Thursday May 14, 2015

Pastor, More than 70 Christians Killed in Plateau State, Nigeria

Muslim Fulani herdsmen burn homes, church buildings.By Our Nigeria Correspondent
JOS, Nigeria, May 14, 2015 (Morning Star News) – Gunmen killed a church pastor and more than 70 other Christians in Plateau state in the past month, sources said.
Setting fire to church buildings and houses in attacks that continued this week, Fulani Muslim herdsmen on May 2 killed the Rev. Luka Gwom of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) in the town of Foron, Barkin Ladi Local Government Area (LGA).

A member of the slain pastor’s congregation identified only as Paulina was also killed. A Christian community leader in Foron, Ishaku Pam, confirmed the killing of pastor Gwom, whom he said was his pastor, and said Paulina had gotten married in the church two weeks before. [READ MORE]

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Thursday May 14, 2015

South Sudanese Church Leaders Jailed in Sudan Charged, Could Face Death Penalty

Pastor says he is trusting God will intervene on their behalf.By Our Sudan Correspondent
JUBA, South Sudan, May 8, 2015 (Morning Star News) – Sudanese authorities have charged two South Sudanese pastors under laws that call for the death penalty, their attorney said.
National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) officials have charged the Rev. Yat Michael and the Rev. Peter Yein Reith (also transliterated as Peter Yen Reith) with undermining the constitutional system (Article 50 of the Sudan Penal Code) and spying (Article 53) – offenses punishable by death or life imprisonment – and waging war against the state (Article 51), which calls for the death sentence, said the pastors’ attorney.

They are also charged with inciting organized forces to complain and assaulting religious beliefs, which call for prison sentences, the attorney said. [READ MORE]

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Monday May 4, 2015

Young Sudanese Refugee Cast Out of Home for Leaving Islam

Convert experiences power of God amid uncertainty, instability.

Unity state, where Yida is located in South Sudan. (Wikipedia)

Unity state, where Yida is located in South Sudan. (Wikipedia)

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – First an 18-year-old Sudanese Muslim became a refugee from Sudan’s war-torn South Kordofan state; then he received Christ and became a refugee from his family.


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Friday May 1, 2015

Authorities in Iran Increase Pressure on U.S.-Iranian Pastor Saeed Abedini, Advocate Says

Jailers threaten to keep him in prison indefinitely.By Our Middle East Correspondent
Iranian Revolutionary Guard in 2012 military parade in Tehran. (Wikipedia)ISTANBUL, Turkey, May 1, 2015 (Morning Star News) – Iranian authorities over the past month have increased pressure on imprisoned U.S.-Iranian pastor Saeed Abedini by threatening to keep him in prison indefinitely, a legal advocate said.

Authorities seem to be taking a “carrot-and-stick” approach to Abedini – burying him under a mountain of new, petty charges while promising him freedom if he abandons his faith in Christ and converts back to Islam, said Tiffany Barrans, international director at the American Center for Law and Justice.

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