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U.S. Pastor Brunson Released from Prison as U.S. Prioritizes Religious Freedom

July 27, 2018

The news came in the middle of the first-ever religious freedom forum at the State Department: Pastor Andrew Brunson would be released from a Turkish jail after nearly 21 months for false charges of sedition. But he is under house arrest until his next hearing on October 12. Vice President Pence told foreign ministers at the…

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U.S. Pastor Returned to Turkish Jail

July 20, 2018

A Turkish court sent U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson back to jail this week, but only after he declared his faith. “There is no concrete evidence against me. The disciples of Jesus suffered in his name, now it is my turn. I am an innocent man on all these charges. I reject them. I know why…

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Urgent: Nigeria’s “Pure Genocide”

July 13, 2018

Churches burned. Thousands killed. Girls abducted and forcibly converted to Islam. Media, like the New York Times, call it a clash between farmers and cattle herdsmen over land. Politicians blame climate change. Christian leaders in Nigeria call it “pure genocide” and an “Islamic war of expansion.” The attacks are on Christian communities and churches across…

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Mob attacks Christians as new study shows growing hostility

June 29, 2018

A recent attack on Egyptian Coptic Christians backs up the findings of a newly-released global study revealing that Christians are persecuted by governments, individuals and societies more than any other faith group The Pew Research Center found that hostility towards Christians is growing worldwide. Among the world’s 25 most populous countries, Egypt ranked high in…

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Two simple ways to help Iraqi Christians

June 8, 2018

We bought a shipping container. Next it will be filled with medical equipment and health care items, diapers and clothing. And encouraging notes from caring Christians. Then shipped to Iraq. The goods will be distributed to Christians displaced by the violence in Iraq and Syria, refugees and those seeking to return to their shattered towns.…

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Faith Whittlesey, advocate for persecuted Christians, remembered

June 5, 2018

Faith Whittlesey, former ambassador to Switzerland and the highest-ranking woman in the Reagan White House, passed away on May 21, 2018. Ambassador Whittlesey was Chairman Emeritus of the Board for Christian Freedom International (CFI) where “she applied her deep convictions and savvy to help persecuted Christians around the world,” said CFI President Wendy Wright. She…

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Egyptian Christians’ bodies, beheaded by ISIS, returned to Egypt

May 23, 2018

The bodies of 20 Egyptian Christians who were beheaded by ISIS on a Libyan beach were returned to Egypt. They were placed in coffins engraved with their names then laid to rest in a church built in their honor in Minya province. The shocking video of 20 Egyptian Christians and one Ghanian in orange jumpsuits…

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Chief Justice to hear Asia Bibi’s case

May 18, 2018

Pakistan’s Chief Justice announced in April he will personally preside over Asia Bibi’s case, and will hear it soon. Justice Mian Saqib Nisar also ordered full police protection for Asia’s lawyer, Saif-ul-Malook. “Be ready, Saif-ul-Malook. I am going to fix your case soon and I myself will preside over the bench,” Nisar said, the Catholic…

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North Korea to release U.S. Christians?

May 4, 2018

North Korea’s expected release of three American Christians comes during heightened prayer and attention on the brutal dictatorship. North Korea ranks as the world’s worst persecutor of Christians. The American Christians were charged with “hostile acts” of subversion against the country. “Having faith in God is an act of espionage,” explained a North Korean defector.…

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Myanmar: pastors freed, and others flee

April 27, 2018

Burma/Myanmar released two Christian Kachin pastors last week who were jailed for helping journalists report that a church had been destroyed by an airstrike, the Telegraph reported. They were accused of defaming the military. “Everyone is praying for them and encouraging them,” said their attorney. “Now we are free and we feel happy,” said Pastor…

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