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SBC DIGEST: Lambert to have another brain surgery; Nigerian Baptist leader asks for help

Heath Lambert scheduled for third brain surgery; Nigerian Baptist leader asks for American help to end persecution in his country.

Christians in Mozambique under growing Islamic attack

CABO DELGADO, Mozambique (BP) -- Islamic insurgents have increasingly attacked northern Mozambique as Christianity increases there, the international evangelistic ministry Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) said in its latest special report.

At least 48 Christians killed in extremist attacks in Nigeria

KADUNA, Nigeria (BP) – She was a community matriarch and grandmother to many. But Mama File died in a fire set by militant Islamic extremists in a series of attacks killing at least 48 Christians in Nigeria’s Middle Belt.

Nigeria remains deadliest nation for Christians

NORTHEAST NIGERIA(BP) – Watching Boko Haram behead her Christian father and leave her brother for dead in their Nigerian village has strengthened the faith of Manga, who practices Christianity in the deadliest nation for believers.

‘Living inside the cage’: Afghanistan tops Christian persecution list

SANTA ANA, Calif. (BP) – The Christian refugee hopped on one of the last flights out of Afghanistan to save his life and family. Since the Taliban regained rule there, Christians are hunted down and killed.

A conversation with Nik Ripken

VIDEO: Baptist Press talks with longtime missionary and author Nik Ripken about praying for persecuted believers round the world.

China asserts more control over clergy through new rules

WASHINGTON (BP) – Regulations issued this year by China have intensified the communist government’s control of clergy among the five state-authorized religious groups and have effectively prohibited the work of pastors and leaders of unregistered churches and other entities, according to a new report.

SBC DIGEST: Lifeway film spotlights persecution; IMB missionary’s COVID battle; Missionary parents gather for prayer, fellowship

New film highlights plight, prayers of persecuted Christians worldwide; God continues miraculous healing of missionary George Smith; Missionary parents reminded of importance of prayer.

Haiti gang seeks $1M each for kidnapped US missionaries

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A gang that kidnapped 17 members of a U.S.-based missionary group is demanding $1 million ransom per person, although authorities are not clear whether that includes the five children being held, a top Haitian official told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

For Christians left in Afghanistan, extreme secrecy only option

AFGHANISTAN (BP) – Christian minorities in Afghanistan are either fleeing the country or hunkering down to live in greater secrecy as the Taliban government there draws support from the global community, International Christian Concern (ICC) told Baptist Press.