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Acteal Prisoners – Update

Alonso Lopez Entzin spent 11 years and eight months in prison for a crime he did not commit.  Accused of participating in the tragic “Acteal massacre” in December 1997, he and more than 80 of his neighbors were arrested and charged with the murders. On Aug. 12, the Federal Supreme Court of Mexico ordered that Lopez Entzin and 19 other men accused in the Acteal killings be freed.  Of these men, 18 are believers, but only 5 of the men were believers when they entered prison almost 12 years ago.  The remainder met Christ during their time in prison.  

“There are thousands and thousands of brothers who prayed for us inside the jail – thank God He answered those prayers,” Entzin said through tears.  Despite being freed, the 20 men have yet to resume normal life with their families. They are living in makeshift half-way houses provided by the federal government in hot, bustling Tuxtla Gutierrez, awaiting re-settlement on land that state authorities have promised them. Please continue to pray for these men as they readjust to life outside prison walls and for the Federal Supreme Court of Mexico who will be reviewing 31 more cases in the coming weeks.  

Father, we give thanks for bringing about justice for these men.  And we give thanks for Your work in the hearts of many who encountered You in saving faith while in prison.  We thank you, too, for the confidence that
even now You continue to work for justice on behalf of those who remain
in prison.  Give them all courage and hope.

9 years ago

October 29, 2009

Dear Friend,

Christian Men Jailed in Pakistan

Compass Direct News reports that two Christian brothers, Naveed Masih and Nauman Masih, were arrested in early September in Pakistan.  Their crime?  Firing warning shots as an Islamist mob approached, a charge both brothers deny. This mob burned seven Christians to death and destroyed at least 50 homes on August 1 after they were whipped into a frenzy by local imams and banned terrorist groups acting on an unsubstantiated rumor of “blasphemy” of the Quran.  These Christian brothers gave shelter to 300 people on the day of the attack.  Nauman has been released on bail, but from his cell, Naveed told Compass about the starvation and beatings both brothers received in a police effort to obtain admissions of firing weapons and having links with terrorist organizations.  “They beat me with cane sticks on the back of my hands and sometimes hung me upside down and then brutally beat me,” reported Naveed.  

Thank you, Father, for the compassion these men have had in caring for their Christian brothers and sisters.  Protect them.  Bring about justice.  Encourage them with your Presence and the knowledge of our prayers on their behalf.

9 years ago
Two Iranian Christian Women Still Held in Evin Prison Two Iranian women imprisoned in Iran's most brutal prison have been returned to prison for not renouncing their conversion to Christianity.

Maryam Rustampoor, 27 and Marzieh, 30 have been imprisoned in Tehran's Evin prison for 8 months. During a hearing in August the two were interrogated
repeatedly regarding their faith.

 "We love Jesus... we have no regrets... we will not deny our faith." The judge then sent them back to prison for an indeterminate period of time to "think about their decision."

"We have already done our thinking," they told him.

These girls are just two among dozens possibly hundreds of Christians detained in Iran in recent months. The harassment is the radical Islamic government's response to an Iranian revival that has thousands of Iranians coming to Christ each month
9 years ago
IMPRISONED CHRISTIAN IN SOMALILAND ON HUNGER STRIKE: A convert from Islam in Somalia’s self-declared state of Somaliland has staged a hunger strike to protest his transfer to a harsh prison in a remote part of the country. Full story>>
9 years ago
In the Trenches:
Egyptian Christians imprisoned

Official charges brought against innocent victims.  
Read Carl's message>>
9 years ago
Laos - Authorities in Savannakhet Province have arrested two Christians for embracing Christianity.  One has been expelled from his village for refusing to recant, and the other remains in prison.
9 years ago
Ethiopia - Bashir Musa Ahmed, a Christian convert from Islam, has been jailed without charge since May after his arrest for “malicious” distribution of Somali-language Bibles in eastern Ethiopia.

Persecution Update>>

9 years ago
Women Face Life in Prison  

Maryam Rostampour and Marzieh Amirizadeh Esmaeilabad, arrested on March 5, 2009, face charges of propagation of the Christian faith and apostasy in Iran.  For seven months these women have been held at Tehran's notorious Evin prison.  They have spent time in solitary confinement and are currently held in an overcrowded cell with more than 20 women.  If convicted, they could be sentenced to life in prison.  In the face of great pressure to recant their faith, both women have declared they will not deny their Christianity.

Father, we ask you to give Maryam and Marzieh courage to remain strong in their faith.  Show them Your presence in tangible ways.  Fill them with an uncommon peace that others might observe and turn to You, the giver of faith and peace. Give fruit to Open Doors’ advocacy campaign that justice may prevail.

