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North Korea

5 Bible Verses We Should Pray for North Korea

North Korea has never been more in the American public eye than it is now. Once a closed off, anonymous and mysterious country on...
Peter Jesus

Home City of Peter, Andrew and Philip Uncovered by Archaeologists

Archaeologists believe they have found the site of Bethsaida, where Peter, Andrew and Philip were from.
Vatican

Vatican to American Catholics: Do Not Join Fundamentalist Evangelicals in ‘Ecumenism of Hate’

What unites these groups is a “nostalgic dream of a theocratic type of state”—a state in which “walls and purifying deportations” rid it of enemies such as Muslims.
China Community Atheist

Chinese Official: ‘Party members should be firm Marxist atheists’ and ‘stick to the party’s...

"Party members should be firm Marxist atheists, obey party rules and stick to the party's faith. They are not allowed to seek value and belief in religion."
transgender church of England

Church of England Welcomes and Affirms Transgender Lifestyle: Some Bishops Say It’s ‘Not a...

"As the world listens to us today, the world needs to hear us say that LGBTI orientation and identity is not a crime, not a sickness and not a sin,” the Bishop of Liverpool, the Right Reverend Paul Bayes stated.
Gender

It Is Now Illegal to Call a Non-Gender Conforming Person in Canada ‘He’ or...

Canada's Bill C-16 could potentially levy fines, make sensitivity training mandatory, or—if the courts push for it—incarcerate anyone refusing to recognize the validity of non-gender conforming identity and pronouns.
ISIS Marawi Philippines

Muslims Hide Christians From ISIS-Affiliated-Militants in the Philippines

“We heard them shouting ‘Allahu akbar’ and asking neighbors about religion… If they could not answer questions about Quran verses, gunfire immediately followed.”
Martyr children

Families of Egyptians Martyred on Shores of Libya Still Strong in the Faith After...

Seeing the faithfulness of our Christian family in Egypt reminds us that the God we serve is powerful, loving and on the move…and He’s calling us to join Him in His work.
China

Church in China Razed, Members Beaten and Imprisoned by Chinese Officials Over Arbitrary Fee

One witness likened the violence displayed by Chinese officials to the notoriously brutal Japanese invaders during WWII.
Indonesia

Three Indonesian Soccer Players Show Us All How to Practice Religious Harmony

Speaking to Indonesia’s Kompas newspaper, Christian player Yabes Roni said, “Even though we all come from different religions and ethnicities, we’re all one.”
North Korea

Kim Jong-un’s Hostile Regime Arrests Fourth U.S. Citizen—and Christian—as Tensions Mount

It is highly possible the two professors were arrested for any work they were doing outside of the university that could have been perceived as having an agenda to proselytize North Korean citizens.
South Africa

Massive National Day of Prayer Gathering in South Africa Draws Over 700,000 People

“Sir, I have a very stern word for you word from God: Put your own house in order before you try and help somebody else. Sir, if you’ve got nothing good to say about South Africa, then with due respect shut up! Let’s see this country change in a day,” evangelist Angus Buchan said.
Indonesia Ahok

For One Brief Moment in History, Indonesia—the World’s Largest Muslim Nation—Had a Christian Governor

"He is a good man. He has served the people of Jakarta so well. He is now being defamed. Oh my God, it's so hard."
Easter ISIS

This Is How Christians in the Middle East Celebrated Easter in Spite of ISIS

"Isis is clearly offended by the cross,” Jeremy Courtney explains. Wherever they go, they spray paint X-es over it or shoot it up with their guns.
Egypt

If You Are a Christian in Egypt, You Are Used to Terrorism—But That Doesn’t...

"Every church in Egypt just prepares for this. Everyone knows that some time you will get bombed, you will be killed."
Birthrate

Pew Research: Muslim Births Projected to Surpass Christian Births by 2035

The research estimates that Islam will be the world’s largest religion by 2075.
Muslim Refugees

Muslim Refugees Coming to Christ in Record Numbers in Europe

According to the Anglican Bishop of Bradford, Toby Howarth, one in four of the church’s conversions in England over the past year are refugees.
Compassion India

U.S. Congress Steps in to Assist Compassion International’s Appeal to Indian Government

“I hoped to become a doctor. But now that we are told we will no longer have sponsors to see us through the education, I don’t know what will happen. This place taught me to have a life. It is finished now.”
Jesus Tomb

Alleged Site of Jesus’ Empty Tomb Reopens in Time for Easter after $4 Million...

During the painstaking restoration and cleaning process, the team uncovered the rock-hewn bench which was believed to be the temporary resting place of Jesus’ body after he was crucified and before he rose again.
North Korea

‘Unprecedented’ Number of Missionaries Aiding North Korean Refugees Kicked Out of China

Pastor Kim believes at least 40 refugees from North Korea have been sent back across the border as a result of the raids.
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