Turkey Suggests Swapping Jailed US Pastor for Muslim Cleric

Turkey Suggests Swapping Jailed US Pastor for Muslim Cleric

(Fox News) — President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan suggested Turkey could free an imprisoned American pastor if the Trump administration extradites a Muslim cleric living in Pennsylvania—but the State Department says that won’t happen. American Pastor Andrew Brunson says he was jailed on bogus terrorism charges since his arrest last October. Erdoğan wants to put the […]

Nepali Christians Freed Nine Months After Conviction for ‘Witchcraft’ of Praying for Mentally-Ill Woman

Nepali Christians Freed Nine Months After Conviction for ‘Witchcraft’ of Praying for Mentally-Ill Woman

(World Watch Monitor) — Four Nepali Christians sentenced last year to five years in prison for “violence and witchcraft,” after praying for a mentally ill woman, have been released after their sentences were overturned. In a statement, the Federation of National Christian, Nepal (FNCN) thanked the court for “setting free our innocent people”, and said […]

Chinese Christians Meet Illegally, Left Without Church After Forced Government Closure

Chinese Christians Meet Illegally, Left Without Church After Forced Government Closure

ZHUMADIAN, Henan (China Aid) — Elderly Christians, incapable of traveling the long distance to a state-run church, were forced to meet illegally in their homes after officials banned their gathering place in China’s central Henan province. Last May, authorities falsely accused a house church in a village in Zhumadian, Henan, of “heresy” and belonging to a […]

Chinese Christian Academy Banned for ‘Brainwashing’ Children

Chinese Christian Academy Banned for ‘Brainwashing’ Children

SHANGQUI, Henan (China Aid) — Officials in China’s central Henan province closed down a Christian-run institution dedicated to bringing children up with good morals, saying its religious component “brainwashed” its students, ChinaAid learned recently. Ms. Zhu, a Christian woman, told a ChinaAid reporter on Sept. 14 that national security officers arrived at her house in […]

Chinese Pastor Detained for Traveling to Christian Conference

Chinese Pastor Detained for Traveling to Christian Conference

CHENGDU, Sichuan (China Aid) — Chinese authorities barred a pastor from traveling to Hong Kong to attend a Christian training conference today, echoing a growing trend that keeps church leaders from participating in overseas religious meetings. At 6:00 a.m. on Sept. 12, Wang Yi, a pastor of Autumn Rain Blessing Church, and Jiang Rong, a […]

Muslim Fulani Herdsmen Massacre 20 Nigerian Christians

Muslim Fulani Herdsmen Massacre 20 Nigerian Christians

ANCHA, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Muslim Fulani herdsmen in central Nigeria’s Plateau state massacred 20 Christians, including children, as they slept in the hours after midnight on Friday (Sept. 8) in an apparent reprisal attack that mystified villagers, sources said. Police reportedly said the attack was an act of vengeance after the discovery last week of […]

China Tightens Regulation of Religion to ‘Block Extremism’

China Tightens Regulation of Religion to ‘Block Extremism’

BEIJING (Reuters) — China’s cabinet on Thursday passed new rules to regulate religion to bolster national security, fight extremism and restrict faith practiced outside organizations approved by the state. The document passed by Premier Li Keqiang updates a version of rules put into place in 2005 to allow the regulation of religion to better reflect […]

Bangladeshi Pastor Attacked Following Confrontation Over Destruction of Property

Bangladeshi Pastor Attacked Following Confrontation Over Destruction of Property

Bangladesh (Mission Network News) – Just over a week ago in Bangladesh, men from an electric company arrived at FMI supported Pastor Rajib’s home, claiming they were there to make improvements to his power, only to purposefully destroy Rajib’s property. But, when Rajib confronted the men, they turned violent. “[When] he confronted the workers about […]

Pastor in India Perseveres Amid Persecution by Hindu Extremists

Pastor in India Perseveres Amid Persecution by Hindu Extremists

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – A band of Hindu extremists who had snuck into a house-church service beat a pastor with steel rods and sticks, one of them yelling that they would stop if he shouted, “Hail, Lord Ram (Jai Sri Ram)!” “I remained mum,” pastor Harjot Singh Sethi, 26, told Morning Star News. “I did […]

American Pastor Imprisoned in Turkey Now Facing Charges of Attempting to Overthrow Government

American Pastor Imprisoned in Turkey Now Facing Charges of Attempting to Overthrow Government

ANKARA, Turkey — An American pastor who has been imprisoned in Turkey for nearly a year on an accusation that he is a member of a “terrorist organization,” is now facing four new criminal charges, including espionage and attempting to overthrow the government. “These ‘new’ charges, coming 322 days after his initial arrest in October of […]