Four Wycliffe Associates workers have been killed in an attack by radicals in the organization's office in the Middle East.
Wycliffe explained in a statement that the attackers, who are yet to be identified, shot and destroyed all the equipment in the Bible translation office, but the hard drives containing the translation work for eight language projects was saved.
Two of the Wycliffe workers were apparently killed by gunshots, while two others laid on top of the lead translator and died while "deflecting bludgeoning blows from the radicals' spent weapons," and managed to save his life. more >>
A Christian schoolgirl who was kidnapped and forced into sexual slavery by her Muslim captors in Nigeria has opened up about the terror she endured over the last seven months.
Patience Paul, a 14-year-old Christian girl who went missing on Aug. 12, 2015, in Nigeria's Sokoto state and was rescued by police on March 4, spoke of her ordeal in conversations with reporters.
Paul, who was forced to convert to Islam when she was held hostage, told the the Nigerian newspaper Leadership that she was lured by two of her neighbors, Rashida and Sani, who encouraged her to pack up her belongings and follow them to a number of locations before she was placed in a house in Gangare Kupah. more >>
Hours after Sec. of State John Kerry declared that the Islamic State is committing genocide against Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., introduced a bill to prioritize Christian and religious minorities in the United States' Syrian refugee resettlement program.
The Religious Persecution Relief Act, which was introduced by Cotton Thursday, is legislation that would require the U.S. government to designate 10,000 refugee resettlement slots every year for the next five years for Syrian religious minorities.
Additionally, the bill will fast-track the U.S.'s review process for religious minorities who do not register with the United Nations because of fear of persecution inside of refugee camps. This will allow for those persecuted individuals to circumvent the U.N. process by allowing them to apply for resettlement directly at U.S.-funded refugee support centers in northern Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. more >>
Pastor Saeed Abedini has marked his son, Jacob's, eighth birthday as a free man after being released from prison in Iran earlier this year, calling the occasions the "answer to prayer" of millions of people around the world.
"This moment is the answer to pray (sic) and the work of millions of people all around the world," Abedini wrote Thursday on his Facebook page, sharing pictures of Jacob's birthday party with his supporters.
"Today Jacob stands as a witness saying, 'The Lord has answered my prayer,'" he added. more >>
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, a Muslim, said at a major peace conference that the teachings of Islam forbid extremism in all forms, making the wave of radical Islamic attacks worldwide a "tragic paradox."
"The tragic paradox of the global insurgency situation is that most of the atrocities committed by various insurgents all over the world today, are being carried out mainly by people who pretend to be Muslims, yet most of the victims and casualties are equally Muslims," Buhari said Thursday at the opening of the International Islamic Conference on Peace and Nation Building in Abuja, according to Nigeria's Daily Trust.
"To underscore their cruelty and godlessness, they particularly target the most vulnerable members of the society: children, women and the elderly." more >>
Sec. of State John Kerry's declaration that the Islamic State is committing genocide may have been at odds with President Barack Obama.
Kerry surprised some on Thursday when he issued the declaration that the Islamic State is committing genocide against Christians and other minority groups, despite the fact that the United States State Department said the night before that he would not meet the March 17 deadline.
Although State Department spokesman Mark Toner issued a statement late Wednesday saying that Kerry would not reach a genocide decision before the Thursday deadline set by Congress because more legal review was needed, news broke early in the morning on Thursday that Kerry was going to, in fact, declare that IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) is committing genocide against Christians, Yazidis, Shia Muslims and other religious groups in areas under its control. more >>