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17

Dec

2018

Chinese Pastors Courageous Essay

Why I must faithfully disobey – imprisoned pastor Wang Yi Last chance to sign Release China Petition, calling for freedom of faith A prominent Chinese pastor who has just been arrested has written an outstanding essay outlining his courageous stand on the…

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29

Nov

2018

Killing Fields of Nigeria

A Release partner is warning that Nigeria’s Christians face growing attacks by Islamist militants in the lead-up to next year’s general election on February 16, 2019. Archbishop Ben Kwashi is calling on the Nigerian government to provide security for Christian farmers in…

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27

Nov

2018

NIGERIA’S CHRISTIANS BRACE FOR ATTACKS AHEAD OF ELECTIONS

A leading Anglican is warning Nigeria’s Christians face escalating attacks by Islamist militants in the lead-up to next year’s general election. Archbishop Ben Kwashi is calling on the Nigerian government to provide security for Christian farmers in the north, who are being…

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22

Nov

2018

ASIA BIBI FAMILY ‘HUNTED DOOR-TO-DOOR’

Islamist extremists are reported to be hunting for Asia Bibi’s family ‘door-to-door’ in Pakistan, giving rise to fears she could be murdered before leaving the country. And Christians in Lahore have been warned that terrorist groups are planning to attack them. Release…

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22

Nov

2018

RELEASE PARTNER ON BBC FLAGSHIP NEWS PROGRAMME

Nigerian Archbishop Benjamin Kwashi has been describing the plight of persecuted Christians in Nigeria to BBC’s Today programme. Archbishop Benjamin Kwashi is on a speaking tour of the UK with Release International. He told BBC religion editor Martin Bashir: ‘As a priest,…

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16

Nov

2018

Nigeria – the focus for IDOP 2018

Nigeria has become a major focus for this year’s International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church on November 18. As Andrew Boyd of Release has been explaining to Peter Wooding, attacks are continuing against Nigerian Christians…   mp3 7m 18s 192kbps

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15

Nov

2018

Asia Bibi might be free, but the battle for religious freedom in Pakistan is far from over

says Paul Robinson, the head of Release International. The story of Asia Bibi highlights the plight of many Christians in Pakistan – not only those who have been accused of blasphemy, writes Paul in a blog for Premier. You can read it…

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15

Nov

2018

Revelation TV have endorsed Release International’s call for prayer for Nigeria for this year’s International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

IDOP, now in its 22nd year, takes place on Sunday, November 18. Release spokesman, Andrew Boyd explained to Revelation TV viewers why Nigeria was the focus of this year’s day of prayer…    With thanks to Revelation TV.

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15

Nov

2018

RELEASE CHRISTMAS APPEAL

Release has launched its Christmas Appeal to support the families of Christians who have been killed for their faith around the world. Christians are being martyred in countries including Eritrea, Somalia, Kenya, Egypt, India, Pakistan and Nigeria. In Nigeria, Christians continue to…

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14

Nov

2018

NIGERIA IDOP PRAYER FOCUS AS CHRISTIAN ATTACKS GROW

Nigeria focus for International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP), Nov 18. Nigerian Christians continue to be rocked by attacks by Islamist militants, including heavily armed herdsmen who slaughter villagers and drive them from their homes. The latest attacks claimed…

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09

Nov

2018

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY COMMISSION CALLS FOR PAKISTAN TO RELEASE ASIA BIBI

The Religious Liberty Commission (RLC), which includes Release International, is calling on Prime Minister Imran Khan to allow Asia Bibi to leave Pakistan. The Religious Liberty Commission of the Evangelical Alliance is formed of Release International, CSW and Open Doors UK who…

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08

Nov

2018

ASIA BIBI… AWAITING ASYLUM FROM PAKISTAN

Asia Bibi is still in Pakistan, according to national media there. News reports say she has been released from jail and flown to the capital Islamabad, where she is being kept in ‘protective custody’. According to reports, Foreign Office spokesman Mohammed Faisal…

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08

Nov

2018

Kyrgyzstan: Eldos was beaten unconscious – but will not be silenced

Eldos from Kyrgyzstan was beaten to within an inch of his life – for the ‘crime’ of turning to Christ. The Christian was hospitalised with serious head injuries, including a broken jaw, and his attackers threatened to kill him if he went…

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08

Nov

2018

ASIA BIBI FLOWN FROM PRISON – REPORTS

According to news reports, Asia Bibi has been flown to Islamabad after being acquitted by the country’s Supreme Court of blasphemy charges. Asia’s lawyer Saif ul-Malook told the news agency Agence France Presse that Asia has been freed from prison and put…

