For the third year since 2020, Isaiah 41:10 is the most highlighted, bookmarked, and shared verse of the year worldwide.
An event on the Manipur violence in India organised by the World Evangelical Alliance at the UN in Geneva gets worldwide attention.
The United Bible Societies statistics show that the upward trend of last year continued. Most Bibles were distributed in Spanish and English.
MEPs adopt a resolution asking Indian government to take action in Manipur, where tribal and religious conflict already left 250 churches destroyed.
France, Spain, Germany and Ukraine are mentioned in the 2023 USCIRF report, which was criticised for its way of addressing the persecution of Christians in Nigeria.
“All the furniture the electrical switchboard and a Bible were burned, and the name ‘Ram’ written on one of the inside walls of the church”, explains the pastor.
There is “extreme persecution” in 10 countries in Africa and the Middle East, says Open Doors. Elsewhere, worrying trends are observed in key geopolitical actors such as India, Saudi Arabia and China.
Four Christians women were arrested on charges of fraudulent conversion and remained in jail for over a month, but the threats and harassment continue.
Most Christian mission projects rely on Western support. As soon as a given nation or a critical part of a given society turns against the West, financial support will dry out or even criminalised.
The Supreme Court of India has directed the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to obtain information from 8 states.
While the state of Karnataka passes an 'anti-conversion' law, evangelicals denounce the government “is empowering lynch mobs to target the next Christian they see”.
The World Evangelical Alliance sends a report to the United Nations denouncing “how the Indian government has fostered violence and legal discrimination against religious and social minorities”.
Assailants left a note on his body stating that they were Maoists who had killed the pastor for being a “police informer”.
The Bhojpuri pattern for church planting among the unreached. An article by Victor John and Dave Coles.
Evangelicals speaking at the UN Human Rights Council also denounced anti-conversion laws in Nepal and India, while praising peacemaking efforts in Lebanon and Colombia.
Attacks on evangelical home churches by Hindu extremists have increased lately with the connivance of the police and the media.
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The Islamic country replaces North Korea at the top of the World Watch List after 20 years. One in seven Christians worldwide suffers persecution, says Open Doors.
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The regional government is due to approve a controversial anti-conversion law. “Christians have reasons to apprehend an outbreak of violence against them”, says the Evangelical Fellowship of India.
In Glasgow, it was so encouraging to see Christian young people across the world and especially in the UK taking this up and making their voices heard.
Police initially had no intention of taking action against the extremists. Attacks on Sunday worship have been reported every week from various places in the state.
The EFI has published its report on the persecution of Christians in the first six months of 2021. They have identified 145 incidents, including three murders.
Sikh family members reviled the women for believing in Christ. Police pressured the Christians to reach an agreement with the assailants.
Authorities told Christians they must renounce Christ to resolve the conflict.