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Christians intimidated and arrested in Vietnam 

Country/Region: Vietnam, South and East Asia, Cambodia  
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OnGovernment-hired assailants are alleged to be behind an attack at a Christian centre in Binh Duong Province, Vietnam, on 12 November. After breaking in, they tried to intimidate the Christians while police filmed the incident.

Nine of the Christians at the centre were arrested for not having their identity cards or temporary residence papers...

Country/Region: Pakistan, South and East Asia  
Aasia Bibi files appeal to Pakistan’s top court in final recourse to clear her of “blasphemy” death sentence

Aasia Bibi files appeal in Pakistan’s top court

The Christian mother of five children, sentenced to death for “blasphemy” in Pakistan, has filed an appeal to the country’s top court on 24 November.

Country/Region: Africa, Somalia, Kenya  
Christians in Kenya fear for their lives after Al-Shabaab targeted attacks

Kenyan Christians targeted in revenge attacks after mosque raids

In an attack targeting Christians, 28 passengers on a bus travelling to Nairobi, Kenya, were singled out and shot to death on 22 November in Mandera county, close to the Somali border.

Country/Region: Bangladesh, South and East Asia  
In this Muslim-majority country, conversion to Christianity in Bangladesh is permitted by law but often opposed at a communal level

Two pastors attacked by mob after holding a baptism for converts in northern Bangladesh

Two Christian pastors have been attacked by a mob of 200 people after holding a meeting and baptism for converts from Islam on 9 November in Lalmonirhat, Bangladesh.

Country/Region: Sri Lanka, South and East Asia  
Christians worshipping in Sri Lanka have been threatened in recent mob attacks

Church pastor ordered to cease all worship activities in Kadawatha, Sri Lanka

A church worship session in Sri Lanka was disrupted in October when 15 villagers led by four Buddhist monks forced entry to the premises and demanded that all church activity stop.

Country/Region: Indonesia, South and East Asia  
Basuki Tjahaja Purnama officially appointed governor of Jakarta at state palace

Christian governor of Jakarta appointed for first time in 50 years

The inauguration of Basuki Tjahaja Purnama as governor of Jakarta on Wednesday (19 November) marks a watershed in Indonesian politics.

Country/Region: India, South and East Asia  
Official census figures state that Christians make up 2.3% of India’s population

Christians attacked by radical Hindu group and arrested in Madhya Pradesh, India

On 4 November, a group of eight Christians who were meeting in a church in the village of Kotla in Madhya Pradesh, India were attacked by Hindu radical Bajrang Dal activists.

Country/Region: South and East Asia, Nepal  
Nepali Christians meet to worship

Nepal Human Rights Commission promises to defend religious freedom

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in Nepal is set to promote freedom of conscience and the protection of religious minorities to the country’s Prime Minister and President.

Country/Region: Iran, Middle East and North Africa  
Homayoun Shokouhi has been granted conditional release

Iranian Christian granted conditional release from prison

Following an appeal from his family, Iranian Christian Homayoun Shokouhi was granted conditional release from prison on 10 November after serving two years and eight months of his sentence.

Country/Region: South and East Asia, Lao, People's Democratic Republic  
Hmong Christians from the six families evicted from their village

Lao Hmong Christian families evicted after converting to Christianity

Six Hmong Christian families were forced to leave their village after converting to Christianity. Local authorities ordered them to renounce their faith but they refused...

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    • Praise God that local police in the village of Tehsil Summodri, Faisalabad District, Pakistan acted to withdraw false allegations of blasphemy against 31 Christians and 23 other villagers. The allegations under Section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code (which carries a mandatory death sentence) were made on 2 September when Christians were ploughing a piece of land given to them for free by its Muslim owner to extend the local Christian cemetery. A group of Muslims accused them of desecrating Muslim graves. The police investigation revealed that the land had been a Muslim cemetery many years earlier but the graves had been moved elsewhere. They changed the charges to the lesser ones under Section 297 (which carries a maximum prison sentence of one year or a fine). It is very unusual for the Pakistani police to defend the rights of Christians in this way. Pray that others will follow their example. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed 18 hours ago

    • School text-books in Turkey are still teaching that the Armenians and most other Christian minorities of the Ottoman Empire a century ago were agents of enemy foreign powers such as Britain and Russia. This, the books say, was the reason for what they call the “necessary deportation” of the Christians. Turkey still does not accept blame for the deaths of at least 1.5 million Armenian and Assyrian Christians, many massacred or dying of deprivation as they were force-marched out of their homeland. Next year, 2015, is the 100th anniversary of the worst year of the Armenian and Assyrian Genocide. Please pray that the innocent suffering of these faithful believers will be recognised by every country and that the world will resolve never to let such a genocide happen again. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Thu, Nov 2014 00:00

    • Pray for 27 Christians, believed to be from various Asian countries, who were detained overnight by the Saudi authorities on 5 September for worshipping at a private home in Khafji. The home had been under surveillance since a neighbour had reported suspicious activities there. Pray that the Lord will protect His people in Saudi Arabia, where it is illegal to practise a non-Islamic religion in public but supposedly permissible to do so in private. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Wed, Nov 2014 00:00

    • Wao, a predominantly Christian town on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines, is protesting against its inclusion in the new semi-independent Islamic region of Bangsamoro. Wao’s mayor, Elvino Balicao, is seeking exemption from the Bangsamoro government and its Islamic law and has asked that the town remain under the central government. He said that the town is 83% Christian and that local churches support exemption from Bangsamoro. Wao is in the centre of the Muslim-majority province of Lanao del Sur. Pray that the Lord will protect His people and that Wao will gain exemption from the Bangsamoro government. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Tue, Nov 2014 00:00

    • Our Father in Heaven, we lift up our brothers and sisters serving sentences in labour camps in North Korea, whether foreigners like Kenneth Bae from the USA, or the far greater number of North Korean believers whose names we do not know but You do. Please pour out Your grace into their lives as they suffer hunger, exhaustion, pain and imprisonment for the sake of Christ. May they continue steadfast in their faith, loving their enemies and praying for their persecutors. May their Christ-like lives draw other North Koreans to You. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Mon, Nov 2014 00:00

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