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 >>
The massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history that has captured the world's attention, was a "symptom" of the country's spiritual condition, asserts the Rev. Franklin Graham.
During a prayer rally held Wednesday in Madison, Wisconsin, a stop on the evangelist's "Decision America" tour, Graham said that America brought the mass shooting upon itself because it has become a "godless nation," reports The Cap Times.
Graham began the rally, which drew nearly 6,000 to Madison's Capitol Square, with prayer for the Orlando massacre's 49 dead, 53 injured, affected families and those in attendance. more >>
Three Christian missionaries have gone missing in the Middle East following their release from a hospital earlier this week.
Bibles for Mideast, a group of missionaries that delivers Bibles to underground house churches in 17 countries in the Middle East, announced on Tuesday that it is believed three of its young missionaries were abducted by "Islamic terrorists."
The ministry's website explains that Samuel, 29, James, 30, and Stephan, 32, who are all Christian converts from Islam, were hospitalized on Sunday after being ambushed by Muslim extremists as they were preaching to a man they met on their way home from prayer service. more >>
A Pakistani Christian man beat his sister to death by smashing her head with a wooden log while she was asleep Sunday morning because he disapproved of the man that she was going to marry.
Anum Ishaq Masih, a teenage Christian girl from the town of Sialkot near Lahore, was killed by her brother, Saqib Ishaq Masih, in the early hours Sunday, Agence France Press reports.
Rana Zulfiqar, a police officer at the Sialkot police station, told AFP that Masih "smashed his sister's head with a wooden log" while she was asleep. The officer explained that the crime occurred after the sister told her brother the day before that she was going to go ahead and marry their Christian neighbor, which enraged the brother. more >>
A Christian persecution watchdog group has created a new matrimonial dating website that seeks to change the dynamic of arranged marriages and allow Christian refugees in the Asian subcontinent to find a "romantic pathway" to escape persecution.
In response to numerous inquiries from Pakistani Christians seeking help to find their sons and daughters the perfect suitors for marriage in the West who will preserve families' Christian culture, the British Pakistani Christian Association has launched a new dating website that offers a certain level of protection by allowing parents to investigate the backgrounds of potential suitors listed on the website.
As the No. 1 style of marriage among Christians in Pakistan and Pakistani Christians in Western nations is arranged marriage, Shaadi4Christians.com, which went live in late May, aims to give sons and daughters more insight into who their parents are trying to match them up with. more >>