Independent Church in Southern India Destroyed by Mob of Radicals

Independent Church in Southern India Destroyed by Mob of Radicals

India (International Christian Concern) – Local sources report an under-construction church was demolished by a mob of radical Hindu nationalists in India’s Telangana state. According to the church’s pastor, the destruction of the church shattered a decades-long dream of his Christian community. On Jan. 20, a mob of radical Hindu nationalists, led by Bura Venakanna, […]

Iran Denies ‘Systematic Persecution’ of Christians

Iran Denies ‘Systematic Persecution’ of Christians

(Article18) — Iran has denied systematically persecuting Christians, in response to a formal enquiry by six senior UN rights experts. In a letter dated Nov. 11 but only made public after Iran failed to respond within the 60-day deadline, the experts – including the special rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Ahmed Shaheed, and […]

Hundreds of Indian Christians Subjected to Discrimination and Targeted Violence in 2020

Hundreds of Indian Christians Subjected to Discrimination and Targeted Violence in 2020

(Barnabas Aid) — The Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI) recorded 327 instances of discrimination and targeted violence against Christians in India in 2020, including five murders, at least six churches burned or destroyed, and 26 incidents of social boycotting, according to its yearly report, published on Jan. 14. The EFI acknowledged that the number of […]

Beijing House Church Pastor Denied Pension Amid Ongoing Crackdown on Worship

Beijing House Church Pastor Denied Pension Amid Ongoing Crackdown on Worship

(Radio Free Asia) — A prominent pastor of an unofficial Protestant “house church” in Beijing has been denied his state pension, with officials citing a criminal conviction linked to his faith activities, RFA has learned. House church elder Xu Yonghai, who just turned 60, was turned away by a Beijing municipal government service center after […]

Annual World Watch List Highlights How Pandemic Exposed Christian Persecution ‘in a New Way’

Annual World Watch List Highlights How Pandemic Exposed Christian Persecution ‘in a New Way’

SANTA ANA, Calif. — The annual World Watch List released by the watchdog Open Doors USA shows that the COVID-19 pandemic presented another avenue for those hostile to Christianity in Asia and Africa to persecute believers. It also finds that an estimated one in eight Christians worldwide suffers for their faith. “The coronavirus pandemic was […]

Evangelical Families Expelled and Homes Demolished in Chiapas, Mexico

Evangelical Families Expelled and Homes Demolished in Chiapas, Mexico

(Evangelical Focus) — A group of people of the “Tzotzil” ethnic group destroyed five houses of evangelical families in the Mitzitón community, in the municipality of San Cristóbal, Chiapas (Mexico). The leader of the evangelical organization Alas de Aguila, Esdras Alonso González, reported that the events took place on Sunday January, 10. Two evangelical “Tzotzil” […]

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 […]