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SHOCKWAVE: Thousands of youth to join together to pray for persecuted Christians

By   /  February 28, 2013  /  Church, Events, International, Missions, Persecution  /  No Comments

SANTA ANA, Calif. (WordNews.org) Feb. 28, 2013 – Thousands of young people are gathering around the world beginning tomorrow for three days of prayer for Christians being persecuted globally. The program, launched by Open Doors USA 12 years ago, is known as SHOCKWAVE. The theme this year is “Prayer and Unity,” with a focus on […]

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Imprisoned Iranian pastor details abuse in letter to wife; ACLJ heats up release efforts

By   /  February 23, 2013  /  Featured, Persecution  /  No Comments

IRAN (WordNews.org) Feb. 23, 2013 – Iranian Pastor Saeed Abedini, imprisoned in Evin, considered one of the worst prisons in Iran, says he has been physically and psychologically abused. Abedini, a U.S. citizen, is in prison for not denouncing his faith. The 32-year-old details in his letter “the psychological warfare, a year of not seeing […]

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Persecution of Christians on rise in Africa according to latest World Watch List; North Korea tops list as most severe

By   /  January 8, 2013  /  International, Persecution  /  No Comments

SANTA ANA, Calif. (WordNews.org) Jan. 8, 2013 – Persecution of Christians is on the rise worldwide and North Korea is the top perpetrator, according to the latest Open Doors 2013 World Watch List. The list tracks 50 countries where Christians face the most severe persecution for their faith, North Korea has topped that list for […]

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Vandals desecrate Christian church in Jerusalem

By   /  November 14, 2012  /  Featured, International, Persecution  /  No Comments

JERUSALEM (WordNews.org) Nov. 14, 2012 – The Calvary Baptist Church in Jerusalem was vandalized on Monday, according to the church’s pastor. “The sign pointing people to the church was defaced with white paint with ‘justice’ written on the wall next to the sign,” said Pastor Steven Khoury, the head of Calvary Baptist Church. He said […]

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Pastor Youcef’s attorney imprisoned in Iran

By   /  October 3, 2012  /  Featured, International, Persecution  /  No Comments

IRAN (WordNews.org) Oct. 3, 2012 – Christian Pastor Youcef Nardarkhani’s attorney has been sentenced to nine years in one of Iran’s most dangerous prisons. The attorney has been given the choice of being whipped or paying a fine. The American Center for Law and Justice is seeking to raise attention and support to the attorney’s […]

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Minn. court rules in favor of Child Evangelism Fellowship

By   /  September 3, 2012  /  Law, Persecution  /  No Comments

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (WordNews.org) Sept. 3, 2012 – A Minneapolis public school district must reinstate the Good News Club, a federal appeal court has ruled. The U.S. District Court of Appeals ruled the Minneapolis Special School District No. 1 engaged in viewpoint discrimination when it ousted the Child Evangelism Fellowship-sponsored club from  offering “enrichment programming from […]

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Atheist group challenges churches providing lunches to high school football team

By   /  August 27, 2012  /  Featured, Law, Persecution  /  2 Comments

ROSSVILLE, Ga. (WordNews.org) Aug. 27, 2012 – An atheist activist group is threatening a Georgia school district for allowing churches to provide lunches to high school football teams. Liberty Counsel is now offering free legal defense to Walker County Public School in response to the threat from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. FFRF states in […]

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Terrorists release mission leader kidnapped at Bible school in India

By   /  July 30, 2012  /  Featured, International, Persecution  /  No Comments

ASSAM, India (WordNews.org) July 29, 2012 – A senior Gospel for Asia mission leader who was kidnapped at gunpoint last week by five armed terrorist at a Bible school campus here has been released, Gospel for Asia confirmed. The release comes after captors had threatened to kill Pastor Ponnachan George, who was kidnapped on July […]

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