• The National Evangelical Church in Kuwait City emerged from the war safe but scarred. All church members remaining in the country were reported safe after allied troops freed the city. But fleeing Iraqi troops looted the church buildings, taking everything from keepsakes to plumbing as they left.
Southern Baptist missionary Maurice Graham, who was trapped in the U.S. embassy for nearly four months, and Reformed Church in America pastor Jerry Zandstra, who was in the U.S. at the time of the invasion, said they hope to return soon to the church, where more than 8,000 worshiped before the war.
• A European human-rights group charged that since 1968 Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has killed more than 20,000 Assyrian Christians, expelled 75,000, and destroyed nearly 100 churches. The Society for Threatened Peoples said Hussein has targeted the Assyrian Christians (who number an estimated 400,000 to 750,000 in northern Iraq) and the Kurds for persecution and extinction.
• Southern Baptist chaplains recorded at least 1,200 professions of faith by troops serving in the Persian Gulf.
Murders Raise Fears Of Kgb
The killings of three Russian Orthodox priests who championed religious freedom have raised speculation about renewed KGB activity against religion. Last September, Fr. Alexander Menn was killed by an ax blow to the neck (CT, Oct. 22, 1990, p. 60). Orthodox monk Hegumen Lazar was beaten and stabbed last December; Fr. Seraphim Shlykov, a priest at the Church of the Nativity in Moscow, was murdered near midnight on February 1.
During a recent visit to the U.S., Andre Bessmertny, an activist with the Russian Christian Democratic movement and a close associate of Menn’s, told News Network International, ...1