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 […]

University College London Apologizes for ‘History and Legacy of Eugenics’

University College London Apologizes for ‘History and Legacy of Eugenics’

 (The Christian Institute) — University College London (UCL) has apologized for its “fundamental role” in the development of eugenic beliefs and practices. Following an independent inquiry into the history of eugenics at UCL, the institution expressed “deep regret” for “legitimizing” the harmful ideology. Eugenicists associated with UCL include Sir Francis Galton — who coined […]

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 […]

Abortion the Biggest Cause of Death in 2020 by Far

Abortion the Biggest Cause of Death in 2020 by Far

(The Christian Institute) — Abortion was the biggest cause of death worldwide in 2020,  responsible for more fatalities than cancer, heart disease and coronavirus put together. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 73.3 million abortions take place every year, with almost 30 percent of pregnancies ending in abortion. The data group Worldometer estimates […]

France to Include Religious Views in Police Files of Potential Extremists

France to Include Religious Views in Police Files of Potential Extremists

(Evangelical Focus) — The government of France will include information about faith and political opinions in the police files of people who could be a threat to national security. The Interior Ministry has issued three decrees that now allow to collect information about the “political opinions,” “philosophical or religious convictions” and “labor union membership” of […]