FRC Welcomes State Dept.’s Addition of Nigeria to List of World’s Worst Religious Freedom Violators

WASHINGTON — Family Research Council (FRC) today applauded the U.S. State Department for adding Nigeria to its list of “Countries of Particular Concern” (CPCs) for the first time. A CPC designation is given by the U.S. Secretary of State to a nation whose government is engaged in or tolerates severe violations of religious freedom under the… Continue reading FRC Welcomes State Dept.’s Addition of Nigeria to List of World’s Worst Religious Freedom Violators

Open Doors Shelters Colombian Boy Who Turned Down Guerrilla Gang

COLOMBIA — Timóteo’s family found Jesus, and converted from the beliefs of their tribe in Colombia. That made them targets for persecution – and made Timóteo a target for guerrilla gangs. You’re 11 years old, and you’re walking home from school. A man carrying a gun calls you over to him. What do you do?… Continue reading Open Doors Shelters Colombian Boy Who Turned Down Guerrilla Gang

Webinar Offers ‘Critical’ Advice to Churches Facing Religious Freedom Issues

WEBINAR TARGETS CHURCHES FACING RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ISSUES: Boys adventure movement Trail Life USA (www.TrailLifeUSA.com) will host a free webinar to help churches address liabilities they may face in the wake of Boy Scouts of America's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing earlier this year, and challenges to religious freedoms that cloud the horizon. Church leaders can register at www.TrailLifeUSA.com/ReligiousFreedom.

GREENVILLE, SC — The Alliance Defending Freedom, Focus on the Family, and the Evangelical Council for Abuse Prevention will participate in an upcoming webinar Dec. 9 hosted by boys adventure movement Trail Life USA (www.TrailLifeUSA.com) to help churches address liabilities they may face in the wake of Boy Scouts of America’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing… Continue reading Webinar Offers ‘Critical’ Advice to Churches Facing Religious Freedom Issues

Wycliffe Associates Coming to Foreign Christians’ Aid While Authorities Use Pandemic to Intensify Persecution

ORLANDO, FL — In countries where Christians experience persecution from governments already because of their faith, COVID 19 has led to more surveillance of Christians than ever before, says Wycliffe Associates. The Orlando-based international organization empowers mother-tongue Bible translators and partners with local churches in the advancement of Church Owned Bible Translation. “It was already… Continue reading Wycliffe Associates Coming to Foreign Christians’ Aid While Authorities Use Pandemic to Intensify Persecution

Secret Worshippers in Colombia

COLOMBIA — Believers and worshipers from Colombia face persecution if members of their indigenous community find out that they are Christians. It’s Sunday morning in the village of San Pedro de la Victoria, Colombia. Gabriel – an indigenous Christian whose name has been changed to protect his identity – wakes up to prepare a service… Continue reading Secret Worshippers in Colombia

Open Doors Helps Persecuted Christian Families Celebrate Christmas

BANGLADESH — Ten-year-old Bijli from Bangladesh already knows the cost of following Jesus. Because of her faith, she is bullied at school and her family are ostracised in their Muslim-majority village. Bijli’s father, Badol, became a church leader after receiving biblical training through Open Doors partners. He was worried that his Muslim neighbours wouldn’t accept… Continue reading Open Doors Helps Persecuted Christian Families Celebrate Christmas

Solar Powered Poles Bring Light of the Gospel to Ghana Communities

GHANA — Theovision International has launched its first solar multi-purpose pole at Akurakese in the Eastern Region of Ghana enabling this media ministry to broadcast the word of God into this deprived community that has no access to electricity. Just like Akurakese, there are many communities in Ghana that do not have access to light… Continue reading Solar Powered Poles Bring Light of the Gospel to Ghana Communities

No Father for Daniela this Christmas in Colombia

COLOMBIA — Christmas is likely to look different for all of us this year. Some of us will be celebrating the birth of Jesus without our friends and family closest to us. You may have even lost somebody you love this year, and this will be your first Christmas without them. Daniela from Colombia is… Continue reading No Father for Daniela this Christmas in Colombia

Satellite TV, Social Media Fuel ‘World’s Fastest Growing Church’ in Iran

IRAN’S ‘SKYROCKETING SECRET CHURCH’: Iran’s “underground” house church movement — the fastest growing church in the world — is being fueled by explosive social media use and satellite television viewership, according to Middle East satellite broadcaster SAT-7 (www.sat7usa.org).

