American pastor Saeed Abedini is criticizing women's rights activists who are refusing to speak up for his friend Maryam (Nasim) Naghash Zargaran, a Christian woman who's being held in an Iranian prison for her faith.
"So many people (who fought for me) left us in this battle with Nasim alone and never mention her name," Abedini wrote on Facebook Thursday.
He added that some of those people often talk about women's rights and issues of abuse, but left a Christian woman "in prison and sicknesses behind." more >>
Megachurch pastor Kong Hee of City Harvest Church in Singapore revealed that he recently held a mass revival event for over 1,100 pastors from Southeast Asia, including China, where Christians face heavy government persecution.
Kong noted that Chinese Christians continue to grow in strong numbers despite all difficulties, and are set to outnumber American Christians within the next two decades.
"From 10-11 June, 2016, CHC held its second-ever Global Chinese Leadership Seminar, and this time, over a 24-hour period. More than 1,100 pastors, church workers and leaders from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore joined us for this very special event," Kong wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday. more >>
A Muslim mob torched and looted the homes of 80 Christian families in the Al-Beida village in Egypt, looking to punish them for wanting to turn one of the buildings in the village into a church so they can worship.
International Christian Concern, which reports on persecution against Christians around the world, said the violence occurred last Friday.
One witness, Christian resident Mousa Zarif, recalled the events: "On Friday afternoon, following Friday noon prayer, a great deal of fanatic Muslims gathered in the front of the new house of my cousin, Naim Aziz, during its construction because of a rumor spread in the village that this building would be turned into a church." more >>
Three people were killed and several injured in northeast Syria after a suicide bomber believed to be from the Islamic State terror group attacked a religious ceremony by Assyrians to commemorate the massacre of Christians more than a century ago.
The suicide attacker detonated his explosive belt when he was stopped by local security forces while trying to enter the hall where people were gathered for the ceremony in the city of Qamishli on Sunday, according to AFP.
During the attack, Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, the patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church, was holding the ceremony to commemorate the 101 anniversary of the Ottoman genocide against Armenians and Assyrians of Qamishli, MassiPost reported. more >>
In an interview with a Korean media, American Christian missionary Kenneth Bae, who was detained in North Korea for two years, shares why he was arrested and how he was kept in prisons and labor camps in that country which is known to be the worst persecutor of Christians in the world.
"I was running a tour company (to hide the fact that I was a missionary)," Bae told Unification Media Group, which seeks to bridge the chasm between the North and South Koreas. "Through this company, I would bring people in from other countries and introduce them to locations that exemplified North Korea's natural beauty and local culture. But on my 18th trip, I mistakenly took an external hard drive with me that contained videos exposing the reality in the North. That hard drive was picked up in a security check, and I was detained as a result."
Bae was arrested in the city of Rajin on Nov. 3, 2012, and subsequently sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for allegedly plotting to overthrow the government. Director of U.S. National Intelligence James Clapper visited North Korea in November 2014 on a secret mission for the release of Bae and U.S. citizen Matthew Miller. more >>
The United Nations has released statistics on World Refugee Day on Monday signaling that the refugee crisis has now affected 65.3 million people – the largest number since World War II.
Humanitarian organizations around the world, including a number of Christian relief groups, have been marking the day by sharing the stories and experiences of refugees forced to survive on meager provisions in harsh environments.
"When they doze off, they have nightmares about the things they've experienced," one unnamed mother says about her children in a "refugee mom's to-do list" released by children's charity World Vision. more >>