Persecution updates from around the globe, especially India

World Digital has revamped its international content and my persecution stories are now part of a roundup called “World Tour.” Here are the past few which include my reporting on false charges against Indian Christians for kidnapping and forced conversion, a trend in attacks on pastors in India, and the Russian Supreme Court‘s decision to ban Jehovah’s Witnesses (and why that will hurt Christians), and how persecution is a part of the refugee crisis.

 

Don’t Miss List: Updates on refugees, persecution and more

Doctors Without Borders update from Serbia

This update from Serbia about the refugee and migrant crisis there is gut-wrenching and needs to be read. DWB has been treating people including children for injuries, including many sustained by border control authorities. Now many in Serbia are also suffering frostbite or dying from the cold. Whatever your stance on the immigration issues and politics of this, I think it’s essential to remember that these are all humans.

Doctors without Borders stated it well, “Whatever you think about their right to travel to and within Europe, they deserve to be treated as human beings, with dignity. And right now, they’re not.”

Fellow Christians, please remember to keep praying for these people and this crisis as a whole.

New World Watch Lists Catalogs Worst Nations for Christians

Open Doors released its annual World Watch List last Wednesday showing another increase in persecution and deteriorating situation in many countries. Here’s the story I wrote about that for WORLD online.

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Persecution Updates: Uzbekistan, Canada and Cuba

Uzbekistan’s authoritarian president died recently and it has Christians concerned that religious persecution will only increase.

Christians in Uzbekistan already face severe restrictions on their religion—the worst of any nation in Central Asia. Now they fear an increase in persecution following President Islam Karimov’s death.

Karimov died Sept. 2, days after being hospitalized for a stroke. The government did not acknowledge his illness until hours before his death.

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Don’t Miss List: Floods, God’s Gender and ‘Setting the Record Straight …’

Washed Away – Obbie Todd

The flooding in Louisiana is a real tragedy and has robbed at least 13 people of their lives and damaged at least 40,000 houses. Here’s Pastor Obbie Todd’s first-person account of the 20 minute scramble to abandon his new home in order to protect himself, his wife and twin babies.

No, God Isn’t Transgender

Robert A.J. Gagnon criticizes a recent New York Times op-ed in which someone argued God is transgender. You can find it at First Things.

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Persecution Updates: Burma/Myanmar

It turns out, that in spite of persecution, Christianity has grown in Burma (also known as Myanmar). My latest article:

New census shows Christianity spreading in Burma

The spread of the gospel has faced huge obstacles in Burma, including bloody civil war, violence against ethnic minorities, and radical Buddhist opposition. In spite of all that, Christianity has grown in Burma (also called Myanmar), according to new figures.

The United Nations Population Fund released new census data in July showing Christians made up about 6.3 percent of the population, up from 4.9 percent in 2004, World Watch Monitor reported. The country is 89.9 percent Buddhist; Chin state was the only majority-Christian region.

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Updates from Morocco and Bangladesh

MoroccanChristiansMy latest articles for World magazine online focused on the situations for Christians in Morocco and Bangladesh.

In Morocco believers are growing bolder in their faith, sharing testimonies through youtube and podcasts. Meanwhile, in Bangladesh Christianity continues to grow in spite of worsening persecution.

Moroccan Christians risk persecution with YouTube testimonies

In a new series of YouTube podcasts, Moroccan Christians are stepping out of the shadows, showing their faces, and telling their stories. Speaking to their countrymen, they proclaim themselves “Moroccan and Christian.”

The public testimonies counter the common view that to be Moroccan is to be Muslim and that all Christians living in Morocco are foreigners, not natives. The small religious minority faces community and government persecution.

In one video, a woman named Iman says her husband’s relatives assumed she was foreign-born because they knew she was a Christian, according to Moroccan World News (MWN).

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Don’t Miss List: Strong Women, Discernment Tips, Tough Questions and More

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This picture helps explain why posts around here have been a bit light lately. I traveled to New Mexico and Arizona for vacation recently and saw some incredible beauty created by our God, as well as some architectural marvels. The way this church in Sedona is built right into the rocks was pretty amazing. Also, I felt like a tiny ant with all the mountains out there.

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