A new program in Bangladesh answers more than a decade of prayer. “I [have been] praying for 15 to 16 years that God [would] send somebody who can help us [who] can understand us,” Pastor William* begins.
About 70 total Christians have been released from three different prisons in Eritrea. However, many more remain behind bars. The East African country takes a strict stance on religion, allowing only three Christian denominations to operate alongside Islam. Read more here.
The Chinese New Year on February 12 looks set to herald another year of crackdown against Christians and religious minorities in the country, warns UK-based Release International, which supports persecuted Christians around the world.
A militant Islamic group with an expansionist agenda has killed at least 100 people, mostly Christian, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo in recent weeks, according to a report by the persecution watchdog Open Doors.
For the second year in a row, Open Doors ranks India 10th on the list of countries where it’s most challenging to be a Christian. “But even [amid] that persecution, God grows and strengthens his Church,” says David Reeves, President and CEO of unfoldingWord.
The persecution of Christians around the world has grown, both numerically and in its intensity, in spite of the Covid-19 pandemic. This is according to figures released in the 2021 World Watch List (WWL).
Warning that the cultural current is “always shifting,” international evangelist and author Christine Caine urged thousands gathered at the Passion 2021 Conference to anchor themselves in Christ as the new year kicks off.