Category Archives: persecution

Vietnam: Authorities lock up 108 pastors, some face poisoning risk

By Mark Ellis

Vietnamese authorities have locked up at least 108 pastors for their faith in prisons where they could be poisoned if they’re not careful what they eat.

Prison conditions in Vietnam’s Central Highlands are unforgiving and primitive. If a prisoner fails to follow all orders it could bring fatal retribution, Su*, the leader of an indigenous ministry told Christian Aid …

God hides 18 Muslim converts under His wing, protects them from attack

By Mark Ellis

In the warm clear waters of the Arabian Sea, 18 former Muslims were baptized recently at an early morning service conducted by Bibles for Mideast.

The new believers had personally approached the ministry leaders and requested baptism. “They wanted to be purified in the Spirit and the Water to get ready to meet Jesus Christ – the Bridegroom, who …

Woman evangelist killed by Islamists while street preaching

By Mark Ellis

Eunice Olawale, 41, was stabbed and cut to death by a band of Islamists in a suburb of Abuja, Nigeria on July 9th while proclaiming Jesus in the streets.

The last words of the evangelist and mother of seven were, “Blood of Jesus,” her husband told Morning Star News.

“My wife loved Jesus so very much,” Pastor Olawale Elisha of …

Iran: Christian woman forced back to prison before end of medical treatment

 

By Mark Ellis

Maryam Zargaran was sent back to prison before her medical treatment could be finished, after the prosecutor’s office refused to extend her medical leave.

On June 6th, she was granted a temporary release from prison, but on June 19th the authorities demanded she return, according to World Watch Monitor.

Her family applied for an extension, but they were refused and …

Uganda: Evangelistic preacher who publicly debated Muslims killed

By Mark Ellis

A bold and courageous evangelistic preacher in eastern Uganda who had received death threats from Muslims following fiery religious debates was killed on June 4, according to Morning Star News.

The body of Yokannah Zirinkuma was found in a pool of blood in Kadama village, near the home of the primary suspect. Zirinkuma was 50.

Young schoolteacher faced honor killing after refusal to marry

By Mark Ellis

A 19-year-old schoolteacher in Islamabad was beaten and set on fire by an angry mob in an apparent honor killing, because she refused to marry one of them.

After struggling for her life in the hospital for nearly a day, Maria Sadaquat died from her wounds and burns, which covered 80 percent of her body, according to a report by the …

Hindu extremists terrorize pastor and pregnant wife, set fire to church

By Chad Dou and Mark Ellis

“Where is your Jesus?” the Hindu extremist growled, pressing the edge of a sword against Pastor Dinbanhu Sameli’s neck. “Now, say, ‘Jai Shri Ram (Victory to the god Ram)’.”

Sameli, 30, and his pregnant wife, Meena, invited the two men inside after they showed up and asked for prayer on April 17. Once they stepped through …

Joseph Kim

Starving North Korean teenager escaped, found Jesus in China

By Michael Ashcraft

After his father died, his mother abandoned him to go to China in search of food. So Joseph Kim, at 12 years old, became homeless, left to fend for himself in the throes of the great famine of North Korea, which started four years after the USSR collapsed and withdrew its financial support for the communist state.

With no …

Malaysia: Christian lawyer loses appeal to practice in sharia courts

By Mark Ellis

Christian lawyer Victoria Martin lost her appeal on March 24th to represent clients in Malaysia’s sharia (Islamic law) courts, according to a report by Morning Star News.

In Malaysia, all ethnic Malays are considered Muslim, according to the constitution. Any ethnic Malay who leaves Islam is declared non-Malay. If Malays want to change their religion, they must go to …

Jesus reached descendant of Muhammad in dreams

By Mark Ellis

Ali Sayed Husnain Shah is from a prominent Shia Muslim family with direct ties to the prophet Muhammad. When he was 15, he traveled from his home in Pakistan to Oxford, England to visit his ailing aunt Gulshan.

The story of his spiritual journey is chronicled in his new book, The Cost: My Life On a Terrorist Hit List.

After …

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