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Holistic Ministry Training in Cameroon

When a local church is sharply divided, the path to restoring unity is often long and tedious. But for a small town in northeastern Cameroon, this healing process took an unexpected turn when the arrival of a surprising new group cut through the tension… The post Holistic Ministry Training in Cameroon appeared first on Open […]

Missionary Pilot Shares The Rest of the Auca Martyrs’ Story

Growing up the home of missionary parents in Ecuador, Gene Jordan has always known the story of five men—Nate Saint, Jim Elliot, Ed McCully, Peter Fleming, and Roger Youderian—who gave their lives in the jungle to reach an isolated Indian tribe. But for Gene, it wasn’t a far-off story. The five martyrs and their surviving […]

North Korea defector sends digital Bibles via balloons across border

ICC Note: 1000 USB drives donated by U.S. high school and college students, loaded with biblical content, were launched via balloons to reach North Korea. Jung Kwang-Il, the human rights activist behind this action, explained that 350 balloons filled with data were dropped into Mount Kumgang area. North Korea is among the countries that persecute […]

Cross ‘accidentally’ set on fire as Chinese officials take it from church again

ICC Note: Local authorities in China used crane to demolish the cross of the Holy Grace Protestant Church in Henan province. Chinese authorities have stepped up their persecution against Christian churches in recent years, especially in regions that have high Christian population. It has been estimated that at least 2000 crosses have been demolished in […]

Inmate Sues Kansas Prison for ‘Imposing Christian Propaganda’

ICC Note: An inmate at Kansas’ Topeka Correctional Facility, Shari Webber-Dunn, is taking legal action over alleged “Christian propaganda” in the facility. According to the lawsuit, there are several religious displays in the prison, including a library of spiritual books and a wooden cross in the basement. She, along with the American Humanist Association, have […]

Human Rights Watch Writes Letter to UN Regarding Sudan

ICC Note The group, Human Rights Watch, has written a letter to the UN, asking that the UN continue to pressure Sudan over its human rights violations. It the letter they list many reasons as to why they believe that UN needs to enforce stricter rules on Sudan. These included Religious Freedom violations, the situations […]

Nigerian Government Turns Blind Eye to Fulani Atrocities

ICC Note The government of Nigeria has turned a blind eye to the atrocities being committed across the middle belt by Fulani militants. Even though the government has focused more and more on the northeast region, fighting the Boko Haram threat, they have had very little thought about the plight of Christian farmers who are […]

Turkey Continues Discriminating Against Christians

ICC Note: Though Turkey is constitutionally a secular state, the reality is that the government is systematically discriminating against Christians. In the city of Diyarbakir, churches were included in the Turkish cabinet’s expropriation plan which has effectively prohibited them from gathering to worship in their traditional locations. In Izmir, an American pastor named Andrew Brunson […]

UN Will Assist Iraq in Preserving Evidence of ISIS’s Genocidal Crimes Against Religious Minorities

ICC Note: The UN Security Council has decided that investigators may assist Iraq with the collection of evidence which can be used to build war crime cases against ISIS militants. The preservation of evidence detailing the genocidal crimes committed by ISIS is an important part of the justice process. These individuals specifically targeted Christians and […]

Minorities in India Prepare to Protest Jharkhand’s New Anti-Conversion Law

ICC Note: Christians and other minorities in India are preparing to protest against the recently passed Religious Freedom Act 2017 in Jharkhand, also commonly referred to as the anti-conversion law. The law would make religious conversions by force or allurement illegal and would set up the state government as the arbiter of when conversions are […]

Pakistani Christians Share Testimony of Persecution to United Nations

ICC Note: In an event organized at the United Nations in Geneva, Pakistani Christians shared testimony regarding the persecution their community faces on a daily basis. Widespread discrimination, blasphemy laws, forced conversions, and targeted attacks by Pakistan’s terrorist groups only name a few of the issues faced by Christians in Pakistan. The Christians bearing witness […]

Missionary Pilot Shares The Rest of the Auca Martyrs’ Story

Growing up the home of missionary parents in Ecuador, Gene Jordan has always known the story of five men—Nate Saint, Jim Elliot, Ed McCully, Peter Fleming, and Roger Youderian—who gave their lives in the jungle to reach an isolated Indian tribe. But for Gene, it wasn’t a far-off story. The five martyrs and their surviving […]

