Jeffery Woodke was kidnapped by a group linked to the Islamic State. French journalist Olivier Dubois, kidnapped in 2021, has also been released.
“We are not against sanctions but for human rights”, says the World Evangelical Alliance representative at the UN Human Rights Council.
A decade later, Francis still faces unresolved challenges. “As a good Jesuit, he resisted making decisions so far”, says evangelical theologian in Rome, Leonardo De Chirico.
A university professor in Nigeria analyses the socio-political context before the 25 February presidential election.
On 25 February, the most populated country of Africa elects its new president. A Christian university lecturer in northen Nigeria analyses the socio-political scenario.
“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.
An evangelical pastor in Aleppo analyses the “very critical” situation in Syria. “Pray for us, our sufferings became so great”. The UN says at least 5,800 people died due to the earthquake.
A pastor of the Turkish Protestant Church Foundation reports from the ground in Antakya (Antioch). “80% of buildings either collapsed or will have to be torn down”.
Congolese Christians are sceptical about the humanist statements made by Pope Francis during his official visit to a country facing a serious conflict.
Evangelical churches in the already war-torn country are organising themselves for aid in Aleppo and elsewhere. The priority is to open churches and provide food and clothes.
The Independent Expert on Sexual orientation and gender identities speaks of “religious narratives” which “repress sexual and gender diversity and promote heteronormative norms”. Religious freedom groups warn against using SOGI policies to shape faith doctrines.
The regime rewards like-minded churches with subsidies. The Evangelical Council of Venezuela rejects the “strong partisan component” of the initiative.
A Christian was arrested for allegedly posting and sharing blasphemous images on social media. He may face death penalty.
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.
A bomb exploded during a Sunday baptismal service. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State.
Unity, integrity, and long-term commitment is what Africa needs from evangelical Christians, says Goodwill Shana from Zimbabwe.
He helped a pastor begin Christian-Muslim debates in mid-2021, and in one year over 100 Muslims put their faith in Christ.
According to the government, Christians were 1.9% of the population in 2021.
Evangelicals call to pray for the situation in the country after protesters stormed the headquarters of Congress, the Supreme Court and the Presidential Palace.
Fulani extremists attacked several towns, burning more than 100 houses. 53 Christians were kidnapped and are still held captive.
The executive committee of the Christian Alliance of Evangelical Churches discussed pending issues and stressed the need for dialogue and reconciliation.
A 100-member Sudanese Church in Al Qadarif state was set ablaze by a suspected member of the Sudanese Armed Forces.
The agreement on the appointment of bishops will be extended two years. “The price to be paid is immense because the Catholic Church renounces to its independence”.
It is not the first time that such sudden floods kill people taking part in baptism ceremonies.
Muslim extremists beat 2 Christians with cane, and a house where a cell fellowship of 23 people met was totally burned.
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