China: Religious Venue Star Rating System Increasingly Being Implemented
In China, not only hotels are rated for their services rendered to their customers, religious venues, including churches and chapels, are subject to ratings as well…according to the communist government’s standard.
India: Christians Distributing Bibles Harassed by Hindu Nationalists
A group of 35 Christians legally distributing Christian literature in India’s Chhattisgarh state were harassed by radical Hindu nationalists and handed over to local police where they were told they had to stop.
China: Three-Self Church in Anhui Demolished, Church Leadership Detained
On October 19, Chinese authorities in Anhui province detained two pastors after they demolished a church that normally sits more than 3000. A day earlier, a crane tore down the building without notifying the church in advance.
Three years ago, a bomb ripped through Oikumene Church in Samarinda, Indonesia, killing two-year-old Intan and severely burning his two siblings. After a long road to recovery with the support of organizations and individuals, the children are finally healing.
Iran: Nine Christians sentenced to Five Year Imprisonment
Earlier this week, nine Iranian Christians were sentenced to five years in prison for “acting against national security” for their participation in a home church in Rasht between January 31st and February 23rd.
India: Hindus and Police Shut Down Church Services for 6,000
Police broke up a congregational gathering of 6,000 worshippers in northern India on Oct. 15 after Hindu extremists leveled false charges of black magic, arms possession and forcible conversion against the pastor.
India: Attacks Become the “New Normal” for Christians in Jharkhand
Since Jharkhand’s pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government ratified the state’s anti-conversion law in 2017, religious minorities have experienced increased attacks at the hands of radical Hindus.
Nigeria: Christian Slain in Kaduna State, 13 Others Killed in Plateau State
Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed a young Christian man after stopping him on a highway in Kaduna state on Oct. 5, while in Plateau state another 13 Christians have been slain in less than a month, sources said.
International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on October 9, 2019, Turkey began its Operation Peace Spring incursion into northern Syria. Significant damage and casualties were reported in Christian-dominated areas.