A Christian evangelist in Nepal has been murdered by a man who he prayed with for months, who lured him into his home at night and then slit his throat, reports have said.
"You are awakened at 3 am. with an urgent request from an acquaintance – one you've ministered to for months who is in desperate need of prayer for healing and deliverance. What do you do? Nepal evangelist Debalal faithfully arose from his bed and traveled 30-minutes away from his village to the home of 29-year old Kumar," the Indian Christian Activist Network reported, noting that the incident took place in Nepal late in October.
The man, Kumar, had apparently received prayers and fellowship from the evangelist many times before. On the night of the incident, the Christian, identified only as "Debelal," entered the man's house to pray, but was attacked by Kumar with an iron rod, and then slit his throat with a khukuri, a popular Nepali knife with a curved blade. more >>
Hundreds of attendees of the World Council of Churches' Tenth Assembly participated in a "pilgrimage of peace" taken in the 60th year since the armistice that ended the combat phase of the Korean War was signed.
An estimated 800 WCC participants joined the peace pilgrimage on Saturday, calling for the unification of the Korean Peninsula after generations of tensions between the North and South.
Christian missionary Kenneth Bae, who has now been imprisoned at a labor camp in North Korea for over a year, has become the longest-serving American detainee there since the end of the Korean War in 1953, activists have said.
"We marked with great sadness the one-year anniversary of Kenneth Bae's detainment," said Ryan Morgan, regional manager for East Asia for International Christian Concern (ICC).
"Kenneth has now been held longer by the North Korean regime than any other known U.S. citizen," Morgan added to BosNewsLife in a statement. "Our prayers are with his family during this incredibly difficult time and we again renew our call for his release to the North Korean authorities." more >>
The World Council of Churches (WCC) elected eight new presidents during its 10th Assembly on Monday in Busan, South Korea, while religious leaders talked about the importance of water in Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jewish and Buddhist faiths during a ceremony on the same day.
The eight newly elected presidents are strategically positioned to represent the different continents in regions of the world, including one for Africa, Asia, Latin America and Caribbean, North America, Pacific, Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox. Bishop Mark MacDonald of the Anglican Church of Canada was elected as North America's WCC president.
The highest governing body of the WCC meets every seven years to promote prayer and celebration, and to elect new presidents. The 1st Assembly was held in Amsterdam, Netherlands, in 1948, while the last one took place in Brazil in 2006. more >>
Christians in Indonesia have united together to create an intercessory prayer movement that they hope will result in improved relations between Islam and Protestant believers since their nation is home to 13 percent of the world's Muslim population.
Five million Christians are participating in non-stop prayer throughout hundreds of cities while focusing their prayers on the government, media, youth and social and religious issues of concern.
"24 hours a day, we are praying for the churches in Indonesia, all pastors and leaders. No single hour or day passes without prayers for our country," said Jeffrey Petrus, an organizer of the movement, according to NoticiaCristiana.com. more >>
A young Pakistani girl was raped, buried alive, and yet survived the whole ordeal. The young girl regained consciousness while underground and dug herself to freedom.
The 13-year-old girl was walking to Koran lessons in the Punjab province of Pakistan when she was abducted by two men, the New York Post reported. The men took her to a private place where both raped and attacked her. It seems that, thinking she had died during the attack, the two men buried her.
The girl was able to dig her way out of the shallow grave in a miraculous act of survival. She then attracted spectator attention and got help. Amazingly, she survived the ordeal. more >>