World Missions

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…

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…

Islamic-Majority Countries Top 2012 World Watch List

The Open Doors 2012 World Watch List has a familiar look to it. North Korea tops the list for the 10th straight time as the country where Christians face the most severe persecution, while Islamic-majority countries represent nine of the top 10 and 38 of the 50 countries on the annual ranking. Afghanistan (2), Saudi Arabia (3), Somalia (4), Iran (5) and the Maldives (6) form a bloc where indigenous Christians have almost no freedom to openly worship. For the…

Hungarian Parliament Resurrects Soviet Past with Adoption of Restrictive Religion Law

While Communism officially ended in Hungary over 20 years ago, it appears the dictatorial mindset has not yet fully abated. Last night after midnight, the Hungarian parliament procured for the country the title of Worst Religion Law in Europe when it adopted its new “Law on the Right to Freedom of Conscience and Religion, and on Churches, Religions and Religious Communities.” “I am both saddened and disappointed by the adoption of such a draconian law,” commented The Institute on Religion…

Incan Descendants Gather to Celebrate Modern Scripture Translation

Web //–> Framed by 20,545-foot Mt. Chimborazo, the village of Colta is home to the Quichua, one of the oldest indigenous people groups of the Americas. On Sunday, February 28, 2010, approximately 300 Quichua pastors, local dignitaries, and villagers celebrated the launch of Biblica’s Quichua New Testament. The event was held in the first evangelical Quichua church, built in 1958. Biblica Latin America Vice President Dr. Luciano Jaramillo, Latin America President Esteban Fernandez, Area Director Enrique Baldeón, Ecuador Director…

Christian Relief Agencies & Donations Pour into Haiti

A massive earthquake struck Haiti on Tuesday, January 12. The epicenter of the quake was located just 10 miles from the capital city of Port-au-Prince. The earthquake measured 7.3 on the Richter scale, and caused the collapse of many buildings on the island nation including at least one hospital. News reports indicate more than 7,000 bodies may have been buried in one mass grave and that in some areas piles of bodies are being cremated where they lay. Hospital director…

Extremists Attack Missionary, Injure Well-Drilling Team

Web //–> A mob of anti-Christian extremists attacked a Gospel for Asia-supported missionary working at a Jesus Well drilling site on Tuesday. The pastor escaped unharmed, but the mob badly beat a ministry intern and one of the men drilling the well. The incident occurred Tuesday when the well-drilling team arrived in the village where missionary Bala Nunwate serves. Bala, along with ministry intern Vincey Rao and the men who work for the well-drilling contractor, started working. About 20…

Mob Brutally Attacks Missionaries

Web //–> A large mob of anti-Christian extremists brutally attacked two Gospel for Asia-supported missionaries in Himachal Pradesh, India, on Saturday, March 14. After stripping them naked and beating Murari Jay and Atul Rajesh, the vicious group burned all their belongings and then had the missionaries arrested. The mob of about 30 people barged into the place where Murari and Atul were staying. Humiliating the missionaries, the group tore the men’s clothes off and beat them. Murari sustained severe…


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