Persecution & Prayer Alert

"You are the light of the world. A city
set on a hill cannot be hidden.... Let
your light shine before others, so that they
may see your good works and give glory
to your Father who is in heaven."

~ Matthew 5:14,16 ESV

Every month, The Voice of the Martyrs Canada sends out a free print publication. Included within each issue is a monthly calendar containing brief prayer requests representing various persecuted countries around the world. The following Persecution & Prayer Alert reports feature three of the countries that are being highlighted this week on the August prayer calendar. If you have not yet subscribed to our monthly publication, then we invite you to do so by going to our subscription options.


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When the Taliban gained control over the governance of Afghanistan a year ago, many organizations were forced to shut down their in-country operations and thousands of believers decided to leave because of the suffering they knew would be coming as a result. Many other Christians, however, chose to remain in the country to be witnesses for Christ despite the severe danger.

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Cathedral in Central African Republic
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For many years, the people of the Central African Republic have endured civil war as rebel groups fought against the ruling government. To further complicate the situation, two major factions in the conflict are the predominantly Muslim Séléka group and a primarily Christian group known as the anti-balaka militias. Both of these rival groups are strongly influenced by animism and ongoing tribal conflicts, but the troubles include tensions between Islam and Christianity.

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Man's hands holding a gospel tract
Those caught evangelizing could face blasphemy charges.
Photo: VOMC

A recent report from the American Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East highlights the desperate circumstances facing many Iraqi Christians – both those residing in their country as well as those living as refugees. Over the past two decades, 80 percent of the nation's Christians, which amounts to over one million people, have left the country and chosen not to return.

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