Stories

PASTOR CHINH’S STORY OF FAITH AND SUFFERING

In Vietnam, churches and pastors are often under surveillance by the authorities — and risk beatings, imprisonment and torture for preaching the gospel and speaking out in support of religious freedom. Courageous prisoner of faith Pastor Nguyen Cong Chinh, who was arrested in 2011 and sentenced to a…

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PASTOR NAGARAJU – A FAITHFUL SHEPHERD TO HIS FLOCK

Pastor Nagaraju has been faithfully ministering in the Thalavara area of Bangalore for the past 17 years. Like many churches in hard to reach places, his congregation are like ‘sheep among wolves’ because they live in a village where most…

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SOLOMON’S STORY OF FAITH THAT ENDURES

In February 2014 Solomon saw his wife shot dead by Fulani militia as they travelled home from a farm they had visited to buy some food. Solomon was attacked too but he survived. Deep scars in his head and his…

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SARAH’S STORY OF LOSS AND TRUST

Sarah’s life was torn apart one Sunday morning while she and her family were worshipping at their church near Mombasa. On that fateful morning, Islamic gunmen burst into the church and killed Sarah’s husband Philip along with five other members…

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PASTOR SANTOSO’S STORY OF SCARS AND FORGIVENESS

Pastor Santoso left home on Christmas Day 2004 to get the church ready for the special service. But, before he left home he prayed with his wife, not knowing what was awaiting him. As he rode his motorbike to the…

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ZAUR BALEYEV – ‘SUFFERING AND REJOICING’ WITH JESUS

In March 2007 Pastor Zaur was arrested and imprisoned for two years for ‘conducting an illegal religious meeting’ in his home village in Azerbaijan. His conviction was based on false accusations. In fact, after he was convicted some of the…

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Sukkot’s story of pain and endurance

When Sukkot* became a Christian, his father and brothers attacked him and broke his leg. Sukkot’s leg was distorted by the compound fractures. But, despite his pain and suffering, Sukkot and his wife did not abandon their faith in Christ….

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Meet Zhang Kai – a courageous Christian lawyer

In August 2015 Chinese Christian lawyer Zhang Kai was imprisoned by the Chinese Government and is continuing to suffer in one of China’s ‘black jails’ – prisons in undisclosed locations. Zhang Kai’s ‘crime’ was trying to defend Chinese churches in…

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Yong-Ae is changing lives for eternity

She may have not changed your life or mine, but she is changing the lives of troubled North Korean defectors who are struggling to make a fresh start in South Korea. Yong-Ae* is loving people like Jesus did. And, some…

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The sorrows and joy of an Eritrean Christian

Alem was imprisoned for three years at Mai Serwa military camp in Eritrea, because of his Christian activities. He was held in a metal shipping container, beaten up with a plastic baton, and was often subjected to mindless hard labour….

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