WorldWatch: Updates on the Global Church

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Iraqi Christian Girl Freed After 2 Years

A Christian Iraqi girl jailed for killing her uncle is now free.

Asya Ahmad Muhammad had been jailed in 2006 when she was 14.

Muhammad's uncle had viciously attacked her, her mother and little brother for their conversion to Christianity.

An Iraqi court reduced the girl's sentence saying she acted in self defense by stabbing her uncle.

The family is concerned about retaliation from their predominantly Muslim family.

Christian Broadcasts Shut Down in Mexixo

Mexican authorities have shut down nine Christian radio stations in the southern state of Chiapas.

Federal agents barged into churches and homes to confiscate broadcasting equipment, but much of it had already been hidden.

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of San Cristobal, defending their right to hear Christian broadcasts.

Banners carried the names of many of the aproximately 40 community stations operated by Christians.

The raids violated agreements with the state of Chiapas, according to Christian lawyer Esdras Alonso.

Alonso said that commercial radio stations in Chiapas were behind the raids.

Christian broadcasters do not have full freedom to operate under Mexican law.

China House Church Raided; Bibles in Short Supply

The Chinese government has arrested the head of the Chinese House Church Alliance and banned the Christian group all together.

Pastor Zhang Mingxuan, also known as "Pastor Bike," was arrested on Nov. 28 by four plain-clothes police officers.

The China Aid Association reports the police raided a prayer meeting at the pastor's house. More than 600 Bibles were taken, along with cell phones and computers.

The police took in all 17 believers for questioning. They also arrested an American journalist and his translator.

Also in the country, unregistered church, Bibles are desperately needed.

The government prints thousands of Bibles every year, but only those in government-sanctioned churches can purchase them.

The Christian Post reports that representatives of the official church said they are willing to provide unregistered churches with Bibles, as long as they are Orthodox in their beliefs and don't follow "heretics."

U.S. Christian Banned for Bringing Bibles to China

An American Christian worker was banned from China for trying to bring Bibles into the country.

Patrick Klein and a team from his Vision Beyond Borders ministry tried to take 300 Bibles into China during this summer's Olympics games.

Chinese officials detained the team at the airport and told the four men they could bring in only their personal Bibles.

The Bibles were returned to the ministry after the team left the country.

Now, klein has been told he can't come back to China.

 Read more on this story, here.

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