As theological debates on sexuality and marriage become more and more central, many Christian denominations are being asked to clarify their views.
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.
Between eight and ten gunmen attack a bus carrying Coptic Christian to a monastery in Minya. Egyptian Christians have been violently persecuted in the last months.
The man and his wife were selling girls for over 10 years.
We spoke with Protestant Christians who had had their electricity and water cut off, who had been removed from the local population registers, whose children had been prevented from attending school.
Five incidents were reported on the same day. “Non-state actors seem to operate with impunity”, says the EFI.
At least 45 people killed and more than 100 injured in two attacks. The Egyptian President decrees three months of state of emergency.
Police in Bihar state this month obeyed Hindu extremist orders not to interfere as they beat a pastor and a Bible college student.
Three churches have been banned for religious activities and another one was attacked in the last month. Banners against Christian candidate Basuki Tjahaja "Ahok" were rife all over Jakarta.
“I still have fears since I am taking care of many converts from Islam. I know nothing will separate me from the love of Christ and in serving Him”, says Hassan Muwanguzi.
The couple’s two daughters, 13 and 7, and their 9-year-old son were able to escape out a backdoor and have found safe shelter in another town.
Around 400 Christians threatened by Daesh, arrived in the Suez Canal city of Ismailiya “exhausted, with urgent needs for food and children’s clothing, and terrified.”
An in-depth interview with Vijayesh Lal of the Evangelical Fellowship India. Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh are the states were Christians face the strongest persecution.
The government reportedly claimed the churches were built on land zoned for other uses, but Christian leaders said it is part of wider crack-down on Christianity.
The man was sent to jail for declining to sign a document denying his evangelical faith and agreeing to contribute to the Traditionalist Catholic festivals.
Two other Christians, a pastor an a student were also sentenced to 12 years, on charges related to “espionage.”
“Compassion and security are not mutually exclusive”, Tim Breene, CEO of World Relief said. Meanwhile, Franklin Graham and other evangelical leaders support Trump.
“This demolition was done out of injustice and discrimination”, said Rev. Musa. Six more churches are due to be demolished.
According to Open Doors, 215 million Christians suffer “high, very high or extreme persecution”. North Korea continues at the top of the World Watch List. Africa is the region in which more Christians are killed because of their faith.
Jamil, a former Muslim: “Yemenis follow Christ with all their hearts. There is no way back. We all know that. Becoming a Christian will cost you much”.
Three others (including Czech aid worker Petr Jasek) remain in jail. Attorneys are hopeful that they also will be released soon.
Globally, some 65 million people have been displaced this year, roughly equivalent to Britain’s whole population.
The police and Islamic religious authorities in these countries are highly vigilant against any attempts by Christians to reach Malay Muslims with the gospel.
Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar survived Daesh slavery. “There remain more than 3,500 child and women held hostage as slaves under Daesh. Every day they die a thousand times”, they told MEPs.