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Dec. 31, 2019: Lois Evans dies; China sentences pastor to 9 years prison; Texas church shooting

Dec. 31, 2019: Lois Evans dies; China sentences pastor to 9 years prison; Texas church shooting

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019

Here are the latest headlines, brought to you by The Christian Post.

— China: Early Rain Church pastor Wang Yi sentenced to 9 years in prison

The head of one of China’s largest churches has been sentenced to nine years in prison on trumped-up charges of subversion of power and illegal business operations amid an uptick in religious persecution in China. Pastor Wang Yi of the 5,000-member Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu, China, was sentenced Monday. As part of his sentence, the pastor will also be deprived of his political rights for three years and more than $7,000 of his personal assets will be seized.

Early Rain Covenant Church was first raided during a Sunday evening service in December 2018. Wang was detained along with his wife, Jiang Rong, and more than 100 members of his congregation. Wang released a letter ahead of his arrest expressing hope that God would use him and said those who persecute him "will one day be locked up by angels” and “judged by Christ."

— 10 Christian ministry leaders, influencers who died in 2019

2019 saw the passing of many Christian leaders and ministry figures. Some were controversial and made headlines and others were widely acclaimed and influenced many within the Church. You can read about them on The Christian Post dot com.

ISIS executes 11 Christians in Nigeria: ‘Message to Christians in the world’

An Islamic State terrorist faction in West Africa killed 11 Christian aid workers in Nigeria in what it claims was retaliation for the killings of ISIS leader Bakr al-Baghdadi and his spokesman who died in two separate U.S. military operations earlier this year.

The terrorist group known as the Islamic State in West Africa Province released a 56-second video published by the ISIS propaganda media arm Amaq that shows the shooting of one man followed by the beheading of 10 others.

— Lois Evans, wife of Tony Evans, dies after battle with cancer: 'Her first sunrise from Heaven'

Lois Evans, wife of pastor Tony Evans, has died after battling a rare form of cancer, her family has revealed.

Evans, the senior pastor at the Oak Cliff Fellowship Church in Dallas, Texas, wrote on Instagram that his wife was surrounded by family when she passed away the morning of Dec. 30.

"Just before the sun came up this morning, the love of my life, Lois Irene Evans, transitioned from earth and watched her first sunrise from heaven."

— Texas church shooting: Daughter of man killed while serving communion 'forgives' gunman

The daughter of a church deacon who was shot and killed by a gunman who opened fire at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas, Sunday morning says she “forgives” her father’s killer but will never forgive what he did to her family and church community.

The suspect gunned down Tiffany Wallace's father, Anton “Tony” Wallace, and another parishioner before two other church members who are part of the parish's security team returned fire and killed the shooter.

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick praised the two men who shot the gunman and pointed to a recently-passed law that allows licensed handgun owners to legally carry their weapons in churches, synagogues and other houses of worship.

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