January 14, 2021

PAKISTAN: Conversion Attempts Lead to Murder

Sajida Mushtaq, Abida Qaiser
Sajida, on left (Morning Star News);
Abida, on right (Pakistan Christian Post)

Police in Lahore have recovered the bodies of two Christian sisters whose Muslim supervisors pressured them to convert to Islam before killing them.

On January 4th, police informed Mushtaq Masih that the decomposed bodies of his wife, Sajida Mushtaq, and her sister, Abida Qaiser, had been found in a drainage ditch, tied up in sacks. The women had been missing since November 26th. Sajida was the mother of three children, while Abida was the mother of one daughter.

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CHINA: Church Raided and Pastor Arrested

Pastor An and his family - Photo: ChinaAid
Pastor An and his family
Photo: Facebook via ChinaAid

An Yankui, the pastor of Xuncheng Reformed Church in Taiyuan, was hosting a Bible study in his home on December 30th when approximately three dozen security officers barged in without warning. After restraining those who were attending the study, the officers searched the home and confiscated choir robes, hymnals and Christian books.

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INDIA: Increasing Pressure from Hindu Nationalists

Christian women in India - Photo: World Watch Monitor www.worldwatchmonitor.org
Pray that believers in India will not succumb to the mounting pressure against them.
Photo: World Watch Monitor

For many years, the Hindu Nationalist organization RSS has been an influential factor in Indian politics, particularly within the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). One of the goals of the RSS is to change India from a secular democracy to a nation governed by Hindu polity. One way this is being achieved is through the passing of anti-conversion laws to prevent people from converting from Hinduism.

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