North Korean Escapee: Nation Facing COVID

NORTH KOREA — North Korea is on the verge of a catastrophic meltdown according to reports reaching Open Doors from North Korean Christians. “North Korea faces a major crisis with multiple causes,” says Timothy Cho, North Korean escapee. “Covid-19 lockdown, catastrophic flooding, and international sanctions.” Although the North Korean Government has claimed that they have… Continue reading North Korean Escapee: Nation Facing COVID

Making Hope Visible for Persecuted Christians in Syria

QAMISHLI, SYRIA — Pastor George Moushi leads a church in Qamishli, northern Syria. His church responded when the region was invaded by Turkish forces last autumn, providing vital aid for many vulnerable Syrians. Support from Open Doors has kept them going as they faced a very visible threat – bombs, soldiers, Islamic extremists and now… Continue reading Making Hope Visible for Persecuted Christians in Syria

Coptic Solidarity Hosts Fifth Annual Modern Coptic Martyrs Remembrance Day

WASHINGTON — Coptic Solidarity’s 5th Annual Modern Coptic Martyrs Day will be hosted on Zoom this Friday, October 9th at 2 PM, Eastern Standard Time. This year’s event will be held on the ninth anniversary of the Maspero Massacre when 27 Copts were brutally murdered by the Egyptian Army while they were peacefully protesting a… Continue reading Coptic Solidarity Hosts Fifth Annual Modern Coptic Martyrs Remembrance Day

Introducing a New FBO – PAK7

GREENVILLE, SC – PAK7 is a brand-new faith-based organization that is preparing for Christian ministry in Pakistan, the fifth largest country in the world by population. More than 90% of the population, of which 70% are under age 35, are Muslim. Pakistan is also ranked as the 5th most dangerous nation for the persecution of… Continue reading Introducing a New FBO – PAK7

Opens Doors Provides Change for Women in Iraq

IRAQ — Dalia is a woman of remarkable spiritual strength and fortitude. Her life was threatened by so-called Islamic State and her home in the Ninevah plains was ransacked, but with support from Open Doors she has overcome these difficulties to become a leading figure in her local church. In 2014 the so-called Islamic State… Continue reading Opens Doors Provides Change for Women in Iraq

Nigerian Widow Last in Line for COVID 19 Food Aid

NIGERIA — Living in Plateau State in the middle band of Nigeria, Rose is in one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a Christian. Nigeria is number 12 on Open Doors World Watch List, but it’s at the top of the list for Christians murdered because of their faith. And on… Continue reading Nigerian Widow Last in Line for COVID 19 Food Aid

China’s Church Grows Despite Intense Persecution

CHINA — The Chinese church continues to grow at a phenomenal rate with forecasts that it will reach 224 million people by 2030. This acceleration comes in the midst of what’s believed to be the country’s worst persecution of believers since the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s according to China Aid’s Bob Fu. Some of… Continue reading China’s Church Grows Despite Intense Persecution

ICON Launches New Report Proving Nigerian Genocide

WASHINGTON — The International Committee on Nigeria (ICON), a nonprofit working to secure a future for all Nigerians, launched a new Data Tome (“report”) today proving the religious persecution and genocide that has been occurring in Nigeria over the last 20 years. The report includes recent testimonies of some of the more than 60,000 victims… Continue reading ICON Launches New Report Proving Nigerian Genocide

Christians Face Ultimatum – Abandon God Or Be Refused COVID Aid

LONDON — COVID aid is being refused for Christians in some countries unless they refuse to renounce their faith in Christ. In response, Open Doors is mobilizing its partners in some of the worst-hit countries to provide vital emergency food supplies. Persecution watchdog Open Doors UK & Ireland says it is “inundated” with reports of… Continue reading Christians Face Ultimatum – Abandon God Or Be Refused COVID Aid

‘March for the Martyrs’ to Raise Awareness of Global Christian Persecution

LONG BEACH, CA — The number of Christians persecuted for their faith has risen 20% in just two years. Currently, there are over 260 million people across the globe who face high levels of persecution because of their faith in Christ. Shockingly, the growing crisis of Christian Persecution is widely ignored by the media and… Continue reading ‘March for the Martyrs’ to Raise Awareness of Global Christian Persecution