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08

Nov

2018

ASIA BIBI: Fact or fiction…

Reports that Asia Bibi has been flown out of Pakistan have been denied by ministers as ‘fake news’. UCB asked Release International spokesman, Andrew Boyd, to separate the fact from the fiction…   mp3  192kbps 2m 30s

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07

Nov

2018

CHINESE EVANGELISTS ARRESTED – RELEASE PETITION CALLS FOR REPEAL OF TOUGH NEW RELIGIOUS RESTRICTIONS IN CHINA

China’s clampdown on Christians continues, as the authorities step up enforcement of tough new anti-religious regulations. Please sign Release’s online petition Release partner China Aid reports that police in Sichuan arrested more than 20 Christians who were sharing their faith on the…

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06

Nov

2018

ASIA BIBI: CALL FOR A MILLION TO MARCH TO SEE HER HANG

Protestors in Pakistan have called for a million marchers to flood the streets of Karachi on Thursday (Nov 8) to call for the death of Asia Bibi – the Christian woman declared innocent of blasphemy. Pakistan has been accused of caving into…

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05

Nov

2018

Asia Bibi Acquitted – Report on BBC Radio Shropshire

Listen below to a radio report given by Release’s Andrew Boyd on BBC Radio Shropshire as he speaks about the situation in Pakistan and the uncertainty facing Asia Bibi and her family following her acquittal. Asia Bibi Acquitted – Interview on BBC…

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03

Nov

2018

ASIA BIBI’S HUSBAND CALLS ON UK FOR ASYLUM

The husband of Asia Bibi has called on Theresa May to grant asylum for his wife and family, after Pakistan caved in to demands by extremists to prevent her leaving the country. The Pakistan government has conceded to extremist demands to impose…

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03

Nov

2018

ASIA BIBI – PAKISTAN GIVES IN TO PROTESTERS, ASIA FREE IN NAME ONLY

Pakistan moves to prevent Asia Bibi leaving the country, Pakistan press calls it ‘another surrender’, Release International says pray for Asia and Christian minority as danger level rises The Pakistan government has given in to protesters and is acting to prevent Asia…

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02

Nov

2018

ASIA BIBI – NATIONWIDE PROTEST CALL AFTER FRIDAY PRAYERS

In Pakistan, Islamists have called for nationwide protests after Friday prayers, following the acquittal of Asia Bibi on blasphemy charges. The Supreme Court threw out all blasphemy charges against the Christian mother of five on Oct 31. The imam who brought the original…

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01

Nov

2018

Asia Bibi Acquitted – Report on Premier Christian Radio

Listen below to a radio report given by Release’s Andrew Boyd as he speaks about the prospects for Christians today in Pakistan following Asia Bibi’s acquittal.   Asia Bibi Acquitted – Interview on Premier Christian Radio, 1st November 2018. mp3, 130kbps,  6m…

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01

Nov

2018

AFTER ASIA… PRAY FOR CHRISTIANS BRACED FOR REPRISALS

Christians in Pakistan have been warned to be braced for reprisals following the acquittal of Asia Bibi on blasphemy charges. Protests are continuing across the nation the day after the Supreme Court threw out the charges of blasphemy against Asia. Protests by…

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31

Oct

2018

Asia Bibi Acquitted – Reports on TWR and UCB Radio

Listen below to two radio reports given by Release’s Andrew Boyd as he speaks about Asia Bibi’s acquittal, the implications that this has for her, her family and our wider Christian family within Pakistan and the reality of the blasphemy laws in…

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31

Oct

2018

Asia Bibi acquitted – and Pakistan erupts in fury

Asia Bibi has been acquitted by the Supreme Court in Lahore after spending eight years on death row for ‘blasphemy’. But the move is hugely controversial in this conservative Muslim nation. Already two churches have been attacked and large crowds of protesters…

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31

Oct

2018

ASIA BIBI UPDATE… THERESA MAY WELCOMES NEWS OF ASIA’S RELEASE

Prime Minister Theresa May has welcomed news of Asia Bibi’s release. She told the Commons during Prime Minister’s Questions: ‘The news out of Pakistan will be very welcome to her family and to all who have campaigned for her release.’ Asia Bibi…

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31

Oct

2018

ASIA BIBI UPDATE… PROTESTS CONTINUE IN PAKISTAN AFTER ASIA ACQUITTAL

Protests continue in Pakistan after the Supreme Court decision to acquit Christian Asia Bibi of blasphemy charges. Crowds have barricaded roads in Islamabad and other major cities, burned tyres and taken the streets in protest. The International News, Pakistan, reports: ‘Demonstrations broke…

