Supreme leader of North Korea Kim Jong Un, who reportedly ordered the execution of 33 people for contact with a South Korean missionary, was elected to the highest legislative body of his country with unanimous support of the electorate. He was the only one on the ballot and no one voted against him, according to state media.
The Associated Press reported Monday that Kim Jong Un won unanimous approval from his district which also had 100 percent voter turnout.
"This is an expression of all the service personnel and people's absolute support and profound trust in supreme leader Kim Jong Un as they single-mindedly remain loyal to him," the state-run Korean Central News Agency said. more >>
Christians are being urged by persecution watchdog group Open Doors to pray for the 33 people who are facing the death penalty in North Korea reportedly for their connection with a South Korean missionary.
"We need to bathe the country of North Korea in prayer," said Open Doors USA President/CEO David Curry in a statement Monday. "North Korea has been the No. 1 persecutor of Christians on the Open Doors World Watch List for 12 years in a row. And for good reasons. Usually when persecution increases in a country, the heart of the gospel of Jesus Christ is rapidly spreading. Join me in prayer today."
South Korean papers reported last week that Kim Jong Un has ordered the deaths of 33 people found to have received money for building 500 underground churches from South Korean missionary Kim Jung Wook. Engaging in secret religious activities is a crime punishable by arrest and even public execution in the Pacific nation. more >>
Two Christian pastors in the tiny Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan are being held in a detention center in a southern district for over three days while area believers are being summoned repeatedly by police, said sources inside the nation that doesn't officially recognize the Christian minority.
The pastors, identified only as Lobzang and Tandin, were picked up by police Thursday afternoon while they were holding a prayer service to dedicate a place of worship in the Khapdani village in Dorokha gewog (cluster of villages) of Samtse district, a source from the area told The Christian Post.
About 30 believers, including women and children, were also taken to the area police post for the recording of their statements, the source added. The two pastors were later moved to the Samtse Detention Center, while the others were allowed to return. more >>
Contrary to media reports, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is not yet involved in the probe concerning a Malaysian Airlines plane that remains missing since Saturday with 239 people on-board, including a Christian man, a toddler and a child from the United States.
Malaysia has not sought help from the FBI or the Department of Homeland Security, and the agencies have not sent investigators, a U.S. official told Reuters, of the probe into the sudden disappearance of flight MH370, a Boeing 777-200ER.
The agencies have offered to help though, as they have the required forensic and analytic tools and criminal investigation expertise, the source added. more >>
A Malaysia Airlines plane with 239 people passengers and crew, including two infants, on-board seemingly vanished early Saturday morning after taking off from Kuala Lumpur. Two oil slicks found in the waters between Malaysia and Vietnam is suspected of being part of a crashed plane.
"An AN26 aircraft of the Vietnam Navy has discovered an oil slick about 20 kilometers in the search area, which is suspected of being a crashed Boeing aircraft," said Lai Xuan Thanh, director of the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam. "We have announced that information to Singapore and Malaysia and we continue the search."
Malaysia Airlines announced that an international search and rescue mission was mobilized for Boeing 777, which was en route to Beijing. Meanwhile, families of passengers are expecting the worst. more >>
Some of Singapore's biggest megachurches are seeking to expand their ministry on a global scale and engage the U.S. faith community, amid allegations of prosperity gospel teachings and misuse of church funds.
"We want to preach the Gospel to the ends of the earth," said Pastor Bobby Chaw, the missions director of City Harvest Church, Reuters reported.
"Whatever method that can most effectively convey the message to our generation, we will do it," added Chaw, who is also the vice chairman of City Harvest's management board. more >>