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 […]

Chinese Christians Sentenced for Buying, Selling Devotionals

Chinese Christians Sentenced for Buying, Selling Devotionals

LIAOYANG, Liaoning (China Aid) — A court in China’s northeastern Liaoning province sentenced five Christian leaders to three to seven years behind bars on Wednesday for purchasing and selling prohibited Christian material. On Feb. 22, the defendants, comprised of four women and one man, learned they would be imprisoned for allegedly buying and selling “officially […]

Sudan Releases Czech Aid Worker Imprisoned for ‘Espionage’

Sudan Releases Czech Aid Worker Imprisoned for ‘Espionage’

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – Sudan released Czech aid worker Petr Jasek on Saturday (Feb. 25), nearly one month after a court in Khartoum sentenced him to life in prison for espionage and other charges, according to reports. Jasek returned to the Czech Republic on Sunday with Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralekj, who had […]

Chinese Pastor Under Extreme Surveillance, Church Building Renovated Without Permission

Chinese Pastor Under Extreme Surveillance, Church Building Renovated Without Permission

BEIJING (China Aid) — Fractured into small groups by persecution, a house church in Beijing recently informed China Aid that authorities were restricting their pastor. Meanwhile, their church is being refurbished without their approval. Six years after authorities banned Shouwang Church members from holding meetings outdoors, they revealed that their pastor, Jin Tianming, is still […]

Teenager Charged With Blasphemy in Pakistan Waits in Jail

Teenager Charged With Blasphemy in Pakistan Waits in Jail

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A 16-year-old Christian in Pakistan is languishing in jail under a baseless blasphemy charge after a judge declined to grant him bail this month, his attorney said. The judge in Punjab Province’s Kasur District on Feb. 7 denied bail to Nabeel Masih, who has been jailed since Sept. 18, 2016 […]

Man Charged in Turkey Nightclub Massacre Says His Intent Was to Target Christians

Man Charged in Turkey Nightclub Massacre Says His Intent Was to Target Christians

(World Watch Monitor) — The man charged with killing 39 people on New Year’s Eve at Istanbul’s exclusive Reina nightclub attack, Abdulkadir Masharipov, has testified before a Turkish court, saying, “My purpose was to kill Christians.” The Uzbek national was arraigned in court 11 Feb., nearly a month after he was captured by Istanbul police […]