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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.

49 Christians killed, 27 kidnapped in central Nigeria

KADUNA, Nigeria (BP) – At least 49 people were killed and 27 others kidnapped in attacks on Christian communities in southern Kaduna, Nigeria, early this week, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) reported.

Cuban Baptist pastors among those beaten, jailed after July protests

CUBA (BP) – At least one Protestant pastor remains in a maximum-security prison in Cuba months after July protests there over the economic and COVID-19 crises, a U.S. religious freedom study group said.

At least 14 Christians, including evangelical pastor, killed in Nigeria

KADUNA, Nigeria (BP) – Militant groups have killed at least 14 Christians, including an evangelical pastor, in southern Kaduna since Sept. 11 and have kidnapped a Catholic priest, the Premium Times of Nigeria reported.

Christians urged not to forget brothers and sisters in Afghanistan’s new day

NASHVILLE (BP) – While the Taliban’s reemergence in Afghanistan brings concern for its Christian population, the situation isn’t as grim as it could be.

ERLC, others urge Blinken to keep Nigeria on CPC list

WASHINGTON (BP) – The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has joined nearly 40 other organizations in urging Secretary of State Antony Blinken to re-designate Nigeria as one of the world’s most severe violators of religious freedom.

47 kidnapped Baptist students freed in Nigeria, but attacks on Christians continue

KADUNA, Nigeria (BP) – An additional 47 Nigerian Baptist school students kidnapped in July have been released, leaving captive 31 of the more than 120 originally taken, the Christian Association of Nigeria reported Saturday (Aug. 28).

Nationals see divine intervention amidst persistent persecution

During the height of a civil war, persecution was rampant and ruthless where IMB worker Edwin Hayes* serves. While visiting a local pastor/church planter to see how he could help, Hayes heard the story of a pastor and his wife. He left humbled, wondering what he could possibly do to help a couple with such tested faith.

Pakistan Christian pair cleared of blasphemy after years on death row

LAHORE, Pakistan (BP) – A Pakistani Christian couple acquitted of blasphemy after seven years in prison should get government protection upon their release, international religious liberty advocates urge.