Pray For The Nations

Regular prayer news from the Interserve world

Christians in China Courageously Share Gospel in Coronavirus Crisis Zone

As if rallying around the apostles’ declaration that “We must serve God rather than men” (Acts 5:29), Christians continue to boldly share the Gospel in the streets of Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. Witnesses who share their

Three Christian Teachers Murdered in Kenya

25 Killed by Al-Shabaab Over the Past Five Weeks 01/13/2020 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) –International Christian Concern has learned that three Christian teachers from Kamuthe Primary School in Garissa, Kenya, were killed by the Somali-based terror group al-Shabaab in the early

Love not hate is the remedy for tense times and hard hearts

Last Sunday, President al-Sisi attended the Coptic Christmas service in the Egyptian capital as he has done for the past six years. Against a background of rising tension in the Middle East, President al-Sisi held up the importance of tolerance

Muslim men abduct, assault, rob Norwegian street preacher, demand he convert to Islam or be killed

Four Muslim men abducted, beat, and robbed a street preacher in Trondheim, Norway, finally demanding at knife point he convert to Islam or be killed. Roar Fløttum, who regularly preaches and prays for the sick on the streets of the historic northern

Prayers answered as more than 50 churches allowed to reopen in Myanmar’s Shan State

The United Wa State Army (UWSA) in control of the Wa Special Region in Myanmar (Burma), bordering China’s Yunnan province, has allowed at least 50 churches to reopen. Local church leaders issued a plea for prayer when the China-backed, communist influenced separatist

Pastor’s son summoned to begin jail sentence

The son of an Assyrian-Iranian couple facing years in prison for their Christian activities has been summoned to serve his own four-month sentence for “actions against national security”. Ramiel Bet-Tamraz, who is 35 years old, is the son of pastor Victor

Iran Takes Aim at Iraqi Christians on TV

12/29/2019 Iran (International Christian Concern) – Even as Iranian State media runs a propaganda campaign congratulating Christians for the Christmas season, at least one Iranian backed channel elsewhere in the region is quick to say otherwise. Anwar 2, an Iranian adopted

Mother of Three in Uganda Left by Husband After Conversion

12/25/2019 Uganda (International Christian Concern) – According to Morning Star News, Florence Namuyiga, a 27-year-old mother of three in Lwebitati village, Mubende District, converted to Christianity in May of this year. She started secretly attending church shortly after converting and took two

Tajikistan pastor surprised by early prison release—‘All these years, I felt your prayers’

Praise God! Today (Wednesday, December 17)  at 10 am, imprisoned Tajikistan pastor Bahrom Kholmatov is free—unexpectedly released three months early from a prison term set to end in March 2020. For the last three years, he has been imprisoned, falsely

At Least Nine Christians Murdered in Kenya Attack

12/09/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern has learned that on December 6, 2019, 11 non-local Christian passengers were attacked while travelling to Mandera from Nairobi and killed at Kotulo in northeastern Kenya. They were reportedly separated from their Muslim

Christians in Asia facing ‘perfect storm,’ new report says

A few days after *Thuan and his wife *Hien became Christians, local authorities in their village in north Vietnam warned them they must return to tribal ancestor worship, or be kicked out of the village. When Thuan and Hien refused,

Hezbollah Attacks in Lebanon

11/27/2019 Lebanon (International Christian Concern) – Protests in Lebanon have continued to gain momentum since they erupted last month. Protesters are demanding a complete government overhaul, and have largely been met with a stalemated government. In response to the gathering momentum

Christian Evangelist Murdered in Southeast Turkey

11/20/19 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on November 19, 2019, Korean evangelist Jinwook Kim was stabbed on the streets in the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir. He later died in the hospital from

Suicide Bomber Attacks Indonesia’s Medan

11/14/2019 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – A suspected suicide bombing took place outside of police headquarters in Medan, Indonesia on November 13, injuring six people. Without a clear motive, the recent attack has been linked to the rise of homegrown militants

European Court Stops Deportation of Afghan Christian

11/12/2019 Afghanistan (International Christian Concern) – The European Court of Human Rights has stopped the deportation of an Afghan Christian convert from Switzerland. According to the court’s ruling, the Christian would have faced serious danger if forced to return to Afghanistan.

Petition to Close Churches in SE Turkey

11/06/2019 Turkey (International Christian Concern) – According to local Turkish News, an unnamed person from the Sur district of the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir filed a petition to the National Assembly claiming that “protestant churches and associations were carrying out missionary

5 years ago, she was a ‘fanatic’ Muslim—now she follows Jesus

In a room in a secret location, somewhere in the Middle East, 12 young Christians sit in front of a whiteboard in a trauma care session led by an Open Doors’ counselor. Farideh* is one of these 12 young leaders.

Rejected by Family, Harassed by Community, Accepted by Christ

10/23/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – For many in the West, following Christ was an easy decision. One made while young and often with the support of family. For many in other areas of the world, this is not only a difficult

Indonesian Christian Woman with Schizophrenia Tried for Blasphemy Law

Woman with Shoes on Brought Dog into Mosque 10/16/2019 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that a Christian woman in Indonesia’s Bogor will be tried for blasphemy law, despite having a serious mental illness. She

Iranian Pastor Ends Strike Over Christian Educational Rights

10/17/2019 Iran (International Christian Concern) – Youcef Nadarkhani, an imprisoned Iranian pastor, ended his three-week hunger strike in Evin Prison, where is serving a 10-year sentence. The strike came in response to the Iranian regime’s decision to uphold their ruling that

‘It was a horrifying scene’: On the ground with Christians in northern Syria

Last Tuesday, the heart of Qamishli, a city in northern Syria, was beating with life. Kids were in school, men and women were at work, shops were open, taxis were driving. Then the bombs started falling. Explosions ended the peace in

Muslim Family Kills Son Over Christian Conversion

10/09/2019 Egypt (International Christian Concern) – A Muslim-background believer (MBB) living in Egypt, Hussein Mohammed, was killed on Sunday after his family discovered that he had converted from Islam to Christianity. The MBB, who preferred to be called by his baptismal

‘It’s our right to have Sunday service’—police halt church worship in Indonesia

Please wait until the service is done, then we can discuss.” On Sunday, August 7, during one of their regular church services (pictured above), congregation members in the Indonesian city of Riau watched in confusion as government officers interrupted their

Christian Girls’ School Falsely Accused of Discrimination Against Muslims

10/03/2019 Malaysia (International Christian Concern) – Last Friday, a 42-year-old political activist lodged a report at the Dato Keramat police station claiming that the Methodist Girls’ School (MGS) in Penang had recited Christian prayers before the national anthem was sung. The
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