Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of imprisoned American pastor Saeed Abedini, is fasting for 21 days until Sept. 26 to mark the date her husband was thrown in an Iranian prison three years ago. She said that she's also fasting for Christians persecuted around the world, and called on others to join her.
"I will be fasting from pleasant food (Daniel 10:3 — 'I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled'). I plan to abstain from coffee and chocolate. You are free to abstain from food, social media, TV or skip a meal or two ... the point is to spend that time in prayer," Naghmeh shared on social media about the fast that began on Sunday.
"The Scripture that the Lord has given me for this time of prayer and fasting has been Hebrews 12:1-2. That as we remember Saeed and the persecuted Church (the 'witnesses'), we would look at our own walk with God and get rid of all of the sins that are so easily ensnaring us. The Lord is showing me that as we pray for Saeed and the persecuted Church and remember the witnesses, revival can be brought into our own life and in our country." more >>
The U.S. government has demanded that China release Christian lawyer Zhang Kai, along with other pastors and churchgoers who've been imprisoned by the Communist regime since last month, according to reports. Zhang was arrested two weeks ago for advising Christian churches not to remove crosses from their roofs as ordered by the Chinese government.
This latest round of attacks against Christians has been called "outrageous" by U.S. religious freedoms ambassador rabbi David Saperstein, who was in the country to meet with Zhang. Saperstein said Zhang's detention was shocking, especially because the government had encouraged his visit to temper reports of religious intolerance and harassment.
Australia's grand mufti and highest Sunni authority, Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, claims that prioritizing Christian refugees ahead of Muslims, as some Christian and political leaders have suggested, is "discriminatory."
"When it comes to catastrophes such as these we should be prioritising human beings rather than prioritising a certain religion," Mohamed told Guardian Australia.
The Islamic leader further argued that such sectarian thinking is what "got Iraq and Syria into the problems they're facing now." more >>
A group of 230 Assyrian Christians held hostage by Islamic State terrorists since February might be closer to gaining their freedom, Syrian Catholic Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo has said, revealing that the jihadists have agreed to significantly lower their demands in the negotiations.
"In the first attempted contact through intermediaries there was talk of an exorbitant request, amounting to 23 million dollars (about 100 thousand dollars per hostage) to free Christian prisoners," Hindo, who is the head of the archieparchy of Hassaké-Nisibis, told Fides News Agency.
After it was made clear to the jihadists that collecting so much money is impossible for the Assyrian community, they eventually agreed to ask for "much, much less," though Hindo did not share the precise sum. more >>
Rarely does a county clerk became the center of a national media firestorm. But Kim Davis, the clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky, has become trapped in the eye of the national media hurricane that has surrounded her decision to prohibit her office from issuing all marriage licenses due to her Christian objection to same-sex marriage.
After spending six days locked up for being in contempt of court for continuing to refuse to issue marriage licenses, Davis was released Tuesday afternoon as some of her deputy clerks had begun issuing marriage licenses. Now that Davis is back at the helm of her clerk's office, it is unclear if she will continue to violate a federal court order by once again instructing her office to refrain from issuing licenses that have her name and title on them.
Here are five surprising facts about Davis: more >>
A New York City pastor known for traveling around the world to deliver aid and comfort to afflicted communities and persecuted Christians was most recently in Reyhanli, Turkey, aiding refugees fleeing civil war in nearby Syria.
"My heart goes out to the thousands of refugees fleeing Syria with just the clothes on their backs," Pastor William "Bill" Devlin, who goes by PB, said in statement emailed to The Christian Post on Sunday. more >>