Kazakhstani Pastor, Five Foreign Visitors Fined for Holding Baptisms

Kazakhstani Pastor, Five Foreign Visitors Fined for Holding Baptisms

(Forum 18) — A local Protestant pastor and five foreign visitors were fined for holding baptisms in hot springs near Kazakhstan’s commercial capital Almaty. One of the foreigners–a United States-based Canadian citizen—was ordered deported. A court in Akmola Region overturned a summary police fine on a Baptist pastor for leading a church that chooses to […]

UK Prison Worker Barred from Chapel Services for Quoting Bible on Homosexuality Loses Appeal

UK Prison Worker Barred from Chapel Services for Quoting Bible on Homosexuality Loses Appeal

CAMBRIDGESHIRE, U.K. — A Christian prison worker in the U.K. who was barred from participating in chapel services after quoting a Scripture that references homosexuality has lost his appeal, as an Employment Appeals Tribunal was not convinced that he had suffered discrimination. The tribunal concluded that the policies at HMP Littlehey, a prison for sex offenders, were […]

Vietnamese Pastor Freed Early From Prison in Return for Exile to US

Vietnamese Pastor Freed Early From Prison in Return for Exile to US

(World Watch Monitor) — Vietnam has released a Lutheran pastor and deported him to the United States, reports UCA News. Nguyen Cong Chinh, was serving an 11-year prison sentence for “undermining national solidarity” through religious activities with ethnic groups in the country’s Central Highlands. He was also a director of the Vietnam-U.S. Lutheran Alliance Church. A […]

Buddhists in Burma Attack, Injure Newly Converted Christians

Buddhists in Burma Attack, Injure Newly Converted Christians

YANGON, Burma (Morning Star News) – About 150 angry Buddhists and monks this month attacked newly converted Christians in Burma (Myanmar), destroying their homes and property and injuring seven people. In Thi Taw village in northwest Burma’s Sagaing Region, the mob threw stones and broke into houses on July 6, two days after two families put their […]

Calling Worship ‘Unlawful Assembly,’ Police in India Arrest Six Christians

Calling Worship ‘Unlawful Assembly,’ Police in India Arrest Six Christians

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Berating and slapping a pastor for reading the Bible instead of Hindu texts, police in Uttar Pradesh state, India last month detained six Christians under “unlawful assembly” laws for worshiping together, sources said. After traveling from Etah village to a church in nearby Pujaripurvah, the six Christians were detained for nine […]

Report: Chinese Provinces Seek to Eradicate Sunday Schools, Christian Summer Camps

Report: Chinese Provinces Seek to Eradicate Sunday Schools, Christian Summer Camps

HANGZHOU, Zhejiang (China Aid) — As China clamps down on the freedoms of its state-run churches, officials in the country’s eastern Zhejiang province have recently issued orders aimed at closing Sunday schools and keeping children from Christian events over the summer months. “For a long time, teenagers and students have not been allowed to participate […]

Christian Student Killed in Spate of Boko Haram Attacks in Northeast Nigeria

Christian Student Killed in Spate of Boko Haram Attacks in Northeast Nigeria

JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Among several Boko Haram bombings that have put northeastern Nigeria on edge this year was a suicide attack on Christian student organization quarters that killed a Christian student, sources said. Ambore Gideon Todi, a 21-year-old student at the University of Maiduguri in Borno state, was staying in the Evangelical Church Winning […]

Partial Pardon for Imprisoned Algerian Christian

Partial Pardon for Imprisoned Algerian Christian

(Middle East Concern) — Algerian Christians are grateful that Slimane Bouhafs, imprisoned since September 2016 for blasphemy, has received a partial pardon. His three-year sentence was reduced by 16 months on July 5, the national day of Algeria, following a decree by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, which provided clemency to several prisoners on account of good […]

Pastor in India Shot Dead

Pastor in India Shot Dead

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – A pastor in northern India’s Punjab state was shot dead in front of his church premises two months after Hindu extremists took offense at a gospel event celebrating his church’s 25th anniversary, sources said. Pastor Sultan Masih of Temple of God was found shot dead at Peer Banda Mohalla in the Salem Tabri […]