An Australian Christian missionary who was kidnapped by an al-Qaeda affiliate in the African nation of Burkina Faso last month has been released, however, her husband still remains detained.
Jocelyn Elliott and Dr. Ken Elliott were kidnapped in mid-January by militants associated with al-Qaeda in the Islamic Mahgreb in the town of Djibo, which is near the Mali border.
The Christian couple, who are both in their 80s, have lived in the Djibo since the 1970s and operate a 120-bed medical clinic in the town where Dr. Elliott is the only surgeon. The Elliotts' clinic is the only one located within hundreds of miles of the location. more >>
Gospel for Asia, one of the largest missions agencies based in the U.S., was named in a class action lawsuit Monday alleging that it and several affiliates fraudulently solicited hundreds of millions of dollars in charitable donations, and misdirected the money into the personal empire of the organization's leader, K.P. Yohannan.
The lawsuit initiated in the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas by the Dallas-based Stanley Law Group, comes just four months after the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability cut ties with the organization last October for violating five of the ECFA's seven core standards.
In the 108-page document acquired by The Christian Post on Tuesday, plaintiffs allege that Gospel for Asia, Yohannan, and other GFA officials misrepresented to donors how, when, and where charitable donations would be spent, and funneled vast amounts of the hundreds of millions of dollars the organization has collected into for-profit businesses and an expensive headquarters. more >>
Over 150 Coptic Christians reportedly staged a sit-in protest on Sunday at the provincial administration office in Minya, Egypt, spreading awareness for the continued kidnappings of Christians across the country.
The protest in Minya specifically highlighted the case of an 18-year-old Coptic girl who has been missing for several days, with her family in the city of Samalot convinced she has been kidnapped, according to Fides News Agency.
"Kidnappings that target Christians remain a scourge for the Coptic community in many areas of Egypt. Already several appeals have been launched by Christian organizations to Egyptian authorities, including President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, so that adequate measures are taken to combat this phenomenon," the agency reported. more >>
The pro-life group Center for Medical Progress released its latest undercover video Monday which shows National Abortion Federation officials discussing the sell of aborted babies' tissue for profit as a "win-win."
In the latest video in CMP's investigative series, NAF officials are seen discussing a "group purchasing program" for compensation in the harvesting of baby body parts even though it's a federal crime for any person to profit off of the sell of tissue, organs and limbs going to research.
When the CMP investigator mentions donating a portion of the fees received from researchers to abortion clinics, a NAF representative replies that their members would be interested in such an arrangement. more >>
A 21-year-old Michigan man arrested by the FBI last week was allegedly planning to shoot up a 6,000 member megachurch in Detroit, authorities have said.
The Guardian reported that Khalil Abu-Rayyan of Dearborn Heights is awaiting a hearing on Monday, having been investigated since May on marijuana and gun charges. He had also made threats against the church in question, though officials did not reveal which one.
NBC News noted earlier that an undercover investigator who interacted with Abu-Rayyan on social media uncovered that the suspect had guns in his possession, and admitted that he "tried to shoot up a church one day." more >>
Families in Mexico have said that at least 400 children are missing due to organized crime in the country, with reports describing the Catholic Church as one of their only points of faith and hope.
"There are many cases of kidnapping. First there was talk of 50 but it seems that at least 400 have disappeared: But most of their families have not reported the kidnappings for fear," the father of one of the missing children said, according to Fides News Agency.
Children throughout the country are being taken as victims of drug trafficking and organized crime, and parents have criticized authorities on a number of occasions for not doing enough to help bring them back to their families. more >>