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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.

Christmas holiday bus attacks in Kenya bring condemnation from Christian and Muslim leaders

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP/RNS) — Christians traveling on buses for Christmas holiday close to the border with Somalia have recently become targets of the Somalian militant group, al-Shabab.

Day of prayer provides way to ‘serve with’ persecuted church

On Nov. 1, Christ followers around the world will recognize the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church – a global prayer movement for Christians who boldly witness for Christ at any cost in nations where Christianity is not welcomed.

Nigerian Christians killed, churches burned during protests for peace and justice

NIGERIA (BP) – An untold number of evangelical Christians are likely among growing deaths in Nigeria amid violence surrounding peaceful protests against police brutality, an advocate for Christians in Nigeria told Baptist Press.

Christian sentenced to death in Pakistan for blasphemy against Islam

LAHORE, Pakistan (BP) – As a result of strict Islamic blasphemy laws, Asif Pervaiz, a 37-year-old Christian man, was sentenced to further jail time, a large fine, and death because of allegations that he insulted the Islamic prophet Muhammad via text messages to coworker Muhammad Saeed Khokher, The Associated Press reported.

Nearly 150 Christians killed in sustained violence in Nigeria

MIDDLE BELT, Nigeria (BP) -- Nearly 150 Christians have died in a campaign of violence by militant Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria's Middle Belt since April, including 33 Christians believed to have been killed Aug. 5-6 in Kaduna State.