National Adoption Awareness Month: One Family’s Adoption Story

National Adoption Awareness Month: One Family’s Adoption Story

United States (Mission Network News) – Beth and Harold Schnyders have adopted six children over the last 17 years. Their oldest is 17 years old. The youngest is eight months. We got in contact with the Schnyders through Bethany Christian Services, the adoption agency they have worked with for all six adoptions. For National Adoption […]

Officials, Police in India Halt Worship in 10 Churches

Officials, Police in India Halt Worship in 10 Churches

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Officials and police in Tamil Nadu state, India have ordered 10 churches to discontinue worship services, sources said. Hindu extremists compelled state officials and police to issue orders to the churches in Coimbatore District to stop worship unless they obtain permission from the collector’s office, and the extremists intend to […]

US Senators: Pakistan Should Be Designated ‘Country of Particular Concern’

US Senators: Pakistan Should Be Designated ‘Country of Particular Concern’

(World Watch Monitor) — Pakistan should be designated a “country of particular concern” because of its violations of religious freedom, according to a group of influential US senators. Senators Bob Menendez, Marco Rubio, Chris Coons, Todd Young, Jeff Merkley and James Lankford wrote to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ahead of the Nov. 13 deadline […]

Imprisoned Chinese Pastor Sues Government

Imprisoned Chinese Pastor Sues Government

GUIYANG, Guizhou (China Aid) — An imprisoned house church pastor filed a lawsuit against local government departments in China’s southern Guizhou province on Oct. 10, claiming his religious freedom had been violated and that a fine was wrongly imposed on him, ChinaAid learned recently. Li Guozhi, who is known by his alias, Yang Hua, pastored […]

Paraguayan Government Bans Gender Ideology in Schools

Paraguayan Government Bans Gender Ideology in Schools

(Evangelical Focus) — The Ministry of Education and Science of Paraguay has issued a resolution prohibiting “the dissemination and use of materials” referring to “gender ideology” in public and charter schools. The Education Minister, Enrique Riera, presented this resolution in Asuncion, during the General Assembly of the Latin Evangelical Alliance (AEL in Spanish), on 18 […]

Torture of Pastor in India Ruins His Livelihood, Hearing—But Not His Faith

Torture of Pastor in India Ruins His Livelihood, Hearing—But Not His Faith

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – A pastor in Uttar Pradesh, India has lost hearing in one ear after Hindu extremists tortured him, pressured police to falsely charge him and prevented doctors from treating him, sources said. Pastor Abhay Sagar, 37, of Biswan town in Sitapur District in the northern state, was about to begin preaching on Sept. […]

Tajik Pastor Placed in Solitary Confinement in Prison Over 200 Miles From Home

Tajik Pastor Placed in Solitary Confinement in Prison Over 200 Miles From Home

(World Watch Monitor) — A Tajik Protestant church leader serving a three-year sentence for “singing extremist songs in church and so inciting religious hatred” has been moved to a prison 350km from his home and placed in solitary confinement. Bakhrom Kholmatov, 42, was sentenced in July under the Tajik Criminal Code Article 189 (“inciting national, […]

Journalists Advised to Avoid Saying a Transsexual Person Was ‘Born a Boy or Girl’

Journalists Advised to Avoid Saying a Transsexual Person Was ‘Born a Boy or Girl’

(Christian Institute) — Journalists working for the Associated Press (AP) have been urged not to refer to transsexual people as having been “born” a specific sex. The AP has updated its official style guide to include pro-transsexual terms, confirming the move on its Twitter page. Jeff McMillan of the AP Stylebook team said “sex reassignment […]

UK Abortion Facility Accused of Paying Staff Bonuses for Persuading Women to Abort

UK Abortion Facility Accused of Paying Staff Bonuses for Persuading Women to Abort

(The Independent) — A damning report has accused one of the UK’s biggest abortion providers of paying its staff bonuses for encouraging women to go through with a termination. The allegations concerning the Maidstone branch of the Marie Stopes International clinic emerged in an inspection report by the Care Quality Commission, the official health service […]