An elderly Zimbabwean Christian man has died after he allegedly attempted to emulate Jesus Christ by going without food or water for 40 days and 40 nights, according to African news sites.
NewZimbabwe.com reported that a 73-year-old man named Reinfirst Manyuka left his home on June 15 to embark on a spiritual journey in the wilderness, just like Jesus did for 40 days and 40 nights in the desert while He was tempted by the devil.
Although family members say Manyuka, who is from the Zimuto communal areas in southeastern Zimbabwe, was steadfast in his faith in the Lord, authorities said he died after no more than 30 days of refraining from food and water in the mountains. more >>
Two Sudanese pastors who were released from prison last week after facing the death penality on trumped-up charges are now being barred from leaving the Muslim country.
Pastors Yat Michael and Peter Yein Reith were planning to leave Sudan last week, however authorities met them at the airport and told them they were not allowed to leave the nation.
"[The pastors] were preparing to board a plane Aug. 6 with their families when Khartoum International Airport authorities stopped them, according to one of the men's attorneys," reported Morning Star News. more >>
Notorious Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has been driven out of power and replaced by a new leader, the President of Chad Idriss Deby has claimed.
"There is someone apparently called Mahamat Daoud who is said to have replaced Abubakr Shekau and he wants to negotiate with the Nigerian government," Deby said in a statement, according to The Telegraph on Saturday. "For my part, I would advise not to negotiate with a terrorist."
Shekau's Boko Haram has terrorized Nigeria and the surrounding countries for over six years, killing well over 13,000 civilians, among whom are both Christians and Muslims. Under Shekau's leadership, the terror group's mission has been to drive out all followers of Christ from Nigeria. more >>
Members of a radical militant group in South Africa known as the Economic Freedom Fighters reportedly burned a tent to the ground that was being used for worship by an unconventional Christian group that made headlines last month after its controversial pastor was photographed feeding them what appeared to be a live snake.
Controversial self-styled prophet Penuel Mnguni became a target of outraged neighbors and local authorities after his church, End Times Disciples Ministries in Soshanguve, posted photos of him feeding the reptile to squeamish parishioners, some of whom testified that the snake was converted into chocolate.
On Sunday, according to SA Breaking News, EFF members went to the church looking for Mnguni but he was nowhere to be found. They allegedly then set the tent under which the group worships on fire and vowed they would give Mnguni a taste of his own medicine by force feeding him snakes and rats. more >>
A Nigerian pastor who is also the general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God compared himself to billionaire technology entrepreneur Bill Gates while addressing conference-goers on Saturday.
Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye spoke at the Church's 63rd annual convention in Nigeria where he said, while discussing his spiritual endowment, that he is in fact richer than one of the world's wealthiest men, according to a report from Leadership Newspaper.
"I have houses in at least 188 countries in the world, where we have our churches, so I am richer than Bill Gates. Each time I visit these countries, my children would be struggling and saying daddy, come and stay with me," said Adeboye. more >>
The U.S.-based Christian ministry Focus on the Family is building new houses for the families of the 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians who were beheaded by Islamic State terrorists in Libya earlier this year.
Focus on the Family is constructing houses for them in Samalout city in the Minya Governorate in northern Egypt.
The family members of the Egyptian men, all of who were in their early to mid-20s and members of the Coptic Christian church, literally had nothing except their faith in Christ, the ministry says on its website. more >>