In India, Christians in rural villages are facing increased pressure and violence. Churches are being closed, believers asked to renounce their faith and beatings are just some of the pressure our brothers and sisters are facing.
Five church leaders appeared in court on Wednesday 8 August, prepared to defend the ownership of their church’s property.
On 22 July, Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani was arrested in Iran and taken to prison after a violent raid.
The Rwanda Governance Board continues to close any church that fail to meet new requirements laid down at the beginning of the year.
Joyce, a leader in ministry to Muslim background believers, was taken by authorities over six months ago and hasn’t been seen since.
Omar*, 31, used to teach the Quran in Cameroon. When he became a Christian, he began facing severe persecution. The father of three was driven out of his village in early April. His house was burnt down and his wife and children were taken from him by his own family.
The authorities in Uzbekistan’s south-western Navoi Region keep raiding and punishing local Christians "to stop them meeting for worship and peaceful religious activity," Council of Churches Baptists told Forum 18 on 15 March.
In India, where persecution is increasing, there were a spate of attacks throughout Holy Week.