Christians targeted for forced marriages in Nigeria

Christians targeted for forced marriages in Nigeria

Nigeria (Mission Network News) — A recent United Nations report found that in Nigeria, Boko Haram specifically targets Christians and other religious minorities for slavery and forced marriages. Among certain minority groups, as many as three out of four women are forced into marriage, even though consent to marriage is required under Nigerian law. It’s […]

Laos believers lose homes due to their faith

Laos believers lose homes due to their faith

Laos (Mission Network News) — In the landlocked, Southeast Asian country of Laos, Christians risk much to follow Jesus. Joe Handley of Asian Access says dozens of Christian leaders have seen their homes and churches torn down. “I know some people that had to completely abandon the town they’re in and go to some nearby […]

Supreme Court of Pakistan grants bail to 3 Christians charged with ‘blasphemy’

Supreme Court of Pakistan grants bail to 3 Christians charged with ‘blasphemy’

(Barnabas Aid) — The Supreme Court of Pakistan in Islamabad has granted bail to three Christians charged with “blasphemy” in separate cases. Sanitary worker Salamat Mansha Masih was bailed on August 23. He was originally arrested in February 2021 while working for Lahore Waste Management Company. Salamat, along with Haroon Masih, was accused by four […]

Lethal persecution on the rise in Nigeria

Lethal persecution on the rise in Nigeria

Nigeria (Mission Network News) — Violent persecution is casting a bloody shadow across Nigeria, and Christians and other religious minorities are suffering brutal consequences. It’s no secret that persecution has been on the rise in Nigeria over the last few years. At the halfway point of 2022, there had already been 23 attacks on churches. […]

Iranian-Armenian pastor begins 10-year prison sentence

Iranian-Armenian pastor begins 10-year prison sentence

(Article18) — An Iranian-Armenian pastor has today begun serving a 10-year prison sentence for holding church services in his home. Joseph Shahbazian, who is 58 years old, was yesterday given 24 hours to hand himself in to the authorities at Tehran’s Evin Prison, and did so today at around midday, Iranian time. Meanwhile, a Christian […]

Christian Woman Killed at Church Site in Central Nigeria

Christian Woman Killed at Church Site in Central Nigeria

Central Mosque, Jos, Nigeria. (El-siddeeq lame, Creative Commons) ABUJA, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Suspected Fulani herdsmen in Plateau state, Nigeria on Saturday (Aug. 27) shot and killed a Christian woman as she cleaned her church building, sources said. Lyop Dalyop was sweeping and cleaning the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) building in Bangai village, […]

Indian evangelist killed by mob that included own family

Indian evangelist killed by mob that included own family

(Church in Chains) — In mid-August, Christian evangelist Karthridasan Madhavan (known as Madhavan) was burned to death in the state of West Bengal in northeast India by a mob that included his own family. Madhavan was the only Christian in his extended family and lived in the village of Gobindapur in Jhargram district, about 175km […]

China ‘liquidates’ house church as part of crackdown

China ‘liquidates’ house church as part of crackdown

(Morning Star News) – Authorities in China on Aug. 19 officially “liquidated” a historical house church in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, as part of a crackdown on churches that refuse to join the state-controlled Three-Self Church, rights advocates said. The Church of Abundance, which began about 30 years ago, had been targeted as a “cult” that […]

Wenzhou Christian criminally detained in Sichuan, China, seminaries shut down

Wenzhou Christian criminally detained in Sichuan, China, seminaries shut down

China (International Christian Concern) – On August 20, a Christian woman named Li Chunqing from Zhejiang province’s Wenzhou sent out an open prayer letter for her husband, Lin Xuesui, who was detained for attending Sunday worship. On June 14, Lin was criminally detained by the Public Security Bureau for “organizing and supporting illegal gathering” in […]