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A Teenager Meets Christ Through a Secret Christian Camp … and a Crush on a Girl

The shroud of religious hostility still hangs over many former Soviet countries. The post A Teenager Meets Christ Through a Secret Christian Camp … and a Crush on a Girl appeared first on Open Doors USA.

Presence Is Powerful

After Open Doors staff member Chantal* lost her husband to a heart attack, God sent her exactly what she needed. Companions. The post Presence Is Powerful appeared first on Open Doors USA.

A Day In the Life of a Closed Muslim Nation

A Day In the Life of a Closed Muslim Nation The post A Day In the Life of a Closed Muslim Nation appeared first on Open Doors USA.

Signs of Hope for the Two Koreas?

Despite being geographic neighbors, and sharing significant history and language, North and South Korea have long been severely divided. However, in May of this year, new potential for peace began surfacing. The post Signs of Hope for the Two Koreas? appeared first on Open Doors USA.

New Indonesian Bill Expands the Definition of Blasphemy

ICC Note: Indonesia’s religious ministry is drafting a new bill that would expand the definition of blasphemy and allow harsher punishments for the crime of insulting religion. Indonesia is using this bill as a way to limit the rights of religious minorities in this mainly Muslim country. Indonesia was once a country that had a […]

Will the Fight for ISIS’ Capital of Raqqa in Syria be as Difficult as Mosul?

ICC Note: Now that Mosul has fallen, the focus has moved to Raqqa in Syria. It was ISIS’ first city captured and is their capital. The loss of Raqqa would end ISIS’ claim to a territorial caliphate. Though Raqqa is an easier city to recapture than Mosul, the offensive is weaker. The Syrian Democratic Forces, […]

Christians Do Not Want to Go Back Home to Mosul

ICC Note: Mosul’s Christians face a difficult choice on whether or not to return to Mosul now that it has been liberated from ISIS. Many do not want to go back especially since they have rebuilt their lives in Kurdish territory. Going back to Mosul presents too many dangers. There is no security, no guarantee […]

New Indonesian Bill Expands the Definition of Blasphemy

ICC Note: Indonesia’s religious ministry is drafting a new bill that would expand the definition of blasphemy and allow harsher punishments for the crime of insulting religion. Indonesia is using this bill as a way to limit the rights of religious minorities in this mainly Muslim country. Indonesia was once a country that had a […]

The Christian Fight for Churches in Egypt

By Amy Penn 07/21/2017 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Egypt has used church licenses as another form a persecution by denying Christians the ability to worship God as a community. Prior to 2016, old church licensing laws made it nearly impossible for Christians to legally build churches. Even the new law, passed in August […]

China Warns Communist Party Members “Be Firm Marxist Atheist” or Face Punishment

ICC Note: In a new move to crackdown on religion, China has warned the approximately 85 million communist party members that they must “be firm Marxist atheists” or face punishment. China is concerned that foreign forces are using religion to infiltrate China and spread extremism. President Xi Jinping is trying to force the country’s ethnic […]

Christian Family Denied Access to Son Accused of Blasphemy in Pakistan

ICC Note: Since Shahzad Masih, a 16-year-old Christian boy, was accused and arrested under Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy laws, his family has been unable to gain access to him. Since his arrest last Friday, police have refused to acknowledge holding him and will not give the family access to their boy. Masih is accused of making […]

India’s New President Puts Religious Minorities at Further Risk

ICC Note: The election of Ram Nath Kovind to India’s presidency puts religious minorities, including Christians, at further risk. Korind, the BJP-backed candidate, shares many of the hardline Hindu nationalist views of the current BJP-led government. For religious minorities, these Hindu nationalist views have led to a dramatic increase in attacks on minorities and their […]

Family Removes Roadside Cross Memorializing Mother Who Died in Crash Following Atheist Complaint

ICC Note: As previously reported, the Freedom From Religion Foundation recently contacted a mayor in Oregon regarding a roadside cross, honoring a mother who died in a crash, which they claimed was unconstitutional. While the state itself had not yet taken action, the family decided to remove the cross because they did not want the […]