USCIRF Expresses Outrage at the Killing of U.S. Citizen in Pakistan

WASHINGTON, DC – The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today mourns the death of Tahir Ahmad Naseem, a U.S. citizen who was shot in a courtroom in Peshawar, Pakistan on July 29, 2020. The assailant claimed to have shot Naseem because he had belonged to the Ahmadiyya faith. “Pakistan’s blasphemy laws are… Continue reading USCIRF Expresses Outrage at the Killing of U.S. Citizen in Pakistan

Open Doors Still Standing with the Persecuted Church After 65 Years

LONDON — It’s 65 years since Brother Andrew started taking Bibles to persecuted Christians in Eastern Europe. The work of Open Doors, the organization he founded, has changed significantly in its scope and methods – but at the heart of it is the same God and the same mission. As persecution watchdog Open Doors reached… Continue reading Open Doors Still Standing with the Persecuted Church After 65 Years

Feeding Thousands in Persecuted Nations & the USA

CHARLOTTE, NC — CMM thanks partners who helped send thousands of dollars weekly the last two months for feeding starving brethren in many nations in Africa and Asia. CMM works closely with known, trusted, indigenous missionaries in 70 nations. We have known many of these dear friends for years in India, Nigeria and Pakistan are… Continue reading Feeding Thousands in Persecuted Nations & the USA

2020 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom

WASHINGTON, DC – Its 2020 Annual Report on international freedom of religion has been made available to the public by the USCIRF. Various media reports have created confusion concerning the publication, with some referring to it as “the 2019 report” and others as “the 2020 report.” For clarification, the title of the 104-page document is… Continue reading 2020 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom

Honoring Modern Day Christian Martyrs

BARTLESVILLE, OK— Some 4,000 Christians are killed for their faith each year. To commemorate them – and to stand with the suffering church – believers across the world took part in the Day of the Christian Martyr on June 29. Organizations like Voice of the Martyrs and Release International honored some of the true heroes… Continue reading Honoring Modern Day Christian Martyrs

USCIRF Urges Thailand, Malaysia to Protect Rohingya Muslim Refugees Stranded at Sea

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WASHINGTON, DC – The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) calls on the governments of Thailand and Malaysia to admit boats carrying Rohingya Muslim refugees stranded at sea. “Thai and Malaysian authorities must recognize their obligations under international law to refugees fleeing ethnic and religious violence,” USCIRF Chair Gayle Manchin stated. “USCIRF urges… Continue reading USCIRF Urges Thailand, Malaysia to Protect Rohingya Muslim Refugees Stranded at Sea

Attacks on Turkish Churches as Some Blame Christians for COVID-19

EASTON, MD — A satellite television broadcaster in the Middle East is using its unique platform to show that Christians are not a threat as angry protesters attack churches and some blame Christians for COVID-19. After a recent arson attempt on a church in Istanbul — Turkey’s largest city — the suspect told police that… Continue reading Attacks on Turkish Churches as Some Blame Christians for COVID-19

The USCIRF Urges Administration to Enforce the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act

WASHINGTON, DC – The USCIRF (U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom) released the following statement urging the Administration to immediately enforce the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act, which was signed by President Donald Trump: “Along with Congress, the official communication and policy of this administration has been unambiguous in expressing both concern and outrage over… Continue reading The USCIRF Urges Administration to Enforce the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act

Open Doors Feeds Displaced Nigerian Community

NIGERIA — Last year attacks by nomadic Fulani herdsmen forced an entire Christian community in Naka, Nigeria to flee their homes. But in February this year, Open Doors was able to deliver vital aid to 1,500 families before Covid-19 travel restrictions were introduced. Pastor Sunday shares his appreciation for the impact this crucial help has… Continue reading Open Doors Feeds Displaced Nigerian Community

2020 Is the ‘Year of the Bible’ – Christians to Renew Their Love for God’s Word | CBN

The global campaign to make 2020 the “Year of the Bible” is underway. Roughly 400 church leaders and pastors met at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC, on Wednesday in an effort to increase engagement with God’s Word. Evangelist Nick Hall and his PULSE organization are leading the Year of the Bible, an… Continue reading 2020 Is the ‘Year of the Bible’ – Christians to Renew Their Love for God’s Word | CBN

U.S. Advancing Religious Freedom Issues in Nigeria

WASHINGTON — The International Committee on Nigeria (ICON), a nonprofit working to secure a future for all Nigerians, released a statement today, applauding a new executive order signed by President Trump advancing international religious freedom. The order directs the U.S. Department of State (DOS) and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to take action to… Continue reading U.S. Advancing Religious Freedom Issues in Nigeria

