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Russia's Ban on Evangelism Is Now in Effect

But how strictly will it be enforced?
Russia's Ban on Evangelism Is Now in Effect
Larry Koester / Flickr

Yesterday, Russia’s new anti-terrorism laws, which restrict Christians from evangelizing outside of their churches, went into effect.

The “Yarovaya package” requires missionaries to have permits, makes house churches illegal, and limits religious activity to ...

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Russia's Newest Law: No Evangelizing Outside of Church

(UPDATE) Putin signs new restrictions that limit where and how Christians share the gospel.
Russia's Newest Law: No Evangelizing Outside of Church
Bernt Rostad / Flickr

Update (July 8): This week, Russian president Vladimir Putin approved a package of anti-terrorism laws that usher in tighter restrictions on missionary activity and evangelism.

Despite prayers and protests from religious leaders and human rights advocates, the Kremlin announced ...

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Across 198 Nations, Christians Face More Terrorism But Less Government Hostility

Pew finds that terrorism threatens to surpass the traditional persecutors of the global church.
Across 198 Nations, Christians Face More Terrorism But Less Government Hostility
Pew Research Center

From some angles, it looks like the beginning of a hopeful trend among the steady stream of persecution headlines.

Both government and societal harassment of religion dropped worldwide in 2014, according to a Pew Research Center study released today. This is the second year in ...

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Orthodox Will Hold Humbled Yet Historic Council in Crete

Patriarchs disagree over how many disputes—out of centuries' worth—to tackle in 10 days.
Orthodox Will Hold Humbled Yet Historic Council in Crete
Sean Hawkey

The last time the 14 separate branches of the Orthodox church met, in 787, they hadn’t yet split with the Roman Catholic church.

So pulling together a Holy and Great Council meeting of the global representatives of 300 million Orthodox Christians for next week hasn’t ...

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Can You Name All Ten Commandments? If Not, This (and 18 Other Questions) Could Get You Deported

Take this quiz of Christian trivia faced by converts from Islam seeking asylum in the UK.
Can You Name All Ten Commandments? If Not, This (and 18 Other Questions) Could Get You Deported
Andrew Seaman / Flickr

What color is the cover of the Bible?

How many books are in the Bible?

Who did Jesus raise from the dead, and which book can you find it in?

These questions, among the nearly 20 questions in CT’s quiz below, have been asked of Christian converts from Islam who are applying ...

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African Pilgrims Pour into Uganda for Martyrs Day

President wants Protestants to replicate the tourism success of Catholics.
African Pilgrims Pour into Uganda for Martyrs Day
Ugandan Martyrs Museum

Today tens of thousands of Christians in Uganda will dip themselves and their children into a lake where executioners reportedly washed off the blood of dozens of martyrs.

It’s an annualritual to remember 45 Catholics and Anglicans who were killed by sword or fire by Ugandan ...

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Israel’s 47 Christian Schools Face a Murky Future

Government says promised funds to stave off financial collapse will come soon.
Israel’s 47 Christian Schools Face a Murky Future
Pilgrims of Ibillin

Last week, Israel’s Christian schools warned that they were in “immediate danger of collapsing financially.”

The reason: the delayed release of $13 million promised to the struggling schools by the Israeli government.

Now the government has said it will soon ...

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Christians Rally to Keep World's Largest Refugee Camp Open

The country’s plans to close a 25-year-old camp would displace more than 300,000 East African refugees.
Christians Rally to Keep World's Largest Refugee Camp Open
European Commission DG ECHO / Flickr

Christian humanitarian groups are among the 11 charitable organizations calling on Kenya to reverse its decision to close the largest refugee camp in the world.

More than 320,000 displaced people face an unstable future after the country, the second-largest refugee host in Africa, ...

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Christian Refugees in Germany Report High Levels of Religious Violence

Sharing resettlement centers with Muslims can be dangerous for Christian asylum-seekers, Open Doors reports.
Christian Refugees in Germany Report High Levels of Religious Violence
Jens Meyer / AP

As the million-plus refugees who fled to Germany last year settle into packed group homes and culture-clashed neighborhoods, Christian migrants face ongoing harassment from the Muslims they live alongside.

Open Doors Germany reported Monday that three-quarters of resettled Christian ...

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Will Europe's Third-Largest Church Punish Pastor for Multiple Affairs?

Sunday Adelaja loses leaders at Kiev's Embassy of God for not heeding their discipline.
Will Europe's Third-Largest Church Punish Pastor for Multiple Affairs?
Facebook

The controversial founder of one of Europe's largest Protestant churches is battling some in his church leadership over his reaction to multiple affairs.

Sunday Adelaja, a Nigerian pastor who leads the charismatic Embassy of the Blessed Kingdom of God for All Nations in the ...

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Persecuted Church Advocate Complains It Is 'Hard Pressed' by Fellow Christian Groups

EAUK refutes allegations by Barnabas Fund, which also criticizes Open Doors, CSW, and Release.
Persecuted Church Advocate Complains It Is 'Hard Pressed' by Fellow Christian Groups

One of the world’s largest advocates for the persecuted church has accused fellow Christian ministries of working against it.

In January, trustees of Barnabas Aid International issued a 36-page document defending beleaguered Barnabas Fund founder and director Patrick Sookhdeo. ...

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After Pastor's Wife Buried Alive, Chinese Church Wins Land Battle

Officials decide that bulldozed property does belong to Protestant house church after all.
After Pastor's Wife Buried Alive, Chinese Church Wins Land Battle
China Aid

Nearly two weeks after a Chinese pastor and his wife were buried alive defending their church from destruction, local authorities have ruled in favor of the Protestant house church’s claim to its land.

After a local business wanted to take over the property that Beitou ...

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Turkey Releases US Street Evangelist Facing Deportation

Missionary David Byle works with successful Bible correspondence course in Muslim-majority nation.
Turkey Releases US Street Evangelist Facing Deportation
David Byle / Facebook

An American missionary facing deportation from Turkey for being a “danger to public order” has been released.

“Praise God, I was released from the deportation center this afternoon, and just arrived home,” David Byle wrote on Facebook. “Thanks to ...

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Accused MK Counterfeiter Asks To Be Released to YWAM

Son of Uganda missionaries allegedly smuggled $400,000 into US inside child sponsorship pamphlets.
Accused MK Counterfeiter Asks To Be Released to YWAM
US Attorney's Office

A man who allegedly headed a $2 million international counterfeiting ring has asked to be released into the care of Youth With a Mission (YWAM) while he awaits trial in Pennsylvania.

Ryan Gustafson, 28, faces seven counts of counterfeiting and money laundering. A “missionary ...

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Sweden Can't Deport Christian Convert Back to Iran (Yet)

Canada also stalled over Iranian Christian 'war criminal', while Czech Republic will deport 25 Iraqi Christians.
Sweden Can't Deport Christian Convert Back to Iran (Yet)
Council of Europe

After more than 1 million migrants entered Europe last year, Sweden has been tightening its asylum process—including a plan to deport up to 80,000 migrants that didn’t pass muster.

Yet the Scandinavian country can no longer deport one migrant—an Iranian Christian ...

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