Christians continue to be the most persecuted believers in the world with over 90,000 followers of Christ being killed in the last year, according to prominent Italian sociologist and author Massimo Introvigne.
LAKE FOREST, CA (ANS December 29, 2016) -- Every day, untold numbers of Christians in countries like Iran, Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, Pakistan and Sudan, face persecution on a massive scale.
During this year alone, thousands have been slaughtered by Islamic terror groups like ISIS in the Middle East, and Boko Haram in Nigeria, while others are languishing in brutal jail, not knowing whether they will taken out and executed by hanging, firing squad, or beheaded by the sword, the favorite killing choice of ISIS....More»
LONDON, UK (ANS - December 29, 2016) -- Iraqi church leaders in Britain have welcomed a radio message by Prince Charles, the future King of England highlighting the persecution of religious minorities, but said that it must be followed by steps by Western governments to protect them.
Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, whose pre-recorded message on UK BBC Radio 4's "Thought for The Day" slot was broadcast on Thursday, December 22, 2016, said that attacks on many minority faiths around the world were increasing, "and in some countries even more insidious forms of extremism have recently surfaced, which aim to eliminate all types of religious diversity."...More»
WASHINGTON, D.C. (ANS, Dec. 30, 2016) - After 24 years in Manassas, Virginia, and 13 years with its government relations office on Capitol Hill, the National Religious Broadcasters corporate headquarters is now located in Washington, D.C., just a few blocks from the United States Capitol building.
NRB hosted a Christmas open house and reception at the association's new headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, December 8.
The two-hour event was attended by staff, members, and friends of NRB in D.C., as well as congressional staff and members of the press. It also included a ribbon-cutting ceremony....More»
MAUI, HAWAII (ANS - December 30, 2016) - William F. (Bill) Brown, former president of Billy Graham's World Wide Pictures, and the man behind the making of "The Hiding Place" movie, has had part of his right leg removed at the Maui Memorial Medical Center on Tuesday, December 27, 2016.
Brown. 89, who now lives in Kalama Heights, Maui, Hawaii, with his wife, Joan Winmill Brown, a former top actress from London, England, told me today from his hospital bed, "I'm in no pain at the moment. They had previously amputated two of my toes on the right let, but then the doctor decided that I needed to have part of the leg taken off. They are now watching my left leg in case that gets worse....More»
LYNCHBURG, VA (ANS - December 30, 2015) -- Dear Subscribers and Friends of ASSIST News Service: Did you know that ANS has a unique platform to draw world attention to the plight of persecuted Christians? ANS news stories go out to an extraordinary number of news and media outlets.
While the list includes major secular and Christian radio and TV stations, newspapers and magazines, many international news providers such as Associated Press Radio and Crossmap, use our many ANS stories....More»
BIRMINGHAM, UK (ANS - December 28, 2016) -- Dorothy Laura Orton, wife of Edwin Orton, the founder of the Birmingham City Mission, passed away in the early hours of Friday, December 2, 2016, at her Birmingham home, after a short battle with cancer.
A number of her family were with her at the time....More»
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, USA (ANS - December 27, 2016) - India-born Christian author, film-maker and former model, Caryl Matrisciana, passed away on the evening of Friday, December 2, 2016, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was accompanied at her bedside by family and friends.
A memorial service to celebrate her extraordinary life will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2017, at Calvary Chapel Cypress, 5202 Lincoln Ave. Cypress, CA 90630, commencing at 12 noon PST.
"We at Caryl Productions feel a great sense of loss for someone who served as a huge inspiration in our lives and in the lives of many others. We will miss her dearly," said a statement on her website....More»
In an interview with Bishop T.D. Jakes on his daytime talk show last week, Washington explained why, at this point in his career, he's focusing on serving others.
"I'm in the service business now, I'm fine. I've done well," Washington said on the "TD Jakes Show." "I don't need any watches and all of that. So I'm here to serve God, here to serve my family."...More»
A notice of sale published in the Henry Herald last Wednesday revealed that the building housing the Higher Living Christian Church in McDonough, Georgia, will be sold by the Evangelical Christian Credit Union at a public auction on Jan. 3, 2017, to the "highest bidder for cash" to recover a debt of $21,569,133.97....More»
"The rainbow itself wasn't designed to be a symbol of freedom, love, pride, or the LGBTQ movement," said Ark Encounter President Ken Ham, a Young Earth Creationist, in a Facebook post on Wednesday. "God created this beautiful, colorful phenomenon and designated it as a sign of His covenant with Noah and his descendants forever."...More»
December 24, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - My work with farm animals has taught me that a stable is no place for a baby to be born. The stalls are littered with animal dung. Urine soaks the hay on the floor. The walls are covered in dusty cobwebs. Germ-carrying flies buzz hither and thither. The occasional tiny critter can be seen scurrying amongst the dirty hay. The characteristic farm odor that comes from a number of animals being crowded in a small space pervades the air. ...More»
MIDDLE EAST (ANS -December 26, 2016) - For around 1,500 years, bells have rung out at Christmastime from Assyrian churches throughout the Middle East -- and now they have again.
This joyous celebration of the birth of Christ was made possible in Iraq and Syria, because Christians were busy restoring their churches vandalized by Islamic State, and the triumphant ringing of the bells on Christmas Day was, for them, a symbolic gesture of hope for the future.
However, Christmas this year was both bitter than sweet for many of the Assyrians with constant reminders of sorrow and loss, and the still-present threat from followers of extremist Islam....More»
Bill Barker, the NAMB national director of Appalachian regional ministry/Mississippi River ministry, spearheaded the effort through Send Relief, an organization that distributed the items to recipients.
In an interview with The Christian Post earlier this week, Barker said NAMB provided "Christmas backpacks" filled with goodies to local ministries, churches, and schools. Those organizations then distributed the backpacks to children in need in their communities....More»
"I've always wanted to adopt. I just knew that's how I wanted to build my family," says Christine Mullican in a video posted to YouTube by the foundation.
Mullican goes on to share that she got an email with the child's picture saying the boy, Alex, was deaf and had been abandoned at a train station in China. "His story kind of grabbed me," she says. "So I knew right then who our son was and that's when we started all our paperwork."...More»
PUNJAB PROVINCE, PAKISTAN (ANS December 25, 2016) -- Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian mother-of-five who was found guilty in 2010 of blasphemy for standing up for Jesus, and sentenced to death, has spent another lonely Christmas on Death Row.
She was sentenced to death after co-workers had accused her of insulting the Muslim prophet Muhammad, a charge she has always denied.
So, while millions of Christians around the world have been enjoying Christmas Day fellowship, food and presents, Ms. Bibi was once again suffered in solitary confinement in an 8-by-10-foot cell without windows, and even had to cook her own Christmas meal because of fears that others may try to poison her food....More»