We need to respond with the values that we see in Jesus Christ’s life.
Rebeca, a Nigerian Chrstian, was kidnapped for 2 years, raped and got pregnant with the son of a terrorist. Her faith made her strong to endure the terror.
In a 7.1 magnitude quake, dozens of buildings, including schools, collapsed. “We are very sad and we only pray to God that He delivers us”, says Christian worker in Mexico City.
“It is very important to communicate with those we are going to defend, otherwise, we can hurt them, or put them in jeopardy”, says Hans Gravaas of the Stefanus Alliance International.
Mauricio Macri attended a big musical concert to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales, an evangelical Christian, faces a political crisis due to his conflict with anti-corruption authorities. Theologian Israel Ortiz says Christians should not just support him because of his faith.
Salama Baptist Church in Ancha lost 19 of its members in the massacre, nine children. “We found that those killed were from three households”, a survivor said.
At leas 14 people have died and many areas are left "barely habitable." Irma has been downgraded to a category four, but officials warn that it remains "extremely dangerous".
“Kim Jong Un is begging for war", U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said. China and Russia asked for diplomatic talks with North Korea.
Christians hope to get 2.5 million signatures to have a referendum in the 2018 elections. The question would be: “Should the State protect human life from conception as a fundamental right?”
Pastor Andrew Brunson was serving in a church in Izmir when he was detained almost one year ago. Turkish Protestants said the accusations are “absurd”.
Besides raiding Christian bookstores and arresting Christians, authorities threatened to kill South Sudanese Christians who do not leave or cooperate with them.
The UN Security Council holds an emergency meeting. “Dialogue and understanding is the right and moral way forward”, says World Evangelical Alliance.
The tropical storm has caused “a catastrophic situation” in the fourth city of the USA. Thousands have been rescued from their homes.
Conversions are growing especially among the youth. Religious leaders have slammed government officials "for their negligence to stop the spread of Christianity."
There has been 410 reported incidents, while there were 441 in total in 2016. “Attackers know they will not be punished”, Open Doors says.
Passengers were travelling to a church meeting in the port city of Mahajanga. Most of them were local volunteer teachers for Christian program Operation Christmas Child.
Government of the Henan province orders 20,000 registered house church members to join the Three-Self Church, and ban foreign students from practising their religious beliefs.
Leopoldo López and Antonio Ledezma came back to prison 2 days after an election with at least 10 people killed. USA impose sanctios to Venezuela. Evangelicals keep calling for prayer and non-violence.
Called in Russian the “Youth Business Prayer Breakfast”, its primary supporters are Russian businessmen and politicians.
An evangelical church has given 250 million Euro and their time to remodel a hospital in Barquimiseto. “Everything was very damaged and ruined”, pastor Garcia says.
A church leader in India explains how networks of small Christian communities apply the gospel in their local contexts. “Discipleship needs to be a very collaborative work”.
In Wittenberg, the WCRC signed the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification (1999).
The government often uses this accusation against converts instead of the charge of apostasy, in an attempt to avoid international scrutiny.
2.1 billion people of world’s population has little or no Gospel access. Christ-followers should be outraged by this spiritual injustice.
A letter distributed on social media asks for the “attacks against the church” to stop. Twenty-five buildings are set to be demolished, but Christians in the country are “very resilient”, a source says.
One minor was held for 25 days, another is still in custody, along with five adult volunteers.
Under the slogan #IfoundmyKing, Brazilian evangelical churches celebrated the 25th anniversary of the country's biggest religious gathering. Politicians and football players support the march.
The Somali rebel group also beat Muslims at the school for housing Kenyan Christians.
Gerardo Amarilla, Uruguayan MP and former President of the parliament, was one of the first evangelical Christians in his country in such a high political position. He speaks about the challenges and opportunities for Christians in politics.
“The image of Christians as a persecuted minority is not completely right”, says Egypt’s Bible Society Director Ramez Atallah in an interview with Evangelical Focus. He analyses the coexistence with Muslims and the role of the evangelical community.
The Catholic Charismatic Renewal movement gathered thousands to celebrate its 50 years of existence. Pentecostal leader Giovanni Traettino: “Let’s walk together towards the unity of the faith.”
Political and religious leaders heavily criticise the decision. France, Germany and Italy reject Trump’s assertion that the climate deal can be redrafted.
About 300 participants took part in the first FOJEC conference. A biblical view of business as well as study cases were shared with a generation eager to make a lasting impact in society.
Indonesian police have named the leader of the Islamic Defenders Front as a suspect. Rizieq Shihab mobilised thousands to put pressure on judges in a ‘blasphemy’ trial against Christian politician ‘Ahok’.
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.
In the last three years, there have been 350 new disappearances in the Mexican State. On Mother’s Day, evangelicals prayed for the relatives of the missing persons.
Hassan Taour and Abdulmonem Abdumawla had been accused of espionage. Czech aid worker Petr Jasek received a presidential pardon in Februrary.
‘Ahok’ is sentenced to two years of prison. The judges say the Christian politician “has caused anxiety, hurt Islam and divided Muslims.” Islamic radicals increase pressure on Christians.
