• Billy Graham Named Among Gallup's 10 'Most Admired' Men in the World for Record 60th Time Jan 1, 2017

    For the 60th time, the Rev. Billy Graham has been named as one of Gallup's 10 most admired men in the world, continuing his record number of appearances on the list. The 98-year-old famed evangelical preacher made it to the No. 5 slot on the top 10 list, according to findings released by Gallup on Wednesday. Ahead of him, from fourth place to first, was former Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Pope Francis, President-elect Donald Trump, and President Barack Obama....More»
  • Hundreds of Churches Vow to Protect Immigrants Facing Deportation as Trump Presidency Looms Jan 1, 2017

    As President-elect Donald Trump gets ready to take office on Jan. 20, 2017, hundreds of churches across the country have vowed to defy deportation policy by providing sanctuary to as many of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country as they can. Trump's plans to deport unauthorized immigrants are more aggressive than President Barack Obama's deportation program, according to The New York Times, which deported about 400,000 unauthorized immigrants during his first term in office....More»
  • Shaan Taseer, son of slain Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer, is booked for ‘Hate Speech’ following a Christmas Message Jan 1, 2017

    His father was murdered after he had spoken up for Asia Bibi and against Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws By Dan Wooding, Founder of ASSIST News Service Shan Taseer portraitLAHORE, PAKISTAN (ANS - December 31, 2016) – First Shaan Taseer lost his father, Punjab governor, Salman Taseer, who was killed in a shocking 2011 assassination by his personal bodyguard, and now Shaan has been booked for alleged “hate speech” following his Christmas message...More»
  • Video shows Kidnapped Priest in Yemen Appealing for Help Jan 1, 2017

    By Michael Ireland, Senior Correspondent, ASSIST News Service ( ADEN, YEMEN (ANS, December 31, 2016) - A Catholic priest kidnapped in Yemen almost 10 months ago appealed for help in a video released this week by a terrorist group, according to Morning Star News ( The Rev. Tom Uzhunnalil was kidnapped on March 4, 2016, in Aden, Yemen when a group of militants, thought to belong to an offshoot of the Islamic State (IS) movement, killed 16 people in an attack on the Aden Care Home, a nursing home facility....More»
  • 90,000 Christians Killed in 2016, 1 Every 6 Minutes: Study Dec 30, 2016

    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. ...More»
  • Now is the Time to Act Dec 30, 2016

    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»
  • Iraqi Clergy say Prince's Solidarity Message needs Political Backing Dec 30, 2016

    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»
  • NRB Dedicates New Headquarters Building in Washington, D.C. Dec 30, 2016

    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»
  • Bill Brown, Former President of Billy Graham's World Wide Pictures, has had part of his right leg Amputated Dec 30, 2016

    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»
  • Urgent: Please Help Persecuted Christians Dec 30, 2016

    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»
  • Edwin Orton, Founder of the Birmingham City Mission in the UK, has Passed onto her Eternal Reward Dec 28, 2016

    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»
  • Inddia-Born Christian Author, Film-Maker and Former Model, Caryl Matrisciana, has Passed onto her Eternal Reward Dec 27, 2016

    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»
  • Denzel Washington: 'I'm in the Service Business Now ... I'm Here to Serve God' (Watch) Dec 27, 2016

    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»
  • Christian Credit Union Evicts Higher Living Megachurch Over $22M Debt Ahead of Christmas Dec 27, 2016

    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»
  • Ken Ham's Ark Encounter Lit Up in Rainbow Colors for Christmas (Watch) Dec 27, 2016

    "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»
  • The Strange thing God did at Bethlehem (and in my family) when everything seemed to go wrong Dec 26, 2016

    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»