Iran: Farshid Fathi amongst prisoners beaten in raid
Evangelical church leader Farshid Fathi was amongst 30 prisoners who suffered injuries when guards and security agents assaulted inmates in Evin Prison, one of Iran’s most notorious jails, on 17 April. 23/04/2014
Pray for peace this Easter
As you celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ this Easter, join us in prayer for Christians around the world for whom Easter may mean intimidation, arrest, or even death.
Christians who suffer for their faith often experience increased persecution around major festivals like Christmas and Easter. Last year over 80 people died in armed attacks on villages in Christian areas of northern and central Nigeria. Yet we’ve seen peace descend on troubled regions when God’s people pray – so please lift up Christians worldwide in your prayers.
China: Trial of Pastor Zhang Shaojie suspended indefinitely
The trial of Chinese Pastor Zhang Shaojie began on 10 April in Nanle County, Henan Province, but court proceedings were later suspended indefinitely, according to reports by China Aid, after Zhang’s lawyers were detained and he had to dismiss them from his case. 17/04/2014
Nigeria: Ongoing concerns for missing school girls
There are ongoing concerns for the safety of 129 female students kidnapped from their school in Chibok in Borno State on 14 April by members of the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram, amid disputes over a statement issued by the Nigerian military on 16 April claiming to have freed most of them. 17/04/2014
Nigeria: Kaduna church hosts local peace building event
An Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) Church in Tudun Nupawa, Kaduna in Northern Nigeria held a “Friends Day Service” on Sunday, on 13 April as part of peace-building efforts with the local community. 15/04/2014
Senior Iranian cleric raises concern over treatment of Baha'i community
Ayatollah Abdol-Hamid Masoumi-Tehrani, a senior Shi'a cleric, has given the Baha’i International Community a symbolic gift and raised concerns over their mistreatment in Iran. 11/04/2014