EASTON, MD — Iran’s “underground” house church movement — the fastest growing evangelical church in the world — is being fueled by explosive social media use and satellite television viewership, according to new findings. Middle East satellite broadcaster SAT-7 (www.sat7usa.org) reveals thousands of Iranians regularly tune into Christian programs on its SAT-7 PARS channel that… Continue reading Satellite TV, Social Media Fuel ‘World’s Fastest Growing Church’ in Iran

VOM Calls for Ongoing Prayers for the Central African Republic

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC — The Voice of the Martyrs is encouraging believers across the world to join them in a global prayer event taking place November 1, with a particular focus on standing with the many displaced Christians in the Central African Republic. The charity has been providing much needed aid and Bibles to help… Continue reading VOM Calls for Ongoing Prayers for the Central African Republic

Hope for Nigerian Widow Abigail During COVID-19

NIGERIA — Following the death of her husband in an attack by militant Fulani herdsmen in April – during which most of the family’s belongings were burnt – Abigail* not only faced the grief of losing a loved one but the anguish of not knowing if there was enough food the next day to feed… Continue reading Hope for Nigerian Widow Abigail During COVID-19

Trafficking of Coptic Women and Girls in Egypt Revealed by Coptic Solidarity

WASHINGTON — Coptic Solidarity recently published a report, ‘Jihad of the Womb’: Trafficking of Coptic Women & Girls in Egypt, which addresses the widespread practice of abduction and trafficking of Coptic women and girls in Egypt and how they are a particularly vulnerable group to exploitation. The report has been submitted to the office of… Continue reading Trafficking of Coptic Women and Girls in Egypt Revealed by Coptic Solidarity

Prepare for ‘International Day of Prayer for Persecuted Christians’

FALLS CHURCH, VA — On November 3, churches are invited to join the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. To equip Christians for the annual event, Christian Freedom International designed a free resource kit with resources to engage churches whether meeting in-person or virtually. “We pray year-round for persecuted Christians, but this provides… Continue reading Prepare for ‘International Day of Prayer for Persecuted Christians’

Iran Secret Baptisms

IRAN – Iran is one of the world’s most dangerous places for Christians. Yet this Muslim nation is seeing an unprecedented explosion of Christianity. Muslims fed up with Islam are becoming followers of Jesus Christ in record numbers. George Thomas of CBN News follows a group of converts that secretly left Iran to be baptized.… Continue reading Iran Secret Baptisms

Coptic Solidarity Urges EFA Sponsors to Stop Supporting Discrimination

WASHINGTON – Coptic Solidarity (CS) strongly urges all corporate sponsors of the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) and the Premier League to end their sponsorship of Egypt’s national football team and league teams until they take immediate steps to end rampant discrimination against Coptic and other minority faith footballers. CS recently sent letters to the corporate… Continue reading Coptic Solidarity Urges EFA Sponsors to Stop Supporting Discrimination

Standing with Displaced Christians in Burkina Faso

BURKINA FASO — Following an escalation in violence against Christians in Burkina Faso in West Africa since June 2019, countless believers have been forced to flee leaving them in desperate need of food supplies. Churches have been attacked by radical Jihadists, with at least 50 Christians murdered and thousands more displaced. Open Doors has responded… Continue reading Standing with Displaced Christians in Burkina Faso

Mathi Returns Home to Iraq’s Nineveh Plains

QARAQOSH, IRAQ — When the so-called Islamic State (IS) took over their town, Qaraqosh in northern Iraq, Mathi and his family had no choice but to flee. He, his wife Nazik and their six children fled to safety – they knew that their Christian faith made them extremely vulnerable. Five years later, thanks to support… Continue reading Mathi Returns Home to Iraq’s Nineveh Plains

Christian Prisoners Released in Eritrea

LONDON, ENGLAND — There are believed to be around 500 Christian prisoners of faith in Eritrea, many imprisoned indefinitely under appalling conditions. However recent reports indicate a growing number of them have been released. A trusted contact of Release International says the government has set free 27 prisoners, most of whom have been behind bars… Continue reading Christian Prisoners Released in Eritrea

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

US Department of State, Public Domain Files

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

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