Kurdish Teacher Arrested, Accused of Apostasy for Refusing to Hand Over School to Islam

Kurdish Teacher Arrested, Accused of Apostasy for Refusing to Hand Over School to Islam

(Christian Solidarity Worldwide) — Christian Solidarity Worldwide has learned that a 40-year-old Syrian Kurdish man was arrested and accused of apostasy by Failaq Al-Sham, an Islamist group loyal to Turkey, on July 30. Local sources report that fighters from Failaq Al-Sham arrested Radwan Muhammad at his home in the village of Jaqmaq Kibir near Rajo, […]

Authorities in Eritrea Arrest 30 Christians at Wedding

Authorities in Eritrea Arrest 30 Christians at Wedding

(Voice of the Martyrs Korea) — In a further crackdown on Christians, the government of Eritrea arrested 30 people that were attending a wedding ceremony held in the capital, Asmara, during the last week of June 2020. That brings the number of Christians arrested in Eritrea since last April to 45. “Not many people have […]

Landslide Victory of Buddhist Nationalists in Sri Lanka Opens Door for Bill Against ‘Forced’ Conversions

Landslide Victory of Buddhist Nationalists in Sri Lanka Opens Door for Bill Against ‘Forced’ Conversions

(Barnabas Fund) — The landslide victory of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in Sri Lanka’s Aug. 5 general election opens the door for his government to introduce legislation against “forced” conversion. The Sri Lanka Podujana Party (SLPP) won 145 seats in the 225-member Parliament, giving the Buddhist nationalist president an overall majority. Subsequent negotiations with political allies […]

Two Kazakh Pastors Appeal to President Tokayev to Save Churches From Seizure

Two Kazakh Pastors Appeal to President Tokayev to Save Churches From Seizure

(Barnabas Fund) — Two pastors in Kazakhstan have appealed directly to the country’s president, asking him to stop local authorities seizing the land on which their churches stand. City authorities in the capital Nur-Sultan (formerly Astana) have ordered the confiscation of the Grace Presbyterian Church building and the Agape Pentecostal Church building, which was under […]

Woman Who Wasn’t Expected to Survive After Birth Celebrates 60th Birthday

Woman Who Wasn’t Expected to Survive After Birth Celebrates 60th Birthday

(The Christian Institute) — A woman born with spina bifida who doctors thought would die shortly after birth recently celebrated her 60th birthday. Carmel Proctor was diagnosed with myelomeningocele, a severe form of spina bifida, when she was born on August 8, 1960, and she initially struggled with very poor health. Her parents later told […]

‘Asking for the Word of God’: Ministry Sends Bibles to Persecuted Christians in Nigeria

‘Asking for the Word of God’: Ministry Sends Bibles to Persecuted Christians in Nigeria

Nigeria (Mission Network News) — Nigerian Christians are facing intense persecution, and Mission Cry hopes to bring these believers encouragement through the power of God’s Word. Jason Woolford of Mission Cry explains the crisis in Nigeria centers around Islamic persecution of Christians. Some reports state over 1,000 Christians have been brutally murdered since the beginning […]

Chinese Court Rules Homeschooling Mother Must Send Children to School

Chinese Court Rules Homeschooling Mother Must Send Children to School

BEIHAI, Fujian (ChinaAid) — A court in China’s Fujian province has ruled it illegal for a Christian mother to homeschool her children. Fan Ruzhen began homeschooling her children several years ago, hoping to provide them with a Christian education. On Sept. 30, 2019, authorities filed a lawsuit against her, arguing she must send her children […]

Chinese Christian Sentenced to 10 Days Detention for Street Evangelism

Chinese Christian Sentenced to 10 Days Detention for Street Evangelism

HENGYANG, Hunan (International Christian Concern) — On Aug. 3, a Christian in China’s Hunan province was sentenced by the authorities to 10 days in administrative detention for “illegal evangelism.” Chen Wensheng, who is part of the Xiaoqun Church in Hengyang, has often preached the gospel on the streets. He often carried a wooden cross that […]

Researchers Admit Study Claiming Positive Mental Health Outcomes of ‘Sex Change’ Operations Was Wrong

Researchers Admit Study Claiming Positive Mental Health Outcomes of ‘Sex Change’ Operations Was Wrong

(The Christian Institute) — Researchers who claimed transgender people who undergo surgery to “change sex” have better mental health outcomes have admitted their widely-shared study was wrong. Last year, Swedish researchers Dr. Richard Bränström and Dr. John Pachankis claimed that people who have surgery to try and change sex are less likely to need mental health […]

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