Siblings of Missing Indonesian Pastor’s Wife Plead With Govt. to Help Find Their Sister

Siblings of Missing Indonesian Pastor’s Wife Plead With Govt. to Help Find Their Sister

KUALA LUMPUR (FMT News) — The siblings of Indonesian Ruth Sitepu, who has been missing together with her husband pastor Joshua Hilmy since November 2016, are pleading with the Malaysian authorities to help locate her. Ruth’s sister, Ram Ram Elisabeth, said Ruth is a responsible and caring person, and she would always respond to their […]

China Appoints New Hong Kong Chief Known for Christian Persecution

China Appoints New Hong Kong Chief Known for Christian Persecution

Hong Kong/Macau (International Christian Concern) – In the midst of fighting the Coronavirus epidemic, China has announced that it will put Xia Baolong, previously known for removing thousands of crosses from churches in Zhejiang province, in charge of the cabinet-level office that oversees Hong Kong and Macau affairs. Xia, 67, the vice chairman of the […]

Crackdowns on House Churches in China’s Ninghai County

Crackdowns on House Churches in China’s Ninghai County

(Bitter Winter) — The persecution of house churches that belong to the so-called “gray market” — the largest segment of Chinese religion — has intensified dramatically since the new Regulations on Religious Affairs came into force in February 2018. Crackdowns on them have been implemented throughout the country, and Ninghai county in Zhejiang Province’s prefecture-level […]

Five Christians in Northern India Arrested on False Forced Conversion Charges

Five Christians in Northern India Arrested on False Forced Conversion Charges

(International Christian Concern) – On Tuesday, Feb. 11, five Christians from India’s Uttar Pradesh state were taken into police custody after being falsely accused of engaging in forced religious conversions. According to local Christians, police eventually released all five, but only after three were kept in police custody overnight. The incident took place in Udaypatty […]

Church Decimated After Upper-Caste Hindus Stir Hostilities in Andhra Pradesh, India

Church Decimated After Upper-Caste Hindus Stir Hostilities in Andhra Pradesh, India

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Attacks and harassment of a house church in southern India have decimated the 40-member congregation and left the pastor injured and demoralized. Pastor Eswara Rao Appalabattula on Jan. 27 pleaded with about a dozen local residents to stop building a wall meant to block people from attending worship services at his […]

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