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31

Oct

2018

ASIA BIBI UPDATE – RELEASE CALLS FOR PRAYER FOR CHRISTIANS

Release International has called for prayer for Pakistan’s Christians as large crowds gather to protest the acquittal of Asia Bibi. Angry protesters burning tyres have blocked highways and roads. Demonstrations have broken out in the capital Islamabad and other cities. ‘Please pray…

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31

Oct

2018

ASIA BIBI UPDATE… PROTESTS ERUPT IN PAKISTAN AFTER ACQUITTAL

Protestors have blocked major roads in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, putting up barriers and burning tyres, following news of Asia Bibi’s acquittal. Protests are also being staged in Karachi and Lahore. The Punjab authorities have banned people from gathering in public places. The…

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31

Oct

2018

ASIA BIBI OVERJOYED

Asia Bibi says she can scarcely believe that she has been acquitted. Overtuning the blasphemy ruling, the Supreme Court declared: ‘the prosecution has categorically failed to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt.’ News agency AFP said Asia Bibi could scarcely believe the news:…

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31

Oct

2018

ASIA BIBI ACQUITTED AMID PROTESTS – RELEASE CALLS FOR HER PROTECTION

PAKISTAN SUPREME COURT OVERTURNS DEATH PENALTY ON CHRISTIAN MOTHER ON DEATH ROW FOR BLASPHEMY Release International welcomes the decision to finally acquit Asia Bibi, who has been on death row for eight years. As protests break out, Release urges Pakistan to protect…

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23

Oct

2018

Our family in Sri Lanka are under pressure from extremists

The church in Sri Lanka is facing mounting violence and discrimination – as extremism extends its influence. Buddhist hardliners are not the only ones persecuting Christians now: Hindu extremists with links to India are gaining influence. Please pray that our church family…

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15

Oct

2018

PASTOR ANDREW BRUNSON RELEASED – Premier Christian Radio Interview

US pastor Andrew Brunson, who was accused of spying in Turkey, has been set free from prison following international pressure. Release International has welcomed the news, as, Andrew Boyd told Premier Radio:   5.5MB 3m 58s 192kbps

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12

Oct

2018

PASTOR ANDREW BRUNSON RELEASED

Release International is delighted that Pastor Andrew Brunson (pictured) has at last been released in Turkey, where he has been held on terrorism charges. According to news reports, Pastor Brunson, who has denied the charges, will soon be heading back to the…

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10

Oct

2018

ASIA BIBI AWAITS BLASPHEMY APPEAL RULING

The world is still awaiting Pakistan’s Supreme Court ruling on Asia Bibi, the Christian mother on death row for blasphemy. The court made a decision on Asia’s fate on Monday, but has withheld its ruling. Christians hope Asia will be set free,…

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08

Oct

2018

Help set the captives free! Our brothers and sisters need your prayers

Asia, Andrew, Jiang and Leah… all four are being held in captivity, simply because they are Christians. Please stand with us in praying for their release. Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi (pictured) will have to wait for a ruling on her final appeal today…

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04

Oct

2018

INSPIRE A NEW GENERATION

Show the Tortured for Christ DVD in your church and celebrate 50 years of supporting persecuted Christians. Fifty years ago, a Romanian pastor who had gone through torment for his faith at the hands of his communist jailers inspired Christians around the…

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04

Oct

2018

Emersion – a painting by Marcela Lopez.

Blind auction for painting. Marcela Lopez, a contemporary artist based in Surrey whose commissions can be found in offices and homes in Colombia, from where she comes, London, Paris, Venice and Texas, is offering one of her works for auction to help…

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26

Sep

2018

NIGERIA – Pray for Leah

The life of Leah Sharibu, the 15-year-old schoolgirl abducted by Boko Haram terrorists in northern Nigeria in February, is in immediate danger. Her abductors have threatened to execute her at the end of the month (September) if the Government does not meet…

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19

Sep

2018

Clampdown on Christians in Central Asia – Report on Premier Christian Radio

Release’s new DVD, Underground, was featured on Premier Christian Radio’s Newshour programme today. The DVD reports on the growing problem of persecution of Christians in Central Asia. You can listen to Release’s Tom Bradley’s report below. mp3 128kbps 7m 36s     You…

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18

Sep

2018

CENTRAL ASIA CLAMPDOWN ON CHRISTIANS

Christians in Central Asia are facing worship bans, arrest and torture as Islamic nationalism gains ground in their countries. Pastors in the underground church have been describing their ordeal to Release International, which supports persecuted Christians around the world. Release has launched an…