Pakistan Minorities Commission Enacts New Religious Freedom Law

The long-awaited National Commission for Minorities, now inaugurated in Pakistan on 5 May, has been welcomed as “an important step” in the country’s “continuing journey towards the protection of religious freedom” by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). Commissioner Johnnie Moore added that the formation of the minorities commission is “undoubtedly a… Continue reading Pakistan Minorities Commission Enacts New Religious Freedom Law

USCIRF Welcomes Establishment of Pakistan’s National Commission for Minorities as a First Step

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) welcomed the Pakistani government’s recent establishment of the National Commission for Minorities to oversee religious minorities’ rights.. In a June 2014 ruling, the Pakistani Supreme Court directed the government to form a commission “to monitor the practical realization of the rights and safeguards provided… Continue reading USCIRF Welcomes Establishment of Pakistan’s National Commission for Minorities as a First Step

Chinese Pastor Refusing to Join Communist Controlled Church Arrested for ‘Subversion’ | The Christian Post

A house church pastor in China’s Hunan province has been arrested for “inciting subversion of state power” after he refused to join the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s Three-Self Patriotic Association. Radio Free Asia reports that pastor Zhao Huaiguo, the founder of Bethel Church, was arrested on April 2 in China’s Hunan province, after being criminally… Continue reading Chinese Pastor Refusing to Join Communist Controlled Church Arrested for ‘Subversion’ | The Christian Post

Missing Lawyer Wins Award — Receives Human Rights Prize

MIDLAND, TX — A panel of judges unanimously chose to grant the annual Lin Zhao Freedom Award to disappeared lawyer Gao Zhisheng. As an attorney, Gao served people prosecuted by the Chinese Communist Party for decades. For his work, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. China, however, targeted him, and he spent years… Continue reading Missing Lawyer Wins Award — Receives Human Rights Prize

The Incredible Work of CFK in North Korea

BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC – Frankly, I was surprised to learn of a Christian ministry actively working in North Korea. Then, I discovered CFK (not to be confused with KFC), Christian Friends of Korea. I was amazed by how the Lord has opened doors for CFK and how much He has accomplished through them in the… Continue reading The Incredible Work of CFK in North Korea

He’s Alive! Myanmar Pastor Presumed Dead Returns Home to Family

WILLS POINT, TX – A national pastor in Myanmar supported by Gospel for Asia (GFA World and affiliates like Gospel for Asia Canada) was forcibly removed at gunpoint from his home by five men on January 19, 2019. The men are believed to have been members of a rebel army that has been seeking control… Continue reading He’s Alive! Myanmar Pastor Presumed Dead Returns Home to Family

Chinese Christians Face Persecution & Pandemic

BEIJING – The world as we know it is at a virtual standstill in the presence of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. People are isolating in place to avoid falling victim to the virus. Businesses, churches, sports and entertainment venues, and even government offices are closed.For Christians in China, where the COVID-19 is believed to have… Continue reading Chinese Christians Face Persecution & Pandemic

More Good News for Sudan Christians

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KHARTOUM – Life for Christians is beginning to change for the better in Sudan. Mission Box News published a story on March 20, 2020, reporting that Sudan’s Transitional Government had disbanded the “church councils” operating under the previous 30-year regime of dictator Omar al-Bashar. The so-called “church councils” were fronts for persecuting Christians and demolishing… Continue reading More Good News for Sudan Christians

USCIRF Says Hazara Shi’a Scapegoated in Pakistan Amid Coronavirus Lockdown

WASHINGTON, DC – The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today expressed its concern over reports of the provincial government of Balochistan, Pakistan targeting Hazara Shi’a for the spread of COVID-19 amid the Coronavirus lockdown. “We are troubled that government officials in Balochistan are scapegoating the already vulnerable and marginalized Hazara Shi’a community… Continue reading USCIRF Says Hazara Shi’a Scapegoated in Pakistan Amid Coronavirus Lockdown

Print On Demand Equipment is “Missing Link” for Bible Translation Teams Facing Intense Persecution

ORLANDO, FL — Wycliffe Associates, an international organization that empowers mother-tongue Bible translators and partners with local churches in the advancement of Bible translation, is using technology to protect and empower Bible translators working in regions of intense persecution for Christians. By using high-capacity, Print On Demand equipment, Bible translators can quickly print the Scriptures… Continue reading Print On Demand Equipment is “Missing Link” for Bible Translation Teams Facing Intense Persecution