Al-Shabaab Terrorists Kill Two More in Lamu County

ICC Note: Al-Shabaab claimed the lives of two more people in Lamu County, Kenya. This comes less than a week after the President of Kenya laid plans to attack the terrorist group in Boni Forest, the area that the militants use as a hideout. Al-Shabaab has killed more than 25 people in the last month […]

Evangelical Groups to Trump: Don’t Deport Iraqi Christians

A group of evangelical Christian organizations and others have sent a letter to the Trump administration in protest of the potential deportation of Iraqi Christians from the United States. The post Evangelical Groups to Trump: Don’t Deport Iraqi Christians appeared first on Christian Persecution Information.

Kazakhstan: The Power of Letters

Following his release from a Kazakh prison on June 17, Yuri Pak’s family shared how letters sent to him and fellow prisoner of faith Yklas Kabduakasov changed their quality of life behind bars. VOM supporters sent 1,225 letters to Yuri and have so far sent 2,790 letters to Yklas — who remains in prison — […]

4 things you need to know about the escalating India/China conflict

4 things you need to know about the escalating India/China conflict The post 4 things you need to know about the escalating India/China conflict appeared first on Open Doors USA.

As a Young Girl in North Korea, She Was Afraid to Even Touch a Bible

“When I first read my parent’s Bible I began to shiver and dropped the book. I was so scared.” The post As a Young Girl in North Korea, She Was Afraid to Even Touch a Bible appeared first on Open Doors USA.

Exiled Christians in Mexico—Alone No More

Prior to leaving the village, Lauro had been imprisoned four times in less than a year. The post Exiled Christians in Mexico—Alone No More appeared first on Open Doors USA.

Families of the Seven Christian Martyrs in Egypt Rebuild Their Lives

By Sarah Kearney 07/20/2017 Egypt (International Christian Concern) – Armed gangs and lawlessness are unfortunately common in Libya. The rocky political climate that is seen in the instability of the government has increased since Muammar Gaddafi, the leader of Libya, was removed in late 2011. This allowed Islamic militant groups to move freely and cause […]

Christian Family Forced into Hiding After Teen Accused of Blasphemy in Pakistan

ICC Note: A Christian family has been forced into hiding after a teenage member of the family was accused and arrested under Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy laws last week. Shahzad Masih, age 16, was accused of committing blasphemy which can carry a death sentence in Pakistan. Threats against those accused of blasphemy and their family are common, […]

ISIS Sex Slavery Described as a Horror Worse Than Death

ICC Note: ISIS carried out unthinkable atrocities in cities like Mosul, like the purchasing and selling of women as sex slaves. A receipt recently surfaced of the sale of a 20 year old woman for $1,500. This receipt along with the sex slave pricing list document that was found in 2014 gives insight into the […]

Egyptian Government Needs a New Strategy to Address Sinai Militants

ICC Note: Islamic extremist militants operating out of the Sinai have widened their attacks from security personnel to Christians in urban areas. The government’s response has been weak and ineffective at combating the spread of their terrorism. The reason is that the government has failed to take responsibility and change their strategy. Amr Khalifa has […]

Prime Minister Says Buddhism Will Remain Dominate Religion in New Sri Lankan Constitution

ICC Note: Under pressure from the country’s Buddhist nationalists, the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka claimed that Buddhism will remain the country’s predominate religion under the new constitution. Attacks on religious minorities and their places of worship are often perpetrated by radical Buddhist nationalists seeking to maintain Buddhism as Sri Lanka’s dominate religion. Christians and Muslims […]

Philippine Churches Encourage Peace and Offer Sanctuary to Rights Abuse Victims

ICC Note: On May 23rd, the day the Maute group invaded Marawi, President Duterte declared martial law across the island of Mindanao for 60 days and recently announced an extension. An ecumenical bishops’ group are disheartened at the direction their government is going. So they are opening their sanctuary doors for victims of human rights […]

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