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For the ONE Church - Bangladesh

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DESIGNATION: Restricted BACKGROUND: Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries in the world. Churches are careful when they conduct food distributions because they do not want to encourage false conversions among people who claim Christianity solely for economic benefit. Bangladesh is a Muslim...

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KYRGYZSTAN: CHURCH OF MUSLIM CONVERTS TOLD TO CLOSE

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(July 12, 2018) A church in Kyrgyzstan that is home to many former Muslims has been ordered to cease its Sunday worship. A local source told World Watch Monitor that services at the church, which is led by a convert from Islam, have been interrupted twice in the last few months by a group of...

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For the ONE Church - Nepal

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DESIGNATION: Hostile BACKGROUND: Located in the Himalayas north of India, Nepal is extremely poor. Foreign relief money poured into the country after the devastating 2015 earthquake, but corruption is rampant and the aid hasn’t led to significant improvements. The 2015 constitution...

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For the ONE Church - Kyrgyzstan

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DESIGNATION: Restricted BACKGROUND: Kyrgyzstan is one of the poorest former Soviet states in Central Asia. Only 10 percent of this mountainous country is suitable for farming; as a result, the Kyrgyz people have a proud nomadic tradition centered on raising sheep and horses. Conflicts...

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For the ONE Church - Comoros

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DESIGNATION: Restricted BACKGROUND: Tourists are welcome in this poor island nation located off the East African coast. Its densely packed population is a mix of Arabs, Persians, Indonesians, Africans and Indians. With few job opportunities, many Comorians try to leave the country. Because of...

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For the ONE Church - Israel

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DESIGNATION: Hostile (Restricted in Gaza and the West Bank) BACKGROUND: Israel is home to two very different and divided cultures and people. The decades-long conflict between Israelis and Palestinians over land, the status of Jerusalem and the status of Palestinian refugees remains one of the...

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CHINESE CHRISTIAN COUPLE CRIMINALLY DETAINED AFTER SHARING FAITH AND PROTESTING ABORTION

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(Heshan, Guangdong – June 7, 2018) Voice of the Martyrs Korea reports that police in China’s southern Guangdong province criminally detained a Christian couple after they shared their faith in a local park and advocated against abortion on Friday. Liang Ziliang, a preacher at Baptist...

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For the ONE Church - Indonesia

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DESIGNATION: Hostile BACKGROUND: Most Indonesians live below the poverty line. The economy is still largely agricultural, and many urban Indonesians work in factories. Indonesia is the largest Muslim country in the world, comprising 13 percent of the world’s Muslims. This Southeast Asian...

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CHRISTIAN WOMAN IN PAKISTAN COMPLETES NINTH YEAR IN PRISON FOR HER FAITH

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June marked the completion of nine years in prison for Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman. In June 2009, Asia Bibi was accused of blaspheming the prophet Mohammad and sentenced to death by hanging. Now, nine years later, Asia Bibi is still in prison and Christians around the world continue...

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For the ONE Church - Columbia

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DESIGNATION: Hostile BACKGROUND: After voters rejected a peace agreement with Marxist Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels in 2016, the government approved the agreement without a vote in 2017. As a result of the agreement, various paramilitary groups in rural areas in the north...

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