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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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Why International Adoptions by Americans Have Hit a 35-Year Low

Most of the decline comes from three countries.
Why International Adoptions by Americans Have Hit a 35-Year Low
John Manuel Sommerfeld / Flickr

In 2004, Americans adopted 22,884 children from foreign countries—an all-time high.

Twelve years later, that number has dropped to 5,648 children—the lowest level in 35 years, according to recently released statistics from the US State Department on fiscal year 2015 ...

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Canada Thinks It Has a Better Way to Defend Religious Freedom

New government shuts down Office of Religious Freedom modeled after US version.
Canada Thinks It Has a Better Way to Defend Religious Freedom
Canada's Office of Religious Freedom / Facebook

The first attempt to replicate the United States’s diplomatic advocacy for beleaguered believers worldwide has come to an end.

Five years ago, Canada’s Conservative party campaigned for a new office to champion the cause of international religious freedom (IRF). The ...

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Malaysia Rules Muslim Man Can Convert to Christianity

Judge's landmark decision offers hope to Malay Christians amid Bible seizures and 'Allah' bans.
Malaysia Rules Muslim Man Can Convert to Christianity
John Ragai / Flickr

In a landmark ruling last week, a Malaysian court upheld the rights of a Christian to convert from Islam.

The judgment establishes a precedent in a country where religious conversions, particularly from Islam to Christianity, have been steeped in controversy. The verdict reaffirms ...

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Despite ISIS Attacks, Muslim Country Declines to Drop Islam as Official Religion

(UPDATED) Bangladesh’s Supreme Court spends mere minutes dismissing 28-year-old challenge to constitution.
Despite ISIS Attacks, Muslim Country Declines to Drop Islam as Official Religion
Shaeekh Shuvro / Flickr

Update (Mar. 28): Bangladesh’s highest court won’t be resolving the current tension in the country’s constitution that makes it both a secular state and an Islamic one.

In less than two minutes, judges dismissed a 28-year-old challenge to Islam’s designation ...

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Suicide Bomber Kills More Than 70 as Taliban Targets Christians Celebrating Easter at Pakistan Park

(UPDATED) Blasphemy execution goes from good news to bad news for beleaguered believers.
Suicide Bomber Kills More Than 70 as Taliban Targets Christians Celebrating Easter at Pakistan Park
K. M. Chuadary / AP

Update (Mar. 28): While a Pakistani Taliban faction claims it targeted Christians in Sunday’s attack on the children’s area of a major park in Lahore, a large number of non-Christians also died.

The final tally remains unclear, but approximately 14 of the victims ...

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China Frees Lawyer Who Defended 100 Church Crosses

Zhang Kai gave what advocates deem a forced confession on state TV last month.
China Frees Lawyer Who Defended 100 Church Crosses
China Aid

One of the leading legal defenders of China’s churches, Zhang Kai, was released from jail on Wednesday after being arrested in August 2015. China Aid confirmed his release with relatives.

Zhang wrote on social media that he has returned to his home in Inner Mongolia, an ...

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John Kerry: ISIS Is Responsible for Genocide Against Christians

(UPDATED) Days after unanimous House vote, Secretary of State finally agrees with international religious freedom advocates.
John Kerry: ISIS Is Responsible for Genocide Against Christians
Valery Melnikov / Sputnik

Update (Mar. 17): Secretary of State John Kerry has declared that ISIS is committing genocide against Christians and other religious and ethnic minorities in the Middle East.

Speaking from the State Department on Thursday morning, the day of the deadline for his decision, Kerry ...

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United Kingdom (Kind of) Keeps the Fourth Commandment

British politicians preserve limits on Sunday shopping.
United Kingdom (Kind of) Keeps the Fourth Commandment
Stewart Chambers / Flickr

Church attendance may be in free fall in the United Kingdom. But longer shopping sprees at big box stores won't be filling those hours.

British evangelicals are praising the UK’s decision to preserve limits on Sunday shopping.

The House of Commons voted that large stores ...

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Israeli Christians Think and Do Almost the Opposite of American Evangelicals

New Pew survey finds big differences in political views and religious practices.
Israeli Christians Think and Do Almost the Opposite of American Evangelicals
VnGrijl / Flickr

In 1949, the state of Israel was formed to be a haven for the world’s decimated and traumatized Jewish population after World War II. Ever since, American Christians have largely supported the modern-day Zion; in 2013, 82 percent of white evangelicals believed that God ...

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How Should Christians Disagree? Messianic Jews and Palestinian Christians Try a New Model

Joint statement by believers in Israel and Palestine is a small but hopeful step toward peace.
How Should Christians Disagree? Messianic Jews and Palestinian Christians Try a New Model
Michele Benericetti

Historically, Christians in Israel and the Palestinian territories haven’t gotten along much better than their respective governments.

The list of issues to argue about is long: security, the occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, equality of citizenship in Israel, refugees, ...

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Southern Baptists Lose Almost 1,000 Missionaries as IMB Cuts Costs

Total is almost twice as high as International Mission Board had expected.
Southern Baptists Lose Almost 1,000 Missionaries as IMB Cuts Costs
International Mission Board

Six months after announcing plans to cut 600 to 800 missionaries and staff in order to balance its budget, the International Mission Board (IMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) revealed today that it has lost 1,132 workers—almost twice as many as its low-end estimate. ...

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