The Persecuted Church

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Christians understand costly realities of following Jesus

Ramsey* didn’t want to take his own life. Instead, he accepted missions that put him in harm’s way. Years later, after he became a Christian, Ramsey still doesn’t want to take his own life, but is willing to lay down his life for the sake of Christ and accepted a mission that puts him in harm’s way.

160 dead in Burkina Faso in escalating religious terrorism

YAGHA, Burkina Faso (BP) – Jihadists are blamed for killing 160 people in Burkina Faso in a prolonged weekend attack among the latest in violent religious persecution in Africa's Sahel region.

Persecution persists as the Gospel spreads

Kingdom growth is always met with deep spiritual warfare for Aquila*. For him this includes active and imminent threats to his life.

Scattered believers connect to care for those imprisoned and persecuted

The Christians in one Muslim region have been working hard in recent days to support their brothers and sisters who are imprisoned for their faith. Though scattered because of current persecution, they send cryptic messages through social media and text apps and try their best to keep each other informed. Many of these believers live in different cities or even countries.

Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church to be observed June 6

RICHMOND, Va. (BP) – The International Mission Board is collaborating with Nik Ripken Ministries to raise awareness about current religious persecution through the Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. This SBC-wide initiative will be observed June 6. It is a call for Southern Baptists to increase their awareness of and pray fervently for the […]

USCIRF, others lament Nigeria’s escalating religious persecution and violence

WASHINGTON (BP) – Seven years after Boko Haram kidnapped 276 girls from a majority Christian school in Chibok, Nigeria, U.S. religious freedom advocates are lamenting escalating religious persecution in the African country.

‘Is He Worth It?’ calls viewers to Gospel awareness and action

NASHVILLE (BP) – When Nik Ripken met with a radically changed freedom fighter in Central Asia, he realized the bold story of conversion was powerful enough to reach many hearts around the world. Ripken included the man's story in his book "The Insanity of God," a collection of interviews with Christians around the world who endured persecution.

Southern Baptists engage in global event advocating for imprisoned Christians

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (BP) – Taken from his cell in Iran's harsh Evin prison for a trial that to him was impromptu, evangelist Dan Baumann was asked to state his case against false charges that carried two death sentences. Immediately, he remembered God's promise in Matthew 10:19.

World Watch List 2021: Extremists, governments leverage COVID-19 limitations to ramp religious persecution

SANTA ANA, Calif. (BP) – The COVID-19 pandemic, surveillance technology and nationalism converged in 2020 to enable more violence, discrimination and oppression against Christians and other religious minorities globally, persecution watchdog Open Doors USA said in its latest report.

First Christian arrested under new Indian ‘anti-conversion’ law

NEW DELHI (BP) – A Korean Christian and three nationals of India are in jail in Uttar Pradesh state, accused of fraudulent conversion attempts while distributing food and other aid to people in need due to the COVID-19 lockdown, sources said.