Indian evangelist killed by mob that included own family

Indian evangelist killed by mob that included own family

(Church in Chains) — In mid-August, Christian evangelist Karthridasan Madhavan (known as Madhavan) was burned to death in the state of West Bengal in northeast India by a mob that included his own family. Madhavan was the only Christian in his extended family and lived in the village of Gobindapur in Jhargram district, about 175km […]

China ‘liquidates’ house church as part of crackdown

China ‘liquidates’ house church as part of crackdown

(Morning Star News) – Authorities in China on Aug. 19 officially “liquidated” a historical house church in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, as part of a crackdown on churches that refuse to join the state-controlled Three-Self Church, rights advocates said. The Church of Abundance, which began about 30 years ago, had been targeted as a “cult” that […]

Gospel challenges in Liberia deep, daunting

Gospel challenges in Liberia deep, daunting

(Christian Aid Mission) — Whether facing jungle beasts or hostile followers of tribal religion, a native missionary in Liberia relies on God to protect him and other team members. The leader of a local ministry said he and co-workers proclaim Christ in cities and towns, but sometimes their commitment to bring God’s kingdom to the […]

More than 40 NHS Trusts refer to pregnant women using ‘gender neutral’ language

More than 40 NHS Trusts refer to pregnant women using ‘gender neutral’ language

(The Christian Institute) — Over 40 NHS Trusts in England now refer to maternity patients using “gender neutral” language, a newspaper investigation has revealed. More than a third of NHS Trusts responding to a Mail on Sunday (MoS) Freedom of Information request admitted using terms like “service users” in maternity care to appease trans activists. […]

UK university blasted for allowing student to complete PhD documenting child porn experience

UK university blasted for allowing student to complete PhD documenting child porn experience

(The Christian Institute) — The University of Manchester has been criticized for allowing a student to complete a PhD documenting his sexual gratification from reading erotic comics involving children. Karl Andersson wanted to research Japanese “shota” comics, which depict adolescent or prepubescent boys in a sexually suggestive manner. He said he wanted to find out […]

Wenzhou Christian criminally detained in Sichuan, China, seminaries shut down

Wenzhou Christian criminally detained in Sichuan, China, seminaries shut down

China (International Christian Concern) – On August 20, a Christian woman named Li Chunqing from Zhejiang province’s Wenzhou sent out an open prayer letter for her husband, Lin Xuesui, who was detained for attending Sunday worship. On June 14, Lin was criminally detained by the Public Security Bureau for “organizing and supporting illegal gathering” in […]

Christians reach isolated Ethiopian group

Christians reach isolated Ethiopian group

Ethiopia (Mission Network News) — In the mountains of Ethiopia, there lived a group of about 6,000 people unreached by the story of Jesus. They practice a local animist religion, believing that all beings have a life force and that spirits can possess people. In a 2010 poll, 11 percent of Ethiopians said sacrifices to […]

Supreme Court of Pakistan grants bail in blasphemy case

Supreme Court of Pakistan grants bail in blasphemy case

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A two-member bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday granted bail to a Christian in a blasphemy case, with one of the justices expressing concern over blatant misuse of the law, the attorney of the accused said. Attorney Rana Abdul Hameed said this was the first time a […]

Christ’s hope overcomes despair in Afghanistan

Christ’s hope overcomes despair in Afghanistan

Afghanistan (Mission Network News) — Flash flooding sweeps across 10 provinces in 10 days in eastern Afghanistan, killing nearly 100 people and displacing thousands. It’s the latest in a series of disasters ravaging the country. Natural disasters, like the current flooding and June’s deadly 5.9 magnitude earthquake, unite with poor governance and geopolitical challenges to […]