Chinese Christians Detained for 15 Days for Attending Bible Study

Chinese Christians Detained for 15 Days for Attending Bible Study

LANGZHONG, Sichuan (China Aid) — More than 20 police officers from China’s southwestern Sichuan Province recently detained 15 Christians for attending a Bible study. Authorities broke into a church in mid-March and took into custody 15 Christians who had gathered for a Bible study. Officers accused them of illegally gathering and “gathering a crowd to […]

Tajik Churches Investigated for Underage Attendees

Tajik Churches Investigated for Underage Attendees

Tajikistan (Mission Network News) — A network of churches in Tajikistan is under heavy scrutiny. Their crime? Having children and teens under the age of 18 at religious services. In Tajikistan, it’s illegal for underage minors to engage in religious activities, even if they’re with their parents. Several security officers attended Sunday services in two […]

Young Christian Shot Dead in Streets of Sheikhupura, Pakistan

Young Christian Shot Dead in Streets of Sheikhupura, Pakistan

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A young Christian sanitation worker was gunned down in Pakistan on March 20 for refusing an influential Muslim’s order to clean his outhouse on his day off, sources said.n Noman Munir Masih, 20, of nSheikhupura in Punjab Province, was the sole breadwinner of his Pentecostal family after his father died […]

Muslim Extremists Increase Pressure on Indonesian Christians

Muslim Extremists Increase Pressure on Indonesian Christians

(Evangelical Focus) — Intolerance against Christians has increased considerably in Indonesia, specially since Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama “Ahok” stepped into the role from the deputy post without election in 2014, when his predecessor, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo became president of the country. Ahok, a Christian of Chinese descent, is currently on trial on blasphemy charges, […]

Mexican Christian Starts New Life Away From Village He Was Forced to Leave

Mexican Christian Starts New Life Away From Village He Was Forced to Leave

(World Watch Monitor) — After facing beatings, imprisonment and eventually exile from his home village, Lauro Pérez Núñez and his family are starting a brand new life. He and his wife Amalia, converts to evangelical Christianity, were first ordered to leave La Chachalaca, in Oaxaca, southern Mexico, in 2015, together with their four children. They […]

Christians Detained for Attempting to Pray for China’s National People’s Congress

Christians Detained for Attempting to Pray for China’s National People’s Congress

BEIJING (China Aid) — As China commenced a meeting of the National People’s Congress (NPC) the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) on March 5, Beijing police detained two Christians who had travelled to pray for the proceedings. Officers patrolling the Great Hall of the People in Beijing detained Zhou Jinxia from Dalian, Liaoning, and […]

Silence in Case of Missing Malaysian Pastor

Silence in Case of Missing Malaysian Pastor

Malaysia (Mission Network News) – Mystery and frustration surround the abduction of a Malaysian pastor. His disappearance reads like the script of an action movie.  On February 13th, a group of masked men surrounded 62-year-old Raymond Koh and whisked him off the streets, all while another person stood recording the incident.  It took 40 seconds […]

China’s New Policy Expected to Lead to More Religious Persecution

China’s New Policy Expected to Lead to More Religious Persecution

(China Aid/Morning Star News) – China Aid’s 2016 Annual Persecution Report details a seismic shift in the Chinese government’s approach to religious policy that is expected to lead to further persecution. The report’s core subject tracks a deviation in the Chinese government’s ideological approach to religious management. During the National Conference of Religious Work held […]

Ethiopian Girls Charged With ‘Inciting Religious Violence’ Released From Prison

Ethiopian Girls Charged With ‘Inciting Religious Violence’ Released From Prison

BABILE, Ethiopia (Open Doors USA) — Four teenage believers, three of them minors, served a one-month jail sentence after being convicted on charges of distributing Christian literature and “inciting religious violence.” The girls were reported to be “in good health” following their release from prison on Dec. 22. Gifti, 14; Mihiret, 14; Eden, 15; and […]