Sixteen Christian students were arrested earlier this month, the latest in a series of arrests since May 2017. The students, who were arrested after being discovered praying together, were held for more than two weeks before being released. Nearly 200 Christians have reportedly been arrested since May 2017. “What makes this persecution different is that whole families are now being arrested,” a VOM contact said. “Whereas in the past most were picked up at Bible studies or Christian services, now believers are being arrested at their homes. [Because of the arrests], more than 30 children have been left without parents or guardians and the security police are monitoring them to make sure they do not get support from the Christian community.” Please pray for all those affected by the arrests, especially for the children. Pray for an end to this persecution.
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Praise God for the Release of Four Men and Faithfulness of Seven FamiliesFour Christian men arrested over the past two months were released from jail recently. The first believer to be arrested, "Sanyahak," was detained in early October after 40 people came to know Christ through his witness. The three other men were later arrested, amid ongoing harassment of seven Christian families in the community.
Village Bans Buddhists from Selling Food to ChristiansAuthorities in a Buddhist village recently established a law forbidding Buddhists from hiring Christians for work and from renting or selling anything to Christians. As a result, believers in the village are unable to buy food. Every day, village authorities pressure the Christians to return to Buddhism, promising that if they do they will be able to buy food again. The believers, however, are standing firm. "This is not a game," one Christian replied. "We were baptized. We believe in Christ 100 percent and we will die believing."
Church Disbands Because of Hindu PersecutionThe Pakhluwa Eternal Life Church in Palpa district, western Nepal, grew to 30 members in nine months before high-caste Hindus began to object. At first the Hindus complained about the guitar and drums the Christians used for worship music. But when the church quit using musical instruments in worship, the Hindus began demanding that the church stop celebrating the Lord's Supper. The Christians then opted to travel to another church 30 miles away to celebrate Communion with other believers once a month. Community opposition continued.
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