Tuesday January 27, 2015

Slain Ministry Leader in Nigeria Mourned as Dedicated Servant to the Poor

JOSNigeria (Morning Star News) – Muslim Fulani herdsmen on Friday (Jan. 23) killed a father of two in Taraba state whose pastoral ministry had brought education, medicine and clothing to thousands of impoverished people, sources said.

Pastor Joshua Adah was returning to his mission station in Bantaje, a village near Jalingo, from an evangelistic outreach to some villagers when his vehicle broke down after he had gone to some villages for evangelistic outreach, a ministry supporter told Morning Star News. Armed, ethnic Fulani cattlemen had invaded area Christian communities last week.

Joseph Kwaji, a police spokesman for the Taraba State Command, confirmed that Muslim Fulani killed Pastor Adah. Area Christians spoke as if Boko Haram had a hand in the slaughter, as the Islamic extremist group and other terrorists from outside the state have in some cases supported and joined the Muslim herdsmen in their longstanding conflicts with primarily Christian farmers. [READ MORE]


Monday January 26, 2015

Faith of Christians in Niger Grows Stronger in Face of Unprecedented Violence

Churches could see further attacks as task of rebuilding begins.

By Our Nigeria Correspondent

JOS, Nigeria, January 23, 2015 (Morning Star News) – Christians in Niger are joyfully meeting in homes under police protection as they plan to rebuild church buildings and houses after attacks last weekend (Jan. 16-18) that were unprecedented in scale.


“Nothing of this magnitude has ever happened in this nation,” wrote one missionary couple in the capital, Niamey. “Nearly every church in the capital city of Niamey was burned or looted, along with some schools and orphanages and several other churches and Christian homes throughout the nation.”


Muslims protesting the depiction of the prophet of Islam in the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo destroyed 72 church buildings and killed at least 10 people in attacks that began in Zinder on Jan. 16 and hit Niamey the next day, according to Christian support organization Open Doors. A church leader today put the total of ruined church structures at 68, and a final count remained uncertain. [READ MORE]


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Thursday January 22, 2015

Imam in Uganda Allegedly Beats Daughter to Death for Converting to Christ

Father also seeks to kill her traumatized 12-year-old sister, sources say.

By Our East Africa Correspondent

NAIROBI, Kenya, January 21, 2015 (Morning Star News) – A 12-year-old girl who was hospitalized for two weeks after her Muslim father beat her and her sister for converting to Christ last month is traumatized after learning that her sister died from the assault, sources said.


Naigaga Saidah’s father, Imam Abudalah Ali of Bwita mosque in Kaliro District, allegedly beat to death her 15-year-old sister, Namugonya Jamirah, on Dec. 11 after the sisters put their trust in Christ at a five-day evangelistic event that ended that day. Beaten unconscious, Naigaga did not learn of her sister’s death until a pastor had transferred her to safety in another town on Jan. 7, sources said.


“Saidah needs prayers, trauma counseling and medication for the left side of her hip that was injured by the father,” a source whose name is withheld for security reasons told Morning Star News. [READ MORE]

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Tuesday January 20, 2015

Prison Time Withdrawn for Pastor in Bhutan Sentenced to Nearly Four Years

Sentence effectively reduced to a fine -- a bailable two years, four months.By Our Bhutan Correspondent
Pastor Tandin Wangyal. (Morning Star News)THIMPHU, Bhutan, January 20, 2015 (Morning Star News) – A court in Bhutan yesterday reduced a sentence of nearly four years in prison to a bailable 28 months for pastor Tandin Wangyal, resulting in the father of three remaining free to attend to his family and ministry.

More than 10 months after Pastor Wangyal was arrested for holding a public gathering in Samtse District, he was granted bail of $1,523 for a sentence reduced from three years, 11 months to two years and four months (and 11 days) in what sources said was a move by the judiciary to dispose of a conviction for which it had no evidence.

“It has been a miracle verdict for me,” a joyous Pastor Wangyal told Morning Star News by phone minutes after the verdict in Dorokha. “I was rather surprised that the court had reduced my sentence.” READ MORE

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Tuesday January 20, 2015

Sudan Arrests Another South Sudanese Pastor

Second church leader in less than three weeks held without charges.By Our Sudan Correspondent
The Rev. David Yein Reith. (Morning Star News)JUBA, South Sudan, Jan. 20, 2015 (Morning Star News) – The second pastor of South Sudanese descent in less than three weeks has been arrested without charges in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, sources said.

