CHINA: Several leaders and members of Living Stone Church, Guizhou, have been detained by authorities trying to close the church. One pastor, Yang Hua (pictured with his family) has been sentenced to two and a half years for ‘divulging state secrets’. On the day of his trial, Wang Hongwu, Pastor Yang Hua’s wife, was barred from entering the court building, and escorted home by police. Send a message to Wang Hongwu, to encourage her, their children, and the church members.
CUBA: Reverend Yiorvis (pictured with his family) is nephew of Omar (whose story was told on the podcast) and took over leadership of the church from his uncle. He's been the target of constant harassment by the government ever since. In September 2013, the government took away ownership of his home, which is also his church, and threatened his family with eviction. Every message of encouragement to them and their congregation will mean a huge amount.
PAKISTAN: Michelle Chaudhry is head of CICF, an organisation advocating on behalf of religious minorities and other marginalised groups. Pakistan is a dangerous and hostile place for a Christian advocacy organisation, but your messages will strengthen and encourage Michelle and the whole CICF team.