Landslide Victory of Buddhist Nationalists in Sri Lanka Opens Door for Bill Against ‘Forced’ Conversions

Landslide Victory of Buddhist Nationalists in Sri Lanka Opens Door for Bill Against ‘Forced’ Conversions

(Barnabas Fund) — The landslide victory of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in Sri Lanka’s Aug. 5 general election opens the door for his government to introduce legislation against “forced” conversion. The Sri Lanka Podujana Party (SLPP) won 145 seats in the 225-member Parliament, giving the Buddhist nationalist president an overall majority. Subsequent negotiations with political allies […]

Chinese Christian Sentenced to 10 Days Detention for Street Evangelism

Chinese Christian Sentenced to 10 Days Detention for Street Evangelism

HENGYANG, Hunan (International Christian Concern) — On Aug. 3, a Christian in China’s Hunan province was sentenced by the authorities to 10 days in administrative detention for “illegal evangelism.” Chen Wensheng, who is part of the Xiaoqun Church in Hengyang, has often preached the gospel on the streets. He often carried a wooden cross that […]

High Domestic Violence Rates Continue to Plague Russia, But the Gospel Is Changing Hearts

High Domestic Violence Rates Continue to Plague Russia, But the Gospel Is Changing Hearts

Russia (Mission Network News) — In 2017, Russia made the decision to downgrade domestic violence from a criminal offense to a misdemeanor for first-time offenders. This ruling sparked a backlash in Russia, and many women are still vocally trying to find justice in the country today. But Eric Mock of Slavic Gospel Association says the […]

US Supreme Court to Hear Case of College Student Seeking Justice After Gospel Preaching Twice Shut Down

US Supreme Court to Hear Case of College Student Seeking Justice After Gospel Preaching Twice Shut Down

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case from a former student at Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) who sued the educational institution after his attempts to preach the gospel on campus were twice shut down. Lower courts had declared the case moot as the college changed its free speech policy after […]

Religious Nationalism a Barrier to the Gospel in the Former Soviet Union

Religious Nationalism a Barrier to the Gospel in the Former Soviet Union

Russia (Mission Network News) — “I’m already a Christian.” This is the response Christians in partnership with Slavic Gospel Association often hear when they share the Gospel with families in the former Soviet Union. Eric Mock says many Russians consider themselves to be Christians, especially as part of the Russian Orthodox Church, the largest denomination in […]

South Korea Bible Launch Saga Continues as Officials Target Ministry

South Korea Bible Launch Saga Continues as Officials Target Ministry

South Korea (Mission Network News) — It’s a bittersweet new week in South Korea. Last week brought perfect conditions to launch four Bible balloons into North Korea, which only happens a handful of times each year. As described, ministry staff tracks each balloon’s journey across the border using GPS transmitters. Stress, however, remains high for […]

Ministry Sows Gospel Seeds in Ethiopia Despite Locust Devastation

Ministry Sows Gospel Seeds in Ethiopia Despite Locust Devastation

Ethiopia (Mission Network News) – Drought, flooding, and locusts have plagued Ethiopia for months. Now in the second half of June, experts say the locusts will begin their migration again, potentially leaving Ethiopians and others in the region devastated by continued food shortages. Locusts have caused and continue to threaten widespread disaster for crops. They […]

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