A number of the fathers of the over 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by terror group Boko Haram from Chibok, Nigeria, have spoken out about the continued dangers their families face on a daily basis, and shared their pain of not knowing what has happened to their daughters.
Kristin Wright, director of advocacy for relief group Open Doors USA, told The Christian Post in a phone interview on Wednesday that she was able to meet with 10 of the Chibok fathers during a recent trip to Nigeria. She revealed that despite the grim situation their families find themselves in, the fathers are refusing to give up hope that one day their daughters will return to them.
"One of the fathers, when asked, 'Where do you think your daughter might be?' he said, 'She is the hands of God.' It was a sentiment that was echoed by all of the parents that I met with. They are not going to think about any other reality," Wright told CP. more >>
The persecution of Christians has intensified in at least four countries worldwide, increasing the number of nations where believers endure harsh suffering from six to 10 in just two years, according to the Christian persecution watchdog organization Aid to the Church in Need U.K.
The organization has released a report titled "Persecuted and Forgotten? A report on Christians oppressed for their Faith 2013-2015" that reveals the rapid growth of Christian persecution in nations such as China, Iran, Pakistan, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia within the last two years.
The report was presented to the Parliament's House of Lords last week and was compiled by ACNUK members John Pontifex, John Newton and Clare Creegan. more >>
For centuries and centuries it has been widely accepted in American Christianity that Satanism is a bad thing. But hopeful reformers look to make the Church more welcoming of people it has long marginalized as being evil and wrong.
In recent years, organizations like Cheap Grace Ministries Network, Light Bearer Presbyterians, Accuser Baptists, and Abaddon Out Loud are trying to help churches become more accepting of their Satanic neighbors.
Authorities in the Aceh province of Indonesia began tearing down a number of Christian churches on Monday at the demand of hardline Muslims, as religious tensions have risen in the province in recent weeks.
According to Reuters, government workers in the Aceh Singkil district used axes and sledgehammers to dismantle several small Christian churches after many hardline Muslims in the area demanded that at least 10 Christian churches be demolished.
BBC reports that over 200 police officers and military personnel protected government workers as they destroyed the church buildings on the grounds that the structures lacked the proper building permits. more >>
Over 100,000 Christians were forced to flee Mosul in just one night to escape the Islamic State's genocidal campaign of ethnic cleansing, says an Iraqi priest, recalling the terror of seeing IS militants capture the city.
"Before 2003 we were 2 million Christians in Iraq. Now we are maybe 180,000. At least 1,800 Christians have been killed since 2003 in Iraq. That's why the people are afraid," Father Douglas Bazi told The Express during an interview published on Tuesday.
"Overnight 100,000 people escaped from Mosul and escaped from IS. When they arrived and took over Mosul they told the people we have three conditions according to Shariah." more >>
Christian business owners in Sweden have received an option from Islamic vandals to either "convert or die."
On Wednesday, a report surfaced about an Assyrian family in Sweden who found the graffiti that reads "Convert or Die" on the wall of their Gothenburg pizzeria. The said family is among those who have fled Syria to escape the persecution of Christians at the hands of Islamic extremists, according to BizPac Review (BPR).
"Imagine yourself having fled from persecution in a country and then to find yourself staying next door to ISIS sympathizers here in Sweden," BPR quotes Gothenburg president Joseph Garis' statement to the Gotesborgs-Posten. more >>