ with you and we wish to extend our great love and prayers to all who have touched our hearts. God bless you all."

"You have made us proud to be one in Christ with you and we wish to extend our great love and prayers to all who have touched our hearts. God bless you all."
- Jeremiah, Majengo Salvation Army Church, Kenya

Bhutan: Tandin's wife and sons at appeal

26 November 2014 - Bhutanese pastor Tandin Wangyal appeared before the Samtse District Court on 18 November with his wife and three sons. "My sons have been wondering why I leave them for days," Tandin explained. "So, even though it was a difficult journey for them, I had to bring them to the court hearing at least once. They wanted to know what their Daddy has been going through." Tandin's wife Nengboi and sons Kuenrab and Phuensum were given the chance to speak before the court. "We were unprepared," Tandin said. "But the judge assured us that what my family would say won't be on the record.". Read more


Kazakhstan: Cards bring hope and encouragement

26 November 2014 - "It is amazing to realise how a small card like this can bring such hope and encouragement to me from so far away," shares Alfia Kashkumbayev. Alfia and her family live in in Astana, Kazakhstan. Many of you wrote to her when her husband, Pastor Bakhytzhan, was arrested in 2013 on the false charges of poisoning a church member with communion wine.. Read more


Iran: Letter from Pastor Behnam Irani

25 November 2014 - Thank you to all of our supporters who have been praying for Pastor Behnam Irani and have written to encourage him. He is currently imprisoned in Rajaei Shahr Prison in Iran for his faith in Jesus. Some of his praying supporters recently received this message from him.. Read more


Kenya: Pastor killed in riots

20 November 2014 - At least three men, including a local pastor, have been killed by Muslim youths in riots in Mombasa. The attacks took place on 17 November, and appear to have been in revenge for police raids on two mosques earlier that day. Young men armed with machetes and other crude weapons attacked people who were waiting at bus stops in the Kisauni slums, which are known for being a hotspot for radical Muslim activities. Pastor Joshua Muteti was killed by a blow to the back of the head in front of his wife and three other women; the women were unharmed.. Read more


North Korea: UN calls for regime to face trial

19 November 2014 - A UN committee has called for the North Korean regime to face the International Criminal Court over alleged crimes against humanity. The UN general assembly's human rights committee passed a resolution urging the Security Council to refer North Korea to the International Criminal Court, and calling for targeted sanctions against those responsible.. Read more


Bangladesh: Pastors granted bail

19 November 2014 - Two Bangladeshi pastors have been released on bail after they were arrested during a baptism in the northern district of Lalmonirhat. On 9 November, locals were outraged after they discovered the pastors were holding a meeting to educate Muslim background believers about their Christian faith and conduct a baptism, and the meeting was mobbed by around 200 Muslims. Police intervened and arrested the 45 people attending the meeting. All were released that night except for the two pastors.. Read more


Nigeria: 'Mubi taken back from Boko Haram' claims government

18 November 2014 - The Nigerian government claim to have recaptured Mubi from Boko Haram militants, with the help of local hunters and vigilantes. Reuters reports that Adamawa State Governor Bala Ngilari has said "The insurgents have been flushed out of Mubi and are on the run." The militant group had captured Mubi, Adamawa State's second largest town and commercial hub, at the end of October, and renamed it 'Madinatul Islam', which means 'City of Islam'. Prior to the attack on Mubi, the town had served as a safe haven for those fleeing attacks in places such as Gwoza, Madagali and Gulak.. Read more

"God has called me to stay here and be his witness. I cannot leave the other Christians behind."
- Eun Hee, Christian martyr from North Korea