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The spread of violent Islamic militancy across Sub-Saharan Africa and South-east Asia, and the rise of Christians targeted by organized crime in Latin America, are some of the trends of the 2020 Open Doors WWL.
Growing pressure on Christians in China, Algeria, Burkina Faso, according to the 2020 Open Doors World Watch List. Christians face severe persecution in 73 countries.
Ethnic Wa rebels closed the churches in September 2018, destroyed at least 10 church buildings and detained more than 200 Christians who were later released.
After the elections, 17 of the 18 district councils are now controlled by pro-democracy councillors."The results show people's displeasure over the government”, Christians say.
The NCCP has spoken out against the heavy government policies against drug trafficking. 5,300 have been killed in the past three years.The Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches supported the NCCP.
A report summarizing the highlights of days 2 to 4 of the World Evangelical Alliance General Assembly in Jakarta, Indonesia.
In the opening evening, between six and seven thousand attendants packed the hall. The vast majority were Indonesian evangelicals who had been anticipating the global event for a long time.
China celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Republic as the violence escalates in Hong Kong. “The role of Christians is to be peacemakers”, a Hong Kong Christian leader says.
“The government has passed laws that blatantly violate religious freedom”, Swiss Christian NGO HMK says. Christian natives and foreigners have been arrested because of their faith.
Racism and aspirations of self-determination sparked demonstrations in Indonesia’s Papua province. “Papuan churches are wrongly too focused on internal issues”, says a missionary who knows the island well.
Protests in Hong Kong are “more and more violent”. “Pro-Beijing and pro-democracy sides taking communion together is a declaration to the world”, a pastor says.
“The number of violent attacks against Christians has alarmingly increased in the three years of President Rodrigo Duterte’s government”, Christian organisations in the Philippines say.
The seed has the capacity to be stored and kept for a long time. However, if we decide to plant it, the event becomes a process.
Hundreds of thousands took the streets again. “We urge the Chief Executive to respond to the strong demands of the public to withdraw the Bill”, Hong Kong Christian Council said.
Christians were dragged to the village leaders and forced to sit and bow to the goddess idol. Police decline to act, sources say.
Photos of the Lausanne Movement Global Workplace Forum, celebrated in Manila.
After protesters stormed Hong Kong’s legislative building, Christian leaders wrote a letter asking to “boycott any act that harms peace, and to express their views in a rational and peaceful manner”.
Almost 900 people from 110 countries attended the Global Workplace Forum. The Lausanne Movement dreams about a “great movement of God through believers in their workplace”.
Another massive demonstration is expected for Friday. “We seek God's justice and mercy to fill our land”, says Fellowship of Evangelical Students representative.
In the Chhattisgarh state, villagers attacked the homes of three Christian families, leaving 25 people homeless. Death threats are followed by reconversion rituals.
“Modi’s government has closed its eyes when minorities have been attacked”, says the Evangelical Fellowship India.
“If Prime Minister Modi wins again, the persecution of Christians in India will continue to grow”, says Vijayesh Lal, General Secretary of the Evangelical Fellowship of India. Voting will finish on May 19.
After three decades of loosening Communist Party control and expanding freedoms, Xi Jinping is systematically trying to reassert Party control over all sectors of society.
A two-year investigation showed direct and circumstantial evidence that a pastor and other religious leader were victims of “enforced disappearance by state agents”.
According to the law, conversion from Islam is illegal and punishable by death. “Christian converts will be forced to hide their faith even more carefully”, Open Doors says.