Church Growth Soars in India Despite Persecution, COVID-19

Church Growth Soars in India Despite Persecution, COVID-19

India (Mission Network News) — For the second year in a row, Open Doors ranks India 10th on the list of countries where it’s most challenging to be a Christian. “But even [amid] that persecution, God grows and strengthens his Church,” says David Reeves, President and CEO of unfoldingWord. The resourcing ministry is celebrating unexpected […]

Field Workers in China Continue to Serve North Korean Christians

Field Workers in China Continue to Serve North Korean Christians

North Korea (International Christian Concern) – Despite being the most dangerous country for Christians to live in, North Korea still has tens of thousands Christians (though actual number is impossible to obtain). Some of them remain underground inside, while others escaped to other countries to seek freedom. To serve the Christians who’ve managed to flee […]

At Least 13 People Killed in Suicide Bomb Attack in Cameroon

At Least 13 People Killed in Suicide Bomb Attack in Cameroon

(Barnabas Aid) — At least 13 people were killed in a suicide bomb attack in predominantly-Christian Mozogo, Mayo Tsanaga, in the Far North region of Cameroon, after armed militants raided the community. The attack, thought to be perpetrated by Boko Haram, took place in the early hours of Friday, Jan. 8. According to the village […]

Al-Shabaab Attacks Bus Traveling in Kenya, Possibly Looking for Christians

Al-Shabaab Attacks Bus Traveling in Kenya, Possibly Looking for Christians

TARBAJ, Kenya (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on Tuesday, gunmen believed to be part of the Somali-based al-Shabaab terrorist group flagged down a passenger bus at Tarbaj, Wajir State. During the attack the gunmen separated men from women, interrogating them to identify non-local travelers. Reporting on the incident, the […]

Hindu Nationalists Incite Animists, Those Who Believe Nature Has Spirit, to Attack Christians in India

Hindu Nationalists Incite Animists, Those Who Believe Nature Has Spirit, to Attack Christians in India

  NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Six Christian families were worshipping in a wood-and-hay structure in eastern India last month when an influential man of wealth wielding an axe led others in and, in coarse language, asked why they had abandoned their tribal religion. Elder Burjo Tadinji of the church in Odisha state’s Chichima village, […]

Madhya Pradesh State in India Next to Implement Law Preventing Use of ‘Undue Influence’ to Convert

Madhya Pradesh State in India Next to Implement Law Preventing Use of ‘Undue Influence’ to Convert

(Release International) — At least nine Indian states have now passed anti-conversion laws, and some like Madhya Pradesh are tightening up earlier legislation. … The anti-conversion law in Madhya Pradesh was put into effect by the state governor on Jan. 9. It follows Uttar Pradesh, which imposed a similar law in November. The new rules […]

Chinese Authorities Sentence House Church Pastor Li Juncai to Five Years in Prison

Chinese Authorities Sentence House Church Pastor Li Juncai to Five Years in Prison

Xinxiang, Henan Province (ChinaAid) — Recently, Chinese Communist Party (CCP) authorities sentenced Yuanyang County Central House Church Pastor Li Juncai to five years in prison and ordered him to pay a fine of 210,000 Chinese Yuan (32,423.42 USD). For objecting to the CCP’s forcible cross removal and refusing to change a church proclamation “Love God and […]

Christians in Indian Village Banned From Religious Services for Not Being ‘Christian by Birth’

Christians in Indian Village Banned From Religious Services for Not Being ‘Christian by Birth’

(International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) learned that police officials in India’s Karnataka state banned a community of Christians from gathering for worship services indefinitely. The officials justified this unconstitutional action by claiming that none of the approximately 50 Christians were Christian by birth and must have been coercively or fraudulently converted to […]