Chinese Police Demolish More Christian Homes in Building Used for Xiamen House Church

Chinese Police Demolish More Christian Homes in Building Used for Xiamen House Church

(International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on July 22, local authorities descended on Xingguang Church in China’s Xiamen city in Fujian province for further demolition of Christian homes in conjunction to the house church. A month after local authorities brought in more than 100 officers from four different agencies to demolish Xingguang […]

Chinese Cyberspies Hack Email of Chengdu House Church Pastor

Chinese Cyberspies Hack Email of Chengdu House Church Pastor

China (International Christian Concern) – China’s ubiquitous security has always tracked citizens for a variety of purposes. Tracking Christian citizens has enabled authorities to raid house churches and arrest pastors. According to the Department of Justice, Li Xiaoyu, 34, and Dong Jiazhi, 31, two accused state-sponsored cyperspies, hacked into the personal data of dissidents, clergy, […]

Six Christian Families in India Issued Ultimatum to Renounce Their Faith

Six Christian Families in India Issued Ultimatum to Renounce Their Faith

India (International Christian Concern) – Six Christian families have received an ultimatum from the Latehar District Police of Jharkhand state to either renounce their Christian faith or prepare to leave the village. The police have given the Christians a single month to respond to this demand. The police issued the ultimatum after the six Christian […]

Pakistani Christians Endure 80 Incidents of Persecution in the First Six Months of 2020

Pakistani Christians Endure 80 Incidents of Persecution in the First Six Months of 2020

(International Christian Concern) – The first six months of 2020 proved to be another challenging time for Christians in Pakistan. Despite lofty claims made by the PTI-led government, the country’s Christian community continued to suffer discrimination, intolerance, and instances of outright persecution. International Christian Concern (ICC) documented at least 80 incidents of persecution against Pakistan’s […]

Unprecedented Bail Demand for Iranian House Church Leader

Unprecedented Bail Demand for Iranian House Church Leader

(Article18) — The family of an Iranian-Armenian house church leader who remains in detention more than three weeks after his arrest has been told they must deposit 3 billion tomans (around $150,000) for his bail. This is twice the previous highest amount demanded to secure the release of a Christian prisoner of conscience. Joseph Shahbazian, […]

Persecution Watch Group: The ‘Unexpected Gift of Persecution’ Purifies the Church

Persecution Watch Group: The ‘Unexpected Gift of Persecution’ Purifies the Church

WASHINGTON — The president of a persecution watch group based in Washington, D.C. recently recalled the answer he received when visiting China years ago and speaking with a number of pastors who had been previously imprisoned: “Persecution is a gift.” Jeff King of International Christian Concern explained that it is ease and wealth that degrade […]

False Report Against Pastor Draws Police Investigation Into Church in India

False Report Against Pastor Draws Police Investigation Into Church in India

ANDHRA PRADESH (International Christian Concern) – On July 5, an unidentified man, believed to be a Hindu nationalist, filed a false police report against a pastor in Andhra Pradesh alleging forcible conversion activities. The accusation was made against Pastor Chinna Rao, head pastor of Christ Church, where 50 to 60 people worship regularly in a […]

Muslim Fulani Herdsmen Kill 11 Christians in Attack in North Central Nigeria

Muslim Fulani Herdsmen Kill 11 Christians in Attack in North Central Nigeria

JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Muslim Fulani herdsmen on Monday killed 11 Christians in an attack in Kaduna state, Nigeria, the latest of more than 50 members of Baptist, ECWA and other churches slain since June 12, sources said. More than 50 armed herdsmen invaded Gora Gan village, in the north-central state’s Zangon Kataf County, on […]

The Christian Institute: Scottish Hate Crime Bill Threatens Gospel Freedom

The Christian Institute: Scottish Hate Crime Bill Threatens Gospel Freedom

(The Christian Institute) — The Scottish government is currently considering introducing new hate crime laws, with Holyrood’s Justice Committee asking for views on the proposed Hate Crime and Public Order bill. The closing date for submissions is this Friday. The existing law covers race, but Scottish ministers want to extend it to cover all the […]