The man and his wife were selling girls for over 10 years.
Pastor Gary Wilkerson talks about his father, the meaning and impact of the Protestant Reformation, and the key role that sound doctrine and the Holy Spirit should play in the church.
Mobs led by Buddhist monks threat church members in several areas of the country. The homes of pastors have been attacked and new legal measures reduce the constitutional right to freedom of worship.
The campaign was marked by violent demonstrations led by radical Muslims and a trial for alleged blasphemy. “Trust me, power comes from God and it too can be taken by God. Don’t be sad”, he told supporters.
The letter calls on the authorities to take the necessary steps to ensure Christian basic rights, like freedom of worship, and the oficialisation of churches, among others.
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.
For the first time, Christians have been able to bring their requests to the National Council of Human Rights. “We were well received”, says the spokesperson of the National Coordination of Moroccan Christians.
About 20 men arrived at the school with knives and other weapons and began to beat the women. Members of a nearby church tried to defend them.
Russian authorities speak of 49 injured after blast near central metro station. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev described it as a “terrorist attack.”
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.
Without careful and disciplined action, the church’s theology and practice of mission will be impoverished.
“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.
A Christian organisation working with children in the region: “Pray that God protects us and gives us wisdom to understand how we can be useful in times like these.”
Representatives from across the world sign manifesto denouncing those who “hailed the US President as a Christian and a prophet.”
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.
“Church members should be active in society to defend and give refuge to the battered women”, says a group of evangelical professionals and church leaders.
Government restrictions force Compassion to leave the country. Hundreds of “churches that are passionate about caring for children will still be there” for the 145,000 sponsored children, says the NGO Director in Italy, Silvio Galvano.
Petr Jasek has been allowed to return home after receiving “presidential pardon”. Meanwhile, Islamists put pressure on evangelical school near Khartoum.
Southern Baptist Russell Moore: “Christians must continue to insist that the worldview of the sexual revolution harms men and women and advocate for the inherent dignity of all.”
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.
Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, led the race with 43% of the votes. He is the first Christian who governs the city and is currently under trial for blasphemy charges.
World chess #2 shares with Evangelical Focus his Christian convictions and the central role faith plays in his day-to-day life, which he defines as “simple and quiet”.
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.
The World Evangelical Alliance: “We wholeheartedly affirm the clear teaching of the Holy Bible that the people of God are called by God to ‘love’ and ‘welcome’ the foreigner and stranger”.
“Compassion and security are not mutually exclusive”, Tim Breene, CEO of World Relief said. Meanwhile, Franklin Graham and other evangelical leaders support Trump.
The Mexico City Policy blocks all funding to organisations that carry out or promote abortions. “This decision will save lives”, Christian leader Russell Moore says.
Scientists say human emissions of CO2, the warming of the Arctic, and El Nino were the main factors of the new high. “God has called us to be responsible stewards of creation”, Christian activists say.
Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders said 21 aid workers died. Air Force admits the original target was a Boko Haram camp in the region.
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.
Dylann Roof has been sentenced for the racially motivated killings of nine black people at Emanuel AME Church, one of the oldest black churches in South Carolina (USA).
Young Markus had been an ambitious Muslim. He studied in an Islamic university led by his father and his mission was to reach out to Christian youth and lead them to the “right path”.
Three others (including Czech aid worker Petr Jasek) remain in jail. Attorneys are hopeful that they also will be released soon.
Nationals of Germany, Belgium and France among victims of New Year’s Day attack. In Turkey, 300 people were killed in terrorist attacks in 2016.
The number of unaccompanied minors has doubled since 2105, reaching almost 25,000.
The attack “will not make me give up”, pastor Machado says. The Latin American Evangelical Alliance calls to pray for him and for the task of fighting corruption in Honduras.
Large report shows that only 17% of Americans are white evangelical Protestant. Baptists are the largest denomination, and most of religiously unaffiliated citizens identify as secular.
How can Islamic radicalism be countered after the imprisonment of the Christian governor of Jakarta?
A doctor visiting the Dominican Republic shares his thoughts after the storm.
Steve Chalke and Jayne Ozanne among the signatories of the “Christians United” statement promoting LGBT+ inclusion in churches.
The Nashville Statement says the approval of homosexual practice and transgenderism is “an essential departure from Christian faithfulness and witness”.
The World Evangelical Alliance supports the USA National Association of Evangelicals in condemning white supremacy. “Jesus Christ has the power to break down racial barriers.”
“Pray for Sierra Leone”, the Evangelical Fellowship of Sierra Leone asks. Several pastors and members, including many children, of Christian churches have died.
The Latin Evangelical Alliance calls Venezuelan evangelicals to pray “to receive God's instructions on how to be salt and light.” Political tension and violence continue in the country.
The deepening partisan ideological divide in all sectors of US society will mean that governance will most likely lurch from one extreme to another. This will have major ramifications for the church and mission.
The Ibero-American Congress for Life and Family writes letter to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs calling to protect freedom of speech. The platform unites 600 representatives from 16 countries.
