It's been about four months since American missionary Jeff Woodke was kidnapped in Niger, yet little progress has been made in finding him, Christian Telegraph reports according to Missoin Network News.
Woodke, who worked for a local branch of the US-based Youth With A Mission, was taken on the evening of October 14th from the town of Abalak in northern Niger. Nigerien authorities tracked his captors to neighboring Mali, but his exact condition and whereabouts are unknown....More»
NEWPORT BEACH, CA (ANS - March 9, 2017) -- There is no way to cover the life and times of Doug Coe adequately. Now that he has passed on to be with Jesus, many will add their stories to the collection. This article is an attempt to express my relatively brief (over three decades) and intense experience and friendship with Doug Coe, a uniquely anointed man of God....More»
ALBUQUERUQUE, NEW MEXICO (ANS - March 9, 2017) -- According to Dr. Joseph Holden, President of Veritas Evangelical Seminary (VES), "It's been a long time coming." The "it's" in his sentence is the fact that VES will open a teaching campus in Albuquerque, New Mexico beginning in Fall 2017.
Holden states, "Our team in Albuquerque, which includes noted archeologist Dr. Steven Collins, met with the accreditation agency TRACS this past year. After the site visit, Albuquerque was approved as one of our teaching locations."...More»
They say any press is good press.
And Friday night in Vancouver, Canada, that old adage rang true yet again as more than 12,000 people crammed inside the Rogers Arena for the opening night of the Greater Vancouver Festival of Hope with Franklin Graham.
In the weeks leading up to the event, a modest number of pastors protested by signing a letter determined to keep Franklin Graham and the true message of hope out of their city.
But God had other plans....More»
March 7, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) - Amazon, HBO, Comcast, Snapchat, Twitter, and the American Library Association are among the nation's leading corporations promoting pornography and sexual exploitation, according to the annual "Dirty Dozen" list recent released by NCOSE, a leading organization fighting porn.
NCOSE stands for the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. It operated for years under the name "Morality in Media."
"No corporation or organization should profit from or facilitate sexual exploitation," NCOSE executive director Dawn Hawkins said. "The disturbing truth is that many well-established brands, companies, and organizations in America are major perpetrators of sexual harm - whether that be through pornography, prostitution, or sex trafficking."...More»
The brother of 18-year-old Hanan Girgis, an Egyptian Christian woman missing since 26 January, says he has been told she has a new Muslim identity and is being held by the security services.
Rezeiky Girgis heard from the Civil Status Authority at Esna Police Station that Hanan had been given a new ID card by national security services.
The family went to the national security HQ in Luxor to demand they set her free, but officers there denied holding her or having any knowledge of her whereabouts.
Mr. Girgis said they "insulted" him when he made inquiries....More»
Locked up in the palaces of rich families, abused and treated as slaves by their “owners”, sexually exploited, or almost starved to death. Such is the plight of many foreign Christian nannies and housemaids from Asian countries working for families in the Arabian Peninsula – and almost nobody knows about their situation....More»
On International Women's Day, one statistic you may not hear much is that 83% of global women identify with a religious faith.
Pew Research asked people in 84 countries how often they pray; in half of them, substantially more women than men say they pray on a daily basis.
And yet one of the under-reported aspects of the global Church under pressure around the world is that, when conflict comes to their local community, those same women can be subject to the double discrimination of not only being targeted for their gender, but also for their faith. ...More»
BETHLEHEM (ANS -- March 7, 2017) – A Palestinian contestant from Bethlehem has won the Arab Idol contest.
Millions tuned in to watch Yacoub Shahin crowned the fourth Arab Idol as he competed against fellow compatriot Amir Dandan and Yemeni singer Ammar Mohammad....More»
SYRIA (ANS -- March 7, 2017) -- After ISIS captured his city in Syria, one man thought life would be good, living in their self-proclaimed caliphate. But when he witnessed the mistreatment of female captives as sex slaves, he became disillusioned and fled....More»
Christian bakers Aaron and Melissa Klein took their religious liberty fight to court March 2 after they were penalized for refusing business for a lesbian couple's commitment ceremony, Christian Telegraph reports according to Baptist Press.
First Liberty Institute defended the Kleins before a three-judge panel in the Oregon Court of Appeals, promoting the couple's constitutional rights to religious freedom, free speech and due process in a court session webcast online....More»
MOSCOW, March 7, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) - The Russian government has opted to give a 16+ rating to Disney's new Beauty and the Beast remake amid calls for a ban.
The film, slated for release in the U.S. on March 17 and Russia on March 16, has faced criticism and boycott calls after director Bill Condon revealed it would be Disney's first children's film to carry a homosexual subplot....More»
MIDDLE EAST (ANS – March 6, 2017) -- Hameedullah* works as a church leader in a country known for intense persecution of Christians.
Former Muslims worshiping the Lord use“When he was young, he lived illegally as a refugee in a Muslim country that didn’t want him or his religion, whose people are always looking out for non-Islamic activity. He even faced scrutiny from members of his own family, some of whom became radicalized and were recruited into terrorist networks,” said WorldWatch Monitor in a recent story....More»
COSTA MESA, CA (ANS - March 5, 2017) -- Ruth Freed Armstrong entered Heaven on Sunday morning, February 19, 2017, at 93 years of age. Ruth was a brilliant woman of charm and grace, with several college degrees, including a Master's Degree in Education from Columbia University. Her counsel and encouragement to ROCK of Africa Mission will be greatly missed....More»
PAKISTAN (ANS - March 4, 2017) -- The late Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan's Federal Minister for Minorities, and the only Christian in Pakistan's Cabinet, was gunned down in Pakistan on March 2, 2011, at the age of 42 after he dared to criticize the widespread misuse of Pakistan's controversial blasphemy laws.
The brutal killing took place, as he left his Islamabad home, and two self-described Taliban gunmen in broad daylight sprayed some 25 bullets into the Christian minister's car, striking him at least eight times. They then scattered pamphlets that described him as a "Christian infidel". The leaflets were signed "Taliban al-Qaida Punjab"....More»
NEW YORK - After July 1, Tim Keller, founding pastor of the multi-campus Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, will no longer be at the church's helm.
Bethany Jenkins, a church member who directs a faith and work initiative for The Gospel Coalition, first revealed the move in a tweet Sunday....More»