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Chinese Believers Baptized Secretly in Bathtub

The following excerpt comes from an ICC contact just recently returned to China. Despite working overtime to build a façade of religious freedom, the Chinese government continues to extensively monitor and exert considerable effort to control the growth of Christianity in China. This growth has been explosive, with an oft-quoted statistic that 20,000 Chinese people convert to Christianity every day. While the exact figure isn’t known, there are believed to be as many as 130-150 million Christians in China today. The vast majority of them worship in “house” churches, churches that are not registered with the government and therefore technically illegal. Many of these churches, especially in large cities like Beijing and Shanghai, are tolerated by the government and operate without interference.

Buildings: Necessary to Build a Church?

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What is a church?


ICC Assists the Suffering Church of Garissa, Kenya Finds Healing and Encouragement in the Face of Persecution

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One of greatest things I get to do as a part of my job as a Regional Manager at ICC is assisting members of the suffering church across the world. Every day, I am reminded of how blessed I am to be in a position where I can both raise awareness on Christian persecution and step into incidents of persecution and assist the Christians that are actually being persecuted. In July, I was able to do just that with a church and its pastor in Garissa, Kenya.


Bent Knees, Wet Eyes, Broken Heart: Imprisoned Pastors

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 “When for 120 days you are asleep in a room with one big light that is constantly lit and does not separate day or night…this is where you learn you can love your enemies with all of your heart.”      


Vietnam: Even as Western Influence Expands, Christians Remain Firmly in the Cross-Hairs

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A McDonalds store in open for business in neighboring Thailand. In July, McDonald’s announced they would be opening their first location in Vietnam, a country formerly closed to most major Western businesses.


The Modern Rebirth of Christian Persecution in Western Europe

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A 16th century depiction of William Tyndale, burned at the stake in Belgium in 1536 for his translation of the Bible into English

A Shift of Monumental Proportions 

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Kidnapped and Widowed: Christian Persecution Stories

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 When the threatening phone calls began Sabeen and Nadira didn’t realize the callers would go so far as to kidnap their husbands. Their husbands, who worked together in ministry, were active in spreading the Gospel through the radio. They also led food distribution programs in the community and school and shared their faith boldly with members of the Muslim community.

How YOU can Advocate for a Persecuted Christian RIGHT NOW!

As a pastor’s daughter, I know that pastoring a church is difficult. I watched my father continue to listen to God’s voice and lead his congregation to the best of his God given abilities. However, my father never had the added pressure of wondering if he would be fined or thrown in jail for preaching the Gospel. However, in many countries that is a very real risk. The fact that believers can be thrown in jail or fined for their faith around the world is reason enough for us to be involved in advocacy for Christians.

Finding Strength In the Lions Den: Interview With a Persecuted Pastor

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ICC had the amazing opportunity to interview one of Tanzania’s strong Christian leaders, a pastor whose church was brutally attacked. Pastor Dickson is a strong leader, a man of God, and is being used mightily in Zanzibar, an island off the coast of Tanzania where he pastors a church. Although Pastor Dickson has suffered much for Christ, he has a contagious joy about him that can only come from the Lord. Even in the lion’s den, he says, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice.”  As you read the interview below, be praying for Pastor Dickson, his congregation, and for the Christians on the island of Zanzibar. 

Bible Smuggling into China: A First Hand Account

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 Bible Smuggling Isn’t New

The idea of secretly transporting Bibles from the free world into the hands of believers living in closed countries is not a new one. For as long as the Bible has been printed or transcribed in any form governments and social groups have sought to block the spread of God’s Word.  477 years ago William Tyndale was strangled and burned at the stake in Belgium for his efforts to distribute the Bible in the English language.

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