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.
Violence could break out in Hamburg as thousands protest against world political leaders. Christians set up five Houses of Prayer.
A video by Open Doors UK & Ireland explains to children what it means to be a refugee.
The US withdrawal will make climate change solutions more difficult, and climate catastrophe more likely. The decision is unjust, immoral and unworthy of a great nation.
A number of Muslim groups are actively seeking a Caliphate, although their conceptions of it differ. These groups include Al-Qa’ida, Daesh (IS), Hizb ut Tahrir, and the Muslim Brotherhood.
A large proportion of the Christian minority in Pakistan became sanitation workers for historical reasons. Sweeping in pre-Partition India was a job reserved for the lower castes.
The US may have left the Paris climate agreement, but Christians cannot avoid their responsibility in preserving God’s creation, says Antonio Cruz.
Eight Christians shot for refusing to recite the Muslim creed. Their bodies were reportedly thrown into the ditch, and a signboard was placed beside them reading “Munafik”, which means traitor or liar.
A truck bomb exploded near the foreign embassies and the Afghan presidential palace. Most of the victims were civilians. The Taliban have denied carrying out the attack.
The initiative led by evangelicals was held simultaneously in 210 cities of the country. “People from very diverse ideological backgrounds came to pray here. What unites us is our love for Christ.”
Freedom of conscience, freedom of speech and religious freedom are battles that are worth fighting.
“We believe Bhatti is innocent and will be freed by the high court, but it will take several years for his case to be heard by the high court”, an advocate says.
Believers born after 1981 are less supportive of the Republican Party and partially believe homosexuality should be accepted in society, says a survey.
At least 29 people have died in the protests during this month. The Latin Evangelical Alliance has called the Christians to pray for Venezuela.
Conversion from Islam is impossible in many places and in the few locations where it is possible legally, there are social and cultural impediments to change.
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.
A Venezuelan evangelical leader analyses the tense situation in the country and explains how Christians keep praying and preparing for an uncertain future. “The church has paid a high price.”
Violent riots broke out after a controversial Constitutional amendment was approved. Three evangelical organisations ask the government to act with responsibility and call Christians to pray for peace and wisdom.
“This kind of precedent is highly frightening and raises the question of who’s next”, says Evangelical-Baptist leader Vitaly Vlasenko.
Insights by Scott Moreau, Associate Dean of Wheaton College Graduate School.
One of the most painful situations for those serving among people without legal papers in the United States is to help parents to make plans for the care of their children in case they are arrested and deported.
“Morocco is changing, Mohamed VI has said that he is the king of all Moroccans: Christians, Jews and Muslims”, says Mustafa. “Seven of us came out of anonymity, trusting that God would protect us.”
During her first press conference, Nikki Haley stated that the UN has “breathtaking double standards” with Israel, but the US “will not turn a blind eye to this anymore.”
It is estimated that over 100 million people in the majority world base their livelihoods on locally mining gold, precious stones, and other high-value minerals with minimal equipment, capital, and training.
The show's producers hope that the play will give Chinese people a biblical perspective to improve family relationships, a big challenge in China.
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.
A selection of pictures of World Press Photo 2017.
“As Christians, we have a historic call expressed over two thousand years, to serve the suffering”. Signatories include Timothy and Cathy Keller, Ed Stetzer, Max Lucado and Bill and Lynne Hybels.
The Bible Society of Egypt says devaluation of the national currency is a challenge: costs of production have increased.
Counselor Diane Langberg on how to listen to victims well.
In his first National Prayer Breakfast, the President of the USA says he will eliminate the Johnson Amendment to “let religious representatives speak freely without fear of retribution”.
Two other Christians, a pastor an a student were also sentenced to 12 years, on charges related to “espionage.”
"It is a terrorist attack on Muslims in a centre of worship and refuge", Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, denounced. Two men have been arrested.
First and foremost, a Christian vote is a vote for others.
“This demolition was done out of injustice and discrimination”, said Rev. Musa. Six more churches are due to be demolished.
We are free, in Christ, to be all that God had originally intended us to be. Christians should be shouting the news that equality is part of God’s intended plan.
President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation defines the Bible as “fitting and proper for the molding of the spiritual, moral and social fiber of our citizenry.”
Shira Sorko-Ram, pastor and journalist in Israel, shares her views and a historical and biblical context on the latest events.
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”.
“Church planting is a business here”, Dan Huffstutler, director of East Africa Baptist School of Theology, denounces.
Over the past year, there have been protests about university fees in South Africa. Christian students are serving as mediators, engaging with both students and university management.
A new generation of African younger leaders is rising to the challenge of missions.
The situation of Christians in North Korea does not seem to have improved during this past year.
Outside the heavily guarded court, those opposing Ahok chanted, “Jail Ahok, jail Ahok, jail Ahok now”. Muslim clerics refer to the Christian politician as a “son of Satan”.
Rev. Andrew Brunson has been serving in Turkey for 23 years. After being detained for 64 days, he now faces “terrorism” charges and alleged links with the Fetullah Gulen movement.
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