World Missions

Coalition of NGOs Aks Obama to Press for Release of 16 Chinese Prisoners of Conscience

A widely diverse group of 30 NGOs today jointly called on President Obama to raise by name the cases of 16 Chinese prisoners of conscience and to press for their release when he meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday. The diverse coalition of faith and human rights leaders will discuss the urgent need to address human rights violations in China and for the U.S. to prioritize the peaceful advancement of such basic values as liberty and the rule…

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Attacks on Innocent Copts in Libya Condemned & Call for Actions

Coptic Solidarity condemns in the strongest terms the unlawful acts by the group Ansarul Sharia in Libya to arrest, torture and detain dozens of Copts; and the detention by Libya’s Preventive Security department in Tripoli of the Coptic man Ezzat Hakim Atallah for ten days until he died on March 9 under torture, and the detention of his Coptic colleagues Imad Seddik Ibrahim, Issa Ibrahim Isaac, Emad Shaker, Sharif Ramses, and others who are still being subjected to torture inside…

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Persecution of Churches in Heilongjiang and Shandong, China

Recently, the churches in Heilongjiang and Shandong have again come under violent persecution following the brief quiet they enjoyed after the Chinese New Year. In this persecution, Christian gatherings were raided, attendees harassed, a pastor was beaten to the point of suffering a heart attack, and missionaries were detained, according to reports. Presbyterian Federation of Beijing has made an urgent appeal for prayers for the persecuted church in Heilongjiang and for assistance in hiring lawyers to intervene according to law….

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Police Detain 9 Christians, Send 2 to Labor Camp for Holding Free Medical Clinics & Evangelizing in Inner Mongolia

On July 26, six Christians set out from the city of Tongliao in Inner Mongolia for rural parts of the autonomous region, stopping in places such as Jarud Banner, Tuquan County in Hinggan League, and the village of Shumugou, in Alide Sumu (township), in the Horqin Right Front Banner, where they held free medical clinics and evangelized among those who came for medical attention. Five days later, on Aug. 1, they were in the hamlet of Zhongxinbu, in Shumugou village,…

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‘Nefarious: Merchant of Souls’ Exposes Modern Slave Trafficking

The award-winning documentary film “Nefarious: Merchant of Souls” exposes the disturbing trends in modern day slavery. On Friday, September 14, 2012 Bright Hope will host a screening of “Nefarious: Merchant of Souls”at the organization’s center. “Bright Hope’s mission is to bring Hope to those living on less than $1 a day,” said C.H. Dyer, Bright Hope’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Many victims of human trafficking are those living in extreme poverty, and as an organization we desire to bring…

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Indonesian Tribe Celebrates 50 Years of Christianity

Fifty years ago, the Sawi people of Papua, Indonesia, were violent headhunters and cannibals, hostile to neighboring tribes and isolated from the outside world. Today, 85 percent of the tribe identifies itself as Christian. In 1962, Don and Carol Richardson, missionaries with Regions Beyond Missionary Union (now World Team), traveled to the island of New Guinea with their son Steve (now president of Pioneers-USA) in hopes of sharing the gospel with the Sawi. “Fifty years ago we encountered 200 naked…

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Christian Leader Kidnapped from Bible School in India by Terrorists

A senior mission leader in India has been abducted by a terrorist group according to Gospel for Asia (GFA) officials. On July 23, around 7 p.m., Pastor Ponnachan George was kidnapped by five armed terrorists from the Bible school campus operated by Gospel for Asia in the Karbi Anglong district of Assam, India. George is reportedly being held in a forest hideout at an unknown location. Death threats have been issued by his captors with demands for an undisclosed ransom…

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Imprisoned Chinese Christian Newspaper Editor, South Church Leader Li Ying Released 5 Years Early

Never believe your letters, comments, blog posts, phone calls, etc. don’t make a difference. A Christian newspaper editor and house church leader sentenced in 2002 to 15 years’ imprisonment for “intentional assault” was released almost five years before the end of her prison term as the result of a world-wide letter-writing campaign and other international efforts on her behalf. Li Ying, of the South China Church in Hubei province, was released on Dec. 25, 2011. She tearfully told ChinaAid founder…

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