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11

Sep

2018

URGENT – Imminent attack feared in northern Nigeria

Rumours are circulating that Fulani militants are poised to attack the town of Vom in north eastern Nigeria. The town lies on the major arterial road between Abuja, the capital, and Jos, the Plateau state capital.  If this raid takes place it…

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31

Aug

2018

HELP THE COURAGEOUS CHRISTIANS OF IRAN

Iran is a tough country for Christians. In this radical Islamic republic, sharing the Christian faith is not tolerated. Fewer than 1 in 100 Iranians are believers. Converts from Islam face the toughest pressure – along with the Christians who lead them…

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29

Aug

2018

NIGERIA – Two pastors among scores killed by militants

Two congregations in Nigeria are mourning the death of their pastor after three days of violence across four states. Unidentified attackers shot Pastor Michael Akawu on a Saturday night in Gwagwalada, Abuja – just a few hours before suspected Fulani murdered Pastor…

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29

Aug

2018

CHINA: ‘REPEAL TOUGH NEW RESTRICTIONS’ – Interview on Premier Christian Radio

Release’s Andrew Boyd was interviewed on Premier Christian Radio this afternoon. He was speaking about persecution of Christians in China and how you can sign our petition to the Chinese Premier, Xi Jinping, asking him to repeal the new religious laws which…

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29

Aug

2018

CHINA PETITION – ‘REPEAL TOUGH NEW RESTRICTIONS’ – RELEASE

Release launches a petition calling for the repeal of tough new anti-religion laws in China that have led to a rise in persecution. Release partners say persecution in China is on the rise. And it’s not just Christians and church leaders who…

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28

Aug

2018

CHINA – CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION SOARS AS NEW LAWS BITE

It’s now six months since tough new restrictions on religious freedom came into force across China. Release International, which supports Christians under pressure around the world, says persecution has been rising dramatically. Partners report a five-fold increase in the number of Christians…

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16

Aug

2018

TAJIKISTAN – Christians arrested and fined

We have been informed through our partner that 10 Christians were arrested by the security police in Tajikistan on August 7. The group had gone to the Pamirs mountain area to share the gospel and hand out Christian literature in Russian, Tajik…

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02

Aug

2018

INDIA – Christians injured and ‘traumatised’ by mob attack

A partially blind girl was among those beaten by a mob of masked Hindu extremists during a recent attack on a church in Uttar Pradesh, northern India. After the attack in July, which ‘traumatised’ families, nine of about 50 injured Christians needed…

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26

Jul

2018

PASTOR ANDREW BRUNSON RELEASED FROM JAIL IN TURKEY

A US pastor accused of spying in Turkey has been released from prison and placed under house arrest following international pressure. Christians around the world are delighted that Pastor Andrew Brunson has at last been released from prison. He has been let…

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26

Jul

2018

ARCHBISHOP THANKS RELEASE FOR REPORTING NIGERIA ATTACK

Nigerian Archbishop Benjamin Kwashi has thanked Release International for raising international awareness of the recent attack against his home. Armed Fulani herdsmen raided the archbishop’s compound in Jos and stole his cattle. Archbishop Kwashi remained indoors to protect the many orphans in…

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25

Jul

2018

Pakistan elections – Christians likely losers as extremists tilt agenda

Whoever wins today’s Pakistan elections, Christians and religious tolerance are likely to be the losers, as extremists press into the mainstream, calling for tougher blasphemy laws. Whatever the outcome, Release International will keep campaigning for the notorious blasphemy laws to be repealed Whatever…

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21

Jul

2018

PREMIER RADIO – INTERVIEW WITH PETR JASEK, CHRISTIAN WORKER IMPRISONED IN SUDAN FOR SPYING

Listen to Petr Jasek being interviewed on The Profile at Premier Christian Radio today (Saturday July 21st) at 4pm. If you can’t make that time, the interview will be available to listen to as a podcast here.  

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19

Jul

2018

Pastor Andrew Brunson sent back to jail

American pastor Andrew Brunson’s hopes of being released from jail in Turkey have been dashed yet again. Yesterday, a judge ordered Pastor Andrew to remain behind bars, despite intense international lobbying raising hopes he would be freed. Turkey has just declared an…

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19

Jul

2018

New developments in Eritrea

A report from our Eritrean partner:  After Ethiopia appointed a new prime minister, Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali, in April 2018, things started to change quickly in that country and their neighbours. Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali has a Muslim father and an Orthodox…

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12

Jul

2018

Algerian Christians under growing pressure

Our Algerian family is facing mounting pressure – but standing strong. Officials in Algeria are using ‘legal technicalities’ to close down churches and put pressure on Christians. Release sources say Protestant churches are being subjected to ‘health and safety inspections’ – by…