Sudan’s National Security and Intelligence Services (NISS) arrested the Rev. David Yein Reith of the South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church on Jan. 9 as he returned to his home at the Gerif West Bible School in Khartoum from a prayer meeting, said a source who spoke on condition of anonymity. READ MORE


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Monday January 19, 2015

Christian in Egypt Gunned Down

Family of victim believes alleged killers are trying to intimidate them into dropping charges in 2013 murders.By Our Middle East Correspondent
Mourners at funeral for four Copts on July 7, 2013. (Morning Star News photo)ISTANBUL, Turkey, January 17, 2014 (Morning Star News) – Police in Upper Egypt have arrested a man who, according to eyewitnesses, gunned down a Christian on Tuesday (Jan. 13) for what family members believe was their refusal to drop charges against the suspect’s relatives in other religiously motivated killings in 2013. [READ MORE]

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Friday January 16, 2015

Christian Shot to Death Outside Church in Mombasa, Kenya

Day after young man killed, 70-year-old Christian is wounded.

Street scene in Majengo area of Mombasa, Kenya. (Morning Star News via

Street scene in Majengo area of Mombasa, Kenya. (Morning Star News via

MALINDI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – Police in Kenya’s coastal area are searching for a gunman who shot a Christian dead at the gate leading to a church worship site on Sunday (Jan. 11) in Mombasa.

One of two men following 25-year-old George Muriki as he arrived with two church members at the gate leading to Maximum Revival Ministries church shot him three times in the back, apparently after mistaking him for the church pastor, the pastor said.[READ MORE]


Wednesday January 14, 2015

ISIS-Related Group Claims Responsibility for Egyptians Still Held in Libya

Photos confirm identity of 13 Copts kidnapped on Jan. 3 and seven others.
By Our Middle East Correspondent

ISTANBUL, Turkey, January 14, 2015 (Morning Star News) – Contrary to published reports, 13 Egyptian Christians kidnapped in Libya by Islamic terrorists have not been freed, relatives said.
A Libyan group affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the Jan. 3 kidnapping of the 13 Copts from a housing com

plex in Sirte, Libya, as well as the abduction of seven others. The group, which calls itself the Islamic State of Tripoli, posted photos of the 20 Christians on a jihadi website, and the families of the kidnapping victims have identified all of the men.

“All we can do is just continue praying for their safe return,” ... [READ MORE]

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Thursday January 8, 2015

Controversy over 'Reconversions' in India Leads to Proposal to Outlaw Conversions

Government also proposes holiday alternative to Christmas.

By Our India Correspondent

NEW DELHI, January 6, 2015 (Morning Star News) – A Hindu nationalist drive to “reconvert” non-Hindus over the Christmas season foundered, but protests against the campaign led to an unexpected consequence: a proposal to ban on all conversions except “reconversions” to Hinduism.


During an Advent season that saw the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi propose a “Good Governance Day” on Dec. 25 to divert attention away from Christmas, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu proposed a ban on all religious conversions – not just “forced” or “fraudulent” ones.


Naidu floated the proposal with the supposed goal of quieting the growing din over conversions to minority faiths and alleged “reconversions” to Hinduism, though Christian leaders believe it came at least in part to appease Hindu nationalists upset at the government effort to distance itself from the “reconversion” campaign. [READ MORE]

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Thursday January 8, 2015

Suspected Islamic Extremists in Libya Abduct 13 Egyptian Christians

Third attack on area Christians in two weeks.


By Our Middle East Correspondent

ISTANBUL, Turkey, January 5, 2015 (Morning Star News) – In the most recent of a series of kidnappings and killings targeting Egyptian Christians in Libya, 13 Christians in the country were abducted on Saturday (Jan. 3).


A group of armed men thought to be members of an Islamic militia group burst into a housing complex in Sirte, Libya at about 2 a.m. Saturday and abducted the 13 men.


Though there were conflicting reports of how the 13 were chosen, they were all Christians. Some eyewitnesses said the kidnappers came into the complex and asked for the Christians in the building by name, according to Mina Thabet, a noted Egyptian human rights activist and researcher at the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms. In other accounts, the kidnappers went through the housing complex asking people’s names and their religion as they went along. [READ MORE]

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