Authorities threatened Kanoa, 14, with prison time if he continues to worship Jesus Christ.
In late Oct. 2021, police announced to six villages that Christians are not allowed to share about Jesus Christ and that children younger than 17 are not allowed to believe in Jesus.
The officers took pictures of every known believer in each village and examined their homes, taking down any crosses hanging on the walls. The police also warned villagers that Christians are not to worship or even gather in groups of more than five people. If they do so, they could be “nailed on their hands and feet” or shot to death. In one village, a 14-year-old boy named Kanoa was detained and threatened with prison if he continued to go to church and worship Jesus. Pray that Kanoa and the other Christian villagers grow in their faith despite the fear they experience. Pray that others in the village hear the gospel and are inspired by the faithfulness of these believers as they endure persecution.