Category Archives: prayer

Pastor in India arrested after baptizing 16

by Nirmala Carvalho   

Rev Timothy Chaitanya Murmu, Pentecostal minister in the village of Manohar (Odisha), has been in prison for the past four days on false charges of forced conversion.

Police in Anandpur arrested the clergyman last Wednesday for baptising 16 tribal people. According to the indictment, he allegedly “forced” them to embrace Christianity in exchange for money.

Like the demoniac, he was beset by madness until Jesus healed his mind

By Mark Ellis

Sajita* and others in her large family had done everything they could think of to find help for her father and younger brother, who were both “out of their minds with a kind of madness” that placed great burdens on the family.

Her brother, Akash* had been mentally ill for four years, since the age of 12. In his …

63 churches damaged or destroyed in Syrian civil war

Sixty-three churches have been damaged or destroyed so far during four years of civil war in Syria, says the Syrian Network for Human Rights.

In a comprehensive 21-page report, first published in Arabic on 7 May and now in English, the rights group, known for being anti-government, launches a withering attack on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, claiming they were responsible for almost …

In Nepal, forgotten village receives food

by Susie Rain

The Nepali man pulled brick after brick off a pile of rubble that was once his home. He passed along anything that was salvageable to his children to set aside. Finally, down in a hole, he found what he was looking for — their food storage.

The splintered, dusty woven basket held their entire harvest of rice. Before the …

Children gave up food to pay for another child’s surgery

Can something as small as an egg be enough to save a life?

It was for Emmanuel Manu, a 16-year-old from the Assin district of Ghana. Upon finishing junior high, Emmanuel developed a life-threatening tumor in his lower jaw that kept him out of school and secluded to his home. His condition worsened to the point that in two weeks, his …

Mob of Hindu extremists attacks Christians in India

Church members have fled a village in northeast India after a vicious attack this month that injured many Christians, at least three seriously, including a 3-year-old girl.

A mob of about 100 Hindu extremists armed with swords, bamboo sticks and stones attacked Christians who were eating after a service at 8 p.m. on April 17 in Amtola village, Golpara District, Assam …

Pakistan: 14-year-old burned alive after admitting to his faith in Jesus

“Being Christian [means] being persecuted daily in this country,” Asif Masih said to International Christian Concern in a hospital in Lahore, Pakistan. “This is no longer a country for human being[s] or for liv[ing] a dignified life. There is no protection and no rule of law”.

On April 09, 2015, Noman Masih, 14, was burned alive by a group of unidentified …

North Carolina florist was praying when she spotted Charleston shooter’s car, gives credit to God for catching him

By Mark Ellis

Debbie Dills was late for work at the florist shop when she was wheeling her way down Highway 74 near Kings Mountain, North Carolina.

The previous evening she spent at church herself, so she was stunned when she got home and learned about the horrific massacre of nine people at a Wednesday night Bible study in Charleston at the …

Children in communist Romania found Bible hidden under floor; God answered prayer in unexpected way

By Mark Ellis

She grew up in communist Romania at a time when no one was allowed to go to church, have Bibles in their possession, or openly talk about God.

“When I was seven and my brother was 10, we found a Bible hidden in the floor of our house. We didn’t know what it was,” says Izabella, in a report …

ISIS accused of systematic rape, sex slavery, and forced marriages

The extremist group Islamic State (also known as ISIS) has carried out systematic rape and other sexual violence against Yezidi women and girls in northern Iraq. Human Rights Watch conducted research in the town of Dohuk in January and February 2015, including interviewing 20 women and girls who escaped from ISIS, and reviewing ISIS statements about the subject.

Human Rights Watch …

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