China Cracks Down on Unofficial Church, Arresting Pastor and 100 Members

Leader of prominent congregation charged with 'subversion.'

(Morning Star News) – Authorities in China have detained the pastor and more than 100 members of a prominent, unofficial church since Sunday (Dec. 9), according to media and advocacy agencies. Security authorities raided the 800-member Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu, Sichuan Province at about 6 p.m. on Sunday (Dec. 9) and also took […]

Police in Laos Arrest Grandmother, Three Other Christians During Worship

Christianity considered enemy of the country, rights group says.

(Morning Star News) – Police in Laos arrested a grandmother and three other Christians while they were worshipping last month, according to an advocacy group. Raiding a church service in Keovilai village, Vilabouly District in Savannakhet Province, local police on Nov. 18 arrested the 78-year-old woman identified as Grandma Bounlam and three men identified by […]

Court in Nepal Sentences Pastor to 10 Years in Prison on Rape Conviction

Willingness to help poor children results in imprisonment, family says.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Christians’ confidence in the judiciary in Nepal was shattered after a court sentenced a 63-year-old pastor to 10 years in prison on rape accusations the complainant later renounced, church leaders said. Pastor Govinda Prasad Dhakal, 63, was sentenced on June 7 upon conviction for “frequently raping a minor” he and […]

Two Pastors, Mother of Eight Shot to Death in Plateau State, Nigeria

Seven other Christians killed in Miango area.

JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Thousands of people attended the funeral yesterday of a pastor, his wife and another church leader, all killed by suspected Muslim Fulani herdsmen on June 27 in central Nigeria. The three Christians were ambushed and shot to death as they returned to Miango, Plateau state, after visiting relatives in Baduru […]

Two Pastors in Burma Freed from Prison

Baptist leaders jailed for helping media cover bombing of civilian sites, sources say.

YANGON, Burma (Morning Star News) – After spending more than a year in prison, two assistant pastors arrested by the Burma (Myanmar) army were freed on Tuesday (17 April) under a government amnesty program. Dom Dawng Nawng Latt, 65, and La Jaw Gam Hseng, 35, were among more than 8,500 prisoners granted amnesty by newly elected President U Win Myint, sources said. […]

Muslim Fulani Herdsmen Launch More Large-Scale Attacks in Benue State, Nigeria

At least 65 people killed in predominantly Christian areas.

JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – A mass burial on Sunday (Jan. 7) was announced for 49 of at least 65 Christians killed in Muslim Fulani herdsmen attacks in Benue state, Nigeria that began on New Year’s Day, sources said. Benue Gov. Samuel Ortom announced on Saturday (Jan. 6) that coffins would be provided for the […]

Fighting in Burma Hits Civilians in Christian Areas on Christmas Eve

Christians spend another Christmas in fear.

YANGON, Burma (Morning Star News) – Government military operations in northern Burma (Myanmar) escalated in December, culminating in civilian casualties on Christmas Eve that left Christians feeling attacked in part for their faith. Offensives against rebel groups in Kachin state, where predominantly Christian, ethnic Kachin live, displaced dozens of villagers and seriously injured two civilians on […]

Christian Family in India Receives Notice to Stop Worship in Their Home

Order comes from senior officials, Hindu nationalists, sources say.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – For 12 years Mahendra Nagdeve had met with friends and relatives in his house in Madhya Pradesh state, India to worship Christ until he received this notice from city officials this month: “With effect from the moment you receive this notice, you must not conduct any Christian congregational activity,” the […]

Muslim Fulani Herdsmen Massacre 20 Christians in Plateau State, Nigeria

Apparent reprisal attack included Islamist militants, villagers say.

ANCHA, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Muslim Fulani herdsmen in central Nigeria’s Plateau state massacred 20 Christians, including children, as they slept in the hours after midnight on Friday (Sept. 8) in an apparent reprisal attack that mystified villagers, sources said. Police reportedly said the attack was an act of vengeance after the discovery last week […]

Fulani Herdsmen Kidnap Pastor in Plateau State, Central Nigeria

Wounded, released driver relates ordeal.

JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Armed Fulani herdsmen on Friday (Aug. 4) kidnapped a pastor as he and his driver were traveling in central Nigeria’s Plateau state, the wounded driver told Morning Star News. The Rev. Jen Tivkaa Moses and his driver, Yohanna Maina, were on their way to Abuja from Jos to attend a […]