Thursday May 5, 2016
Bill in Kaduna State, Nigeria Would Criminalize Street Evangelism, 'Offensive' Preaching, Clergy Say
KADUNA, Nigeria, May 4, 2016 (Morning Star News) – Street evangelists would be fined and “offensive” preaching at church services would send pastors to jail for up to two years under legislation proposed by the Muslim governor of Kaduna state, church leaders said.
“The proposed law is in contravention of the Nigerian Constitution and shall inhibit the preaching of the gospel when it becomes operational,” the Rev. George Dodo, chairman of the Kaduna State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and Roman Catholic bishop of Zaria Diocese, told Morning Star News. “We have reservations over the bill and believe that it will curtail religious freedom of the people, particularly, Christians in Kaduna state.”
Wednesday May 4, 2016
YANGON, Burma, (Morning Star News) – Striving for a peaceful legacy, Christians in Burma (also called Myanmar) are choosing to patiently endure an influential Buddhist monk’s campaign to build pagodas on church properties.
A bishop at St. Mark Anglican Church, where the pagoda was built in Kun Taw Gyi village, said Christian leaders don’t want to inflame religious and ethnic conflicts in a country where a newly-elected democratic government is striving for national reconciliation; besides trying to quell ethnic separatist movements, officials have had to deflect Burmese Buddhist rancor over the Assembly-election of an ethnic Chin Christian as vice president, Henry Van Thio.
Wednesday May 4, 2016
NAIROBI, Kenya, April 30, 2016 (Morning Star News) – Muslims in eastern Uganda beat and raped a young Christian woman for testifying that a mosque leader killed her father because of his faith, sources said.
Wednesday April 27, 2016
JOS, Nigeria, (Morning Star News) – Muslim Fulani attacks on Christians have advanced beyond Nigeria’s central zone into a southern state, with a church leader saying the aggression could cast Nigeria into civil war as a massacre this week took at least 27 lives.
While a secessionist group called for Enugu natives to defend against further Fulani attacks, the archbishop of Enugu Ecclesiastical Province, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, said Muslim Fulani killings, kidnappings, destruction of farmland and rape have become a regular occurrence in central and southern parts of Nigeria.
Friday April 22, 2016
NAIROBI, Kenya, (Morning Star News) – Muslims in a village in eastern Uganda last week killed Christians’ pigs and tore down their church building, sources said.
Two days earlier, sources said, a group of Muslims slaughtered a church lay leader’s pigs, a key source of income. Singing praises to Allah and shouting, “Allah only is to be worshipped, and Muhammad is his prophet,” the group led by area Muslim Kambo Daudo killed Samuel Kijali’s pigs at on April 10, as Kijali’s wife watched helplessly.
Friday April 15, 2016
NEW DELHI, April 14, 2016 (Morning Star News) – Late one morning in northern India last month, pastor Ram Prakash, 52, was riding his motorcycle home when he noticed men on three motorcycles shouting obscenities as they followed him.
The men gave chase, and one of them hit the back of his motorcycle, sending Pastor Prakash to the ground and severely injuring his leg. Yelling at him to stop telling people about Jesus, the radical Hindus got off their bikes and began to kick and beat him.
Thursday April 14, 2016
By Our Middle East Correspondent
ISTANBUL, Turkey, (Morning Star News) – Turkish authorities have released a U.S. evangelist who was detained last week and ordered to be deported, sources said.
Declaring David Byle “a danger to public order,” authorities in Turkey took him into custody on April 6 after asking him to report to the immigration office in Istanbul regarding his application for a residency permit.
Byle, 46, was released (April 14) after a judge overturned the order to detain him for 30 days.
“Praise God, I was released from the deportation center this afternoon, and just arrived home,” Byle wrote on Facebook. “Thanks to all who prayed and did advocacy for me, also to my tireless lawyer and most of all to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
Thursday April 14, 2016
NAIROBI, Kenya, April 12, 2016 (Morning Star News) – A Muslim in eastern Uganda who last week attacked his wife for becoming a Christian had told a judge that Islam allows him to kill any apostate, sources said.
After they had discussed help for their children and Mumpi’s brother had gone to bed at about , he began to question his wife about her faith as he had when he attacked her last year, Hawa said.
Friday April 8, 2016
NAIROBI, Kenya, April 5, 2016 (Morning Star News) – A Muslim in Kenya who put his faith in Christ last November has lost his wife and children, and now he fears for his life.
When his wife was hospitalized last October, Abdu Godana, 35, could not have guessed that the healing she received after an evangelist’s prayer would lead to losing her, his 7-year-old son and his 5-year-old daughter. [READ MORE]
Saturday April 2, 2016
ISTANBUL, Turkey, (Morning Star News) – In the face of a crackdown that has crippled Iran’s house-church leadership, an imprisoned convert from Islam has managed to sneak a message of encouragement to Iran’s Christians.
“If you are courageous in God’s way, God’s grace will be with you,” 31-year-old Ebrahim Firouzi stated. “Do not fear what you are doing, and raise the banner of Jesus in the name of God.”