Local church officials in South Sudan have confirmed a recently released United Nations report describing the horrors of the country's civil war, including mass rapes, children and the disabled being burned alive, hanged, or cut to pieces.
"The U.N. report is definitely reliable," the church sources, who weren't named, told Fides News Agency.
"We saw members of the inquiry committee do a thorough job on the ground until the end of January, meeting and interviewing local witnesses. The systematic use of mass rape to humiliate the opponent is terribly real and widespread," they added. more >>
A story that claimed a self-described Christian prophet was critically injured after challenging lions to a fight at a national park in South Africa to prove God's protection has gone viral on social media, but a website that exposes false reporting has found it to be a hoax.
A "prophet" from a Zion Christian Church, identified as Pretoria Soshanguve-based Alec Ndiwane, was filled with the Holy Spirit when he challenged lions to fight in the Kruger National Park, Daily Post reported earlier during the week.
According to the story, Ndiwane was visiting the park with fellow church members when he suddenly "went into a trance" and began speaking in tongues. Then, he charged at the lions nearby, it went on to claim, and added that he sough to run back to safety soon after being attacked by the lions. He was finally saved by rangers, the story alleged. more >>
A major U.S. airstrike has reportedly killed more than 150 al-Shabaab militants in Somalia, the Pentagon confirmed, nearly a year after the Islamic terror group slaughtered almost 150 Christian students in Kenya.
"We know they were going to be departing the camp and they posed an imminent threat to U.S. and [African Union] forces," spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said, according to BBC News.
"Initial assessments are that more than 150 terrorist fighters were eliminated," he added. more >>
A missionary project leader who works on the front-lines in Africa credits rapid advances in technology and communication for changing the way the Gospel is shared with unreached people, but fears terrorism is becoming a rising obstacle for Christian missions.
"The biggest changes have come in the area of technology and communication. The world has become so much smaller and far more interconnected because of cell phone technology, computers, and social media," said Lee Sonius, director of sub-Saharan Africa at Reach Beyond, a Colorado Springs-based ministry to the unreached, in an interview with The Christian Post.
"When we first started out as missionaries almost 30 years ago, we were still writing letters back and forth to the U.S. which would have a turn around time of two to three weeks minimum," Sonius added, noting that phone calls from the U.S. to Africa would cost a minimum of $5 per minute, while now there are a number of ways to speak for free on Skype and plenty of other social media platforms. more >>
All major Christian groups in Nigeria, including Roman Catholics, Protestants, and Pentecostals are coming together as part of a campaign recognizing that divisions among them will only help spread Islamic terror group Boko Haram's attacks further throughout the country.
Gospel Herald reported that much of the violence against Christians and citizens in general in Nigeria has occurred in the north of the country, but some church voices, including Samuel Dali, the president of the Church of the Brethren, believe that Boko Haram will attack the south as well if it sees divided Christians.
"Most of the time, our brethren from southern Nigeria are ignorant of what is happening in northern Nigeria," Dali said. more >>
As Nigeria continues battling well-known terror groups like Boko Haram, reports have stated that hundreds of people have been killed and Christians have been heavily targeted in brutal Islamist Fulani raids across the country's "Middle-Best."
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered an investigation into the tribal clashes between Fulani ethnic herdsmen and local farmers in central Benue state, BBC News reported, expressing "deep shock" at the level of violence that has left hundreds of people dead across several villages.
"We will conduct an investigation to know exactly what happened; the only way to bring an end to the violence once and for all is to look beyond one incident and ascertain exactly what factors are behind the conflicts," Buhari said. more >>