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11

Jul

2018

Running 50 @ 50 in support of Release International

As Release International and Simon Harris both celebrate their 50th birthdays, please support Simon with his personal challenge to run 5 x 10km timed runs during 2018 or 50 @ 50! Simon writes, ‘As I celebrate my 50th year I’ve decided to…

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11

Jul

2018

Laurie’s 4000ft Cross-Scotland Trek

That’s not just walking 4000 feet – it’s walking across Scotland from Aberdeen to Fort William, up and down NINE 4,000 ft hills along the way!! Laurie writes, ‘Last year I had the opportunity to visit Egypt and see at first hand…

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09

Jul

2018

EXTENDED INTERVIEW WITH PETR JASEK, CHRISTIAN WORKER IMPRISONED IN SUDAN FOR SPYING

Listen here to an extended interview with Andrew Boyd in conversation with Petr Jasek. (You can also download a transcript of the interview here if you prefer.) Czech-born Petr Jasek, a champion of the persecuted church, was accused of spying in Sudan…

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06

Jul

2018

Tortured For Christ – The film: NOW SHOWING THROUGHOUT THE UK

Fourteen years in communist prisons could not break his faith! This Autumn Release will be showing the new 70-minute film produced by Voice of the Martyrs USA, which depicts Richard Wurmbrand’s best-selling testimony Tortured for Christ. Filmed entirely in Romania, this is a powerful…

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05

Jul

2018

Express reports Release concerns about Nigeria attacks

The Express has picked up on Release International’s story about the ongoing attacks against Christian in Nigeria. Their story headlined, Christianity crackdown: Church attacked by mob in Nigeria ‘genocide’ crisis highlights the crucial questions being raised by Release CEO Paul Robinson. The…

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02

Jul

2018

ATTACK ON HOME OF NIGERIAN ARCHBISHOP BEN KWASHI

Fulani raiders claim 11 more lives. Release warns of campaign to drive Christians from northern Nigeria, calls for government protection Cattle rustlers have attacked the home of the Nigerian Archbishop of Jos, Benjamin Kwashi. The Anglican Archbishop was at home at the…

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02

Jul

2018

AUDIO REPORT: Nigeria violence death toll ‘exceeds 200’

Andrew Boyd is interviewed on Premier Christian Radio about the continuing violence in northern Nigeria which has resulted in the deaths of over 200 people and the displacement of thousands.

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02

Jul

2018

PETR JASEK THANKS RELEASE SUPPORTERS FOR YOUR PRAYERS

Listen here to an interview with Andrew Boyd in conversation with Petr Jasek. (You can also download a transcript of the interview here if you prefer.) A Czech missionary who was facing death in Sudan for reporting on the persecuted church, has…

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29

Jun

2018

CHRISTIAN DEATH TOLL IN NIGERIA RISES. RELEASE WARNS OF STRATEGY TO DRIVE CHRISTIANS FROM NORTH

Release International warns of strategy to drive Christians from north Nigeria and asks: ‘Who is arming and training the attackers?’ As the death tolls mounts in Fulani attacks against Nigerian Christian villagers, Release declares June 29 Martyrs’ Day. The death toll from…

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28

Jun

2018

200 Nigerian Christians slaughtered in village attacks

200 Nigerian Christians slaughtered in village attacks More than 200 people in mainly Christian villages in Plateau are reported dead after Fulani herdsmen went on a killing spree at the weekend. Attackers armed with machetes and guns raided ten communities near the…

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18

Jun

2018

100 churches closed in China province

Scores of churches have been shut down in a central China province as the crackdown on Christianity continues. By the end of May, almost 100 house churches had been forcibly closed in Henan, according to Release partner China Aid. Even state-registered churches…

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15

Jun

2018

Release International’s Martyrs’ Day (June 29)

  Be Prepared for Martyrs’ Day on 29 June 2019 In our 50th year we launched Martyrs’ Day – on June 29 – to remember today’s courageous Christians who suffer for their faith in Jesus – even to the point of death. Please…

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06

Jun

2018

MYANMAR MILITARY LAUNCHES BRUTAL ATTACKS ON CHRISTIAN AREAS

Our family in Myanmar are in desperate need of our prayers as the military renews its offensive against the Christian Kachin people in the north of Myanmar.  Troops using artillery, helicopter gunships and infantry are reportedly setting fire to homes, forcing people…

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05

Jun

2018

BURMA: RELIGIOUS CLEANSING SPREADS TO CHRISTIANS

RELEASE CALLS FOR HALT TO ATTACKS BY MYANMAR MILITARY. The Burmese military has renewed its offensive against the Christian Kachin people in Myanmar (Burma), displacing thousands. Release International, which supports persecuted Christians worldwide, fears Christians face a repeat of the brutal ethnic…