Take a stand against this injustice by joining the Global Campaign on behalf of Maryam and Marzieh
9 years ago
Osman Imin Freed from Chinese Prison!

Osman, a Uyghur house church leader, arrested in 2004 for alleged “illegal proselytizing” and “leaking state secrets”, was freed from prison on November 18, according to Compass News sources. Osman, originally held in a detention center, was later sent to a labor camp where he was forced to work 12 to 15 hours a day for two years.  Although authorities wanted Osman to serve 10- 15 years, they significantly reduced the term following international media attention.

Continue to pray for Alimjan Yimit another Uygher Christian who remains in arbitrary detention in the region. Details of how you can write Alimjan’s family and other persecuted Christians letters of encouragement can be found on the Open Doors website.

9 years ago
CHINA RELEASES UYGHUR CHURCH LEADER FROM PRISON:  House church leader Osman Imin was freed on November 18, after serving two years in a labor camp for alleged “illegal proselytizing” and “leaking state secrets,” according to Compass sources. Authorities had called for a 10-15 year prison sentence for Osman but significantly reduced the term following international media attention. Almost 1,800 Open Doors supporters sent messages to Chinese Ambassador Zhou Whenzong on behalf of Osman earlier this year. Open Doors is so thankful to the Lord for Osman's release.  Please remember to pray for another Uyghur Christian, Alimjan Yimit who remains in prison.  Full Story>>
9 years ago
Update on Father Nguyen Van Ly

Father Nguyen Van Ly, who was sentenced to eight years in prison in March 2007, recently suffered a severe stroke, according to Forum 18 News. He was admitted to the military hospital in Hanoi. At last report, he was semi-paralyzed but was conscious and able to speak. Family members report that he is being treated well. Pray that Father Van Ly will have a full recovery.
We encourage you to continue writing him letters and to continue praying. We also encourage you to write to the Vietnamese government requesting Father Van Ly's release.
Please send this e-mail to others who have a heart for persecuted believers, and encourage them to write. Get involved. Pray and write today!
9 years ago

December 9, 2009

Dear Donna

Alimjan Yimit Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

Chinese authorities have quietly sentenced Uyghur Christian Alimjan Yimit to 15 years in prison on the apparently contrived charge of “roviding state secrets to overseas organizations,” according to China Aid Association (CAA).  The charge against the 36-year-old house church leader, held for more than two years at Kashgar Detention Center, was based on innocuous interviews he granted to media outside of China, according to his lawyer, Li Dunyong.

“The 15-year sentence is far more severe than I originally expected,” Li said in a CAA press statement. “The whole world should be appalled at this injustice against innocent Christian leader Alimujiang,” said CAA President Bob Fu.

More Chinese House Church Pastors and Leaders Sentenced

9 years ago

More Chinese House Church Pastors and Leaders Sentenced

Five Chinese pastors, arrested as they were en route to file a complaint over the demolition of their church building, have been sentenced to prison terms of three to seven years. House church leader Yang Rongli was sent to prison for seven years, for "illegally occupying farming land" and "disturbing transportation order by gathering masses".  She and four other pastors from the Linfen Church were sentenced on Nov. 25 at the People's Court of Raodu district, Shanxi Province.

In a further case the following week, five more church leaders from Linfen Church were each sentenced to two years in re-education through labor camps.  They were accused of 'gathering people to disturb the public order', referring to their organization of a prayer rally held the day after their church was demolished.  In the attack over 400 military police destroyed 17 church buildings and over 30 believers were seriously wounded.

Father, we ask that You grant favor to these faithful servants in China while they serve out their prison terms. Protect their families and provide for them during this difficult time.  As they begin their sentences, give them courage and build their faith.  Help them be a bold witness to Your saving grace. And may what was intended to thwart Your work in China instead lead to revival.

9 years ago


ChinaAid recently received another report from inside sources in China that Gao Zhisheng has been severely beaten by authorities. The report stated his current living condition is worse than death and that Gao is crying daily in pain and desperation.

The Chinese government has responded to the increased worldwide pressure for Gao Zhisheng's release by cutting off communication with two of Gao's siblings living in China and placing them under police surveillance.

In a November 26th interview with Radio Free Asia, Gao's brother, Gao Zhiyi, stated, "For every question, there are three unknowns. No one knows anything. They won't talk to us and they won't meet with us... Even if Gao Zhisheng had committed a terrible crime, his family would still have the right to know what had happened to him!"

On Saturday, December 5th, Gao's older brother (Zhiyi) and sister lost all communication contact when their phone lines were disabled, following the release of the RFA interview.

Now more than ever, Gao Zhisheng needs our help!

