International

China bombs megachurch in drive to silence Christianity

January 17 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The bombing demolition of a megachurch in China is indicative of a rush to silence Christianity under new laws that will heighten religious persecution, according to human rights group ChinaAid. The Golden Lampstand Church in Linfen, Shanxi, was home to some 50,000 worshippers before the Chinese government bombed and demolished the church.

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Christian persecutors largely unchanged, Open Doors reports

January 16 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The most dangerous countries for Christians, led again by North Korea, remain largely the same, according to the 2018 list compiled by a leading advocate for the persecuted church. Open Doors USA released its annual World Watch List Jan. 10.

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Muslim Fulani herdsmen launch more attacks

January 10 2018 by Morning Star News, Nigeria Correspondent

A mass burial on Jan. 7 was announced for 49 of at least 65 Christians killed in Muslim Fulani herdsmen attacks in Benue state, Nigeria that began on New Year’s Day, sources said. Benue Gov. Samuel Ortom announced on Saturday that coffins would be provided for the state-sponsored funeral as he visited Benue State University Teaching Hospital-Makurdi’s hospital morgue.

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World’s worst religious freedom violators evaluated

January 8 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The Trump administration’s first designation of the world’s worst violators of religious freedom received the same evaluation as the last list under President Obama – good but not good enough. The State Department announced Jan. 4 the re-designation of the same “countries of particular concern” announced in April 2016 by the Obama administration.

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Ancient DNA said to support Bible’s Babel account

January 5 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Ancient human genetic material harvested in Alaska has been cited by two creation researchers as corroborating evidence of scripture’s claim humans migrated en masse from the Tower of Babel. A study claims DNA extracted from the remains of an infant girl buried in central Alaska suggests an ancient migration of people from East Asia to North America.

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Christians killed globally for faith at Christmas

January 4 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The deaths of nearly 150 Christians have been reported in targeted attacks on religious minorities in Nigeria, Cairo and India during the 2017 Christmas season, according to various reports from religious liberty advocates and news agencies. Among the latest attacks, unidentified assailants killed Christians leaving a midnight New Year’s Eve service.

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Asian girls give back with letters, drawings & $4.28

January 3 2018 by Lily Jameson*, Baptist Global Response

In a classroom cluttered with children’s books, an 8-year-old girl in South Asia places money in a plastic box. These few bills are precious. Her family doesn’t have very much, but she is sending what little money they can spare to Baptist Global Response.

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9 killed, several wounded leaving Egypt Coptic church

January 3 2018 by Morning Star News, Cairo correspondent

Gunmen killed at least nine people and wounded several others leaving a Christmas season worship service south of Cairo, the Egyptian Interior Ministry told Morning Star News. Two gunmen on a motorbike attacked St. Menas “Mar Mina” Coptic Orthodox church in Helwan at about 10:30 a.m. Dec. 29.

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Ireland wants to send back Soros’ pro-abortion money

December 29 2017 by Samantha Gobba, WORLD News Service

American billionaire George Soros’ money has helped abortion advocacy groups in Ireland, but the nation’s government has demanded the groups return his donations. The Irish Standards in Public Office Commission demanded that Amnesty International return the 137,000 euro ($160,964) donation for its campaign to repeal the country’s abortion ban.

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One boy’s Christmas wish for peace in Iraq

December 27 2017 by Julia A. Seymour, WORLD News Service

Christmas was extra special for 13-year-old Noeh and his family this year. Like thousands of other Iraqi Christians, his family of eight had to flee Islamic State (ISIS) in 2014. This Christmas is the first they spent back in their hometown of Karemles, east of Mosul.

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