Pastor, Five Family Members Murdered in Nicaragua

Pastor, Five Family Members Murdered in Nicaragua

(Evangelical Focus) — The deep socio-political crisis in Nicaragua has led to the death of almost 200 people since mid-April. An evangelical pastor, his wife and four other family members (two children) were murdered by a pro-government paramilitary group. They threw Molotov cocktails against the house and burnt it down. Pastor Óscar Velásquez Pavón and […]

India: Police Slow to Register Case After Church Burnt Down by Suspected Hindu Extremists

India: Police Slow to Register Case After Church Burnt Down by Suspected Hindu Extremists

(World Watch Monitor) — A church in Puducherry in southern India was set ablaze recently after upper-caste Hindu neighbors had objected to worship services in the area. Puducherry, formerly Pondicherry, was a French colonial settlement until 1954. Pastor David Santosham and members of the Bible Presbyterian Church in Karaikal District left for home after concluding […]

New US Sanctions Target Iran’s Notorious Evin Prison

New US Sanctions Target Iran’s Notorious Evin Prison

Iran (Mission Network News) — The United States recently slapped Iranian groups and officials with several sanctions meant to punish human rights abuses. Iran’s notorious Evin Prison was among those sanctioned by the US Treasury Department. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin stated, “Treasury is taking action to hold the Iranian regime accountable for ongoing human rights […]

Chinese Officials Interrupt Seminary, Arrest Pastors Without Warrants

Chinese Officials Interrupt Seminary, Arrest Pastors Without Warrants

(China Aid) — Officials interrupted a seminary class in China’s eastern Jiangsu province on Wednesday and brought away two pastors without displaying any warrants. Saying that the seminary lacked proper credentials for operating a school, approximately seven police officers and several agents from the local religious affairs bureau broke into the classroom at 10 a.m. […]

Authorities in Zanzibar, Tanzania Close Down Church

Authorities in Zanzibar, Tanzania Close Down Church

(Morning Star News) – The pastor of a church on Tanzania’s semi-autonomous Zanzibar Island was preaching earlier this month when a plainclothes police officer and local officials strode into the church service. “One of the police officers in civilian clothes walked through the church’s door, stepped up to the podium and then grabbed the bishop […]

Christians in Nepal Suspect Hindu Extremists in Sudden Attacks on Churches

Christians in Nepal Suspect Hindu Extremists in Sudden Attacks on Churches

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Christians in Nepal are alarmed after this month’s sudden series of arson and bomb attacks on four church buildings, and church leaders suspect authorities are lax in investigating. At the same time, six Christians were arrested for evangelizing while suspected Hindu extremists launched attacks on three church buildings and bombed […]

Ten Killed in Attack on Christian College in South Sudan

Ten Killed in Attack on Christian College in South Sudan

(World Watch Monitor) — At least ten people, including five children, have been killed in an attack on a college in South Sudan teaching theology, education and business, according to the Christian charity Open Doors International. Three guards and five students—one secondary and four primary school pupils—were among the victims of the 14 May attack […]

Imprisoned in Iran’s Torture Factory, a Christian’s Health Spirals Downward

Imprisoned in Iran’s Torture Factory, a Christian’s Health Spirals Downward

(International Christian Concern) — Evin Prison is known by many names: the regime’s torture factory, the black hole of evil, Iran’s most notorious jail, to name a few. According to research by International Christian Concern (ICC), it is the preferred prison for Christians who are jailed because of their faith. Those believers who have completed […]

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