In a recent visit to Washington, D.C., ChinaAid met with several leading congressmen who have been moved by their constituents (those like you) telling Gao's story - and they have proposed a Congressional Resolution on Gao Zhisheng's behalf. Our American leaders have begun to listen, and with more voices, we can make that resolution a reality!

So far, 5,284 people have contacted their local U.S. Representative to speak out on behalf of Gao Zhisheng. Continue to add your voice! We have to keep the momentum going on behalf of this innocent man who himself was a defender of the persecuted.

Please take action now.

1) Encourage others to Sign the Petition to Free Gao Zhisheng. You can forward this email to all your friends.

2) Email your U.S. Representative. Even if you have already done this, you can do it again with the updated information. Encourage your friends to do likewise. Learn more about contacting your U.S. Representative

3) Join ChinaAid in fighting for prisoners of conscience like Gao Zhisheng throughout China with your financial support. Make a monthly or one time contribution now.

We thank you for your support of ChinaAid, and urge you to continue spreading the word. Gao's story is gathering force in Washington, DC. With your help, our leaders will know that we concerned American citizens will not rest until Gao Zhisheng and his family are free to enjoy their fundamental human rights.

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9 years ago
Update on Alimujiang Yimiti

Alimujiang Yimiti, a Chinese house church leader, has already been in prison for more than two years. On Nov. 7, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison for "providing state secrets to overseas organizations," according to China Aid Association. Neither his lawyers nor his family expected such a harsh sentence. Please send Yimiti a letter of encouragement to let him know you are praying for him. Tell your friends about Christians who are suffering in China, and encourage them to pray for and write to Yimiti.
Your letters make a difference; they can result in shorter prison sentences for those accused. Write to Yimiti and let him know you are praying.

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Alimujiang Yimiti
8 years ago

Fourteen Iranian Christians in Prison After Authorities Crack Down

Following several waves of arrests throughout Iran, at least fourteen Christians are now in prison for their faith. Three of them - Maryam Jalili, Mitra Zahmati and Farzan Matin - are being held in Tehran's notorious Evin Prison. In Shiraz seven Christians - Parviz Khaladj, Mehdi Furutan, Roxana Furouyi, Behrouz Sadegh-Khanjani, Abdol Reza Ali Haghnejad, Iman Farzad and one identified only as Mahyar - have been detained since January 11th; six of them have been told they will be charged with apostasy. Two brothers in the northern city of Rasht, Davoot Nejatsabet and Yousef Nadarkhani, are in prison. Two more Christians were arrested in Isfahan.

According to Compass Direct News most of Iran's human rights lawyers have either fled the country or been imprisoned. The few lawyers remaining regard Christian cases as low priority making it virtually impossible for detained Christians to get legal representation. Every Iranian Muslim knows that to become a Christian involves breaking the law and risking your life as apostasy is a criminal offence and the judge may issue a death sentence if he so chooses.

Father, we praise You that in the midst of this adversity You are growing Your church in Iran. We call each prisoner by name. Protect and encourage them and multiply their witness while in prison. Persuade the human rights lawyers to represent them and in Your power, free them.

8 years ago
Maryam Jalili

Location: Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Arrested: December 2009

Maryam Jalili, Mitra Zahmati and Farzan Matin, are imprisoned in Iran following their arrest while gathered at a house church to celebrate Christmas. On Dec. 24, Maryam, Mitra, and Farzan were among 12 Christians arrested by security forces in Pakdasht, Iran. After a week without information, family members contacted authorities and demanded to know where they were being held. Officials told the families that the Christians would be released the same day, but instead they were secretly transferred to the notorious Evin prison in Tehran. Twelve of the believers were released on Jan. 4.

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8 years ago
Update on Le Thi Cong Nhan

On March 6, Christian human rights lawyer Le Thi Cong Nhan was released from prison after serving a three-year sentence for "propagandizing to destroy the Socialist Republic of Vietnam." Cong Nhan's original four-year sentence was reduced by one year after an international outcry over her sentence. She is now serving an additional three-year sentence of house arrest. While in prison, she went on a hunger strike twice when authorities took her Bible away from her. VOM rejoices over Cong Nhan's release. We thank you for writing letters of encouragement to her while she was in prison and encourage you to continue writing letters to believers who remain in prison. Pray and write today!

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Le Thi Cong Nhan
8 years ago
Maryam Jalili

Location: Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Arrested: December 2009

Maryam Jalili, Mitra Zahmati and Farzan Matin, are imprisoned in Iran following their arrest while gathered at a house church to celebrate Christmas. On Dec. 24, Maryam, Mitra, and Farzan were among 15 Christians arrested by security forces in Pakdasht, Iran. After a week without information, family members contacted authorities and demanded to know where they were being held. Officials told the families that the Christians would be released the same day, but instead they were secretly transferred to the notorious Evin prison in Tehran.


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