Report: Global Christian Persecution Rose for Third Year in a Row in 2016

Report: Global Christian Persecution Rose for Third Year in a Row in 2016

SANTA ANA, Calif. — A watchdog organization that releases a report each year on the global persecution of Christians says that acts of hostility against believers rose for the third year in a row in 2016, with persecution in South and Southeast Asia particularly rising to “unprecedented levels.” “For Christians in the West, the Open Doors World Watch […]

Yemen: Faith Flourishes in the Midst of War

Yemen: Faith Flourishes in the Midst of War

(Evangelical Focus) — A vicious civil war has been exhausting Yemen for two years now. While society is still dominated by a strict Islamic government, some Christian pastors baptize new believers regularly. Jamil*, a former Yemeni Muslim, who is now a follower of Christ, shares a unique insight about the body of Christ in Yemen. […]

Believers Undeterred After Militants Set Fire to Sri Lanka Church

Believers Undeterred After Militants Set Fire to Sri Lanka Church

Sri Lanka (Mission Network News) — Sri Lanka is known as the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean.” The moniker describes a beautiful picture, but the struggles reveal something darker. It’s considered the third most religious country in the world. Although the constitution guarantees religious freedom while favoring Buddhism, minority Protestants have experienced violent persecution as […]

Christian Chinese Human Rights Defender Denied Cancer Treatments

Christian Chinese Human Rights Defender Denied Cancer Treatments

(China Aid) — A Christian human rights defender is in need of urgent cancer treatment that she cannot afford after a Chinese medical team canceled a critical operation. Huang Yan, a 47-year-old Christian woman who has assisted many prisoners of conscience, including Gao Zhisheng, was refused a necessary operation for her ovarian cancer, despite previously […]

Sudan Officials Ignore Order to Remove Government-Imposed Church Leaders

Sudan Officials Ignore Order to Remove Government-Imposed Church Leaders

(Morning Star News) – After more than three years, the leadership of the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SPEC) remains in the hands of government-appointed committee members even after a court ruled in November that the appointments were illegal, sources said. Sudan’s Ministry of Guidance and Religious Endowment appointed a group to run the SPEC offices […]

Nigerian Christians Face Pressure to Abandon Faith

Nigerian Christians Face Pressure to Abandon Faith

(World Watch Monitor) — While violent attacks on Christians at the hands of Islamist militants Boko Haram and the Fulani herdsmen in the northeast and Middle Belt of Nigeria have captured media attention, the persistent social pressures Christians face elsewhere go mostly unnoticed. Despite common misperceptions that they are a minority across the north of […]