Pakistani Orphanage Receives Rickshaw & Sewing Machines Via Crowdfunding Efforts

CONROE, TX— Good Shepherd Ministry – Pakistan has recently purchased a rickshaw to start a taxi service, as well as 5 sewing machines to launch their sewing center with funds garnered via crowdfunding efforts on the new TentMakers platform. Good Shepherd Ministry – Pakistan provides shelter & care for 45 orphans near Multan, Pakistan, an… Continue reading Pakistani Orphanage Receives Rickshaw & Sewing Machines Via Crowdfunding Efforts

Activists Press Trump Administration to Aid Embattled Nigerian Christians | The Washington Times

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The International Committee on Nigeria (ICON) launched a campaign Wednesday titled the “Silent Slaughter” to raise awareness about the estimated more than 60,000 Nigerians who have died as a result of religious conflicts since 2001. Already this year, ICON reports more than 400 Nigerians were killed because of their Christian faith, with thousands more displaced.… Continue reading Activists Press Trump Administration to Aid Embattled Nigerian Christians | The Washington Times

Good News for Sudanese Christians and Churches

KHARTOUM – The nation of Sudan has been a veritable poster child for the persecution of Christians. Recent news, however, indicates that things may be about to change. The World Watch List 2020, published by Open Doors, ranked Sudan as the seventh most dangerous country for Christians, mainly due to extremely high levels of violence.… Continue reading Good News for Sudanese Christians and Churches

ChinaAid Releases 2019 Annual Report

MIDLAND, TX — ChinaAid released its 2019 Annual Report on Friday, detailing persecution and key findings for the year. The report covers the period from January-December 2019 and provides information on the targeting of Chinese Christians. Throughout the year, ChinaAid observed escalated instances of religious oppression, driven by the government’s campaign to develop “religion with… Continue reading ChinaAid Releases 2019 Annual Report

UPS Manager Continues Punishing Drivers for Prayer Meetings

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC — In spite of scrutiny, the United Parcel Service (UPS) Myrtle Beach, SC Center manager is now retaliating against employees who sought to voluntarily pray together before work, in the form of strict application of work “rules” and harassment, in response to attention over the prayer meetings. After Liberty Counsel sent a… Continue reading UPS Manager Continues Punishing Drivers for Prayer Meetings

Evangelical Christians Persecuted in Chiapas, Forced to Become Refugees

CHIAPAS, Mexico – Five Christian families recently lost their homes and fields in southern Mexico for not participating in traditional religious festivals. Requests for government intervention were ignored, and nearby churches are providing the displaced believers with emergency supplies and lodging. Evangelical Christians from indigenous communities in southern mexico, are often persecuted simply because they… Continue reading Evangelical Christians Persecuted in Chiapas, Forced to Become Refugees

Nigeria’s Government Agrees: Islamist Terrorists Target Christians | Christianity Today

NIGERIA – The Nigerian government now agrees with what church leaders have been complaining for years: Christians are the target of jihadist terrorism. “In the wake of a renewed onslaught by our tireless military against Boko Haram and their ISWAP (Islamic State West Africa Province) allies in recent times, the insurgents have apparently changed their… Continue reading Nigeria’s Government Agrees: Islamist Terrorists Target Christians | Christianity Today

Does Anyone Give a Damn About the Innocents Dying Every Day in West Africa?

ADAMAWA, Nigeria – More than 100 members of the Islamic State of West Africa, also known as Boko Haram, recently swarmed northern Adamawa, a state in northeast Nigeria, and set at least five churches ablaze while they opened fire and indiscriminately killed residents, according to Sunday reports. The violence targeting Christian churches in northern Nigeria… Continue reading Does Anyone Give a Damn About the Innocents Dying Every Day in West Africa?

Liberty Counsel Assisting UPS Employees Harassed for Praying

MYRTLE BEACH, SC – Liberty Counsel is a Christian ministry that “proclaims, advocates, supports, advances, and defends” religious freedom, the sanctity of human life, and the biblical model of marriage and family. The Orlando-based ministry maintains offices in Virginia and Washington, DC. The ministry is best understood as it is self-described on the Liberty Counsel… Continue reading Liberty Counsel Assisting UPS Employees Harassed for Praying

Andrew Brunson Talks Turkey About Fear

NASHVILLE, TN – Pastor Andrew Brunson and his wife, Norine, spent 23 years serving the Lord in Turkey, hosting a house of prayer. He and Norine were taken into custody, falsely accused of terrorism, in October 2016. Norine was released and returned to North Carolina. Andrew spent the next two years in a Turkish prison.… Continue reading Andrew Brunson Talks Turkey About Fear

NRB Resolves that “Religious Liberty & Freedom of Speech Must Prevail”

The Roberts Court, November 30, 2018. Seated, from left to right: Justices Stephen G. Breyer and Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., and Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Samuel A. Alito. Standing, from left to right: Justices Neil M. Gorsuch, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Brett M. Kavanaugh. Photograph by Fred Schilling, Supreme Court Curator's Office.

