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This is a collection of recent articles and research written by the Barnabas team.

Two believers sent to prison for distributing Christian books in Kazakhstan 

Country/Region: Kazakhstan, Central Asia  
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Two Christian men in Kazakhstan have been given ten-day prison terms for distributing Christian literature after the authorities claimed the contents of one of the books incite religious hatred.

Vyacheslav Cherkasov and Zhasulan Alzhanov were sentenced on 6 October, five months after the authorities confiscated Christian books that the two men were handing out...

 
Country/Region: Cuba  
The interior of a church in Cuba

Cuban pastor and wife harassed by authorities

The wife of a Cuban pastor and religious freedom activist was arrested on 16 October and told to stop having contact with “counter-revolutionary elements”...

 
Country/Region: Middle East and North Africa, Syria  
Christians in the town of Saddad were also attacked by members of the al-Nusra Front

Five kidnapped Syrian Christians released by Islamists, others still held

A church leader and four Christian women who were among around 21 believers kidnapped in north-west Syria earlier this month have been released by Islamist militants.

 
Country/Region: South and East Asia, Lao, People's Democratic Republic  
Christians in rural villages in Laos may face harassment from local authorities

Christians detained after worship meeting released in Laos

Six Christians who were arrested after meeting for worship in Laos were released on 3 October, while a church leader detained with them remained in custody weeks later.

 
Country/Region: Pakistan, South and East Asia  
Aasia’s appeal against the death penalty was rejected on 16 October

Speak out for condemned Christian mother Aasia Bibi as she appeals to Supreme Court

Lawyers for condemned Pakistani Christian Aasia Bibi say they are planning to take her case to the country’s Supreme Court after her appeal against the death sentence she was given for “blasphemy” was rejected.

 
Country/Region: South and East Asia, Pakistan  
Shoes printed with the Christian cross

Pakistani Christians protest police inaction over shoes showing cross

Christians in Pakistan held demonstrations earlier this month after police failed to take action over shoes incorporating the Christian cross on the sole, which were being sold by a Muslim shopkeeper...

 
Country/Region: Pakistan, South and East Asia  
Aasia Bibi has been languishing in jail since June 2009

Breaking news: Aasia Bibi’s appeal against death sentence rejected

Barnabas Fund has today received the sad news that the appeal made by Pakistani Christian mother Aasia Bibi against her conviction...

 
Country/Region: Africa, Nigeria, Cameroon  
The kidnappings sparked a widespread campaign for the girls’ release

Four kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls escape Boko Haram in Cameroon

Four Christian schoolgirls who were seized by Boko Haram six months ago have escaped from a camp run by the Islamist group in Cameroon.

 
Country/Region: Africa, Cameroon  
Barnabas Fund has been supporting Nigerian refugees in Cameroon

Deadly Boko Haram attack kills 17 Christians in Cameroon

A further bloody attack by militants from the Islamist group Boko Haram has targeted two villages in northern Cameroon, killing 17 Christians...

 
Country/Region: South and East Asia, Philippines  
A church in the Philippines

Two Christians killed, three injured in Philippines church attack

A grenade attack on a church in the southern Philippines on 8 October has left two Christians dead and three injured.

 
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    • Churches in Christian-majority Burundi are facing the unfamiliar situation of political restriction by their own government because of a new law passed in August that requires each church to have at least 500 members and a proper building. Congregations have a year in which to comply with the new regulations. Although intended to reduce some scandalous practices, the law is strangely reminiscent of the strict regimes of Central Asia. Pray that religious liberty will be maintained in Burundi, both for Christians and for the small minorities who follow other religions. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed 17 hours ago

    • Pray for eight Cameroonian missionaries who have been harshly reminded of the cost of sharing the Gospel in their country during a training seminar to equip them for ministry. Barnabas had helped to fund a series of seminars, and on the final day of the last seminar they heard that Jean-Marcel Kesvere, another Cameroonian missionary, who had been planning to attend the seminar with his wife, had been kidnapped by Boko Haram and that his body had been found earlier that day. Give thanks for the response of the missionaries, who expressed their willingness to suffer similarly for Christ, and pray that their work will bear much fruit (John 12:24). Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Thu, Oct 2014 00:00

    • Please pray for Christians in northern Cameroon, where Boko Haram is terrorising people, especially Christians and security forces, just as in neighbouring Nigeria. The Islamist militants openly declare themselves to be Boko Haram, and issue threats by letter, including to pastors telling them they must leave. Two pastors were killed in the village of Assigashia on the night of 25-26 August, hich has caused great distress and consternation. The Cameroonian Christians ask for prayer that God will bring peace and security, that the kidnapped will be released, that believers will stand firm despite being targeted, that God will comfort the traumatised, and that church leaders will know how to prepare their people for persecution. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Wed, Oct 2014 00:00

    • “The cathedral in Damaturu now has only about 40 members instead of 450 members. The church in Potiskum now has only about 15 members instead of 500 members… the southern part of [Yobe state] is still very dangerous and most of the churches here have closed down.” A senior church leader in Nigeria wrote to Barnabas Fund in August about the impact on the Church of Boko Haram’s violence. Nevertheless Christians were still holding worship services every Sunday, discipling the young people and even commissioning pastors. Praise God for such perseverance, and pray that a Christian presence and witness may remain in north-east Nigeria. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Tue, Oct 2014 00:00

    • Heavenly Father, we pray to You for our Christian brothers and sisters in north-eastern Nigeria, who are so vulnerable in the face of attacks by Boko Haram militants. We remember especially those who used to live in Madagali, in Adamawa state, until their town was seized by Boko Haram two months ago. We think of those who were betrayed into the hands of Boko Haram by their neighbours pointing out Christian homes or places where Christians had hidden. We bring before You those who saw their menfolk beheaded, and women forcibly converted to Islam. We cry out to You to intervene and bring an end to the murderous attacks by Boko Haram. We pray for all the thousands of Nigerian Christians who have suffered in similar attacks that they will not lose hope or faith in You, but will know Your peace which passes understanding. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Mon, Oct 2014 00:00

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