Congress Calls Upon Secretary of State to Seek Release of U.S. Pastor Imprisoned in Iran

Congress Calls Upon Secretary of State to Seek Release of U.S. Pastor Imprisoned in Iran

Washington, D.C. — Dozens of members of Congress have signed a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, requesting that he become directly involved in seeking the release of an American pastor imprisoned in Iran. As previously reported, 32-year-old Saeed Abedini of Idaho was taken into custody last September while visiting his homeland of Iran […]

Chinese Preacher Sues Police After Being Arrested For ‘Harming Social Order’ With Hymn-Singing

Chinese Preacher Sues Police After Being Arrested For ‘Harming Social Order’ With Hymn-Singing

A Chinese preacher who was recently arrested for preaching and singing hymns in a public park without prior government authorization has filed a lawsuit against the police. Cao Nan, 39, regularly conducts charity work in the city of Shenzhen, and also shares the Gospel on the streets. Last December, while preaching and singing hymns with […]

Charges Against Christians Cited for Evangelizing in New Jersey Public Park Dismissed

Charges Against Christians Cited for Evangelizing in New Jersey Public Park Dismissed

Jersey City, New Jersey — Charges pressed against five Christians who were cited for evangelizing in a public park without government permission, and for causing some hearers to be upset with their Gospel message, were dismissed today in a New Jersey municipal court. “The prosecutor and the state dismissed charges against all five defendants,” attorney Demetrios […]

Illinois Man Who Plotted to Bomb Dozens of Oklahoma Churches Charged in Federal Court

Illinois Man Who Plotted to Bomb Dozens of Oklahoma Churches Charged in Federal Court

Tulsa, Oklahoma — An Illinois man who plotted to bomb dozens of Oklahoma churches has now been charged in federal court. Reports state that 24-year-old Gregory Weiler II of Oak Village, Illinois was charged on Wednesday with one count of possessing an unregistered device of destruction. A federal grand jury indictment was unsealed during the […]

University of Michigan Ousts Christian Club From Campus for Not Allowing Non-Christian Leaders

University of Michigan Ousts Christian Club From Campus for Not Allowing Non-Christian Leaders

Ann Arbor, Michigan — A Christian club at the University of Michigan has been ousted from campus for refusing to change its constitution, which requires that its leaders be Christians. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship states that it was informed by campus officials that its policies conflicted with the university’s policies, which prohibit discrimination. “The university is […]

Church Elder Threatened With Arrest for Sharing Faith in California Mall Files Suit

Church Elder Threatened With Arrest for Sharing Faith in California Mall Files Suit

Visalia, California — An elder at a California church has filed suit against a local mall for threatening him with arrest if he did not stop sharing his faith with shoppers. John Vadnais had regularly visited the Visalia Mall to shop and eat, and sometimes to also share his faith at the same time. However, […]

Ugandan Pastor Arrested, Chained to Tree by Police For Giving Away Gospel Film on Street

Ugandan Pastor Arrested, Chained to Tree by Police For Giving Away Gospel Film on Street

Uganda, Africa — A Ugandan pastor reports that he was arrested and chained to a tree last weekend for distributing a Gospel film outside one of the largest megachurches in the nation. Pastor Bill Issa of Reconcilation Outreach Ministries states that he and a team of five Christians set out last Saturday to distribute copies […]

American Pastor Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison in Iran for Planting House Churches

American Pastor Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison in Iran for Planting House Churches

An Iranian-born American pastor, who has dual citizenship in both the United States and Iran, has been sentenced to eight years in an Iranian prison for planting Christian house churches in the predominantly Muslim country. As previously reported, 32-year-old Saeed Abedini of Idaho was taken into custody last September while visiting his homeland of Iran […]

Ten Christian Leaders Arrested in Eritrea in Effort to Eradicate Underground Church

Ten Christian Leaders Arrested in Eritrea in Effort to Eradicate Underground Church

Eritrea — Ten Christian leaders have been arrested in the East African country of Eritrea. The persecution watch group Open Doors USA states that there have been several systematic arrest efforts in recent years, but this instance is particularly concerning to citizens as they believe that the government is seeking to “eradicate the underground church […]

Hymn-Singing Christians Hospitalized After Being Pepper-Sprayed at Mississippi’s Last Abortion Mill

Hymn-Singing Christians Hospitalized After Being Pepper-Sprayed at Mississippi’s Last Abortion Mill

Jackson, Mississippi — Three Christians in Mississippi were hospitalized this morning after being incapacitated with pepper spray by a guard as they sang hymns outside of the last abortion facility in the state. The incident took place at approximately 8:30 this morning as the Christians stood on the public sidewalk outside of Jackson Women’s Health […]

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