The Free Methodist Church in the U.S. is now calling for prayers after one of their working missionaries, the Rev. Phyllis Sortor, was abducted by masked and armed men in Nigeria Monday morning who've demanded a $300,000 ransom for her safe return. Her distraught family, however, say they cannot afford it.
"Early this morning we received a report that Rev. Phyllis Sortor, our missionary in Nigeria, was abducted from the Hope Academy compound in Emiworo, Kogi State, Nigeria, by several persons. The U.S. Embassy has been notified, and the State Department and the FBI are working with local authorities to find and rescue her. We are calling on the U.S. church to join together in prayer for Phyllis' safety and speedy release," the church noted in a statement posted on its website Monday.
A young girl thought to be only 7 years old has killed herself and five other people in the town of Potiskum in northeast Nigeria, following a suicide bombing blamed on terror group Boko Haram.
So far, five people were killed with the girl while 19 others have been taken to hospital for injuries," revealed Buba Lawan, described as a local vigilante leader in an article for AFP.
Belinda Ekua Amoah, a musician popularly known as Mzbel in the predominantly Christian country of Ghana, is facing serious backlash from Christians for publicly declaring Jesus a fictitious figure while asserting her faith in God and her ability to speak in tongues.
Speaking on a local television show, "Restoration With Stacy," hosted by Stacy Amoateng on Sunday, Mzbel was asked: "Do you believe in Jesus Christ?"
Her response caught the public off guard. more >>
The government of Egypt has warned ISIS that it will not allow the terror group to "cut off the heads of our children" in response to the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has called on the Union Nations to authorize a resolution to allow military aid for Libya in the battle against ISIS.
"We will not allow them to cut off the heads of our children," Sisi declared in a radio speech, according to BBC News.
Libya is caught in widespread turmoil with rival militant groups battling for control, while the internationally recognized government has been forced to abandon the capital of Tripoli and move to Tobruk. more >>
As the second anniversary of the crime that rocked Oscar Pistorius' life and led to the death of model-girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp approaches, South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) announced that it will review and appeal the court's "culpable homicide" or manslaughter conviction.
According to a report in the Cape Times, state prosecutors gave notice to the Pistorius defense team last week and to the High Court of Pretoria and the Supreme Court of Appeal Monday this week. According to NPA Spokesman Velekhaya Mgobhozi, the State is waiting for the full transcripts of the trial before filing their appeal. This announcement also comes months after the High Court, through Judge Thokozile Masipa, granted the State permission to appeal the conviction but not the five-year sentence.
In the Cape Times report, Prosecutor Gerrie Nel argued that the sentence was "shockingly inappropriate," echoing earlier arguments it made when they filed papers in November 2014 for a harsher conviction and sentence, on "whether the principles of dolus eventualis were correctly applied to the case." more >>
The South African man who miraculously woke up from a 12-year trance in a vegetative state, after doctors said he would likely die, is saying that God is the sole reason behind his recovery.
In a Wednesday interview with Glenn Beck, Martin Pistorius said through his voice software, "Yes, I do believe that if it were not through God's hand that I would not be where I am today."
"If I stop and think about everything that had to happen and the odds of that happening, then there is no doubt in my mind that that could only have happened through divine intervention." more >>