Kazakhstan Authorities Harass Church Members in Attempt to Block Registration

Kazakhstan Authorities Harass Church Members in Attempt to Block Registration

Kazakhstan (Mission Network News) — Trouble’s brewing in Central Asia. Sources note increasing efforts to restrict religious freedom in Kazakhstan. Forum 18 counted more than 100 cases between January and June this year. In the latest incident, officials began interfering with one church’s attempts to follow the law. “The New Life Pentecostal Church [was] just […]

Early Rain Covenant Church Pastor and Deacon Continue to Face Significant Legal Challenges

Early Rain Covenant Church Pastor and Deacon Continue to Face Significant Legal Challenges

(China Aid) — Two leaders of Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC) continue to face numerous legal challenges as they grapple with authorities. According to new information, the defense lawyer for Pastor Wang Yi was barred from meeting with his client several weeks ago. More recently, officials said Deacon Tan Defu hired two lawyers in his […]

‘I Will Not Leave My Faith’: Pastor in India Left for Dead but God Shocks Persecutors

‘I Will Not Leave My Faith’: Pastor in India Left for Dead but God Shocks Persecutors

(Open Doors USA) — The Church in India is growing at an unprecedented rate, with village church pastors forging a burgeoning movement. Increasingly, the leaders of these churches are bearing the brunt of persecution in India, often finding themselves the first target of Hindu extremists, especially when extremists begin to see the impact of these […]

Chinese Government Continues to Dismantle House Churches in Fujian

Chinese Government Continues to Dismantle House Churches in Fujian

(Bitter Winter) — Since the new Regulations on Religious Affairs came into effect in February last year, the CCP has been focusing its crackdowns on those religious groups that are unwilling to be controlled by the government. Designated as unauthorized organizations, they have been subjected to harsh suppression and persecution. Wang Yi, a well-known Chinese […]

Report: China Counting Its Christians, Pastors Shifting Strategy to Avoid Shutdown

Report: China Counting Its Christians, Pastors Shifting Strategy to Avoid Shutdown

(Mission Network News) — Rumors that China’s Central Government ordered its towns to monitor and count Christians appear to be true. More specifically, Asian Access’ Joe Handley says, “What we’re hearing is they’re following up and wanting to get actual names of those who believe in God. And it’s not just Christianity. It also includes [non-theistic […]

Mexican Evangelicals Persecuted, Forced to Participate in Catholic festivals

Mexican Evangelicals Persecuted, Forced to Participate in Catholic festivals

(Evangelical Focus) — Neighbors from several indigenous communities in the municipalities of Tlanchinol, Huejutla and Huazalingo, all located in the State of Hidalgo, Mexico, denounced that they have suffered extortion, unjustified fines, prohibition of entry to towns and others sanctions by the authorities, who also force them to participate in Catholic holidays, just because they […]

Christian Family Takes Refuge in Mountains After Expulsion From Home in Mexico

Christian Family Takes Refuge in Mountains After Expulsion From Home in Mexico

(Morning Star News) – Miguel Pérez Díaz, his eight children and 87-year-old father have been living in a mountainside shack since May, when local officials expelled them from their village in Chiapas state, Mexico. Relatives, friends and neighbors in Tajlovijho, a village in the municipality of San Andrés Larráinzar in southern Mexico, had been harassing […]

Small Church Destroyed in Apparent Arson in Southern India

Small Church Destroyed in Apparent Arson in Southern India

(International Christian Concern) — On Monday, August 12, a small church made of wooden poles and thatch was set on fire and completely destroyed by unknown people in Thakkallepadu village, approximately 80 miles southeast of Hyderabad, India. Local Christians report that the apparent arson has left their community completely shattered. According to Pastor Samuel, head […]

Cuban Political Police Detain, Question Evangelical Journalist

Cuban Political Police Detain, Question Evangelical Journalist

(Evangelical Focus) — Journalist and writer of evangelical faith Yoé Suárez arrived home early morning on Saturday, Aug. 10 after being questioned by the Cuban political police. He was detained on Friday in the city of Guantánamo (southeast of Cuba), where he had planned to conduct a series of journalistic interviews. Speaking to Evangélico Digital, […]

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