Christians Kidnapped and
Murdered in Ongoing Attacks
- On Jan. 21, Christie Peter Mwankon, 26, was kidnapped out of her sister’s house in the middle of the night by Fulani Islamic militants.
- A 25-year-old Christian man was killed by Fulani Islamic militants on Jan. 20.
- Pastor Lawan Andimi was kidnapped and murdered on Jan. 20 after the Islamist group Boko Haram released a video showing him declare his trust in God regardless of the consequences.
- A group of Christian university students were kidnapped by Islamic State West Africa Province terrorists outside Maiduguri on Jan. 9. The terrorists took video of one student’s execution, while the others remain missing.
- Fulani Islamic militants attacked a village in Plateau state on the night of Jan. 8, killing 12 villagers and burning homes and fields.
Our Faith in Today’s World
Eleven Congolese Christians killed in ADF Islamist militant attack
Eleven Christians were killed in an attack by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in Mutwanga district, north-east Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), on February 18.
Justice for eight Christians acquitted of forced conversion of children in India
Eight Indian church workers accused of the forced conversion and abduction of 60 Christian children were acquitted on February 18 by the criminal court in Ratlam, Madhya Pradesh.
Christians in Nigeria call for urgent prayer as Boko Haram “ready to attack”
Christians in Nigeria have called for urgent prayer as a large-scale Boko Haram attack is thought to be imminent in Plateau State.
Iran forces Christian converts from Islam to declare their faith to obtain ID cards
Christian converts from Islam no longer have the choice of keeping their faith secret in Iran after the Islamic Republic removed the “other religions” option from the new application form for the national ID card.
Christian “blasphemy” cases could rise under Pakistan’s new social media law
Pakistan’s government approved a new law to monitor online platforms on January 28, which would require social media companies to remove any “unwanted and slanderous” online content within 24 hours, or six hours in “emergency cases”, prompting concerns over “blasphemy” accusations.
Another 82 licenses granted to Egyptian churches in first batch of 2020
Licenses were granted to 82 church and church-affiliated buildings in Egypt on February 11 by the committee that has been overseeing the process since early 2017.
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Praying for the Persecuted Church booklet
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