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LumenLife News2018-10-02T19:13:12+00:00
1701, 2019

International: Key Trends Emerge in 2019 List of Countries Where it’s Most Difficult to Live as a Christian

In its 2019 World Watch List, Open Doors International reports that 11 countries score highly enough to fit into the ‘extreme’ category for the level of persecution of Christians. It was the same last year, but five years ago, only North Korea was in that category. Several trends also have emerged in the survey including an increase in state authoritarianism, ultra-nationalistic governments and the spread of Islam.

Read more: World Watch Monitor

1601, 2019

India: Six Christians Assaulted in Tamil Nadu After False Conversion Accusation

Six Christians in India’s Tamil Nadu state were assaulted by three individuals who falsely accused the Christians of engaging in forced conversions. The assailants forcefully applied the Pattai, a Hindu religious symbol, to the foreheads of the Christians as they threatened them with physical harm.

Read more: International Christian Concern

1601, 2019

Egypt: Authorities Close Four Churches

Four churches in different Upper Egypt villages have been attacked by hardline Islamist. In each of these villages, the churches were seeking official recognition and in all incidents, the police denied the rights of Christians to publicly worship and closed the churches, according to the demands of the mob.

Read more: International Christian Concern

1601, 2019

International: From China to Sub-Saharan Africa, Christians Experience High Levels of Persecution in 73 countries

In its latest annual survey of 150 countries monitoring how difficult it is to live as a Christian, out today, the overall trend in the 2019 World Watch List is that almost half (73) showed extreme, very high or high levels of persecution. A year earlier, it was 58 countries.

Read more: World Watch Monitor

1001, 2019

Algeria: Faith Costs Christian His Family, Livelihood

A 32-year-old convert in Algeria has not seen much of his two young daughters since his wife divorced him and charged him with undermining Islam more than two years ago. In addition to losing his family, he lost his business and home and receives threats on an ongoing basis.

Read more: Morning Star News

801, 2019

Vietnam: Government Grabs Land Offered by Church, Demolished Houses

On Jan. 4, hundreds of police and officials destroyed farmers’ houses on five hectares of land in Tan Binh district in southern Vietnam, accusing them for illegally building houses on land needed for the building of schools and other public facilities, though the farmers have cultivated crops there for the past 65 years.

Read more: International Christian Concern

801, 2019

Uganda: Mother and Daughter Disowned for Converting to Christianity

Adijah is living with a Christian family in Kisinga, Western Uganda after she was threatened and disowned by her husband for becoming a Christian. One year ago, Adijah and her daughter Nuriah left Bwera, where they had lived for over 20 years, and headed to a new district with very little hope of ever returning home.

Read more: International Christian Concern

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