North Korea’s Ideology of “Juche”

Reaching North Koreans with the gospel is challenging when the repressive North Korean regime considers evangelism and discipleship to be the most heinous crimes that can ever be committed against the state. However, helping North Koreans understand Biblical Christianity apart from what they’ve been indoctrinated with is perhaps a bigger challenge. The country’s founding ideology,…

EGYPT: ARTICLE ON CHRISTIAN LOVE REACHES MILLIONS

On 9 April 2016, the weekend edition of the government-owned Al-Ahram newspaper – Egypt’s most popular paper – contained an article with a difference. Written in bold was the title: Love in Christianity. In Egypt, preaching the gospel publicly remains a crime that can lead to imprisonment. Despite this, the article’s author, a well-known and…

SYRIA: INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER GIVES HOPE

On Sunday 8 May, thousands around the world joined Christians in Aleppo for a day of prayer and fasting for the city. Syrian Christians are greatly encouraged to know that their global church family is standing with them in prayer. Sarah, a Christian from Aleppo, saw an answer to prayer that day, as one young man…

POEM FOR RICHARD WURMBRAND

I only met him once his long body curved and delicate like a well sucked wishbone and behind his eyes the memories of countless nights manacled to the nightmares of Satan his ears besieged by devilish anthems declaring that his Christ was dead. And now every movement magnifying the taut weariness of a prisoner of…

UZBEKISTAN: JUST ONE BIBLE!

Latipzhon Mamazhanov, a Christian believer who had been arrested and jailed for 16 days in Fergana, eastern Uzbekistan, was released on March 28th. Police illegally raided Latipzhon’s home, and those of other Christians in Fergana, on March 12th while in search of religious literature. Latipzhon was imprisoned in the region’s Kuva District Police Detention Centre…

MEXICO: Release of Abducted Pastor

On March 29th, Pastor Pedro Vazquez was abducted for several days from his village in Chiapas by a violent group known as Chinchulines. During Pastor Pedro’s confinement in a nearby village, his family and members of the church congregation were very concerned for his safety. Pastor Pedro works in an area where pastors and Christian…

KAZAKHSTAN: RELIGIOUS LITERATURE FINES, PRISON, DESTRUCTION

Increasing numbers of Christians in Kazakhstan are being given short-term prison sentences for refusing to pay fines linked to their religious activity. Roman Dimmel spent three days in prison in Kazakhstan’s Karaganda Region in early May for refusing to pay a fine handed down in 2015 for offering Christian literature and sharing his faith. The…

FOUNDATIONS II: SHADOW OF DEATH

A Price to be Paid The Shadow of Death, painted by William Holman Hunt in 1870-73, depicts a young Jesus working as a carpenter prior to his public ministry. He is stripped from the waist down with his arms outstretched, perhaps evaluating the measurements of some unknown object. We cannot see his mother’s face but one…

VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT URGED TO INVESTIGATE ALLEGED TORTURE OF ACTIVIST

  The harassment of a Vietnamese Christian human rights activist, whose husband, pastor Nguyen Cong Chinh, is currently serving an 11-year prison sentence, has become ‘intolerable’ reports CSW. Tran Thi Hong was recently questioned by the authorities about interviews with the foreign press, her ‘unauthorized, unapproved and illegal’ Lutheran faith and her role in Vietnamese Women…

Muslims in Pakistan Threaten Christians after Fatwa Issued against ‘Blasphemer’

LAHORE, Pakistan: Muslims in Pakistan have told 300 impoverished villagers they must either produce a Christian accused of blasphemy, leave the area, convert to Islam or be killed, sources said. Imran Masih, a 28-year-old resident of Chak 44 village in Punjab Province’s Mandi Bahauddin District, was accused on April 19 of keeping a ‘blasphemous’ video clip…

FOUNDATION: FAITH UNDER COMMUNISM

“Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas.” – Joseph Stalin “Thoughtcrime does not entail death. Thoughtcrime is death” – George Orwell “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion” – United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 18″ “A…

IRAN: PASTOR NADARKHANI RELEASED BUT 3 CHURCH MEMBERS HELD

Pastor and Mrs Nadarkhani were arrested after VEVAK officers raided their home in Rasht, but were released on the same day. The raid on the Nadarkhani home is reported to have been part of a series that targeted around ten Christian homes. Three other Christians who were also arrested on 13 May are still in custody….