NASHVILLE, TN – On the last Friday of February, the Resolutions Committee of the National Association of Religious Broadcasters (NRB) published six significant resolutions in conjunction with its annual convention in Nashville.The sixth and final resolution applies to the preservation of certain inalienable rights recognized by the United States Declaration of Independence and our Constitution.The… Continue reading NRB Resolves that “Religious Liberty & Freedom of Speech Must Prevail”

A Militant Group You May Not Know Kills Hundreds of Christians Every Year

NIGERIA – The recent news reports about Christian persecution coming out of Nigeria are horrifying. A day after Christmas, extremists who identified themselves as part of ISIS murdered 11 Christians in Nigeria. A few weeks into the new year, on Jan. 19, the Islamic State of West Africa released a video of a child —… Continue reading A Militant Group You May Not Know Kills Hundreds of Christians Every Year

Copts Fear Retaliation for Speaking Publicly About Persecution

WASHINGTON — The National Prayer Breakfast is an annual event attended by more than 3,000 individuals from more than 120 nations. One would think it is the perfect platform to create awareness of the plight of Copts in Egypt and to solicit international assistance to improve it. That said, every individual Copt that Coptic Solidarity… Continue reading Copts Fear Retaliation for Speaking Publicly About Persecution

Colson Center to Honor Bob Fu with 2020 William Wilberforce Award

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – During the weekend from May 14 through 17 this year, the Colson Center for Christian Worldview and Breakpoint will present China Aid founder, Bob Fu, with the 2020 William Wilberforce Award. The Wilberforce Weekend is the annual flagship event for the Colson Center. The China Aid website describes Bob Fu as… Continue reading Colson Center to Honor Bob Fu with 2020 William Wilberforce Award

Iran Arrests Christian Convert Activist After Criticizing Regime’s ‘Soft Repression’

TEHRAN – Concerns are being raised internationally about the well-being of an Iranian Christian convert who was arrested during an anti-government protest in Tehran last week. The Human Rights Activists News Agency first reported on the arrest of 21-year-old Christian convert Fatemeh Mohammadi, who prefers to go by the name “Mary” since her spiritual conversion.… Continue reading Iran Arrests Christian Convert Activist After Criticizing Regime’s ‘Soft Repression’

China Bans Christian Funerals

WUHAN – Americans have become aware of Wuhan, China because it appears to be the epicenter of the deadly coronavirus. Wuhan is also making headlines as one of the regions where the police have already begun implementing the Administrative Measures for Religious Groups slated to become law throughout the country effective February 1, 2020. “The… Continue reading China Bans Christian Funerals

Too Many to Count: The Global Persecution of Christians | Frontpage Magazine

Recently we observed one of the International Day[s] of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (known by the acronym IDOP). Initiated over 20 years ago by the World Evangelical Alliance, 100,000 congregations around the world and millions of Christians participate on this day. “Let us unite in prayer for our persecuted brothers and sisters,” IDOP said… Continue reading Too Many to Count: The Global Persecution of Christians | Frontpage Magazine

Score One for Prayer by Public School Kids

WARRENTON — People of faith are celebrating this week, and none more than the teachers of nearly 5,000 Good News Clubs in the nation’s public schools. On National Religious Freedom Day, January 16, President Trump signed new guidance rules to protect, among other things, freedom of prayer in public schools. He was surrounded by students… Continue reading Score One for Prayer by Public School Kids

World Watch List Reveals 260 Million Christians Face Persecution in Top 50 Countries

LONDON – 123 UK politicians gathered in the House of Parliament to hear first-hand about the persecution of Christians around the world, and listen to the recommendations from the Open Doors World Watch List report about how our Parliament can best respond. MPs heard about the 5,500 churches destroyed or closed down in China, the… Continue reading World Watch List Reveals 260 Million Christians Face Persecution in Top 50 Countries