German Pastor Hopeful in Fight to Remain in Turkey

Wave of expulsions leaving many churches without leaders.

(Morning Star News) – A German pastor fighting expulsion from Turkey is hopeful that he may be the exception to a wave of foreign Christian leaders expelled from the country as “threats to national security.” Though Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MIT) has applied the label to pastor Michael Feulner, he told Morning Star News said […]

Christians Abducted from Bus in North-Central Nigeria

Muslim Fulani herdsmen suspected.

JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Christians in Kaduna state, Nigeria suspect Muslim Fulani herdsmen were behind the kidnapping of eight Christians from a bus in the southern part of the state on Friday (March 26). The members of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) were traveling from the city of Kaduna to Kafanchan when […]

Christian’s Five-Year Prison Sentence for Facebook Post Upheld in Algeria

Attorney sees anti-Christian bias in verdict.

TIZI-OUZOU, Algeria (Morning Star News) – A judge in Oran, Algeria on Monday (March 22) upheld a five-year prison sentence for a Christian convicted of reposting a cartoon of Islam’s prophet on his Facebook account three years ago, sources said. Farid Khemisti, attorney for Hamid (surname withheld for security reasons), said the 43-year-old father of four young […]

Christians Seriously Injured in Mob Assault on House Church

Attack in central India leaves five people hospitalized.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A mob armed with axes and thick wooden batons in central India disrupted a home worship service and beat and threatened Christians for leaving their ancestral tribal religion this month, sources said. Eight Christians were injured and five of them hospitalized, including two women and a pastor who suffered head […]

Life Sentence for Christian Changed to Death Penalty

Judge bows to Islamist legal group’s pressure.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Ruling in favor of an Islamist legal group’s petition, the Lahore High Court on March 10 changed a sentence of life imprisonment to the death penalty for a Christian convicted of sending a blasphemous text message in 2011. The high court’s approval of an appeal for the criminal code revision […]

Christian Mother of Three Beaten, Driven from Home in India

Officer says she should have been killed for leaving tribal religion.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Homeless since relatives attacked her for failing to respect their tribal rituals last month, a Christian mother of three young children in eastern India sought help from police. The next morning, Feb. 10, an officer from Lesliganj police station in Jharkhand state’s Palamu District came to her village and accused […]

Another Christian Girl in Pakistan Kidnapped, Forcibly Converted

Police shielding kidnappers, keeping parents from 13-year-old, sources say. 

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Johnson Masih and his wife Samina were shocked when police in Lahore, Pakistan told them their 13-year-old daughter, missing since Feb. 19, had converted to Islam and married a Muslim. A few days after registering a missing person report with police on Feb. 21, the investigating officer summoned them to […]

Pastor’s Relatives Raped after Imam’s Wife Turns to Christ

Mosque leader threatens church leader, plans attack, sources say.

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – A mosque leader sent men to rape three female relatives of a church pastor in western Uganda because the imam’s wife put her faith in Christ, sources said. The imam also sent a Muslim to the church’s worship services in the Kasese area to gather information for a future attack […]

Christian Mother Expelled from Village, Threatened with Death

Tribal woman kept from harvesting annual food supply.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – When villagers kept her from harvesting her fields because she had invited a Christian pastor to pray for the harvest, a tribal Adivasi mother in central India went to police thinking officers might help her. Instead, the police inspector at the Polampalli police station in Chhattisgarh state showed Kanni Barse […]

Church Confirms Release of Pastor Threatened with Execution

Chibok area EYN leader was taken captive by Islamic extremist militants in Nigeria.

JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Church leaders have confirmed reports that Islamic terrorists who threatened to execute a pastor they abducted in northeast Nigeria freed him on Wednesday (March 3). The president of the Church of Brethren in Nigeria (Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria, or EYN), Joel S. Billi, told church leaders on Thursday (March 4) […]