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Tunisia: God protects Maysam from attack

"A month after my conversion my family discovered it. My brothers even threatened to kill me." This is the story of Maysam*, a believer from a Muslim background in Tunisia. When her family discovered her faith, they put her under house arrest and stopped her from attending university. "'You will stay at home, you are not worthy to study,' my parents said. My sister beat me, my mother tried to break my glasses. They locked my in the room of my parents."

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"The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed"
- Psalm 103:6
 

Saudi Arabia: Risking death to follow Jesus

26 May 2016 - Leaving Islam in Saudi Arabia is punishable by death. And yet, there are Muslims in Saudi Arabia who are risking their lives to follow Jesus. One of them is a man we'll call Mohammed* - he came to faith just this year. Read more...

 

Tunisia: Sharing the gospel in prison

26 May 2016 - "I thought Christianity belonged to foreigners and was not for us Arabs," says Mourad*, a man in his thirties. He is one of many North Africans who have decided to leave Islam and follow Jesus. When he was still a new believer, serving in the army, he ended up in a military prison. "I was in jail for being a Christian. They didn't say it was for that reason; I was accused of having contact with a foreigner." Read more...

 

Sudan: Pastor released! Another still imprisoned

26 May 2016 - After nearly six months in detention, Sudan has finally released Christian minister, Telahoon Nogosi Kassa Rata. Second pastor, Rev. Hassan Abduraheem Kodi Taour, still remains without legal access, pending possible charges of 'undermining national security'. Read more...

 

Middle East: Machell finds his voice

26 May 2016 - If believers from a Muslim background are discovered by their families or religious police in the Middle East, they face discrimination, dismissals, rejection, prison, violence. Many believers see no alternative other than to embrace Islam again, or leave their country. Many are left traumatised. This is Machell's story. Read more...

 

Indonesia: Open Doors Enables persecuted Christians to speak up for themselves

26 May 2016 - When it comes to education, Christians around the world often face discrimination. In Aceh Province, Indonesia, Christians are obliged to attend Islamic studies. And they are also unfairly treated in their grades. No matter how hard they study, the school never scores them higher than a six in religious studies - a mark which means they will never qualify for jobs with the government. "How can Christian students get good grades under such practice?" cries Marisa* a mother of three from Aceh Singkil Regency, Indonesia. Marisa protested to the school, but the authorities simply replied that if the children still wanted to have education, they must obey the rules Read more...

 

Central Asia: Help! My son wants to tell people about Jesus!

25 May 2016 - Most of us would be delighted if our children wanted to tell their friends about Jesus. But in countries where Christianity is forbidden this could place the whole family at risk. Recently the wife of a house church leader in a Central Asian country spoke to one of our fieldworkers about her son and his love for Jesus. What would you do in her place? "My husband is a leader of our house church. Our son is 6 years old. You have noticed that my son is very joyful and he loves to sing a lot and loudly! It is a big problem for me Read more...

 

Tunisia: God protects Maysam from attack

24 May 2016 - "A month after my conversion my family discovered it. My brothers even threatened to kill me." This is the story of Maysam*, a believer from a Muslim background in Tunisia. When her family discovered her faith, they put her under house arrest and stopped her from attending university. "'You will stay at home, you are not worthy to study,' my parents said. My sister beat me, my mother tried to break my glasses. They locked my in the room of my parents. "But as she slept, imprisoned in her own home, she recalls hearing the voice of the Lord: "Don't think that you are alone; I am always with you." Read more...

 

Middle East and North Africa: Nurah's calling to serve the secret church

24 May 2016 - Nurah* is an Open Doors worker in the Middle East, providing secret discipleship training for believers from Muslim backgrounds. "Gathering for Bible study is not allowed in our country," Nurah explains. "We will even get in trouble if anyone finds out we have a Bible for ourselves." Despite the great risks she takes to carry out this work, she sees how valuable it is. "I see how lives are changed when people start living with God and that's the most beautiful thing I could wish for." Read more...

 

UK: London churches support Christians in Syria and Iraq

20 May 2016 - The Bishop of London has commended parishes across the Diocese of London for their generous response so far to the Diocese's 2016 Lent Appeal for persecuted Christians in Iraq and Syria. The fundraising total today hit the GBP90,000 mark, more than double the appeal's original target of GBP35,000. The Bishop of London said: "The Lent Appeal this year has obviously touched a nerve of sympathy throughout the diocese. I am hugely grateful to all those who have together raised more than GBP90,000 to assist persecuted Christians in the Middle East." Read more...

 

Vietnam: Pray for arrested Bible distributers

18 May 2016 - Please pray for two Open Doors partners who were arrested by Vietnamese authorities on Saturday, 14 May. Hian and Phung, from Laos, were caught as they were transporting tribal hymnals to believers in Vietnam. They have now been sent to a district jail in southern Laos for detention​. Read more...

 

Nigeria: Chibok girl found, reports claim

18 May 2016 - The BBC is reporting that one of the missing Chibok girls, Amina Ali Nkeki, has been found. She was reportedly found in the Sambisa Forest, close to the border with Cameroon. Hosea Abana Tsambido, the chairman of the Chibok community in the capital, Abuja, told the BBC that Amina was found by Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF), a vigilante group set up to help fight Boko Haram. An uncle, Yakubu Nkeki, told Associated Press news agency that Amina was later reunited with her mother in Chibok. She was 17 when abducted and is now 19, he said. Read more...

 

Iran: Prisoners released, three others detained

17 May 2016 - Youcef Nadarkhani, an Iranian pastor once sentenced to death for apostasy, was arrested again on Friday 13 May, but released later that day. His wife, Tina, was also arrested and released, but three other Christians are still being detained, following raids on a number of Christian homes in the northern city of Rasht. Read more...

 

Syria: International Day of Prayer gives hope

12 May 2016 - Thousands around the world joined Christians in Aleppo for a day of prayer and fasting for the city on Sunday 8 May. Syrian Christians are greatly encouraged to know that their global church family is standing with them in prayer. Sarah, a Christian from Aleppo, saw an answer to prayer that day, as one young man returned to faith in Jesus: "My friend drifted away from God and the church. But on Sunday when we prayed, he surrendered to Jesus Christ."Sarah is one of those who mobilised the day of prayer. Read more...

 

Ethiopia: UPDATE - Imprisoned believers' hearing delayed again

11 May 2016 - The final hearing of the case against Tibebu Mekuria, Dawit Jemberu, and Belete Tilahun has been delayed yet again. After being delayed multiple times, a hearing that was meant to take place on 6 May has been postponed until 29 June. "The judges claimed they did not have enough time to review the case," a contact told us. The three men are accused of burning down a church building on 16 May 2014, and were arrested a month later. Please continue to uphold these men, their families and their case in your prayers. 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