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Five Christian leaders in Laos were sentenced to jail and fined on Feb. 2 after a Christian woman they had prayed for died of an illness. Mrs. Kaithong, Mr. Puphet, Mr. Muk, Mr. Hasadee and Mr. Tiang were charged with "treating [a person] without an official license causing her to die." The Christian leaders were each sentenced to nine months in prison and fined for allegedly claiming to be healers. The problems developed when authorities realized the woman's family wanted a Christian burial service. Authorities came to the family’s home to arrest the leaders and tried to force the family to recant their faith.
Feb. 12, 2015 | Cuba
Pray for Pastor's Son, Detained in a Military Prison
Gabriel Jeyva, 19, was serving his mandatory military service when he was accused of forming a cartel against the Cuban government. When Gabriel's father, a pastor, went to the prison to visit him, the guards refused to let them speak to one another. "We know this is a form of persecution from the government, to hurt this young man because he is the son of a pastor," a VOM contact said. The Jeyva family is integral to a new church plant that VOM sources say is a "powerful blessing" in the community.
Feb. 12, 2015 | Nigeria
Islamic extremists attacked the village of Nunkwo, in northern Nigeria's Taraba state, on Jan. 28, killing 23 people and injuring another 18. More than 1,000 armed men, thought to be disguised as Fulani herdsmen, surrounded the village before opening fire on Christian villagers. The extremists looted and burned churches and Christians' property, but the local mosque was protected by soldiers posted in the village. Some of the Christians had been warned of an impending attack, so many of the more than 15,000 Christians in the village had left before the extremists arrived.