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How to pray for the persecuted church

NASHVILLE (BP) – Nov. 6 is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. On this Sunday, we stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world. But more important, we lift them up to our good God who hears our prayers. 

Believers in a Brazilian village endure persecution, church grows stronger

What would you do if you were summoned to a meeting where you were given an ultimatum – recant or lose your job?

‘In Jesus’ Name’: Southern Baptists observe global prayer day

CORDOVA, Tenn. (BP) – She Loves Out Loud Founder Diane Strack recalls asking Cru Founders Bill and Vonette Bright, now deceased, how they dealt with different theological beliefs when praying for the nations.

FIRST-PERSON: 3 ways we can remember imprisoned Christians

HOUSTON (BP) -- Would you visit someone in prison if you could lose your job for it? What if you could end up in prison with them just because you were willing to be associated with them? These are the types of questions that many Christians throughout the world face on a regular basis. Will they care for their imprisoned brothers and sisters in Christ at the risk of being imprisoned themselves? Will they take a risk by doing the right thing?

Perhaps 100 Christians murdered in Nigeria ahead of U.S. government list

BENUE, Nigeria (BP) – Several dozen Christians were murdered and 6,000 displaced in terrorist attacks in Nigeria’s middle belt in September as international advocates are urging the U.S. State Department to cite Nigeria for religious liberty violations.

Christian evangelist in India burned to death by own family

WEST BENGAL, India (BP) – The wife and son of an evangelist, the sole Christian convert in his extended family in majority Hindu India, helped neighbors burn him to death because of his faith, Christian Solidarity Worldwide reported Aug. 23.

Afghanistan Christians in hiding, denied aid year after U.S. withdrawal

KABUL, Afghanistan (BP) – Christians in Afghanistan are forced into greater secrecy and largely cut off from humanitarian aid, International Christian Concern (ICC) said in its report on the first anniversary of U.S. withdrawal from the Muslim country.

Christians still displaced from northern Iraq 8 years after ISIS invasion

NINEVAH PLAINS, IRAQ (BP) – Christians largely remain displaced from the once vibrant Nineveh Plains eight years after the Islamic State decimated the region, a Christian charity working in the area said.

¿“Hermano aventurero”? En realidad, héroe: la verdadera historia de John Chau

El asesinato de John Chau a manos de miembros de la tribu en la isla Sentinel del Norte en 2018 atrajo la atención de los medios de comunicación de todo el mundo, la mayoría de ellos críticos, si no francamente burlones. El joven misionero cristiano fue llamado tonto, colonialista y aventurero. Fue objeto de burlas en memes y ridiculizado por comediantes para obtener risas baratas.

China’s online religious restrictions to take effect after Beijing Olympics

BEIJING (BP) – As the Winter Olympics in Beijing approach, China is set to impose new restrictions on online religious content that will essentially outlaw evangelistic Scripture just days after the games conclude, according to Christian persecution watchdog China Aid.