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Journalist Pilar Rahola publishes a book in which she collects her five-year work on the persecution of Christians in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. “It was necessary to tell the world that there are people who die, not because of a random bullet, but because they are Christians”.
Christians are humiliated at airports, body-searched as if they were criminals or traffickers, compared to terrorists.
“The sustained growth of the churches unnerves the government”, Cuban Pastor Mario Félix Lleonart, says. Several evangelical leaders have been interrogated and arrested in the last months.
Sitxty to seventy angry Hindu extremists were waiting for a group that was on a trip to a Christian camp.
Six countries sign an agreement to create the “Coalition for Happiness”. Among its members, there are countries where Christians are increasingly persecuted: the United Arab Emirates, Mexico and Kazakhstan.
“From now on, if any of you distribute Bibles, we will attack you brutally”, one of the Hindus warned the Christians, according to a video the extremists took of the attack.
Eyewitnesses said police confiscated chairs, tables and Bibles before the demolition. “These crazy actions will not stop us from praying and praising God”.
Twenty-six church leaders have appeared in court since last week for defending a Muslim business interest’s attempt to illegally seize the Evangelical School of Omdurman
Ultra-Orthodox Jews attacked a meeting centre in Dimona.
“They threatened the pastor, ‘How dare you set up a church in our locality? This area is of upper castes. Stop running church here’”, a church leader in the region explains.
How will we react if God calls us to take a step of faith which could have drastic consequences?
Military Police used excavators and dynamite to destroy the Golden Lampstand Church. “This might be a new pattern against any independent churches”, Christian advocacy groups warn.
A letter to the embassador in Rome was delivered.
Intolerance against Christians is highest in Central and Southeast Asia, after North Korea. The situation worsens dramatically in Africa. In Europe, two people were murdered bacause of their faith last year.
Berating and slapping two pastors into signing an apology letter before police, Hindu extremists stopped a planned three-day gospel meeting in Chhattisgarh state minutes before it was to begin.
Sundays 5th and 12th of November have been set apart to advocate and pray for the Persecuted Church. This year’s motto is “From ashes to glory”.
It is unusual that the Council of a big Spanish city officially promotes and supports an evangelical event.
Around 480,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived in Bangladesh. World Vision has warned against the horrible living conditions in refugee camps and the huge lack of resources.
Rebeca, a Nigerian Christian, was kidnapped for 2 years, raped and got pregnant with the son of a terrorist. Her faith made her strong to endure the terror.
“We make it clear to asylum seekers who want to convert that furthering their application is not a reason to become a Christian”, a pastor says.
Laden Nouri (Iran) first learned about Christianity through her newly converted cousin. After becoming a follower of Jesus, she helped start house churches and ended up in jail. Watch her story.
Besides raiding Christian bookstores and arresting Christians, authorities threatened to kill South Sudanese Christians who do not leave or cooperate with them.
There has been 410 reported incidents, while there were 441 in total in 2016. “Attackers know they will not be punished”, Open Doors says.
Three months ago, Hinduist activists videotaped pastor Sultan Masih as they accused him of paying people to convert to Christianity. Family receives support of police and government.
The government often uses this accusation against converts instead of the charge of apostasy, in an attempt to avoid international scrutiny.