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05

Jun

2018

Andrew Boyd Speaks about the recent attacks on Kachin Christians in Burma

Release’s Andrew Boyd speaks on UCB Radio  and Premier Christian Radio about the recent attacks on Kachin Christians in Burma.   UCB Radio Report (June 5th, 2018) mp3 6MB 4m 17s     Premier Christian Radio Report (June 6th, 2018) mp3 6MB…

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25

May

2018

Andrew Boyd Speaks about the Great Outdoors Church Service

  Click here to listen to Release’ Andrew Boyd speaking about the Great Outdoor Church Service on Premier Radio’s Newshour programme. mp3, 160kbps, 4m 35s  

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21

May

2018

50th Anniversary Service of Thanksgiving

Join us for a 50th Anniversary Service of Thanksgiving on Thursday 4th October, 7.30pm, at the Emmanuel Centre, 9-23 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 3DW.   Download the flyer for more details.   Entry is by advance FREE ticket only and spaces are…

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21

May

2018

THEY LISTEN IN SECRET

THEY LISTEN IN SECRET In Afghanistan, they still stone followers of Jesus. So, telling others about your faith is a risky business – for you, and for them. Encouragement is in short supply, as is sound Christian teaching. But both can be…

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14

May

2018

INDONESIA – Churches hit by horrific attacks

Our brothers and sisters in Indonesia urgently need our prayer – after a family with children launched suicide attacks on three churches in Surabaya city yesterday. A woman is believed to have blown up herself and two daughters in an attack on…

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14

May

2018

CALL FOR OPEN-AIR PRAYER TO STAND WITH INDONESIAN CHRISTIANS

CALL FOR OPEN-AIR PRAYER TO STAND WITH INDONESIAN CHRISTIANS Release International is calling on Christians to hold open-air services to stand in solidarity with Christians slaughtered in the Indonesian church bombings. Report of courage as security guard gives his life to save…

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23

Apr

2018

‘NOW IS THE TIME TO GET OUT OF OUR CHURCHES AND STAND WITH THE PERSECUTED’

Release invites Christians to hold open air services on May 27 to identify with believers whose churches have been destroyed Churches in the UK and Ireland are being challenged to take their services out into the open air in May, whatever the…

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19

Apr

2018

PAKISTAN: Christians shocked and fearful after third attack

Azhar and Rahib were shot in broad daylight on the streets of Quetta city this week – the third extremist attack on local Christians in just four months. Christians in southern Balochistan province are now living in fear as 15 believers have…

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06

Apr

2018

PAKISTAN: Four members of Christian family killed in Easter attack

Easter should be a joyful time for family gatherings but for one family in the Pakistani province of Balochistan their celebrations came to a sudden and brutal end. Four members of the same family, who had come together for Easter from different…

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05

Apr

2018

Egypt election – Premier Newshour Interview

Release’s Andrew Boyd speaks on Premier Christian Radio’s Newshour programme about the recent presidential election in Egypt. Click the icon below to listen.   mp3 (6MB) 128kbps 6m 14s    

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03

Apr

2018

Protect Your Persecuted Christians, Mr President

Abdel Fattah al–Sisi has been confirmed as President of Egypt after a low-turnout election for which there was no effective opposition. Most of Mr al-Sisi’s opponents declined to stand in the elections, citing intimidation. A former army chief was arrested after declaring…

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19

Mar

2018

GATHERING STORM IN CHINA

COMING STORM FOR CHINESE CHRISTIANS UNDER ‘EMPEROR’ XI Latest crackdown tears Christian mural from home, arrests pastor. Video clip. A leading campaigner has warned of a gathering storm for persecuted Christians in China. Release International partner, Bob Fu, says the persecution of…

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08

Mar

2018

Childrens’ Prayer Sheet – Easter 2018

  Here is the Children’s Prayer Sheet for Easter 2018 (Click the image to download)     You can download previous Children’s Prayer Sheets here

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06

Mar

2018

Interview opportunity with leading China persecution campaigner Bob Fu, in the UK in March with Release International. Also new book on persecution.

Former house church leader, prisoner of faith, and one of the leading voices for the persecuted Church in China, Bob Fu contends that the persecution of Christians in China is worsening and is now as severe as at any time since the…

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26

Feb

2018

INDIA: 7TH STATE PASSES ANTI-CONVERSION LAW

‘Law is an instrument of persecution to prevent Christian witness’ – Release International A seventh state in India has become the latest to pass an anti-conversion law, which Christians say will be used as a tool of persecution by right-wing Hindu nationalists….