Burmese Soldiers Confess to Killing Three Kachin Refugees

ICC Note: Three Burmese soldiers charged with murder as they confess their responsibility for killing three Kachin refugees (mostly Christian ethnic minority) in town of Mansi. The three victims were taken into custody as they were heading back to their camp after gathering some firewood. Their bodies appeared to have signs of torture and gunshot […]

Admired, but not Protected, Christians Seek Home Elsewhere

By Claire Evans 09/21/2017 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – The liberation of the Nineveh Plains from ISIS control, as announced by Iraq’s Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi in August 2017, was a victory marked by Iraq’s Christians with both joy and sadness. For nearly 2,000 years, the Nineveh Plains was home to a thriving Christian […]

Vietnamese Catholic activist Nguyễn Văn Oai convicted again

ICC Note: Catholic human rights activist was sentenced again to five years in jail and four years house arrest as he led the protest for pro-democracy activities. Nguyen Van Oai was a part of the group of Christians arrested by Vietnamese authorities in 2011 during a raid against human rights activists. In 2013, he was […]

Archbishop says the “Golden Rule” will stop Violence in South Sudan

ICC Note Archbishop Moses Deng Bol, the archbishop of the internal province of Bahr el Ghazel, has called on the church to help end the suffering and war that is plaguing South Sudan. Archbishop Bol said that peace would come when Christians acted out Jesus’ teaching on the Golden Rule. His belief is that this […]

Survivors Commemorate the Fourth Anniversary of the Westgate Mall Attack in Nairobi

ICC Note Today marks the 4 year anniversary of the Westgate Mall terror attack in Nairobi, Kenya. This attack, perpetrated by al-Shabaab, left 67 people dead and many more injured. At a memorial held at the mall today, survivors of the attack called for forgiveness in healing in a country that has been continually hurt […]

Discrimination Against Christians Prevalent In All Walks Of Life In Pakistan

ICC Note: Last month, a Christian student in Pakistan’s Punjab Province was beaten to death by his Muslim classmates. According to the Christian student’s parents, this brutal killing was motivated by widespread religious discrimination against Christians in Pakistan. In almost all walks of life, Christians in Pakistan feel the weight of daily discrimination that comes with being […]

Syrian Christians Prepare for Final Stages of the Battle for Raqqa

ICC Note: Thousands of Syriac Christians once lived in Raqqa, and now they have announced that their alliance’s battle for ISIS’s stronghold in Raqqa has reached its final stages. Many of these Christians have not been able to return home since ISIS overran the city in 2014, and they are eager to begin the process […]

Surrounded by Hostility, Algeria’s Christians Struggle to Meet Day-to-Day Needs

ICC Note: Algeria’s Christians are forced to live in an environment hostile to religious minorities, and Muslim converts to Christianity are especially at risk. The law does not prohibit conversions, but proselytizing of Muslims by non-Muslims is considered a criminal offense. This includes storing or distributing documents which could “shake the faith” of a Muslim. […]

Pakistan’s Sindh Province Takes Steps to Help Christian Community

ICC Note: In response to a series of issues raised by local church leadership, Sindh’s Chief Minister has pledged his government will take steps to help the Christian community in southern Pakistan. Among the Chief Minister’s pledges were the allocation of land for the establishment of a new Catholic university. The Chief Minister also pledged to […]

The Power of Your Support for Syrian Refugees

Recently, you gave specifically to support the many Syrian refugees who are spread all over the Middle East. But what does Open Doors do with that money? Some months ago we were able to visit Lebanon to see how this money is spent. Let me take you with us on this visit. The post The […]

Update on Rohingya Persecution

A few weeks ago, we reported about the most persecuted minority in the world – the Rohingya Muslims. This group is continually denied basic rights and treated as illeg The post Update on Rohingya Persecution appeared first on Open Doors USA.

Missionary Pilot Shares The Rest of the Auca Martyrs’ Story

Growing up the home of missionary parents in Ecuador, Gene Jordan has always known the story of five men—Nate Saint, Jim Elliot, Ed McCully, Peter Fleming, and Roger Youderian—who gave their lives in the jungle to reach an isolated Indian tribe. But for Gene, it wasn’t a far-off story. The five martyrs and their surviving […]

Church in Malaysia seeks basis for ‘Allah’ ban, but govt says it’s a ‘secret’

ICC Note: Malaysian government refused to reveal why it has banned non-Muslims from using Arabic world “Allah” as God. The church has asked the government to provide documents giving the reasons for 1986 “Allah ban”. However, the government are not required to show the existence of the documents if they believe it would hurt the […]

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