April 29, 2021

CHINA: Raids Against Banned Churches

Authorities checking identification - Photo: ChinaAid www.chinaaid.org
Police checking every church
attendee's identification.
Photo: ChinaAid

In May 2019, local authorities informed the Xunsiding Church in Xiamen, China, that they intended to officially close it down. Church members were threatened with the loss of their jobs unless they complied and, on May 19th, dozens of officers, including those of SWAT teams, raided the church service. In the following days, officers remained on site to ensure no one re-entered the facility (see this report for further details).

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ALGERIA: Ongoing Harassment for Exiled Christian

Slimane Bouhafs - Photo: World Watch Monitor www.worldwatchmonitor.org
Slimane Bouhafs
Photo: World Watch Monitor

In 2016, Slimane Bouhafs was arrested and sentenced to five years in an Algerian prison for alleged blasphemy in a Facebook post. After various appeals, the sentence was eventually reduced for the accused Christian man, resulting in his release during April 2018 (read more).

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SAUDI ARABIA: Christian Acquitted from One of Three Charges

Man overlooking desert
Pray that Saudi believers will be encouraged
in the fact that they are never alone.

Last month, a report was released about a convert, referred to only as "A," who faced various charges after speaking openly about his Christian faith in Saudi Arabia (for more details on this situation, go to this report). He was charged with trying to convert Muslims to Christianity and for assisting his sister to flee the country because of her faith. He was also accused by an opposing relative of stealing money.

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