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A Battle for Souls

Our previous articles have highlighted renewed persecution in China, as well as the system of prison camps, where both Muslim minorities and Christians are being held without trail. But what is going on behind the scenes? Potential for repression This massive wave of religious persecution came unexpected for many, but looking back it was inevitable. When there is revival and

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Creating a Christian underclass

In countries where the church is persecuted, Christians are often poor, lower-class people. There are several reasons for this. In Pakistan for example, the Christian minority largely comes from lower caste Hindus who converted to Christianity while the country was under British rule. In modern Pakistan, they remain largely working class, with some groups working as virtual slaves in fields

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Hard knocks for the Chinese Church

We have seen with great joy how in recent months God has continued to use Chinese missionaries all throughout the 10/40 window. However, things in China are changing fast. And BtJ’s work is facing major challenges as president Xi’s anti-Christian policies are being implemented more widely and consistently. Although it was quite clear from the start of president Xi’s rule

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Dove lands again in India

Our Dove Sunday school teachers training program is still growing, and languages are being added every year. This summer a team of Chinese and Europeans were invited to India to train Sunday school teachers, together with our Indian partners. With its huge population of children, and many devoted followers of Jesus, India is a great place to use the Dove

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Post-Christian bewilderment about the persecuted church

Not only Christian organisations worry about the increase of persecution world wide. An interesting report was published last week, as a result of an independent enquiry commissioned by Jeremy Hunt, the UK foreign secretary. The main takeaway was that the persecution of Christians is a pressing human rights issue, and in many situations the UK government fails to recognise or

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Good news from the field!

Aside from many urgent prayer needs that exist in the areas BtJ covers, we also receive encouraging reports about God’s work and breakthroughs of his Kingdom. Not all of these reports can be shared, but those below we want to pass on to encourage all those involved with BtJ’s work in one way or another. Saved after disaster At the

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Non-Western Mission Movements; A Reason to Rejoice

The worldwide missionary movement is no longer mainly Western. Back to Jerusalem is a prominent example of a missionary movement that developed apart from a connection to Western structures. Many Christians in the West rejoice when they hear about the work of these non-Western missionaries. Others express concern. Are they properly trained? Do they have member care in place? Do

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