• Sun-06-2024
Pakistani Christian Praised for Documenting Blasphemy Victims. Most Are Muslims. (June 20, 2024, Christianity Today) (Subscription required)

In 2011, Pakistan executed the assassin of Salman Taseer, a former governor outspoken in his criticism of such laws. But from 1994 to 2023, 95 individuals were killed in blasphemy-related extrajudicial attacks, according to data compiled by the Lahore-based Centre for Social Justice (CSJ). Stretching back to 1987, at least 2,449 people have faced legal accusations.

  • Sun-06-2024
US says both sides should allow greater access to religious sites (June 29, 2024, Cyprus Mail)

According to the 2023 US State Department report on Religious Freedoms, US embassy representatives met with government officials from the Republic’s interior, foreign and justice ministries to discuss religious freedom, including encouraging greater access to religious sites on both sides of the Green Line and reducing discrimination against minority religions.

  • Sun-06-2024
ALGERIA: Church leaders caught in cruel legal limbo (June 27, 2024, Release International)

A senior Algerian pastor tells Release International’s John Lawson how believers are paying a high price for phenomenal church growth in recent years.

  • Sun-06-2024
India’s “unexpected results” deflate Hindu nationalism, evangelicals unsure about effect on minorities (June 20, 2024, Evangelical Focus)

The coalition led by prime minister Narendra Modi still has a majority but failed in its expectations after losing 67 seats. “For many Christians, the loss brings a sense of relief”.

  • Sun-06-2024
Unknown Nations trains and equips Yemeni Christians (June 11, 2024, Mission Network News)

Religious challenges abound. Following Jesus and sharing the Gospel are forbidden in Yemen; these are crimes punishable by death. Even so, a small number of Yemeni believers live out their faith in utmost secrecy. How do they follow Christ’s instructions in the Great Commission to “go and make disciples”?

  • Sun-06-2024
Nanjing: Love under Pressure (June 20, 2024, China Partnership)

This June, we are praying for Nanjing. In this portion of our interview, the pastors shared about the stress and pressure they sense within Nanjing, and how people struggle to find hope. They also talked about how they desire to shepherd their churches, and raise up people who are passionate about loving, not using, their city. They especially asked for prayer for unity.

  • Sun-06-2024
Nanjing: Loving People through Prayer (June 24, 2024, China Partnership)

This June, China Partnership is continuing a year of praying for cities around China with a month of prayer for Nanjing. We are again re-running a 2018 interview with a Nanjing pastor’s wife. She shares how her church prays, and how she has experienced God’s supernatural work through prayer. Prayer gives us God’s vision for our neighbors, both next door and around the world. Through prayer, we can know both God and others more intimately.

  • Sun-06-2024
The Predicament of Young Pastors in Contemporary China (June 25, 2024, Chinese Church Voices)

The landscape has shifted. Following the US-China trade conflict and the restrictions imposed by the three-year pandemic, it’s evident that Chinese society has transitioned from a period of rapid growth to one of inevitable decline. Economic downturn, stalled reforms, and a distant recovery paint a bleak picture. This societal shift is mirrored within the church. The Chinese church, as a whole, finds itself caught in a similar downward spiral of decline: dwindling numbers of seekers, shrinking congregations, and a weakening of believers’ spiritual vitality.

  • Sun-06-2024
Crossing Cultures: Conveying the Gospel (June 24, 2024, ChinaSource Blog)

Now, as China’s church reengages in mission, the question of how the gospel will be conveyed cross culturally and what kinds of churches will result is central to the long-term success of the Chinese mission movement.

  • Sun-06-2024
A Cautionary Tale: Reacting to Rumors That China Alters the Bible (June 21, 2024, Chinese Church Voices)

In 2020, news about a Chinese vocational school book falsifying the biblical account of John 8:3-11 circulated on the internet. Since then, this news has been considered China’s attempt to alter the Bible. Some religious people have commented on this act as “blasphemy.” The account was denied as part of a legal publication shortly after the news broke. Recently, the denial was given again by the book’s publisher.