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16

Feb

2018

Thank God for the release of Lao Christians!

Six Christians in Laos who spent more than a month in jail for celebrating Christmas have now been set free. Release contacts say the Christians in Vientiane province were taken into custody because they had not sought official permission to hold a…

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16

Feb

2018

AUDIO REPORT: Chinese New Year – New restriction on Christians in China

A new year means new rules. Year of the Dog looks set to be Year of the Underdog for Christians in China. Release’s Andrew Boyd warns persecution is set to rise as new rules given to local authorities are being used to further…

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15

Feb

2018

CHINESE NEW YEAR HERALDS NEW RESTRICTIONS FOR CHRISTIANS

New year, new rules as Year of the Dog looks set to be Year of the Underdog. Release warns persecution set to rise as new rules clamp down on the Church. The Chinese New Year looks set to be a year of…

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07

Feb

2018

NK PRE-OLYMPIC MILITARY PARADE MUST TRIGGER PRAYER FOR PERSECUTED

The North Korean missile crisis must be turned into a rallying cry for prayer for persecuted Christians in that country, says Release International, which supports Christians under pressure around the world. North Korea is staging a massive show of military might ahead…

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31

Jan

2018

Theresa May in China – ‘Use your influence, Mrs May, to press for religious freedom’

Prime Minister Theresa May is in China for a three-day visit to bolster trade. But concern is growing about the rising persecution of Christians in China. In January, officials dynamited a 50,000-strong megachurch and have fined Christian leaders elsewhere for taking up…

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26

Jan

2018

New religion law in Vietnam fuels Christians’ fears

Please pray for our family in Vietnam as new laws on religion threaten to limit their freedoms. Vietnam’s Law on Belief and Religion, which came into force on January 1, has alarmed Christians because it insists religious groups must be registered and…

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22

Jan

2018

RELEASE 50YR MILESTONE PROMPTS PERSECUTION CALL TO ACTION

Release International has reached a significant milestone – the 50th year of its ministry in serving persecuted Christians around the world. ‘Since 1968, the prayers and gifts of supporters throughout the UK and Ireland have helped thousands of Christians who are persecuted…

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19

Jan

2018

CHINA: 200 Chinese Christians arrested in ‘cult’ crackdown

A crackdown on ‘cults’ in Yunnan province has led to mass arrests of Christians – with many now facing long jail sentences. Six members of a church in the Lincang area have just been handed sentences of up to 13 years –…

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09

Jan

2018

KYRGYZSTAN – ‘AMAZING SIGN’ ENCOURAGES CHURCH AFTER BOMB ATTACK

A church in Kyrgyzstan was badly damaged in a firebomb attack but one thing survived and has now inspired the congregation. Muslim militants used Molotov cocktails to set fire to the Evangelical Christian Baptist Church in Kaji-Say in the early hours of…

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08

Jan

2018

MILITANTS BURN BAPTIST CHURCH IN KYRGYZSTAN. ALTAR BIBLE SURVIVES BLAZE UNHARMED

Muslim militants have firebombed a Baptist church in Kyrgyzstan, causing extensive damage. The Bible on the altar survived the arson attack, encouraging Christians to stand firm in their faith. Radicals doused the Evangelical Christian Baptist Church with petrol and set it on…

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29

Dec

2017

MANY SPARED AS EGYPT CHURCH BOMB ATTACK FAILS

Terrorists strike as Egyptian churches brace for violence. Nine killed, but many spared as bomb attack fails. Release calls for prayer for Egypt’s Christians. The death toll in an attempted suicide bomb attack on a church in Egypt [Friday Dec 29] has…

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28

Dec

2017

PERSECUTION TRENDS 2018: AS CHINA TRIES TO BAN CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS RELEASE WARNS OF CHURCH CLAMPDOWN

Countries of concern for 2018 in new Release report include China, Nigeria and India. China has been cracking down on Christmas celebrations in some districts, banning Santa Claus and Christmas hats to further tighten its squeeze on Christianity. China is a key…

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18

Dec

2017

CHRISTIAN GROOMING EPIDEMIC IN EGYPT

Girls and boys targeted for kidnap and conversion. Release urges Egypt to protect its Christian minority. Christian girls in Egypt are being targeted for kidnapping, forced marriage and conversion, says Release International, which supports persecuted Christians around the world. Release describes an…

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15

Dec

2017

THANK YOU FOR YOUR FAITHFUL PRAYERS IN 2017

We believe in the power of prayer so we’re hugely grateful to you for interceding on behalf of our persecuted family this year. Your prayers help sustain prisoners behind bars, bring comfort to those who mourn and remind those who are suffering…

