Category Archives: persecution

Sheikh sent to assassinate pastor gets slammed by the Word and the Spirit, is born again

By Mark Ellis

A Sunni Muslim sheikh, trained in Islamic proselytization, went to a church service in December to kill a Ugandan bishop. Like Saul of Tarsus persecuting the earliest Christians, God had other plans for his life.

In Amuria, about 170 miles northeast of Kampala, Bishop George Edweu of the Pentecostal Upright Church, was preaching December 4th about hearing and understanding …

India: Grandmother killed because her son converted to Christianity

By Alexis Lyons

An Indian grandmother was stripped and killed in December in apparent retaliation for her son converting to Christianity.

Samari Kasabi, 55, was brutalized and burned in the village of Dokawaay in Chhattisgarh after an angry mob showed up looking for her adult son and his family.

Police detained the village chief but released him with no charge after two days, …

Buddhist monks could not heal wife’s paralysis, but Jesus brought a cure – and a zeal for evangelism

By Peter Hone

Dao Sanh remembered that night well, the night when it had truly begun. It was August 1996. His wife, Han, had complained of a sore head and had retired to bed early. He was awoken in the early morning by her moans and violent convulsions. By the time it stopped she was paralyzed down the right side of …

The night before church blast in Cairo, woman had premonition of her death

By Mark Ellis

The death toll from the December 11th attack on a Coptic church in Cairo rose to 26 this week after ten-year-old Maggy Moemen died nine days after the blast, which killed mostly women and children.

It seems the 22-year-old terrorist with a suicide vest exploded himself on the side of the church where women and children sat, separated from the men.

The …

Nigeria: British baroness barely escapes deadly attack

By Mark Ellis

Baroness Caroline Cox, a member of the House of Lords and important voice in Parliament for religious freedom throughout the world, narrowly avoided an attack by armed Islamist Fulani herdsmen on November 14th.

Baroness Cox and Bishop Stewart Ruch III were visiting Jos Plateau State where Islamist cattle herdsmen have become as great a threat as the infamous terror group Boko …

Why Castro’s Cuba banned me

By Dan Wooding

Former Cuban dictator, Fidel Castro, who led a rebel army to an improbable victory in Cuba, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 US presidents during his rule, died November 25 in Havana at 90.

On my first visit trip to Cuba in 1982, I was still living in England, and had joined a team of Bible …

Myanmar/Burma: Thousands receive Christ at Franklin Graham festival

By Mark Ellis

Over three days, 170,000 people crammed into the Yangon Love Joy Peace Festival with Franklin Graham and more than 7,600 made decisions for Christ.

Christians comprise a small minority of the heavily Buddhist population, and Open Doors ranks the persecution level as “severe,” with radical Buddhist monks intensifying their campaigns against religious minorities and laws introduced for the “protection …

3400 Yezidi women and girls remain sex slaves in Mosul, their liberation slowed by intense street fighting

By Mark Ellis

A Yezidi human rights activist reported that very few Yezidi women have been rescued from the grip of ISIS since the operation to free Mosul began in October.

“While the world is plunged in politics, 3400 Yezidi women and girls remain enslaved for ISIS sex use, Nadia Murad Basee Taha told ARA News. Only a few have escaped since the Mosul …

Bishop’s wife took bullet to save her husband’s life

By Mark Ellis

Margaret Dehqani-Tafti, the steely woman of faith who took a bullet to protect her husband from assassination during Iran’s revolution, passed to her reward October 22nd. She was 85.

She was buried next to her husband, Hassan, in the grounds of Winchester Cathedral, not far from the remains of the noted author Jane Austen.

Margaret was the youngest daughter of William …

Woman raped by ISIS refused to abort baby

By Mark Ellis

An Iraqi woman held captive and raped by ISIS fighters was liberated after she became pregnant. When she was released recently, she resolved to carry the baby to term.

She also decided she will never tell her son who the father is.

“He’s my son, he’s not the son of ISIS,” Umm Al’aa* told CNN. She says the child will be just …

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