March 25, 2021

CHINA: Christians Arrested After Church Raid

Renai Reformed Church - Photo: ChinaAid
The Renai Reformed Church during a past meeting.
Photo: ChinaAid

On the morning of March 16th, agents from the religious affairs bureau, along with public security officers, raided the Renai Reformed Church in Guiyang, taking more than ten Christians into custody.

Over the years, the church of less than a hundred members has faced ongoing harassment from Chinese Communist Party agents for refusing to join the government-sanctioned Three-Self Church. In September 2018, they lost their facility after being banned from meeting for worship services. Subsequently, the congregation began holding services in restaurants and hotels where they were raided at least three more times.

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IRAN: Prison Summons Expected Soon

Sara Admadi and Homayoun Zhaveh - Photo: Article 18
Sara Admadi and Homayoun Zhaveh
Photo: Article 18

Iranian believers request prayer for Christian converts Homayoun Zhaveh (62) and his wife Sara Admadi (42), who are anticipating an order to serve prison sentences because of their house church activities.

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ALGERIA: Sentence Upheld After Appeal

Man checking his phone

In February, it was reported that a Christian man named Hamid had been sentenced to five years in prison for sharing a cartoon on Facebook (see more details). On March 22nd, a judge in Oran, Algeria, heard his appeal and upheld the sentence along with a fine of almost $1,000 CAD.

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