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08

Dec

2017

INDIAN PASTOR AND WIFE BEATEN UP

Please pray for Indian pastor David Livingstone and his wife Aram, who were beaten up when Hindu extremists attacked their church in north Karnataka. A group of about 25 extremists interrupted a church service, and dragged the pastor and his wife outside,…

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29

Nov

2017

Persecution turns to joy for Indian Christians

Next time you pray for someone to be healed, spare a thought for six Indian Christians who paid a heavy price for doing just that. As they prayed over a woman who was sick, Hindu extremists attacked them. Then, when police were…

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16

Nov

2017

PAKISTAN – PRAY FOR OUR BROTHER ZAFAR WHO IS IN PRISON AND IN DISTRESS

Our brother Zafar is facing the prospect of spending the rest of his life behind bars in Pakistan over false accusations of ‘blasphemy’ – and really needs our prayers. Zafar Bhatti, who is being held in Adyala Jail in Rawalpindi, was sentenced…

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24

Oct

2017

MORE SUDAN CHURCH LEADERS ARRESTED

Faced with the threat of arrest would you continue to worship God? That is the challenge being faced on a regular basis by Christian leaders in Sudan. On Sunday police arrested five Sudanese Church of Christ (SCOC) leaders after they refused to…

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11

Oct

2017

TURKEY – Worship rises from pastor’s prison cell

Our American brother Andrew Brunson is still behind bars in Turkey – a year after he was arrested – yet his faith remains strong. He faces four life sentences based on allegations that he was involved in the plot to overthrow the…

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02

Aug

2017

IRAN – MARYAM RELEASED FROM PRISON!

Thank you for your prayers for Maryam Naghash Zargaran, an Iranian convert to Christianity, who, we are delighted to report, was released from prison yesterday. Maryam has served a four-year sentence in the women’s ward of Evin Prison in Tehran. She was…

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12

May

2017

ANOTHER CHRISTIAN FALLS VICTIM TO PAKISTAN’S BLASPHEMY LAW

Zafar Bhatti faces the prospect of spending the rest of his days behind bars after a court in Pakistan sentenced him to life in prison for ‘blasphemy’. A judge in Rawalpindi found Zafar guilty of sending blasphemous text messages from his mobile…

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11

May

2017

YOUR PRAYERS ARE POWERFUL: THANK GOD FOR THE RELEASE OF PRISONERS IN SUDAN!

We’ve just heard that Pastor Hassan Abduraheem Kodi Taour and Abdulmonem Abdumawla have been freed from prison in Khartoum today. The two men have been in jail since they were arrested along with our Czech brother, Petr Jašek, in December 2015. In…

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13

Mar

2017

IRAN – ONE SMALL STEP FROM BAPTISM TO DETENTION

An Iranian mother and son have paid a heavy price for turning to Christ – just months after they were baptised. Veronika and Augustine were arrested in Urmia, northwest Iran, on February 20 and haven’t been seen since. Please pray that they…

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27

Feb

2017

SUDAN: FREEDOM FOR OUR CZECH BROTHER PETR

Czech Christian aid worker Petr Jašek is reported to be safely back in Prague after Sudan’s President pardoned him and released him from jail yesterday. The Czech Foreign Minister brought Petr home last night after flying out to Khartoum to negotiate his…

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22

Feb

2017

MALAYSIA: ABDUCTION FEARS FOR MALAYSIAN CHRISTIANS

Three Christians have gone missing in Malaysia – and friends fear they have been abducted because of their church work. Pastor Raymond Koh was reportedly taken from his car in Petaling Jaya city last week. Another pastor and his wife, who have…

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21

Feb

2017

MALAYSIA: ABDUCTION FEARS FOR MALAYSIAN CHRISTIANS

Three Christians have gone missing in Malaysia – and friends fear they have been abducted because of their church work. Pastor Raymond Koh was reportedly taken from his car in Petaling Jaya city last week. Another pastor and his wife, who have…

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15

Feb

2017

WILL THEY BE LASHED FOR TAKING COMMUNION WINE? IRANIAN CHRISTIANS AWAIT VERDICT

Three Iranian men are waiting to hear whether a court will uphold their sentence to 80 lashes for taking communion wine. Their appeal decision is expected within 20 days. Release International is calling on the Iranian authorities to overturn the sentence. Yaser…

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04

Oct

2016

CHINA – HOUSE CHURCHES ACROSS CHINA ‘ORDERED TO REFORM’

China’s house churches are under fire again – as the authorities step up the pressure on congregations across the country. Please pray for our Christian family in China, facing what appears to be an official crackdown spreading throughout the country. The warning…

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