May 27, 2021

BURKINA FASO: Fifteen Killed at Baptismal Service

A woman praying - Photo: The Voice of the Martyrs USA
Pray that believers find peace in Christ.
Photo: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

Unidentified assailants killed 15 Christians who were gathered for a baptismal service on the evening of May 18th. The attack took place in the village of Adjarara, which is located in northern Burkina Faso, near the border with Mali.

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UGANDA: Widow's Family Narrowly Escapes Arson

A church in Uganda - Photo: Flickr / Rod Waddington
Christians in Uganda are facing growing opposition.
Photo: Flickr / Rod Waddington (cc)

In September 2015, Siriman Kintu was beheaded because he converted from Islam to Christianity. He left behind his wife Kanifa Namulondo, who had also converted, along with their five children.

Following her husband's death, Kanifa and her children fled their home in Kaliro, Uganda. However, she recently determined to return to the village and, with the help of friends, rebuilt the house. On April 25th, she moved back into the home with her children.

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ALGERIA: Verdict for Bookstore Managers Expected on May 30th

Pastor Rachid Seighir - Photo: Facebook via Morning Start News
Rev. Rachid Seighir
Photo: Facebook via Morning Star News

On February 27th, Pastor Rachid Seighir and Nouh Hamimi were sentenced to two years in an Algerian prison for allegedly "shaking the faith" of Muslims through the availability of Christian literature in their church-operated bookstore. Although the appeal of their sentence was heard on May 16th (read more), it has been announced that the verdict will be handed down on May 30th.

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CHINA: Church Leader's Home Raided

Bob Fu
Dr. Bob Fu

Zhao Weikai is a leader of the Xuncheng Reformed Church in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, China. The church had been raided in November 2020 and again on December 30th, when security officers disrupted a Bible study in the home of Pastor An Yankui (see this report).

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